Ph. D. FAQ



1. Question: What is the Minimum Duration, Maximum Duration and Academic Requirements for PhD programme?


Answer: The duration varies as per the qualifying and/or highest degree of the candidate (Bachelors/Masters). For example, candidates with MBA or equivalent degree in Management will have a minimum duration of 4 semesters and maximum of 6 years. Click here for further information on which category you fall under ( Follow Section 7.1. [Minimum Duration, Maximum Duration and Academic Requirements]

2. Question: How many course credits (maximum) can I complete in a semester?


Answer: Check section [4.3. Semester Load Requirements]

3. Question: Can I pursue PhD as a part-time candidate?


Answer: Yes. Check Section 2.9 for part-time PhD programme details (eligibility criteria etc.)

4. Question: How many credits do I complete if I join as a part-time candidate?


Answer: Check for details under Section 4.3. [Semester Load Requirements]

5. Question: Can I convert my registration from full-time to part-time?


Answer: Yes. For details check Section 4.8. [Change of Registration from Full-Time to PartTime Ph.D. Programme] of PG Manual (

6. Question: What is the overall process followed for a PhD programme after joining DoMS, IITK?


Answer: Click on the link to access the PhD manual offering detailed process of Academic Procedures followed, Course work and CPI to me maintained, PhD Proposal, and TA duties etc. during the program and also find about departmental facilities for the PhD students

7. Question: What are the format of SC/ST, OBC and Person with disabilty certificates?


Answer: Pertinent information for reserved category candidates called for written test:

Please note that IIT- Kanpur employs a centralized standard format of certificate for reserved category students. Those students who have applied in the reserved category (SC/ST/OBC/PD), should bring with them the appropriate certificate in that prescribed format when they come for the written test.

Click here for SC/ST Format

Click here here for OBC format

Click here here for PD format

8. Question: How to send the Referenece Letter?


Answer: Your referees will receive an e-mail from with subject "Request for Reference". Referees can submit their recomendations through the link provided in that e-mail.

9. Question: How to reach IIT Kanpur?


Answer: Click here for important instructions.

10. Question: Where to stay?


Answer: Accommodation can be arranged in hostel of IIT Kanpur on additional payment. Please contact admission facilitator for the same. Food related bills have to paid by the candidates themselves.