PhD Admission 2021: Admission Process, Important Dates, Eligibility Criteria, Entrance Exams, Colleges, Syllabus 2021

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PhD Admission Quick Updates

June 14: Registration for SPSU Udaipur PhD program are now open. Apply Now!

June 14: Register for IGDTUW New Delhi PhD program by June 30, 2021. Apply Now!

June 14: Register for LM Thapar School of Management PhD program by June 30, 2021. Apply Now!

June 10: Register for Mumbai University, PhD program by June 13, 2021. Apply Now!

June 09: Register for NIT Manipur PhD program by June 23, 2021. Apply Now!

June 08: Register for Ahmedabad University PhD program by June 30, 2021. Apply Now!

June 07: Register for Calcutta University PhD in Pure Mathematics program by June 20, 2021. Apply Now!

June 06: Register for THSTI-JNU PhD in Biomedical Research/Clinical Research program by June 27, 2021. Apply Now!

June 05: Register for IACS University PhD program by June 30, 2021. Apply Now!

June 05: Register for PEC University PhD program by June 19, 2021. Apply Now!

June 05: Register for Chandigarh University PhD program by June 20, 2021. Apply Now!

June 02: Register for Noida International University PhD program by June 30, 2021. Apply Now!

June 01: Register for ANU Gujarat PhD in Architecture and Design program by June 28, 2021. Apply Now!

PhD admissions 2021 are mostly based on PhD entrance exams, however there are a few PhD colleges that consider admissions based on merit followed by a personal interview. The registrations for PhD Admission 2021 are currently open in IGDTUW New Delhi, LM Thapar School of Management, Mumbai University, NIT Manipur, Calcutta University, THISTHI-JNU, Chandigarh University, etc. The applications will remain open by the end of June 2021.

The registrations for PhD admission 2021 are completed in DTU Delhi, NIFT, NISER Bhubaneswar, BIT Mesra. The IIMs have already closed their PhD Admission 2021 registrations around the month of September 2020. You can check the application dates of all the colleges below. PhD entrance exams registrations for VITMEE 2021 have also been completed

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) is a 3 to 6 Year doctorate research program that concentrates on research studies in the domains like arts, science, engineering, management, pharmacy, mass communication, law, commerce, etc. 

Students applying for PhD Admission 2021 should have a minimum aggregate of 50% marks in their postgraduate degree, post which a valid cut-off score in entrance exams or performance in personal interviews and written tests will make you eligible to secure admissions in top PhD Colleges.

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PhD Admission 2021: Application Deadline

Top PhD Colleges: Application Deadline

College Application Deadline
IIT Bombay (IITB) March 24, 2021- April 04, 2021 (Closed)
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore March 20, 2021-  April 20, 2021 (Closed)
IIT Delhi March 15, 2021- April 30, 2021 (Closed)
IIT Madras March 15, 2021- April 30, 2021 (Closed)
IIT Kharagpur March 30, 2021- April 20, 2021 (Closed)
IIT Kanpur January 02, 2021- February 06, 2021 (Closed)
University of Delhi July 2021 – August 2021 (Tentative)
University of Hyderabad  January 10, 2021- February 03, 2021 (Closed)
IIT Roorkee January 01, 2021- February 28, 2021 (Closed)
IIT Guwahati  March 16, 2021- April 18, 2021 (Closed)
PhD Admission 2021: Entrance Exams Schedule

PhD Admission 2021: Entrance Exam Schedule

Different kinds of entrance exams are conducted as PhD courses are offered in various PhD Specializations like Education, Engineering, Mathematics, Engineering, Planning, etc. Exam schedules for the top PhD Entrance Exams in India are given in the below table.

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Entrance Exam Registration Date Exam Date
IIT JAM September 10, 2020 February 14, 2021
GPAT Up to January 30, 2021  February 22 & 27, 2021
CUCET 3rd week of March 2021 Fourth week of May 2021
VITMEE March 3- May 14, 2021 June 5 and 6, 2021
RUET 2nd week of March 2021 1st week of June 2021
PhD Admission 2021: Application Dates

PhD Admission 2021: Application Dates

The table below lists the applications form dates for PhD Admission 2021 in top colleges offering different PhD courses:

