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Eligibility FAQ


1. What is the eligibility requirement for admission ?

For IISc Bangalore: First class (as declared by the university) for General/OBC category candidates and second class (as declared by the university) or 50% aggregate marks, without rounding off, for SC/ST and PD category candidates in the qualifying degree.

For IIT Guwahati: At least (a) 55%marks in Major/Honors and pass in all other subjects, including languages and subsidiaries Or (b) 55% aggregate marks (taking into account all subjects, including languages and subsidiaries, all years combined) for General/OBC category candidates; and at least (a) 50%marks in Major/Honors and pass in all other subjects, including languages and subsidiaries Or (b) 50% aggregate marks (taking into account all subjects, including languages and subsidiaries, all years combined) for SC, ST and PD category candidates in the qualifying degree.

For all other IITs: At least 55% aggregate marks, without rounding off, (taking into account all subjects, including languages and subsidiaries, all years combined) for General/OBC Category candidates and at least 50% aggregate marks, without rounding off, (taking into account all subjects, including languages and subsidiaries, all years combined) for SC/ST and PD Category candidates in the qualifying degree.

For candidates with letter grades/CGPA (instead of percentage of marks) the equivalence in percentage of marks will be decided by the admitting institute(s).

Proof of having passed the qualifying degree with the required eligibility, as specified by the admitting institute should be submitted by 30thSeptember, 2014.

Reservation Policy: As per the Government of India norms.

2. I am eligible under the OBC-NCL category. Is there any information that I need to know ?

Please send an OBC-NCL certificate in the valid format shown in the JAM 2013 brochure along with your application materials. If you do not send a valid OBC-NCL certificate, you will be considered under the General category.

From April 2012, Socially and Educationally Backward Classes-Minorities (SEBC-M) is an additional category under OBC-NCL. Please check whether you qualify for SEBC-M as defined in Clause (c) of the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992 by the Central Government of India [for SEBC-(M)] and as defined in Column 3 of the Schedule to the Government of India, Department of Personnel & Training O.M. No. 36012/22/93-Estt. (SCT) dated 08/09/93, modified vide OM No. 36033/3/2004 Estt. (Res.) dated 09/03/2004, or the latest notification of the Government of India, if applicable [for OBC(NCL)].

3. I am interested in the MSc-PhD programmes at the IITs. If I am admitted to one of these programmes and wish to discontinue the PhD programme for some reason, am I eligible for an MSc degree ?

If you are applying to the MSc-PhD programs at the IITs, it is expected that your interest lies in research and the PhD degree is your long-term goal. If for some reason, students are unable to continue for the PhD degree, then different IITs have different exit options.

At IIT Kanpur, transfer from the MSc-PhD dual degree programme to the MSc programme is not permitted. However, for students admitted to the MSc-PhD dual degree programme, MSc degree will be given after successful completion of all academic requirements for the first six semesters while working towards the PhD degree.

At IIT Kharagpur, a student admitted to the joint MSc-PhD programs will be eligible for consideration to take admission into the PhD programme provided the student obtains a certain minimum CGPA at the end of the fourth semester. Otherwise the student will have to leave with a MSc degree. A student may also on his/her own decide not to continue with the PhD programme and leave with an MSc degree after successful completion of all the academic requirements for the first four semesters.

For all other IITs, the policy for exit options, if any, can be obtained from the websites of the respective departments offering the programmes.