Bangalore University Ph.D. Admission 2020: Fees, Merit List, Eligibility, Application Form

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Bangalore University offers Ph.D. degrees in a wide range of subjects at the Doctoral level through each of its five Faculty of Studies: Arts, Science, Commerce, Education, and Engineering. 

  • The basic eligibility criteria for Ph.D. application is a Postgraduate degree in relevant discipline with a minimum aggregate score of 55% marks (can be relaxed up to maximum 50% for reserved category candidates).
  • Ph.D. Admission is based on the score obtained in University Conducted-Entrance Test and performance in the interview.
  • Candidates who have qualified CSIR NET/ UGC NET/ SLET/ KSET/ GATE/ JRF or hold an accredited M. Phil. Degree are exempt from the Ph. D Entrance Test. However, it is mandatory that such candidates go through the interview round with the university officials for selection.
  • Close to 500 seats are available with the university for Ph. D admissions across all the departments.
  • Application for Ph. D is an online process, though the university requires the applicants to submit a physical copy of their application form and all supporting documents within a specific date to the Registrar (Evaluation).

Reserved category candidates with annual income less than INR 2.5 LPA income, need to pay only 50% of the specified fee.

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Bangalore University Ph.D. Admission Highlights 2020

DurationMinimum 3 years, Maximum 6 years
Specializations37 disciplines in 5 Faculty of Studies
Basic Eligibility CriteriaMaster’s in Relevant Discipline with 55% aggregate score
Basic Admission CriteriaUniversity Entrance Test & Personal Interview

CourseAdmission Link
M.Phil/Ph.D in Science,
M.Phil/Ph.D in Arts,
M.Phil/Ph.D in Engineering,
M.Phil/Ph.D in Medicine,
M.Phil/Ph.D in Commerce,
M.Phil/Ph.D in Management,
M.Phil/Ph.D in Law,
M.Phil/Ph.D in Education,
M.Phil/Ph.D in Agriculture
Admission Link

Bangalore University Important Dates

EventsIndicative Schedule
Online Ph.D. Application WindowJune 1st week – July 1st week, 2020
Application Deadline with Late FeeJuly Mid-week, 2020
Deadline for receipt of Application Hard copy at UniversityJuly 3rd week, 2020
Entrance Test DateAugust Mid-week, 2020
Release of Answer KeysAugust 3rd week, 2020
Objection Filing Deadline Against Answer KeysSeptember 2nd week, 2020
Release of Provisional List of Qualified CandidatesSeptember Mid-week, 2020
CounselingOctober Mid-week, 2020
Program Start DateNovember Mid-week, 2020

Bangalore University Ph.D. Eligibility Criteria

  • Ph.D. Applicants should hold a post-graduation degree from a UGC-recognized university or either a professional degree declared equivalent to the post-graduation degree by the corresponding statutory regulatory body or a foreign degree accredited by an authorized Assessment and Accreditation Agency.
  • They should have scored a minimum aggregate of 55% or an equivalent grade in the qualifying examination. Reserved category candidates are allowed a maximum relaxation of 5% of marks, up to 50%, or an equivalent relaxation of grade.
  •  Applicants should bear in mind that the university will not allow any further relaxation in minimum percentage under any circumstance even if the seats remain vacant.
  • Candidates who hold a regular Degree equivalent to M.Phil. from either an Indian or an accredited foreign institution will also be considered eligible to apply.
  • However, the decision of the Registrar (Evaluation) shall be final regarding the equivalence of degrees.
  • Candidates who have completed M.Phil.(Regular) course work with at least 55% aggregate score or equivalent grade (maximum relaxation of up to 50% for reserved category candidates), will be considered eligible to pursue research-work leading to Ph.D. Degree.

Key Notes

  • Full-time Ph.D. candidates need to submit an undertaking stating that they will not get engaged in any employment during the course of the program. 
  • Employed candidates who wish to pursue Ph.D. in the full-time mode must present a certificate from their respective employer of been sanctioned study leave for the same.

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Bangalore University Ph.D. Admission Selection Process

Bangalore University prepares a consolidated Merit List on the basis of the Ph.D. Entrance Test scores. Candidates who score a minimum of 50% in the test find place in the list.

The final selection decision is made equally considering the entrance test score and percentage obtained in the qualifying exam.

A separate Merit List is prepared of non-entrance candidates who have qualified the UGC/CSIR: JRF Test/ NET/ KSET/ SLET/ GATE/ Young Researchers Recognized by DST, UGC, CSIR, AICTE, INSPIRE, etc., / M. Phil. Degree candidates with course work/ teachers on QIP/ foreign candidates, in that order, based on their qualifying examination marks secured.

  • Candidates who feature in the consolidated merit list are invited for a counseling round with the RAC at the University.
  • The RAC is responsible for allocating accepted candidates to research supervisors following a roster system.
  • The RAC sends the list of selected candidates to the Registrar (Evaluation), post allocation, along with relevant documents for verification and approval.
  • The University issues a Provisional Registration Memo to selected candidates who make the requisite fee payment.
  • Upon receipt of the Provisional Registration Memo, the candidates need to submit tentative research proposal to the Registrar (Evaluation), through their respective University PG Department/ constituent college/ recognized research centers and assigned research supervisor.

