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Admission Standards for Ph.D Programs in International Trade and Commerce

Keeping in mind the longstanding heritage of academic excellence, the following institutional goals for doctorate research have been established:

  • To develop a deep and broad understanding of the fundamentals and state of the art of knowledge in the chosen field through courses and self-study,
  • To develop a synergy between creativity, innovation, and the frontiers of knowledge in the chosen field of study,
  • To develop the ability and skills to conduct independent research and development to meet the challenges posed to humanity by specific problems, and
  • To develop the ability to identify new opportunities in the given field of study.
  • Doctor of Philosophy degrees are awarded for research in fields recognised by the Institute's Academic Departments/Centres.

The research must be an original study defined by the discovery of facts, a novel approach to the interpretation and application of facts, or the creation of equipment that represents a significant breakthrough in instrument technology.
It must demonstrate the candidate's capacity for critical analysis and sound judgement, as well as reflect an original contribution to the current body of knowledge.

The Institute is also acknowledged as one of the centres for Ph.D. programmes under QIP in the country.
There are various options for enrolling in the Ph.D. programme as a part-time student.


Admission to Ph.D.-Programs through a Sequenced Operating Procedure

Test of General Research Aptitude and Subject Competence after Payment of Exam Fees Personal Interview Following Qualifying Exam

Ph.D. Registration

  • After passing the admission examination, Checking of Eligibility and Document Verification will take place.
  • Submission of First Year Course Fee following Document Verification and Registration Eligibility Check

Academic Work

  • One Semester of Course Work with 90 Hours of Required Contact Hours (minimum 75% Attendance Required).
  • All Ph.D. candidates must take the Ph.D. Coursework Examination and achieve a grade of at least 60 percent; otherwise, the course work will be repeated the following semester.

DRC or RDC? (Research Degree Committee)

  • After successfully completing Course Work, candidates will receive a Guide.
  • The candidate must attend for the Presentation of Topic and Research Proposal within 12 to 24 weeks after receiving their course work results, or else a 5,000/- fine will be levied.


RDC presentation will be supervised by an External Examiner (Subject Expert).

  • Finalization/Modification of the topic, if any, must be submitted within eight weeks of the RDC date; otherwise, the candidate must return in RDC and pay a penalty of Rs. 5,000.
  • Evaluation of Topic Modification will be conducted, and the RDC letter containing the final topic will be published and emailed to the candidate and Guide/Supervisor.

Semester Wise Progress Report - I-II

  • After RDC approval of the topic, the candidate must present his work within 12 to 24 weeks of the topic's completion.
    This presentation will be held internally in front of the University's subject matter expert and Guide.


Semester Wise Progress Report - III-IV

  • After completion of research, the candidate must present and defend his/her work in front of an External Examiner (Subject Expert).
  • This pre-thesis presentation must occur between 36 and 48 weeks after the topic has been finalised.

Initial Thesis Submission

  • Candidate must submit his/her whole thesis in spiral bound (2 hard copies) and 2 CDs/DVDs to the Examination cell along with a Plagiarism report (soft copies).
  • Before sending the paper to evaluators, the Research Advisory Committee will also check for plagiarism.

Final Viva

  • The candidate and one of the thesis assessors will be advised of the final date of the Viva/Defense once the thesis has been evaluated and any corrections/modifications have been made, if applicable.
  • The candidate must submit six bound copies of his or her thesis to the Examination cell on or before the date of the final defence.

Ph.D. Admission Categories & Requirements Ph.D. Student Category:

  • Applicants for admission to the Ph.D. programme will be placed in one of the following categories, as determined and recommended by the DRC/CRC.
  • Permanent Research Scholar
  • In-Service Internal Research Scholar b. In-Service External Research Scholar c. Part-time Research Scholar


To be eligible to apply for admission to the Institute's Ph.D. course, a candidate from the aforementioned category must possess the following basic qualifications in the relevant fields.

Master's degree with a minimum CGPA of 6.0 on a 10-point scale or 60% marks for the General, GEN-EWS, and OBC categories.

The minimum CGPA threshold may be lowered to 5.50 on a 10-point scale or to 55 percent for SC/ST and PWD candidates.

