M Tech-for Sponsored candidates

The Institute offers programmes based on course work: Master of Technology (M Tech) for the sponsored candidates from Defence, DRDO, BARC, ISRO, NAL, KSRTC, BMTC, BDA, PWD, CPRI, ACIWRM:Water Resource Dept(WRD) GoK, Ministry of Water Research(MOWR) and Central water Commission(CWC) under DRIP Project. The Institute admits about 50 students every year under sponsored category for its course programmes.

  • Eligibility
  • Selection Procedure
  • Online Application Instructions

Candidates possessing a minimum of Second Class in the following degrees are eligible to apply.

(a)       Bachelor’s degree holders in Engineering/Technology or its equivalent.

(b)       B.E./B.Tech. equivalent examinations of Professional Societies, recognized by MoE/UPSC/AICTE (e.g AMIE by Institutions of Engineers). Note: Candidates enrolled upto 31.05.2013 with professional societies(e.g AMIE) recognized by MoE are only eligible to apply

(c)       Master’s degree holders in Science including Physics with Electronics/ Instrumentation/Geology/ Computer Applications/ Physical Sciences/ Mathematical Sciences as applicable to individual departments offering M Tech programmes.

Sponsored candidates are entitled to choose only one discipline from the 16 M Tech programmes listed.

 Note:  Organization-wise disciplines available are:


Organization M Tech disciplines
ISRO, BARC,NTRO All the disciplines
Defence CS, ELC, SP, AE, AI, ME, MV, NE
KSRTC, NEKRTC, BMTC, BDA, PWD, ACIWRM:Water Resource Dept(WRD) GoK, Ministry of Water Research(MOWR) and Central water Commission(CWC) under DRIP Project CE

The participating departments/centres, disciplines, minimum qualifications, areas of study are listed in the table given below.

