The Gandhigram Rural University (GRI) Ph.D. Admissions 2020: Courses, Entrance Exam, Fees

Gandhigram Rural Institute (GRI), Dindigul offers Ph.D. in 27 disciplines in total in various fields of arts and science. The institute education system is designed in order to promote rural development and hence, education in the rural area.

Admissions to the Ph.D. program at GRI are conducted twice in a year, first announcement comes in the month of January while the other one comes in August. Admission to the institute are made on the basis of entrance test conducted by the institute. Admission are open to all Indian and foreign students satisfying the eligibility criteria. 

Ph.D. program at GRI is offered in two modes: Full-time and part-time. Candidates applying for part-time Ph.D. program should have a minimum of 5 years of experience at the time of registration. Check GRI Admission

Disciplines offered:

Tamil, Indian Languages and Rural ArtsEnglish and Foreign LanguagesRural Social Sciences (Co-operation)
Social Exclusion and Inclusion PolicyGandhian Thought and Peace ScienceRural Development
SociologyEducationExtension Education
Home ScienceBiologyComputer Science and Applications
Applied GeologyRural TechnologyRural Health and Sanitation
Applied ResearchWomen's StudiesLifelong Learning
Political Science and Development AdministrationRural Industries and ManagementAgriculture and Animal Husbandry
Future StudiesRural EnergyMathematics

CourseAdmission Link
M.Phil/Ph.D in Arts,
M.Phil/Ph.D in Science
Admission Link

How to apply?

You can fill the application form for admission to Ph.D. program online. Before starting to fill up the application form, read the prospectus and get ready with the following documents:

  • Recent passport size color photo in JPG format (Max.size:100kb)
  • Signature in JPG format (Max.size:20kb)
  • PG Mark Statement in JPG format (Max.size:300kb)
  • No Objection Certificate in the prescribed format in JPG format (Max. size: 300kb)
  • Research Proposal-Not exceeding 500 words - single page in JPG format. (Max. size: 300kb)

Steps to fill the online application:

  1. Fill the application carefully
  2. Upload the required documents
  3. Make online payment
  4. Finally ensure Final Submit
  5. Download your application in PDF format for your reference.

After Final Submit you cannot edit the application

Cost of the application: Rs.1000

Payment can be made only by online mode.

SC/ST applicants can have the application free of cost by submitting the required details.


Foreign candidates:


Steps to fill online application:

  1. Fill up the application
  2. Upload the required documents
  3. Make final submit
  4. Download the filled in application in PDF format
  5. Print the application and send it by post along with the Demand Draft in favor of the Registrar to
The Joint Registrar,
The Gandhigram Rural Institute -Deemed University
Gandhigram - 624302, Tamil Nadu, India

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates (Indian / Foreigner) who have studied under 10+2+3+2 years pattern or Equivalent and qualified for the award of the Master’s Degree in relevant discipline by any university recognized by the UGC in relevant discipline with not less than 55% marks (50% for SC/ST and part-time non-teacher candidates) or an equivalent grade are eligible.

In addition, he / she should have qualified the entrance test conducted by GRI OR should have obtained M.Phil. or qualified the UGC - JRF / NET / SLET / lecturer-ship / GATE / CSIR / ICAR / ICSSR or other fellowships or passed equivalent examinations

Admission Process

Admissions to the Ph.D. program at GRI are made on the basis of an entrance test conducted by the institute. Candidates shortlisted from the entrance test will be called for an interview.

Entrance test:

  • The entrance test is of 2 hours in duration
  • One hour on Research Aptitude (General) and other on the subject concerned
  • In case of foreign candidates, an online test will be conducted, test will be of one and an hour in duration consisting of 60 MCQs (Research aptitude-25%, Concerned Subject-75%)
  • A minimum of 60% in each component is a must to become eligible for provisional admission


There will be an interview for the candidates who passed the entrance test and the M.Phil. holders in which the candidates shall discuss their research interest / area.


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



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