PhD Admission 2021: Notification, Exam Schedule, Eligibility, Syllabus, Colleges and More

By Renuka Miglani|Updated : May 5th, 2021

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) is a minimum of 3 to 6 Years 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 which is controlled by State Governments or Union Government of India, collectively known as Government Universities.

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PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) is a minimum of 3 to 6 Years 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 which is controlled by State Governments or Union Government of India, collectively known as Government Universities.

There are some universities that are a popular destinations for students due to affordable study expenses and quality of education. To get admission in PhD, a large number of candidates apply for these Government or Autonomous Universities. PhD admissions 2021 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 2021-22, are open in DTU Delhi, NIFT, NISER Bhubaneswar, BIT Mesra. The last date to apply for these colleges is the last week of May 2021.

Few colleges including IIMs, IITs, Delhi University have already closed their PhD Admission 2021 registration process around September 2020. You can check the application dates below of all the colleges.

PhD Admission 2021: University PhD Admission Schedule

The table below lists the applications form dates for PhD Admission 2021 in top University offering different PhD courses:

University NameLast Date for PhD Registration
IIT Jammu Ph.D Admission 2021 15 May 2021
G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology Ph.D. Admission 2021 30 April 2021
Thapar University Ph.D Admission 2021 30 June 2021
IIITD Jabalpur Ph.D Admission 2021 07 May 2021
IIPE Visakhapatnam Ph.D. Admission 202130 May 2021
Lucknow University Ph.D. Admission 202122 April 2021
IIT Patna Ph.D. Admission 2021 27 April 2021
IIT Madras PhD Admission 2021 30 April 2021
Patliputra University Ph.d Admission 2021  21 March 2021
IIIT Bangalore Ph.D Admission 2021 05 May 2021
IIT Hyderabad Ph.D. Admission 2021 07 April 2021
IIM Sambalpur Ph.D Admission 202115 April 2021
IISER Berhampur PhD Admission 202124 April 2021
NCCS Ph.D. Admission March 2021 21 May 2021
B.N Mandal University Ph.D. Admission 202106 March 2021
Jadavpur University M.Phil. and Ph.D. Admission03 March 2021
Tezpur University Ph.D. Admission 202130 January 2021
HPU Shimla Ph.D. Admission 202110 February 2021
TISS Mumbai MPhil Ph.D. Admission 25 February 2021
Institute of Agribusiness Management Ph.D. Admission 202120 March 2021
Jain University Ph.D. Admission 202125 January 2021
Jaipur National University Ph.D. Admission 202131 January 2021
TNOU Ph.D. Admission January 202109 February 2021
Hyderabad University Ph.D. Admission 2021 31 December 2020
Kerala University Ph.D. Admission 202120 January 2021
National Institute of Immunology Ph.D. Admission January 202125 January 2021
DTU Ph.D. Admission January 202114 December 2021
Utkal University Ph.D. Admission 18 December 2020
IIM Kozhikode Announces Ph.D. Admission 2021January 29, 2021
Veer Bahadur Singh Purvanchal University Ph.D. Admission23 October 2020
ICMR-NIMR Ph.D. Admission 2021December 5, 2020
Christ University Ph.D. Admission 2020-2130 November 2020
RMLNLU Lucknow Ph.D. Admission January 202107.12.2020.
Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology Ph.D. Admission 202110 December 2020
IIHMR Jaipur Ph.D. Admission 2021February 14, 2021
Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University Ph.D. Admission 20216th May, 2021
ACSIR Ph.D. Admission4th week of Oct 2021
IGNOU Ph.D. Admission 3rd week of March 2021
TNAU Ph.D. Admission 2nd week of July
Aligarh Muslim University Ph.D. Admission3rd week of May 2021
Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology Ph.D. Admission4th week of October 2021
CFTRI Ph.D. Admission 4th week of May 2021
CCS University Ph.D. Admission3rd week of August 2021
Indian Veterinary Research Institute Ph.D. AdmissionApril 2021
Madan Mohan Malaviya University of Technology Ph.D. Admission4th week of March 2022
North Maharashtra University Ph.D. Admission3rd week of May 2021
IIA Bangalore Ph.D. Admission2nd week of April 2021
Guru Nanak Dev University Ph.D. Admission11 November 2020
National Institute of Immunology Ph.D. Admission25 January 2021
MPUAT Udaipur Ph.D. Admission4th week of June 2021
Assam University M.Phil. Ph.D. Admission 1st week of January 2021
Rajasthan Technical University Ph.D. Admission2nd week of July 2021
Kanpur University (CSJMU) Ph.D. Admission2nd week of April 2021
Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology Ph.D. Admissionlast week of July 2021
Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University Ph.D. Admission4th week of July 2021
CIAB Mohali Ph.D. Admission2nd week of June 2020
BRAOU MPhil & Ph.D. Admission3rd week of June 2021
NBHM Ph.D. Admission1st week of January 2022
Mahatama Gandhi University Kerala Ph.D. Admission3rd week of April 2021
CESS Hyderabad Ph.D. Admission 2nd week of August 2021
Punjab Agricultural University Ph.D. Admission4th week of October 2021
ICT Mumbai AdmissionLast week of May 2020
UAS Bangalore Ph.D. Admission4th week of Jun 2021