Post-Graduate Degree in Basic Science Or Graduate/Post-Graduate Degree in Professional Course Chosen Using One Of The Following Methods:

1. National Eligibility Tests-UGC NET comprising lectureship (assistant professorship) and GATE-selected scholars.

The selection procedure through National Level Examinations administered by the Ministry of Human Resource Development and its Agencies and Institutes, such as UGC/IIT/IISc/IISER etc.

2. B.Tech / B. Arch / B. Pharm degree or equivalent with a GATE / GPAT / NET score (marks) and a minimum CGPA of 7.50 on a 10 point scale or 75% marks, irrespective of category.

The minimum CGPA criterion for CFTI graduates is lowered to 7.0 on a 10-point scale or 70%.

3. The cumulative grade point average (CGPA) or percentage of total marks (if marks are awarded) from all years / semesters will be considered.
If the CGPA is awarded on a scale other than a 10-point scale, conversion to a 10-point scale will be evaluated proportionally.

The GATE / GPAT / JRF / NET score (marks) criterion is waived for candidates in the ISERS, P-ISIRS, and P-ISERS categories.

Bachelors or Masters from IITs with a CGPA of 8.0 or higher on a 10-point scale are exempt from the GATE/GPAT/JRF/NET requirement.

6. Candidates pursuing a Master's degree in Engineering or Architecture/Planning at the university with a cumulative grade point average of 8.50 or higher shall have the option of lateral admission into the Ph.D. programme after completing the first two semesters of the Master's programme.

7. Candidates having an MBBS or BDS degree from an Indian university or institution must have a minimum CGPA of 6.0 on a 10-point scale or 60% in their qualifying degree, regardless of category.
They are not required to take the GATE, GPAT, JRF, or NET exams.

8.Candidates holding a Master of Surgery (MS) or Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from an Indian university or institute are exempt from the minimum CGPA and GATE/GPAT/JRF/NET requirements.

Candidates having a medical degree from an abroad institution or institute must have passed the National Board of Examination's Foreign Medical Graduate Examination.

10.Candidates possessing Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) / Person of Indian Origin (PIO) status shall be treated in the same manner as Indian Nationals in the General Category.

Note: (1) Candidates in the OBC-NC and Economically Weaker Sections category must submit a copy of a valid certificate issued by a competent authority after 31 March 2021.
Reservations shall be made in accordance with GOI regulations.



At the time of registration, candidates must have a minimum of two years' experience in a Government/Semi-Government organization/Public Sector Undertaking, an AICTE/UGC-recognized educational institute, or a registered company with an annual revenue of more than Twenty Crores.
They should have permission from their employer to pursue the Ph.D. programme and sufficient time off to fulfil course requirements.

This criterion is waived for candidates working within 100 kilometres of the institution.
In addition, candidates for the P-ISIRS category must be regular employees of the institute.

The eligibility requirements listed above are the bare minimum.
Departments and/or centres may stipulate additional qualifications.
Reservations are applied in accordance with the current policy of the Indian government and as prescribed by the Board of Governors.



  • Examination Fee of Rs. 5000/-\s Tuition Fee of Ist Year 50,000/- at Interview Time\s Ist Year Pending
  • Fee of 50,000/- prior to the Course Work Examination, Guide Fee, and Abstract.
    Submission Fee of fifty thousand rupees before to RDC,
  • Course Fee for Second Year is 50,000/- (Starting of 2nd Year or 3rd Sem)
  • Course Fee for Second Year is 50,000/- (Starting of 4th Sem)
  • Course Fee for Third Year of 50,000/- (Starting of 3rd Year)
  • A Thesis Submission Fee of Rs. 25,000 and a Viva Fee of Rs.

Note: The revised fee structure, if any, will be uploaded as appropriate.
The cost will be assessed each semester in accordance with the institute's rules and regulations.


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How to Apply for Admission to the PhD Program?

On the university's official website, students can submit their applications online.
Candidates must follow the steps below when submitting an online Application Form.