Seat Allocation Policy of Bangalore University follows the rules listed below:

  • Seats for admission are allocated equally to the Entrance and non-Entrance category candidates. Vacant seats, if any, are however, transferable mutually.
  • Admissions are offered strictly on the basis of the ranks that the candidates secure in the consolidated merit list, irrespective of the specialization of the research supervisor.
  • Where more than one candidate secures the same ranking in the entrance test, then the qualifying examination marks is taken into consideration.

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Bangalore University Ph.D. Admission Cut Off

Candidates who secure less than 50% in the test will not be considered eligible to be included in the consolidated merit list published by the university under any circumstances. So, effectively, the cut-off score for Ph.D. admission at Bangalore University is 50% score out of a total score of 100 in the entrance test.

Bangalore University Ph.D. Entrance Exam

Barring CSIR NET/ UGC NET/ SLET/ KSET/ GATE/ JRF qualified candidates or candidates holding an accredited M. Phil degree, all Ph.D. applicants are required to appear for an entrance test conducted by Bangalore University.

  • In order to qualify the test, candidates need to score at least 50% out of 100. The maximum Marks for the entrance is 100.
  • The Ph.D. Entrance Test will pose Multiple Choice Type Questions of 2 Marks Each, comprising Research Methodology and subject-specific topics, to be completed in 120 minutes.
  • External experts will be preparing two sets of question papers for the entrance.
  • The Entrance Test will be conducted at the specific test centers, as notified in advance by the University.

Please note that, the candidates who opt for inter-disciplinary research topics have to mandatorily appear for the entrance test in the concerned Department where they have applied.

How to Apply for Bangalore University Ph.D.?

The Bangalore University Ph.D. Application process is presented below:

Step 1: Access the online application form at or

Step 2: Fill in the application form with correct details and submit it online along with a scanned copy of recent passport-size photograph and valid signature as per specifications.

Step 3: Pay the prescribed Application Fees.

Candidate TypeApplication Fee for EntranceNon-Entrance Fee
General CategoryINR 2000INR 1500
Reserved Category (SC/ ST/ Cat-I, if annual income is less than INR 2.5 LPA)INR 1000*INR 750*
Foreign NationalsINR 5000

* 50% less of prescribed fees

Step 4: Once the application form is submitted, the university will send a confirmation email to the applicant’s registered email ID with instructions regarding the completion of the registration process.

Step 5: Download and print two copies of filled-in application form and send one via Speed Post/ Courier, along with supporting documents to The Registrar (Evaluation), Ph.D. Section, Pareeksha Bhavan, Gnanabharathi Campus, Bangalore University, Bangalore 560056.

Please note that incomplete/ ineligible applications and applications received after the specified deadline will stand rejected and the University will not entertain any correspondence in this regard. Application Fees received after submission deadline will be forfeited too.

Document copies to be submitted to the University along with the physical copy of the Ph.D. Application Form are:

  • All Statement of Marks received for post-graduate and M. Phil degree courses
  • Valid UGC/ UGC-CSIR-JRF Test/ NET/ K-SLET/ K-SET/ GATE/ FIP/ QIP Certificates
  • Recognition Certificate issued by DST, UGC, CSIR, UGC etc., to Young Researchers or Documents certifying project fellows in major sponsored research projects
  • Eligibility Certificate for Foreign applicants
  • Caste Certificate (if claiming reservation)
  • Income Certificates (if applicable)
  • Migration Certificate for candidates from outside Karnataka (if selected)
  • Scanned copy of latest passport-size photograph, matching with the one on the application form.
  • Application Fee Payment Receipt

Bangalore University Ph.D. Admission Reservation Details

Bangalore University follows a reservation policy for the different reserved category candidates like Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribes as prescribed by the Central/ State government from time to time. As per the provisional vacancy list released in 2019 by Bangalore University for Ph.D. Admissions in various departments, of the total intake the following percentage of can be calculated as reserved for specific categories.

Please note that, in case that there are not sufficient number of vacancies to accommodate all the reserved categories, then the reserved category seats will be allocated in the preferential order of SC/ ST/ CAT-I/ CAT-IIA/ CAT-IIB/ CAT-IIIA/ CAT-IIIB, such that all the categories are covered in a proportional manner.

CategoryVacancyReservation %
ST/ CAT-I6313.07

At Bangalore University, the seats reserved for SC/ ST/ CAT-I candidates are inter-changeable, however, it should be borne in mind that these vacancies cannot be transferred to the OBC or General pool.


Ques. What is RAC and what is its purpose?

Ans. RAC refers to Research Advisory Committee, constituted by the University to shortlist candidates for the Ph.D. admission from the consolidated merit list, assess their research proposal for registration, and review the progress reports as well as the final research synopsis of the candidates.

Ques. Do I have to pursue my Ph.D. degree in the same subject that I pursued my Master’s in?

