Doctoral Admission

PhD at School of Arts and Sciences


Humanities and Social Sciences

Admission to the PhD programme will be based on a candidate’s past academic record which includes either a Masters degree (Minimum 55%) or equivalent training in any of the social sciences, humanities or related disciplines, a brief statement of research interest, and a writing sample. Applicants with a score of 60% or more in the UGC-NET exam are exempted from the written exam but must go through an interview process if shortlisted. In exceptional cases, a candidate with a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline who displays remarkable interest and potential for research in the humanities and social sciences may be admitted to the programme, albeit with the requirement of completing additional credits as per the overall PhD policy of Ahmedabad University.

Life Sciences

Candidates having a first class (60% and above) Masters degree in any of following areas are eligible to enter the PhD programme in Life Sciences. Areas: Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Botany, Zoology, Chemistry, Life Sciences, Nanotechnology, Toxicology, Bioinformatics, Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Bioengineering, Forensic Sciences (Biology/Chemistry) or an equivalent degree in subjects related to biological sciences.


Candidates who have secured a minimum of 55% or equivalent in Masters (Physics) are eligible to apply.


Humanities and Social Sciences

All potential candidates must apply through the Graduate Application Portal. The admission requirement for the PhD programme includes a Master’s degree or equivalent training in any of the social sciences, humanities or related disciplines, a brief statement of research interest, and a writing sample. Based on the information submitted through the application portal, candidates will be shortlisted for a written exam. Those successful in the written exam will be selected for an interview.

April 26, 2021: Announcement of Shortlisted candidates

May 5, 2021: Written exam and interview (everything will be online)

Shortlisted candidates who have successfully passed the NET exam or have an MPhil will directly appear for the interview.

The written exam will be one hour long and will involve writing a short original reflection (800-1000 words) in response to a prompt on a general theme or issue. There is no specific syllabus or list of topics to be covered. It will be administered via google form. All written responses will be checked for plagiarism and anyone found to have plagiarised will be automatically disqualified from the selection process.

Life Sciences

Shortlisted candidates will be called for a written test and those qualifying will be requested to appear for interview. The dates of the written test and interview will be announced after the last date of application to the PhD programme.

Candidates with national level fellowships/certificates (CSIR/UGC/ICMR/DBT/DST INSPIRE etc) will be exempted from the written test and be required to appear directly for an interview. The final dates will be communicated after the last date of application to the PhD programme in Life Sciences. Only shortlisted candidates will be called for interview. No TA/DA will be provided to candidates for appearing in the interview.

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PhD admissions are  now open. Candidates may apply through the Graduate Admissions Portal. Shortlisted candidates will be called for an online interview. The final selection will be based on the performance in the national level tests and the interview.

To learn more detailed information about the PhD programme in Physics at Ahmedabad University, you may send an email to [email protected]

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Admission Process

Steps to apply: 

  • Fill out the application form
  • Attach the required documents
  • Confirm your application details
  • Pay Rs. 1200/- as application fee via Debit card / Credit card / Net Banking

Financial Support

  • A 100% tuition waiver will be given to all full time doctoral students
  • Merit based University Assistantship in the form of a full tuition waiver and a monthly stipend is provided to deserving candidates. Other avenues of financial support include teaching assistantships of the School or fellowships from sponsored research projects.

Policies regarding Design and Conduct of the Doctoral Programmes

For the Doctoral Programme Policy, Click here.

Admission Helpline Details

Administrative Office
Biological and Life Sciences
School of Arts and Sciences
Ahmedabad University 
Central Campus 
Navrangpura, Ahmedabad 380009 
Gujarat, India. 

Contact Details:
(Monday to Friday, 09.30 HRS to 18.30 HRS IST)
Email: [email protected]


The School of Arts and Sciences presently offers programmes in Biological and Life Sciences, Social Sciences divisions and is in the process of establishing divisions of Humanities and Languages, Performing and Fine Arts, and Mathematical and Physical Sciences. Programmes in these disciplines will commence in 2018, and emphasise interdisciplinary, research-based teaching aimed at fostering a spirit of innovation and discovery.

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