PhD Entrance Exam 2022: Dates, Eligibility, Admission, Application Process, Pattern & Syllabus

By Ashwani Tyagi|Updated : August 23rd, 2021

PhD Entrance Exam 2022: PhD is considered a research programme that spans from 3 to 6. It concentrated on research studies in fields like Science, Arts, Management, Engineering, Law, Commerce and many more. Nowadays PhD has become very popular in UGC NET qualified candidates especially among candidates who qualify for JRF. In India, to take admission in PhD one must either clear the Entrance exam conducted by different universities or if you qualify UGC NET then you can sit directly for an Interview. Some of the Popular PhD Entrance examinations in India are DU, JNU, JMI, AMU, BHU, UoH, AU and CUCET. In this article, we will discuss PhD and the latest PhD admission notification 2022.

 

PhD Admission 2022: PhD is considered a research programme that spans from 3 to 6. It concentrated on research studies in fields like Science, Arts, Management, Engineering, Law, Commerce and many more. Nowadays PhD has become very popular in UGC NET qualified candidates especially among candidates who qualify for JRF. In India, to take admission in PhD one must either clear the Entrance exam conducted by different universities or if you qualify UGC NET then you can sit directly for an Interview. Some of the Popular PhD Entrance examinations in India are DU, JNU, JMI, AMU, BHU, UoH, AU and CUCET. In this article, we will discuss about PhD and the latest PhD admission notification 2022.

What is a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)?

It is a doctoral degree that spans from 3-6 years duration. Candidates can select a research topic of their choice and then conduct research on that topic under the guidance of a supervisor. The eligibility criteria to enrol in PhD is a Masters degree or M.Phil. Candidates then have to give the entrance exam. If a candidate has qualified UGC NET Exam then the candidate is not required to sit in the entrance exam, they can sit directly for an interview.

Why do a PhD?

A PhD is considered necessary for those candidates who want to become Assistant Professor or to do research. When someone completes a Master's degree and qualifies UGC NET they then have a good scope in PhD. If candidates qualify for JRF, then they get a scholarship with their PhD. Research is considered a good option for candidates who want to discover new things and go deep down into something interesting.

Benefits of PhD

  • Necessary for becoming Assistant Professor
  • Research opportunities in interesting fields.
  • Researchers get to travel around the world.
  • With JRF candidates can get 35k per month along with a PhD.
  • Imparting knowledge to students in the college through teaching.
  • Get to meet prominent research scholars.

Negatives of PhD

  • Time Duration: The time duration for PhD is from 3 to 6 years.
  • Deep diving into research: candidates who do not like studying too much may not like doing a PhD because it requires you to study deeply.
  • Hunt for the job: Candidates has to hunt for jobs even after doing a PhD.

PhD Admission 2022: Eligibility Criteria

  • A Masters degree or M.Phill is the basic eligibility criteria for applying for a PhD.
  • Candidates must secure 55% marks in Post-graduation, 5% relaxation for the reserved category.
  • Candidates who have prior research experience are given preference.
  • A UGC NET qualified candidate is not required to give the entrance exam, they can sit directly in an interview.

Latest PhD Admission 2022

PhD Entrance Exams take place regularly in India. Some of the prominent Universities conduct PhD exams twice a year. In this list, we are updating the latest PhD notifications in India.

UniversityApplication beginsApplication EndsApplication form link
Banaras Hindu University2-02-202215-02-2022Click here
University of HyderabadTo be announced  
Periyar University To be announced  
Central University of RajasthanTo be announced  
Sikkim UniversityTo be announced  
Gurukula Kangri UniversityTo be announced  
Delhi UniversityTo be announced  
Panjab University, ChandigarhTo be announced  
Jamia Milia IslamiaTo be announced  
Jawahar Lal UniversityTo be announced  
Mahatma Gandhi Central UniversityTo be announced  
Central University of JharkhandTo be announced  

PhD Admission Process 2022

  • Candidates can take admission in PhD through the entrance exam and if the candidate is UGC NET qualified they are not required to sit in the entrance exam.
  • In the interview, candidates have to present their research proposal.
  • In the research proposal, they must explain why they want to pursue research on this topic and what is the scope of this research.
  • Thereafter, on the basis of the interview, a final merit list is prepared.

PhD Entrance Exam Pattern & Syllabus

Syllabus for PhD entrance

The syllabus of the entrance differs from university to university but the general syllabus is, research and teaching aptitude for paper 1 and the graduation and post-graduation course for your subject-specific paper.  

PART 1: 

Research Aptitude -

  • Research-Meaning
  • Types and Characteristics
  • Steps of Research
  • Methods of Research
  • Research Ethics
  • Paper, Article
  • Conference & Seminar
  • Workshop and Symposium
  • Thesis writing: Its characteristics and format

Teaching Aptitude:

  • Teaching
  • Learner’s characteristics
  • Factors affecting teaching 
  • Methods of teaching in Institutions of higher learning
  • Teaching Support System
  • Evaluation Systems

Make sure you are thorough with the research methodology section as it will also be helpful for your interview once you crack your examination. 

PART 2: 

  • Part of the exam paper will include the course from graduation and postgraduation of your subject

Pattern for PhD Entrance 

There are two papers for the examination:

  • Part 1 would be common just like UGC NET and consists of 50% of the total exam paper. It will consist mainly of research questions, teaching aptitude, current affairs. Now, some universities just have research in part 1 and some have the course exactly like UGC NET, it differs from institution to institution. 
  • Part 2 will be subject-specific and the questions will be of graduation and post-graduation level. And it will be the next 50% of the paper. 
  • In some entrances, it can be all MCQs i.e. objective questions and in some cases, there are both objective and subjective.
  • The total duration could be 2 or 3 hours depending on the no. of questions.

Best PhD universities in India 

1. Jawaharlal Nehru University

2. Delhi University.

3. Jamia Milia Islamia University.

4. Banaras Hindu University.

5. the University of Hyderabad.

6. IIT's 

7. Ambedkar University, Delhi.

8. Indraprastha University.

9. Annamalai University.

10. the University of Mumbai.

We hope you all understood about PhD in India.

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FAQs

  • Universities take PhD admission either through Entrance examinations or if the candidates have qualified UGC NET, they can sit directly for interview.

  • There is no age limit for taking admission in PhD.

  • Candidates must be post-graduate with 55% marks or 50% for reserved category for taking admission in PhD.

  • Yes, UGC NET qualified candidates can sit directly for PhD interview.

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