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Kerala University Ph.D. Admission

Kerala University Ph.D. Admission

Last Modified : May 14, 2015

The Research programs in the Kerala University were started with the establishment of University in 1937. The research programs in various disciplines are undertaken by the Departments and Centers of Teaching and Research of the University and also under the recognized Research Centers under the University. The research programs offered by the university are in Social Sciences, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Applied Sciences, Languages and Arts.

Admissions to the Ph.D.  Programs of the University are mainly done through an entrance examination conducted during the months of November/ December every year. University has invited online application in the prescribed form from the eligible candidates for the general aptitude test for admissions to full time/part time research programs leading to Ph.D. /M.Sc .(Engg.) degree


Candidates who have secured no less than 55% marks in post-graduation are eligible for the entrance test.  For candidates belonging to SC/ST category that have done their masters' degree in science and applied science the minimum marks criterion is 45% and who have their post-graduation in other faculty the minimum marks required to apply are 40%. Physically/Visually handicapped candidates are given a relaxation of 5%.

Exemption from the test:

Students, who have qualified UGC/CSIR/DBT/ICMR/ICAR/NET examinations or have KSCSTE fellowships/GATE or have completed M.Phil.  are exempted from entrance test.

College/University teachers with seven or more years of teaching experience and candidates with D.M/M.Ch. degree are also exempted from the Entrance Test

How to Apply:

Candidates can apply online on the official website of Kerala University And they should send the hard copy of the application along with the required enclosures and fees to The Registrar, University of Kerala, Palayam, Thiruvananthapuram.


These documents would be required while filling online application-

  1. Scanned copy of the photograph of the applicant [not more than the size of 40 KB].
  2. Scanned copy of the signature of the applicant [not more than the size of 40 KB].

Note- Only .jpg (small letter .jpg ) images are allowed.

Application Fee:

The cost of application form is Rs. 20/-. Entrance examination fee is Rs.750/- for general candidates. For candidates belonging to scheduled castes and scheduled tribes, the fee for the test is Rs. 375/-. Rs 10/- service charge in case of DD.

List of Ph.D. Programs offered by Kerala University:

Kerala University offers research programs in following disciplines

FacultySubject Research Type
ArtsEnglish, German, Journalism & Communication, Library & Information Science, Philosophy, RussianPh.D.
Engineering & TechnologyChemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical & Electronics Engineering, ArchitecturePh.D./ M.Sc. Engg./By Research
Fine ArtsMusicPh.D.
MedicinePathology, Physiology, Anatomy, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Pediatrics, Psychiatry & General Medicine, Radiology, Public Health, Community, Nursing, Orthopedics and General aspects of surgery, Opthamology, Nursing, Pharmaceutical SciencesPh.D.
Ayurveda & SidhaKayachikitsa, Kaumar Bhritya, Shalakya Tantra, Panchakarma, Prasuti Tantra & Stree Roga, Dravya Guna  Vigyan, SwastavrithaPh.D.
DentistryPeriodontics, Orthodontics, Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Conservative Dentistry and OthersPh.D.
Management StudiesManagement, TourismPh.D.
Physical EducationPhysical EducationPh.D.
Oriental StudiesHindi, Malayalam, Sanskrit, Arabic, Linguistics, TamilPh.D.
Applied ScienceBiotechnology, Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Futures Study, Environmental Sciences, OptoelectronicsPh.D.
ScienceBotany, Chemistry, Zoology, Geology, Geography, Home Science, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, PsychologyPh.D.
Social ScienceEconomics, History, Islamic History, Sociology, Social Work, Archeology, Political SciencePh.D.