Anna University Centre for Research

Centre For Research Anna University, Chennai

Admission Brochure for M.S. (By Research)


1.1       Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering / Technology / Architecture / M.Sc. in Science & Humanities of this University or any other qualification recognized as equivalent thereto in the fields of study notified from time to time by this University.  Specific educational qualifications are given in Clause 2.

1.2       A minimum of 55% marks or CGPA of 5.5 on a 10 point scale in the qualifying examination (In case of SC/ST/Differently –Abled candidates, 50% marks or CGPA of 5.0 on a 10 point scale).

2.Educational Qualifications


Qualification for Admission


M.S. (By Research) Degree in Engineering/ Technology

B.E/B.Tech. in the relevant branch of Engineering / Technology.


M.S. (By Research). Degree in Science and Humanities.

M.Sc. / M.A. (English / Communication / Mass Communication / Journalism / Media Arts) in the relevant branch of Science and Humanities / M.C.A


M.S. (By Research). Degree in Management Sciences.

B.E / B.Tech in any branch of Engineering/ Technology or Master’s degree in any branch of Science and Humanities  


M.S. (By Research). Degree in Architecture and Planning

B.Arch. / B.Plan.

Candidates should have the required qualification in the order of studies 10th, HSC, U.G./P.G. degree or its equivalent qualification.

3.  M.S. (BY Research) Programme

Candidates who satisfy the eligibility criteria as in the Clauses 1 & 2 are eligible to apply for M.S. (By Research) Programme. Final semester UG/PG students are also eligible to apply.(Subject to condition they have to fullfill the condition)


3.1  Full-time M.S. (By Research) Programme

3.1.1    Candidates under Full-time shall do research work in the University Departments/University Colleges/University Campuses/Affiliated Engineering Colleges and shall be available during the working hours for curricular, co-curricular and related activities.

3.1.2   Candidates working in the projects undertaken from State/Central/Quasi Government and totally funded through the projects in the University Departments, University Colleges of Engineering, University Campuses, Govt./Govt. aided/Self financing Engineering Colleges situated within Tamil Nadu. If the Principal Co-ordinator/Investigator of such projects are recognized Supervisor of Anna University,Chennai and working in the University Department/Affiliated Engineering College, the candidate shall register for research programme under such Supervisor only.  The candidate should be appointed in a project sanctioned by a funding agency/organization atleast for a period of two years. Part employments in different spells or in different projects are not permitted.

3.1.3    Candidates in employment, who want to pursue Full-time study, should be sponsored by their employer and should avail study leave for the minimum duration of the programme and should produce relieving order obtained from their employer to join the research programme.

3.1.4    Foreign nationals sponsored by Government of India on any exchange programme and who satisfy the eligibility conditions as per the regulations are also eligible for Full-time study.


3.2 Part-time M.S. (By Research) Programme

The following categories of candidates are eligible to apply for Part-time programme.

3.2.1    Regular employees of University Departments/University Colleges of Engineering, University Campuses, Govt. / Govt. Aided/Self financing Engineering Colleges/ Architecture Schools affiliated to this university within Tamil Nadu.

3.2.2    Candidates working in R&D centres which are recognized as a research centre by this University to do collaborative research work and sponsored by the respective employer.

4. Mode of selection
4.1 The applications having the consent of recognized supervisor from recognized department of Anna University, Chennai are only considered for admission to Ph.D./M.S. (By Research) programmes. Other applications shall be summarily rejected without any notice. The preliminary scrutiny will be done by the Centre for Research and short list the eligible candidates as per norms. The short listed candidates shall be called for written test (to be conducted in the Anna University Main Campus, Chennai only) by the Director, Entrance Examination followed by inteview. Syllabus (Click Here for M.S.(By Research) Syllabus and there code) for the written test for various specializations is given in website and candidates are advised to select any one of the syllabus for written test. The change of syllabus will not be entertained in future. The selection shall be based on the performance of the candidate in written test, Interview and the marks scored in the PG qualifying degree.

4.2 A minimum cumulative mark of 50% is fixed for selection based on the performance in the Entrance test, Qualifying exam and Interview and the successful candidates shall be short listed.

4.3 Candidates who have UGC, UGC-NET (including JRF)/UGC-CSIR NET (including JRF)/SLET/GATE/teacher fellowship holder are exempted from written test and interview.

5. Duration of the programme

The minimum duration of the programme for Full-time is 2 years. The minimum duration of the programme for Part-time is 3 years. The maximum duration of the programme for Full-time/ Part-Time is 4 years.

6. Faculty for the award of M.S. degree

The M.S. degree will be awarded in the Faculty shown in Annexure I based on the qualifying UG/PG Degree of the candidate.

7. Details of fees to be paid

7.1 Registration Fee

Application registration fee of Rs.800/- for General Category and Rs.400/- for Tamil Nadu SC/ST candidates.

7.2 At the time of admission

FEE Structure

Sl. No.


