Procedure specific to Ph D Programmes

Application form for Ph D programmes can be obtaained  from the respective teaching Departments/Schools/Centres of University. Candidates can contact the Departments/Schools/Centres directly. Contact numbers are available in the "Academic Programmes and Eligibility Criteria" and in the University website also.

Candidates for Ph. D. programmes are advised to ascertain the areas of research and the availability of vacancies under their proposed Supervising Guides in the University Departments / Schools/Centres or Recognized Research Institutions before obtaining the application Forms.

A candidate who wishes to pursue a Ph.D programme of the University will be required to seek registration to the programme as a full-time / part-time research student in a University Department /School/Centre/Recognized Research Institution under a recognised Supervising Guide of the University.  In the case of a Recognized Research Institution, part-  time registration would be granted only for permanent employees of that institution.  Candidates, who are working in research projects relevant to the research topic that has been taken up by a Department or by a Recognized Research Institution and funded by internal or external agencies, will be deemed to be full-time research scholars  if they are admitted to the Ph.D. programme of the University .  Candidates who are applying for Ph.D registration, as part-time scholars shall be considered for registration only where the Departmental Research Committee is convinced that effective supervision can be ensured in such cases.

Eligibility for Admission to the Ph.D Programme

  1. Candidates seeking registration to the Ph.D programme shall hold a Master’s Degree from a recognized University with 55% marks in the qualifying examination, or a CGPA of 6.0 in the 10 point scale or an equivalent grade in similar scales. A candidate belonging to SC/ST community is eligible for concession upto 10% marks for admission provided that he/she has a pass in the qualifying examination.
  2. Candidates seeking registration shall have to appear for the Departmental Admission Test and should be ranked as per the norms laid down in the Ph.D regulations of the University.
  3. Candidates who possess national/state research fellowships with valid scores with committed financial assistance at the time of seeking admission, in any of the national/state level eligibility tests conducted by the agencies or by industries so recognized by the University for the purpose, are exempted from provision (ii) above.
  4. Teachers of Universities/Aided Colleges in Kerala/Teachers who are working in Quasi Government/Government Institutions recognized by CUSAT and scientists in National Level Research Laboratories, who have put in five years of continuous service, and foreign nationals who have been sponsored under a scholarship scheme by the Government of India for undergoing Ph.D. programme in India, are exempted from provision (ii) above.

Admission Procedure
Candidates seeking admission to the Ph.D programme

  1. Should qualify The Departmental Admission Test (DAT) which shall have two parts,
    1. Written Test
    2. Interview
  2. Should have scored at least 50% marks in the written examination to be eligible to be ranked for admission. For Ph.D Programmes Candidates belonging to SC/ST communities are entitled to a concession of 5% marks in the written examination of the DAT.

The weightage for written test and interview for ranking will be as follows.

Marks obtained in the Master’s Degree Level


Marks obtained in the written test


Marks obtained in the interview




For candidates who are exempted from Admission Test, equal weightage is given for marks obtained in the qualifying degree and marks obtained in the interview.

Interview for Admission
All candidates seeking admission to the Ph.D Programme who have passed the admission test with a minimum of 50% score(45 % in the case of SC/ST) will be called for an interview with the Research Committee or with a Sub Committee appointed by it. The Committee shall also scrutinize the academic records of the candidate, the research proposal made by him/her in the application, the long term plan of the academic work to be undertaken by the candidate and recommend remedial courses to be taken by the candidate to complete the requirements of the course work.  For the new Ph.D regulations please visit website (