Sl.No.DisciplineDepartment/CentreQualificationAreas of study
1Aerospace Engineering (AE)Aerospace EngineeringBE / B Tech or equivalent degree in Aeronautical; Mechanical; Civil; Chemical; Electrical; Electronics or Communication.Structures, Aerodynamics; Propulsion; Control and Guidance of Aircraft, Rockets and Spacecraft.
2Chemical Engineering (CH)Chemical EngineeringBE / B Tech or equivalent degree in Chemical Engineering.Catalyst design and synthesis; Cell membranes and soft interfaces; Computational biology; therapeutic engineering; host-pathogen interactions; and dynamics of infectious diseases; Energy storage in batteries and supercapacitors; gas hydrates; High resolution single molecule techniques to probe nanoscale biosystems; Microfluidics and soft solids; Modelling; optimization and control of bioreactors; Nanotechnology for sensors; actuators; fuel and solar cells; Polymer degradation; Reaction engineering in multifunctional and microreactors; Rheology and dynamics of powders; and suspensions of living and nonliving matter; Water remediation/purification; activated carbon fabric.
3 Civil Engineering*(CE)Civil Engineering*BE / B Tech or equivalent degree in Civil.Geotechnical Engineering; Water Resources and Environmental Engineering; Structural Engineering, Transportation Systems Engineering, Dam Engineering.
4Mechanical Engineering(ME)Mechanical EngineeringBE/ B Tech or equivalent degree in Mechanical.Solid Mechanics; Finite Element Analysis; Computer Aided Design; Non-Linear Dynamics; Vibration; Technical Acoustics; Design of Mechanical Systems; Robotics; Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems; Nano-Mechanics; Biomechanics; Tribology; Advanced Manufacturing Process; Material Science; Fluid Mechanics; Heat Transfer; I C Engines; Combustion; Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning.
5Materials Engineering(MT)Materials EngineeringBE / B Tech or equivalent degree in Metallurgy, Ceramic Engineering/Technology, Polymer, Plastics, Materials Science and/or Engineering Materials: Structural Alloys (light metal, superalloys, refractory metals), Shape Memory Alloys, Engineering Ceramics, Nanomaterials, Electronic Materials, Ferroelectrics and Multiferroics, Polymer Blends and Nanocomposites, Organic Photovoltaics. Phenomena: Phase Transformations, Rapid Solidification, Mechanical Alloying, Diffusion, Texture and Grain Boundary Engineering, Mechanical Behaviour including Creep, Superplasticity, Fatigue and Fracture, Thin Films and Coatings, Contact Deformation, Tribology, Thermoelectromechanical Phenomena, Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering, Sensors, Mineral Processing, Biohydrometallurgy, Extractive Metallurgy. Computational Modeling of Processes, Alloy Stability, Defects and Transformations.
6Computer Science & Engineering(CS)Computer Science & AutomationBE / B Tech or equivalent degree in Computer Science / Engineering; Information Technology; Information Science/Engineering.Theoretical Computer Science: Algorithms; Complexity Theory; Combinatorial Optimization; Graph Theory; Information and Coding Theory; Cryptography; Cryptology; Computational Geometry; Computational Topology; Algorithmic Algebra; Computational Biology; Automata Theory; Formal Verification. Computer Systems and Software: Computer Architecture; Multi-Core Computing; Parallel and High Performance Computing; Operating Systems; Storage Systems; Security; Database Systems; Cloud Computing; Distributed Computing; Modeling and Simulation; Compiler Design; Program Analysis; Programming Languages; Software Engineering; Adhoc Mobile and Sensor Networks; Graphics and Visualization. Intelligent Systems: Data Mining; Data Analytics; Deep Learning; Information Retrieval; Machine Learning; Pattern Recognition; Reinforcement Learning; Convex Optimization; Stochastic Control and Optimization; Game Theory; Auctions and Mechanism Design; Electronic Markets; Social Network Analysis; Cognitive Systems; Natural Language Processing.
7Electronics and Communication Engineering (ELC)Electrical Communica-tion Engineer-ingBE / B Tech or equivalent degree in Electronics & Communication Telecommunication; Electronics; Electrical Engineering with specialization in Electronics & Communication.Communications and Networking; Information and Coding Theory; Wireless Communication, AI/ML for Communications, Cyber Physical Systems, High Frequency Circuits & Systems, Signal & Information Sciences.
8Electrical Engineering(EE)Electrical EngineeringBE / B Tech or equivalent degree in Electrical  or Electrical and Electronics Engineering.Power Systems, Power Electronics, High Voltage Engineering.
9Microelectro-nics and VLSI Design (MV)Jointly conducted by Electrical Communication Engg &  Electronic  Systems EnggBE/ B Tech or equivalent degree in Electrical; Electronics and Communication; Computer Science/Engineering; Instrumentation with Electronics.Microelectronics: (1) Basics of Semiconductor Devices and Technology; (2) Foundations of Nanoelectronics Devices; (3) Microelectronics Lab; (4) Physics and Design of Transistors; (5) Carrier Transport in Nanoelectronics Devices; (6) Art of Compact Modelling; (7) Optoelectronic Devices; (8) Special Topics in Nanoelectronics and (9) Design of Power Semiconductor Devices VLSI Design: (1) Digital VLSI Circuit; (2) Analog VLSI Circuits; (3) Digital Systems Design with FPGAs; (4) Integrated Circuits for Wireless Communication; (5) RF IC and Systems; (6) Photonic Integrated Circuits; (7) Advanced ESD devices, Circuits and Design Methods; (8) Reliability of Nanoscale Circuits and Systems.
10Signal Processing (SP)Jointly conducted by Electrical Engineering  & Electrical Communication EngineeringBE / B Tech or equivalent degree in Electrical or Electrical & Electronics Engineering; Electronics and Communication; Telecommunication.Digital Signal Processing; Image Processing; Signal Compression; Neural Networks; Biomedical Signal Processing; Speech/Audio Info. Processing; Array Processing; Pattern Recognition; Signal Processing for Communication; Sparse Signal Processing; Compressed Sensing Indoor Localization. Detection and Estimation.
