PhD in Economics


Minimum Eligibility

A minimum of 17 years of regular education (12 years of regular schooling + a 3-year Bachelor’s degree and a 2-year Master’s degree or 4-year Bachelor’s degree + a 1 year Master’s degree leading to to an MA/MSc degree in Economics or related specializations) from an institution recognized by the government of any of the SAARC countries, with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate or an equivalent grade.


Admission Procedure: will consist of 2 phases. The first phase consists of an Entrance Test and the minimum marks required to clear the Entrance Test will be 25 (out of 50). Those who are short-listed for the second phase will have to submit a written research proposal and face an interview. A minimum of 50% marks will have to be secured separately, in both the written test and the interview, in order to be eligible for admission. The final merit list will be prepared by totalling the marks obtained in both the phases.


Phase 1


Format of the PhD Entrance Test Paper

The duration of the Entrance Test is 3 hours The question paper for the Entrance Test will have two Sections. Section A will contain 30 multiple choice questions carrying 2 marks each and Section B will have long answer questions. Candidates will be required to answer all questions from Section A and 4 questions (out of 8) from Section B, each carrying 10 marks. Questions will be asked from areas covering Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Mathematical Methods, Statistical & Econometric Methods, and Development Economics.

Negative Marks for Wrong Answers

If the answer given to any of the Multiple Choice Questions is wrong, ¼ of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted.

Sample Paper:PhD Economics Entrance Test Paper for the year 2017


Phase 2


Research Proposal: Students who clear the screening test will be asked to submit a short research proposal of not more than 1500 words clearly indicating a research problem along with the methodology they propose to employ. In this respect, candidates are advised to refer to the research interests of individual faculty members to identify the broad research expertise available in the faculty.

Interview: The interview will focus on the candidate’s comprehensive understanding of Economics including his/her ability to elaborate on the research proposal.


50% of the seats are reserved for candidates from India and the other 50% for candidates from SAARC countries other than India, taken together, subject to availability. Separate merit lists will be prepared, one for candidates from India and the other for the SAARC countries combined (except India).


Candidates should note that the final selection will be based on the compatibility of their proposal with the research interests of the faculty members.


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