PhD in Computer Science: Syllabus, Topics, Colleges, Salary in India 2021

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Content Curator | Updated on - Jun 11, 2021

PhD in Computer Science is a 3-year long doctorate level course in computer science and its related aspects. PhD in computer science topics of study includes Research Methodology, Data Mining, Machine Learning, Rough Set Theory, etc. The minimum eligibility criterion for admission to Ph.D. in Computer Science is M.Phil in computer science or equivalent degree with 55% marks in aggregate.

BSc in Computer syllabus is aimed at providing research and analysis level knowledge and skills to the students in the subject so as to make them well aware of each and every aspect related to the domain of computer science.

The fee for PhD in Computer Science across the course ranges from 10,000 to 2.75 Lacs across various PhD computer science colleges in India. The variation in the fee is based on the location and type of universities such as private, deemed, or government.

Admissions to PhD in computer science in India is done on the basis of a merit-list selection process, i.e., the percentage of marks obtained by the candidate at  M.Phil or equivalent level. Apart from the merit-based process, certain colleges/universities take admissions based on the score of some popular entrance exams or conduct a separate exam of their own for PhD Admission 2021

PhD in Computer Science students have a variety of options to choose from in terms of his/her career. He/she can make a start with firms such as software development, hardware manufacturing, Networking, Website management, cloud computing, etc. Students aspiring to become a lecturer in Computer science should hold a doctorate degree in Computer Science. 

PhD in Computer Science: Course Highlights

Course Type Doctorate
Area Concerned Computer Science
Duration of Course 3-5 Years
Admission process Entrance Test based/Merit-based (Based on M.Phil. (or equivalent) percentage)
Structure of Course Semester-Wise/Yearly exam based
Eligibility M.Phil. or equivalent from any recognized college/university with a minimum of 55% marks. (relaxable for reserved category candidates)
Top recruiting areas Software development, Hardware manufacturing, Networking, Website management, Cloud computing
Job Profiles Hardware Engineer, Professor, Information Research Scientist, Software Developer, Website Developer, Network Engineer, etc.
Course Fee INR 10,000 to 2,75,000
Average starting salary INR 50,000 to 1,20,000 per month

PhD in Computer Science: What is it about?                                                           

Computer science iis a wider domain of study which encompasses networking, hardware, digital electronics, software development, website development and electronic circuitry among others. The area of application of computer science has seen exponential growth since the advent of the 21st century.

The increasing growth and expansion of computer science has lead to the growth of students opting for academic computer science courses in India to meet the employment demands.  PhD in Computer Science provides a mechanism for the students to develop expertise in the subject by getting into the insight of the domain. Through research, practice, and presentation the course curriculum aims at preparing the students for an overall domain expert who is ready to take on the job market.

PhD in Computer Science: Who Should Opt?

  • Students who have done M.Phil/Masters in the domain of computer science.
  • Those who have an interest in software development.
  • Those who are looking for a career as a web developer.
  • Those looking at a career as a data miner.

PhD in Computer Science: Top Institutes

PhD computer science in India is offered as a doctorate level program by a good number of colleges/universities across the country to candidates who have passed their M.Phil or equivalent level exam from a recognized state or central university.

PhD in Computer Science: Eligibility

Candidate must have passed their M.Phil or equivalent level examination from a recognized state/private/deemed or central university with at least 55% marks (45% to 50% for reserved category candidates) in the respective domain of study.

  • S/he shall not be having any backlog or compartment in any of the subjects at M.Phil or equivalent level that is yet to be cleared at the time of taking admission.
  • In case of reserved category students, they would have to present their reservation certificates issued by the competent authorities in order to avail the benefits applicable to them.
  • Certain Institutes grant admissions through Common Entrance Test (CET) like CSIR NET etc.

PhD in Computer Science: Admission Process 2021

Most Universities/Colleges offer admission based on the score of CET (like UGC NET) or conduct their own entrance test like entrance exams held for JNU  admission into Ph.D. courses hence students would have to make an application for such exams.

  • Students have to qualify these exams (for which they should be eligible to appear) in order to get admission in the course.
  • After the conduct of the test, a merit list of finally qualified candidates is prepared and candidates are invited for admission process by the respective university or college.
  • After preparation of final merit list, the process of final allotment of seats to the candidate takes place and the candidate is asked to deposit the fee for PhD in Computer Science course and register for the respective academic year.

