Instructions to candidates for online research interviews in Mechanical Engineering @ IISc during  May 17-21, 2021


“IMPORTANT: ME office contact details (mobile number) for interview candidates in case of emergencies during the interview: +91-8217897500”


Application no. and interview slots of invited candidates: Click here


Things to be kept ready by the candidates

    1. Two sketch pens (Blue, Black or Brown)
    2. Photo ID
    3. Atleast 25 white sheets of paper
    4. Mobile phone with Microsoft Teams app installed (can join as anonymous; no Microsoft account needed)
    5. Arrangement as given in the photo below to ensure clear visibility of writing to the interview panel


  1. The interview will be conducted on Microsoft Teams. Google meet will be used as a back-up if there are any connectivity issues. The candidates are requested to install Microsoft Teams  application on their mobile phone, through which the interview will happen.  The candidate can join in as an anonymous user, there is no need to create a Microsoft account.
  2. The candidates have been already informed of the day and session (forenoon/afternoon) of their interview via email by the IISc ME (Mechanical Engineering) office.
  3. All candidates having interviews in the forenoon should connect to the ME office through the MS Teams link between 9 am to 9:30 am on the day of the interview. The MS Teams link link has already been sent to the candidates via email by the ME office.
  4. ME office will verify your identity and could possibly take a snapshot for future reference.
  5. The ME office will provide the candidates a tentative time slot for the interview (e.g., 11 am to 12 noon on the same day).
  6. After giving attendance and checking attendance settings, the candidate may disconnect from the ME Teams link. The candidates are required to connect back to the same MS Teams link  (sent to all candidates via email by the ME office) and be ready at least 20 mins. before their allotted time slot. 
  7. For candidates allotted the afternoon slot, the above steps above will be performed between 1:30 pm to 2 pm on the day of the interview.
  8. After connecting to the MS Teams link approx. 20 mins. prior to the interview slot, the candidate will sent to the “lobby” of the interview break-out room within MS Teams. At this point, the candidate will wait for the interview panel to let her/him in, and then, the interview will begin.
  9. The candidates are requested to have at least 25 separate sheets of plain paper ready, and use a sketch pen (dark blue, black, red or brown only) to show their workings on the papers. Candidates should avoid using pencils or ball point pens.
  10. The candidates are required to use the rear camera of their mobile phones to show their workings in an arrangement such as shown below for the interview:
  11. We suggest that the mobile phone is placed at about 1 foot from the desk/floor. A rigid ruler (or a stick) with mobile attached using a rubber band or a selfie stick or a tripod can be used. The arrangement should be such that it gives about 6 inch X 6 inch working space. The mobile phone setup should be firm and stable and the candidate should ensure that the phone and the fixture do not come in the way of her/his writing. The candidate should remain calm and not panic if there is an issue with connectivity or mobile phone setup. The interview panel will be considerate and patient.
  12. Please remember to submit the integrity undertaking before the interview. We expect the candidates to take this undertaking seriously and refrain from any means of mal practices.


Instructions to setup your mobile for interview





Format of the interview process

    1. Interview begins with a very brief conversation about the candidates background and prior experience, if any (for master’s students).
    2. The candidates will be asked to choose one or two broad areas of Mechanical Engineering in which he/she wants to be questioned. The typical areas are: Solid mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, Thermal Engineering, Dynamics, Design and Materials.
    3. In that area, typically a small problem will be asked. The candidates have to solve it on paper. More questions/clarifications will be asked from the candidates while the problem is being solved or after that is solved. This will be followed-up with more questions.
    4. One or two more questions may be asked, time permitting.
    5. A basic mathematics question may also be asked.