11Electronic Systems Engineering (ED)Electronic Systems EngineeringBE / B Tech or equivalent degree with Electronics as one of the subjects of study or M Sc or equivalent degree in Physics with Electronics as the special subject. (M Sc or equivalent degree holders should possess 2 years experience in Electronics hardware). Digital and Analog Circuits, Power Conversion, VLSI Design, Semiconductor Devices and Technology, Electronic Systems Packaging, Mathematics for Electrical Engineers. Signal Processing and Information Theory, VLSI Systems Architecture, Processor Design, Embedded Systems and Networking, Machine Learning.
12Computational and Data Science (CP)Department of Computational & Data SciencesBE / B Tech or equivalent degree in any discipline or M Sc or equivalent degree in any discipline Multidisciplinary Program Addressing: Computational and Data Science topics including: Numerical Linear Algebra, Numerical Methods, Modeling and Simulation, Optimization, Parallel computing, Distributed systems, Cloud computing, Big Data platforms, loT, Database systems; Scalable methods, Machine learning, AI, Deep Learning, Computer vision, NLP, data analysis, visualization.
13Climate Science (CL)Centre for Atmospheric and Oceanic SciencesBE / B Tech or equivalent degree in any discipline or M Sc or equivalent degree in Physical Sciences.Interdisciplinary Programme Covering Atmospheric Dynamics and Thermodynamics, Ocean Dynamics, Clouds Radiation and Climate, Earth System, Numerical Modeling of Climate, Methods of Observations, Satellite Meteorology, Climate Data Time Series Analysis.
14Instrumentation Systems (INS)Instrumenta-tion and Applied PhysicsBE / B Tech or equivalent degree or M Sc or equivalent degree with specialization in Instrumentation.Nanoelectronic Devices; Quantum Dots (QD); Graphene Electronics; Micro and Nano Systems; Layered 2D Materials; Sensors and related Instrumentation; QD containing Optical Fibers; Nanoscale Imaging; Super-Resolution Microscopy and Imaging; Fluorescence Microscopy; Precision Motion Control; Microfluidics and Devices; Nano-metrology; Atomic Force Microscopy; Semiconductor Devices and Circuits; Electrical Transport Studies in Low-dimensional Materials; QD Lasers; Bioinstrumentation; Materials Science;Electrical and Thermal Contact Resistance; Fibre-Bragg Grating Sensors; Phase Change Memories; Energy Systems; Image Processing; Microfluidics and Lab-on-a-Chip; Interferometry; Computational Imaging; Image Processing; Biomedical Instrumentation; Optofluidics and Point-of-Care Diagnostics; Optical metrology; Optical Microscopy; Quantum Computing, Microwave Engineering, Tomography, Deep-Learning, Photoacoustic Imaging, Thin Films and Coatings, Reconfigurable Metasurfaces, Stretchable Electronics and Photonics, Energy Harvesting Systems.
15Earth Science (ER)Centre for Earth SciencesBE / B Tech or equivalent degree in any discipline  or M Sc or equivalent degree in any discipline.Interdisciplinary programme covering solid Earth processes; geochemistry and geochemical cycles; petrology; Earth system interaction; seismotectonics; seismic hazards; geophysical fluid dynamics.
16Nano Science and Engineering (NE)Centre for Nano Science and EngineeringBE / B Tech or equivalent degree in any discipline or M Sc or equivalent degree in Electronics; Physics; Chemistry.Interdisciplinary program covering Solid state physics, Nanomaterials, Nanoelectronics, MEMS and NEMS, Nanophotonics, Biosensors, Micro/Nano fluidics, with hands-on training on Nanofabrication and Nano Characterization techniques
17Quantum Technology (QT)Instrumentation and Applied PhysicsBE / B Tech or equivalent degree in any discipline or M Sc or equivalent degree in any discipline or 4 years Bachelor of Science or equivalent in any discipline of Science/Research In all cases a strong mathematical background is required. Quantum Computation and Simulation, Quantum Communications, Quantum Measurement and Sensing, Materials for Quantum Technologies
18Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS)Robert Bosch Center for Cyber Physical SystemsBE / B Tech or equivalent degree in Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical, Electronics/ Electrical Communication Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or M Sc or equivalent degree in Computer Science or 4 years Bachelor of Science or equivalent in Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical, Electronics/Electrical Communication Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Foundational concepts in Mathematical Foundations like Linear Algebra, Computational Techniques, Probability and Statistics, Control & Optimization, Statistical Signal Processing, Planning & Decisions, Stochastic and Data driven Control, AI for Robotics, Dynamics & Kinematics, Formal Techniques for CPS Applied concepts in Networking for Robotics & Autonomous Systems, Real-Time Embedded Systems, Sensing & Actuation Systems, Applied Machine Learning for Speech & Vision, Reinforcement Learning for Robot Control, Swarm & Team Robotics, Human-Machine Interactions & social robotics, Security, Safety & Privacy for Autonomous Systems, Autonomous ground/air Robots, Navigation & Guidance, Perception via Signal & Image Processing Experiential learning via laboratory modules for: Mobile robot programming, Control of Industrial Robot Arms, Programming of Legged Robots, Programming of Drone Systems, Tele-Robotics, Secure Data Pipelines, Robot Simulation Frameworks, VR/AR & Speech Interfaces for Robots, ROS/ROS2 Software stacks, Machine Learning for Robots, Robot hardware for Sensor & Actuator Systems, 3D Design and Prototyping for Robotics, Drone Piloting, Game engine programming, GPU Programming. There will be a total of 12 credits allocated to laboratory training with 6 credits for field robotics training in IISc’s Challakere campus & Drones.

