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University of Kerala PhD Program Admission 2020, Dates, Eligibility, Application

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University of Kerala invites Online Applications for PhD Entrance Examination 2020 for admission to PhD program in various disciplines. Read on for details on eligibility criteria, application process and more.


University of Kerala PhD Admission 2020 Important Dates

Last Date for submission of Online Application

29th February 2020, 5.00PM

Last Date to receipt a Hard copy of online Application form

10th March 2020, 5.00PM

Date of Entrance Examination

To be announced later.


Eligibility Criteria for University of Kerala PhD Admission 2020

Masters degree or a professional degree recognized as equivalent to the Masters degree of the University of Kerala in grade ‘B’ in the UGC 7-point scale (or an equivalent grade in a point scale wherever grading system is followed) with not less than 55% marks or an equivalent degree.

A relaxation of 5% of marks, from 55% to 50%, or an equivalent relaxation of grade, shall be granted to those belonging to SC/ST/OBC (non-creamy layer)/differently able and other categories of candidates, as per the decisions of the University/State Government from time to time, or for those who had obtained their Master’s degree prior to 19th September, 1991.

Eligibility marks of 55% (or an equivalent grade in a point scale wherever grading system is followed) and the relaxation of 5% to the categories mentioned under (2) above are permissible based only on the qualifying marks exclusive of the grace mark procedures.

Candidates who have appeared for the final semester/year of the concerned Master's Degree Examination and whose results are awaited are also eligible for applying for Ph.D entrance examination in the concerned subject.


Exemption from Entrance Test

Candidates with UGC-NET/JRF, UGC-CSIR-NET/JRF, SLET recognized by UGC, GATE and research fellowships of central and state Government departments/agencies as approved by the University from time to time.

M.Phil /Ph.D Degree and teacher fellowship holders. However candidates who have qualified M.Phil in subjects other than the subjects in which he/she seeks registration for Ph.D would be required to qualify the Eligibility Test.

Candidates awarded with DBT-JRF in the subject Biotechnology.

Candidates with DST-INSPIRE fellowship


Scheme of the Test

The general aptitude test will be of three hours duration and will carry a maximum of 100 marks.

Entrance Test shall be conducted at the Centre(s) on the dates to be notified and changes of centers/dates, if any, shall also be notified.

The test consists of two papers – Part A- Research Methodology (50%) and Part B- Subject of study concerned (50%).

Pass requirement is minimum 50% marks each in Part A and Part B for General Category and 40% each for SC/ST students. Post graduate level knowledge of the subject and aptitude for research are expected of the candidate. Candidates shall use the booklet issued to write answers. No additional sheets shall be provided.


University of Kerala PhD Admission 2020 Application Process

Online registration can be done through the University website www.research.keralauniversity.ac.in. from 30th January to 29th February 2020.

Candidates who have applied online should also download the application and send  it along with the necessary documents and fee receipt in original to the Registrar,  University of Kerala, Palayam, Thiruvananthapuram by 10th March 2020.

All relevant documents proving qualification and eligibility should also be enclosed along with the application.

Incomplete applications will be summarily rejected.


Mode of Payment of Fee

The fee for the Entrance Examination is Rs.1075/-(Rs.1050/-exam fee + Rs.25/- Cost of  application). For candidates belonging to scheduled castes and scheduled tribes the fee  for the examination is Rs.550/- (Rs.525/-exam fee + Rs.25/- Cost of application).

Fee shall be remitted either through University Cash Counter or Demand Draft issued by the State Bank of India or the District Co-Operative Bank drawn in favour of the Finance Officer,  University of Kerala, payable at Thiruvananthapuram or by way of Kerala University online  payment method. In case if payment is by way of Demand draft an additional payment of Rs. 10/- for each Demand Draft as service charge shall be included in the fees.


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