Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) Ph.D. admissions 2021-22

Are you looking for admission to Ph.D. programs from IGNOU? Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is inviting applications for the Ph.D. programs for the academic Session 2021-22. Admission will be based on an entrance examination that will be conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA). Eligible candidates can check out all the details in this article.

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi has released an official notification for admission to Ph.D. programme in various disciplines. The last date of submission of the application form is again extended. Eligible candidates can still apply for the Ph.D. courses of IGNOU and register themselves on the website of IGNOU.

Highlights of IGNOU Ph.D. Programme

Ph.D. program duration is three years which can be completed in a maximum of five years duration. There is no minimum and maximum age limit for admission to the Ph.D. program of IGNOU. IGNOU offers several specializations in Ph.D. programmes Such as Biochemistry, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Gender Development Studies, French, Journalism, Life Sciences, Mass Communication, Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Vocational Studies, Women Studies etc. Students who wish to apply for the Ph.D. programs offered by IGNOU must fulfil the eligibility criteria i.e. a Master's degree or M.Phil degree from a recognized university/institute approved by UGC and must have secured at least 55% marks (for general category candidates). However, the candidates who belong to the reserved category need to have 50% marks in Master or M.Phil Degree.

Department wise number of seats and eligibility requirements

School of Social Science
  • Ph.D. Anthropology (PHDAN)
    Number of Seats: 05 (GEN-04, OBC-01)
    Eligibility Criteria: Post-Graduation in Anthropology and Allied disciplines
  • Ph.D. Political Science (PHDPS)
    Number of Seats:12 (GEN–07, SC-01, OBC–03, EWS –01)
    Eligibility Criteria: Master's Degree and/or M.Phil. Degree in Political Science or allied disciplines

School of Sciences (SOS)
  • Ph.D. Chemistry (PHDCHEM)
    Number of Seats: 06 (GEN–05, OBC–01)
    Eligibility Criteria: M.Sc. Chemistry from any recognized University/other qualification recognized as equivalent thereto in such fields of study as are notified for the purpose from time to time by the University.
  • Ph.D. Geology (PHDGY)
    Number of Seats: 06 (GEN-05, OBC-01)
    Eligibility Criteria: Post-Graduation in Geology or Geological Science or Applied Geology or Geo-Exploration or Mineral Exploration or Engineering Geology or Marine Geology or Earth Science and Resource Management or Petroleum Geosciences or Petroleum Exploration or Geochemistry or Geophysics or Hydrogeology or Geomatics or Geoinformatics or Remote Sensing and GIS from any recognized University.
  • Ph.D. Life Sciences (PHDLS)
    Number of Seats: 04 (GEN-03, OBC- 01)
    Eligibility Criteria: M.Phil. degree or Post Graduate degree in a relevant area of the discipline of Life Sciences or an equivalent grade from a university or a recognized institution of higher learning.
  • Ph.D. Mathematics (PHDMT)
    Number of Seats: 04 (GEN-03, OBC- 01)
    Eligibility Criteria: Master's Degree in Mathematics from a recognized University

School of Management Studies (SOMS)
  • Ph.D. Commerce (PHDCOM)
    Number of Seats: 08 (GEN - 05 SC- 01, OBC- 02)
    Eligibility Criteria: Masters Degree in Commerce or any other allied discipline from any recognized University/Institute of higher learning Candidates having qualified CA / CS/ ICWA qualifications are also eligible to apply.
  • Ph.D. Management (PHDMGMT)
    Number of Seats: 09 (GEN – 06, SC- 01, OBC – 02)
    Eligibility Criteria: Master's Degree and/or M. Phil. Degree in Management Studies or allied disciplines. Candidates having qualified CA /CS/ ICWA qualifications are eligible.

School of Education (SOE)
  • Ph.D. Education (PHDES)
    Number of Seats: 10 (GEN–06, SC - 01, OBC – 02, EWS- 01)
    Eligibility Criteria: MA(Education) or M.Ed.

School of Gender & Development Studies (SOGDS)
  • Ph.D. Women's Studies (PHDWS)
    Number of Seats: 09 (GEN–06, SC- 01, OBC – 02)
    Eligibility Criteria: Master's degree in Women's Studies or Gender Studies with55% OR Master's degree in other streams with one or two courses in the area of Women's Studies or Gender Studies and/or with demonstrable evidence of teaching and/or research and publications in the area of Women's Studies or Gender Studies.

School of Inter-Disciplinary and Trans. Disciplinary Studies (SOITS)
  • Ph.D. Interdisciplinary and Trans-disciplinary Studies (PHDITS)
    Number of Seats: 09 (GEN–06, SC- 01, OBC – 02)
    Eligibility Criteria: Master's Degree from a University recognized by UGC.
  • Ph.D. Environmental Science (PHDEV)
    Number of Seats: 16 ( GEN–08, SC-02, ST-01, OBC – 04, EWS – 01)
    Eligibility Criteria: M.Sc. Environmental Science and allied sciences & technology

School of Tourism and Hospitality Service Management (SOTHSM)
  • Ph.D. Tourism Studies (PHDTS)
    Number of Seats: 10 (GEN–06, SC-01, OBC–02, EWS –01)
    Eligibility Criteria: Masters degree in Tourism/Hospitality or any relevant degree

School of Computer & Information Science (SOCIS)
  • Ph.D. Computer Science (PHDCS)
    Number of Seats: 05 (GEN–04, OBC–01)
    Eligibility Criteria: Possesses BE/B.Tech in Computer Science / IT or Master of Computer Applications (MCA) or M.Sc. in Computer Science / IT with at least55% marks [50% marks in the case of SC, ST, OBC (Non-creamy Layer) and Differently Abled and other categories of candidates as per the decision of UGC from time to time, or for those who had obtained their Master's Degree before 19th September 1991] excluding grace mark.

