Centre for Economic and Social Studies Ph.D. Programs in Developmental Studies admissions 2023

Are you looking for admission into CESS? Centre for Economic and Social Studies (CESS) has announced admission into Ph.D. Program in Developmental Studies for the academic year 2023-24. Check out for more details like the admission procedure, eligibility criteria, important dates, selection process, contact details, etc.

About CESS

Centre for Economic and Social Studies (CESS), Hyderabad was established in the year 1980 as an autonomous research center and it was recognized as a national institute in the year 1986 by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. It is registered under the Act of 1976 and Section 6(1) (a) of the foreign contribution that enables for carrying out of research work by accepting contributions from external agencies.

Admissions 2023

Centre for Economic and Social Studies (CESS), Hyderabad in collaboration with Telangana University, Nizamabad has invited applications for admission into the regular PhD Programme in Development Studies for the academic year 2023-24. The Ph.D. Programs is offered in the following streams-
  • Economics
  • Sociology/ Social Work/ Anthropology
  • Development Statistics
  • Political Science or Public Administration
  • Commerce or Business Management

Duration of the Course and Intake of Seats

The Duration of the course will be five years in that one year for coursework and 4 years for completion of research or Thesis work after registration for Ph.D. The total intake of seats will be 12 Seats.

Fees Details

The Admission fee for Ph.D. programs will be Rs. 5,000/- for one time, the tuition fee will be Rs. 25,000/- per annum, Course work examination fee will be Rs. 500/- per paper, the registration fee and re-registration fee will be Rs. 5,000/- for one time and Thesis Adjudication fee will be Rs. 10,000/-.

Eligibility Criteria

You need to fulfill the following eligibility criteria for admission to the Ph.D. Program:
  • You must have passed a Post-Graduate Degree from any recognized university with a minimum of 55% of marks or equivalent grade in the concerned subject and in the case of SC/ ST/ Differently Abled categories, 50% of marks will be considered. or
  • You must have an M.Phil Degree from any recognized university in the concerned subject. or
  • You should have qualified in the National Level tests such as UGC-Faculty Development Programme, UGC-NET, State Level Eligibility Test (SLET), and Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship holder.

Selection Process

Selection is done based on the entrance test and the personal interview conducted and candidates who are having UGC JRF fellowship are exempted from the entrance test they have to attend the interview directly. The result will be based on the weightage in the entrance test and the interview i.e., 70% for the entrance test and 30% for the interview.

Entrance test details

The entrance test will be conducted either online or offline by the center for admission into Ph.D. Program. The qualifying marks for the entrance test will be 50% of the marks and a relaxation of 5% of marks will be considered in the case of candidates belonging to the SC/ST/PwD/OBC category. The duration of the test will be 2 hours and the total marks for the exam will be 70 marks. The question paper consists of two parts and each part carries 35 marks. They are as follows-
  • Part A consist of questions related to research methodology it is the same for all subjects.
  • Part B consists of questions related to the relevant discipline.

Application Procedure

You have to submit the online application for admission into Ph.D. Programs through the CESS website or you can send the downloaded and filled-in application form along with the required documents to the following address "The Dean, Division of Graduate Studies, Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Nizamiah Observatory Campus, Begumpet, Hyderabad-500016" on or before 9th July 2023. The application fee of Rs. 1000/- should be paid which is not refundable.

Documents required to be submitted

  • Age Proof certificate or any other relevant documents.
  • Master's Degree Certificate and Marks Card.
  • M.Phil Certificate if applicable.
  • UGC-NET-JRF Certificate.
  • Caste certificate in case of SC/ ST/ PwD candidates.
  • No objection certificate in case of working professionals.

Important dates to remember

  • Last date for submission of the online application: is 9th July 2023.
  • Date of online or offline entrance test: 27th July 2023.
  • Date of interview for shortlisted candidates: 17th August 2023.
  • Date of commencement of program: last week of August.

Contact Details

Centre for Economic and Social Studies
Nizamiah Observatory Campus,
Ph: 040-23416610, 23402789, 23416780.
Fax: 040-23406808
Email ID: post@cess.ac.in
Website: www.cess.ac.in


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