After screening based on the basic qualifications, online interview will be conducted on


11 – 12 May 2021 – DEFENCE and DRDO.

Selection will be based on the performance in the interview.


(a) The names of the Candidates short-listed for the aptitude test/group discussion and interview will be posted on the applicant’s interface on IISc admission porta. Shortlisted candidates can take a print-out of the interview letters from the respective candidate’s LOGIN page and make necessary arrangements for attending the interview. No separate communication will be sent by post.

(b) Candidates called for the aptitude test/group discussion and interview have to make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation etc( Not applicable for current admission).

(c) Candidates called for the aptitude test/group discussion and interview should bring with them attested copies of all their transcripts (marks cards from SSLC or its equivalent onwards, degree certificates of the qualifying examinations, etc.) and produce them before the interview committee, failing which they will not be interviewed.

(d) Candidates belonging to the SC/ST category should bring the original caste/tribe certificate, issued by a competent authority for the purposes of verification.

(e) OBC candidates belonging to the non creamy layer/minorities (as listed in the Central list) must produce the valid OBC-NCL l certificates issued on or after 1st April, 2021 by a competent authority at the time of interview

(f) If you belong to Economically Weaker Section (EWS) – you must produce the original Income and Asset Certificate issued on or after 01 April 2021 by the competent authority

(g) Candidates belonging to the PwD (persons with disability) and KM (Kashmiri-Migrants) categories should produce the originals of the appropriate certificates, issued as per Government of India rules, and Kashmiri Pandit/Kashmiri Hindu Family living in Kashmiri valley should produce Kashmiri valley domicle certificate

(h) The offer letter for the selected candidates will be posted on the Applicant’s interface on the IISc admission portal under the Application Status. They can download the offer letter and make the necessary arrangements including payment of fees etc. No separate communication will be sent by post

(i)  At the time of joining, candidates should have completed all the requirements for the award of the qualifying degree including all examinations, dissertation projects, viva-voce, etc.

(j) Only candidates who produce all the mark sheets and degree certificates (original/provisional) issued by the University Authorities will be given admission.

Step 1: Register with your e-mail (preferably gmail) address and a password to start the online application process by creating a new user account.  (New user to register click here). Email ID used to register cannot be changed later.

