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The schedule mentioned below are tentative:

Last date of application to be considered for Ph.D admission in odd semester 2021-2022 30th June (Wednesday)
Date of Entrance Examination and Interview in all department for PhD admission odd semester 2021-2022 15 July (Thursday)
Result of Ph.D admission process will be declared 28th July (Wednesday)
Reporting and joining date 16th August (Monday)

*The dates may change based on the Corona pandemic situation

Eligibility Criteria

Master's degree in related subject/relevant areas with 55% marks or equivalent CPI/CGPA.

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.

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: Demand Analysis – Marshallian, Hicksian and revealed Preference Approaches – Theory of Production and Costs – Pricing and Output under different forms of Market Structure – Factor Pricing Analysis – Elements of General Equilibrium and New Welfare Economics.
  2. Macro Economics:  Determination of Output and Employment – Classical Approach, Keynesian Approach and Consumption Hypotheses – Demand for Money – Fisher and Cambridge Versions, Approaches of Keynesian, Friedman, Patinkin, Baumol and Tobin – Supply of Money – Philips Curve Analysis – Business Cycles – Models of Samuelson, Hicks and Kaldor – Macro-Economic Equilibrium – Relative Roles of Monetary and Fiscal Policies.
  3. Development and Planning: Economic Growth, Economic Development and Sustainable Vicious Circle of Poverty– Measurement of Development: Conventional, HDI and Quality of Life Indices – Theories of Development – Classical, Marx and Schumpeter – Economic Growth – Harrod-Domar Model, Instability of Equilibrium, Neoclassical Growth – Solow’s Model, Steady State Growth – Approaches to Development: Balanced Growth, Critical Minimum Effect, Big Push, Unlimited Supply of Labour, Low Income Equilibrium Trap – Indicators and Measurement of Poverty – Importance of Agriculture and Industry in Economic Development – Choice of Techniques and Appropriate Technology – Investment Criteria – Trade as an engine of growth - Planning in India
  4. Public Finance: Role of the Government in Economic Activity - Allocation, Distribution and Stabilization Functions - Private, Public and Merit Goods – The Public Budgets: Kinds of Budgets, Concepts of Budget Deficits; Balanced Budget Multiplier - Budgets of the Union Government in India - Public Expenditure: Hypotheses, Effects and Evaluation - Public Revenue - Theories of taxation- Different Approaches - Tax burden, incidence and effects of taxation; elasticity and Buoyancy; Taxable Capacity - Public Debt: Sources, Effects, Burden and Its Management - Fiscal Federalism: Theory and Problems, Problems of Centre-State Financial Relations in India – Fiscal Policy: Neutral and Compensatory and Functional Finance, Balanced Budget Multiplier.
  5. Indian Economy: Basic Economic Indicators – National Income, Performance of different Sectors – Trends in Prices and Money Supply – Agriculture: Institutional and Technological aspects, New Agricultural Policy – Industry: New Industrial Policy and Liberalization – Money and Banking: Concepts of Money Supply, Inflation, Monetary Policy and Fiscal Sector Reforms – Public Finance: Trends in Revenue and Expenditure of the Central and State Governments, Public Debt, Analysis of Union Budget – Foreign Trade: Trends, Balance of Payments and Trade Reforms – Poverty, Unemployment, Migration and Environment.
  6. International Economics: Theories of International Trade - Concept and types of terms of trade - Theories of exchange rate determination - Balance of payments – Absorption and Monetary approaches for adjustment in the Balance of Payments – Foreign Trade Multiplier – Tariffs and Non-Tariff barriers - International trade and financial institutions: IMF, World Bank & WTO
  7. Industrial and Labour Economics: Industrial structure and economic growth - Pattern of industrialization - Public and Private; large and small industries - Theories of Industrial location: Indian experience - Industrial Productivity-Measurement, Partial and total trends - Industrial Finance in India - Industrial Labour -Problems, Policies and reforms in India - Economic Reforms and industrial growth
  8. Environmental Economics: Economy-Environment interaction – Economic development and Environmental stress - Environmental Kuznet’s curve hypothesis – Sustainable development - Environmental Cost-Benefit Analysis for Sustainable Development - Approaches to Environmental Accounting - Theory of Externality and Public Goods - Pigovian taxes – Coase Theorem – Techniques of Environmental Valuation - Theories of Optimal use of Exhaustible and Renewable resources - Energy and Environment - Trade and environment – International Environmental issues
  9. Statistical Methods: Measures of Central tendency, Dispersion, Skewness and Kurtosis – Elementary Theory of Probability – Binomial, Poisson and Normal Distributions – Simple Correlation and Regression analysis – Statistical Inferences – Applications, Sampling Distributions (t, chi-square and F tests) – Sampling of Attributes – Testing of hypothesis – Index Numbers and Time Series Analysis – Sampling and Census Methods – Types of Sampling and Errors.
  10. Econometrics: Assumption and Properties of Classical Linear Regression Model, BLUE Property, Gauss-markov Theorem, Inference of Simple and Multiple Linear Regression Model, Problems of Multicollinearity, Heteroskedasticity and Autocorrelation, Estimation with Dummy Variables, Basics of Simultaneous Equation Modelling

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.
Eligibility Fellowship: Research and/or Teaching assistantship
Registered students in Ph.D. Program in Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences Departments (if not receiving external fellowship or support via funded project) Rs. 23,850/- per month for initial two years and Rs. 27,300/- per month for next three years subject to satisfactory progress.
Registered students in Ph.D. Program in Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences Departments with NET qualification (who are not getting external fellowship or funded project support) Rs. 27,500/- per month for initial two years and Rs. 30,800/- per month for next three years subject to satisfactory progress.


(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
  • English Language and Linguistics: Applied Linguistics, English Language Teaching, Discourse Analysis, Computer mediated communication, Workplace Communication
  • Psychology: Health Psychology, Organizational Behaviour, Social Psychology, Psychology of Technology and allied areas.
  • Economics: Labour Economics, Developmental Economics, Environmental Economics, International Economics.