Doctoral Programme

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Date: 10 May 2024
Time: 9:30 AM
Venue: LT 201 & LT 202
Written Exam
Date: 9 May 2024
Time: 9:30 AM
Venue: LC 202


Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must hold any one of the following qualifying degrees:

  • (1a) BE/BTech or an equivalent* degree with 60% marks/6.0 CPI (55% marks/5.5 CPI for SC/ST).
  • (1b) Bachelor’s degree in Medicine (MBBS 4 year or more).
  • (2)   MSc/MA/MCom/LLM/MCA or an equivalent* degree with 60% marks/6.0 CPI (55% marks/5.5 CPI for SC/ST) at postgraduation level.
  • (3)   MBA/ME/MTech/MPhil 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).

*All equivalent degrees must be certified by their respective institution(s).

Applicants with qualifying degrees listed in 1 or 2 above must also fulfil ANY ONE of the following additional requirements:

  • (a)  A valid CAT/GMAT/GRE score.
  • (b)  Qualified in GATE/UGC-NET (Lectureship)/UGC-JRF/CSIR-NET (Lectureship)/CSIR-JRF/DAE/DST/DBT/ICMR/NBHM, etc.
  • (c)  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).
Teaching Assistantship (TA)
  • Applicants admitted in the Teaching Assistantship (TA) category will receive a monthly fellowship. The eligibility criteria for awarding TA positions for PhDs are according to the guidelines determined by IIT Bombay. Please refer to it for more details.
  • Other national-level scholarships and sponsorships can be availed from the central and state governments, subject to fulfilling the required eligibility criteria.
Teaching/Research Assistantship (TAP/RAP)
  • The Ashank Desai Centre for Policy Studies (ADCPS) will offer Teaching/Research Assistantships through Project (TAP/RAP) depending upon project availability. To be considered for the same (if available), candidates applying must submit a valid GATE score.

Shortlisting Process and Admission Policy

  • Applicants must identify a research problem aligning with any of the five broad research areas in focus at ADCPS mentioned below:
    1. Digital Societies and Governance
    2. Social Policy—Education, Ageing, and Identity
    3. Water, Sanitation, Energy, and Climate Change
    4. Urban Policy
    5. Technology and Policy

    Please visit for more details.

  • Applicants must submit a research proposal (policy-relevant) along with their online application and indicate clearly in the proposal the research area at ADCPS that it aligns with. The proposal should contain the problem identification, a brief literature review, the proposed methodology, and a list of references (2000 words maximum, excluding references).
  • Admission to the PhD programme is based on grading the applicants’ research proposal and their performance in a written test and an interview. The institute adheres to the reservation policies outlined by the Government of India.

Note: Applicants are advised to go through the research interests of the faculty members and contact/e-mail them to see if the scope aligns. Please visit for the faculty profile.