PhD Admission 2022: Notification, Exam Schedule, Eligibility, Syllabus, Colleges

By Renuka Miglani|Updated : August 3rd, 2022

PhD Admissions 2022: PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) is a minimum of 3 to 6 Years of a doctorate research degree that concentrates on research studies in the domains like arts, science, engineering, management, pharmacy, mass communication, law, commerce, etc. There are Public universities that are controlled by State Governments or the Union Government of India, collectively known as Government Universities for PhD Admissions.

Scroll down the full article to acknowledge the top colleges and universities for PhD Admissions, the important dates for PhD Admission in the colleges, and much more. 

Also Check, CSIR NET Response Sheet 2022

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PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) is a minimum of 3 to 6 Years of a doctorate research degree that concentrates on research studies in the domains like arts, science, engineering, management, pharmacy, mass communication, law, commerce, etc. There are Public universities that are controlled by State Governments or the Union Government of India, collectively known as Government Universities.

There are some universities that are popular destinations for students due to affordable study expenses and quality of education. To get admission to a PhD, a large number of candidates apply for these Government or Autonomous Universities. PhD admissions in 2022 are mostly based on PhD entrance exams. However, there are a few PhD Institutes that consider admissions based on merit followed by a personal interview. The registrations for PhD admission for the academic year 2022-23, are open in DTU Delhi, NIFT, NISER Bhubaneswar, and BIT Mesra. The last date to apply for these colleges in the last week of May 2022.

Few colleges including IIMs, IITs, and Delhi University have already closed their PhD Admission 2022 registration process around September 2021. You can check the application dates below of all the colleges.

PhD Admissions 2022: Application Form Dates

The table below lists the top PhD colleges and their application deadlines for PhD Admission 2022:

CollegeApplication Deadline
Vidyasagar Univeristy6 Aug 2022
HPU Shimla University10 August 2022
VIT Vellore15 June 2022
IISC Bangalore Phd AdmissionFeb 18, 2022 - Mar 25, 2022
Banaras Hindu UniversityFebruary 10- February 15 Feb 2022
IIT Bombay (IITB)October 07 - November 08, 2021
Indian Institute of Science, BangaloreFebruary 15- March 22, 2022
IIT DelhiMarch 14- April 17, 2022
IIT MadrasMarch 15 - April 30, 2022
IIT KharagpurMarch 14- April 17 2021
Tata Memorial Centre1 October-30 November
IIT KanpurMarch 23- April 13, 2022
ILS BhubaneshwarDecember 18 – January 10, 2022 
University of CalcuttaMarch 22- April 2022
IIM IndoreJanuary 11 – February 22, 2022
IGNOUDecember 31 – January 14, 2022
IIT JammuAugust 7- August 11, 2022
XIMBNovember - March 31, 2022
VSSUT, OrissaDec 18 - Jan 10, 2022
IIT BangaloreFebruary 12- April 18, 2022

PhD Admission 2022: University PhD Admission Schedule

The table below lists the applications form dates for PhD Admission 2022 in top universities offering different PhD courses:

