College Disha


05 Dec, 2023


IIM-A (Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad) has opposed the eligibility criteria for the Ph.D. (Doctor in Philosophy) examination.

The Government (human and resource development ministry) provided instructions to all the 20 business schools in October, that allows students with a 4-year graduation degree to get direct admission in the Ph.D. program.

The course will be for 4-years for such students. The minimum CGPA being required by the students is 8 or equivalent.3-year doctoral programme requires either Masters's or 2-year or PG's diploma. Students with integrated professional courses with B.Com are also eligible to apply.

Erol D’ Souza, the director of IIM- A has opposed this laid criteria. He argued that a majority of students are from an engineering background and do have a CGPA of less than 8. So, he urged the government to update the criteria. He also argued the sophisticated process of IIMs to interview candidates does not make it necessary for candidates to have such CGPA criteria.  

He also mentioned that he is also not satisfied with the government for not considering the candidates with the 1-year diploma for the doctoral programme. As IIMs have considered those candidates in the past as per earlier eligibility criteria.

Present Criteria For Admission in P.HD in the IIMs

  • Present Criteria For Admission in P.HD A Master's degree with at least 55 percent marks in any discipline, or 
  • a Bachelor's degree/equivalent qualification with at least 50 percent marks (minimum three years of bachelor's level education following completion of higher secondary schooling),(or)
  • A Bachelor's degree and a professional certificate (completed) like as CA (ICAI), ICWA, or CS, (or)
  • A Bachelor's degree with a 6.5 CGPA or equivalent obtained over four years and eight semesters.

Minimum Criteria for Ph.D. was given below based on the HRD Ministry Notification 2024.  Master's degree or equivalent qualification required for IIM Ph.D. eligibility should be obtained from one of the following institutions:

(a) any of the Universities incorporated by an act of the central or state legislature, or declared to be deemed as a University under section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or

other educational institutions established by an act of Parliament or

(b) recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India, or (c) possess an equivalent bachelor's degree or 

After finishing Higher Secondary schooling (10+2) or similar, the candidate must receive a Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification that entails a minimum of three years of education. Final-year applicants who have not completed their respective degrees (Bachelor's or Master's) by the application deadline are eligible to apply for the IIM Ph.D. program at IIM (Udaipur) and may be granted provisional acceptance.

According to IIM Ph.D. criteria, they must submit a legitimate certificate (signed by the head of their present department/institution on the day of registration) showing that they have completed all examinations needed for getting the degree with their first application. They must provide final mark sheets/certificates relating to the completion of the degree by December 30th of the year of application, demonstrating that the minimal cut-off i.e 6. 5 CGPS or equivalent has been met.

*Valid CAT/GMAT/GRE/NET-(If applicable/qualified, JRF should be indicated in the application) Candidates applying for the Marketing Area must have scored in Economics, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, and Management. * A valid CAT, GMAT, GATE, GRE, or NET-JRF in the relevant discipline is required. Candidates applying for the OBHRM Area must have a minimum score.

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