Online application IIM Kozhikode PhD admissions 2023

Are you seeking admission to a Doctoral Programme in Management (Ph.D.) at a prestigious institute in India? IIM Kozhikode in the Indian state of Kerala is inviting online applications from prospective candidates for its Ph.D. programs. Learn the details of the program, eligibility criteria, selection process, and the last date for applying.

About the institute

IIMK or the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode is one of the premier management colleges in India. Set up as the fifth IIM in the country in the year 1996, the institute ranks very high among the top IIMs in India. The business school is autonomous in nature and was set up as a joint collaboration between the Government of India and the State Government of Kerala. Located in Kozhikode (erstwhile Calicut), Kerala, the institute offers a full range of postgraduate and doctoral programmes in a number of management streams. Surrounded by hills, the main campus of IIM Kozhikode has a scenic and picturesque location. Built on 111 acres of land, the campus has boarding facilities for both students and faculty. There is also residential accommodation for visitors. Students numbering around 900, stay on the campus itself. The institute has a satellite campus in Kochi, which mostly focuses on executive education and offers a number of part-time as well as full-time management programmes for working executives.

Area of specializations for PhD

The following specializations are open for applications by prospective candidates.
  • Finance, Accounting & Control
  • Marketing Management
  • Economics
  • Organizational Behaviour & Human Resources
  • Information Systems
  • Humanities & Liberal Arts in Management
  • Quantitative Methods & Operations Management
  • Strategic management

Eligibility Criteria

The candidates should have one of the following qualifications.
  1. Any master's degree or a 2-year postgraduate diploma. Should have a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent CGPA.
  2. Professional qualifications like CA, CS or ICWA along with a bachelor's degree. Should have 60% or equivalent marks in bachelor's degree.
  3. B.Tech or a 4-year degree course with at least 6.5 CGPA or equivalent marks. For applying for the Marketing Management stream, the candidates should have at least 3 years of work experience in the relevant field.

Those who are in the final year of their studies may also apply, however, they need to complete their qualification by 30 June 2023 and submit the required certificates by December 2023.

Qualifying Exam

To apply for any of the doctoral programmes at IIM Kozhikode, the candidates should be in possession of a valid test score. Depending upon the stream chosen, some of the valid qualifying exams in this respect are CAT, GMAT, GATE, GRE, UGC-NET, UGC JRF, and UGC/CSIR JRF. However, candidates opting to appear for the IIMB Test, need not have a valid test score in any of the above exams. The minimum cut-off in the IIMB Test or any of the above test scores is the 60th percentile. For EWS and OBC-NCL candidates the cut-off percentile is 55 and for SC, ST and PWD candidates, 50 percentile.

There is relaxation for candidates who have undergone a 2-year full-time PGDM or an MBA programme from any of the IIMs or an Executive PGDM programme from IIM Kozhikode. The minimum CGPA in such cases should be 2.67/4.33 or it's equivalent 'B' grade.

For the IIMB Test, which is conducted by IIM Bangalore online, the candidates will have to opt for it during the filling of the application form, the timelines for which are given below.

Image courtesy - IIMK website


Selection for the PhD courses is based on the past academic performance of the applicants, the qualifying exam test score and the submission of a research proposal. Shortlisted candidates are then called for a personal interview.

About the Research Proposal

Submission of a research proposal is a must for admission to any of the doctoral programmes. The proposal should not exceed 2000 words. It should have a suitable title, justifications for undertaking the research, a research problem, relevant questions, research approaches to be undertaken, references and a review of relevant literature on the subject.

How to apply

The applications for the PhD programs are to be done online by visiting the IIM Kozhikode official website. One can apply for a maximum of two specializations. A fee of INR 1,000 is to be paid as an application fee. An additional fee of INR 1,000 is to be paid if opting to sit for the IIMB Test. The fee is to be paid online, the payment link for which is available in the application form. Along with the application form, the candidates will have to submit scanned copies of mark sheets, the qualifying exam scorecard, category certificates and the research proposal.

IIMK provides for the reservation of candidates from the SC/ST, EWS, PWD and OBC categories as per Government of India norms.

Application datelines

  • Online application opened on - 10 September 2022
  • Last date for submitting the online application - 23:59 hours of 15 January 2022

Prospects of the PhD programme

The above PhD programmes at IIM Kozhikode add up to the career prospects of the students immensely. Most of the students after graduating seek a career in academics and many others areas in businesses, industry, government establishments and research institutions.

Contact details

Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode
IIMK Campus P. O, Kozhikode, Kerala, India - 673 570

Phone: +91-495-2809100
Fax: +91-495-2803010-11
IIMK Website:

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