My PhD interview Experience at NIT-Surat


The article provides the details of my Ph.D. interview at SVNIT (NIT-Surat). The articles give details of the stages of the interview, panel information, and a few questions testing my eligibility and suitability of Ph.D scholar.

Day by day technical education is improving due to increased eligibility criteria by AICTE for faculty in engineering institutions. Today, premier institutions like IITs and NITs set Ph.D. as minimum criteria for an assistant professor position. Thus, Ph.D. education is now just for the betterment of engineering education.

I have applied for Ph.D. in November 2010 and got the call for the interview in December 2010. This article is about my Ph.D. interview held (27/12/2010) in Mechanical Engineering Dept. of NIT-SURAT. The panel comprised of four members including Head of the Department.

My Proposed work of Ph.D. was "Design, Development & Investigation of Two-stage pulse tube cryocooler".

Interview procedure was as under:

1. Attendance of all selected candidates.
2. Original Document Verification of each candidate appearing for the interview.
3. Personal Interview (Including PowerPoint Presentation describing the proposed research work and its significance to the engineering world)

As I was the first member to be interviewed, I was quite nervous but the way they started with it, I felt comfortable.

The interview started by brief introduction of mine with qualifications and area of interest in research. Then I was asked to give the presentation related to my past work in M. Tech Mechanical and the future work with the scope on which my Ph.D. work will be based.

I finished the presentation very briefly and lasted for 5 minutes as they wanted to see only the work which I am going to do for the next years.

The presentation consisted of my qualification, area of interest, the feasibility of research in my area of interest and How will I do the research and in what systematic procedure.

They asked me following questions after presentation:

  1. Why you chose the the field of your interest (i.e. Cryogenics)? What is the scope after completion of your PhD?

  2. What is the reason for this particular topic (Two stage Pulse tube Cryocooler)? Why not a similar ones (Stirling, GM) in the same field?

  3. What is your priority? Work or PhD?

It was a really nice experience to remember for lifetime.

After a day, the interview result was declared and I was selected for PhD in NIT-SURAT in the Mechanical Engineering Dept.


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Comments

Guest Author: Vishwendra31 May 2016

Sir,
Hope this mail finds you in healthy condition. I just want to clarify that I am also a mechanical engineering student, currently in 2nd year of MTech (Naval architecture and ocean engineering.) I want to do Phd in fluid mechanics. So:
1. Will my MTech degree in such a branch will be a problem for it?
2. My area of interest is renewable source of energy but I have not decided the detailed objective of my Phd work as you have mentioned above at the starting of this article "my proposed Phd work". If this has to be decided then please advise me how to decide it.

Author: Mjaay16 Aug 2017 Member Level: Silver   Points : 0

Nice write up and well compiled article on Phd interview. I want to ask you that the proposed approach would contain exactly what we want to do or it is just a short elaboration of our thesis in M.Tech.
How can we find good guides in the area of our interest?

Author: DR.N.V. Srinivasa Rao17 Feb 2018 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 4

Earlier days when I was entering the University for my research work to complete my PhD, there were no interviews as there were very few candidates to get into this mode. If we get a fellowship from CSIR or UGC or the university and some professor accepts for being the guide, you were in. But slowly the trend changed. They started interviewing the candidates. But these days many universities are conducting written test and short listing the candidates for interview. Then the candidate has to attend the interview, make a presentation on the work he is going to propose for his Doctorate and should respond properly to the inquiries and doubts posed by the persons conducting the interview. So as the days are moving the admission processes are becoming more strong. It is a good article for the people who are interested to attempt for a PhD.

Author: Sheo Shankar Jha14 Jun 2019 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 6

The author has given a nice presentation and this should be the starting point for any aspirant interested to continue a PhD from any premier institution including IIT.

We can see a total departure of the trends earlier set for choosing the aspirants and in the present scenarios where the potential of an aspirant is judged by a panel of experts in the concerned subject. Needless to say, the aspirants should focus on the priorities and should do enough homework to make his presentation effective. The points to be discussed before the interviewers should be precise and relevant to the topic. While choosing a particular point to be taken up for research, the aspirant has to justify why this alone is to be taken for research. Options suggested by experts are to be examined simultaneously and the aspirant can take free recourse in explaining his ultimate area of selection.

The experts would examine the resourcefulness of the candidates as well so that he is ultimately successful in the Research assignment allocated by the guide.



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