Admissions for Doctoral Programmes

Application for Doctoral Programmes


Online applications are now open for students wishing to enrol on doctoral programmes. Please click on the link provided in the box here to begin the application process.

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Eligibility Criteria

Master’s degree with at least 55% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade ‘B’ in the UGC 7-point scale (or an equivalent grade in a point scale wherever grading system is followed) or an equivalent degree from a foreign educational Institution as certified by AIU.
Candidates who have successfully completed M.Phil. with course work and obtained at least 55% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade ‘B’ in the UGC 7-point scale (or an equivalent grade in a point scale wherever grading system is followed).

In case of Engineering &Technology and Management disciplines candidates with a minimum of 60% of marks in aggregate or equivalent Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA).

Candidates with Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology/Architecture/ Medicine under 10+2+4/5 system or Master’s Degree in Science/Computer Applications under 10+2+3+2/3 with not less than a First Class or equivalent CGPA are eligible to apply for admission to Ph.D. Programme in Management only. In case of examinations, where such a classification does not exist, a minimum of 60% marks is needed in the qualifying examinations with 5 years of relevant work experience.

A relaxation of 5% of marks, or an equivalent relaxation of grade, may be allowed to SC/ST/OBC (non-creamy layer)/Differently-Abled candidates.

CMR University considers the professional qualifications of Chartered Accountancy (CA) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and Cost and Management Accountants (CMAs) of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India as equivalent to PG Programme as envisaged in Association of Indian Universities for the purpose of admission to Ph.D. Programme in Commerce and Allied disciplines.


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 What is the minimum qualification for admission to a PhD Program?

Any postgraduate (2 year course duration) in Engineering and Technology and Management with not less than 60% marks in the General category and 55% for SC/ST’s. For other disciplines, any post graduate (2 year course duration) from a recognized University in India or abroad with a minimum 55% percentage of marks for General Merit candidates and 50 % in case of SC/STs

 When can I apply?

The University admits candidates twice a year in the months of January and July. However, applications are invited throughout the year.

 Are students with B.Tech /BE and other undergraduate degrees eligible to apply?

Currently, the Ph.D program is only open to students with a postgraduate degree from a recognized University. However, if a candidate with only a BTech / BE degree, wants to pursue the PhD programme, he/she must have substantial years of work experience to supplement his academic background. Also, he/she is not eligible to pursue Ph.D in the same B.Tech/BE discipline, and can take up the PhD only in other disciplines. This is a 3-year PhD program, and does not include provisions for an integrated Masters + PhD.

 What are the steps in the selection process?

Only those applications, which have been completed accurately and in full, and that, include the relevant certificates and other documents, as attachments will be considered. Candidates will be shortlisted, and those candidates who have been selected are required to take the entrance examination (held in the University premises) and appear for a personal interview. The exact date, time and venue of the exam will be communicated to each shortlisted candidate. The final results will be announced once the marks obtained by the candidates in their postgraduate examination, entrance examination and personal interview have been consolidated.

 What subjects and syllabus will the PhD entrance test cover?

The PhD entrance examination consists of two papers i.e 1. General Aptitude & Research Methodology and 2. A domain-specific subject as studied at the postgraduate level. Both papers consist of 60 multiple-choice questions and the time allotted for each paper will be one hour each.

 Is the written exam mandatory?

Yes it is. In order to qualify, it is mandatory to pass the written examination conducted by the University. All candidates must take the examination, except those who fulfill the exemption criteria mentioned below.

The following categories of candidates are exempt from taking the Ph.D. entrance test:

  • Candidates who have qualified UGC/CSIR NET (JRF), SET/SLET, GATE or any other examination considered equivalent by AIU.
  • Candidates possessing M. Phil Degree from a recognized University as per UGC regulations, 2009

 After one completes the entrance exam for Ph.D program, what are the next steps?

  • Candidates who have qualified in the entrance test and candidates who have been exempted from the entrance test will be invited for a personal interview conducted by the Research Admissions Committee.
  • After the personal interview, candidates are shortlisted on the basis of their overall performance in the postgraduate examination, entrance examination and personal interview. The final results will be communicated to the candidates who have qualified, and they will then be eligible to take admission to Ph.D. program in the concerned subjects. The number of candidates selected depends on the number of existing vacancies under different subjects and supervisors.

 What are the terms and conditions with regard to admission at CMRU?

The following conditions apply.

  • Applications must be made only in the prescribed format. Applicants are requested to read the entire application form carefully before filling it out. The application is a key part of the admission process, and incomplete or false information will adversely affect admission to the programme.
  • Note that CMR University reserves the right of admission and allotment of program. Once a candidate has been admitted to a particular course, any request for refund of fees will not be entertained.

 What documents are required for admission?

CMR University mandates that all candidates submit the following documents at the time of admission. Note that a different set of documents is required for International students and Non-Resident Indians. All originals alongwith 3 sets of photocopies of the same are required.

For Indian students:

  • 10th / Equivalent Marks card
  • 12th / Equivalent Marks card
  • Graduation Marks card (all semesters/years)
  • Post Graduation Marks card (all semesters/years)
  • Degree certificate
  • PG certificate
  • Transfer certificate
  • Migration certificate
  • Caste certificate (only if applicable)
  • Conduct certificate
  • M.Phil marks card and certificate
  • Entrance exam score card
  • Photographs: 4 Passport size, 4 Stamp size
  • Detailed resume
  • If the candidate has qualified in any of the NET/SET/SLET/GATE exams, relevant documents should be submitted.
  • Any other relevant certificates as and when necessary

Additional documents for NRI / international students:

  • Certificate from Board studies last.
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Photocopy of visa
  • Equivalence and Eligibility Certificate from Association of Indian Universities or CMR University
  • Photographs: 6 Passport size, 6 Stamp size
  • All documents should be in English or translated into English

 What are the terms and conditions pertaining to submission of documents?

The following conditions apply.

    • At the time of admission, candidates must submit all the original documents, copies and other relevant documentation as well as a hardcopy of the completed application form.
    • Students should ensure that they keep a photocopy of the documents for themselves before submitting the same to the admissions department.
    • The original documents submitted will be returned to the student only at the end of the program.
    • In order to take back these documents at the end of the program, a student must produce the documents acknowledgement receipt he received during the time of admission.

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