Indira Gandhi National Open University PhD and MPhil admissions 2017

Are you looking for admission information for M.Phil and Ph.D. programs in India? Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has issued the admission notification for its PhD and MPhil for Jan 2017 session. Last date for applying is 31st October 2016.


For the last 2-3 years many students were eagerly waiting for the admission into M.Phil and PhD programme. Now the initiative has been taken by IGNOU by notifying the vacancies for the admission into M.Phil and PhD. Indira Gandhi National Open University is offering the PhD admission in many subjects at Rs. 14000 only. Hurry up and complete the registration before 31 October 2016.


Eligibility criteria for admission to the M.Phil

Candidates should have a Master's degree with at least 55% marks in aggregate. A relaxation of 5% of marks, from 55% to 50%, or an equivalent relaxation of grade, may be allowed for those belonging to SC/ST/OBC (non-creamy layer)/differently-abled and other categories of candidates.

Eligibility criteria for admission to PhD programme

Subject to the conditions stipulated in these regulations, the following persons are eligible to seek admission into the PhD programme.
  1. Master's degree holders

  2. Candidates who have completed the M.Phil degree shall be eligible to proceed to do research work leading to the Ph.D degree

  3. A person whose M.Phil. dissertation has been evaluated and the viva voice is pending may be admitted to the PhD programme

Duration of the programme

M.Phil. programme shall be for a minimum duration of one year and a maximum of two years. The PhD programme shall be for a minimum duration of three years and a maximum of six years.

Procedure for registration

Indira Gandhi National Open University will conduct the entrance test on 4th Dec 2016. Application is available from 22 Sep 2016 and last date is 31 October 2016. Application is to be made online through the official website of IGNOU for the Jan 2017 session. Get registered on the site. After registration you will receive your username, Password will be created & will be sent to your email address. In case of any difficulties please contact phone: 011-29571984 or email to: by mentioning your username and programme.

Detailed process for submission of online application form

The submission of application form passes through the following stages
  1. Open the url (

  2. Complete registration process

  3. Your 'user name' and 'password' is informed through sms and email

  4. Re-login to the system using your 'user name' and 'password'

  5. Fill the application form online

  6. Upload your recent photograph

  7. Upload your specimen signature

  8. Read the declaration and check the 'declaration' box

  9. Preview your data and confirm details

  10. Pay the application fee of Rs.1000/ through credit/debit card/Net banking

  11. Take print of your filled in application form.

Admission of candidates by a two stage process

An entrance test shall be conducted with qualifying marks as 50%. An interview to be organized by the university. Candidates are required to discuss their research interest/area through a presentation before a duly constituted Department Research Committee.

Allocation of research supervisor

Only a full time regular teacher of the concerned university/institution can act as a supervisor.

Course work

The credit assigned to the M.Phil/PhD course work shall be a minimum of 08 credits and a maximum of 16 credits. A minimum of four credits shall be assigned to one or more courses on research methodology. Other courses shall be advanced level courses preparing the students for M.Phil/PhD degree. An M.Phil/PhD scholar has to obtain a minimum of 55% of marks in the course work in order to be eligible to continue in the programme and submit the dissertation/thesis.

Research advisory committee

There shall be a research advisory committee, for each M.Phil and PhD scholar. The research supervisor of the scholar shall be the convener of this committee. The PhD thesis submitted by a research scholar shall be evaluated by his/her research supervisor and at least two external examiners.


The candidates are advised to see the notification in detail. After reading the article they must keep the required things ready with them i.e. scanned photograph, signature, credit card etc. Then apply online. Keep the print out of the filled application for future reference. Sit for the entrance exam on 4 Dec 2016 and pass the exam. Go for interview and get admission into M.Phil or PhD programme.

Article by NK SHARMA
I am Mechanical engineer with MBA and M Phil degree. I have a passion for reading and writing. I enjoy in sharing knowledge with people.

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Author: Partha K.30 Sep 2016 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 6

At the outset, I would like to thank Mr. N.K. Sharma, the author, for this excellent, useful and informative article. Many students (?) like me were eagerly waiting for this announcement of IGNOU. The author has lucidly explained the procedure of admission in M.Phil and PhD during the January 2017 session in IGNOU. Needless to say that this article would be extremely helpful for many persons aspiring to take admission in M.Phil and PhD.

I have gone through the present article and the advertisement. However, I feel that my purpose is not being served. I cleared my MBA with specialization in Human Resource Management with more than 72% marks and also cleared UGC-NET in Management for lectureship. I did not apply for UGC-NET for JRF because of age restriction (on higher side). Now my personal question is: How can I apply for PhD in Management? As far as I understand, I am not required to appear in the Entrance Examination as I have already qualified the UGC-NET. For such students, is it necessary to register online, because the registration process is for the Entrance Examination? I would be grateful if the author can elucidate the matter for prospective candidates under similar circumstances.

I again congratulate the author for this extremely useful article. It would be more useful for interested aspirants if he would give the link of the advertisement.

Author: NK SHARMA01 Oct 2016 Member Level: Gold   Points : 0

I have corrected the links and added the advertisement picture in the article. Readers can refer now the advertisement.

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