How to apply for Admission to PhD in Osmania University

Osmania University is one of the oldest universities in India and has established a good name in the educational field. The University offers UG, PG and PhD courses in various streams. The admission procedure for undergoing PhD in this University is described here.


Established in 1918, Osmania University is one of the oldest universities in India and based at Hyderabad in Telangana. The university is having the Faculties of Arts, Commerce, Management, Education, Law, Social Sciences, Oriental Languages, Science, Technology, Pharmacy, Engineering, Informatics etc. The university is ranked among the top 10 universities in the country for six consecutive years from 2010 onwards by India Today - Nielson survey based on performance radars. It has also achieved the status of a 'University with Potential for Excellence' during IX Plan. The university is accredited by NAAC with 'A + 'grade. This is one of the oldest universities in India having UGC recognition. The University offers Undergraduate, Post Graduate, M.Phil and PhD programmes in all the above streams mentioned above. The university is also offering PG Diploma course in some subjects. The details regarding the other courses can be seen at the page on Osmania university. In this article, the procedure for admission to PhD courses is discussed in detail. Every year the university will be releasing the admission notification through its website and press also and the students can apply as per the details mentioned in the advertisement.

Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility for admission is as follows.
  • The candidates should have a Post Graduate Degree from a recognized University. The degree may be the regular mode or distance education. The candidates securing not less than 55% marks or equivalent CGPA in the Post Graduate Degree (not less than 50% marks or equivalent CGPA in the case of SC/ST/PH candidates) are eligible for applying for this program.

  • In addition to the above the candidate should have minimum one of the following.
    A. The Candidate should have appeared in PhD eligibility test in the concerned subject.
    B. The candidate should have a fellowship from UGC / CSIR / ICAR / ICMR/ DBT or by a national level organization (such as DST-INSPIRE fellowship.
    C. The candidate should have qualified in the UGC-NET/ CSIR-NET/ SET-TS/AP /JEST /GATE/ GPAT Examination.
    D. The candidate should have obtained M.Phil. degree through regular mode in the concerned subject or PhD in an allied subject approved by O.U.

  • The PhD admission will be subject to availability of vacancies with the Research Supervisors in the concerned department.

  • A foreign student who completed his/her P.G. course in a foreign Country or in an Indian university can also apply for admission to the PhD Programme of O.U. The PhD Admission Committee of the concerned faculty will decide such candidate's eligibility based on the course content of the candidate in their P.G. Degree. Such candidates should submit a filled-in application form to the Dean of the concerned Faculty. A comprehensive research proposal is to be submitted with the application

PhD eligibility test

The University will be conducting this test once a year and will be announced by the university based on the availability of seats. This test will be of objective type with multiple choices. The maximum marks for the test is 100. The syllabus will be that of PG course of the university as approved by the Board of Studies of that particular faculty. The qualifying mark is 40. However, it will be 35 for BCs and 30 for SC/STs. The test score is valid for the year in which the examination is conducted. You are not eligible to join this year based on last year's test. Even though you qualified last year and did not join, you can't join this year with last year's result.

Admission procedure

The various steps involved in the process are as follows
  • The interested candidates are required to apply for admission in the prescribed application form with requisite fee to the Dean of the faculty.

  • The application form and other details can be seen on the website
  • The Department Research committee will go through all the applications and make a list of all eligible candidates and they will be called for an interview.

  • The interview will be conducted by the PhD admission committee constituted by the Dean.

  • The students appearing for the interview should come with a comprehensive Research Proposal

  • The interview will be conducted based on the proposal submitted by the candidate.

  • The merit calculation will be as follows.
    1. PG Level (10 marks)
    70% and above: 10 marks,
    60% and up to less than 70%: 08 marks
    50% and up to less than 60%: 06 marks

    2. Scholastic Competitiveness (25 Marks)
    UGC-NET/ CSIR-NET: 25 marks
    SET-TS/AP / JEST/ GATE/ GPAT: 22 marks
    M.Phil./ Ph.D. in an allied subject/ OU Ph.D. Eligibility Test: 20 marks

    3. Research Exposure: One mark per year of experience in sponsored research will
    be given for the candidate working on the project. One mark for each paper
    published in journals or for papers presented in National/international

    4. Research proposal & Interview Performance: A maximum of 10 marks

  • Based on the performances, they will be selecting the candidates and allot a Research director based on the area of specialisation and availability of the seats under that particular Research Guide

  • The dean will inform the Guide and the Guide has to give his consent in writing.

Contact Information

The following are the contact details.
Phone: +91-40-27682284
Administrative Building
Osmania University Campus
Hyderabad-500007, Telangana State, India.


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