Applications open for IGNOU, Delhi PhD admissions entrance exam 2020

Are you interested to join PhD? Indira Gandhi National Open University, Delhi is inviting applications for the PhD programme in selected disciplines for the July 2020 session. Interested candidates can apply for the same. To know the programme details, eligibility criteria, subjects, application procedure and submission deadlines read the complete article.


Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), located at Maidan Garhi, New Delhi, was established in 1985. It was named after Indira Gandhi, the former Prime Minister of India. It is a Central University which is supported by the Central Government of India. The university was started with a budget of Rs.20 million and only two academic programs were begun. As on date, IGNOU is running about 228 certificate course, diploma courses, degree and doctoral programs. The main motive of the University is to provide education and knowledge to the students by distance education to all parts of the country.

PhD admissions 2020

IGNOU has released an official notification for admission to the PhD programmes in selected disciplines for the upcoming July session. Selection will be based on the entrance exam.

Disciplines Covered

Following disciplines are included under the PhD admission programme 2020 by IGNOU. Applicants can apply according to their subjects.

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must ensure their eligibility before applying for IGNOU PhD admission and filling the application form. The eligibility criteria for admission to PhD is given here as under:
  • Candidates must have a master degree in relevant discipline from a recognized university with a minimum of 55% marks.
  • A relaxation of 5% marks will be given to SC/ ST / OBC(NCL)/ Differently-abled candidates.

PhD admission process

There will be a two-stage admission process for PhD at IGNOU Delhi. Details of which are given below:

Stage 1 – Entrance Test: It is the first stage. Candidates will have to apply and fill the online application form to appear in the entrance exam. Candidates will have to qualify the exam with minimum qualifying marks. To qualify the exam candidates have to secure minimum 50% marks.

Stage 2 – Interview/ Presentation: Only qualified candidates will be called for interview/ presentation. After this round admission offer letters will be sent to successful candidates only.

How to apply

Admission seekers are required to apply and fill the application form online. Candidates must visit the official website of National Testing Agency (NTA).
The online application will have to be filled in by the following steps:
Step 1: First of all, applicants needs to be log on to the official website i.e.
Step 2: Then, applicants will have to be get registered themselves via the new registration process.
Step 3: After completion of the registration process, user ID and one-time password will be sent to the registered email ID or mobile number of the user.
Step 4: Now, candidates must log in to the website with this user ID and password.
Step 5: Then, the candidates will have to enter all the required details like personal details, address, qualification etc. Thereafter scanned photograph ( size- 10-200 KB) and signature (size-4-30 KB) in JPG/JPEG format must be uploaded.
Step 6: Now candidates are required to pay an application fee to complete the application process.
Step 7: After the completion of the application process, candidates can download and print the online application form for further use.

Application Fee

An application fee is to be submitted while applying online.
For general category or OBC category candidates application fee is Rs.1000/-.
For SC/ ST or EWS category candidates application fee is Rs.800/-.
Mode of Payment: Payment is to be done via Debit card/ credit card or net banking.
Note: The application fee is non-refundable.

Important Dates

  • Start of online application submission: 28th February 2020
  • Last date for online application submission: 23rd March 2020
  • Downloading of Admit Cards: 09th April 2020 onwards
  • Date of Entrance Exam: 29th April 2020
  • Date of Declaration of Entrance Exam Result: 8th May 2020
  • Date of Interview: To be announced later

IGNOU PhD 2020 Admit Card

Admit card for the PhD admission entrance exam will be issued by NTA to the candidates who have successfully submitted their application form within the stipulated timeline. After issuance of Admit cards candidates can download and print hall tickets.
Note: Candidates must bring and produce valid government photo ID proof in original along with the printed admit card.

Syllabus of IGNOU PhD Admission 2020

Candidates who wish to appear for the IGNOU PhD entrance exam 2020 must know the syllabus. Syllabus for each discipline can be downloaded from the official website of NTA-IGNOU.

Contact details

In case of any query related to PhD admission, candidates may contact
  • Email:
    Phone: 011-29571984/85/98/86
    Working hours: From 10.00 AM to 5.30 PM
    Working days: Monday to Friday (excluding Gazette holidays)


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