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IIM Bangalore Phd Program Admission 2020, Dates, Eligibility, Application

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Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) Doctoral Programme 2020 Batch

IIM Bangalore PhD Admission 2020 – Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore invites applications for admission to Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) for the academic session 2020.

About the Program


The doctoral programme of the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) leading to a PhD is recognized as a rigorous research programme in various areas of business management and public policy. The doctoral programme is committed to training individuals to excel in their chosen areas of research and produce publication-quality work of international standards.


See: PHD Admission 2019


Areas of Specializations

  • PhD Students specialize in one of the following areas:
  • Decision Sciences
  • Economics & Social Sciences
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance & Accounting
  • Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Organizational Behavior & Human Resource Management
  • Production & Operations Management
  • Public Policy
  • Strategy

Duration Program

  • Students are expected to complete the doctoral programme within 5 years of registering for the programme


Eligibility Criteria for IIM Bangalore PhD Admission 2020

Candidates should have –

  • A Master’s Degree (bachelor’s degree obtained in 10+2+3 pattern, followed by a master’s degree) or a 5 year Integrated Master’s Degree (obtained after completing higher secondary schooling in 10+2 pattern) in any discipline, with at least 55% marks in the bachelor’s as well in the master’s degrees (OR)
  • A professional qualification like CA, ICWA, CS, with at least 50% marks (OR)
  • A 4 year / 8 semesters Bachelor’s degree (10+2+4 pattern) with at least 6.5 CGPA or equivalent marks; the percentage of marks obtained by the candidate would be calculated based on the practice followed by the respective University/Institution
  • In case of grades / CGPA, the conversion to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure certified by the respective University/ institution
  • If a University/institution confirms that there is no scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by dividing the candidate’s CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA, and multiplying the result by 100
  • 5% marks relaxation is given to applicants from SC, ST and PwD categories; i.e., these applicants should have scored at least 50%, 45% and 55% respectively depending on the qualification that the candidate has acquired
  • The above qualification should be from any of the Universities, or other educational institutions, incorporated by an act of the Parliament or State legislature in India; or declared to be deemed as a University under Section3 of UGC Act, 1956, or recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India


  • IIMB is committed to providing admissions to persons from different social and economic backgrounds as required under the respective laws
  • The doctoral program has seats reserved for Indian nationals belonging to certain categories
  • The categories and the extent of reservation effective for Doctoral Program 2020 are 15% of the seats for SC 7.5% for ST candidates, 27% for Other Backward Classes candidates belonging to the “Non-Creamy” layer (NC-OBC), 10% for students from Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) as statutorily defined and 5% for Persons with Disabilities (PWD).

Test Scores

  • Candidates require a valid test score, from any one of the acceptable tests to the area(s) of specialization they are applying to, as shown in the following
  • Decision Sciences – GMAT, GRE, CAT, GATE, JRF (NET), IIMB Test
  • Economics & Social Sciences – GMAT, GRE, CAT, GATE, IIMB Test
  • Entrepreneurship – GMAT, GRE, CAT, GATE, IIMB Test
  • Finance & Accounting – GMAT, GRE, CAT, GATE, JRF (NET)
  • Information Systems – GMAT, GRE, CAT, GATE, IIMB Test, JRF (NET)
  • Marketing – GMAT, GRE, CAT, GATE, IIMB Test
  • Organizational Behavior & Human Resource Management – GMAT, GRE, CAT, GATE, JRF (NET)
  • Production & Operations Management – GMAT, GRE, CAT, GATE, JRF (NET), IIMB Test
  • Public Policy – GMAT, GRE, CAT, GATE, JRF (NET), IIMB Test
  • Strategy – GMAT, GRE, CAT, IIMB Test


Selection Process

  • Based on the information provided by the applicants, candidates will be shortlisted (on the recommendation of the respective areas) and called to Bangalore for an area specific written test and / or interview (see PhD2020 Area wise Admission Process for details)
  • Interviews are expected to be held on March 26, 27 & 28 2020 (tentatively)
  • Candidates will be admitted to the programme based on a combination of multiple parameters, as also specified by the respective areas
  • Parameters may include applicant’s performance in GMAT, GRE, CAT, GATE, JRF (NET) score, or IIMB Test (as applicable), past academic performance, work experience, area specific test and / or interview performance etc.
  • Candidates selected for admission are required to attend a Preparatory Course which is expected to be scheduled from late May through mid-June 2020. Registration for the Doctoral Programme will be on June 08, 2020 (tentative).


See: Latest Entrance Exam Notification


Application Fee

  • The application fee (Non-Refundable) is:
  • Application Fee – GMAT / GRE / CAT / GATE / JRF (NET)
  • 1-Areas – Rs.1000/-
  • 2-Areas – Rs.1500/-

Application Fee plus IIMB Test Fee

  • 1-Areas – Rs.2000/-
  • 2-Areas – Rs.2500/-


IIM Bangalore PhD Admission 2020 Application Procedure

  • The application form for admission to Doctoral Programme 2020, will be available at http://iimberpsrv.iimb.ernet.in/prod/sfonlapp.home#
  • The deadline for submission of fully completed applications is January 13, 2020 (5:00 p.m.). Please note that candidates can apply to a maximum of two areas of specialization
  • For all the program, after completely filling the application and making payment SAVE AND SUBMIT the application. Do not forget to download a copy of the application (PDF) for your future reference. Status of your application appears on top of the first page of the downloaded application PDF


IIM Bangalore PhD Admission 2020 Important Dates

  • Application Dates: September 12, 2019 – January 13, 2020 05:00 PM
  • Last Date for Reference Submission: January 13, 2020 05:00 PM


See: Admission Notification and Dates


For more information, visit the IIMB website www.iimb.ernet.in

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