About Ph.D.

A Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree is the highest academic achievement obtained by students. It is the most prestigious doctorate that is pursued after completing a master’s degree (MA/ MCom/ MSc/ MBA/ MPhil/ PGDM/ PGPM). Ph.D. is a research-based degree that confers incredible titles and recognizes a person’s significant contribution to the field of research. A Ph.D. degree holder is an independent researcher with extensive knowledge of the chosen field of study, and an expert having a spectrum of transferrable skills.

Noteworthy to mention that you can have your Ph.D. in any topic or specialization, but it must be related to the discipline in which you earned your Master’s degree.

While pursuing a Ph.D. programme, candidates who have passed admission exams such as the UGC NET, GATE, JEST, and others are frequently given fellowships. In addition, universities such as IGNOU and Delhi University (DU) provide fellowships to students enrolled in full-time Ph.D. programmes. Ph.D. is the pinnacle of an academic profile paving the path to a lucrative career.

Ph.D. focuses on your research, and you will be required to document your findings in a research thesis throughout the programme. At the end of the semester, submit your research thesis to your university/college. To receive a Ph.D. title, you must defend your Ph.D. thesis proposal successfully.


  • A full-time bachelor’s degree.
  • A full-time master’s degree with at least 55% marks.
  • The cut-off for SC/ST and OBCs is 50%.
  • University/College mandated or national-level entrance examination.
  • For a part-time Ph.D., a NOC (No Objection Certificate) is obtained from the educational institute or organization of employment.
  • Some colleges/universities demand relevant work experience.


Generally, Ph.D. programmes take three to four years full-time or five to six years part-time to complete. However, it depends upon your calibre and the programme you choose.

During the course, a Ph.D. aspirant undertakes various tasks, such as:

  • Enhancing others’ knowledge
  • Performing diverse occupations that benefit society
  • Applying newly acquired skills to research projects
  • Improving the performance, and Producing research breakthroughs.

Timeline of Events

Before Enrollment

  • Document Verification
  • Entrance Test and Interview.
  • Issue of Selection Letter.
Month 1 Registration with Website Enrollment and the issue of Enrollment Letter. You will get a Guide for your initial research plan.
Month 6 Course work exams and Synopsis approval
Month 13 First Progress Assessment
Month 19 Second Progress Review
Month 25 Third Progress Review
Month 31 Thesis Presentation and Issue of Provisional Certificate for PhD
Month 36 Issue of Ph.D. Degree Certificate

Application Process

Once you are clear about your goals, follow the steps for the Ph.D. application process.

  • Apply online or offline.
  • Pick your research area.
  • Fill out the online admission form that includes eligibility details.
  • Collect all the required documents.
  • Sit for the entrance test as required by the university/college.
  • Upon clearing the test, sit for an academic doctoral interview.
  • If you pass all the stages, you will be offered a Ph.D. seat at the university/college.

Things to Keep in Mind

  • Choose an Area of Interest
  • Ask for Advice
  • Prepare for Entrance Exams
  • Research Proposal
  • Mode of Ph.D.
  • Ph.D. Course Structure

    • Submit Research Proposal along with the Research Topic.
    • Allocation of a research guide or supervisor.
    • Candidates receive the following course details:
      • Course Work
      • Evaluation Methodology
      • Teaching schedule by the Guide or Supervisor
    • Submit progress reports.
    • Give at least two seminar presentations.

    Certificate submission in the prescribed format to the Research Unit.

    • Publishing of at least one research paper.

    Certificate submission in the prescribed format to the Research Unit.

    • Pre-submission thesis seminar.
    • Thesis summary submission.
    • Final thesis submission.
    • Viva-voce to defend the thesis.
    • Successful completion leads to a Ph.D. degree.

    Popular Ph.D. Areas

    Aspirants can choose a Ph.D. programme in any field. In a Ph.D. programme, students must choose a topic or subject of interest and conduct extensive research on it.

    Here are the most popular Ph.D. courses.

  • Ph.D. courses in Humanities
  • PhD Courses in Science
  • Ph.D. Courses in Commerce
  • Ph.D. Courses in Engineering
  • Ph.D. Courses in Business & Management
  • Ph.D. Courses in Law
  • Ph.D. Courses in Teaching & Education
  • Admission Open in Universities

    Check out the Ph.D. admission update for various universities.

    May 21: Register for RGIPT Deadline: July 03, 2022. Apply Now!

    May 20: Register for SVNIT Surat Deadline: June 10, 2022. Apply Now!

    May 19: Register for NIA Jaipur Deadline: May 31, 2022. Apply Now!

    May 16: Register for AIIMS Raipur Deadline: May 25, 2022. Apply Now!

    May 12: Register for Chandigarh University Deadline: June 15, 2022. Apply Now!

    May 12: Register for IIT Jammu Deadline: May 26, 2022. Apply Now!

    May 11: Register for JUIT Solan Deadline: June 30, 2022. Apply Now!

    May 11: Registrations for MANUU Hyderabad Applications are open. Apply Now!

    May 10: Register for BITS Pilani Deadline: July 05, 2022. Apply Now!

    May 10: Registrations for Medicaps University Applications are open. Apply Now!

    May 10: Register for ICFAI University, Jaipur Deadline: July 29, 2022. Apply Now!

    May 10: Register for NIT Trichy Deadline: May 27, 2022. Apply Now!

    May 07: Register for CFTRI Mysore Deadline: May 23, 2022. Apply Now!

    May 04: Registrations for MIT World Peace University Pune Applications are open. Apply Now!

    May 04: Register for NIT Warangal Deadline: May 22, 2022. Apply Now!

    April 26: Registrations for Noida International University Applications are open. Apply Now!

    April 25: Register for IIIT Kottayam Deadline: June 15, 2022. Apply Now!

    April 21: Registrations for SRM University Chennai Applications are now open. Apply Now!

    April 19: Register for ICFAI University Baddi Deadline: July 29, 2022. Apply Now!

    April 16: Register for ILI Delhi Deadline: May 31, 2022. Apply Now!

    April 16: Registrations for SRM University, Chennai Applications are now open. Apply Now!

    April 12: Register for Ahmedabad University Deadline: June 12, 2022. Apply Now!

    April 12: Register for CIMFR Deadline: May 31, 2022. Apply Now!

    March 28: Register for IHBT Palampur Deadline: May 23, 2022. Apply Now!

    March 28: Registrations for IIT (BHU) Varanasi Ph.D. Program are now open. Apply Now!


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