College Mode of Admission Application Dates
IIT Madras, Chennai Merit/Entrance March 01, 2021 to April 30, 2021 (Closed)
Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT Vellore) Entrance December 16, 2020 (Closed)
NIT Patna Entrance January 18, 2021 (Closed)
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi Merit June 2021
Rama University, Kanpur Entrance June 2021
IISc Bangalore Entrance February 22, 2021 to March 31, 2021 (Closed)
Nirma University, Ahmedabad Merit February 21, 2021 to April 15, 2021 (Closed)
Mumbai University Entrance March 02, 2021 (Closed)
Chennai Mathematical Institute Merit/Entrance May 01, 2021 to May 31, 2021
TIFR Mumbai Written Test & Interview March 31, 2021 (Closed)
NITTTR Chandigarh Merit (Work experience required) February 12, 2021 to March 10, 2021 (Closed)
University of Calcutta Entrance Up to March 10, 2021 (Closed)
University of Lucknow CET & Interview March 09, 2021 to April 15, 2021 (Closed)
IIIT Delhi Written Test & Interview April 04, 2021 (Closed)
IIIT Bangalore Entrance February 2021 to May 05, 2021 (Closed)
IIT Mandi Entrance March 16, 2021- April 15, 2021 (Closed)
PGIMER, Chandigarh Entrance April 27, 2021 (Closed)
SLEIT, Sangrur Entrance July 15, 2021 (Open)
BIT, Mesra Entrance June 10, 2021 (Closed)
IIT, Jammu Entrance May 15, 2021 (Closed)
IGIDR, Mumbai Entrance May 10, 2021 (Closed)
Thapar University Entrance June 30, 2021 (Open)
MAHE Entrance May 15, 2021 (Closed)
PhD Admission 2021: Eligibility Criteria

PhD Admission 2021: Eligibility Criteria

  • The basic eligibility for applying to a PhD course is the possession of Masters or a PG degree.
  • The candidates should have obtained at least 50 - 55% of marks or grades in the PG course based upon the community the candidate belongs to. 
  • Candidates with work experience in the field of research are highly preferred and are given more preference.
PhD Admission Process 2021

PhD Admission Process 2021

Admission for PhD courses is carried out both through merit as well as the entrance based process. The admission process for both courses is explained below.

Merit-Based PhD Admission 2021

  • Top institutions offer PhD admission through a merit-based process.
  • For this, the institute may ask for the candidates to submit the outline of the research proposal.
  • This is done mainly for scrutinizing the candidates and the selected candidates are notified after the process.
  • Also, the candidates should fulfill the basic eligibility of 50 - 55% of marks in the PG course.

Entrance Exam Based PhD Admission 2021

  • National wise and institution wise entrance exams are conducted for the admission of PhD courses.
  • Some institutions even organize personal interviews along with the entrance exams for the admission of PhD courses.
PhD Admission 2021: Syllabus

PhD Admission 2021: Syllabus

  • The syllabus for the PhD courses varies based on the specialization the candidates opt for. 
  • PhD courses consist of both normal academic classroom sessions and research work.
  • The research work plays a major role in PhD courses.
  • The structure of a PhD course includes course work, qualifying examination, research proposal preparation and thesis work.

National Level PhD Entrance Exams 

Some of the national level PhD entrance exams which are listed in the above table are discussed here.

CUCET 2021

  • Central Universities Common Entrance Tests (CUCET) is a national level examination that is regulated by ten central universities jointly. 
  • Admission to the central universities is done through this exam for all types of courses like UG, PG, and others.
  • The exam is conducted in an offline mode.
  • The duration of the exam is 2 hours which consists of Multiple Choice Questions.

GPAT 2021

  • Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT) is a national level entrance exam conducted every year for admission to PG Pharmacy and other equivalent courses like Integrated PhD.
  • GPAT exam is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA).
  • The exam is conducted in an online mode.
  • The duration of the exam is 3 hours for a total of 500 marks.

Institution Level PhD Entrance Exams

Some of the institution level PhD entrance exams that are conducted specially for the admission of courses offered by those institutions are discussed in this section.


  • Vellore Institute of Technology Master’s Entrance Examination (VITMEE) is an institution-level entrance exam that is conducted for admission into the PG courses like M.Tech, MCA, and also admission to the integrated PhD courses.
  • It is conducted mainly for the admission to the Vellore Institute of Technology institutions and is conducted every year by the Vellore Institute of Science and Technology.
  • The exam is conducted in an online mode.
  • The duration of the exam is 2 hours.

