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New Horizons in Computer Science: Ph.D. Programme

Ashoka University is a pioneer in providing world-class liberal education in India. It aims to train students to think critically from a multi-disciplinary perspective to solve real-world problems. The Computer Science Ph.D. programme at Ashoka puts emphasis on novel research themes that cut across several disciplines, and faculty members are actively engaged in research in these disciplines.

We invite applications for a fully-funded Ph.D. program in Computer Science with a generous stipend. We are looking for candidates, who are highly motivated to do cutting-edge research and innovation.

The key features of the Ph.D. program include a research focus on multi-disciplinary areas of computer science, well-established faculty advisors, excellent research facilities, and a world-class residential campus. Students may also have opportunities for exchange visits to various prominent Universities as well as prominent industry research labs. Travel funding for quality international conferences will be provided. There could also be opportunities for supplementary industrial fellowships.

Research Focus: The current focus areas for departmental research are Computer Architecture, Operating Systems, Computing for Social Good, Cryptography, Security and Privacy, Cyber-Physical / Embedded Systems Security, Explainable AI, Data Analytics, Data Mining, Database Indexing, Spatial Databases. These areas will be the primary focus for hiring Ph.D. students for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Information About Admissions

News: The Department of Computer Science has started accepting applications for admission to the Ph.D. program for the Monsoon 2021 semester. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the entire process including tests and interviews will be held online.

Application PortalAshoka University Ph.D. Admissions

The deadline for application submission is 30th April 2021 (11:59 pm IST).

There are two admission cycles, one in the Monsoon semester and another in the Spring semester, every year. Besides the two regular admission cycles, candidates satisfying at least one of the following criteria are exempted from taking the written test and will be scheduled to directly appear for the interview.

  1. A valid GATE score of 700 or above.

Note: If you meet any of the exception criteria listed above, please send an email to phd.cs@ashoka.edu.in, along with a current resume and documentation supporting the criteria that you fulfill.


Stipend and accommodation: Ph.D. students will receive Rs. 35,000 per month as a stipend. After completing the Ph.D. candidacy requirements, Ph.D. Scholars will be eligible for the Senior Research Fellowship (SRF). The University will pay a stipend of Rs. 40,000 per month to each Senior Research Fellow. Ph.D. students will also be provided on-campus accommodation depending upon availability. In case on-campus accommodation is not available, students will be provided an additional Rs. 7000 per month as house rent allowance (HRA). There could also be opportunities for supplementary industrial fellowships.

Tuition Fee: Rs. 12,500 per semester

Admission Process

Eligibility Criteria

Note: If you have appeared for the written test and/or the interview for any of the previous two admission cycles, you are not eligible to apply in the current cycle.

B.E. / B.Tech

Bachelor’s degree holders in Computer Science/Engineering/Technology, ECE, EE (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after B.Sc/ Diploma in Engineering /Technology)

Currently in the final year or already completed

M. Sc / MCA or equivalent

Master’s degree in any branch of Computer Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalent

Currently in the final year or already completed

Int. M.E./ M.Tech. (Post-B.Sc.)

Post-BSc Integrated Master’s degree programs in CSE and related disciplines (4 years program)

Currently in the final year or already completed

Int. M.Sc/ Int. B.S.-M.S.

Integrated M.Sc. or 5 years integrated B.S.-M.S. program in CSE and related disciplines

Currently in the final year or already completed

Candidates will need to have secured 55% (or the GPA equivalent) or more in the degrees.

Written Test

The written test may consist of subjective, open-ended and multiple-choice questions. The objective of the written test is to assess the basic computer science concepts of the applicant. The topics for the written test are: (1) Discrete Mathematics (2) Probability and Statistics (3) Design and Analysis of Algorithms (4) Data Structures (4) Database Management Systems (5) Programming Languages (6) Operating Systems (7) Computer Organization and Architecture.


Application submission deadline: April 30th, 2021 (11:59 PM IST). Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Written exam Date: 8th May, 2021 (Tentative)

Interview Date: 15th May, 2021 (Tentative)

Note: Written exam and interviews will be held online.


In this cycle, all the students, who qualify in the written test, will be called for an oral interview. A typical interview will be conducted by the faculty members of the Computer Science department. The objective of the interview is to assess the student’s understanding of proposed area of research, communication skills and commitment to pursue Ph.D.

Selection Criteria

Selection will be based on merit taking a combination of factors into consideration. These factors include, but are not limited to performance of the candidate in the written test and interview, academic record and achievements such as scholarships, awards in competitions, paper publications and internship or work experience in a prestigious organization.

Application Portal

Interested candidates can apply for the Ph.D. program through Ashoka University’s Ph.D. application portal, located at the link below:



Q: How and when do I apply for admission to the Ph.D. program?

Ans: Presently, the Department runs two admission cycles. One for admission in the Monsoon semester, the application deadline for which (typically) is in April/May. The other cycle is for the Spring admission – the deadline for this cycle is in November/December.

Q: What can I expect during the Ph.D. admission process? What kind of questions can I expect in the written test? What would be asked in the interview?

Ans: We have prepared detailed guidelines on what to expect during the admission process, including the written tests and the interviews. This document can be accessed here.

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