Pondicherry University (PU) Ph.D Admissions 2020: Dates, Eligibility, Forms

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Established in 1985, Pondicherry University is situated in the southern part of the country and it has three campuses. Pondicherry University has 15 schools, 37 departments, 10 centres and 92 affiliated colleges offering Post Graduate courses in the Faculty of Arts, Science, Commerce, Engineering Technology, Fine Arts, Law, Management and Medicine.

The university offers Ph.D. program in more than 30 disciplines in full time and part time (Internal/External) modes. Candidates are selected to Ph.D. program on the basis of Entrance Examination (70%), Academic Record and Interview (30%). Candidates who have qualified National Eligibility Test/JRF/UGC/CSIR or UGC Rajiv Gandhi Fellowship for SC/ST or DBT-INSPIRE are exempted from entrance examination. The entrance examination is conducted in the month of May. The result for Entrance examination is declared in the month of June each year and the interview schedule starts in the month of July. 

Latest Update: The Interview Schedule for Ph.D. courses is on July 02, 05, 09, 11 & 16, 2020 respectively. 

Read More: Pondicherry University Admission

Candidate can register for admission through the Online Admission Portal of the university by submitting an application fee of INR 600 (for general category) and INR 300 (for SC/ST category). The application fee for NRI and Overseas candidate is INR 6500 or US$ 100 which can be submitted through online or offline mode.

Candidates can also check Courses & Fees Structure offered by Pondicherry University

CourseAdmission Link
M.Phil/Ph.D in Education,
M.Phil/Ph.D in Arts,
M.Phil/Ph.D in Management,
M.Phil/Ph.D in Engineering
Admission Link

Eligibility Criteria

Ph.D. (Part Time) – Internal:

  • Candidates working in College/ University departments and such other institutions recognized by Pondicherry University with at least two years of continuous teaching experience at degree and/ or post-graduate level in the subject concerned.
  • Candidates teaching in Recognized Schools at the High School level/ Polytechnic Colleges situated within the jurisdiction of Pondicherry University and have at least 5 years of continuous teaching experience in the subject concerned.
  • Non-teaching staff employed in a time scale of pay in this University and other affiliated research institutions provided that:
    • The candidate has at least 7 years of work experience after obtaining a Master's Degree.
    • Or the candidate has at least 5 years of work experience with M.Phil. in the subject concerned.

Ph.D. (Part Time) – External:

  • Permanent academic staff of colleges/ universities/ other educational institutions of higher learning/ Research & Development Laboratories and Organizations with at least three years of continuous teaching/ research experience.
  • Employees with a minimum of ten years of experience in Government, Local Bodies, recognized Institutes, Public Sector Undertakings, Non-Governmental Organizations.
  • Technocrats, Scientists, Social Scientists & Scholars and Administrators with at least 10 years of experience in India or abroad.

Educational Qualifications (Ph.D. Full-time and Part-time)

  • Candidates who have studied under 10+2+3+2 pattern of education (or 10+2+5) and qualified for the Master’s Degree in the subject concerned.
  • Secured a minimum of 55% marks.
  • Candidates of Indian origin or overseas students who have qualified for a Master’s Degree of an accredited overseas university securing a minimum of 55% marks.
  • A relaxation of 5% of marks, will be provided to those belonging to SC/ST/OBC(non-creamy layer)/differently-abled category.

Admission Process

The admission to the Ph.D Programs shall be made as per the following criteria:

  • 70% weightage –  On the basis of performance in the entrance examination conducted by the university
  • 30% weightage – Based on performance in personal interview and scholastic achievements

The NET/JRF qualified candidate with fellowships will be given direct admission to Ph.D. programmes.

The admission test is waived off for candidates who have qualified NET/ UGC/ CSIR or UGC Rajiv Gandhi Fellowship for SC/ST or DBT-BINC or Maulana Azad Fellowship or some other examination recognized by University as equivalent and awarded a Junior Research Fellowship (JRF)
These candidates can be admitted any time of the year, on the recommendation of the Admission Committee. NET without JRF qualified candidates will have to take the entrance test

The entrance examination will last for 2 hours. The candidates will be selected on the grounds of their eligibility and their performance in the entrance exam.

In case of a tie, the following criteria shall serve as a Tie-Breaker

  • The first priority shall be given to the candidates with more positive marks in the entrance examination.
  • Followed by the ones with less negative marks in the entrance examination.
  • Twelfth standard (+ 2) or equivalent exam marks.
  • 10th standard or equivalent marks.
  • Age (in days)

In cases of ties that remain unresolved after applying the above five criteria, the criteria evolved by the University as deemed fit would be applied for resolution of the tie.

