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Admission to the Ph.D. in Law Program

Keeping in mind the long tradition of academic excellence, the following institutional goals for doctoral 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 synergy between creativity, innovation, and the frontiers of knowledge in the chosen field of study, To develop ability and skills to carry out independent research and development to face the challenges posed to mankind on specific problems, and To develop abilities to identify new possibilities in the given Indi

The Doctor of Philosophy degree is awarded for research conducted in areas recognised by the Institute's Academic Departments / Centres.
The research work must be an original work that is distinguished by either the discovery of facts, a novel approach to the interpretation and application of facts, or the development of equipment that represents a significant advancement in instrument technology.

It must demonstrate the candidate's ability for critical thinking and sound judgement, as well as represent an original contribution to existing knowledge.
The Institute is also one of the country's QIP Ph.D. programme centres.

Part-time enrollment in the Ph.D. programme is also possible.


Admission to Ph.D. Programs in Stages

Personal Interview Following the Qualifying Examination

Ph.D. Registration

After passing the entrance exam, eligibility is checked and documents are verified.

After document verification and accessing Registration Eligibility, submit the first year course fee.

Course Work

One semester of course work, including 90 hours of mandatory contact hours (minimum 75% attendance required).

All Ph.D. candidates must take the Ph.D.-Course work Examination and obtain a grade of at least 60%, or the course work will be repeated in the following semester.

RDC or DRC? (Research Degree Committee)

Candidates will be assigned a guide after successfully completing the course work.

Candidate must appear for Presentation of Topic and Research Proposal within 12-24 weeks of Course Work result or face a 5000/- penalty.

The RDC presentation will be held under the supervision of an External Examiner (Subject Expert).

Finalization/modification of the topic, if any, must be submitted within 8 weeks of the RDC date; otherwise, the candidate must reappear in the RDC and pay a penalty of 5000/-.

Modification of the topic will be evaluated, and the RDC letter with the final topic will be published and sent to the candidate as well as the Guide/Supervisor.

Semester Progress Report - I-II

Following RDC topic approval, the Candidate must present his work within 12-24 weeks of the topic's finalisation date.
This presentation will be internal and will be given in front of the University subject expert and Guide.

Progress Report - III-IV Semester

After completing the research, the candidate must present his/her work in front of an External Examiner (Subject Expert) and defend his/her work.

This pre-thesis presentation must take place between 36 and 48 weeks after the topic has been finalised.

Pre-thesis Submission

The candidate must submit his/her complete thesis in Examination cell along with a plagiarism report in spiral binding (2 hard copies) and 2 CDs/DVDs (soft copies).

The Research Advisory Committee will also check for plagiarism before sending it to evaluators.

Viva finale

The final date of Viva/Defense will be notified to the candidate as well as one of the thesis evaluators as External Examiner after the thesis has been evaluated and any corrections/modifications have been made.

The candidate must submit his/her thesis in hardbound (6 copies) to the Examination cell on or before the date of the final defence.

Ph.D. Admission Categories and Requirements

Applicants for admission to the Ph.D. programme will be classified into one of the following categories, which will be decided and recommended by DRC/CRC.

Full-time Research Scholar

Part-time Research Scholar a. In-Service Internal Research Scholar b. In-Service External Research Scholar


To be eligible to apply for admission to the Institute's Ph.D. programme, an applicant in the above category must have the following minimum qualifications in relevant areas.

1. Master's degree with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 6.0 on a 10-point scale, or 60% for the General, GEN-EWS, and OBC categories.

The minimum CGPA requirements for SC/ST or PWD candidates may be relaxed to 5.50 on a 10 point scale or 55% marks.

Graduate/Post Graduate Degree in Professional Course Selected through a process described by any of the following:

Scholars chosen through National Eligibility Tests-UGC NET, including lectureship (Assistant Professorship) and GATE.

The selection process is based on National Level Examinations administered by the MHRD and its agencies and institutes such as UGC/IIT/IISc/IISER, among others.