PhD Entrance Exams

The table below lists the applications form dates for PhD entrance exams 2021 for Admission in India for academic year 2021-22, 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)31 January 2021
JEST 2021 (Joint Entrance Screening Test )4th week of December 2021
Indian Agricultural Research Institute Ph.D. Entrance Exam30th January, 2021

BITS Pilani Ph.D. Entrance Examination

05th February 2021

AIIMS Ph.D. Entrance Exam 2021


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 2021

Ph.D. Entrance Exam of NMIMS University Mumbai

Last Week of May 2021

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

2nd and 3rd week of March 2022


Second Week of July 2021

BARC Ph.D. Admission Test

February 28, 2021

ISM Dhanbad Ph.D. Admission Test

April 5 to May 15, 2021

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

First week of May 2021

Symbiosis Ph.D. Entrance Exam

Last Week of May 2021


9 May 2021 (Postponed)

AIMA Ph.D. Entrance Exam

January 18, 2021

NIPER Ph.D. Entrance Exam

08 May 2021

JNU Ph.D. Entrance Exam

June 2021

Kurukshetra University Ph.D. Entrance Exam

28 Aug 2020

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

10 Oct, 2021

Jamia Hamdard New Delhi Ph.D. Admission Test

May 2021

Indian Veterinary Research Institute Bareilly Ph.D. Admission Test

April 2021

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

 10 JUN 2021

DBT JRF Biotech Entrance Test

1st week of September 2021

Minimum PhD Admission Eligibility Criteria

  • The minimum eligibility criteria for applying to a PhD course is the possession of Masters 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 Process 2021

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 offers 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 for scrutinizing 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 of PhD courses.
  • Some institutions even conduct personal interviews along with the entrance exams for the admission of PhD courses.

Syllabus for PhD Admission 2021

  • 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 role to get admission in PhD courses.
  • The structure of a PhD course includes course work, qualifying examination, research proposal/abstract preparation and thesis work.

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This article was curated by Renuka Miglani who is an Associate Manager at BYJU'S Exam Prep (CSIR-NET). A PostGrad with an educational background in Nutrition Science, she is an ardent reader & writer. Loves to impart knowledge to students. Being from a Nutrition Science background, she is well aware of the opportunities available and has hared the same in the above article. Stay tuned for more interesting articles from her which will be beneficial for your career.
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Anuradha Panchal
applying date for ph.d. entrance exam are closed or not now , please informe me if you know about that . i am not able to get information from kuk site
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Renuka Miglani
@Anuradha Panchal Hi, for which university you are seeking to get the information?


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  • PhD is a very honourable 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 courses. It can be pursued at any age but the candidate should satisfy the eligibility criteria.

  • Direct PhD is a program that 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 the 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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