PhD Admissions

Admission to the PhD program is available throughout the year. Interested candidates with excellent academic record can send their applications to Convenor, DPGC Aerospace Engineering.

2014 Admissions

Interviews for admission to PhD program will be held on May 5th 2014 (details to be announced shortly) in the Department of Aerospace Engineering. The details will be put on the department webpage.

You should come prepared in your field of specialization.

Bring all your original certificates and mark-sheets along with a copy of your masters thesis/ project. Kindly note that you may be asked to appear for a short written test in mathematics before the interview.

For Sponsored Ph.D candidates, we need the following documents :-

  1. Resume of your external supervisor, the written consent that he/she is agreed to be your supervisor. The resume should be duly signed by him/her.
  2. Your organization has to give it in writing that R&D facilities will be provided to you and also mention the R&D facilities available in your organization. Your organization also have to give it in writing that you will be relieved till the completion of your course work. For more information please go to the link in para 2.7.  

About the Program

The PhD program is aimed at helping the student acquire proficiency in the chosen area through course work, followed by doctoral research. A PhD student is required to complete a minimum of 4 courses and 32 units (two semester load) of research subject to a minimum total academic load of 4 semesters. He is also required to pass the PhD comprehensive examination held on completion of his course work.

A student in the PhD program will register for four elective courses, as advised by DPGC member belonging to his area of specialization, if thesis supervisor has not been decided at the time of registration. In other cases, he may register for thesis on the advice of supervisor. In the subsequent semester he registers for research and courses as advised by his supervisor. At the end of the course work the student will appear for the PhD comprehensive examination, and continue his research towards completion of his Doctoral Thesis.

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Guidelines for Admission of Foreign Students in PG Program

  1. The applicants should send the applications (on plain paper) together with all supporting documents directly to the Dean of Academic Affairs (DOAA).
  2. The DOAA will send the applications to the concerned Departments and try to identify the mentors (adviser) for the candidates. Together with this, the Department committee (DPGC) will find out the suitability of the candidate. The committee has to be convinced that the candidate has a reasonably good background to earn 7.5 CPI every semester.
  3. On the basis of the recommendations of the Department, DOAA and the Chairman-SPGC will prepare the documents and get the approval of the Chairman-Senate for admission.
  4. At this stage, the offer letters (admission only) will be sent to the candidates and they will be advised to contact the HRD ministry of their own countries for formal permission etc.
  5. The selected candidates will also be suggested to find out the sponsorship. For the students from the European/North American countries, the problem may be trivial. However, we shall help the students, who will not be able to find out a sponsorship from elsewhere. We shall try for their support through ICCR .
  6. Once all these are settled, the student will be asked to fill out a form (basically, name, passport number etc.) and submit it to the local Indian Embassy. This is in addition to his/her application for obtaining visa. In India, we shall also send requests to our home ministry through MHRD for the approval of a long-term stay.

For further details on admission policy and tuition waver, visit:

 For specific queries on the postgraduate program in Aerospace Engineering, please contact:

Dr. Ashoke De
Convener, DPGC
Email: dpgcae[AT]

Download Relevant Forms

Application form

Letter of Reference form

M.Tech. Admissions

Admission to M. Tech. Program is made once a year in July. Candidates with B.E./B.Tech. degree in Aerospace / Aeronautical, Mechanical, Automobile, Production, Civil, Chemical, Naval Architecture, Electrical, Electronics / Electronics and Communication, Metallurgy / Metallurgy & Material Science, Instrumentation, Mechatronics; four year BS degree in Physics, Mathematics or MSc degree in Physics, Mathematics and Engineering Physics with valid GATE score can apply for M.Tech. program. The admission criterion for 2014 would be announce after GATE 2014. The details of admission procedure for 2014 is included below.

Non-Sponsored M.Tech Candidates (2014)

Non-sponsored candidates to M. Tech. program were required to appear in a written test. The list of the candidates short-listed for the written test  is announced through department website.

  • Written test will be held on May 10th 2014 in Lecture Hall Complex at IIT Kanpur.

  • The written test will be of two hours duration. The test is based on mathematics and basic subjects of the Undergraduate Engineering Program. Candidates have to answer five questions (Two compulsory mathematics questions + any three out of eight in subject questions). 

Sponsored (By Industry / Govt. Labs) M.Tech Candidates (2014)

Interviews for sponsored M.Tech. candidates will be held on May 5th 2014 in the Department of Aerospace Engineering. Candidates may be asked to appear for a short written test in mathematics before the interview. The details will be announced on the department webpage.

General Guidlines

The admission in Aerospace Engineering Department is under four major streams:

  1. Propulsion
  2. Structures, Structural Dynamics & Aeroelasticity
  3. Flight Mechanics and Control
  4. Aerodynamics

Detailed specialization areas for each stream is included below.

Note: Students from Electronics (EE, ECE etc.), Maths and Physics background would be assigned the stream of specialization towards the end of first semester along with the supervisor allocation.

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  • Experimental & Computational Combustion
  • Emissions
  • Liquid Atomization
  • Turbomachinery
  • Intake Aerodynamics
  • Thrust Vectoring
  • Electric Propulsion

Structures, Structural Dynamics & Aeroelasticity

  • Material Characterization
  • Composite Materials and Smart Structures
  • Structural Dynamics and Stochastic Modeling
  • Aeroelasticity
  • Helicopter Theory (Dynamics & Aerodynamics)
  • Structural Design & Optimization
  • Damage Modeling
  • Design and Dynamics of Autonomous Micro and Mini Air Vehicles
  • Wind Turbines

Flight Mechanics and Control

  • Design & Control
  • Missile Guidance & Control
  • Flight Testing
  • Instrumentation & Parameter Estimation
  • Unmanned & Autonomous Air Vehicle
  • Space Dynamics


  • Experimental Aerodynamics
  • High Speed Jets, Acoustics
  • Unsteady Aerodynamics & Flapping Wing
  • Transition & Turbulence
  • Hypersonic Aerodynamics, Microfluidics
  • CFD/High Performance Computing
  • Flow Control, Wind Energy & Design
  • Fluid-Structure Interactions

For eligibility criteria visit this link. For any query, please contact:

Dr. Ashoke De
DPGC Department of Aerospace Engineering
IIT Kanpur, Kanpur-208 016, UP (India)
Email: dpgcae[AT]

Mr. Pronabh Barua
Office of Department of Aerospace Engineering
IIT Kanpur, Kanpur-208 016, UP (India)
Email: dpgcae[AT]
Ph: +91-512-2597626(O)