PhD Admission 2024: Important Dates, Eligibility Criteria, Entrance Exams, Admission Process, Top Colleges

Nupur Kaushik
Nupur KaushikUpdated On: February 28, 2024 04:32 pm IST | IIT JAM

PhD admissions 2024 has officially started. Everything you need to know about PhD Admission 2024 is right here, including PhD eligibility criteria, application and admission processes, job opportunities, and a list of PhD-granting colleges and universities.

PhD Admission 2024

PhD admission 2024 are determined by entrance exams such as the UGC/CSIR NET, IIT JAM, etc. Nevertheless, some universities offer PhD admissions based on merit, which are then followed by an in-person interview. In order to grant PhD Admission 2024 at prestigious central universities like JNU, DU, etc., NTA administers the UGC NET. In order to grant PhD admission to DU, JNU, BHU, and BBAU for candidates who did not qualify for the UGC NET and JRF, NTA also administers a PhD Entrance Exam. 

The IIT JAM 2024 Answer Key has been published by IIT Madras. In order to offer Integrated PhD Admission 2024 in a number of IITs and the IISc Bangalore, the results of the IIT JAM exam will be announced on March 22, 2024. The GATE exam is also used for PhD admissions at IITs, NITs, NISER, and other institutions. In order to offer PhD Admission 2024 at several prestigious universities, the GATE 2024 result is anticipated to be released on March 16, 2024. Furthermore, the UGC/CSIR NET is held in two sessions, in June and December, with the purpose of providing PhD admission in 2024. For the June session, registration is open in the months of March and April. 

To be able to apply for PhD Admission 2024 at Top PhD Colleges, applicants must have secured a minimum of 50% aggregate marks or equivalent CGPA in their postgraduate degree, as well as a valid cut-off score in an entrance exam. Please note that IIT Bombay, IIT Roorkee, IIT Guwahati, and other IITs have begun their PhD admissions process.

PhD Admission 2024: Quick Updates

All PhD admissions for the academic year 2024 have been completed. Here is a list of important dates and events that occurred for your convenience.

Here are the latest updates of PhD admission 2024:

  • The entrance exam for the RGUHS PhD programme is scheduled for April 19 and 20, 2024.
  • The PhD entrance exam for Lucknow University will take place on February 24 and 25, 2024.
  • VIT Vellore PhD Admission is now accepting applications through April 25, 2024, based on VITREE.
  • The IIM Jammu PhD programme for working professionals is accepting applications through March 31, 2024.
  • By February 29, 2024, register for the PhD programme at IIM Bodh Gaya.
  • By July 29, 2024, register for the PhD programme at ICFAI Jaipur.
  • By February 29, 2024, register for IIM Rohtak PhD Admission 2024.
  • Register by March 31st in the PhD programme at IIM Jammu.
  • Register in the PhD programme at IIT Roorkee by February 28, 2024.
  • Register in the PhD programme at XIMB by February 29, 2024.

PhD: Overview

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) is the highest degree or doctorate awarded for research in a specific subject. PhD programs last 3 to 5 years. As per PhD eligibility criteria, PhD qualifications require a master's degree or an MPhil with a minimum aggregate score of 55% is required for a PhD. The CSIR UGC NET is a national-level PhD entrance exam that is held twice a year amongst the other entrance exams. In India, there are numerous PhD Scholarships available to students who wish to pursue a PhD. After completing their PhD degrees, students can choose from a variety of PhD Jobs and earn an average annual salary of INR 5 - 10 LPA.

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) is a programme that involves substantial research work and presentation of the thesis, which is to be accredited by fellow academicians. One can pursue a PhD course in a discipline or stream that he/she has studied in his/her post-graduation. PhD requires a great level of commitment and an eye for detail. Candidates interested in PhD admissions in India are required to give presentations on their research work, submit their progress reports, and defend their thesis in an open defence viva-voce.

PhD admissions 2024 are mainly determined by entrance exams but few universities also accept merit-based admissions. For entrance-based PhD admission, universities and colleges will hold the following PhD Entrance Exams; CSIR-UGC NET, UGC NET, DBT JRF Biotech Entrance Test, JRF-GATE, and IISC PhD Entrance Exam. 

