Ph.D. (Rolling – Third Quarter 2023) Admissions

Admissions in Ph.D. programs at DA-IICT is possible through two channels. These are
1. Ph.D. (Regular)
2. Ph.D. (Rolling)

DA-IICT aspires to take a leading role in the research areas related to Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The research interest of faculty members is widely spread in the areas of ICT and Humanities, Social Sciences, Design and Arts.

The doctoral program leading towards the award of the degree of Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) provides the prospective students an opportunity to carry out innovative research that would strengthen ICT R&D activities in academia, governance and industry.

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Submission of online Application Form commences on Throughout the Year
Review of the Submitted Application Forms 15 September 2023
Presentation and Interview (tentative) 26 September 2023
Announcement of Result (tentative) 04 October 2023
Commencement of classes TBD

Ph.D. rolling admission is aimed at inviting candidates who have a clear idea of the research area or research problems they want to pursue.

The interested candidates are first expected to interact with the concerned faculty member(s) at DA-IICT to explore the research areas and topics of their interest. The details of the faculty members with their research interests can be found here.

Under the Ph.D. rolling admission scheme, applications are invited throughout the year and will be reviewed on a quarterly basis, tentatively in the month of March/June/September/December.

Admissions in the Ph.D. program is also possible through the Ph.D. (Regular) category. For more details, please visit here

The PhD program comprises of both course and research work. The amount of coursework one has to undergo depends on the candidates' past background and the research one is engaged in. The research work to be undertaken for PhD must include original contribution to the knowledge reserve culminating in a thesis to be submitted for the doctoral degree. The detailed Program structure, academic requirement, and comprehensive examination information can be found here.

Institute reserves the right to admit as many as candidates depending on their credentials and potential.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria for Ph.D. (Rolling) Admissions:
Category Educational Qualification Eligibility Criteria Selection Criteria
A. ICT and Allied Domains M.Tech./M.E./M.C.A./M.Sc./M.Phil./B.Tech/B.E. or equivalent degree in ICT / CS / EC / IT / EE / IN / Mathematics / Statistics / Physics / Bioinformatics / Electronics or other appropriate disciplines with 60% marks or its equivalent in the qualifying degree as per the norms set by degree awarding Institute/University.

(i) Sponsored Candidates: The candidates should be sponsored by an R&D organization with which DA-IICT has carried out a long term cooperative/ collaborative research work/program or has signed an MOU.

The candidate who intends to apply in this category should forward his/her application through proper channel, that is, a forwarding certificate/letter by the head of the department/institute.

Sponsorship certificate template link (PDF)

DA-IICT reserves right to relax eligibility criteria for the sponsored category for deserving candidates based on candidate’s research profile and experience.


(ii) Candidates with fellowship:
The candidates with valid UGC-NET qualified/DST Inspire/PM scholarship/ Visvesvaraya PhD scheme at the time of application.

(iii) JRF/SRF (GATE or NET qualified):
The candidate should be working in a sponsored project at DA-IICT. The candidates must have completed at least three months as a project staff at DA-IICT at the time of application. The sponsored project at DA-IICT should be of minimum two years duration and the remaining JRF/SRF tenure in the project should be at-least 1 year at the time of application

The JRF or SRF staff member of the institute's project, who intends to apply for a PhD position, should also fulfill either the GATE or UGC-NET requirement

The candidates, who fulfill the eligibility criteria (i) and/or (ii) in the Column III of this table will be selected for further process by a panel of experts. All candidates selected by the panel of experts will be invited for a research presentation followed by an interview. Final merit list of the admitted candidates will be prepared on the basis of the combined performance both in the presentation and the interview.

For the candidates, who fulfill the eligibility criteria (iii) in the Column III of this table, the admissions committee would refer the applications received to a panel of experts who can judge the relative merits of each application and accordingly decide the relevant GATE/NET threshold. The applicant is expected to fulfill the GATE/NET score/rank threshold as decided by the committee/panel of experts.

