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Doctoral Programme

About the Programme

The PhD Programme at CPS aims to enable scholars to hone their skills in the analysis and practice of public policy. It provides an opportunity for those seeking to translate their ideas and experiences into serious scholarship, producing knowledge on public policy processes and practices. During the course of the programme, PhD scholars will receive instruction on research methods, policy theory, social theory, and academic writing. They will also be exposed to hands-on experience in policy practice and will get the opportunity to attend conferences and research seminars. Graduates from the PhD programme will be equipped to find careers as policy experts in academia, think tanks, non-profit organizations, corporate research organisations, government agencies, and intergovernmental organisations.

See the 2019 Exam Paper and the 2018 Exam Paper here.


We encourage international students to apply for the IIT Bombay institute TA fellowships for our PhD programs. More details about this can be found here

During the first two semesters, the focus is on classroom courses. This includes compulsory core and electives courses. Details of the course structure can be found below. Additionally, PhD scholars are expected to complete an eight-week internship at a relevant organisation after Semester II. This field exposure is expected to help students refine their research approach and build networks for their projects. The rest of the PhD programme is dedicated to conducting research towards the PhD thesis.

The Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) at IIT Bombay is inviting applications for its PhD programme in Public Policy for the Autumn semester of 2021.

The application process as well as the written test and interviews will be ONLINE.

Please visit the IIT Bombay website here for detailed advertisement, application form, information brochure.
The application must be submitted online


At least one of the following criteria must be met: 

  1. B.E/B.Tech or equivalent degree with 60% marks/6.0 CPI (55% marks/5.5 CPI for SC/ST). 
  2. M.Sc/M.A/M.Com/LLM/MCA or equivalent degree with 60% marks/6.0 CPI (55% marks/5.5 CPI for SC/ST) at post-graduation level. 
  3. MBA/ME/M.Tech/M.Phil/ from any institute recognized by a Government body (AICTE/UGC/AIU) with 60% marks/6.0 CPI (55% marks/5.5 CPI for SC/ST). 

Candidates must also fulfill ONE of the following additional requirements for items 1 and 2 above:

  1. VALID CAT/GMAT/GRE score.
  2. Qualified in GATE/UGC-NET (Lectureship)/UGC-JRF/CSIR-NET (Lectureship)/CSIR-JRF.
  3. At least two years of work experience (acquired after obtaining the qualifying degree and completed before the starting of the semester in which admission is sought). For TA position please visit IIT Bombay guidelines:

The prospective candidate will be required to submit a sample of recently published writing(s) if any, on a relevant topic as well as a research proposal (1500 words) on a topic of his/her research interest along with a Statement of Purpose. The proposal should contain (a) problem identification, (b) brief review of literature and (c) proposed methodology. 

Selection Procedure

A written examination will be conducted for all students who meet the above criteria. An interview will be subsequently conducted by faculty members interested in the area and in the specific candidate.

Criteria for awarding Teaching Assistant positions are as per IIT Bombay guidelines. 

Programme Structure

The programme is structured to keep half of the credit load in the Policy area, and the other half is to be divided between (i) the courses in the sectoral area of interest e.g. water, energy, gender, communication etc. and (ii) Institute electives which would complement the policy courses and the domain courses, taking into account the student’s background. 

Each student will have to indicate the domain area e.g. water, energy, gender, information economy and others, in which s/he wishes to carry out doctoral research on policy related aspects. Ideally the student will have a guide and a co-guide–one having expertise in the policy arena and the other in the concerned domain. The credit load will be designed to suit this requirement.