Norms used for shortlisting candidates for MS / Phd

Norms used for shortlisting candidates in EE Department of IIT madras for the July 2011 session admission

Note:
UG% means the percentage marks scored in your 4 year UG programme, as reported by you, rounded up.
PG% means the percentage marks scored in your 2 year PG programme, as reported by you, rounded up.
GS means the Gate Score (out of 1000) obtained in your Gate exam. Note that the score should be valid, i.e., the exam should have been taken in 2010 or 2011.
If your degree reported performance in CGPA, the equivalent marks are obtained as 96% of CGPA score (treated as a fraction of max CGPA), rounded up.
If any of these marks are incorrectly reported in your application form, IIT Madras reserves the right to cancel your application on that basis.

Candidates applying for the MS Programme
Regular/NHTRA/Project, General-Category Candidates
Both a UG degree and Gate score are required.
We are looking for candidates with 68% in their UG and 500 gate score. However, a very good score in one can offset a poor score in the other as follows:
UG% >= 64
GS >= 460
10*(UG%-64)+(GS – 460) >= 80

Regular/NHTRA/Project, OBC//Physically Handicapped Candidates Candidates
Both a UG degree and Gate score are required.
We are looking for candidates with 66% in their UG and 450 gate score. However, a very good score in one can offset a poor score in the other as follows:
UG% >= 62
GS >= 410
10*(UG%-62)+(GS – 410) >= 80

Regular/NHTRA/Project, SC/ST
Both a UG degree and Gate score are required.
We are looking for candidates with 62% in their UG and 380 gate score. However, a very good score in one can offset a poor score in the other as follows:
UG% >= 60
GS >= 350
10*(UG%-60)+(GS – 350) >= 50

External/Part-time/IIT Staff Candidates
Minimum of two years post-qualifying degree relevant work experience
General category applicants: UG% >= 65
Reserved category applicants: UG% >= 60
Gate qualification is not required.

Candidates applying for the PhD Programme
Regular/NHTRA/Project General-Category Candidates
A PG Degree is a must. Gate is not required.
We are looking for candidates with 67% in their UG and above 75% in their PG. However, a very good score in UG% can offset a poor score in PG% as follows:
UG% >= 60
PG% >= 67
(PG% -67) + (UG% – 60) >= 15

Regular/NHTRA/Project OBC/Physically Challenged Candidates
We are looking for candidates with 67% in their UG and 72% in their PG. However, a good score in one can offset a poor score in the other as follows:
UG% >= 60
PG% >= 64
(PG%-64) + (UG%-60) >= 15

Regular/NHTRA/Project SC/ST Candidates
We are looking for candidates with 62% in their UG and 63% in their PG. However, a good score in one can offset a poor score in the other as follows:
UG% >= 60
PG% >= 60
(PG%-60) + (UG%-60) >= 5

External/Part-time Candidates
Minimum of two years post-qualifying degree work experience
General category applicants: UG% >= 65, PG% >= 70
Reserved category applicants: UG% >= 60, PG% >= 65
Gate qualification is not required.

Note: In addition the following types of application are handled as follows:

University UG rank holders (ranks 1 to 10) who clear GATE/NET/JRF will be called for PhD interview
University rank holders (ranks 1 to 10) will be called for MS interview even if they do not clear GATE
MSc is considered to be a UG degree, and BSc is not considered as a degree. MSc students should have cleared NET or GATE to be called for interview. Such students may also be called for PhD test and interview on a case by case basis.
MSc students who are rank holders will be called for MS test and interview without GATE or NET score. Such students may also be called for PhD test and interview on a case by case basis.
MS Applicants from IITs with high CGPA (above 8.0 for general will be called for interview category students, and above 7.5 for reserved category students) do not have to clear GATE. They will be automatically shortlisted for MS or PhD test and interviews.
Phd applicants with high GATE or GRE scores who are not otherwise eligible on a case by case basis.

Note: MS applications with GRE scores not accepted as of now. The basis of using GRE in our admissions is still being worked out and when that is done, GRE will probably be accepted as an alternate to GATE.

MS/PhD admission second round at IIT Madras

The Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Madras, which has a fine blend of renowned as well as young and dynamic personalities as faculty, is involved in providing quality education at both Undergraduate (UG) and Postgraduate (PG) levels. It has a broad based UG curriculum and specialized M.Tech. and Dual Degree programs in Communication Systems, Microelectronics and Power Systems and Instrumentation. The syllabi of the courses are continuously updated and the laboratories modernized to reflect the rapid changes in technology. It also offers high quality research in the MS and PhD programs.