University NameLast Date for PhD Registration
Rajasthan Agricultural College, Jodhpur7 July 2022
Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology PhD. Admission15th June 2022
IIT Madras PhD Admission 202230 April 2022
NISER PhD Admission 202230 April 2022
The Banaras Hindu University15 Feb 2022
IIT Jammu PhD Admission 2022 30 April 2022
G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology PhD. Admission 2022 31 May 2022
Thapar University PhD Admission 2022 14 June 2022
IIITD Jabalpur Ph.D Admission 2022 07 May 2022
IIPE Visakhapatnam Ph.D. Admission 202231 May 2022
IIT GOA PhD Admission 20224 May 2022
IIT Palakkad Admission 202230 April 2022
NUEPA Delhi, PhD Admission 202216 May 2022
Jamia Islamia PhD Admission 202230 April 2022
IHBT Palampur PhD Admission 202223 May 2022
CIMFR PhD Admission 202231 May 2022
Ahmedabad University PhD Admission 202212 June 2022
SRM University PhD Admission 202230 April 2022
IIIT Kottayam PhD Admission 202215 June 2022
NSUT Delhi PhD Admission 202211 May 2022
IIM Sambalpur PhD Admission 202231 April 2022
NCCS PhD. Admission March 2022 20 May 2022
AIIMS Rishikesh PhD Admission 202213 May 2022
Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University Ph.D. Admission 202230 April 2022
ACSIR PhD. Admission31 May 2022
TNAU PhD. Admission 2nd week of July
Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology PhD. Admission4th week of October 2022
CFTRI PhD. Admission 4th week of May 2022
CCS University PhD. Admission3rd week of August 2022
North Maharashtra University PhD. Admission3rd week of May 2021
MPUAT Udaipur PhD. Admission4th week of June 2021
NIT Warangal PhD Admission 202222nd Of May, 2022
IIT Hyderabad PhD. Admission 2022 25 April 2022
Aligarh Muslim University PhD. Admission14 March 2022
Jadavpur University M.Phil. and PhD. Admission 202203 March 2022
Tezpur University PhD. Admission 202230 January 2022
HPU Shimla PhD. Admission 202210 February 2022
TISS Mumbai MPhil PhD. Admission 202225 February 2022
Institute of Agribusiness Management PhD. Admission 202220 March 2022
Jain University PhD. Admission 202225 January 2022
Jaipur National University PhD. Admission 202231 January 2022
TNOU PhD. Admission January 202209 February 2022
Hyderabad University PhD. Admission 31 December 2021
Kerala University PhD. Admission 202220 January 2022
National Institute of Immunology PhD. Admission January 202225 January 2022
DTU PhD. Admission January 202214 December 2022
Utkal University Ph.D. Admission 202218 December 2020
IIM Kozhikode Announces PhD. Admission 2022January 29, 2022
Veer Bahadur Singh Purvanchal University PhD. Admission 202223 October 2020
ICMR-NIMR PhD. Admission 2022December 5, 2022
Christ University PhD. Admission 2020-2230 November 2020
RMLNLU Lucknow PhD. Admission January 202207.12.2020.
Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology PhD. Admission 202210 December 2022
IIHMR Jaipur PhD. Admission 2022February 14, 2021
IGNOU PhD. Admission March 7 2022
Indian Veterinary Research Institute PhD. AdmissionApril 2022
The Madan Mohan Malaviya University of Technology PhD. Admission4th week of March 2022
IIA Bangalore PhD. Admission2nd week of April 2022
Guru Nanak Dev University Ph.D. Admission11 November 2022
National Institute of Immunology PhD. Admission25 January 2022
Rajasthan Technical University PhD. Admission3rd Week of June 2022
Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University PhD. Admission4th week of July 2021
CIAB Mohali PhD. Admission2nd week of June 2020
BRAOU MPhil & PhD. Admission3rd week of June 2021
NBHM PhD. Admission1st week of January 2022
Mahatama Gandhi University Kerala Ph.D. AdmissionLast Week Of April 2022
CESS Hyderabad PhD. Admission 2nd week of August 2021
Punjab Agricultural University PhD. Admission4th week of October 2021
ICT Mumbai AdmissionLast week of May 2022
UAS Bangalore PhD. Admission4th week of June 2022

Check Here: PhD Entrance Exams in India 2022

Here are India's top PhD Entrance Exam Given Below-

Entrance ExamRegistration DateRegistration Date
GPATDec 2021 - Jan 2022Last of Feb
VITMEEMarch-May 2022June 2022
IIT JAMAug 25 - Oct 14, 2021Feb 13, 2022
CUCETFeb 8 - April 30,2022May 15- 17 2022

Entrance exams are held on the institutional level and National level, Here is the explanation of each of the exams held

PhD Admissions 2022: PhD Exams Held On Institutional Level

These are the exams that are held by institutions to get Phd degree in the courses that they offer, Here is an example of the institutional PhD-

VITMEE 2022 

  • VIMTEE is a part of institutional PhD degrees that offers courses for integrated PhD courses and admission into the courses like MCA and M.Tech.
  • The exam for admission into VIMTEE is conducted every year.
  • The exam duration is mainly 2 hours
  • They use the online mode for the conduction of the exam.

Phd Exams Held ON National Level 

These are the exams that are held on a national level for the Phd Courses, Here are examples of some national-level PhD courses


  • Ten Central Universities Jointly conducts national level exam such as CUCET.
  • It offers all types, such as UG, PG, and other, courses.
  • The duration of the exam is mainly 2 hours.
  • The exam is objective type and conducted in online mode.


  • GPAT is the exam for PhD courses and courses like PG Pharmacy every year.
  • The exam duration is mainly 3 hours.
  • National Testing Agency (NTA) conducts this exam
  • The exam has an offline mode of conduction.