Full-time / Part-time

I. One time Fee


Admission Fee



Cost of Regulations Book





II. Refundable Deposit


Caution Deposit





III. Payable Every Semester


Enrolment Fee



Tuition Fee *



University Library Fee



Development Fee



Research Coordination Fee






Grand Total


The mode of fee payment is through online only.
* Tuition fee is exempted for differently abled persons and Full-time Tamil Nadu state SC/ST candidates. Smart/Identity card fee as notified by the University is to be paid at the time of admission.
Note: 50% of fee concession is applicable to the regular Faculty members of University Departments / Regional Centres / University Engineering Colleges / Government Colleges and Government Polytechnic Colleges till the maximum duration of the programme.

7.3 Semester Fee

As shown in 7.2 (III) above, each semester fee is to be paid as notified in the website of Anna University till the submission of Thesis.

7.4 Examination fee for Course Works

A minimum of Eight PG level courses including one mathematics course are to be studied and examinations are to be undertaken by a M.S. (By Research) scholar as recommended by the Monitoring Committee. The required Examination fee per course work is to be paid as notified by the Controller of Examinations.


7.5 Synopsis Fee

Rs. 6,500/- (Including Provisional Certificate & Degree Certificate fee shall be paid at the time of submission of synopsis.


8. Documents to be enclosed with the application

8.2 Candidates who have obtained UG/PG degree under Full-Time Regular mode of State/Central Universities only shall be considered as eligible for admission to M.S.(By Research) programme. Others have to apply for Course Equivalence to the Director (Academic Courses), Anna University (Click Here for Cousre Equivalency Application Form ) . Photocopies of curriculum, syllabi of the courses undertaken, mark sheets, certificate from the institution regarding mode of the programme, conduct of classes, evaluation pattern along with prescribed fee shall be enclosed while applying for Course equivalence to the Director (Academic Courses).

8.3 Photocopy of appointment order (If any).

8.4 A brief one page write up on the Research topic chosen and duly signed by the Supervisor, Joint Supervisor (if any) and the candidate. The title of research topic and title mentioned in the online Application form shall be the same.

8.5 Two self-addressed covers stamped to the value of Rs.5/-(Rupees Five only) each.
9. Submission of Applications
9.1 Consent from a recognized supervisor from a recognized department of this University is mandatory to consider the application for admission to Ph.D. / M.S. programmes.

9.2 Filled in application with all enclosures securely stitched to it shall be sent to The Director, Centre for Research, Anna University, Chennai - 600 025 so as to reach on or before 03.03.2018 by 05.30 p.m. Online fee Receipt shall be enclosed along with the completed application.


10. Hostel Accommodation is not available. 
11.1. Candidates working in University Departments, University Campuses, University Colleges of Engineering and Affiliated Engineering Colleges situated within Tamil Nadu shall apply under Part-time mode.
11.2. Recognized supervisors who are working in

i. University Departments/University Colleges/University Campuses/Govt./Govt. aided Engineering Colleges (as given in Click here).

ii. Recognized research departments of Self-financing Engineering College (as given in Click here) shall only function as Supervisor.
11.3. Recognized supervisors working in R&D centres (as given in Click here) and in the non recognized departments of self-financing Engineering Colleges shall act only as Joint supervisor.
11.4. Supervisors working in recognized Nationalized Laboratories situated within Tamil Nadu shall also function as Supervisor. However, for such Supervisors, a recognized supervisor from University Departments or from affiliated Engineering Colleges as Joint Supervisor is mandatory.
11.5. The recognized supervisors list is given in the website Click here
11.6. Details of the Supervisors should be provided through the Supervisor Login only.
11.7. As per regulations 2016 the maximum no. of scholars[Ph.D./M.S. (By Research) put together] permissible for guidance under a Supervisor/Joint Supervisor at any given point in time is restricted based on the designation of the Supervisor/Joint Supervisor, which is given as follows.

         Professor              - 11
         Associate Professor - 8
         Assistant Professor - 5
11.9.The scholars will be governed by the Ph.D./M.S.(By Research) Regulations (R 2016) of this University.
11.10. The written test and interview will be held in the University main Campus at Chennai only.
11.11. The panel of three experts with Ph.D. Qualification in the field of proposed research area, of which three members shall be the faculty members of the University/Colleges affiliated to this University.
11.12. For interdisciplinary research that requires more than one expert, the Joint Supervisor shall be approved by the Director (Research) based on the request of the Supervisor and the recommendation of the Head of the Department of the Supervisor (Refer Regulations(R 2016) clause 7.5).
- Application submitted without the consent of the recognized supervisor from recognized department of this university shall be summarily rejected and no further correspondence will be entertained.
- Incomplete application with regard to the documents mentioned under column 8.0 will not be considered and will be summarily rejected.
- The application submitted with the consent of the recognized supervisor who is already guiding the maximum number of Ph.D./M.S. (By Research) scholars as prescribed by this university will be summarily rejected and no correspondence will be made. 
- Candidates seeking admission under Part-time mode from the Organizations/Industries which are not recognized as research centres of this university will be rejected and no further correspondence will be entertained.
- Candidates who come under clause 8.2 will be admitted only after the issue of course equivalence certificate by “The director (academic courses)”, Anna University.
- Application fee or excess fees paid if any, will not be refunded under any circumstances.
- Making any corrections/striking off/overwriting manually, on the automatically generated data in pdf printout, will lead to rejection of application.
- Application received after the due date will not be considered.
- Application received without the online fee receipt and other documents will not be considered.