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Doctorate – Ph.D.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is the highest degree one can gain through structured education, training and research. The education and training of doctoral students are two of the most important aspects of the Institute of Advanced Research. The pursuit of knowledge through research in doctoral degree leads to exciting careers in India and abroad. PhD students also play a key role in our commitment to advance the knowledge to address national and global challenges. The aim of the PhD program is to provide research training in a manner that fosters the development of independent research skill as well as professional competencies in students. These skills include the ability to formulate a problem that requires research and investigation, to develop appropriate conceptual and methodological skills, and to relate the student’s research to a broader knowledge in the area of study. All PhD students are required to develop a substantive thesis based on critical analysis of their research and published studies in their subject area.

Career Opportunities

PhD programs take typically 3 to 4 years. A range of financial support is available to undertake PhD study at the Institute of Advanced Research. In addition to the financial support from the Institute of Advanced Research, scholarships are available from the UGC, CSIR, ICMR, the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Science and Technology, Science and Engineering Research Board and Department of Biotechnology, either as PhD scholarships or through research grants.

The Doctor of Philosophy is offered in a large number of subject areas. Majority of our faculty are qualified to be PhD guides and all our faculty are PhD qualified from top universities.

Alongside the PhD studies, we support all our PhD students to qualify in NET or SLET examinations, so that they become eligible for faculty positions following the completion of the doctoral degrees.

Following the Successful Completion of the Ph.D. Qualification, Graduates Can Seek Numerous Career Paths Such As:

  • Research Officer
  • Research Scientist or Engineer
  • Business Analyst
  • Design Engineer
  • University and College Faculty
  • Postdoctoral Researcher
  • Policy Advisor
  • Business Development Manager
  • Management Consultant
  • Operations Research Analyst
  • Teacher
Ph.D. Admission Details, PET-2019, IAR-Gandhinagar

Applicants should complete the online application form with a non-refundable admission processing fee of Rs.1,000/-.  University prefers cashless payment method for all payments. However, we also accept fee in Cash / DD to be paid directly at our office. DD should be drawn in favour of “The Registrar, University of IAR” payable at Gandhinagar.

The details on the departments and faculty can be seen at:

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A Master’s degree with at least 55% marks in aggregate or its equivalent Grade “B” in the UGC 7 Point Scale. A relaxation of 5% is given to students belonging to Reserved Category (ST/SC/OBC/PH). Candidates appearing in final year examination can also apply provided they satisfy the eligibility criteria by July 15th, 2019.

All communications should be addressed to:
Dean (Research and Innovation)
Institute of Advanced Research
Koba Institutional Area, Gandhinagar, 382 426
Email: phd@iar.ac.in 
Phone: +91-79-30514163/252

The admission to PhD Programme will be done through Ph.D. Entrance Test (PET) via two stages:

  1. Written Test:
  • The applicants are required to appear for the Written Test to be conducted by the Institute of Advanced Research.
  • However, the candidates who are UGC-CSIR NET, ICMR JRF/SRF, LTMT/SLAT/GATE/GPAT/Teacher Fellowship/M. Phil and equivalent are exempted from the Written Test.
  • The Written Test will be conducted at Institute of Advanced Research, Gandhinagar on June 28th, 2019 at 11.00 am.
  • The Written test will have questions in two sections as given below:
    • Section I: Research Methodology and General aptitude (Common for all the departments)
    • Section II: Subjects specific questions from the department. (Department/Subject Specific)
  • Both the sections will carry 50-50% weightage.
  • Each Section will carry 50 Question of 1 mark each and the total duration of the Written Test will be of two hours. The Test will be objective type with multiple choice questions.
  • Those who secure at least 50% marks in the Written Test (45% marks in case of Reserved Category) will be shortlisted for the interview in order of merit.
  • The List of candidates eligible for the personal interview will be displayed on the University Notice board at 5.00 pm on June 28th, 2019)
  1. Personal Interview:
  • Eligible Candidates in the Written Test and Exempted candidates will be called for interview. The final selection for admission would be based on the candidate’s performance in the written test and personal interview (equal weightage).
  • The list of selected student will be displayed on the University’s website and notice board on 29thJune, 2019 at 6.00 pm.

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Important Dates & Time


Last Date of Submitting Application Form for PET 2019

June 15th 2019 till 5:00 pm


PET 2019 Written Test

June 28th 2019, 11:00 am


Declaration of Results

June 28th 2019, 5:00 pm


Personal Interview of Eligible Candidates

June 29th 2019, 10:00 am Onwards


Release of Offer letters for Admission

July 5th 2019


Formal Application to PhD program Along with Fee

July 12th, 2019

Registration Fee: Rs.10,000/-

Semester Fee for Semester I: Rs.20,000/-

Caution Money: Rs.10,000/- (Refundable)

Q: Does the University provide financial support to PhD students?

A: University encourages PhD student to secure their own fellowship for better recognition in their carrier. In certain cases, the research scholar may be paid from the project grant, if available with the supervisor. However, the university provides fellowships to limited students for limited duration, during which they are expected to have their own fellowship.  

Q: What is the duration of PhD courses?

A: University follows UGC (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of M.PHIL./PH.D Degrees) Regulations, 2016, according to which the minimum tenure is 3 years and the maximum duration is 5+1 +1 years after the formal registration to PhD. minimum duration of the PhD is 3years.


Q: Is there any hostel facility available for PhD student?

A: University provides hostel facility with additional cost. Plenty of private hostels, Pay Guesthouses and houses for rent are also available nearby.

Q: What is the procedure for NET/GATE qualified student to register for PhD?

A: NET/GATE qualified students are exempted from University PhD entrance test (PET). However, they must apply for PhD program by filling up the application form and paying the application form. It is mandatory for every student to appear for an interview before the Doctoral Research Committee. Students will be enrolled in PhD Programme based on the merit list.

Q: How many PET exams are conducted per year?

A: PET exam is conducted once a year between June and July. However, if there are enough vacancy a second PET may be organized between November and December. Students are requested to visit our website regarding updates on the same.

Q: What is the procedure for Part time PhD program?

A: University provides opportunity for Part-time  as per UGC regulations 2016.

Q: How many intake number are there per academic session?

A: Based on the requirement from each faculty the no. may vary every year. Every year intake no. would be announced along with date and details of PET. This years intake capacity will be updated by 15th June 2019 on our website.

Q: Can results awaited student appear for PET and Register for PhD?

A: Yes. Result awaited students who are expecting their result by July 15th 2019 will be considered. Provisional admission will be given which can be later confirmed by providing provisional degree and mark sheets.

Q: Can a student join as trainee or research fellow in between academic session and register PhD?

A: Yes. University faculties have external and internal funded projects. These projects require project assistants and JRFs. Vacancies for PA and JRFs will be announced regularly in University website. These students joined under project investigator can register for PhD under university recognized guide in next academic cycle.

Q: What are subjects available for PhD registration?


PS: Discipline specific research areas can be seen under faculty profile of each department.


Q: What is the minimum requirement for PhD Entrance Test?

 A: PG degree in relevant subject with minimum 55% of marks of UGC grade point 7.

Q: Are M.Phil student exempted from course work?

A:  Yes.