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, for candidates other than Centrally Funded Technical Institutes (CFTIs).

For graduates of CFTIs, the minimum CGPA requirement is reduced to 7.0 on a 10-point scale or 70%.

3. The CGPA or percentage of marks in aggregate, if marks are awarded, of all years / semesters will be considered.
If the CGPA is awarded on a scale other than a 10 point scale, a proportionate concession to a 10 point scale will be considered.

4. The GATE / GPAT / JRF / NET score (marks) requirement does not apply to ISERS, P-ISIRS, or P-ISERS candidates.

5. IIT graduates 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 Master's programmes in Engineering or Architecture / Planning at the University who have a CGPA of 8.50 or higher will be eligible for lateral entry into the Ph.D. programme after completing the first two semesters of the Master's programme.

7. Candidates with an MBBS/BDS degree from an Indian university or institution must have a minimum CGPA of 6.0 on a 10-point scale or 60% in the qualifying degree, regardless of category.
They are exempt from the GATE / GPAT / JRF / NET requirements.

Candidates with a Master of Surgery (MS)/Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from an Indian university or institute are exempt from the minimum CGPA requirement as well as the GATE / GPAT / JRF / NET requirement.

9. Candidates with a medical degree from an overseas university or institute must have passed the National Board of Examination's Foreign Medical Graduate Examination.

10. Candidates with Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) / Person of Indian Origin (PIO) status will be treated equally with Indian Nationals in the General Category.

(1) Candidates in the OBC-NC and Economically Weaker Sections categories must submit a copy of a valid certificate issued after March 31, 2021, as per GOI issued by a competent authority.
Reservations will be made in accordance with GOI guidelines.


At the time of registration, candidates must have at least two years of experience in a Government / Semi-Government organization/Public Sector Undertaking, AICTE / UGC recognised educational institute, or a registered company with an annual turnover of more than Rs. Twenty Crores.
They must obtain permission from their employer to pursue the Ph.D. programme, as well as adequate leave of absence to complete the course work requirements.

Candidates working within 100 kilometres of the institute are exempt from the leave of absence requirement.
Candidates in the P-ISIRS category should also be regular employees of the institute.

Please keep in mind that the eligibility requirements listed above are the absolute bare minimum.
Departments and centres may impose additional requirements.
Reservation is applicable in accordance with existing policies of the Government of India and as prescribed by the Board of Governors.



  • Examination Fee of Rs. 5000/- Tuition Fee of Ist Year 50,000/- at Interview Time Ist Year Pending
  • Fee of 50,000/- before Course Work Examination, Guide Fee, and Synopsis
    Fee of 50,000/- before RDC,
  • 50,000/- for the second year of study (Starting of 2nd Year or 3rd Sem)
  • 50,000/- for the second year of study (Starting of 4th Sem)
  • The third year course fee is 50,000/-. (Starting of 3rd Year)
  • Thesis Submission Fee of Rs. 25,000/- Viva Fee of Rs. 20000/-

Note: Any revised fee structure will be uploaded.
The fee will be charged each semester in accordance with the Institute's current rules and regulations.


List of the Top National Level PhD Entrance Exams

CUCET stands for Central Universities Common Entrance Tests.

GPAT - Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test VITMEE - Vellore Institute of Technology
Master's Entrance Exam

RUET - Rama University Entrance Test Institution Level PhD Entrance Exams

How Do I Apply for PhD Admission?

Students can apply directly through the university's official website.
Candidates must complete the following steps when submitting their online application form.

  • Go to the University's official website.
  • Locate the notification page
  • Click the Apply Online for M.Phil Ph.D. Entrance Exam button.
  • Fill in the blanks with all of the necessary information.
  • After that, upload a passport-sized photo (size not more than 200kb).
  • Recheck all of the information in the application form before clicking the submit button.
  • Proceed to pay the entrance fee and registration fee using one of the available payment methods.

Selection Criteria

The selection process is solely based on merit.