The shortlisted candidates will be invited for a research presentation followed by an interview. Final merit list of the admitted candidates will be prepared on the basis of the combined performance both in the presentation and the interview.

B. Mathematics and Natural Sciences
(Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Computational Science)
M.Sc./M.Tech./M.Phil./B.Tech./B.E. or equivalent degree in Engineering Physics / Computational Science / Computer Science / Scientific Computing / Physics / Mathematics / Electronics / Bioinformatics or other appropriate disciplines with 60% marks or its equivalent as per the norms set by the degree awarding Institute/University.
C. Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
(English, History, Anthropology, Comparative Literature, Philosophy and Design)
M.A./M.Com./M.B.A./M.Phil. or an equivalent degree in the desired discipline with at least 55% marks or equivalent as per the norms set by the degree awarding Institute/University. M. Phil. degree holders will be preferred.


In all the above cases, the candidate is first expected to interact with the concerned faculty at DA-IICT. The details of the faculty members with their research interests can be found here.


  • Candidates with M.Sc./M.C.A., unless they have a subsequent M. Phil. degree will be considered equivalent to candidate with a B.Tech./B.E. degree and are required to fulfil (additional) course and research requirements.
  • The decision of the Competent Authorities of DA-IICT regarding eligibility of any candidate shall be final.

Candidates admitted through rolling admissions will be formally inducted into the DA-IICT system within a week of declaration of results, and they will be eligible to access the institute facilities and start their research work under the chosen supervisor. Their course-work will start as and when the next semester starts.

At the time of admission an amount of Rs. 50,000/- (Rs. 25,000/- towards tuition fee for the first Semester and Rs. 25,000/- towards caution deposit) is to be paid by way of bank draft drawn in favour of ‘DA-IICT,’ payable at Ahmedabad. The registration fee is payable at the time of registration and hostel rent on allotment of the hostel room.

Tuition fee
  • Rs. 25,000 per Semester, applicable from academic year 2023-2024.
  • The Current fellowship is as follows:
    • Rs. 28,000/- per month till the completion of the comprehensive examination.
    • During post comprehensive period,
      (a) Rs. 31,000 per month for first two years
      (b) Rs. 35,000 per month for next two years
Registration Fee Rs. 2,500 per Semester
Examination and Semester Grade Report Charges Rs. 1,500 per Semester
Caution Deposit Rs. 25,000 (Refundable at the end of the Program)
Hostel Rent Rs. 23,000 per semester
Food On actuals. There are multiple food options available in the campus (The expense will be approximately Rs. 5,500 per month)

The above fee structure will be effective from academic year 2023-2024 for all the Ph.D. students (existing as well as new).

*Subject to revision.

Refund Policy

The refund policy for the withdrawing candidates will be in accordance to the UGC/AICTE rules.

(updated on 08th May 2023)

Financial Assistance: 

Under Ph.D. (Rolling) scheme, the candidates should have some form of fellowship/sponsorship at the time of application.

However, financial support (fellowship) in the form of Teaching Assistantship (TA)/Research Assistantship (RA) as per prevailing rules of the DA-IICT will be provided to all those who are not able to avail JRF/SRF or UGC-NET financial assistance/stipend.

  • Submit online application form by clicking on the link given below. Application fee (non-refundable) is Rs. 1200/- plus GST@ 18% (Total: Rs. 1416/-).
    Click here to apply online
  • The Candidate has to satisfy the eligibility criteria in order for her/his application to be considered for admission into the PhD. program.
  • The candidates who have accepted admission offers will be notified to appear for registration, followed by document verification, payment of fees and on confirmation of admission, the orientation program.

Admission Offer

List of candidates selected for admission to the Ph.D. Program will be posted on the website of DA-IICT, and the candidates will be intimated accordingly through post and/or email.

The frequently asked questions (FAQs) for the Ph.D. (Rolling) program can be found here

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