PhD Admissions 2022: Entrance Exams

The table below lists the applications form dates for PhD entrance exams 2022 for Admission in India for the academic year 2022-23, candidates are required to take in order to pursue their Ph.D. from some colleges/universities in India:

PhD Entrance ExamApplication Dates
TIFR GS 2021 (TIFR Graduate School Admissions)Feb 12, 2022
JEST 2021 (Joint Entrance Screening Test )4th week of December 2021
Indian Agricultural Research Institute Ph.D. Entrance Exam30th January 2022

BITS Pilani Ph.D. Entrance Examination

05th February 2022

AIIMS Ph.D. Entrance Exam 2022

12 March 2022

Osmania University Ph.D. Entrance Exam

June 10, 2021

IISC Ph.D. Entrance Exam 


GITAM University Vishakhapatnam Ph.D. Admissions Test

First Week of June 2022

Ph.D. Entrance Exam of NMIMS University Mumbai

Last Week of May 2022

Jamia Millia Islamia New Delhi – Ph.D. Admission Test 

2nd and 3rd week of March 2022


Second Week of June 2022

BARC Ph.D. Admission Test

February 28, 2021

ISM Dhanbad Ph.D. Admission Test

April 5 to May 15, 2022

The University of Hyderabad Ph.D. Entrance Exam


NIMHANS PG/PG Diploma/Super Speciality Ph.D. online entrance test

25 Apr 2021

GTU Ph.D. Entrance Exam

The first week of May 2022

Symbiosis Ph.D. Entrance Exam

Last Week of May 2022


1st Week Of June

AIMA Ph.D. Entrance Exam

January 18, 2022

NIPER Ph.D. Entrance Exam

08 May 2022

JNU Ph.D. Entrance Exam

June 2022

Kurukshetra University Ph.D. Entrance Exam

28 Aug 2022

Guru Govind Singh Indraprastha University Delhi Ph.D. Admission Test

10 Oct 2022

Jamia Hamdard New Delhi Ph.D. Admission Test

May 2022

Indian Veterinary Research Institute Bareilly Ph.D. Admission Test

April 2022

Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University Lucknow-Ph.D. Admissions Test

 10 JUN 2022

DBT JRF Biotech Entrance Test

1st week of September 2022

PhD Admission 2022: Eligibility Criteria

Check the minimum eligibility criteria for the PhD Admission exam conducted by various colleges and universities.

  • The minimum eligibility criteria for applying to a PhD course in the possession of a master's or a PG degree.
  • The candidates should have obtained at least 50 - 55% of marks or grades in the PG course in the respective subject.
  • Candidates with work experience in the field of research will be given more preference.

PhD Admission 2022: Admission Process

Admission for PhD courses is carried out through merit as well as the entrance exam-based processes. The admission process for both processes is explained below.

Merit-Based PhD Admission

  • Top institutions offer PhD admission through a merit-based process.
  • For this, the institute may ask the candidates to submit the abstract of the research proposal.
  • This is done mainly to scrutinize the candidates and the selected candidates are notified for the further process.
  • Also, the candidates should fulfill the basic eligibility criteria of 50 - 55% of marks in the PG course.

Entrance Exam Based PhD Admission 

  • National wise and institution-wise entrance exams are conducted to get admission to PhD courses.
  • Some institutions even conduct personal interviews along with the entrance exams for the admission of PhD courses.

PhD Admission 2022: Syllabus

The syllabus for PhD Admission depends on the stream they have selected. For the science stream, the topics are similar to CSIR NET Syllabus whereas for the other subjects the topics are in line with the UGC NET Syllabus.

  • The syllabus for the PhD courses varies based on the specialization in the subject the candidates opt for. 
  • PhD courses consist of both normal academic classroom sessions and research work.
  • The research work plays a major to get admission to PhD courses.
  • The structure of a PhD course includes course work, qualifying examination, research proposal/abstract preparation, and thesis work.


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PhD Admission FAQs

  • PhD is a very honorable degree in India. Earning a PhD degree is very beneficial to the candidates as it also plays a major role in boosting your salary along with a promotion in a job if the candidate is in the teaching field.

  • Normally the admission process of a PhD is done by two methods. The first one is the merit-based one in which the admission is done depending upon the marks of the candidates in the PG degree. The next one is entrance-based admission which is done through the marks scored by the candidates in the entrance exam.

  • There is no specific age limit for PhD Admissions. It can be pursued at any age but the candidate should satisfy the eligibility criteria.

  • Direct PhD Admission can be done immediately after completing a B.Tech degree. There is no need to complete a master’s degree. It is devised mainly for students who want to pursue a career in the research field. It is now being offered in IIT institutions like IIT Madras.

  • Yes, If a candidate wishes to go into the teaching profession then the normal PhD program will be the best option rather than the direct PhD program.

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