In this article, check all the details about PhD admission process, PhD entrance exams, PhD eligibility criteria, the application process, preparation tips, job prospects, list of colleges /universities offering a PhD and more. To know about PhD syllabus and subjects, click here!

Also Check: List of Private PhD Colleges in Maharashtra

    Top PhD Colleges: Application Deadline

    The table below includes the top PhD colleges and their application dates for PhD Admission 2024:

    CollegeApplication Deadline
    IIM AhmedabadOctober 03 – January 29, 2024
    IIM CalcuttaNovember 01 – January 30, 2024 
    IIT Bombay (IITB)September 12 – October 20, 2023 (Spring Session)
    Indian Institute of Science BangaloreFebruary 2024- April 2024
    IIT DelhiOpen till October 31, 2023
    IIT MadrasOctober 28, 2023
    IIT KharagpurApril 2024
    IIT KanpurTo be notified
    University of DelhiJune 2024 – July 2024
    University of HyderabadDecember 30 – January 115, 2024
    IIT RoorkeeNovember 28 – February 28, 2024
    IIT GuwahatiJanuary 02, 2024
    IIT JammuSeptember 26 – October 20, 2023
    IIT DhanbadOpen till October 30, 2023
    IIM MumbaiOpen till January 31, 2024
    IIM AmritsarOpen till February 15, 2024
    IIM Bodh GayaOpen till February 29, 2024
    IIM LucknowOpen till January 31, 2024

    PhD Admission 2024: Entrance Exam Schedule 

    PhD admissions 2024 are primarily based on entrance exams.Applicants can select from a number of PhD specialisations, including mathematics, engineering, education, and engineering. The table below shows the exam schedules for India's most competitive PhD entrance exams.

    Entrance ExamRegistration DateExam Date
    GATEAugust 30 - October 12, 2023 (Extended)
    August 30 - October 20, 2023 (With a late fee)
    February 3, 4, 10 and 11, 2024
    IIT JAMSeptember 05 – October 25, 2023 (Extended)February 11, 2024
    UGC NETMarch - April 2024June 10 – 21, 2024
    VITREESeptember 25 – November 30, 2023 (Jan Session)
    January 25 – April 25, 2024 (July Session)
    December 10, 2023 (Jan Session)
    May 05, 2024 (July Session)
    IGNOU PhD EntranceDecember 12 – January 03, 2023January 07, 2024
    IPU PhD Entrance Test (PET)    March 2024   June 2024
    RGUHS Pre PhD EntranceMarch 23 – April 01, 2024April 19 – 20, 2024
    NIPER PhD Entrance Exam        April 2024June  2024

    PhD Admission 2024: College and Mode of Admission

    The table below list top colleges offering various PhD admission and their admission mode:
    CollegeMode of Admission
    Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT Vellore)Entrance
    NIT PatnaEntrance
    NIT AgartalaEntrance
    NIT TrichyEntrance
    NIT Arunachal PradeshEntrance
    NIT WarangalEntrance
    PGIMER ChandigarhEntrance
    Jawaharlal Nehru University, New DelhiEntrance
    IIST ThiruvananthapuramEntrance
    IISc BangaloreEntrance
    IISER TrivandrumEntrance
    Mumbai UniversityEntrance
    TIFR MumbaiWritten Test & Interview
    University of CalcuttaEntrance
    University of LucknowCET & Interview
    IIIT DelhiWritten Test & Interview
    IIIT BangaloreEntrance
    IIT MandiEntrance
    BIT, MesraEntrance
    IIT, JammuEntrance
    IIIT KottayamWritten Test & Interview    
    IIIT Naya RaipurWritten Test & Interview
    DA-IICT GandhinagarEntrance
    NIT HamirpurEntrance
    Ahmedabad UniversityWritten Test & Interview    
    Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, MumbaiEntrance
    SRMIST ChennaiEntrance
    IISER TirupatiPersonal Interview
    IISER BerhampurEntrance
    IISER KolkataWritten Test & Interview    
    IISER MohaliEntrance 
    SCTIMST ThiruvananthapuramEntrance
    NCCS PuneEntrance
    MNIT JaipurEntrance
    Parul UniversityMerit

    Also Read:Top Government PhD Colleges in Maharashtra

    Why Should Pursue a PhD?

