Indian Institute of Management Bangalore admissions 2020 to Ph.D. Program

Are you looking for admissions in IIMB? Indian Institute of Management Bangalore has announced admissions 2020 to the Ph.D. program. Check this article for details like eligibility criteria, selection procedure, the application process, important dates, etc.

About IIMB

Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) is an institute of National Importance and it is one of the leading graduate school of management in Asia. It offers various programs such as Master of Business Administration (MBA), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Master of Management Studies, Post Graduate Programmes, Executive Post Graduate Programmes, etc.

Admissions 2020

Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) has announced admissions to the 5-year full-time Ph.D. program in areas of specializations mentioned below. This doctoral program aimed to train the candidates to excel in the area of research they have chosen and to produce publication-quality work that of international standards.

Areas of Specializations
Candidates can specialize in any one of the following 10 areas:

  1. Decision Sciences
  2. Strategy
  3. Production and Operations Management
  4. Entrepreneurship
  5. Economics and Social Sciences
  6. Finance and Accounting
  7. Marketing
  8. Public Policy
  9. Information Systems
  10. Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management


The categories and the extent of reservation for admission to Ph.D. program 2020 in IIMB is as follows:

  • Scheduled Caste (SC): 15%
  • Scheduled Tribe (ST): 7.5%
  • Other Backward Classes candidates belonging to Non-Creamy layer (NC-OBC): 27%
  • Economically Weaker Sections (EWS): 10%
  • Persons with Disabilities (PWD): 5%

Eligibility criteria

Candidates should have to fulfill the following eligibility criteria to apply for the Ph.D. program in IIMB:

A Bachelor's degree (10+2+3 pattern) followed by a Master's Degree or a 5-year Integrated Master degree in any discipline obtained after completing higher secondary schooling, with at least 55% marks in the Bachelor's and Master's degrees.
A professional qualification such as CA, CA, ICWA with minimum 50% marks.
A four year Bachelor's degree (10+2+4 pattern) with at least 6.5 CGPA or equivalent marks.

Five percentage of marks relaxation will be given for candidates from SC, ST, and PwD categories. Final year candidates of the qualifying programs can also apply.

Test Scores

Candidates must submit a valid test score from any one of the acceptable tests mentioned for the area of specialization they are applying to, as mentioned below. Except for the candidates who are opting for IIMB Test, all other candidates need to provide the test score while submitting the application, which is valid as on 13th January 2020. Candidates opting for IIMB Test have to choose this option in the application. This IIMB test will be conducted by IIMB at Bangalore and New Delhi on 2nd February 2020.

  • Decision Sciences, Information Systems, Production & Operations Management, Public Policy: GMAT/ GRE/ CAT/ GATE/ JRF (NET)/ IIMB test
  • Economics & Social Sciences, Entrepreneurship, Marketing: GMAT/ GRE/ CAT/ GATE/ IIMB Test
  • Finance & Accounting, Organizational Behavior & HRM: GMAT/ GRE/ CAT/ GATE/ JRF (NET)
  • Strategy: GMAT/ GRE/ CAT/ IIMB Test

Selection procedure

Candidates will be shortlisted based on the information they have provided and on the recommendation of the respective areas. These shortlisted candidates will be called to Bangalore for an area-specific written test or an Interview. Candidates will be admitted to the program based on their performance in GMAT, GRE, CAT, GATE, JRF (NET) or IIMB Test, past academic performance , work experience, area-specific test and/ or interview etc. Selected candidates have to attend a preparatory course which may be scheduled from late May through mid June 2020.

Application process

Interested and eligible candidates are requested to apply online at the official website from 12th September 2019. The last date to submit the application is 13th January 2020 till 5 pm. Candidates can apply to a maximum of 2 areas of specializations. Candidates need to pay the application fee mentioned below online itself.

  • GMAT/ GRE/ CAT/ GATE/ JRF (NET): Rs. 1000/- (for one areas), Rs. 1500/- (for 2 areas)
  • IIMB Test fee: Rs. 2000/- (for 1 area), Rs. 2500/- (for 2 areas)

Important dates to remember

  • Starting date to apply: 12th September 2019
  • Last date to apply: 13th January 2020 till 5 pm
  • Date of IIMB test: 2nd February 2020
  • Date of Interview: 26th, 27th, 28th March 2020
  • Date of program registration: 8th June 2020

Contact details

Address: Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
Bannerghatta Road,Bangalore,Karnataka
Phone Number: 080 26993013
Email id:

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Author: Umesh29 Oct 2019 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 4

A nice article on admissions for PhD in IIMB. The eligible candidates having inclination and interest for research can definitely apply for this coveted highest degree in management.

The candidates who have an ambition for working in the higher levels in the business environment and the related companies can aspire for this doctoral course. There are certain positions where they can apply for appointment after completing this research project. Some of the areas or positions where there is a demand for these highly qualified professionals are - Management consulting, Business policy analysts, Professors in business institutes, Organisational revamping or change managers, Business process re-engineering and restructuring, Board level positions in bigger companies, Business development etc. So, there are immense opportunities at such higher levels and the outstanding candidates can choose their job in the industry.

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