The candidates have to carry the following documents for counseling:

  • Xth standard mark-sheet or equivalent
  • HSC certificate
  • UG and PG degree or provisional certificate
  • SC/ST/PH/EWS certificate
  • Migration/Transfer certificate
  • NOC from the previous/present employer

The candidate must bring a xerox copy of all the above-mentioned documents.

The Ph.D. candidates who are coming for interview should bring/come prepared with

  • Two-page Research proposal indicating the topic of proposed research, objectives, methodology and significance.

  • A power point presentation (maximum 5 slides) on the topic of the proposed research.

How to Apply

The application form is to be submitted online through the university website:

  • The candidates will be required to apply separately for each course.
  • Due care should be taken in filling the application form.
  • The candidate must provide his/her personal details.
  • Followed by academic qualifications.
  • To successfully submit the form the candidate must pay the entrance exam fee amount of INR 600 (INR 300 for SC/ST categories)
  • NRI / Overseas candidates can obtain the concerned application form by submitting the application fee of INR 6500 or US$ 100.
  • Candidates can pay the application fee through Credit/Debit card or Net Banking.

Defence personnel should apply online. They should, take a print out of the online application form and forward the same through the respective Head Quarters to-
The Assistant Registrar
Pondicherry University
R.V. Nagar, Kalapet,
Pondicherry-605 014

Hall Ticket will be uploaded by the University after the closing of online registration. The Entrance Exam will be conducted Online.


Hostel Facility

  • University has twenty hostels on the campus 13 for boys and 7 for girls.
  • Deposit of Rs.3000/- (for Indian nationals) and Rs.6000/- (for foreign nationals) is to be paid while joining the hostels which is refundable.

Scholarships Offered

  • Candidate can get full time scholars admitted to Ph.D. programmes of the University, will be eligible for a fellowship of Rs. 8000/- per month and contingencies grant per year
  • Candidates who joined the Integrated Ph.D. programme will get monthly stipend of Rs.1000/- for four months and Rs.8000/- per month for the next three years

*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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26 Nov, 2019 06:58
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Saranika, the university offers P.hD in Zoogeography whose admission details are given below:

  • Eligibility Criteria: Master’s degree with 50% aggregate or above.
  • Selection Process: Entrance exam + PI conducted by the university.
  • Fee Structure: Annual fees for this course in the university is INR 15,910 (approx).
  • Admission Dates: Registration process is likely to start from March, next year.

26 Nov, 2019 10:27

Ihello sir I'm qualified net, In maths, can u give me details about admission

15 Apr, 2019 17:46
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Amarnath, students who have qualified NET/JRF/UGC/CSIR or UGC Rajiv Gandhi Fellowship for SC/ST or DBT-INSPIRE are exempted from entrance examination. Thus, you are authorized for direct admission in the university. The entrance examination is conducted in the month of May (tentatively).

15 Apr, 2019 18:00

Hello sir can you please give me information about P.h.d economics admission 2019

02 Nov, 2018 16:19
Akansha Expert

Hi Sabreen, You may please check the official website to get the information about the Admission detail for Ph D detail.

02 Nov, 2018 17:39

Sir can you please inform me about admission date for P.h.d economics session 2019 .

02 Nov, 2018 20:27
Akansha Expert

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03 Nov, 2018 13:01
Hilal Ahmad Khaja

I want to do PhD in Disaster Management.Please let me know how to apply

28 Sep, 2018 22:01
Akansha Expert

Hi Hilal, Please contact to this no. 0413 265 5179 for getting the Admission in this University or Course information.

29 Sep, 2018 13:23

I am a non teaching staff at an autonomous college affiliated to Osmania University .. I have done my Masters in Social Sciences with 60% .I want to know if I can pursue Phd in management n If so can pursue it from Hyderabad in distance mode?

13 Sep, 2018 00:22
Akansha Expert

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13 Sep, 2018 12:55
Abhinay Rawat

Please let me know about PhD in library science... I have qualified Net exam july 2018

03 Aug, 2018 21:09
Garima Bansal

Hi Abhinay, This course is not offer in this university.

04 Aug, 2018 12:06
Sabu S philip

I like to do the course PhD psychology

12 Jul, 2018 12:33
Garima Bansal

Hi Sabu, The The admission to the Ph.D psychology shall be made as per the following criteria:

70% weightage – On the basis of performance in the entrance examination conducted by the university

30% weightage – Based on performance in personal interview and scholastic achievements

12 Jul, 2018 18:13
Wonder All With Vishal and Akarsh

Sir i want to apply Fine Rts Phd course now .Please any chance to apply now

24 Jun, 2018 12:08
Akansha Expert

Hi Sir/Mam, Please contact to this no. 0413 265 5179 for getting the Admission in this University.

27 Jul, 2018 15:28

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