Registration form for IISc Online Application

  1. Name of the candidate: Enter your name as it appears in your degree certificate. It cannot be altered at a later stage.
  2. Password: Choose password of your choice.
  3. Date of Birth: Enter your date of birth as it appears in your degree certificate.
  4. Email Address: Enter your e-mail address.
  5. Security Question: Select any one security question: “What is your mother’s maiden name” for your password retrieval purpose.
  6. Security Answer: Enter the answer for the question you have chosen above

When you submit the registration form, you will receive an e-mail asking you to verify your e-mail address by clicking on a link.

After the e-mail address is verified, your registration is complete.

Step 2: Log in to the website to fill the application form. You will need information about / from the following documents, so have them handy.

  • Certificate / Mark sheets of: 10th Std, 12th Std, UG Degree and/or PG Degree.
  • Details (Registration/Roll Numbers, Paper Code /Score etc.) of GATE / CEED.
  • Payment Option : Decide on the mode of payment you prefer towards the application fee. Mode of payment available are Online – Net banking, Visa Card/Master Card, Debit/Credit Cards. Application fee Rs 800/-,  bank charges extra.
  • A scanned image of your passport size photograph (to be uploaded).
  • A scanned image of your signature (to be uploaded).

The Application Form is divided into four sections, each appearing inside a separate tab (see the screenshot below)           

  • You have to fill all the details (especially mandatory fields) within a given tab, click on “Save & Proceed” button to proceed to the next tab.
  • Unless you fill the mandatory fields in a tab you will not be allowed to move to the next tab.
  • On clicking the “Save & Proceed” button, if the browser does not take you to the next tab, it means some mandatory fields have not been filled (correctly), if this happens look for error messages which are displayed in red.
  • Detailed instructions for the fields in each tab are given below.

TAB 1: Personal Details

  1. Name of the candidate: has been taken from your Registration form. You cannot edit/change it now.
  2. Date of Birth: has been taken from your Registration form. You cannot edit/change it now.
  3. Email Address: has been taken from your Registration form. You cannot edit/change it now.
  4. Gender: Choose your gender by clicking on appropriate radio button.
  5. Nationality: Choose your nationality by clicking any of the radio buttons.
  6. State of domicile: will appear if you are Indian. Select state of domicile in the dropdown menu.
  7. Country: will appear if you are non Indian. Select the country in the dropdown menu.
  8. Category: chose your category by clicking on the appropriate radio button.
  9. OBC – Sub-Classification: will appear if you choose “Other backward class”. Again select from one of those radio buttons. Candidates must ensure that they appear in the Central List.
  10. Sub category: choose one from the radio button.
  1. Contact Details: Provide your contact details by filling the text boxes and making the choice from the dropdown menu for ‘State’.
  2. Current employment: Please provide Name of the company, Designation, office address and experience.
  3. Passport size photograph: Click on the space provided and upload your photograph in jpeg, gif, tiff, or png formats (Note: it should not exceed 1 Mb).
  4. Scanned image of your signature: Click on the space provided and upload your signature in jpeg, gif, tiff, or png formats.


On clicking the “Save & Proceed” button, if the browser does not take you to the next tab, it means some mandatory fields have not been filled (correctly), if this happen look for error messages which are displayed in red.

TAB 2: Preference of Departments

  1. Qualifying Degree: Select your Qualifying degree from the drop-down menu.
  2. Branch/Specialization: Select your branch in your qualifying degree from the drop-down menu.
  3. Status: choose appropriate status from the radio buttons
  4. Class: choose the class from the drop down menu (if your university does not announce the class leave it blank)
  5. Preferences of Discipline(s): Give your choices by selecting from the drop down menu. Only one discipline is allowed.

Note:  Organization-wise disciplines available 

Organization M Tech disciplines
ISRO, BARC,NTRO All the16 disciplines
Defence CS, CN, SP, AE, ME, MV, NE

TAB 3: Details of qualification

In this tab you will provide details of marks/grades you obtained in examinations: 10th Std*, 12th Std*/Diploma,  Undergraduate* and Post-Graduate, (if applicable).