    PhD is considered one of the most valued degrees not just in India but abroad as well. When it comes to your career graph, a PhD degree can be a good qualification for the aspirants. There are many colleges or universities that offer a PhD course for aspiring students, however, the question remains – Why should one have a PhD degree or why should a person opt for a PhD course. The answer to this question comes along with the benefits that are associated with a PhD degree.

    • A PhD degree offers a wide range of employment opportunities. One of the most sought-after jobs for a PhD degree holder is of a lecturer or a professor in a university or a researcher in most fields. Along with this, a PhD degree holder can get a job in publishing houses, educational institutes, law firms, consultancy, etc

    • Candidates will have in-depth knowledge and develop mastery over the subjects they have chosen for specialisation, which will be extremely useful for them in their careers

    • Candidates will get an insight into the theoretical aspect of the course and will get practical exposure as well

    • It is a respectable and reputed qualification

    Also Read: PhD courses in Yoga

    Eligibility for PhD Admission 2024

    Students who intend to pursue PhD in India must meet the required eligibility criteria. Listed below are the detailed PhD qualification required for pursuing a PhD from India:

    • Masters degree holders are eligible for admission into the doctoral programme. Although, for some subjects, having a Masters in Philosophy (MPhil) is needed for a PhD It must be noted by the candidates that in some Indian universities, for Masters programme, a specific percentage (or equivalent CGPA) is required by the candidates to be eligible to apply for a PhD

    • For admission into some reputable universities, a candidate must qualify the all India examination, like National Eligibility Test for Lectureship (NET) conducted by NTA. Final year students appearing in the qualifying degree examination can also apply although they must submit the attested copies of their qualifying degree certificates

    • Admission is offered on the basis of interview. The interview may be supplemented with a written exam if needed

    • Candidates should have a valid Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) score to pursue PhD in the field of engineering and technology. Also, candidates should have completed his/her degree in M.Tech - Masters of Technology / M.E - Masters in Engineering in any engineering branch in order to apply for PhD in engineering

    • To be eligible for a PhD, there are many other PhD entrance tests in India that one can take

    PhD Admission Process 2024

    The need for a PhD degree in India has increased in recent times because of the increasing career prospects and the growing requirement for higher specialisation. Applicants who wish to do a PhD must take the following points into consideration with respect to the admission procedure of PhD. Admission to PhD programmes is made based on merit and/or entrance exams. 

    • Admission into the colleges/ universities in India is available for the candidates in Full time and Part time programmes in various disciplines of engineering, arts, management, commerce, science, humanities, finance, law, medicine and IT.

    • Candidates can choose to pursue their PhD either full time or part time. The minimum duration of PhD is 2 years wherein the course follows the semester system including theory and practical versions on the specialisation on a respective course.

    • For PhD admission, Masters degree is required in India. Some universities in India offer seats to the students having a minimum of 55% or equivalent.

    • In some cases, doing a Master in Philosophy (M.Phil) is a prerequisite to begin a PhD course offered by some universities.

    • The admissions in a PhD programme is done through an entrance test at the university level or national level.

    The admission procedure for both processes is described below.

    Merit-Based PhD Admission 2024

    • PhD admission to prestigious institutions is based on merit.
    • The institute may request the candidates submit an abstract of their research proposal for this purpose.
    • This is done primarily to scrutinise the candidates, after which the selected candidates are advised of the next steps.
    • Applicants must also meet the fundamental eligibility standards of 50-55 per cent (approx) in the PG course.

    Entrance Based PhD Admission 2024

    • To get admission to PhD programmes, national and institutional entrance exams are held.
    • For admission to PhD programmes, some universities even conduct personal interviews in addition to entrance tests

    PhD Entrance Exams 2024 

    The PhD entrance exams conducted in India may vary university-wise. PhD admission in India is based on enrollment to several universities. Universities accept the results of either a national-level or a university-level entrance examination. The following section summarises the PhD Admission 2024 entrance exam schedule for the accepted PhD entrance exams.