A second round of test and interview will be conducted on june 23 (MS) and june 24 (PhD). Those who were shortlisted but who did not attend the test and interview held on May 5th (MS) and 6th (PhD) are eligible to attend. In addition, applicants who have applied after the deadline but who meet the shortlisting norms may also be called. Individual call letters will be sent to this effect.

Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination

Instruction for students
The comprehensive examination is to be completed by a research scholar within the first 3 semesters of his/her research program. The comprehensive examination can be taken by the research scholar even if he/she has not, at that point of time, completed all the prescribed courses.

The Comprehensive Examination will be conducted once every semester. The Coordinator will contact research scholars about the exam in the beginning of every semester and invite registrations. The names of the Examiners for each section will be announced well in advance. The research scholar may contact the Examiner for suggestions on preparation for the Examination.

A research scholar is allowed a maximum of two attempts for the comprehensive exams. In the first attempt, a scholar must appear in four subjects. Subjects that are not cleared in the first attempt can be taken in the second attempt.

If the comprehensive exams are not cleared within the first 3 semesters or within two attempts, registration will be cancelled and the scholar will have to quit the PhD program.

The list of subjects for the comprehensive exam and their equivalent courses are given below.

Networks, EC2102 Networks and Systems
Analog Electronics, EC2010 Analog Circuits
Digital Systems, EC2101 Digital Systems
Digital Systems, EC2101 Digital Systems
Power Electronics, EC3040 Power Electronics / EE5121 Power Converter Analysis and Design
Power Systems, No equivalent
High Voltage Engineering, EC5221 High Voltage Technology
Communication Theory, EE3560 Analog Communication Systems / EE5110 Probability Foundations for Signal Processing
Electromagnetic Field Theory, EC2204 Electromagnetic Fields
Control Systems, EC3210 Control Engineering
Instrumentation and Measurements, EC5141 Instrumentation Engineering
Instrumentation and Measurements, EC5141 Instrumentation Engineering
Digital Signal Processing, EE2202 Analog and Digital Signal Processing / EE5330 Digital Signal Processing
Computer Organization and Architecture, EC2201 Computer Organization and Microprocessors
Optics, EE5410 Fibre Optic Communication Technology /PH5110 Optics and Photonics / PH5640 Laser applications / PH5650 Laser Theory
Linear Algebra, EE5150 Mathematical Methods in Signal Processing / MA5310 Linear Algebra

There are two options for the comprehensive exam

Write 4 exams and get 60 marks total with at least 12 marks in each subject.
Write 2 or more exams and use up to 2 course equivalents.

– Pass marks for 2 exams + 2 course equivalents is 30 marks total with at least 12 marks in each subject and minimum B grade in each of the two courses.

Pass marks for 3 exams + 1 course equivalent is 45 marks with at least 12 marks in each subject and minimum B grade in the reported course.

Note that the Doctoral Committee will ensure that the courses reported for comprehensive will not count towards PhD coursework requirements.

About the MS and PhD Programmes

Applications to the MS and PhD programme at IIT Madras are done through an online process that is centrally conducted by Institute through the IITM Research web site. Please follow instructions there. On this page you can find a few more details specific to the Electrical Engineering department.

Structure of MS and PhD the Programmes
The MS and PhD programmes include the following:

  • Coursework: Minimum of 5 courses for MS and minimum of 4 courses for PhD with good academic performance.
  • Thesis: High quality research resulting in publications in reputed international journals such as IEEE Transactions.

The PhD programme includes a comprehensive exam in addition to the above.

Research in the EE1 (Communications) group is carried out in the broad areas of Telecommunications, Signal Processing, Networking and Optics.
The Communications Group at the Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Madras, consists of 16 faculty members and a vibrant group of master’s (MS) and doctoral (PhD) students. These pages will give you a brief glimpse of the research and other activities in the group.

Research in the EE2 (Power Systems and Power Electronics) group is carried out in the broad areas of Power Systems, Power Electronics and High Voltage Engineering.

Research in the EE3 (Microelectronics and VLSI) group is carried out in the broad areas of Analog/Digital IC design and Fabrication/Modelling of semiconductor and optoelectronic devices.

Research in the EE4 (Control Systems and Instrumentation) group is carried out in the broad areas of Control Systems, Embedded Systems (including FPGA-based system design), Robotics and Instrumentation.

Research in the EE5 (Photonics) group is carried out in the broad areas of Devices and Components (including Integrated optoelectronics, Fibre Bragg Gratings (FBGs), Plasmonics, Optical MEMS, All optical logic), subsystems (including a combination of optoelectronic devices and mixed signal electronics for metrology and instrumentation) and optical communication networks (both at a physical layer and the implementation of algorithms and protocols at the service layer, and advanced encryption schemes using quantum key distribution).