PhD in Computer Science: Part-Time

PhD computer science is also offered as a part-time course by many institutes to students. This is very beneficial for those who want to pursue some work and also want to get a degree in the meanwhile. Indira Gandhi National Open University [IGNOU] is a popular university offering PhD computer science as a part-time course. While pursuing PhD computer science in distance learning mode, the course duration can go up to 5 years.Private universities like Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar also offer PhD computer science in part-time mode.

PhD in Computer Science: Syllabus and Course Description

The time duration of the course is variable from 3 to 5 years and the syllabus is divided into various domain related subjects and practical/research modules. The detailed description of the topics in Computer Science is tabled below for your reference.

Research Methodology
Data Mining
Machine Learning
Rough Set Theory
Fuzzy Logic
Simulation and modeling
Web engineering
Artificial intelligence
Software architecture and testing
Thesis report

PhD in Computer Science: Jobs and Salary

Domain Salary
Hardware engineer INR 2.75-3.35 Lacs
Information research scientist INR 3.14-3.48 Lacs
Software developer INR 3.8-4.10 Lacs
Website developer INR 2.94-3.46 Lacs
Network engineer INR 3.16-3.32 Lacs
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D. ) in Computer Science annual salary

Ph.D. (Computer Science) Fee Structure in India

2 K (Minimum Fee)PUBLIC COLLEGES7.50 L  (Maximum Fee)
1.21 L (Average Fee)
8.16 K (Minimum Fee)Private COLLEGES10.50 L (Maximum Fee)
2.27 L (Average Fee)

Ph.D. (Computer Science) Fee Structure By state

Tamil Nadu

56.35 K
11 KPrivate COLLEGES1.20 L
64.85 K


2.70 L
8.16 KPrivate COLLEGES7.20 L
2.62 L


1.12 L
2.25 LPrivate COLLEGES2.41 L
2.33 L


1.10 L
45 KPrivate COLLEGES2.11 L
1.64 L

Delhi NCR

2.89 L
35 KPrivate COLLEGES6.62 L
2.97 L


75.26 K
1.80 LPrivate COLLEGES2.31 L
2.08 L

Madhya Pradesh

1.44 L
1.32 LPrivate COLLEGES7.50 L
3.34 L

West Bengal

1.23 L
3 LPrivate COLLEGES3 L
3 L


3.75 L
57.50 KPrivate COLLEGES6.62 L
3.17 L


6.50 K
55.50 KPrivate COLLEGES2.85 L
1.74 L


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8 Reviews found out of 213922

10.0 /10

Campus Life :

The gender ratio is 1:2 Boys and girls, the college is basically provides all lab, sports facilities and each division are good at their level as per their criteria and norms. The boys and girls equally participate in each activities and Indulge in various national, state, international level tournaments.

Placement Experience :

HCl, zoho, Tata consultancy, ashok Leyland, Bharath Benz, Bsnl, cognizant, metro rail etc are the regular placement companies visit the campus regularly. 95% ofthe students gets placed every year. Yea the college take special care for placement of students and gives training and lecture session.

Course Curriculum Overview :

Course curriculum is fully based on the syllabus relevant to university norms and certainly it groomed the students providing industrial knowledge both technically and non technically. Of course the college organizes industrial visiting each year and each semester based on the syllabus

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8.3 /10

College Events :

Life is pretty good here. We conduct 4-5 events yearly for students interaction with both the seniors and the alumni. And these events vary, like technical events- Annual festival and hackathons to non tenchnical events like- skits, diwali party, fresher's, farewell, holi party, DJ nights. Recently we went on a trek also. Overall, life is happening here and the environment is good for overall personality development of an individual.

Course Curriculum Overview :

I think the syllabus is updated and up to the mark, professors are quite good and experts in their respective fields. In terms of practical knowledge and infrastructure- like machines, servers- I think we should do better, being computer science department. Prof. Neelima gupta is the chair person right now, I ma working under her. I think she is doing wonderful job and we will see department doing better in coming 1 or 2 year.

