Announcement for Admission to the Ph.D Program in Cognitive Science
Commencing from July, 2017 (2017-18-I Semester)


The Inter-disciplinary Program in Cognitive Science at IIT Kanpur announces its first round of admissions for Ph.D in Cognitive Science starting July 2017.

Eligibility Criteria for Admission:

  • MA/M.Sc/M.Phil/MS/equivalent degree (Cognitive Science./ Psychology/ Linguistics/Philosophy/Anthropology/Physics/Chemistry/Mathematics/Statistics/Biosciences/related disciplines) with a minimum of 60% or 6.0/10 (grade point average) in the qualifying degree. A valid score/qualification in GATE/ CSIR/ JRF/ NET/other equivalent exams. Applicants from IITs with a grade point average of 8.0/10 (or equivalent) are exempted from the GATE/ CSIR/ JRF/ NET requirement.
  • M.Tech/ME/MD (any branch) with a minimum of 60% or 6.0/10 (grade point average) in the qualifying degree.
  • B.Tech/BE (any branch), BS (4-year program) (Physics/ Chemistry/ Mathematics/ Statistics/Biosciences/ related sciences), MBBS. Applicant must have a minimum of 75% or 7.5/10 in the qualifying degree. Should have a valid score/qualification in GATE/ CSIR/ JRF/NET/other equivalent exam. Applicants from CFTIs (centrally funded technical institutions) with a grade point average of 7.5/10 (or equivalent) and those with an MBBS degree are exempted from the GATE/ CSIR/ JRF/NET requirement.

Applicants found suitable for admission will be shortlisted for an entrance test and interview at IIT Kanpur. Final admission will be based on the performance in the entrance test and interview.

Starting Date: June 14, 2017 (00:00 Hrs)

Last date for submitting the application: July 06, 2017 (23:59 Hrs)

Our online application portal can be accessed at: PG Online Portal

For more information on the Inter-disciplinary Program in Cognitive Science, please visit: Cognitive Science


(i) Reservations (for SC/ST/OBC(NCL)/PwD candidates) shall apply as per Government of India rules.

(ii)The certificate for SC/ST/OBC(NCL)/PwD must be submitted in the specified format. The formats can be downloaded from the links :

(iii) Application Procedure:

  • Candidates can apply online only. There is no provision for offline submission of application forms.

  • Applicants must provide the details of at least two persons who can provide reference letters [Reference Letter Format] in support of candidature of applicant through an email at:

    Prof. Harish Karnick
    Convenor, DPGC
    Cognitive Science IDP
    IIT Kanpur

  • The application fee is Rs.400 for General and OBC candidates and Rs.200 for SC/ST and all PwD candidates. The fee must be paid online through debit card or credit card or internet banking available at payment gateways provided in the online application portal.

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