    Mentioned is the list of the top entrance exam for PhD in India that candidates are required to take in order to pursue their PhD from some colleges/universities in India:

    Symbiosis Institute PhD Entrance Exam

    BITS Pilani PhD Entrance Examination

    Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) / Departmental Admission Test

    AILET 2024


    JNUEE / JNU Direct PhD

    UGC NET Exam

    AIIMS PhD Entrance Exam

    AIMA PhD Entrance Exam

    Osmania University PhD Entrance Exam

    NIPER PhD Entrance Exam

    IISC PhD Entrance Exam

    Vellore Institute of Technology Research Entrance Examination - VIITREE

    GITAM University Vishakhapatnam PhD Admissions Test

    Kurukshetra University PhD Entrance Exam

    PhD Entrance Exam of NMIMS University Mumbai

    Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University Delhi PhD Admission Test

    Jamia Millia Islamia New Delhi – PhD Admission Test

    Jamia Hamdard New Delhi PhD Admission Test


    NDRI PhD Entrance Exam

    BARC PhD Admission Test

    Indian Veterinary Research Institute Bareilly PhD Admission Test

    ISM Dhanbad PhD Admission Test

    Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University Lucknow-PhD Admissions Test

    University of Hyderabad PhD Entrance Exam

    Tata Institute of Fundamental Research Graduate School Admission Entrance Test

    NIMHANS PG/PG Diploma/Superspeciality PhD online entrance test

    DBT JRF Biotech Entrance Test

    GTU PhDEntrance Exam

    Also Read:IIT JAM 2024 Admission

    PhD Entrance Exams: Institutional Level

    PhD entrance exams held at the institutional level are those exams the institutions undertake to provide admission to PhD degree aspirants.

    Universities accept either national-level or university-level admission examination results. Following is a summary of the PhD Admission 2024 entrance exam program for the recognized PhD entrance exams.

    Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) / Departmental Admission Test

    • PhD applicants are not required to apply online through CUSAT CAT
    • They rather need to apply for PhD at Cochin University of Science and Technology through DAT - Departmental Admission Test
    • PhD application forms can be obtained from the particular departments, the students are interested to join
    • Completed applications must be submitted to the departments involved within the time frame specified in the notification
    • An aspirant who wants to pursue a programme of study and research leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) must apply for admission as a Full-Time or Part-Time research student in an Academic Unit of study or in an institution recognised by the University for this purpose, under an appropriate Faculty
    • Part-Time registration in the case of recognised institutions shall be provided only to permanent workers of the respective institutions
    • Students for admission to the PhD Programme must hold a Master's degree or a professional degree recognised as equivalent to a Master's degree by the applicable statutory regulatory body, with at least a 55 percent aggregate mark
    • The admission criteria declared by the University shall be based on the guidelines/norms provided by the UGC and other statutory organisations concerned, as well as any other rules created by the University from time to time
    • The Departmental Admission Test (DAT) is usually held annually, generally before the end of August
    • The University's relevant Department will administer the DAT for the PhD Programme (including admission to Recognized Institutions)
    • The Departmental Admission Test (DAT) will consist of two parts: a written exam and an interview
    • In the event of candidates conducting interdisciplinary/ multidisciplinary research, the written exam may be on a subject offered by the academic unit where the candidate wishes to be registered
    • The Entrance Test syllabus will include subject/subjects particular to the Academic Unit of Research in question

    AILET 2024

    • The National Law University, Delhi (NLU D) organises AILET 2024 every year to give admission to BA LLB (Hons), Master of Law (LLM), and PhD programmes
    • The entrance exam will be organised in offline mode
    • The AILET law entrance exam for PhD consists of two sections, with a total of 100 marks
    • The updated AILET 2024 syllabus for the PhD programme includes one Multiple Choice Question section and the other is descriptive form

    BITS Pilani PhD Entrance Examination

    • Full-time and part-time PhD programmes are available at BITS Pilani
    • Under the PhD Aspirants Scheme, industries and R&D organisations partnering with BITS can fund applicants to work towards a PhD
    • After passing the PhD qualifying examination, a candidate is typically admitted to the PhD programme
    • A few candidates may be admitted as provisional candidates to the programme before passing the PhD qualifying exams. This rule applies to all full-time research scholars on campus
    • The Academic Regulations of the Institute govern the general operation of the PhD programme

    Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), Thiruvananthapuram PhD

    The Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology aims to conduct basic and applied research to address the national R&D needs of science and technology in general, and the Indian Space Programme in particular.

    The Institute invites highly motivated applicants to apply for admission to the PhD Program, in disciplines such as Aerospace Engineering, Avionics, Chemistry, Earth and Space Sciences, Humanities, Mathematics, and Physics.

