Admission Process


Procedure for Admission in Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Programme:

The Ph.D. programme in the University has been governed by the ordinance which is written in accordance with the University Grants Commission (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of Ph.D. Degree) Regulations, 2016 and 2018 thereof.

Allocation of Seats for Ph.D. degree Course:

Every academic year, the number of Ph.D. seats available for admission in each Faculty of the University shall be decided by taking into account the availability of supervisors in the particular research area keeping in mind the norms regarding the research scholar- teacher ratio (Clause-5.2) after the notification from the office of Director, Research & Consultancy (R&C). The available Ph.D. seats will be further divided and allocated for SC/ST, OBC and General category in accordance with the UGC guidelines and UP State Government policy.

Invitation of application for admission in Ph.D. Programme:

The University shall invite the applications for registration in Ph.D. programs by notifying well in advance the number of seats for admission, subject/discipline-wise distribution of available seats, criteria for admission, procedure for admission, examination centre(s) and all other relevant information on University website and at least in two national newspapers, of which one shall be in the regional language. A candidate seeking admission in Ph.D. program must apply to the University on the prescribed application form and submit a research proposal in the area of his/her interest for the research work. The verification of those applications shall be carried out to ensure the fulfillment of above mentioned eligibility criterion by the candidate.

Eligibility criteria for admission in Ph.D. Programme:

A candidate seeking the registration for the degree of Ph.D. in the university must have the following qualifications.

  • Master's degree or a professional degree declared equivalent to the Master’s degree by the corresponding statutory regulatory body, with at least 55% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade 'B' in the UGC 7-point scale or an equivalent grade in a point scale or an equivalent degree from a foreign educational institution accredited by an Assessment and Accreditation Agency in its home country shall be eligible for admission to Ph.D. programme.
  • Candidates possessing an M.Phil. Degree or a Degree, considered equivalent to M.Phil. Degree of an Indian institution, from a foreign educational institution accredited by an Assessment and Accreditation Agency in its home country shall be eligible for admission to Ph.D. programme.
  • Candidates who have cleared the M.Phil. Course work in the University with at least 55% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade 'B' and successfully completing M.Phil. Degree/ M.Phil. Dissertation has been evaluated and the viva voce is pending shall be eligible to proceed to do research work leading to the Ph. D. Degree in the University.
  • A relaxation of 5% of marks, from 55% to 50%, or an equivalent relaxation of grade, may be allowed for those belonging to SC/ST/OBC (non-creamy layer) / Differently Abled / those who had obtained their Master's degree prior to 19th September, 1991 and other categories of candidates as per the decision of the UGC from time to time.

Selection Procedure for admission in Ph.D. Programme:

  • The admission in the allocated Ph.D. seats in the University in every academic session will be based on the screening of the Ph.D. aspirants through the written examination, namely “Research Aptitude Test” (RAT), followed by the interview by Faculty Research Degree Committee (FRDC).
  • The applicants who have qualified UGC-NET (including JRF)/UGC-CSIR NET (including JRF)/SLET/GATE/teacher fellowship holder or have passed M.Phil programme may be exempted from the screening written examination ‘RAT’ and will be directly called for the interview by the FRDC.

Research Aptitude Test:

All the eligible Ph.D. aspirants will be called to appear in Research Aptitude Test (RAT) on the notified date and time fixed by the Controller of Examination in consultation with the Director–R&C. The syllabus of the Entrance Test shall consist of 50% for research aptitude, reasoning, English proficiency and 50% for subject specific. The qualifying marks for the Ph.D. entrance test shall be 50%.

Interview of the PhD candidates:

The number of candidates to be called for interview will be fixed maximum to 4 times the number of available Ph.D. seats for each category in all the faculties of the University. In case of non-availability of reserved category aspirants, the seats will be considered as General Seats. Keeping this criterion, the list of the candidates to be called for interview shall be prepared by first accommodating the candidates fulfilling the criteria defined in Clause-5.3(b) and then adding candidates from the merit list of the RAT. The final selection of the candidate for admission in Ph.D. programme will be decided after their personal interview with the FRDC of the concerned Faculty. During interview by the FRDC, Ph.D. aspirant should give a presentation on his/her research proposal and the FRDC shall assess the suitability of the Ph.D. aspirant to conduct the research work for Ph.D. degree in the University. The FRDC will finally select the candidate and allot a supervisor from the area of research interest of the Ph.D. aspirant.

Duration of the Programme:

  • After the admission in the Ph.D. programme, the date of the start of Pre-PhD course work classes in that academic session shall be considered as the date of Ph.D. registration of the candidate.
  • The minimum time after which the Ph.D. student shall be allowed for the submission of the thesis will be three years from the date of Ph.D. registration, which can be extended up to a maximum of six years. In special circumstances, a maximum extension of one more year limited to six months at a time can be provided by the Vice Chancellor on the recommendation of Research Degree Committee (RDC).
  • The women candidates and Persons with Disability (more than 40% disability) may be allowed a relaxation of two years in the maximum duration. In addition, the women candidates may be provided Maternity Leave/Child Care Leave once in the entire duration of M.Phil/Ph.D. for up to 240 days.

Place of Ph.D. work:

The institute/faculty in the university shall be, in general, the place of work but in cases where the candidate and the supervisor/Co-Supervisor require work in external research facilities must have the formal permission to use those facilities which can also be the place of work in addition to the University subject to the recommendation by the Student Research Advisory Committee (SRAC) and approval by the Research Degree Committee (RDC).