Each of these exam is to be selected from the drop down menu in item 1, for example you choose 10th std from the drop down menu: after entering all the details, you press the “SAVE” button. In the right side bar entitles “Entry Status” you will see a green (tick mark) against 10th Std.

Now select the next exam in the “Qualification” drop down and fill the details.

The right side bar entitled “Entry Status” (see the picture above) provides visual feedback to you about the details of what you have filled.

  1. Qualification: choose from the dropdown menu, 10th and 12th Std / Diploma, Undergraduate or Post-Graduate
  2. SSLC/10th Standard: Select the year of passing from the popup menu. Fill in the school name and place; select the board you studied from the popup menu. Enter the aggregate percentage of marks and the main subjects you studied.
  1. II PUC/12th Standard/ Diploma : Same as above. (If qualified in Diploma – should fill all the semester-wise/year-wise details in the columns provided)
  1. Undergraduate:
  1. Degree: Select your degree you are studying or completed.
  2. Branch / Specialization: Select your branch / Specialization.
  3. Year of passing: Select from the drop down menu.
  4. Fill in the institution/college name and place.
  5. University: Select from the drop down menu. If not listed in the dropdown, choose “others” and specify below.
  6. List Key Subjects: Fill the key subjects you have studied separated by comma. (Max 250 characters).
  7. Rank: Fill if you have any.
  8. Class: Choose the class from the dropdown menu (if your university does not announce the class, leave it blank.
  9. Semester-wise Marks:
  10. Percentage / GPA: Select appropriately. If GPA, then specify “out of”
  11. Enter the percentage of marks obtained semester wise in the semester columns if in semester pattern OR otherwise if you are under annual pattern fill the marks of 1st ,2nd 3rd and 4th year in the 2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th semester columns for 1st,2nd,3rd,4th year marks respectively. If you are in the final year and do not have the marks of the 7th and 8th semester, fill in up to the 6th semester and leave the other columns blank.
  1. Post-Graduate: Same as above, (if applicable)


Either your Undergraduate degree or Post-Graduate degree must match with the ‘Qualifying Degree’ that you entered in ‘Preference of Department(s)’ page.

TAB 4: Application Fees

  1. Fee Amount: Rs 800/-, bank charges extra.
  2. Mode of Payment: Decide the mode of payment you would prefer towards the application fees. The options available are :  Online – Net banking, Visa Card/Master Card, Debit/Credit Cards.

Online payment made (using – Net banking, Visa Card/Master Card, Debit/Credit Cards) the link will take you to your banker’s website and after the transaction is complete it must get back to the IISc online application page to “Submit” the online form.

For some reason if the link did not get back to the IISc online application page, you need to wait for 24 hours from the date and time of the transaction for us to update the link.  NEVER MAKE SECOND TIME PAYMENT. If you got a transaction ID for having payment made, just check the application status after 24 hours.

After 24 hours you must login to Online Applicant Interface and edit the application by clicking on the application “Number”  then click on the “National Entrance Test Details” tab then again click on the “Next Screen” button which will take you to the “Application Fee” screen with the “Proceed” button enabled.  Click on the “Proceed” button and submit the application form.

When you have completed the application you will see the following screen,

Please preview your application for by clicking the ‘Preview your Application form’ button.

On clicking the “Preview your Application form”  button you will get a PDF of preview copy of your Application form, go through it carefully  to verify all the details, if you find any errors go back to the online Application form by clicking ‘EDIT’ button and correct them. Preview this version again; to ensure all the corrections have been incorporated.

Repeat this process until your Application form is completely and correctly filled.

Be careful you” CANNOT “edit/change the application form after you SUBMIT the application form.

After satisfying yourself about the correctness of the application form, press “CONFIRM TO SUBMIT”Button.

This will give you the PDF of your application form, store it carefully

  1. For your records
  2. Send the print out of the application form (2 copies) to the “Asst. Registrar (Academic), Admissions unit, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore -560 012.” on or before 30 March 2020 along with the documents mentioned in check list.