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Important Dates

Task Dates
Portal opening date 18-10-2023
Portal Closing date 26-11-2023
Date of Dispatch of Call letter 30-11-2023
Date of written and Viva Examination 11/12-12-2023
Date of Declaration of Result 15-12-2023
Last date of payment of the fee & charges 08-01-2024
Reporting & Joining date / verification of the documents 08-01-2024

Eligibility Criteria

Master's degree in Economics, English, Psychology or any other relevant subject with 55% marks or equivalent CPI/CGPA (Grade).

The students awaiting their qualifying examination results are also eligible to apply. They need to submit the qualifying mark sheets and/or certificates at the time of admission.

Please note that the qualifying degree of applicant should be from an accredited university /deemed-to-be-university or an institution of higher learning of comparable standing. The eligibility criteria given above are the absolute minimum. Institute may prescribe any requirements over and above these. In case the candidates are awarded grades/CPI/CGPA instead of marks, applicant would have to produce the grade-percentage conversion criterion or formula provided by the university/institution from where the applicant has obtained the degree. In case, where, a university/institute does not provide any scheme for converting CPI/CGPA into equivalent marks, UGC and AICTE guidelines would be applicable.

Admission Procedure

Admission to the Ph.D. Programme is offered to eligible candidates on the basis of an entrance examination and an interview. Consequently, all applicants who qualify in the written examination have to appear for the personal interview on the same day or very next day. Candidates who have qualified for national level fellowships like CSIR/UGC-NET-JRF, DST-INSPIRE, NBHM Ph.D. scholarship or equivalent valid fellowship in the relevant subject/discipline may be exempted from the written examination but not from the interview. No request for remote interviews would be entertained.

Note: DST-Inspire candidates will have two choices:

Choice 1 (Default choice): To be exempted from the written test: In this case, if finally admitted, they will not be getting any Institute fellowship and their fellowship will be subject to acceptance and approval by DST, whenever it happens. Their admission will be with fellowship status as DST-Inspire Fellowship, from the beginning.

Choice 2: NOT to be exempted from the written test: In this case, if finally admitted, they will be under Institute fellowship category until they get DST-Inspire fellowship. If they get DST-Inspire fellowship, then their fellowship status will be changed from Institute Fellowship to DST-Inspire Fellowship.

Syllabus for Ph.D. Entrance Exam

The entrance examination shall contain both objective and subjective type of questions. The syllabus for the written entrance examination shall consist of 50% of research aptitude/methodology and 50% shall be subject-specific. Research aptitude/methodology part shall be of generic nature, intended to assess the research aptitude of the candidate. This part primarily shall contain questions to test research aptitude, reasoning ability, graphical analysis, analytical and numerical ability, data interpretation, quantitative aptitude of the candidate. The subject specific syllabus is as follows:


  1. General Psychology:Scope of Psychology and Methods, Systems and Theories in Psychology, Physiological Basis of Behaviour, Self and Personality, Attention, Perception, Intelligence, Learning, Memory, Motivation, Problem Solving, Thinking and Language. Contemporary Approaches in Psychology.
  2. Social Psychology:Scope of Social Psychology and Methods, Social Cognition, Social Perception, Social Influence (Conformity, Compliance, & Obedience), Attitude and Attitude Change, Aggression, Pro-Social Behaviour, Prejudice, Group Dynamics, Inter-Group Relations.
  3. Statistics in Psychology:Descriptive and Inferential Statistics used in behavioral sciences.
  4. Research Methodology:  Meaning, Purpose & Steps of Research; Paradigms and Rigour Problem Identification; Theory and its Role in Research; Ethics in Research. Research Methods: Experimental and Non-Experimental; Laboratory Experiments; Field Experiments; Field Research, Survey; Interview, Ethnography and Case Study. Concept and Types of Sampling. Reliability and Validity. APA style of Report Writing.


  1. Micro Economics
  2. Macro Economics
  3. Statistics and Econometrics
  4. Mathematical Economics
  5. International Economics
  6. Public Economics
  7. Money and Banking
  8. Growth and Development Economics
  9. Environmental Economics and Demography
  10. Indian Economy

English Literature

  1. Chaucer to Shakespeare
  2. Jacobean to Restoration Period
  3. Augustan Age: 18th Century Literature
  4. Romantic Period
  5. Victorian Period
  6. Modern Period
  7. 20th Century and Contemporary British Literature
  8. European Literature from 18th to 20th Century
  9. New Literatures in English
  10. American and other non-British Literatures
  11. Indian Writing in English
  12. Literary Theory and Criticism (up to T.S. Eliot)
  13. Contemporary Literary Theory
  14. Cultural Studies
  15. Prosody and Rhetoric
  16. Literary Comprehension

English Language and Linguistics

  1. Language Acquisition (L1/L2)
  2. Discourse Analysis
  3. Generative Syntax, Semantics and Morphology
  4. Contemporary English Grammar
  5. English Language Teaching (Pedagogic Methods, Approaches and Techniques), Critical Theories, Trends and Movements
  6. Communicative Approach to Language Teaching (CLT)
  7. Language Testing and Assessment
  8. Error Analysis, Contrastive Analysis
  9. English for Academic/ Specific purposes (EAP/ESP)
  10. Curriculum Designing
  11. Sociolinguistics
  12. Pragmatics


  • Students may avail financial assistantship from external funding agencies (such as UGC/CSIR/NBHM/DST/DAE etc.) as well as from industries.
  • Financial assistance is available from the Institute to the meritorious students in the form of teaching and research assistantship as per Institute norms, for those candidates who may not have any external fellowship.
  • Partial financial support is available to the meritorious students to attend the workshops, short term courses and for paper presentation in refereed quality conferences as per Institute norms.
  • The institute fellowship for full time Ph.D. candidates is as follows:
    • INR 31,000 per month for initial two years
    • INR 35,000 per month for the next three years
  • Part time candidates are not eligible for the institute fellowship.


(a) Students are encouraged to avail financial assistantship from external funding agencies also (such as UGC/CSIR/NBHM/DST/DAE etc.) as well as from industries. They may have to be involved in Department as per rules.

(b) All Ph.D. students must work as TAs/RAs if they are being funded by the Institute.

Major Research Areas

  • English Literature: Early Twentieth Century Literature, Postcolonial Studies, Cultural Studies, Film and Adaptation Studies, Modernist Studies, Contemporary Literature of the Indian Subcontinent, Gender Studies and Women's Studies, South Asian Studies, Diaspora Literature, Indian Fiction in English.
  • English Language and Linguistics: English Language Teaching, Professional Communication, Cross-cultural skills, Sociolinguistics, Pragmatics, English for Academic/ Specific purposes (EAP/ESP)Translanguaging
  • Psychology: Health Psychology, Organizational Behaviour, Social Psychology, Psychology of Technology, Consumer Psychology and Environmental Psychology
  • Economics: Labour Economics, Development Economics, International Economics and Applied Econometrics