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Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad Ph.D in Management Admission 2021, Dates, Eligibility, Application Procedure

IIM Ahmedabad PhD in Management Admission 2021 – Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad has invited applications for admission to PhD Programme in Management for the academic year 2021-22

About the Program

  • The objective of the Ph.D. Programme in Management is to equip students with necessary skills to identify and carry out research on complex issues in the specialized field of management.
  • The Ph. D. Program of IIMA admits students who have a strong academic background, are highly motivated and who have the intellectual curiosity to undertake original research. The programme prepares students for a career in academia or research positions in industry.

Areas of high levels

Candidates can apply to the following Areas of high levels of specialization

(1) Business Policy

(2) Economics

(3) Finance & Accounting

(4) Food & Agri-business

(5) Human Resource Management

(6) Information Systems

(7) Innovation and Mgt. in Education

(8) Marketing

(9) Organizational Behaviour

(10) Production & Quantitative Methods,

(11) Public Systems


Graduates of the Ph. D. Programme are placed in world class organizations in teaching, research and consulting positions

A total of 378 doctoral students have graduated from IIMA so far

Important Dates



Link open for Online Application

16th September 2020

Last date for submitting Online Application

21st January 2021

Basic Eligibility Criteria

The candidate must hold, subject to the condition laid down below:

Entry Qualification

Minimum Duration*

Master’s Or Post graduate diploma (2 yrs) Or Professional qualification – CA/ ICWA/CS with B.Com/Degree

3 years

B.Tech./ 4 year Degree with 6.5 CGPA or equivalent

4 years


  • Master’s degree or equivalent qualification/Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification should be: (a) from any of the Universities incorporated by an act of the central or state legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a U/s 3 of UGC Act, 1956; or
  • Recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India or (c) possess an equivalent qualification from an institution approved by AICTE.
  • Candidates who are in the final year of their Master’s/Bachelor’s Programs that would make them eligible, can also apply
  • Such candidates, if selected, will be allowed to join the program provisionally only if they submit a certificate latest by May 31, 2021 from the Principal/Head of the Department/Registrar or Director of the university/institute (issued on or before May 31, 2021) stating that they have appeared for the exams (including practical exams) in all the subjects required for obtaining the Master’s/Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification

Application Procedure

  • Application Form and Brochure will be available online
  • Candidates can fill-up the application form online and is eligible to apply for a maximum of two Areas of high levels of specialization. An application fee of Rs.500/- can be paid through IIMA gate way.
  • Also please refer to the IIMA’s advertisement for Ph.D Program that will appear in leading newspapers during September 2020

Selection Process

  • Candidates applying to the PhD Program are required to take the CAT or a standard test in lieu of CAT. For NRIs and Foreign students this standard test is the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT).
  • Different Areas of high levels of specialization of IIMA have specified different standard tests that candidates applying to the PhD Program in their Areas can take in lieu of CAT

Area of high levels of specialization

Standard Test in lieu of CAT *


GRE/GMAT/UGC-JRF (Economics/ Development Studies/Development Economics/ Business Economics/ Management)/ICAR-SRF (PGS – merit list for award of SRF)


GRE/GMAT/GATE/UGC-JRF in relevant discipline

Finance & Accounting


Human Resource Mgt.


Information Systems


Innovation & Mgt. in Education

GRE/GMAT/GATE/UGC-JRF in relevant discipline



Organizational Behaviour

GRE/GMAT/UGC-JRF in relevant discipline

Production & Quantitative Methods

GRE/GMAT/GATE/UGC- NET JRF in Mathematical Sciences

Public Systems Group

GRE/GMAT/GATE/UGC-JRF (in relevant discipline)




For more details and to apply online, please visit the official website

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