RUET 2021

  • Rama University Entrance Test (RUET) is an institute or university level entrance exam which is conducted for the admission of UG, PG, and PhD courses offered by Rama University.
  • The exam is conducted by Rama University with 120 multiple-choice questions.
  • The exam is conducted in an offline mode.
  • The duration for the PhD course entrance exam is 3 hours.
PhD Admission 2021: Entrance Exam Preparation Tips

PhD Admission 2021: Entrance Exam Preparation Tips

  • Collect previous year entrance exams question papers available through the internet.
  • Refer to the syllabus of PhD entrance exam as per the specialization.
  • The format of the entrance exam varies depending upon the conducting body and hence be aware of the format to plan accordingly.
  • Cover all the topics of the exam at least one month before the commencement of the exam.
  • Practice various mock tests available to eliminate the exam pressure.
  • Get updated upon the current affairs as it plays a crucial role in getting marks.
  • Visit the exam center a day before the exam to avoid the last time confusion of searching the exam center.
  • Take deep sleep before the day of the exam.
  • Visit the exam center earlier by 1 hour to avoid traffic congestion.
  • Stay calm on the day of the exam.
PhD Admissions 2021: FAQs

PhD Admissions 2021: FAQs

Ques. Why should we do a PhD admission in 2021?

Ans. PhD is a very honorable degree in India. Earning a PhD degree is very useful to the candidates as it also plays a major role in boosting up the salary along with a promotion in a job if the candidate is in the teaching field.

Ques. What is the process of Ph.D admission 2021?

Ans. Normally the admission process of a PhD is done by two methods. The first one is the merit-based one in which the admission is done depending upon the marks of the candidates in the PG degree. The next one is the entrance based admission which is done through the marks scored by the candidates in the entrance exam.

Ques. What is the age limit of a PhD course?

Ans. There is no specific age limit for PhD courses. It can be pursued at any age but the candidate should satisfy the eligibility criteria.

Ques. What is a Direct PhD?

Ans. Direct PhD is a program that can be done immediately after completing a B.Tech degree. There is no need to complete a master’s degree. It is devised mainly for the students who want to pursue a career in the research field. It is now being offered in IIT institutions like IIT Madras.

Ques. Is a direct PhD advisable in India? Can a candidate apply for an assistant professor post after that in India?

Ans. Direct PhD is indeed available in India. But if a candidate wishes to go into the teaching profession then the normal PhD program will be the best option rather than the direct PhD program.

Ph.D. : 7 answered questions


Ques. How is a PhD in IIT Mandi? Is it good or only a time pass like in most NITs?

● Top Answer By Gaurav Chowdhury on 31 Mar 21

Ans. IITs are one of the best institutions of our country and one of the finest brains can be found at IITs. To complete Ph.D., you will have to face many challenges right from the day of getting enrolled. The minimum CGPA to take admission in Ph.D. at an IIT is around 7.5/10. Right after taking admission to the Ph.D. program, you will have to go through the coursework. A comprehensive examination is conducted after the coursework ends in which your Ph.D. and bachelor's knowledge is tested. There are two attempts given to a student to clear the exam and if one fails in both the attempts, they can’t continue with the course. And after passing the exams, the research phase begins where you are expected to have at least 2 reputed journal papers. You will be assessed by the Doctoral committee including HOD and professors. You must be good at writing and should have great communication skills so that you can present your research work in a nice and understandable manner.  Doing a Ph.D. at IIT Mandi is difficult and needs a lot of effort. If you fail to keep up with the mark, it may take you even 5 years to complete the course.Read more
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Ques. Why do some students in IIT Bombay leave high-paying jobs and join grad schools for PhD?

● Top Answer By Kishalay Ghosh on 26 Feb 21

Ans. After completing graduation, many students of IIT get jobs in top companies too with good packages but some of them leave these high paying jobs and join grad schools for PhD. Working in these companies and earning six figures can be great but earning less than half of it while studying isn't bad too. As after completing your PhD, you will get a job with a higher salary but still, a person who has already worked for 6 years in a company will earn more than you. So people don't opt for Ph.D. just for a higher salary, there are other reasons too. Interest in Research Some people have a deep interest in research and want to know more in their field and they find it better than doing a regular 9 to 5 job.  They find it more exciting though it can be more hectic than doing a job. Student Life A life of a student is much better than an employed one as they can go for classes they like, work according to their time, and take a break whenever needed.  Many people want to stay like this and enjoy and learn at the same time. So they opt for a Ph.D. Thus, students willing to study and research more about a particular topic or subject, they go for a higher degree. For these students learning about the subject has a bigger priority than high-paying jobs. It depends completely upon the individual and their interests which makes them either go for a PhD or a high paying job.`Read more
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Ques. Is a Phd from IGNOU worth it/valuable?