    • Candidates must be Indian citizens
    • Exam-takers must be under the age of 35 on June 7, 2024
    • Age relaxation is permitted under government regulations
    • Applicants who are about to finish their qualifying degrees and receive their degrees before October 31, 2024, are also eligible to apply for PhD admission
    • Admission to the PhD programme will be decided on an online screening test followed by an interview for candidates having an M.E /M.Tech. as their highest qualifying degree
    • The interview will take place by video conference
    • Candidates with valid UGC-CSIR-NET-JRF/Lectureship/NBHM/JEST post-ME/ M.Tech will be summoned for an interview through video conference
    • Applicants having a Master's Degree in Science as their highest qualifying degree must have a Qualifying Master's degree with a minimum of 65 percent marks (for General applicants) or 7.00 CGPA on a scale of 10 or equivalent
    • They must have passed a national level eligibility test in the relevant fields, such as a valid UGC-CSIR-NET JRF/Lectureship or NBHM/JEST/GATE and State Government Science and Technology Scheme
    • Entry to the PhD programme will depend on an online standard test accompanied by a personal interview for candidates with a B.E - Bachelor of Engineering /B.Tech - Bachelor of Technology as their highest qualifying degree
    • The interview will take place by video conference

    Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai

    • The TIFR University offers PhD and M.Sc-PhD programmes in the natural sciences, including physics, chemistry, and biology, as well as mathematics and computer science
    • The PhD programme typically lasts five years, the integrated M.Sc.-PhD programme six years, and the M.Sc. programme two years
    • Students are admitted to TIFR via a rigorous screening procedure that includes a written test and an interview
    • Selection process is based entirely on merit. Only the top 1.5% of applicants are accepted
    • It is a perfect site for young scientists to begin their careers, thanks to its distinguished staff, world-class facilities, and vibrant research environment

    International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad PhD

    • Applicants with exceptional academic performance and R&D experience are encouraged to apply through a Standing Committee
    • Applicants must email their curriculum vitae - CV - to pgadmissions(at) This way of admission is only available for MS by Research and PhD programmes. Applications can be submitted at any time of the year
    • Candidates must submit an application that includes a resume and a statement of purpose
    • Email applications may be sent at any time of year
    • If the committee deems it essential, applicants may be invited for an interview
    • Students can pursue PhD in Computer Science and Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Civil Engineering, Bioinformatics, Computational Natural Sciences, IT in Building Science, Computational Linguistics, Spatial Informatics, Cognitive Science, Human Sciences

    Symbiosis International PhD Entrance Test (PET) 2024 For PhD Programme

    Research programmes leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree are available at Symbiosis International (Deemed University), in the following streams - PhD (Law), PhD (Management), PhD (Computer Studies), PhD (Health Sciences), PhD (Media and Communication), PhD (Humanities and Social Sciences), PhD (Engineering).

    • SIU provides both full-time and part-time programmes
    • A PG degree with a minimum of 55% is required
    • Candidates with NET/ SET/ SLET/ GATE/ M.Phil or UGC/ CSIR/ ICMR DBT/ RGNF/ MANF/ DST Inspire & NBHM Scholars are excluded from the entrance exam for the duration of the certificate/validity award's period
    • However, such candidates are required to attend a personal interview
    • CA/CS with 55 percent marks are allowed, as are PG Diplomas from IIMs and XLRI
    • Those with PG diplomas from other universities must produce proof of equivalency from statutory organisations such as AICTE/ UGC/ BCI. AICTE approval/AIU equivalence is not sufficient for eligibility
    • Extensive experience does not provide any extra advantage for exemption from entrance exams

    PhD Exams Held at National Level 

    These exams are held on a national level for the PhD Courses. Here are examples of some national-level PhD courses:


    • The CSIR NET test will be held two times in 2024
    • National Testing Agency (NTA) annually administers the CSIR UGC NET exam. Candidates' eligibility for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) or Lectureship (LS) posts in science and technology will be determined by this exam
    • Candidates who pass the CSIR UGC NET test will be allowed to seek JRF and lecturer posts in different streams
    • The fields include Life Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Earth, Oceanic, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, etc., in Indian institutions and colleges


