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July 12, 2022 • 10:15 am

PhD Entrance Exams in India – Required Eligibility & Dates

Ph.D., a doctorate degree that is considered a good qualification and provides the most stable career opportunities.

It is the most venerated degree not only in India but in other nations also. The scope of pursuing Ph.D. courses in India has increased several times over the past few years.

Every year, a lot of aspirants apply for PhD admissions in India through various entrance exams.

Most of the candidates get confused when selecting the correct entrance exam to pursue a PhD programme, so here we have come up with the topmost entrance exams for Ph.D. Through this blog, students will also get to know about the list of disciplines to do PhD.

Discipline for PhD Admission 2022

Most Famous PhD Entrance Exam

Other PhD Entrance Exam



Disciplines for PhD Admissions 2022


Below is the list of various disciplines that are offered in India for the students to pursue their PhD.



Police Administration





Public Administration

Renewable Energy



Physical Education

Political Science

Total Quality Management

Population Studies



Rural Development

Sustainable Development

Women Studies



Social Work

Technology Policy


Pollution Control


Geriatric Care




Sports Science



Home Science


Medicinal Plants



Labour and Social Welfare

Indian Diaspora

Insurance Management

Mass Communication

Intellectual Property Rights


International Studies

Management Studies


Hospitality Management


Library Science





Peace Studies


Human Rights

English Literature

Hospital Administration





Environment Science





Disaster Management


Fashion Technology

Fine Arts

Business Administration

Computer Science




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Most Famous Ph.D. Entrance Exam


We have enlisted those PhD entrance exams which are mostly taken by the aspirants in the below section with detailed knowledge about them.





The National Testing Agency conducts the CSIR NET exam on a bi-yearly basis for those who want to make their career in Research and Lectureship field.

Candidates having or pursuing their Masters’ degree in Science Stream are only eligible to take the NTA CSIR NET exam.

To appear in this exam, aspirant must fulfill the required eligibility criteria which we have mentioned below –



Educational Criteria -


General/ OBC Category - Minimum 55% aggregate marks in Masters’ degree

SC/ST/PwD Category – Minimum 50% aggregate marks in Masters’ degree

Candidates who are enrolled in the post-graduation course can also apply for the exam.



Age Criteria –


There is no age limit for the post of Lectureship. The age limit criteria for the post of JRF is as follows: 

General Category – 28 Years as on 1st July 2021.

OBC Category – 3 Years’ age relaxation

SC/ST/PwD/Female Candidates – 5 Years’ age relaxation





The UGC NET Exam is a national level test organized by the NTA to determine the expertise of candidates to hold the position of Lecturers / Professors / Associates / Research Fellows at renowned universities in India.

Aspirants need to fulfill essential requirements to appear for the UGC NET exam.



Educational Criteria -


General Category - Minimum 55% aggregate marks in Masters’ degree from a UGC recognized institute.

OBC/SC/ST/PwD/Transgender Category – Minimum 50% aggregate marks

Candidates who are enrolled in the post-graduation course can also apply for the exam.



Age Criteria –


General Category – 30 Years

OBC SC/ST/PwD/Female/Transgender Category – 5 Years’ age relaxation

LLM Degree Holders – 3 Years’ age relaxation

Armed Forces – 5 Years’ age relaxation



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Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)


GATE, a national level exam which is organized to get admission in IITs, IISERs, IISc, and other reputed institutes of India for M.Tech/M.E./Ph.D. courses.

GATE is conducted by the IITs and IISc on a rotational basis.

There are no minimum percentage criteria in the qualifying degree to apply for the GATE exam.

Educational qualification criteria are provided below to appear for GATE Ph.D. -


Master’s degree holders in any branch of Science/ Mathematics/ Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalent and those who are in the final year of such programs

Holders of Four-year Integrated Master’s degree (Post B.Sc.) in Engineering/Technology and those who are in the second or higher year of such programs

Holders of Five-year Integrated Master’s degree or Dual Degree in Engineering/Technology and those who are in the fourth or higher year of such programmes.

Holders of Five-year integrated M.Sc. or Five-year integrated B.Sc. /M.Sc. degree and those who are in the final year of such programmes.


Note: Candidates who are appearing in the final year of their qualifying degree are also eligible to apply.



DBT Biotechnology Eligibility Test


DBT BET is conducted in two categories i.e. Category 1 and Category 2. Candidates who qualify for Category 1 of the BET exam, will be eligible for the Ph.D. courses. It is organized in the month of June by the Department of Biotechnology and coordinated by the Biotech Consortium India Limited (BCIL).

Education Degrees that are required to appear for the DBT BET exam as follow -


M.Sc./M.Tech./M.V.Sc. with Biotechnology

M.Sc. Neuroscience

M.Sc Molecular & Human Genetics

M.Sc Bioinformatics

M.Tech Bioprocess Technology



Educational Criteria -


General/OBC/EWS Category - Minimum 60% aggregate marks in one of the above degrees from a government recognized institute

SC/ST/PwD/Transgender Category – Minimum 55% aggregate marks



Age Criteria –


General/EWS Category – 28 Years as on the last date of application

SC/ST/ Differently Abled/ Women Candidates – Up to 5 Years’ age relaxation

OBC Category – Up to 3 Years’ age relaxation



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Other PhD Entrance Exams –


Below we have provided the list of other PhD entrance exams with their conducting months which are organized for different streams by various organizations.


Entrance Exam

Conducting Month

Conducted By

AIIMS PhD Entrance Exam

Jan, July

All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi

Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University Lucknow - PhD Admissions Test


Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow

BARC PhD Admission Test


Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC)

BINC Examination


Bio Informatics National Certification

BITS PhD Entrance Examination

June /July

BITS, Pilani 

Combined Vidyavaridhi (PhD) Entrance Test - (CVVET)


Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, New Delhi 

DBT JRF Biotech Entrance Test


Department of Biotechnology

GTU PhD Entrance Exam


Gujarat Technological University Ahmedabad

GJUST - PhD Entrance Test


Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, Hisar

ICMR Junior Research Fellowships


The Indian Council of Medical Research New Delhi

Indian Veterinary Research Institute Bareilly PhD Admission Test


ICAR Indian Veterinary Research Institute Bareilly 

IISC PhD Entrance Exam  


Indian Institute of Science Bangalore

ISM Dhanbad PhD Admission Test (Only for Environmental Science)


Indian School of Mines

JNU PhD Entrance


Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi

NBRC PhD Entrance Exam


National Brain Research Centre Gurgaon

NCBS Joint Graduate Entrance Examination for Biology and Interdisciplinary Life Sciences (JGEEBILS)


National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore

NDRI PhD entrance exam


National Dairy Research Institute

NIMHANS PG/PG Diploma/Super specialty
/PhD online entrance test


National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore

NIPER PhD Entrance Exam


National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER)

RMAT Aligarh Muslim University R-MAT - PhD Entrance Exam


All India Management Association (AIMA) along with AMU

TIFR Graduate School Admission Entrance Test


Tata Institute of Fundamental Research Mumbai

University of Hyderabad PhD Entrance Exam


University of Hyderabad 



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We hope that the details that we have shared about the PhD entrance exam will help you to pursue your dream career.

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  • Srinuraj koyalkar

    I want to apply for NET eligibility entrance exam in hyderabad for osmania university, will you guide me when and how to apply for the exam.


    Hello Srinuraj ,
    Greeting From Eduncle!
    You can check our blog of UGC NET Application form to know how to apply for NET exam. The NET application window 2021 has been closed, so you can appear for the next session.
    Thank You!!


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