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PhD Programme

Ph. D. Programme

 An advertisement for PhD admission normally appears in April & November for admission into 1st semester & 2nd semester respectively. Working professionals (for instance, college teachers) may also seek admission as part-time PhD students. Admission route is the same for part-time & full-time PhD students.
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 PhD admission test usually comprises  a written test and interview. Candidates who have cleared UGC-NET or have an MPhil /MTech degree may directly appear for the interview.

During their PhD students will carry out original research work asking new questions and discovering new aspects not known earlier to anyone. In their pursuit of new knowledge students will be guided by a faculty member. A PhD student may do his/her research in one of the thrust areas where our own faculty members are actively engaged

During the first year of PhD, scholars go through course-work mainly  comprising of foundational courses in Physics  and specialisations. Foundational courses are chosen from Quantum mechanics, Statistical mechanics, Electromagnetic theory, Solid state physics, and Classical mechanics. Specialised courses related to the research area could be introductory or advanced depending on the students own background. Course work is rigorous. Heavy emphasis is given to problem solving in these courses. All students have to complete a course in Research Methodology sometime during their PhD.


After completing course work, students have to clear a qualifying examination before they can register for a PhD thesis. The qualifying examination is based mainly on the course work done by the student during the 1st year. More details can be found here. Students get a maximum of two chances to clear the qualifying examination.


On completing the qualifying examination successfully, he/she can register for a PhD thesis & be fully occupied pursuing research work. As a first step towards research, students have to carry in-depth study of current status of research in their field & think of relevant research questions that they will work upon during their PhD. A result of this work & thought has to be presented & defended in the form of a Research proposal to their Doctoral Advisory Committee (DAC).


A student then continues to work on his research questions. At the end of it all the student communicates his/her research findings to the entire research community through research papers in Jorunals & finally writes up a PhD thesis. The PhD thesis is then evaluated by experts & the student has to defend their thesis. Finally, after successfully defending the thesis the student is awarded a PhD degree.


  • Admissions

    Admissions are advertised twice a year.
    PhD Brochure 

  • Qualifying Exam

    A PhD candidate has to qualify in two major research areas of their choice.

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