  • Visit University's official website.
  • Find the page of notifications
  • Click the M.Phil Ph.D. Entrance Exam Online Application Button.
  • Complete each column with the relevant information.
  • Next, upload a photo in passport size (size not more than 200kb).
  • Click the submit button after you have double-checked all of the application form's fields.
  • Now proceed to pay the registration fee using one of the offered payment methods.
  • Selection Standards

The selection process is entirely merit-based.

The selection procedure will take place online.

  • Dates for a written examination and/or an interview will be provided to the finalists by the relevant departments/centers.
    The dates shall be simultaneously uploaded to the portal of each department/center.
  • The requisite qualifications and experience are the bare minimum, and a candidate's possession of them does not automatically qualify him or her for an interview.
  • On the basis of qualifications and/or experience, Departments / Centres of the Institute reserve the right to limit the number of candidates invited for an interview to a reasonable number.
  • There are provisions for applying in one or more departments/centres.
    Consequently, a candidate can submit an application to one or more departments using a single web form.
  • When applying online, all information must be entered properly.
    The University is not liable for incorrect entries.
    The applicant is solely responsible for the accuracy and veracity of the information/documents included in their online application.
  • The candidate's eligibility in terms of qualifications and experience will be determined based on the closing date of the online application.
  • The CGPA or percentage of grades provided by the candidate's institute/college/university must be entered.
    The candidate may not convert his or her CGPA to a percentage or vice versa.
  • The candidate's online application shall be regarded final and binding.
    Correction requests for the online application shall not be entertained.
  • Candidates must submit a comprehensive online application.
    No dialogue or communication will be accepted for applications that are incomplete.
  • The deadline for online application submission shall not be extended.
    The University will not be responsible for any technological errors that may occur during the online submission of the application or payment of the application fee.
    Therefore, applicants are encouraged to submit their applications well in advance, and not at the last minute.
  • Online / offline applications will be inspected; pertinent documents will be examined / confirmed for authenticity.
  • Subject to the availability of seats, faculty in the Specialization, and Institute Assistantships, admission will be granted.
  • Students must adhere to the current laws and regulations.
  • The Institute reserves the right to revoke the admission of any candidate who is discovered to have been admitted to a course to which he or she is not entitled, being unqualified or ineligible according to the institute's regulations.
  • The Institute maintains the right to verify the candidate's antecedents or supplied documents at any point during their study duration.
    If it is discovered that the candidate's presented documents are not authentic, his/her admission would be revoked and disciplinary/criminal actions will be instituted.
  • Candidates must ensure that they meet all mentioned qualifying requirements.
    Their entrance will be strictly conditional on confirmation that they meet the qualifying requirements.
    The mere distribution of call letters to candidates does not indicate that their candidacy has been deemed acceptable.
  • All candidates are encouraged to visit the Institute's website often for additional information.

PhD Admission and Coursework Syllabus


  • The curriculum for PhD courses differs according on the candidates' chosen expertise.
  • PhD courses combine traditional academic classroom sessions with research projects.
  • PhD courses place significant emphasis on research.
  • Coursework, a qualifying exam, the development of a research project, and thesis work comprise the structure of a PhD programme.

FAQs Concerning PhD Programme

Q.1 - What is the procedure for admission to the university with a Ph.D.?

ANSWER: - The Ph.D. and M.Phil. programmes of renowned University are conducted and guided strictly as per the provisions and regulations mandated by the UGC (Minimum Standards andProcedure for Award of Ph.D./M.Phil. Degrees) (1st Amendment) Regulations, 2018 and subsequent amendments.
Admission to research programmes is contingent on passing a Research Entrance Exam (RET) and subsequently an Interview/Viva Voce.
70% of the candidate's score is based on his/her performance in the RET, while the remaining 30% is based on the candidate's performance in the Interview.

Q.2 - How may students pursue M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees at a university?

ANSWER: - The University offers both full-time and part-time Ph.D. programmes, but only full-time M.Phil. programmes in the specified disciplines/subjects.
These high-quality and productive research programmes are offered in a wide variety of domains and/or subjects.
In general, the minimum duration of the M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes at a university is 1.5 Years and 3 Years, respectively.

Q.3 - Are Ph.D. and M.Phil. degrees awarded by any university internationally recognised?

