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Admission to the Ph.D. programme in political science


The following institutional objectives for doctorate research have been established, taking into account the long legacy of academic excellence:


Through classes and independent study, one should develop a thorough understanding of the fundamentals and state-of-the-art knowledge in the chosen field. One should also foster a synergy between creativity, innovation, and the knowledge frontiers in the chosen field. Finally, one should develop the capacity and skills necessary to conduct independent research and development in order to address the problems that face humanity.

Doctor of Philosophy degrees are awarded for research in fields that have been approved by the academic departments and centres of the institute.
The research project must be an original effort that is either defined by the discovery of facts, by a novel approach to the interpretation and application of facts, or by the creation of apparatus that significantly advances instrument technology.


It must demonstrate the candidate's capacity for critical analysis, good judgement, and innovative contribution to the field of study.
The Institute is acknowledged as one of the national hubs for QIP-accredited Ph.D. programmes.

There are also resources for part-time candidates to enrol in the PhD programme.

Stage-wise Operating Procedure for Admission to Ph.D. Programs


After submitting the examination fees, a test on general research aptitude and subject competency will be given. A personal interview will follow the qualifying examination.


Registration for a PhD


after passing the entrance exam, eligibility checks, and document verification

after document verification and accessing registration eligibility, submit the first-year course fee.


Academic Work


One semester's worth of course work includes 90 hours of required contact time; attendance of at least 75% is required.

All Ph.D. candidates must take the Ph.D. Coursework Examination and receive more than 60% of the possible points; otherwise, the course work will be repeated the following semester.


DRC or RDC (Research Degree Committee)


Candidates will receive a Guide once the course work has been successfully completed.

Candidate must compulsorily attend for the Presentation of Topic and Research Proposal within 12–24 weeks of the course work outcome, or else a fine of $5,000 will be assessed.

Under the direction of the External Examiner, the RDC presentation will take place (Subject Expert).

If the topic needs to be finalised or modified, it must be presented within 8 weeks of the RDC date; otherwise, the candidate must reappear and pay a fee of $5,000.

The topic will be evaluated for modification, and a letter from the RDC with the chosen topic will be published and forwarded to the candidate's guide and supervisor.


Progress Report by Semester I-II


Within 12 to 24 weeks of the topic's finalisation deadline, the candidate must deliver his work after receiving RDC approval of the topic.
This internal presentation will take place in front of the University subject specialist and Guide.


Progress Report by Semester, Grades III-IV


Following completion of the research project, the candidate must defend his work in front of an external examiner (subject expert).

Within 36–48 weeks of the topic's completion, this pre-thesis presentation must take place.


Submission of a Pre-thesis


The candidate must turn in a complete thesis together with a spiral-bound plagiarism report, two hard copies, and two CDs or DVDs to the examination cell (soft copies).

Before forwarding the work to the reviewers, the Research Advisory Committee will additionally evaluate it for plagiarism.


Viva finale


The final date of the Viva/Defense will be sent to the candidate and one of the thesis assessors who will serve as the External Examiner after receiving an evaluation of the thesis and any corrections or modifications that may be necessary.

The candidate must turn in six hardbound copies of their thesis to the examination cell no later than the final defence date.


Ph.D. Admission Categories & Requirements The Ph.D. students fall into the following category:


In order to be considered for admission to the Ph.D. programme, applicants must fall into one of the following categories, which will be chosen and suggested by the DRC/CRC.


Full-time Scholar of Research


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


Common minimal requirements for admission to doctoral programmes:


To apply for admission to the Institute's Ph.D. programme, a candidate belonging to the aforementioned category must meet the minimal requirements listed below in the pertinent fields.


1. Master's degree with at least a 6.0 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) on a scale of 10, or 60% for the General, GEN-EWS, and OBC categories.


The minimum CGPA standards may be modified for SC/ST or PWD applicants to 5.50 on a scale of 10, or to 55% marks.


Graduate/Post Graduate Degree in Professional Course Selected Through a Process Described Through Any One of the Following: Post Graduate Degree in Basic Science


Scholars who are chosen through the GATE and UGC NET National Eligibility Tests, as well as lectureship (Assistant Professorship).

the selection process based on national level exams held by the MHRD and its agencies and institutions, such as the UGC, IIT, IISc, and IISER, among others.


