Eligibility Criteria

(A)Candidates seeking admission to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) must have obtained (candidates who are in their final semester/year of the qualifying degree can also apply):

A post-graduate degree or equivalent (with a minimum CGPA of 6.00 on a 10 point scale or 55% marks in aggregate)


A Professional qualification (with a minimum CGPA of 6.00 on a 10 point scale or 55% marks in aggregate) or qualified CA / ICWA / CS/CFA


A four-year professional degree (BE/B. Tech degree or equivalent) with excellent academic record (minimum CGPA of 9.00 on 10 point scale or 80% marks in aggregate). Relaxation in CGPA to 7.00 on a 10-point scale, or in marks to 65%, for the minimum eligibility conditions may be permitted for these candidates who have a minimum of 3 years of professional and/or research experience in the area in which the admission is sought. These candidates have to take additional master level courses of 21 credits which they select from the courses offered in Year 1 of MBA Program.

(B) Candidates must have qualified NET/JRF (UGC/CSIR) or have a valid score in one of the six tests, namely CAT/GMAT/GRE/GATE/NMAT/XAT.

Number of Seats

Details for fall semester of session 2018-19 are shown in the table:

Note: The policy of UGC guidelines regarding reservation of seats for SC/ ST and PH candidates shall be followed.
No. of Seats (Total)Specialization
Seven (07)

a. OB, HR, Strategy & International Management
b. Accounting, Finance & Economics
c. Operations, Information Systems, and Marketing

(B) Requirements: Course Work & Research Proposal

Every admitted candidate shall have to do course work which can span two or three years.

Every admitted candidate shall have to undergo for a total of 118 credit hours. The course work shall be of 48 credits and thesis work of 70 credits (1 credit hour = 15 Hours). The details are as follows:

The student needs to complete 48 hours course work which shall comprise,

  • 30 credit hours of core courses

  • 12 credit hours of electives and/or independent study in the area of research

  • 6 credit hours of practice teaching to MBA student (second year) spread over a period of two to four years

Every candidate will be required to submit a research proposal to Institute Research Board (IRB) within18 months (minimum) to 36 months (maximum) from the date of admission, duly recommended by the supervisor(s), after successful completion of 30 credits with a minimum CGPA of 8.0. The candidate with less than 8.0 CGPA will not be allowed to continue the PhD program. However, an extension of six months may be granted by the competent authority. If the candidate fails to submit the proposal during this period including the extension period, her/his admission may be cancelled. In case the proposal is rejected by the Institute Research Board (IRB), he/she may resubmit it within next six months starting the date of meeting of IRB, failing which her/his admission will be cancelled.

If the candidate successfully completes 48 credits of PhD course work and meets minimum publishing requirements as per PhD academic regulations, then he/she can proceed for the submission process of PhD thesis.


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