IIT-KGP MS/PhD : some points to Remember

Posted: March 29, 2012 in Advice For Gate Preparation

One year ago when i was searching for some news about IIT-KGP MS interview , i did not find  one in Internet . So what i decided to mail directly  Research Scholars  to know about it. I got their mail-id from CS department  site and mail few people. After few days i got a reply from only one kind person Mr.S . And in this post i want to describe the complete information about IIT-KGP MS/PhD interview process .

I have seen many people talking about it that to get MS in KGP you need a good Relation with KGP Professors, but believe me this is completely wrong What you have to do is to give a Test and Interview based on their requirements in projects  ,which generally posted here http://www.iitkgp.ac.in/temporary-jobs 

Here is the complete discussions:

Dear X,(me)

Good to hear of your interest in pursuing a higher degree. Which university did you pass out from and in which year?

Here are the rules for joining an MS/PhD program at IIT KGP:

1) MS – For joining MS, you have to first join as a project fellow/staff after clearing a written exam and interview. Once you are through, you will be eligible to appear for an MS interview. Once you clear the second test, you are eligible to enroll as an MS student. In case you fail to clear the second test, it will mean that you will continue to work as a project staff. However, you can retake the second test again next semester and so on. GATE scores are not mandatory for MS, however, having a good GATE score will obviously further your chances.

2) PhD – Students can enroll for the PhD program either as a project fellow or as an institute fellow. Institute fellows are admitted twice a year and the notices are published on the institute website. The rules for enrolling as a project fellow is similar to MS. I am not sure about the GATE requirements for PhD.

1.Q.  For joining as a project fellow/staff i have to sit for written test and interview. Now my question is what kind of preparation need to clear the test? what is test pattern and type of questions they ask in test?

Ans: The syllabus is attached along with this mail. It is very basic and not too tough. However, you cannot be sure and should try and revise as much as possible. Usually, questions from networking, database and compilers are not asked frequently. This will also depend on the type of project that you are applying for.

2.Q.  What kind of questions they can ask in interview ? It is research related programme so i have to choose my area of interest and my research guide in this interview.I have heard it ,is it true? can you please share your interview experience with me ?

Ans: No, the questions are from basic and theoretical CS. For MS, you are not usually allowed to choose a guide like in PhD. The project guide is usually your MS research guide as well.

3.Q. The most important question is  what are the area of research they can provide me ? as i have interest in DBMS, Automata  , Algorithm and Data Structure ,so can i choose my area of research as my own or they can provide it by them ?

Ans: Research work is usually not confined to any particular field, therefore, rigidly sticking to any subject is not always possible. For this you can talk to your prospective guide. The area of research will obviously depend on the project that you will be working on.

4. Q. My B.Tech % is 70.07 and i don’t publish any paper yet . Is it ok to get a call from them ?

Ans: You have to check the project requirements. Sometimes, the cutoff is set at 75 or 80 also. Sometimes, it is also 60.

5. Q. Please guide me how i can apply for project fellow ? in which month IITKGP organize it’s written test for project fellow?

Ans: Admission as a project fellow is all round the year, depending on the inflow of projects. You can keep an eye on the following link:


6. Q. Is there any stipend/fellowship they provide for this programme?

Ans: It is there, and the amount will be advertised before hand. The amount depends on the budget and the guide.

 <NEW >    MS Rules for KGP —->  RulesAandRegulationsForMS

Here is the syllabus for the Test :


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  25. vivek says:

    is there anyone?? still??
    i have a query for this post.for MS??

    • ADMIN says:

      please ask your query here.

      • vivek says:

        i m going to apply for such 1 of the post of JRF in project going on in IITKGP. i am Btech graduate and having gate score card. what is process there to choose the deserving candidate?? they asked for MTECH guys and if btech only,gate score card.i do have one with decent score(not brilliant 640+).will they prefer m tech guys over me??if selected for interview,what should be the approach to crack the interview?? they asked fo bio data.what role will it play in selection??

      • ADMIN says:

        For joining as a JRF , you have to clear a written exam and interview .

        Please read that JRF advertisement , they surely mention admission process. The recruitment process mainly depends on Project itself and The faculty member under whom you have to do that project work .

        For interview experience please read this blog post :

        You are welcome to ask if any more queries needed.

  26. vivek says:

    hello admin,
    i hv applied in one of the jrf post. last date was 21st. how would i know that whether i am selected or not?? mail or publishing on website??

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  30. Anindya Banerjee says:

    The link which is provided is not working; perhaps changed. Can u please mail the current link. Please??

  31. Samrat says:

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  32. Vishnu says:

    What is the criteria for MS in civil engineering. I didn’t find any information regarding this course. So will you please tell me any information regarding this one?

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