Prospective students interested in our MS/PhD programme are encouraged to contact individual faculty members with similar research interests.

MS/PhD Selection Process
The selection is a two-stage process for each group – EE1, EE2, EE3, EE4 and EE5. Candidates called for selection should choose one of the three groups for consideration. The first stage is a written test (for syllabus, see below). Candidates selected in the written test will have to appear for an interview in the second stage of the selection process. Final selection will be made based on both the written test and the interview.

Syllabus for EE1

Signals and Systems by Oppenheim and Willsky, Second Edition, Chapters 1 to 10.
Discrete-time Signal Processing by Oppenheim and Schafer, Second Edition, Chapters 1 to 5 and Chapter 8.
Probability, Random Variables and Stochastic Processes by Papoulis and Pillai, Fourth Edition, Chapters 1 to 5.
Field and Wave Electromagnetics by David K. Cheng, Chapters 1-8 (OR)
Engineering Electromagnetics by W.H.Hayt and H.A.Buck, Chapters 1-12.

Solving all example problems and exercises from the above books is strongly recommended as preparation for the entrance exam. Sample questions from the written exams in the previous years can be found here.

Video lectures from NPTEL are available for Signals and Systems, Electromagnetics, and Digital Signal Processing.

Syllabus for EE2
The written examination will contain questions that aim to test the understanding of the fundamental principles that relate to the areas of activity of the EE2 group. These questions will be from

Control engineering
Power electronics
Electrical machines
High voltage engineering
Power System Instrumentation
Power systems

The students will need to answer as many questions as possible. Some sample questions may be found here.

Syllabus for EE3

Microelectronic devices: Ben G. Streetman, *Solid State Electronic Devices*, Prentice Hall, 4th Edition,1995. Chapters 1-7.
Electrical Networks: Hayt and Kemmerly, *Engineering Circuit Analysis*, McGraw Hill, 6/e. Chapters 1-10.
Digital electronics: Morris Mano, *Digital Design*, Prentice Hall, 3rd edition, 2001. Chapters 1-7.
Analog electronics: (a) Sergio Franco, *Design with operational amplifiers and analog ICs*, Tata McGraw Hill. Chapters 1-5, 8-10 OR (b) Sedra and Smith, *Microelectronic Circuits, *Oxford University Press, USA. (various editions). Part I, chapters 1,6 in Part II.

Solving all example problems and exercises from the above books is *strongly* recommended as preparation for the entrance exam.

Syllabus for EE4
The written examination will contain questions that aim to test the understanding of the fundamental principles that relate to the areas of activity of the EE4 group. These questions will be from Circuits (Digital & Analog), Control Engineering (including basics of linear algebra and robotics), and Measurements and Instrumentation. For the controls and Digital Circuits portion the text books to read from include:

K. Ogata, Modern Control Engineering, 4th Ed, Prentice-Hall, 2001
B.C. Kuo, Automatic Control 7th Ed, Prentice-Hall, 1995
M. Mano, Digital Design, 3rd Ed, Prentice-Hall, 2001
C. Roth, Fundamentals of Logic Design, Jaico Publishers, 2002

Syllabus for EE5
The written examination will contain questions that aim to test the understanding of the fundamental principles that relate to the areas of activity of the RF and Photonics (EE5) group. These questions will be from

Electromagnetics
Vector analysis, Static electric and magnetic fields,Poissons, Laplace equations, method of images,steady electric currents,Time varying fields and Maxwells equations,Plane electromagnetic waves in free space,Reflection & transmission off an interface, Snell’s law, Waveguides, transmission lines and antennas
Solid State Electronic Devices and Circuits
Holes and electrons, Wave function of an electron, Density of states, Band diagram, Semiconductor Diodes, transistors, Operational Amplifiers (ideal/practical, op-amp circuits), Noise in circuits
Signal Processing
Fourier Series, Fourier Transforms, Frequency Response, Sampling Theorem, Causality, stability, linearity and time invariance of filters, FIR vs IIR filters, group delay in filters

Suggested books include Engineering Electromagnetics by Hayt and Buck, Electronic Devices and Circuit Theory by Robert Boylestead, Solid State Electronic Devices by Streetman and Banerjee, and Louis Nashelsky, and Signals and Systems by Oppenheim and Willsky. We also advise you to view the NPTEL lectures on electromagnetics http://nptel.iitm.ac.in, networks and systems http://nptel.iitm.ac.in, solid state devices and analog circuits.

The students will need to answer as many questions as possible. Sample questions can be viewed here

MS and PhD categories of application
The categories under which you can apply for MS and for PhD are given on pages 6 and 7 of the brochure (at
tached here for your convenience). Some of the categories require that you fill various forms. These have been collected for your convenience and are available for download here