DU Ph.D Admission 2020: Courses, Fee, Registration, Entrance Examination

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Quick Updates 2020

June 10: DU is likely to begin registrations for the admission process to various courses from June 8-30, 2020.

Delhi University in addition to UG and PG courses, offers Ph.D programmes in various specializations ranging from arts to law courses. The full time course is of minimum 3 years duration. It has the highest standards of research in the country with eminent research faculty to match the best in the world.

  • The students who have completed Masters Degree in any field or M.Phil are eligible for applying to Ph.D. courses.
  • The candidates have to appear for a written entrance examination followed by an interview for getting selected.
  • The application fee for the entrance exam is INR 750 and for reserved categories it is INR 300.

DU Ph.D. Admission Highlights 2020

The candidates interested in seeking admission to Ph.D. courses of Delhi University should have a look at the following facts.

DurationMinimum 3 years
TypeFull Time
Basic Eligibility CriteriaPassed Masters degree/ M.Phil degree with minimum 55% marks
Basic Admission CriteriaEntrance test + Interview
Application submissionOnline

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

Important Dates

Start date of Online registrationFirst week of June, 2020
Foreign National Candidates Registration (Ph.D. programs)Feb 10, 2020 - June 30, 2020
Closing date of Online registrationThird week of June, 2020*
Dates for conducting Online registrationsFirst week of July, 2020*
Result declarationFourth week of July, 2020*
Interviews or Synopsis presentationFirst to Third week of October, 2020*

DU Ph.D. Admission 2020

Delhi University invites application for Ph.D courses under various disciplines and specializations. The course is offered with various specializations in various departments listed below:

Course NameDepartmentsSpecializations
Germanic and Romance Studies
Library and Information Science
Modern Indian languages and Literary Studies
Slavonic and Finno - Ugrian Studies
Buddhist Studies
Applied Social Sciences and HumanitiesBusiness Economics
Commerce and Business StudiesCommerce
Financial Studies
Interdisciplinary and Applied SciencesBio-Physics
Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
Physical Education and Sports Sciences
Informatics and Communication-
Music and Fine Arts-
Mathematical SciencesStatistics
Operation Research
Computer Science
Social SciencesAdult Continuing Education and Extension
Political Science
Social work
East Asian Studies
African Studies
Physics and Astrophysics
Environmental Studies
Home Science

DU Ph.D Eligibility Criteria

  • The candidates must have completed Master’s degree or M.Phil in the respective fields with a minimum aggregate of 55% marks Delhi University or any other recognized University.
  • The candidates belonging to the reserved categories have a 5% relaxation, i.e., the minimum aggregate marks needed by them in Master’s/ M.phil is 50%.

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DU Ph.D Selection Criteria

  • The selection of the candidates to any of the Ph.D. courses is made on the basis of the entrance test and the interview conducted by the Delhi University.
  • The minimum aggregate needed in the entrance test to qualify for the Interview round is 50% marks.
  • The list of shortlisted candidates and dates of the interview shall be notified on the Ph.D. admission portal.
  • The candidates who have qualified UGC-NET (including JRF)/ UGC-CSIR NET (including JRF)/ DBT-JRF, ICMR-JRF, DST-INSPIRE or any other equivalent national level examination/fellowship may directly appear for interview.
  • After being selected in the interview which is compulsory for all, even the candidates who are exempted from entrance examination, the candidates are given admission to Ph.D. courses.

Entrance exam

  • The candidates have to appear for the entrance exam for further qualifying for the interview.
  • The exam is MCQ based and its duration is 2 hours.
  • The syllabus of the entrance examination is the corresponding M.A./ M.Com/ M.Sc. (or equivalent) syllabus of the University of Delhi or/and as given on the respective Department‘s website.

The examination centres are as follows:

1. Ahmedabad7. Delhi (NCR)13. Mumbai
2. Bangalore8. Guwahati14. Nagpur
3. Bhopal9. Hyderabad15. Patna
4. Bhubaneswar10. Jaipur16. Ranchi
5. Chandigarh11. Jammu17. Trivandrum
6. Chennai12. Kolkata18. Varanasi

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How to Apply for DU Ph.D?

The candidates have to begin by online registration:

  • Applicants have to visit the official website and read all the instructions carefully.
  • After that, login to make a user account with either email or mobile number.
  • Login to your account and provide all the personal details as in the certificates and upload all the necessary documents.
  • The Application Fee has to be paid through any one of the available online payment options: Net Banking, Debit Card, Credit Card, and UPI. The application fee For Unreserved and OBC categories is INR 750 and for reserved categories it is INR 300.
  • The candidates shall check if the research proposal is mandatory for the course they are seeking admission.
  • The candidates should fill only a single registration form. In case they want to apply for another programme, they have to fill a separate form for that.

DU Ph.D Reservation

The institute has certain type of reservations:

  • Any kind of reservation such as students belonging to the EWS category are as per norms of the university.
  • Supernumerary seats shall be made available as per the norms of Government.


Ques. Can the admit card for the entrance examination be received through postal mode?

Ans. No, the admit cards can only be generated online by logging in to your own registration account once they are available.

Ques. How many total seats are available for Ph.D in Science stream?

Ans. The total number of seats for Science stream is 319. However the distribution of seats as per the subjects is as follows:
SubjectNo. of seats
Physics and Astrophysics54
Environmental Studies20
ACBR (Biomedical Sciences)22
Home Science42

Ques. Does the college provide hostel facilities for Ph.D. students?

Ans. Yes, the college offers hostel facility to Ph.D. students. However due to limited availability, hostels are granted on the basis of merit list. Also, the parents of the applicant should not be residing in NCT (National Capital Territory).

Ques. Can we change the center of examination for the written test after we have successfully filled and submitted the application form?

Ans. No, the candidate cannot change the examination center. He/ She should fill the three preferred cities in the form carefully as no information can be changed once the form has been successfully submitted.

Ques. Does the college provide any scholarships for Phd students?

Ans. Yes, various scholarships/ fellowships are provided to the students who pursue research as their career through Ph.D. programmes. They receive a set stipend per month as per the norms of the government. For example, the students who clear GATE and other national level examinations receive stipends for their research work.

*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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