Remarks :

I did my masters in computer science from the same department. During my masters I got inclined towards algorithms and one of my professors guided me and inspired me to pursue PhD. Currently, I am doing PhD under her. The group here is small, so one can directly interact with professors. The professors are really good and helpful. You learn a lot. One of the best places in Delhi for students who love Computer Science.

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5.0 /10

Faculty :

Well we cannot openly comment on any faculty as far as I know. But still going vaguely over this matter, I can state that, the Good and Bad are everywhere. One can get to know people who are excellent in academics or research or both, while some are in none. It is up to an individual as to how he/she can use these resource (here Faculties) and to what extent. One thing I can say is that, especially in an IIT, every individual Faculty or Student wants to stand out, be that special one. It is only in the hands of each one as to how far you make the effort to work everything out.

Admission :

Getting into PhD in IIT Indore requires a written exam (after your name is on the eligible list), followed by 1-3 face-to-face interviews (depending on your luck I guess) on the same day most of the time. When they are satisfied by your credentials and previous work done, they let you know in a couple of weeks if you are selected. The same is listed on the college website, so you know if you have been rejected.

Placement Experience :

These figures are given on our institute website, but I can say that the placements happen on virtue. Since I am a research scholar, I can say about the conferences and journal where you have to submit your research works. And according to our institutes, you have to maintain a certain standard for selecting particular avenues where have to submit your work for acceptance and I can say, its not easy.

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10.0 /10

Remarks :

All the teachers in our college are good and they help all the students.The fee structure of the college forCourses is quite feasible as per the needs and demand of the course. Hence, it will not be wrong to say that the fees is affordable as per the education and facilities provided by the institution.

College Events :

There some functions are organised by college management each year.College management give equal importance to sports and some other extra curricular activities.The college have a clean library where each book is available for students. Collectively,i want to tell that this college is the best.

Placement Experience :

Students become eligible for placements in the 6th semester of their graduation. Students are placed according to their knowledge level.Brilliant students will definitely get placed according to their knowledge. Students have so much options to get placed.

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9.7 /10

Campus Life :

The college was beautifully constructed and had students coming from different backgrounds and cultures. They all were friendly to each other and had a good environment at the college. Activities like sports, music, dance, theatre were conducted by various student firms and we all could participate.

Placement Experience :

The jobs are available at the campus where well-known organisations and companies also came to interview. We could also apply to the college?s campus as a teacher, Dell, Intel came to interview. Almost all of the students got placed with an average package of Rs.15 lakhs Per annum.

Course Curriculum Overview :

The course curriculum enabled me to work professionally as a researcher. We had external and internal conducted thoroughly along with the practical examination with the presentation is taken regularly. The three-year course was very amazing and not that stressful.

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8.0 /10

Course Curriculum Overview :

The course curriculum is pretty chilled out. The class is more student focused and works towards creating an environment that students use for knowledge rather than just knowing a lot of things. The curriculum also prepares students for anything in the industry.

Campus Life :

Students are required to participate in various activities and workshops. On top of that students are allowed to work part-time as consultants to outside companies. There are many sports activities the students can participate in if they are interested.

Placement Experience :

There are limited opportunities given by the college, but the students will be equipped to find a job on their own. The also offers consultancy and extension services to companies. This way you can get the experience you will need when looking for a job.

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8.3 /10

Faculty :

The faculty of my course and others were brilliantly intelligent and considerate. They would know when to rush to complete the portion and when to keep us stress-free. They never put burden on us. They would always say that a clear mind could do better than a stressed one.

Placement Experience :

Job placements were pretty easy after this course was completed in any industry or educational institution for almost all of us, because we already had atleast one year experience of teaching/working in industry. This was a beneficial add-on training.

Course Curriculum Overview :

The course curriculum is not very vast but is competitive. Proper traning was given to us on how to handle students. We were assessed on tests, projects and final semester-end exams. Course curriculum provides full-time and part-time Ph.D.

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4.8 /10

Entrance Preview :

University entrance exam, Rank 21 Because of its popularity and good guide, it is 100 years old college, hence i have selected this college/university to purse my higher education.

College Events :

College celebrated many fest like kagada fest , milagro fest, IEEE event and many more is celebrated in my college.

Loan/ Scholarship Provisions :

Yes, college provide scholarship and loan But Not good scholarship and loan they provide.

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