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The Institute has a full-time Doctoral programme through research in all subjects/areas which have Master’s Programmes leading to the award of PhD degree. Students are encouraged to work in frontline and emerging areas in Arts, Commerce, Education, Management, Science, Social Sciences and Technology. Additionally, the employees of the institute are encouraged to improve their qualifications and enrich their knowledge by undertaking part-time research.

1.1 Research Entrance Test (RET) for PhD Programme:

Candidates possessing minimum qualifications with requisite percentage of marks and academic record, as mentioned below shall be eligible to appear in the Research Entrance Test & Interview.

1.2 Details of Qualifying Examinations:

  • Master’s degree in the concerned subject with at least 55% marks in the aggregate or equivalent CGPA of 5.5/10 in the qualifying examination (first postgraduate degree).
  • For candidates from Engineering discipline:  Applicants having a BTech or an equivalent Engineering degree with at least 75% marks, or equivalent CGPA of 7.5/10, or 90 percentile or  more in GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering), with at least  one year relevant professional experience or one published paper  in a standard journal are also eligible.
  •  There shall be a relaxation of 5% marks (or equivalent grade point average) forScheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST)/ Physically Challenged candidates in the qualifying examination.

(i)      There shall be a separate Research Entrance Test (RET) for each Department.

(ii)    In case a large number of applications are received by a department, only a limited number of candidates will be called for written test. The list will be prepared on the basis of marks (or CGPA) obtained in various pre-qualifying and/or qualifying examinations.

(iii)   Candidates are required to check the number of available seats in the respective departments before applying for admission.

(iv)  The written test shall be of 1½ hour duration and will have the following 3 sections:

·         Section A – Questions of (i) General Awareness (ii) Logical Reasoning (iii) Quantitative Ability and (iv) Computer Awareness.

·         Section B - Questions to assess the research-related reasoning and writing skills of the candidates.

·         Section C - Subject related questions of specialized nature related to the particular discipline/subject of the concerned Faculty.

 All questions will be of multiple-choice type in nature. There is no negative marking for a wrong answer.

(v)    No revaluation of the answer books of the written test shall be allowed.

(vi)              The Institute reserves the right to modify the pattern of the conduct of RET as well as minimum qualifying mark(s).

(vii)             Reservation for SC/ST/PC category will be applicable as per norms based on the available seat in each department.

(viii)           The RET written examination will be of 75 marks, and the interview will be of 25 marks. Final merit list will be prepared out of a total of 100 marks.

(ix)              For those candidates who are exempted from appearing in the written test, the Interview marks will be multiplied by 4 to bring all candidates on a common scale of 0 to 100.

(x)                At the time of the Interview, the candidates are required to produce all relevant original certificates, such as, NSS, Games and Sports, Co-curricular Activities, Community Service, Additional Academic Qualifications, Participation in Workshops/Seminars/Conferences, Publications in journals/ Proceedings, etc.

(xi)              If a candidate who has been admitted after selection and payment of all dues, remains absent continuously for more than seven days during the first two weeks without permission, his/her admission will be cancelled.

(xii)             Admission granted to a student in the Institute shall be cancelled if it is discovered at a later date even after the completion of the course of study that the student had obtained admission by fraudulent means or by misrepresentation of facts. In such a case, he/she shall forfeit all the accruing benefits and if the degree/diploma has been awarded, it shall be cancelled.

(xiii)           All such candidates whose result of the final year of the qualifying degree (MA/MCom, etc.) in the concerned subject is still awaited or those who have not attached their final year marksheets, will be given provisional permission to appear in the RET, based on the details submitted in their application forms. They are required to produce the final year/semester marksheets in original at the latest, one hour before the commencement of the RET, failing which their candidature will be cancelled.

1.3 Exemption from Research Entrance Test (RET)

A candidate who fulfils one of the following requirements may be considered for admission to PhD programme without having to appear in the written Test. However, he/she will have to appear for the Interview and obtain minimum marks (to be specified) in the Interview:

·         A candidate who has qualified National Eligibility Test as NET-JRF (Junior Research Fellowship). However, candidates qualifying NET-LS (National Eligibility Test for Lectureship), or SLET (State Level Eligibility) only, shall not be eligible for the RET exemption.

·         A permanent teacher of the Institute with post-graduate qualification and at least two papers published in a standard journal or two full papers in reputed conference proceedings.

·         MPhil students of the Institute who have qualified the RET of the Institute for admission to MPhil are exempted from appearing in the RET for PhD admission.

·         Graduate Aptitude Test for Engineering (GATE) will be considered for admission to disciplines under Faculty of Engineering only.

·         A candidate who is a recipient of National Doctoral Fellowship or any other research fellowship of government/semi-government organizations, such as, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), University Grants Commission (UGC), All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Department of Science and Technology (DST), Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Department of Biotechnology (DBT), and similar national-level organizations awarded through an All India selection procedure conducted by the agency/organization concerned. (However, candidates selected/working in research project funded by such organizations shall not be eligible for the RET exemption).

1.4 Direct Admission

·         Those candidates of the Institute who have (A) been awarded Director’s Medal in their post-graduate   qualifying  examination (such as MA/MCom, etc.), (B) passed the post-graduate qualifying examination from respective departments of the DEI, and (C) scored CGPA 9.0/10.0 or above may be granted direct admission to the PhD programme. In the absence of an applicant with Director’s Medal, the best candidate of the discipline concerned satisfying criteria (B) and (C) may be considered, subject to availability of seats. Number of seats in such cases shall be treated supernumerary subject to a maximum of 20% of the total available seats.



(Applicable for the Faculty & Staff Members of the Institute and other candidates who are eligible for part-time registration under joint supervision of a teacher at DEI and a teacher of another Institute with which DEI has signed a Memorandum of Understanding)

Part-time PhD admissions in the Institute against a rolling advertisement will be held as under:

(i)    Details of Qualifying Examinations:

a.       Master’s degree in the concerned subject with at least 55% in the aggregate or equivalent CGPA of 5.5 / 10 in the qualifying examination (first post-graduate degree)

b.      BTech or an equivalent Engineering degree with at least 75% marks or equivalent CGPA of 7.5 / 10, or 90 percentile or more in GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering), with at least one year relevant professional experience or one published paper in a standard journal (for candidates without Master’s Degree in Engineering/ Technology).

c.   There shall be a relaxation of 5% marks (or equivalent grade point average) for Scheduled Caste (SC)/ Scheduled Tribe (ST)/ Differently Abled candidates in the minimum marks (or CGPA) required in the qualifying examination.

(ii)   The candidates under this option would be required to appear for a Research Entrance Test (RET) before a Central Committee.

(iii) The candidates willing to avail of this opportunity can apply for admission to the PhD programme in the department concerned against the rolling advertisement. Their applications will be considered every quarter, subject to the availability of supervisory vacancies in the department.

(iv)                 On selection into the PhD programme, a Research Advisory Committee (RAC) would be formed for such candidates in the same way as is followed for regular PhD candidates.

(v) The functions of the RACs for the part-time PhD candidates would be the same as that for the regular PhD candidates.

(vi) For any other modality, these candidates shall be governed by the Bye-Laws of the Institute on the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

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