  • The selection process will be done online.
  • The shortlisted candidates will be notified of the specified dates for a written test and/or interview by the relevant departments/centers.
    Concurrently, the dates will be uploaded to each department/portal. center's
  • The required qualifications and experience are the bare minimum, and simply having them does not entitle a candidate to an interview.
  • The Institute's Departments / Centres reserve the right to limit the number of candidates called for interviews to a reasonable number based on qualifications and/or experience.
  • There is an option to apply in one or more departments or centres.
    As a result, a candidate can apply in one or more departments using a single online application.
  • While applying online, all entries should be filled out carefully.
    The University is not liable for incorrect entries.
    Candidates are solely responsible for the accuracy and authenticity of the information/documents provided in the online application.
  • Candidate eligibility in terms of qualification and experience will be calculated / considered based on the last date of the online application.
  • Candidates must fill out/enter their CGPA or percentage of marks as issued by their institute/college/university.
    The candidate must not convert their CGPA to a percentage or vice versa.
  • The candidates' online applications will be considered final and binding.
    Correction requests in the online application will not be considered.
  • Candidates must submit a complete online application in all aspects.
    There will be no correspondence or communication if your application is incomplete.
  • The deadline for submitting online applications will not be extended.
    As a result, no requests for application acceptance after the deadline will be considered, and the University will not be held liable for technical errors made while completing the online application or paying the fee.
    As a result, candidates are advised to submit their applications well in advance, rather than waiting until the last date.
  • Online and offline applications will be scrutinised, and relevant documents will be checked and verified for authenticity.
  • Admission will be granted based on the availability of seats, faculty in the Specialization, and the Institute Assistantship.
  • Students will be governed by current ordinances/regulations.
  • The Institute reserves the right to cancel a candidate's admission at any stage if he or she is found to be unqualified or ineligible in accordance with the rules and regulations in effect.
  • The Institute reserves the right to verify the antecedents or documents submitted by the candidate at any time during their period of study.
    If it is discovered that the candidate's documents are not genuine, his/her admission will be terminated, and disciplinary / criminal proceedings will be initiated.
  • Candidates should ensure that they meet all of the eligibility requirements.
    Their admission will be strictly provisional, pending confirmation that they meet the prescribed eligibility requirements.
    The issuance of call letters to candidates does not imply that their candidature has been found eligible.

All candidates are encouraged to check the Institute's website on a regular basis for updated information.

PhD Entrance & Course Work Syllabus

The syllabus for the PhD courses varies based on the specialisation 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.

FAQs About PhD Programme

Q.1 - What is the procedure for Ph.D. Admission to the University?

ANSWER: - The Ph.D. and M.Phil. programmes of prestigious University are conducted and guided strictly as per the provisions and regulations dictated by the UGC (Minimum Standards andProcedure for Award of Ph.D./M.Phil. Degrees) (1st Amendment) Regulations, 2018 and subsequent amendments.
The entire procedure for admission to the research programmes encompasses a Research Entrance Exam (RET) and then an Interview/Viva Voce.
The performance of a candidate in the RET is given 70% weightage, and the remaining 30% weightage is given to his/her performance at the Interview.

Q.2 - What are the modes of pursuing M.Phil. & Ph.D. programmes at University?

ANSWER: - Both the full-time and part-time modes are available at University for pursuing its Ph.D. programmes and only full time mode is available for M.Phil. programme in the desired subjects/fields.
These highly-qualitative and prolific research programmes are available in a rather broad range of fields/subjects.
At University, the minimum time-duration of the M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes is 1.5 Years and 3 Years, respectively, in general.

Q.3 - Are the Ph.D. and M.Phil. Degrees granted by any University valid abroad?

ANSWER: - Yes, of course.
If the University is properly recognised under the section 2(f) of the UGC Act of 1956, and is a prestigious member of the AIU (the Association of Indian Universities) (the Association of Indian Universities).
Its M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees granted in various fields/subjects are duly valid across India and the world.