● Top Answer By Debdeep Majumder on 10 Nov 20

Ans. Indira Gandhi National Open University is a central government-owned educational institute recognized by AIU and has been approved by UGC. The institute has more than three million students in India. It also has over 25 foreign education partner institutions. The institute provides open, distance, and online modes of education. It has been recognized as the largest institution for higher learning in the world by UNESCO. The institute offers Ph.D. across various disciplines at a fee of Rs 16,800 for the full period. Here are a few of the important information that you should consider while choosing IGNOU for a Ph.D. program. The institute offers 42 Doctoral degrees. Admission Procedure: The basic eligibility criteria for seeking admission to any of the Ph.D. programs is having scored a minimum of 55% in post-graduation in a relevant discipline. Students with MPhil (coursework & dissertation both) in relevant fields can also apply for admission to Ph.D. courses. Further, the entrance examination is to be given to secure a seat in the course. Candidates with valid NET (conducted by UGC/CSIR/ICAR) score or any other equivalent test scores and candidates with MPhil degrees are exempted from appearing in the entrance exam. The entrance examination for Ph.D. is conducted in 13 cities across the country. Faculty: The institute has more than 800 faculty members and over 33000 academic counselors. Teachers have vast experience and are well-educated. They provide constant support and guidance to the students making the institute among the top institutes. Facilities: IGNOU also provides 67 regional centers and over 2,667 learner support centers around the country. For all courses offered, IGNOU provides flexibility to its students in terms of place and time of the study. It has launched an e-learning mobile application to provide a digital learning environment to IGNOU affiliated students. IGNOU is one of the best platforms for those who want to pursue a flexible Ph.D. alongside doing a job or pursuing other educational qualifications. The university is the top-ranked open/distance learning university in the country making it a very good choice for Ph.D. The college also provides internships, training, and placements, unlike other distance learning colleges in the country. The best feature is it provides e-learning resources available to students 24x7.Read more
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Ques. Are master's degrees from IGNOU acceptable for admission into Ph.D courses in top universities?

● Top Answer By Ankita Sarkar on 07 Nov 20

Ans. Yes, a Master's degree from IGNOU is acceptable for admission into Ph.D. courses in top universities. The eligibility criteria for some of the top universities in India which offer Ph.D. courses are as follows. Indian Institute of Science Bangalore: NIRF has ranked the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore 1st in the university category in 2020. Ph.D. Eligibility: The eligibility criteria for pursuing a Ph.D. from the institute in any discipline is a master’s degree in a related field from any recognized university. Jawaharlal Nehru University: Situated in New Delhi, JNU has been ranked as the 2nd best university in India by NIRF 2020. Ph.D. Eligibility: The required eligibility for Ph.D. courses is a master’s degree in a related discipline with a certain cutoff from any recognized university. Banaras Hindu University: According to the NIRF 2020 BHU is ranked 3rd among Indian Universities. Ph.D. Eligibility: Students with masters from any recognized university in a related discipline can apply for the Ph.D. courses at BHU. The institute also conducts a test to select the students for admission. Generally, the eligibility criteria of most of the top universities state that any qualification recognized by the Association of Indian Universities New Delhi which is equivalent to a Post Graduation’s Degree awarded by UGC recognized University/Institutions. This means a master’s degree from IGNOU will be acceptable for top universities for Ph.D. because IGNOU is recognized by UGC. There might be some exceptions in college, for example, the eligibility criteria of colleges also depend on the course in which the candidate seeks admission. Therefore, a candidate should check the eligibility criteria of a college before applying for the same.Read more
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Ques. How good is the IIT Bhubaneswar for a Ph.D in Physics, or any subject?

● Top Answer By Abanti on 14 Aug 20

Ans. IIT Bhubaneswar has been ranked as 56th in the NIRF’s list of top colleges for Ph.D. The overall NIRF ranking of the college, however, is 22 among all the engineering colleges in India. To apply for the Ph.D. courses in IIT Bhubaneswar, one has to go through the GATE entrance examination or have secured a UGC/CSIR-NET JRF score. Facilities for the Ph.D. courses are quite good at IIT Bhubaneswar, the fee structure has been increased but is feasible and around Rs 36.09 year. The course structure in Physics consists of fundamental subjects like Experimental Atomic-Molecular-Surface Physics, Modeling of Biological Systems, Biophysics, and Quantum Field Theory among others. While looking at the overall placement rate of the college, which is 89.5% in the year 2018-19, IIT Bhubaneswar is a pretty good option, with better prospects and average CTC of Rs 11.4 Lakhs. The college has also been accredited to the Prime Minister's Research Fellows (PMRF) Scheme, which was designed by the Government of India to improve the quality of research, which is a plus point for those who wish to pursue Ph.D. in any subject.  Read more
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Ph. D or Doctor of Philosophy is a 3-years doctorate degree. It is a research course that specializes the candidate in a particular subject or field. It is one of the most prestigious degrees for establishing a good career and attaining vast knowledge. Ph. D courses are offered for many subjects. To know more about the eligibility criteria, admission process, fee structure, and colleges, check out the link Ph.D. Course Details.