ANSWER: - Of sure, yes.
If the university is legally recognised under section 2(f) of the UGC Act of 1956 and is a prestigious member of the AIU, then it is eligible for a grant (the Association of Indian Universities).
Its M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in various fields/subjects are recognised throughout India and the rest of the world.


Q.4 - What are the primary eligibility requirements for taking the University Research Entrance Exam (RET)?

ANSWER: - The main eligibility requirements for participation in the RET are as follows:
- A rigorous Master's Degree in the suggested subject/field from a reputable university/institution in India or overseas with a minimum of 55% marks or an equivalent grade.
Applicants belonging to the SC/ST/OBC/disabled groups are granted a 5% waiver on this qualifying requirement.
Applicants with an M.Phil. in the suggested field/subject, or who have passed the UGC (JRF) Examinations/ NET/ SET/ SELT, etc., would be permitted to appear directly for the interview without taking the RET.
Academic accomplishments and prior research experience will be given particular consideration.


Q.5 - What concessions are made for restricted categories for Ph.D. admission to the university?

ANSWER: - Candidates belonging to the SC/ST/OBC (Non-Creamy layer)/Differently-Abled categories, etc., are accorded all relaxations provided by the Government of India and the UGC.
These exemptions are granted in the form of a 5% reduction of postgraduate marks, as well as a 5% reduction in the minimum qualifying score for the RET.
To qualify for the final interview, individuals belonging to these categories need to earn a minimum of 45% on the RET.


Q.6 - How will the pattern of RET develop?

ANSWER: - The RET curriculum consists of subject-specific topics, research methodology, and aptitude tests (covering logical reasoning, numerical ability, analytical reasoning, statistics, etc.).

Consequently, there will be 70 multiple-choice questions on the RET (MCQs).


Q.7 - Are M.Phil. / UGC-NET (including JRF) / UGC-CSIR NET (including JRF) / SLET / GATE holders immune from RET?

M.Phil. degree holders in their relevant fields/subjects are free from taking the RET.
The same holds true for aspirant candidates who have passed examinations such as UGC-NET (including JRF), UGC-CSIR NET (including JRF), SLET, GATE, etc.


Q.8 - How do you pay the application fee?

As with the Application Form, the Application Fee (i.e., the fee for participating in RET) can be paid online or offline.
Payment Options: Demand Draft (payable to the University), NEFT, and Cash Deposit.


Q.9 - Is a NOC from one's employer required in order to conduct research at any university?

ANSWER: - Obviously, yes.
Working Professionals who are interested in conducting research at any university are obliged to obtain the NOC (No Objection Certificate) from their respective employers in order to prevent any form of interference throughout their doctoral studies.


Q.10 - Is Ph.D. coursework required for M.Phil. recipients?

At some universities, M.Phil. holders are once again needed to complete the coursework for the Ph.D.
Nonetheless, their prior experience in the field/subject will greatly facilitate their learning and performance in the Ph.D. programme.


Q.11 - Can the annual program/course fee be paid in instalments?

Yes, you may pay the annual course cost in as many as two instalments, but during the annual session.


Q.12 - Does Any University Offer Scholarships or Stipends to Prospective Students?

ANSWER: - Of sure, yes.
Numerous universities provide both scholarships and stipends to exceptional and talented individuals who do research at the university.
Scholarships are awarded to students who score higher on the RET and interview and fall inside the top 21.
In addition to their Ph.D. coursework, stipends are granted to those academics who additionally give lectures to undergraduate or graduate students at the university.
The monthly compensation will be proportional to the candidate's qualifications and skills and may reach Rs. 20,000.


Q.13 - What additional facilities are available to research scholars on the University Campus?

Answer: - A well-established and prestigious university provides all the required and constructive resources, amenities, and facilities to research scholars in numerous streams/subjects.
These facilities include spacious and peaceful study rooms, erudite and well-experienced academicians and research experts, Wi-Fi and diverse IT devices, state-of-the-art laboratories, well-stocked libraries, lavish R&D amenities, separate facilities for lodging and food for male and female candidates, a peaceful and constructive environment on the university campus, and many other comfortable and convenient facilities and services.