    • JAM 2024 is being organised by IIT Roorkee.
    • Students applying for admission to the academic programmes covered by JAM 2024 for the academic year 2024-24 must take JAM 2024 exam.
    • For all Test Papers, the JAM 2024 Examination will be administered Online only as a Computer Based Test (CBT).
    • The paper will be divided into three parts: A, B, and C. All sections are required.
    • Candidates who pass JAM 2024 may apply for admission to IITs for the academic year 2024-24.
    • The JAM scores may be used to shortlist candidates for an interview for the final selection in IISc Bangalore's integrated PhD programmes in Physical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, and Biological Sciences.
    • IIT JAM 2024 is open to all Indian and foreign nationals.
    • There is no upper age limit.
    • Applicants should be aware that simply appearing in JAM 2024 or being on the merit list of any Test Paper does not guarantee or offer automatic admission.

    JNUEE / JNU Direct PhD

    • The National Testing Agency accepts JNUEE applications for admission to various courses at Jawaharlal Nehru University.
    • Master's Degree holders with sufficient research experience and publications, as well as M.Phil. Degree holders are eligible for admission if they have obtained a minimum of 55% of the marks or comparable grades defined by UGC guidelines.
    • A national-scale entrance examination is followed by an interview to determine admission.
    • The Admission Centre can recommend courses to candidates admitted to the PhD programme.
    • To be qualified to proceed in the programme and publish the dissertation/thesis, PhD scholars must acquire a minimum of 55% of the marks or equivalent grade on the UGC 7-point scale in the course work.

    VITREE 2024

    • Chancellor Dr. G. Viswanathan established the Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) in 1984 as Vellore Engineering College.
    • PhD degrees offered through VITREE include PhD in Engineering, Integrated PhD in Engineering / Technology, PhD in Sciences, PhD in Languages, PhD in Management, PhD in Law, PhD in Fashion Technology, PhD in Design & Planning.
    • The minimum term of study and research will be 30 months for full-time research students and 36 months for part-time scholars from the date of registration for the PhD programme to the date of thesis submission.
    • The minimum duration of study and research will be four years, beginning with registration for the Integrated PhD programme and ending with thesis submission.
    • Selection is based on VITREE 2024 score, PG Degree marks, research proposal, and interview. Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria must take the VITREE 2024 computer-based test (CBT) for 2 hours at their test site of choice.
    • The question paper for the PhD programme will consist of 100 MCQs (70 technical questions, 15 English communication skills questions, and 15 statistics and probability questions).
    • The chosen candidates will be required to attend a personal interview via online mode on June 18 and 19, 2024. The selected candidates will be notified by July 1, 2024.
    • Selection for the Integrated PhD is based on performance in the VITREE 2024 score, UG Degree marks, Research proposal, and Personal Interview conducted online.

    Also Read: Top M.Sc + PhD Colleges in India

    Structure of a PhD Course

    In India, PhD is a programme that has been designed for students who have already done their undergraduate and postgraduate training. As far as the overall structure of PhD is concerned, it is an advanced research qualification that consists of coursework and research work. The particular requirements to earn a PhD degree differs considerably according to the country, institution, and time period, from entry-level research degrees to higher doctorates.

    The structure of a PhD programme involves pedagogy, coursework, qualifying exam, preparation of research proposal and thesis work. In each stage of the programme, the performance of the student is evaluated throughout all the semesters.

    List of Popular Universities in India offering PhD Admission 2024

    For PhD admissions, the majority of the universities/institutes conduct their own entrance examinations and also consider the GATE/ NET scores. Here is a list of some of the popular universities in India that offer PhD courses to the candidates:

    AIIMS, New Delhi


    PEC University of Technology

    Institute of Microbial Technology

    Amity School of Engineering and Technology

    SRM University, Sonipat


    Jawaharlal Nehru University

    Chandigarh University


    Jamia Hamdard University

    Lingaya’s University

    MMU, Ambala

    Jamia Millia Islamia

    Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology


    PhD Admission 2024: Syllabus

    The PhD Admission syllabus is determined by the stream chosen. The contents for the science stream are comparable to the CSIR NET Syllabus, while the topics for the other courses are similar to the UGC NET Syllabus. The syllabus for PhD studies varies depending on the specialisation in the field chosen by the candidates.

    PhD programmes include both traditional academic classroom sessions and research projects. Admission to PhD programmes is heavily reliant on the research effort. A PhD course consists of course study, a qualifying examination, research proposal/abstract preparation, and thesis work.