Q.4 - Which are the main eligibility criteria for participating in the University Research Entrance Exam (RET)?

ANSWER: - The following are the main eligibility conditions for participating in the RET:
- A rigorous Master’s Degree in the proposed subject/field obtained from any recognised university/institution located in India or abroad, with a minimum 55% marks in aggregate or an equivalent grade.
Candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC/Differently-abled categories are given a 5% relaxation in respect of this eligibility criterion.
Candidates with an M.Phil. degree in the proposed field/subject, or have qualified the UGC (JRF) Examinations/ NET/ SET/ SELT, etc., will be allowed to appear directly for the interview, without appearing in the RET.
Impressive academic records, and any prior experience in research works, will be given additional advantages.

Q.5 - What relaxations are granted to the reserved categories for Ph.D. Admission to the University?

ANSWER: - Candidates belonging to the categories of SC/ST/OBC (Non-Creamy layer)/Differently-Abled, and so on, are given all relaxations prescribed by the Govt. of India and the UGC.
These relaxations are provided in form of 5% reduced marks for them at post graduation, and also in the minimum qualifying marks at RET.
Thus, candidates belonging to these categories only need to score a minimum of 45% marks at RET, to qualify for the final interview.

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

ANSWER: - The syllabus or pattern of RET consists of subject-specific matters, and research methodology and aptitude (covering logical reasoning, numerical ability, analytical reasoning, statistics, etc). (covering logical reasoning, numerical ability, analytical reasoning, statistics, etc.).

Thus, RET will contain a total of 70 multiple-choice questions (MCQs) (MCQs).

Q.7 - Are M.Phil. Holders/UGC- NET (including JRF)/ UGC-CSIR NET (including JRF)/ SLET/ GATE exempted from appearing at RET?

ANSWER: - Yes.
The holders of M.Phil. degree in their respective fields/subjects are made exempt from appearing in RET.
The same is the situation in cases of the aspiring candidates who have qualified exams like UGC-NET (including JRF)/ UGC-CSIR NET (including JRF)/ SLET/ GATE, etc.

Q.8 - How is the application fee paid?

ANSWER: - The Application Fee (i.e. the fee for getting participated in RET) can be paid online or offline, like the Application Form.
Payment Modes: DD (in Favor of the University) / NEFT/ Cash Deposit.

Q.9 - Do working candidates require to obtain NOC from employers for pursuing research at any University?

ANSWER: - Yes, necessarily.
Working Professionals those are interested in research at any University are required to obtain the NOC (No Objection Certificate) from their respective employers, in order to avert any intrusion ever during the entire doctoral course.

Q.10 - Does an M.Phil. holder require to undergo Ph.D. course work?

ANSWER: - Yes.
M.Phil. holders are again required to undergo the coursework in Ph.D. at some Universities.
However, their prior knowledge in the field/subject will be very supportive to them for learning and performing efficiently during the Ph.D. programme.

Q.11 - Can I pay the yearly program/course fee in instalments?

ANSWER: - Yes, you can pay the yearly course fee as many as in two instalments, but well within the yearly session.

Q.12 - Does Any University provide any scholarship or stipend to pursuing scholars?

ANSWER: - Yes, of course.
Many Universities does offer scholarship as well as stipend to the meritorious and talented candidates who undertake research studies at the University.
Scholarships are granted to those candidates who come under top 21 by scoring higher marks in RET and interview.
And, stipends are provided to those scholars who also give lectures to UG or PG students at the University, in addition to doing their Ph.D. coursework.
The amount of monthly stipend will be commensurate with candidate’s qualification and capabilities and may go up to Rs. 20,000.

Q.13 - What other many facilities are provided to research scholars at the University Campus?

ANSWER: - All necessary and constructive resources, amenities, and facilities are offered by well-established and prestigious University to the research scholars in various streams/subjects.
These facilities include the following - 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 amenities for lodging and foods for male and female candidates, peaceful and constructive environment within the university campus, and many other comforting and convenient facilities and services.