2. For applicants who are not from Centrally Funded Technical Institutes (CFTIs), a B.Tech., B.Arch., or B.Pharm. degree or an equivalent degree with a minimum CGPA of 7.50 on a scale of 10 points, or 75% of the candidates must meet this requirement.


The minimum CGPA criterion for graduates from CFTIs is lowered to 7.0 on a scale of 10, which is equivalent to 70% of the grade.


3. In the event that marks are given, the cumulative grade point average (CGPA) or percentage of all grades will be taken into account.
A proportionate concession to a 10 point scale will be taken into account if the CGPA is determined using a scale other than a scale of 10.


4. Candidates in the ISERS, P-ISIRS, or P-ISERS category are not need to have the GATE, GPAT, JRF, or NET score (marks) in order to be considered.


5. IIT graduates with a CGPA of 8.0 or more on a scale of 10 points are free from the requirement of GATE, GPAT, JRF, or NET.


6. Candidates who are enrolled in the University's Master's programmes in engineering, architecture, or planning and have CGPAs of 8.50 or higher may choose to lateral into the Ph.D. programme after completing the first two semesters of the Master's programme.


7. Candidates with an MBBS or BDS degree from an Indian university or institution must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 6.0 on a scale of 10 or 60% in the prerequisite degree, regardless of the category.
They are not required to take the GATE, GPAT, JRF, or NET exams.


8. Candidates who have earned a Master of Surgery (MS) or Doctor of Medicine (MD) from an Indian university or institute are free from both the GATE, GPAT, JRF, and NET requirements as well as the minimum CGPA.


9. Candidates holding medical degrees from foreign universities or institutions must have passed the National Board of Examinations' Foreign Medical Graduate Examination.


10. In the General Category, candidates who have the status of Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) or Person of Indian Origin (PIO) would be regarded equally with Indian Nationals.


(1) Candidates who fall under the OBC-NC and Economically Weaker Sections categories must present a copy of an official certificate that was issued after March 31, 2021, in accordance with GOI.

Reservation will be implemented in accordance with GOI norms.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR PART-TIME AND IN-SERVICE EXTERNAL RESEARCH SCHOLARS


Candidates must have at least two years of experience in a government or semi-government organisation, a public sector undertaking, an AICTE or UGC-accredited educational institution, or a registered business with a revenue of more than Rs. Twenty Crores at the time of registration.
They should obtain permission from their employment before enrolling in a Ph.D. programme so they can take the necessary amount of time off to finish their coursework.
Candidates who work within 100 kilometres of the institute are exempt from this leave-of-absence requirement.
Additionally, P-ISIRS category candidates must be part-time staff members of the organisation.


Note: The aforementioned eligibility requirements are the bare minimum.
Any further restrictions may be set by Departments or Centers.
Reservation is applicable in accordance with current Government of India rules and guidelines established by the Board of Governors.

STRUCTURE OF COURSES' FEES


  • At the time of the interview, there will be a Rs. 5000 examination fee and a Rs. 50,000 first-year tuition fee.
    Before course work examination, guide fee, and synopsis, there is a fee of 50,000.
    50 000 cost for submissions before RDC,
  • The second year's course costs 50,000. (Starting of 2nd Year or 3rd Sem)
  • The second year's course costs 50,000. (Starting of 4th Sem)
  • The third-year course fee is $50,000. (Starting of 3rd Year)
  • 25,000 for the thesis submission fee and 20,000 for the viva.


Note: Any revised fee structures must be uploaded in accordance with this.
Each semester, a fee will be levied in accordance with any applicable institute regulations or norms.

List of the Best National Level PhD Entrance Exams


Central Universities Common Entrance Examinations

Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT) Vellore Institute of Technology (VITMEE)
Entrance Exam for Masters

Rama University Entrance Test PhD Entrance Exams at the Institutional Level


How do I apply for a PhD?


Students can submit their applications immediately online using the university's official website.
The steps below must be followed by applicants when submitting an online application.


