Admission Procedure

Duration and Admission Procedure

The duration of the programme and the time for submission of thesis are counted from the date of provisional registration.

All Ph.D. programmes shall be for a minimum duration of three years, including course work and a maximum of five years for Full time scholars and a maximum of six years for Part time scholars.

Part Time (Internal/External): Part time Ph.D. programme is allowed provided all the conditions mentioned in the extant Ph.D. regulations are met.

Under extraordinary circumstances if the candidate fails to submit the thesis within the maximum period, further extension of the period for a maximum of two years may be granted by the Vice Chancellor, on the recommendations of the Doctoral Committee, Director of concerned Faculty and Director (Research). After the expiry of the maximum period including the extension granted, a candidate will be permitted to Re-register as per the following regulations. (i) For those candidates who want to re-register under the same supervisor on the same area of research, the earlier Doctoral Committee and the course works completed will hold good. (ii) For those candidates who want to re-register with a different supervisor on a different area of research will be subjected to the regulations applicable for the fresh candidates. (iii)If the area of research is the same, the new Doctoral Committee will decide whether the earlier course works completed can be considered for exemption or not.

The women candidates and Persons with Disability (more than 40% disability) may be allowed a relaxation of two years for Ph.D. in the maximum duration. In addition, the womencandidates may be provided Maternity Leave/Child Care Leave once in the entire duration of Ph.D. for up to 240 days.

Admission Procedure

The number of available seats in the various specializations under different disciplines will be determined well in advance depending on the number of available Research Supervisors and other academic and physical facilities available.

Preliminary scrutinisation of all applications received through online will be done by the Directorate of Research and the eligibility is determined.

The eligible candidates are called for an entrance examination at the respective campuses of SRM IST. The entrance examination will be either Computer-Based Test (CBT) / Paper-pencil. The syllabus for the Entrance Test shall consist of 50% of research methodology and 50% shall be subject specific. For further details on examination please visit <link>

The entrance examination will be followed by presentation in the proposed research area and technical-cum-personal interview. The presentation will be assessed by the Department Research Coordination Committee (DRCC)

There is no need for Entrance test for those students who qualify in UGC-NET (including JRF)/UGC-CSIR NET (including JRF)/SLET/GATE/teacher fellowship holder.

The allocation of Research Supervisor for a selected research scholar shall be decided by the DRCC concerned depending on the number of scholars per Research Supervisor, the available specialization among the Supervisors and research interests of the scholars as indicated by them at the time of interview/viva voce.

The Candidates whose registration has been approved by the Vice Chancellor shall be provisionally admitted to the Ph.D. Programme. To know more about PhD regulations, research areas, supervisors etc please visit