    Disciplines for PhD Admissions 2024

    The table below lists the names of various major disciplines that are offered in India for the candidates to pursue their PhD


    Police Administration





    Public Administration

    Renewable Energy



    Physical Education

    Political Science

    Total Quality Management

    Population Studies



    Rural Development

    Sustainable Development

    Women Studies



    Social Work

    Technology Policy


    Pollution Control


    Geriatric Care




    Sports Science



    Home Science


    Medicinal Plants



    Labour and Social Welfare

    Indian Diaspora

    Insurance Management

    Mass Communication

    Intellectual Property Rights


    International Studies

    Management Studies


    Hospitality Management


    Library Science





    Peace Studies


    Human Rights

    English Literature

    Hospital Administration





    Environment Science





    Disaster Management


    Fashion Technology

    Fine Arts

    Business Administration

    Computer Science


    PhD Admission 2024: Preparation Tips

    Here are some preparation tips for PhD entrance exam preparation for PhD admission 2024 -

    • Students should gather past year PhD entrance exam question papers from reliable sources and study accordingly.
    • They must refer to the PhD entrance exam syllabus as per their specialisation.
    • The entrance exam format varies depending on the conducting body; therefore, the aspirants must be informed of the structure to plan accordingly.
    • They must cover all exam subjects at least one month before the exam.
    • To relieve exam stress, the students must take advantage of the various mock tests available.
    • Keeping up with current events is vital because they are essential for grades.
    • Visiting the exam centre a day before the exam to avoid last-minute confusion about where the exam centre location is advised.
    • Before the exam, students must get a good night's sleep.

    Job Prospects after PhD

    In today’s world, there is immense scope for the candidates after they have completed their PhD. Gone are those days when the scope of PhD was limited to academia. After completing a PhD, one should track his/her potential and apply to jobs based on his/her exact skills and expertise.

    Following are a few career options that candidates can choose after pursuing a PhD:

    • Researcher

    • Scientist

    • Lecturer & Professor

    • Author & Writer

    • Journalist

    • Editor & Critic

    • Human Services Worker

    • Independent Consultant

    • Philosophical Journalist

    • Industrial R&D Lab professionals

    • Senior Research Scientist

    Stay tuned to CollegeDekho for more such updates and information. Aspirants can also contact our QnA Zone to get their queries resolved by our experts.

    CollegeDekho wishes good luck to all the candidates seeking PhD admissions in India!


    What does a PhD degree mean?

    A PhD is an abbreviation for Doctor of Philosophy, which is the highest academic course level.

    How long does it take to get a PhD?

    A doctorate or PhD degree typically takes three years to complete. Candidates accepted into the programme have a maximum of 5 to 6 years to complete their research. However, the duration of the PhD programmes varies by institute.

    What subjects can you get a PhD in?

    A PhD programme allows you to specialise in a variety of fields. Chemistry Clinical Psychology Education Physics Electronics and Communications Engineering Educational Leadership and Administration are some of the popular doctorate level courses.

    Is a PhD required after a Masters degree?

    Yes. Candidates interested in pursuing a PhD programme must first complete their master's degree and then apply.

    What is the average salary for a PhD?

    A PhD is the highest educational qualification that can be obtained. A PhD candidate can expect to earn PhD salary between INR 6 and INR 12 lakhs per year.

    What is the easiest PhD to obtain?

    Humanities, social sciences, education, and other easy PhD courses are among the many available.

    Can I get a PhD without a master's degree?

    Yes. It is every so often possible to forego your master's programme and enrol directly in doctoral courses. You can choose to forego your PG degree by enrolling in a research programme after earning your bachelor's degree.

    Can I finish my PhD in two years?

    A specific group of students can finish their PhD in two years. Nothing, however, can be specified as such.

    what are the PhD qualification?

    In most cases, a two-year Master's OR MPhil degree in the relevant field from any accredited Indian or foreign university is the minimal requirement for admission to a PhD programme. She or he must have earned a master's degree or a grade equivalent with at least 55%.

    what is the PhD eligibility criteria?

    In most cases, a two-year Master's OR MPhil degree in the relevant field from any accredited Indian or foreign university is the minimal requirement for admission to a PhD programme. She or he must have earned a master's degree or a grade equivalent with at least 55%.

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