Visit the university's official website.

Track down the notification page.

To apply online for the M.Phil. Ph.D. entrance exam, click the button.

Fill in all the necessary information in the columns.

then add a passport-sized photo (size not more than 200kb).

Before clicking the submit button, double-check all the information you entered in the application form.

The entry fee and registration can now be paid using one of the available payment methods.


Selection Standards


  • The sole basis for selection is merit.
  • The selection procedure will take place online.
  • The competent departments/centers shall inform the shortlisted candidates of the specified dates for a written exam and/or interview.
    The dates must be uploaded simultaneously to each department's or center's web page.
  • The minimum credentials and experience listed in the job posting are what must be met; a candidate will not automatically be called in for an interview just because they meet these requirements.
  • On the basis of qualifications and/or experience, Departments and Centers of the Institute reserve the right to limit the number of applicants who will be contacted for interviews to a manageable level.
  • The option to apply is available in one or more departments or centres.
    In light of this, a candidate may submit a single online application for consideration in one or more departments.
  • While applying online, each entry should be made with care.
    Incorrect entries are not the responsibility of the University.
    Candidates are solely responsible for the accuracy and legitimacy of the data and documents they submit as part of an online application.
  • The final date for submitting an online application will be used to determine a candidate's eligibility in terms of education and experience.
  • The CGPA or percentage of marks that the candidate's institute, college, or university has assigned must be filled out or entered.
    It is forbidden for candidates to transform their CGPA into a percentage or vice versa.
  • Candidates' online applications are final and binding once they are submitted.
    Correction requests for the online application won't be taken into consideration.
  • Candidates should submit a thorough online application.
    For incomplete applications, there will be no reply or communication.
  • The closing date for online applications cannot be changed.
    The University will not be liable for any technological issues that arise during the online application or fee payment process, hence no requests for accepting applications after the deadline will be considered.
    Candidates are therefore recommended to submit their applications early rather than waiting until the deadline.
  • Applications submitted online or offline will be carefully reviewed; the legitimacy of the supporting documentation will be examined.
  • The availability of seats, professors in the Specialization, and Institute Assistantship will all be criteria for admission.
  • Students must abide by current laws and regulations.
  • When a candidate is admitted to a course to which they are not entitled because they are unqualified or ineligible under the current rules and regulations, the Institute has the power to revoke their admission at any time.
  • At any point during the candidate's study period, the Institute retains the right to check the antecedents or papers supplied by the candidate.
    If it is determined that the candidate's documents are not authentic, his or her admission will be cancelled, and disciplinary or criminal actions will be started.
  • The candidates should make sure they meet all the requirements for eligibility.
    Their admission will only be provisional pending verification that they meet the requirements for eligibility.
    The mere distribution of call letters to candidates does not signify that their eligibility has been determined.

All candidates are encouraged to often check the Institute's website for additional details.


Coursework & PhD Entrance Syllabus


Depending on the area of specialty chosen by the candidates, the PhD course syllabus differs.

Both regular academic classroom sessions and research projects are part of PhD courses.

In PhD programmes, research projects are of utmost importance.

The framework of a PhD programme consists of coursework, a qualifying exam, the drafting of a research project, and thesis work.


FAQs Regarding PhD Program

Q.1- What is the process for a university's Ph.D. admission?


The UGC (Minimum Standards andProcedure for Award of Ph.D./M.Phil. Degrees) (1st Amendment) Regulations, 2018, and later changes, govern how rigidly the Ph.D. and M.Phil. programmes of famous universities must be run and supervised.


An Interview/Viva Voce followed by the Research Entrance Exam (RET) make up the complete admissions process for research programmes.
A candidate's performance in the RET is given 70% of the weight, and his or her performance in the interview receives the remaining 30%.

Q.2 - How can I enrol in M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes at a university?


ANSWER: The University offers both full-time and part-time options for pursuing its Ph.D. programmes, but only full-time options are available for its M.Phil. programmes in the relevant subjects/fields.
These prolific and high-quality research programmes are available in a huge variety of fields/subjects.
The minimum length of the M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes at universities is 1.5 years and 3 years, respectively.

