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Symbiosis University PhD Entrance Test 2018 Notification

Symbiosis International University Pune Ph.D Admission 2018

The Symbiosis Centre for Research and Innovation, Symbiosis International University (SIU), Pune invites applications for admission to PhD Program on the basis of Symbiosis International University PhD Entrance Test 2018

The University offers Junior Research Fellowship (JRFs) to selected meritorious full time PhD students; JRFs receive a monthly stipend of Rs.25000/- and contingency fund of Rs.30,000/- annually for a period of 2 years

Symbiosis International University (SIU) offers research programs leading to the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in:

  • Law

  • Management

  • Computer Studies

  • Media, Communication and Design

  • Health and Biomedical Sciences

  • Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Engineering

Important Dates

Online Application & Registration with Online Payment starts on: 4th week of April 2018

Last Date for Submission of Online Application: 1st week of June 2018

Last Date for Submission of Demand Draft: 1st week of June 2018

Date of PhD Entrance Test: 4th week of June 2018

Categories of PhD Candidates

Candidates admitted to the Ph.D. programs at SIU may be categorized as follows:


  • Full-time Research Scholars are those who will be able to commit themselves full-time to carry out their research on the campus. Full-time Research Scholars may (if selected) receive a scholarship from the SIU Research Grant/UGC/ AICTE/any other sponsoring institute/ agency to cover expenditure on research and living expenses


  • Part-time Internal Candidates are those who are employed full-time at SIU and are permitted to pursue PhD

Eligibility Criteria

A candidate seeking admission to PhD program must satisfy any one of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Master's degree or equivalent in the relevant subject with 55% marks or equivalent CGPA from any University recognized by Association of Indian Universities (AIU) in India (SC/ST candidates will get 5% relaxation in marks or equivalent CGPA)

  • In case of candidates holding a qualifying degree from a foreign university, registration for PhD will be confirmed after determination of equivalence by SIU

  • Master's degree or equivalent in any subject with 55% marks and minimum of five years of work experience, in the area of interdisciplinary research in which admission is being sought

  • M.Phil with 55% marks or equivalent grade/CGPA

  • Fellow members of the Chartered Accountants of India (CA) or Institute of Costs and Works of India (ICWA) or Company Secretary of India, CFA (USA) with 55% marks at graduation level and with 5 years of experience after graduation (only for the Faculties of Law, Management and Humanities and Social Sciences)

Note: International candidates (NRIs, Foreign Nationals and PIOs who have obtained Master's degree from foreign universities) are required to qualify IELTS with 6.5 score or IELA Test (Band 3) of Symbiosis ELTIS, an equivalent test for English language proficiency


Within the available vacancies:

  • Scheduled Castes - 15 %

  • Scheduled Tribes - 7.5%

  • Differently Abled - 3%

  • Kashmiri Migrants - 2 Seats

  • International Students - 15%

Selection Procedure

  • Candidates shall be admitted to the PhD Program on the basis of merit of the entrance test and personal interview

  • Candidates who have cleared NET/SET/SLET/GATE/JRF/M.Phil in the relevant discipline or are UGC/CSIR/ICMR-Fellows shall be exempted from the entrance exam during the period of validity of the concerned test

  • Admission to Ph.D. will be two stages Process: 1) Ph.D. Entrance Test (PET) and 2) A Personal Interview

  • The syllabus of the Entrance Test (PET) shall consist of 50% of the content related to Research Methodology and 50% shall be subject-specific

  • The entrance test for the Ph.D. programme shall be multiple choice questions for 100 marks (50 marks for each part) and for the duration of two hours

Entrance Test Pattern

PET entrance test for the PhD program shall be of multiple-choice questions of 75 marks and of 1 hour 30 minutes duration. It shall comprise of the following sections:

  • English Language Proficiency: 25

  • Logical and Mental Ability: 25

  • Research Aptitude: 25

  • Total Marks: 75

A list of candidates qualifying the Entrance test shall be uploaded on the University Website www.siu.edu.in. Eligible and qualified candidates shall be shortlisted for personal interview in July by the PhD

Application Procedure

  • The details regarding the entrance test and the number of vacancies in each faculty shall be notified by the University in the month of April/May 2018 the entrance test for admission to PhD Program shall be conducted by the University once in an academic year, on any Sunday in the month of June 2018

  • Online SIU Pune PhD admission application form can be available from Symbiosis International University website www.siu.edu.in

  • The fee shall be paid by a demand draft issued in favour of Symbiosis Institute of Research and Innovation, payable at Pune

  • After successful registration, you will get an email containing your SIRI ID and password; use this SIRI ID for all future correspondence with SIRI; use this SIRI ID and password to enter the online application form and to make any modification to the details provided by you

  • Candidates are required to check vacancies in each faculty before applying for admission and note that the Pre PhD Course work is mandatory

For more information visit the website: www.siu.edu.in

Symbiosis Centre for Research & Innovation (SCRI), Pune

(Estd under Section-3 of the UGC Act 1956, Vide Notification no. F. 9 -12/2001-U3 Govt of India) Accredited by NAAC with “A” Grade (Symbiosis Centre for Research & Innovation) - Symbiosis International University Campus, Lavale, Pune-41215 (Maharashtra), Tel: 020-39116236 Email: admissionphd@siu.edu.in Website: www.siu.edu.in

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