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PhD Entrance Exam 2020

Welcome to PhD Entrance Exam Section. Here you will find Information about Ph.D Entrance Test 2020 Dates, Notification, Syllabus, Pattern and Eligibility.

Following is an exam guide of PhD Entrance Exams across top colleges and universities in the country. 

IGNOU Ph.D Entrance Exam

IGNOU Ph.D Courses:-

• Child Development (PhD)
• Nutritional Sciences (PhD)
• Education
• Civil (PhD)
• Mechanical (PhD)
• Arabic (PhD)
• French (PhD)
• Gender and Development Studies (PhD)
• Women’s Studies (PhD)
• English (PhD)
• Law (PhD)
• Performing & Visual Arts with specialization in Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Music (PhD)
• Physics (PhD)
• Bio-Chemistry (PhD)
• Geography (PhD)
• History (PhD)
• Economics (MPhil/PhD)
• Sociology (MPhil/PhD)
• Political Science (PhD)
• Gandhian Thought and Peace Studies (MPhil/PhD)
• Anthropology (PhD)
• Psychology (PhD)
• Translation Studies (MPhil & PhD)
• Distance Education (PhD)
• Vocational Education and Training (PhD)

General Eligibility Criteria and Selection Procedure

(a) For the award of Master’s Degree of any recognized university/other qualification recognized as equivalent thereto in such fields of study as  notified from time to time by the University. The minimum qualifying marks are 55% at Post Graduation level (50% in case of reserved categories), and

(b) In the entrance examination conducted by the University at the national level on the pattern of UGC/CSIR.

However, candidates holding MPhil degree or those candidates who have cleared JEST of DAE or UGC-NET or GATE of IIT or those having at least five years of related Teaching/Practical/Industry/Professional experience as validated by the respective disciplines may be exempted from appearing in the entrance examination.


Mumbai University Ph.D Entrance Exam

Mumbai University offers PhD Courses in Economics, Socialogy, Chemical Technology, Statistics, Civics & Politics, Psychology, Law, English, Sanskrit, Mathematics, Marathi, Geography, Gujarati, Hindi, Physics, Education, Computer Science, Kannda, commerce, lLfe Sciences, Sindi, Urdu, Phylosophy, German, Russian, Arabic and French.

Eligibility:- Candidate must have passed the Master's Degree Examination from recognised University with minimum 55% marks.

Admission Procedure:- Admission of Mumbai University PhD courses through Ph.D. Entrance Test (PET)


Candidates fulfilling one of the following criteria shall be exempted from Ph.D. entrance test (PET).

a) Qualified in GATE / SET / NET / (JRF) Examination / teacher fellowship holder of the apex bodies as CSIR / UGC / ICAR / ICMR / DBT only. 

The Ph.D Entrance Test (PET) will be conducted by the University of Mumbai twice in a year i.e January-February and July-August every year.

Paper Pattern:-

The question paper will consist of three types of questions viz Objective - 40 marks, short answers 30 marks and log answers 30 marks

Candidates securing 50 or more marks in entrance test will declared as successful and eligible to apply for admission process.

The result of the entrance test PET will be valid for three 03 years.

Pune University Ph.D Entrance Exam:-


For admission to the Ph.D. programme in a related subject in the faculty, applicants fulfilling the following criteria shall be treated as eligible

a) Persons having passed Post Graduate Degree (Master Degree) Examination with at least 50% marks or equivalent Grade Point Average (GPA).

Persons having passed Post-Graduate Degree (Master Degree) Examination Law Faculty with at least 55%. 5% relaxation for reserve category students of Maharashtra State only.


b) Persons working in National Laboratories- Institutes/Government/ Private Organization nominated/sponsored by the respective employer. These persons should have a Post Graduate Degree and holding rank of Assistant Director / or above mentioned rules will also be applicable to the foreign candidates who have obtained Masters Degree from the statutory Indian Universities.


c) Persons with exceptional abilities passed Graduate Degree Examination with 50% of marks and with 15 years experience after graduation in related fields. In such cases exceptional abilities will be decided by the Research and Recognition Committee.

d) Senior citizen of age 60 years and above with graduate degree. In exceptional cases at the discretion of Vice-Chancellor for Senior citizen. The fellow members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and/ or Institute of Cost and Works Accountants and / or having qualification of C.S. shall be held eligible for registration for Ph.D. in the subject in the concerned Board of Studies in the faculty of Commerce provided that they possess a Bachelor's Degree of any statutory University. Such candidate should have at least 5 years professional experience. A Graduate in any faculty who has developed important new techniques (new for the country) or designed and fabricated special instruments or apparatus which are deemed by competent judge to be a valuable contributions to engineering/Pharmacy maybe permitted by the Research and Recognition Committee of concerned faculty on the
e) recommendation of the appropriate Board or Boards of Studies to submit his thesis for the Ph.D. Degree in that faculty. Such a candidates must have at least five years standing as a Bachelor of concerned faculty. Application for research in inter-disciplinary areas and from applicants belonging to a faculty or subject other than the faculty or subject in which the research is proposed to be done and from the international candidates (those who have not obtained the Master's degree from Indian Universities) shall be considered on the basis of the proven ability and aptitude of the researcher for such kind of research. Such proposal shall be examined by the Guide and the Head, Place of research before giving provisional admission. The admission will be confirmed after the Research and Recognition Committee/s concerned, approves the topic. Detailed procedure for admission should be evolved by the concerned faculty. Admission Percentage for foreign candidates (those who have not obtained Master's degree from India Universities) will be 50%o or equivalent GPA. Procedure for conduct of Entrance Examination Entrance Examination will be normally conducted once a year and two admission cycles consecutively. It is necessary for Foreign Students also.

Exemption for Entrance Examination The candidates fulfilling one of the following conditions will be exempted from Entrance Examination.

i. Qualified in GATE(valid score*)/GPAT (valid score*)/SETA{ET/JRF/SRF examination of the apex bodies as CSIR/UGC/ICAR/ICMR/DBT and DST in spire fellowship only.

ii. M.Phil. Degree completed from any Statutory Recognized University in a relevant subject.

To be decided by the respective Departments/Centres. The Registration form should be submitted by the exempted candidates before interview within stipulated time with relevant supporting documents.

Entrance Exam Pattern:-

For Entrance Examination there would be two papers i.e.

Paper I and Paper 2.

Paper 1 would be General Aptitude Test of 100 marks and

Paper 2 would be Subject wise/Faculty wise of I 00 marks. 

Paper I:-

General Aptitude Test which will have 100 questions with multiple choice covering Logical Reasoning, Numerical Ability, Reasoning and Language Aptitude.

Standard of passing: Candidates who score 50% and more will be declared as passed (45% for reserved category).

The list of successful candidates in Paper I will be declared facultyrvise and such candidates will be held eligible for Paper 2. 

Paper2:- Subject Specific Test:-

This paper will be also of 100 marks.

Paper-2 examination will be conducted by respective University Departments/Research Centres only.

20 marks will be covered for objective - multiple choices with 20 questions covering relevant subject in the faculty. 80 marks will be covered by theoretical descriptive questions.

The respective faculty of the department faculty/Research Centre will decide the nature of theoretical questions and weightages to be given out of 80 marks on various components of theory questions such as descriptive questions, case study, comprehension, essays etc.

The syllabus of various papers covered under different Boards and Faculties will be decided by faculty of University and the same will be notified.

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