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


REPLY: Of course, you're right.
If the university is duly accredited by the AIU and is duly acknowledged by the UGC in accordance with section 2(f) of the UGC Act of 1956, (the Association of Indian Universities).
Its M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees awarded in a variety of fields and subjects are legitimately recognised both inside India and outside.

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


ANSWER: - The principal prerequisites for taking part in the RET are as follows:
- A demanding Master's degree in the suggested subject or field from any reputable Indian or international university/institution, with a minimum of 55% overall marks or an equivalent grade.
Candidates from the SC, ST, OBC, and Differently Abled categories are permitted a 5% waiver with regard to this eligibility requirement.
Candidates with an M.Phil. in the proposed field or subject, as well as those who have passed the NET, SET, SELT, or UGC (JRF) Examinations, would be permitted to appear directly for the interview rather than taking the RET.
Impressive academic achievements and any prior research experience will be given further benefits.

Q 5 - What leniencies are given to the reserved categories for Ph.D. admission to the university, according to question ?


ANSWER: Candidates who fall under the SC/ST/OBC (non-Creamy layer), Differently Abled, etc. categories are granted all the relaxations outlined by the Indian government and the UGC.
These accommodations come in the form of 5% lower post-graduate grades for them as well as lower RET minimum qualifying marks.
In order to qualify for the final interview, candidates in these categories just need to receive a minimum of 45% on the RET.

Q 6 - How will the RET pattern look?


The RET syllabus or pattern includes subject-specific topics, as well as research methods and aptitude (covering logical reasoning, numerical ability, analytical reasoning, statistics, etc.).


Consequently, there will be a total of 70 multiple-choice questions in RET (MCQs).

Q 7 - Are M.Phil. holders, UGC-NET (including JRF), UGC-CSIR NET (including JRF), SLET, and GATE candidates free from the requirement to appear at the RET?


SUMMARY: Yes.
M.Phil. degree holders in their relevant fields/subjects are excused from taking the RET.
The scenario for aspirants who have passed tests like UGC-NET (including JRF), UGC-CSIR NET (including JRF), SLET, GATE, etc. is the same.

Q. 8 - How is the application fee paid? is question.


ANSWER: Just like the application form, the application fee (or the fee for participating in RET) can be paid online or offline.
Payment Options: Cash Deposit, DD (in the University's Favor), and NEFT.

Q.9 - Do working candidates need to get an employer's nod of approval before engaging in research at any university?


SUMMARY: "Yes, inevitably."
Working professionals who are interested in conducting research at any university must obtain a NOC (No Objection Certificate) from their individual employers in order to avoid any interference throughout the duration of the PhD programme.

Q. 10 - Do M.Phil. holders have to do Ph.D.-level coursework?


SUMMARY: Yes.
Some Universities once more demand M.Phil. holders to take the Ph.D. curriculum.
While in the Ph.D. programme, their existing experience in the topic or subject will be highly helpful to them for studying and performing effectively.

Q. 11 - Is it possible for me to pay the annual program/course fee in instalments?


ANSWER: You may pay the annual course cost in as many as two instalments, provided that you do so within the annual session.

Q. 12 - Does any university offer scholarships or stipends to students who are seeking degrees?


REPLY: Of course, you're right.
Many universities provide scholarships and stipends to deserving and outstanding applicants who pursue research studies there.
Candidates that achieve higher scores in the RET and interview and fall within the top 21 of candidates are awarded scholarships.
Additionally, those academics who teach UG or PG students at the university in addition to completing their Ph.D. curriculum are paid stipends.
The candidate's qualifications and talents will determine the amount of the monthly stipend, which may reach Rs. 20,000.

Q.13 - What other amenities are available to research researchers on the university campus, per question?


The research researchers in many streams and subjects are provided by a well-known and reputable university with all essential and beneficial resources, amenities, and facilities.

These amenities include things like large, quiet study spaces, knowledgeable professors and research experts, Wi-Fi and a variety of IT tools, modern labs, well-stocked libraries, lavish R&D amenities, separate accommodations and dining options for male and female candidates, a calm and productive environment on the university campus, and many other cosy and practical amenities.