PhD in Economics


Minimum Eligibility

A minimum of 17 years of education (12 years of schooling + a 3-year Bachelors degree and a 2-year Master’s degree or 4-year Bachelors degree + a 1 year Masters degree leading to an MA/M.Sc. 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 the aggregate or an equivalent grade.


Admission Procedure : will be in 2 phases. The first phase consists of an Entrance Test and candidates will be shortlisted for the second phase on the basis of their performance in the Entrance Test. Those shortlisted 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 totaling the marks obtained in both the phases.


Phase 1


Format of the PhD Entrance Test Paper

The duration of the Entrance Test is 2 hours and it will contain 40 multiple choice questions. Questions will cover the areas of 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 Questions for Entrance Test 2022



Phase 2


Research Proposal: Shortlisted candidates on the basis of their performance in the Entrance 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 from the rest of the SAARC countries combined (except India).



Given the current faculty strength and their availability, the Faculty of Economics is specifically open to PhD supervision in the following areas of research:

1) Competition policy and issues of big data
2) Entrepreneurship in developing countries
3) Efficiency of financial institutions
4) Governance issues in banking and insurance 
5) Interstate variations and convergence in manufacturing productivity
6) Covid 19 management efficiency across states/nations
7) CO2 emissions and measurement of performance of energy sector
8) Quantitative topics on air pollution, climate change and global warming
9) Impact of teaching philosophy on early childhood outcomes


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