Eligibility Criteria


(i) A candidate seeking admission to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy must have obtained ME/MTech/MPhil/MCA/MSc/MA/MBA/CA or equivalent with minimum CGPA of 6.00 on a 10 point scale or 55% marks in aggregate where marks are awarded or NET (UGC/CSIR) qualified.

(ii) Candidates with BE/BTech degree or equivalent with excellent academic record (minimum CGPA of 9.00 on 10 point scale or 80% marks in aggregate) may be considered for admission.

Relaxation in CGPA to 7.00 on a 10-point scale or in marks to 65% for the minimum eligibility conditions may be permitted for candidates with a BE / BTech degree or equivalent who have a minimum of 3 years of professional and/or research experience in the area in which the admission is sought. However, candidates admitted with BE/BTech or equivalent qualification will be admitted for PhD after successful completion of eight Masters level courses as suggested by the PhD Admission Committee of concerned Department/School, within a period of two years from the date of admission. A minimum CGPA of 6.00 on a 10-point scale should be earned in the courses prescribed by the concerned Department/School.

(iii) Part-time studies leading to PhD degree are permitted for professionally employed personnel. Part-time studies leading to PhD shall also be permitted to persons working in Institutions with which a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed for research purposes. Such a candidate must be in employment at the time of admission and be engaged in professional work in the area to which admission is sought.

(iv) Admission of a PhD candidate in a department/ school other than his/her basic background: Suitability of a candidate is the purview of admission committee, if a candidate qualifies the test and interview then he/she should be allowed to pursue PhD Program. However, the admission committee may recommend additional courses for the candidate to clear.

(v) Candidates shall be admitted on the basis of merit of Entrance Test and Interview to be conducted by the University. The candidates who secure minimum of 20% marks in the written exam shall only be called for Interview. During interview, a candidate is required to indicate area of research.

Relaxation for appearing in the Entrance Test may be given by the University to those candidates who have qualified UGC/CSIR (JRF).

(VI) Every admitted candidate shall have to do course work for a minimum of one semester. The course work shall include at least three courses, namely, a course on research methodology (may include quantitative methods and computer Applications) or a course proposed by the Admission Committee (for those who have studied a similar course on Research Methodology at PG level), a professional course (if not offered by any Department/ School, its syllabus to be proposed by the allocated supervisor and approved by DoAA) and a seminar (Relevant in the area of research). Minimum credits for the course work shall be 11 including a seminar of 4 credits. The process of registration in the course work, examination, evaluation and grading shall be same as followed for UG/PG programmes.

Only those candidates who successfully complete the course work within one year of admission and with a minimum CGPA of 6.00 on 10.00 point scale shall be registered in the PhD programme.

Every candidate will be required to submit research proposal, duly recommended by the Supervisor(s), after successful completion of the course work ( December 31 shall be taken as date of completion of course work for odd semester and June 30 shall be taken as date of completion for even semester). The minimum time period to submit the research proposal shall be one semester from the date of admission and maximum time allowed to submit the research proposal shall be one year from the date of admission.

Research proposal will be submitted to the concerned Head of the Department/School. In case of non-submission of proposal within one year, DoRSP on the recommendations of the Supervisor and Head of the Department/School may grant an extension for a maximum period of six months.

If the candidate fails to submit the proposal even during the extended period her/his admission will be cancelled. In case the proposal is rejected by the URB, she may resubmit it within next six months starting the date of meeting of URB failing which her/his admission will be cancelled.


(a) Part-time candidates are required to submit the “No Objection Certificate” from their parent organization/department/employer stating that the candidate is permitted to pursue studies on a part-time basis and that the candidate‟s official duties permit her/him to devote sufficient time for course work and research.

(b) In case of FN candidates, Research VISA endorsed to TU is required.


TU offers PhD programme in almost all specializations of Engineering, Technology, Management and Sciences in the following Departments/Schools of the University (currently around 623 PhD candidates are working for their PhD degrees in the University

L M Thapar School of Management

International Business, Innovation Systems, Economics, Information Systems, Strategic Management, IPR, Supply chain management, Corporate Finance, Investment Management

Number of Seats available for first semester of session 2015-16:

Candidates are advised to browse www.thapar.edu for updated information about any further availability of seats for PhD.

DepartmentsNo. of SeatsSpecialization
LMT School of Management
  03 • Strategy, Sustainability & Society
• Behavioral Decision Science
• Quantitative Culture Studies
• Academic & Corporate Leadership

The policy of UGC guidelines regarding reservation of seats for SC/ST and PH candidates shall be followed.

The application form along with attested copies of certificates must be submitted to the „Incharge Admission Cell” on or before the specified dates for the odd semester and even semester. Incomplete application forms and those received after the prescribed date will not be entertained under any circumstances. No correspondence/enquiry from such candidates shall be entertained.

No separate intimation will be sent regarding conduct of exam, Interview and start of session. Application form must accompany:

(i) Attested copies of the certificates of the examinations passed.

(ii) One passport size photograph pasted on the application form in the space provided for the purpose.


The student shall submit his/her thesis to the Registrar within five years but not earlier than 2.5 years in case of regular and 3.5 years in case of part time student from the date of his/her admission.


(i) Eligibility

The associateship may be granted to candidates out of those admitted to the PhD (Regular) programme. Only those candidates will be considered who have obtained minimum CGPA of 6.75 (10.00 point scale) or first division in their qualifying examination. Teaching associateship is also available to full time Ph.D students admitted to engineering department having B.E/ B.Tech qualification under TEQIP (subject to availability of funds).

(ii) Number and Values of the Associateship

Teaching Associateship are allocated to each Department/School depending upon their requirement. The numbers of Teaching Associateship vary from time to time. Emoluments for the Teaching Associateship will be 13,000/- (including contingency) per month or as approved from time to time by the University. Suitable accommodation may be provided, if available in the University on rental basis.

(iii) Duration

The associateship will be tenable for one semester at the first instance from the date of selection, to be renewed after every semester as per requirement of the Deptt./School.

(iv) General Conditions

A scholar who has been selected for the award will be given 8-12 hours of teaching load per week.

A scholar who has been selected for associateship shall not be eligible for any other fellowship from the University or from any other source.

A scholar who has been selected for associateship shall be liable to pay tuition fee and other dues as prescribed by the University from time to time.


  • The duration of test shall be 1 ½ hours.
  • It will be offline mode.
  • Entrance exam will contain 75 questions.
  • The questions will be of MCQ type.
  • The total marks of the test will be 75.
  • There will be a negative marking for every wrong answer ¼ marks will be deducted.
  • The test will be taken in the concerned subject area
  • Cut off marks in the entrance test will be 20% (15% for SC/ST) of the total marks


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District Mohali- 140507
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