Ans. Yes, a candidate is eligible to pursue Ph.D. degree in the subject studied at the Master’s level or a related subject. However, the Board of Studies may allow a candidate to pursue Ph.D. in a subject other than the one studied at the Master’s level, provided the intended subject is of.

Ques. Will I be allowed to pursue any other program while I am on course of doing my Ph.D. research work?

Ans. No, a Ph.D. scholar is not allowed to join any other program, be it in regular or distance mode. Such candidates are not permitted to appear for any other examination conducted by Bangalore University/ any other University during the entire registration period, except for Ph.D. course-work end-examination. Registration of any scholar who violates this rule will stand cancelled.

Ques. What is the maximum time-limit allowed to complete my Ph.D. course-work?

Ans. Bangalore University requires both full-time and part-time Ph.D. scholars to complete their course-work component on a full-time basis, in one semester. However, on a case-to-case basis, part-time research candidates may be allowed to take up to two semesters to complete their course-work.

Ques. I hold a M. Phil Degree. Do I have to undertake the Ph.D. course-work?

Ans. Candidates who have completed an M. Phil. Degree in regular mode and enrolled for the Ph.D. program are exempted from the mandatory course work by the RAC, provided the topic of the M.Phil. dissertation and proposed research work are in the same field of study.

Ques. How will my Provisional Registration be confirmed?

Ans. Candidates who successfully qualify the course-work end-examination, needs to submit the final research proposal to the Registrar (Evaluation). The research proposal will be scrutinized and approved, if deemed fir, by the Doctoral Committee. The University will confirm the Ph.D. Registration within a month of the approval of the research proposal.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College



Sikata Madhulika

Hi All, Please help me to get the website to download the PHD application form. I also want counseling for PHD. Thanks

28 Sep, 2018 10:21
Akansha Expert

Hi Sikata, You will get the application link on the official website and, I will suggest you to contact with the University to get that information about the Course and application date.

29 Sep, 2018 05:49
Kamal Bhowmik

I'm a working professional,want to pursue PhD in management from Bangalore University as a part timer.Pl help me with process for application and concerned persons to contact

26 Sep, 2018 04:43
Akansha Expert

Hi Kamal, As above mentioned the Admission procedure of BU and further more information check the official website.

26 Sep, 2018 09:38
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Hello Mam/Sir i am Pushpalatha sep 15 already crossed but Ph.d notification are not release from BU Jnanabharathi so kindly inform me wht happend

17 Sep, 2018 05:53
Akansha Expert

Hi Sir, it is depends upon the University when they release the application form and as may be there is some internet issue. you may visit the university and check the official website too.

17 Sep, 2018 11:04
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Hi this is Pushpalatha can i know what is the fellowship amount for JRF students in Ph.d

07 Sep, 2018 11:42
Ritika Sharma

Hi Sir, To get the fee detail, please check the link:- Bangalore University Phd Fee.

10 Sep, 2018 09:04
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Hi this is Pushpalatha I cleared my kset net jrf exams in kannada so now i want to do phd in BU. So when will the university release the notification of Ph.d kindly inform me pls

05 Sep, 2018 12:04
Akansha Expert

Hi Sir, As Issue of Application Forms is 15th Sep, 2018 for PhD Courses.

05 Sep, 2018 12:23
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Tns for the reply mam, Can i know what is the fellowship amount for jrf students in Ph.d pls reply

10 Sep, 2018 03:44
Akansha Expert

Hello, It is depends Upon the Scholarship Criteria of the university as you will get the information regarding this may you visit the university or get in touch with them because that criteria is change according to time.

10 Sep, 2018 06:31
shylaja sv

When will be the applications issue for art group

03 Sep, 2018 14:16
Akansha Expert

Hi Shylaja, I will suggest you to visit the official website to get the Application dates of the college for the relevant course.

04 Sep, 2018 05:40
Lopamudra Panda

Hi, I want to do PHd in Education from Bangalore university, kindly let me know when will i get the admission.

03 Sep, 2018 10:31
Akansha Expert

Hi Lopamudra, Please contact to the University to get the Course information or getting the Application details.

03 Sep, 2018 10:40

I wished to do phd like distance there such a provision and whats the fees structure.....I did mba in it possible....inf,..pls...t

28 Aug, 2018 16:24
Akansha Expert

Hi Chandrashekara, This Bangalore Open University does not offers PhD Course.

29 Aug, 2018 07:27
Deepti Verma

Hii, i am net qualified in social work and now i want to pursue my PhD from BU in social work. Can you Please tell me about the admission details in social work and fee structure as well

28 Aug, 2018 04:18
Akansha Expert

Hi Deepti, I will suggest you to contact with the University to get that information about the Course and fee Structure.

28 Aug, 2018 10:25
Shirin Kariappa

Hi! I would like to pursue my PhD from BU in Hotel Management. Please let me know of the fee structure of the same.

27 Aug, 2018 06:14
Akansha Expert

Hi Shirin, this University does not offers Hotel management course.

27 Aug, 2018 09:49

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