Research Program

Doctor of Philosophy in Public Systems, Social Welfare & Management

Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates for admission to the PhD programme shall have a Master's degree or a degree declared equivalent to the Master's degree by the corresponding statutory regulatory body of this University, with at least 55% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade 'B' in the UGC 7-point scale (or an equivalent grade in a point scale wherever grading system is followed) or an equivalent degree from a foreign educational Institution.
  • A relaxation of 5% of marks, from 55% to 50%, or an equivalent relaxation of grade, may be allowed for those belonging to SC/ST/OBC (non-creamy layer)/Differently-abled and other categories of candidates as per the decision of the UGC from time to time, or for those who had obtained their Master's degree prior to 19th September, 1991.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have qualified in CSIR-UGC NET(JRF) /GATE /JEST /equivalent national level examination with Research Fellowship.

Number of Seats

Each year maximum 30 candidates shall be admitted for the PhD in Public Systems, Social Welfare and Management. However, number of seats may vary as per the vacancy of research scholars with approved supervisors of the Institute.

Process of Selection

Applicants with PhD fellowships under CSIR-UGC NET (JRF)/DST-INSPIRE or other Governmental Schemes will be selected on the basis of a viva-voce examination to be conducted by the Institute.

Those with no fellowships will have to appear for a written test (Research Eligibility Test) to be conducted by the Institute. Candidates qualifying in the written test will be further screened through viva-voce examination.


While the Institute will not be able to provide any fellowship for candidates selected for PhD, it will make efforts to help them obtain fellowships from sources such as 'Swami Vivekananda Merit-cum-Means Fellowship' awarded by the Government of West Bengal or other fellowships that may be instituted for the purpose. However, there will be no commitment from the Institute in this respect.