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Rabindra Bharati University PhD Admission 2018 – dates, application

RBU PhD Admission Notice 2018 Notification

Rabindra Bharati University PhD Admission 2018 - Rabindra Bharati University (RBU) - The University invites online applications for admission to Ph.D. Programs in the subjects under the Faculty of Art, Fine Arts and Visual Arts in the session 2018-19 as per University Grants Commission


Important Dates

Online application will be available in the website from: 2nd week to 4th week of September 2018
Publication of provisional eligibility list of candidates selected for written entrance test and NET/ Candidates exempted from written Entrance test on the University website: 2nd week of October 2018
Downloading of Admit Cards: 3rd week of October 2018
Date of Written Entrance Test: 4th week of October 2018
Commencement of PhD Course Work Classes: December 2018


Course offered and No. of seats
Faculty of Arts

  • Bengali (18), English (7), Sanskrit (5), Philosophy (2); Political Science (10), History (2), Education-(3), Economics (3), Library and Information Science (3)

Faculty of Fine Arts

  • Drama (2), Rabindra Sangeet 94), Vocal Music (1), Instrumental Music(4)

Faculty of Visual Arts

  • Painting (2), Graphics (Printmaking) (2), Sculpture (2), History of Art (2)


Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates having Master’s degree with 55% marks (50% for SC/ST) or its equivalent grade from any UGC recognized University in India or an equivalent degree of a recognized foreign University preceded by graduation with Honours or its equivalent degree in the concerned or allied subject are eligible to apply for admission to the PhD Program of study in his/her disciplinary subject of study or in a subject of allied discipline or in an interdisciplinary subject


Selection Procedure

  • The candidates will have to appear for a written entrance test, and if qualified, have to appear for an interview to be conducted by the Department or School or Centre concerned
  • However, the students who have qualified/cleared in the M.Phil, NET/SET/GATE/UGC (JRF)/CSIR (JRF) or Teacher Fellowship Holder will be exempted from appearing in the written entrance test to be conducted by the University
  • Such candidates will have to appear in the interview

Entrance Test Pattern

  • Written entrance test and interview will be taken for selection of eligible candidates for admission to Ph.D Programs
    • Written entrance test will be of 100 marks
    • Total duration of the test will be 3 (three hours)
    • Written entrance test will have two halves of 50 marks each
  • First half will be common to all candidates belonging to Faculty of Arts and Visual Arts
  • Similarly candidates belonging to the Faculty of Fine Arts will have first half common for all candidates
  • This half will include Comprehension Test, Qualitative/Quantitative/Reasoning Aptitude etc. This half will be known as Common Research Aptitude Test
  • Second half will be subject oriented
  • It will include Objective Type Questions (10 marks), Short Answer Type Questions (20 marks) and Essay writing on given topic or areas of interest of the candidate etc (within 300 words) (20 marks)
  • In order to qualify for the Interview, each candidate will be required to score at least 50% (45% for SC/ST candidates) marks (marks of 1st half and 2nd half taken together) out of 100 marks


  • Each and every qualified candidate in written entrance test and the candidates who have qualified/cleared in the M.Phil, NET/SET/GATE/UGC (JRF)/CSIR (JRF) or Teacher Fellowship Holder will be required to appear in Interview of 50 marks. The Interview will be conducted by the Department concerned
  • Merit list of the candidates will be prepared only on the basis of the marks obtained in Interview

Reservation of Seats

  • Reservation of seats for the reserved categories of ST/SC/OBC/PWD will be as per the West Bengal Higher Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Rules, 2013


Application Process

  • Candidates can apply online on the website www.rbu.ac.in. The applicants are advised to follow the instructions while filling up the Application Forms online
  • In order to apply online, applicants have to register themselves first. Applicants must provide valid email id & mobile number else the registration process will not be completed. After registration, the password will be sent to the registered e-mail id and mobile number
  • After successful login, applicant will be required to select course(s) he / she may wish to apply and check the eligiblity first. Once found eligible he / she can fill up rest of the Admission Form.
  • The applications, once applied by the Applicant cannot be cancelled or altered and the amount paid for the same by the Applicant is not refundable

 Payment Mode

  • Step.1: The Applicant will be asked to click on the Payment Button. Once it is clicked on the Payment Button, the applicant will be redirected to the Payment Gateway for payment of requisite Application Processing Fees.
  • Step.2: Any one of the following 3(three) methods for payment of Application Processing Fees can be opted:
      • Online payment through Net Banking or Credit Cards or Debit Cards of any bank
      • Through Cash/Challan: A pay-in-slip will have to be generated. The candidate can submit the fees through Cash/Challan in any of the branches of Allahabad Bank after 24 hours of printing the auto-generated Cash/ Challan
      • Through NEFT: Pay-in-slip will have to be generated. The candidate can submit the fees through NEFT in any branch of the Bank in which he/she has his/her Bank Account. Example: If a candidate has bank account in State Bank of India (SBI) he/she can submit the fees through NEFT in any branches of the State Bank of India (SBI)

Application Processing Fees

  • General: Rs.250/- + additional charge of Bank
  • SC/ST Candidates: Rs.150/- + additional charge of Bank


RBU, Kolkata

Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, 56-A, BT Road, Kolkata-700050, Website www.rbu.ac.in


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