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PhD Admission 2021 - Dates, Eligibility, Fees, Entrance Exams, Application Process

Nupur Kaushik
Nupur KaushikPublished On: June 09, 2021 | UGC NET

Get all the details about Ph.D Admissions in India 2021 such as eligibility criteria, application process, admission process, job opportunities, list of colleges/ universities offering Ph.D.

PhD Admission

Every year, numerous students apply for Ph.D admissions in India. Ph.D (Doctor of Philosophy) is a doctorate degree, which is granted by many universities in India and abroad. Since the past few years, the scope of pursuing Ph.D courses in India has increased manifolds. Ph.D is a distinctive research-based programme that prepares you to become a competent researcher to carry out research in any of the specialities like Computer Science, Cosmetology, Commerce, Economics, Law, Linguistics, Management, etc. It 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 Ph.D course in a discipline or stream that he/she has studied in his/her post-graduation.

Ph.D requires a great level of commitment and an eye for detail. Candidates interested in Ph.D 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.

To have complete knowledge about the Ph.D admission process 2021, you should be aware of the application process of Ph.D, Ph.D eligibility criteria, admission requirements to pursue Ph.D course and Ph.D entrance exams in India. Although multiple doctoral entrance exams are conducted in India, the admission process of Ph.D may vary university-wise.

In this article, check all the details about Ph.D admission process 2021, Ph.D entrance exams, Ph.D eligibility criteria, application process, job prospects, list of colleges/ universities offering a Ph.D and more.

Why You Should Have a Ph.D

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

  • A PhD degree offers a wide range of employment opportunities. One of the most sought-after jobs for a Ph.D degree holder is of a lecturer or a professor in a university or a researcher in most fields. Along with this, a Ph.D 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.

Eligibility Criteria for Ph.D Admission 2021

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

  • Masters degree holders are eligible for admission into the doctoral programme. Although, for some subjects, having a Masters in Philosophy (M.Phil) is needed for a Ph.D. 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 Ph.D.

  • 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 Ph.D in the field of engineering and technology. Also, candidates should have completed his/her degree in M.Tech/ M.E in any engineering branch in order to apply for Ph.D in engineering.

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

Ph.D Entrance Exams for Ph.D Admission 2021

The Ph.D entrance exams conducted in India may vary university-wise. Mentioned below are the names of the top Ph.D entrance examinations in India that candidates are required to take in order to pursue their Ph.D from some colleges/universities in India:

Symbiosis Ph.D Entrance Exam

BITS Pilani Ph.D Entrance Examination


AIIMS Ph..D Entrance Exam

AIMA Ph.D Entrance Exam

Osmania University Ph.D Entrance Exam

NIPER Ph.D Entrance Exam

IISC Ph.D Entrance Exam

JNU Ph.D Entrance Exam

GITAM University Vishakhapatnam Ph.D Admissions Test

Kurukshetra University Ph.D Entrance Exam

PhD Entrance Exam of NMIMS University Mumbai

Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University Delhi Ph.D Admission Test

Jamia Millia Islamia New Delhi – Ph.D Admission Test

Jamia Hamdard New Delhi Ph.D Admission Test


NDRI Ph.D Entrance Exam

BARC Ph.D Admission Test

Indian Veterinary Research Institute Bareilly Ph.D Admission Test

ISM Dhanbad Ph.D Admission Test

Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University Lucknow-Ph.D Admissions Test

University of Hyderabad Ph.D Entrance Exam

TIFR Graduate School Admission Entrance Test

NIMHANS PG/PG Diploma/Superspeciality Ph.D online entrance test

DBT JRF Biotech Entrance Test

GTU Ph.DEntrance Exam

How to Apply for Ph.D Course in India

In order to apply for a Ph.D in India, there are several universities where students will find varied courses in research. For each university in India, there is a specific number of seats available. Some of these universities shortlist candidates on the basis of entrance examinations, interviews and research proposals.

  • In India, the Ph.D application process is available in both online and offline modes.

  • For applying to a university, applicants are required to procure or download the application form and prospectus for their respective courses by either writing to the university or by downloading the same online from the official website of the university.

  • For some universities, the Ph.D application forms need to be forwarded to send it to the university official address prior to the last date with the required documents.

  • Considering the fee structure for a Ph.D course, the average or the tentative course fee is about INR 20,000 to 30,000 per year (varies from course to course and university to university).

Ph.D Admission Process 2021

The need for a Ph.D 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 Ph.D must take the following points into consideration with respect to the admission procedure of Ph.D:

  • The admission into the colleges/universities in India is available for the candidates as 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 Ph.D either full time or part time.

  • For Ph.D admission, Masters degree is required in India. Some universities in India offer seats to the students having a minimum of 55% or equivalent. The minimum duration of Ph.D is 2 years wherein the course follows the semester system including theory and practical versions on the specialization on a respective course.

  • In some cases, doing a Masters in Philosophy (M.Phil) is a pre-requisite to begin a Ph.D course offered by some universities.

  • The admissions in a Ph.D programme is done through an entrance test at the university level.

Structure of a Ph.D Course

In India, Ph.D 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 Ph.D is concerned, it is an advanced research qualification that consists of coursework and research work. The particular requirements to earn a Ph.D degree differ considerably according to the country, institution, and time period, from entry-level research degrees to higher doctorates.

The structure of a Ph.D 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 Ph.D Admissions 2021

For Ph.D admissions, 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 Ph.D 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


Disciplines for Ph.D Admissions 2021

The table below lists the names of various disciplines that are offered in India for the candidates to pursue their Ph.D.


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


Job Prospects after Ph.D

In today’s world, there is immense scope for the candidates after they have completed their Ph.D. Gone are those days when the scope of Ph.D was limited to academia. After completing a Ph.D, 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 Ph.D:

  • Researcher

  • Scientist

  • Lecturer & Professor

  • Author & Writer

  • Journalist

  • Editor & Critic

  • Human Services Worker

  • Independent Consultant

  • Philosophical Journalist

  • Industrial R&D Lab professionals

  • Senior Research Scientist

CollegeDekho wishes good luck to all the candidates seeking Ph.D admissions in India!


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