School of Law (SOL)
  • Ph.D. in Law (PHDLE)
    Number of Seats: 07 (GEN–05, SC-01, OBC–01)
    Eligibility Criteria: Master's Degree in Law from a University recognized by UGC or any other qualification recognized as equivalent thereto in the field of law as notified for the purpose from time to time by the University.

School of Health Sciences (SOHS)
  • Ph.D. Nursing (PHDNS)
    Number of Seats: 04 (GEN–03, OBC – 01)
    Eligibility Criteria: Master's Degree and/or M.Phil. Degree in Nursing.

School of Translation Studies (SOTST)
  • Ph.D. Translation Studies (PHDTT)
    Number of Seats: 08 (GEN-05, SC-01, OBC- 02)
    Eligibility Criteria: Post- Graduate Degree in Translation Studies or allied Subjects viz., Literature, Linguistics

School of Vocational Education and Training (SOVET)
  • Ph.D. Vocational Education and Training (PHDVE)
    Number of Seats: 10 (GEN–06, SC-01, OBC–02, EWS - 01)
    Eligibility Criteria: Master's Degree in Economics, Commerce, Management, Education, Agriculture Extension or Extension Education, Environmental Sciences.

School of Humanities (SOH)
  • Ph.D. English (PHDENG)
    Number of Seats: 30(GEN–14, SC-04, ST-02, OBC-08, EWS-02)
    Eligibility Criteria: M.A / M Phil Degree in English
  • Ph.D. Sanskrit (PHDSK)
    Number of Seats: 32 (GEN–15, SC-04, ST-02, OBC–08, EWS–03)
    Eligibility Criteria: Master's degree in Sanskrit or Acharya or M.Phil. Degree in Sanskrit Medium: Hindi
  • Ph.D. Hindi (PHDHIN)
    Number of Seats: 08 (GEN–05, SC-01, OBC–02)
    Eligibility Criteria: Master's Degree and/or M.Phil. Degree in Hindi Language and Literature.
  • Ph.D. Urdu
    Number of Seats: 16 (GEN–08, SC-02, ST-01, OBC–04, EWS–01)
    Eligibility Criteria: Master's Degree in Urdu

School of Continuing Education (SOCE)
  • Ph.D. in Child Development (PHDCD)
    Number of Seats: 04 (GEN–03, OBC–01)
    Eligibility Criteria: M.Sc. Home Science (with specialization in Child Development / Human Development / Human Development and Childhood Studies / Human Development and Family Studies)/M.Sc. Home Science (General / Composite)/MA or M.Sc. Early Childhood Development/MA Education (with specialization in Early childhood Care and Education)/M.Ed. in Special Education in any disability area/ M.Sc. in Counseling and Family Therapy.

IGNOU Ph.D. Fee Structure

Depending upon the course and research area in various disciplines of the Ph.D. program, the course fee is different. However, the course fee is fairly affordable. Students can check the course fee on the official website of the IGNOU.

How to Apply for IGNOU Ph.D. Entrance Exam

Admission to Ph.D. program will be made through the Entrance Exam conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). The entrance exam will be conducted in an online mode. To appear in the entrance examination, the candidates must register themselves online following IGNOU Ph.D. Entrance admission process. For this, they must visit the official website of IGNOU. The candidates fulfilling the eligibility criteria may register themselves for the entrance exam. After login, they must choose the relevant application form for the selected course and course ID and fill the application form online and provide correct details. Relevant documents must be uploaded along with the application form fee. The candidate must note that the correction window to make changes in the already filled application form will be open for a limited period. In this period, they can check their submitted form and can make corrections. However, no second chance to modify the mistakes will be given for correction hence extra care needs to be taken while submitting the application form.

Application Fee

An application fee is to be paid by the candidate. Fee details are as follows:
  • For the general category candidates: Rs.1000/-
  • For reserved category (SC/ST/PwD/Third Gender) candidates: Rs. 800/-

Selection Procedure

IGNOU offers admission to the Ph.D. program based on the percentage of post-graduation courses along with an entrance test and interview. Students need to appear in the entrance test followed by an interview. The candidate must clear the entrance exam to confirm his/her seat in the Ph.D. program. The entrance examination will be online and the duration will be 3 hours. It will be held from 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM. The question paper will be of a total of 400 marks and the language of the question paper will be Hindi/English. Once the registration for the entrance examination will be completed, the admit cards will be uploaded to the university website and can be downloaded from there. For shortlisting of the candidates, a merit list of the successful candidates in the entrance examination will be prepared. Only selected students will be called for the interview round conducted by the university.

Key Dates

Commencement of registration: December 5, 2021
Closing date registration window: January 14, 2022
Last date for application fee payment: January 15, 2022 (11:50 PM)
Application form correction window: January 16 to January 18 (11:50 PM)
IGNOU Ph. D. Entrance Exam Date: To be announced

Contact Details

Indira Gandhi National Open University
93, Maidan Garhi Rd,
Maidan Garhi,
New Delhi, Delhi 110068
Phone: 011 2957 2513
NTA Help Desk at 011 4075 9000

Official Notification:
Last Date Extention notification:

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