With the admissions to MPhil and PhD courses in Delhi University having begun, here’s an easy guide to help you navigate through the procedure.


The Delhi University has begun the admission procedure for students seeking admission in its MPhil and PhD courses. In a nutshell, the admission procedure for MPhil/PhD programmes is a three-step process comprising online registration followed by an entrance exam and then an interview.

Online Registration

All aspirants seeking admission to the MPhil/PhD programme are to register through the online admission portal of the University, which will remain open till 17 June 2019. This is a common web portal for centralized registration of applicants.

By clicking on the ‘New User Registration’ button, the applicants can open the ‘Login Details’ wherein they need to furnish their personal details. Following this, applicants need to confirm their registration by clicking on the link sent to their registered email ID. The applicants need to re-login to the portal and submit the following documents:

  • Passport size photograph
  • Scanned signature
  • Identity proof, which includes Aadhaar Card, Voter’s ID, PAN Card, Passport, Driving License, Ration Card

After furnishing all the necessary documents, the applicant can proceed to pay the application fee through net banking, credit card, debit card or UPI. The application fee for ‘Categories under Reservation’ is Rs 300 per course and for ‘UR (unreserved) and OBC’ is Rs 700 per course. The same amounts also respectively apply to these categories as registration fee for the written exam.

Following this, the applicants must choose the MPhil or PhD programme for which they wish to apply. The applicant can then proceed with the application by clicking ‘Apply’ and move on to provide educational details. PhD aspirants with approved scholarships/fellowships shall also provide details of the financial support to pursue the course.

The applicants also have to submit their ‘Research Proposal’, in case the course to which admission is being sought requires it. In this, the applicants need to provide the following details:

  • Proposed theme and scope of research
  • Major writings in the field in which the MPhil/PhD is being sought. Any original contributions in the field of proposed research should also be mentioned.
  • Primary sources/field work, methodology, hypothesis/research, questions and issues in the proposed field of interest, in about 2500 words
  • Any past research experience or publications
  • Additional information

The applicants may write “Not applicable” in the above fields even if the ‘Research Proposal’ is not mandatory for their chosen programme as it is not possible to proceed further if the above fields are left blank. Alternatively, the applicants may still provide these details even if they are not mandatory for their programme.

After providing the complete details, the applicants can proceed to making the fee payment by clicking ‘Pay Fee’.

A separate registration form for each programme is needed if a candidate wishes to apply to more than one programme, irrespective of whether they are in the same or different departments. The same login details would apply to all forms. However, each form requires a separate payment.

Entrance Exam

The University has provided for 18 exam centres in cities across the country, which can be selected by the applicant while filling the form. These include Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi NCR, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jammu, Kolkata, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna, Ranchi, Trivandrum and Varanasi.

There shall be a two hour common exam for both MPhil and PhD programmes. A candidate can apply to both programmes offered by the departments by selecting the courses in their form. The syllabi for the exam of each course is the corresponding Master’s syllabus of Delhi University or as given on the department’s website.

The candidates are required to bring with them their admit card, a passport size photograph, any one of the Identity Proofs issued by the Government of India, Persons with Disability (PwD) certificate if the candidate is claiming relaxation under PwD category.

The University website will also make available the information for the display of the ‘Answer Key’ of the questions to give the students an opportunity to challenge the Key.

A 50 percent score in the exam is required to be shortlisted for the interview. The syllabus for the exam contains 50 percent questions on research aptitude/methodology and the rest subject-specific questions.


Candidates shortlisted after the exam would be called for the interview, the list for which shall be made available on the admission portal. In cases of departments that require the ‘Research Proposal’, the candidate is to bring a copy of the Proposal at the time of the interview.

Certain departments may opt for a different mode of evaluation than the interview; some departments may take a second test prior to the interview.

Announcement of Results

The results of the entrance exam and the interview shall be made available on the University website; information regarding the subsequent lists of selected candidates shall be notified on the admission portal. The selected candidates can then contact the department to furnish the necessary documents and secure their admission in the programme of their choosing.


A common eligibility criterion for all MPhil and PhD courses is a that the applicant must have a Master’s degree or a professional degree, such as MTech, LLM, MD or MS degree, in the same subject or subjects allied to the department to which admission is being desired, with a minimum aggregate of 55 percent marks, or an equivalent degree obtained from a foreign educational institution.

The eligibility criterion provides for a 5 percent relaxation in the minimum marks required for admission in cases of candidates belonging to the reserved categories.

Other Information

Candidates belonging to reserved categories, who figure in the merit list of unreserved candidates, are entitled to be considered for admission under the unreserved category.

Whether the ‘Research Proposal’ is required or not for the MPhil and PhD programmes can be viewed respectively in the Annexure IV and Annexure V attached in the ‘Bulletin of Information’, which can be accessed from the www.du.ac.in.

Annexure VI and Annexure VII of the Bulletin respectively mention the specific eligibility criteria for the MPhil and PhD programmes of different departments. Annexure IX provides information about the major areas of research in various departments.

Annexure XI gives a list of candidates who can appear directly for the interview, bypassing the entrance exam, if they fulfil certain qualifications and meet the minimum eligibility criteria.

All other information can be accessed through the University website.


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Prateek Pankaj
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