Ph. D Admission FAQs

  1. What is the minimum qualification for admission to a Ph.D. Program?

Minimum qualification for admission to a Ph.D. program is Master’s Degree in the relevant field. Kindly refer to the concerned Ph.D. program on (Programs & their eligibility).


  1. To apply for a Ph.D. program at Maharishi University, is it mandatory that I have with me mark sheet of my master’s program, till the final semester?

Yes, it is mandatory to have all P.G mark sheets. A candidate’s form will be registered and he /she will be offered a Ph.D. Entrance Test date only on submission of all required documents including last semester Marksheet in case of final year appearing candidates.


  1. When can I apply to a Ph.D. program at MUIT?

The Ph.D. Application forms are accepted twice a year i.e.
For January Session-  Between October to December
For July Session–  Between April to June


  1. Who all are expected to submit an NOC (No Objection Certificate)?

If you are in a job, then it is mandatory for you to produce an NOC from your employer at the time of joining


  1. What is the admission procedure?

After your form is found complete in all respects and is accepted, you will be asked to appear for an Entrance Test (unless you are exempted) followed by an Interview at the University campus.


  1. In the PhD entrance test, what subject will I be tested in and what is the difficulty level?

You will be tested on the basis of two parts, part one include Research Methodology, Computer Application and part two include the subject of the PhD program you have applied to. Difficulty level is UGC-CSIR-NET, GATE etc.


  1. On what basis is a candidate selected for a PhD program at Maharishi University?

Following parameters are considered for selection to a Ph.D. Program at MUIT:

 Score in the Ph.D. Entrance Test
 Performance in the Interview rounds
 Proposed research idea – its relevance and brilliance
 Academic record

– Availability of seats


  1. I have completed M.Phil. Will I be exempted from the Ph.D. Entrance Test?

Exemptions are given as per Maharishi University guidelines based on U.G.C regulations


  1. I have a rich teaching /corporate work experience, Am I exempted from the Entrance Test?

No, you have to go through the entire selection procedure.


  1. Is Ph.D. available on distance mode?

No, Maharishi University does not offer Ph.D. Programs on distance mode.


  1. How are a research topic/ preliminary research idea decided?

Research topic is conceptualized by the candidate. It can be modified with the help of the appointed Guide and Co-Guide after selection. It is finally approved by the Competent Authority of the University in RDC meeting.


  1. Is the preliminary research idea uploaded at the time of applying, final?

Not necessarily. You are allowed to modify/ improve upon your research idea with the help of your appointed Guide after registering for the PhD program.


  1. Does University provide any Hostel facility to a Ph.D. scholar?

Hostel facility may be offered to full time research scholars subject to availability. Preference is given to undergraduate and graduate students.


  1. How are a Guide and Co-Guide decided?

The Main Guide and Co-Guide are decided by the Research Degree Committee (RDC). The Main Guide will have to be from Maharishi University. The Co-Guide, if required, is expected to be from outside Maharishi University. A Co-Guide will be appointed only after his/her profile is approved by the university authorities


  1. Am I assigned a Guide by the university or I select one on my own and when?

A candidate is assigned a Guide by the University after admission to the Ph.D. program. Appointment of a Guide is based on availability of an eligible guide, candidate’s area of research and candidate’s preference as given by him/her in a form after having met all the eligible guides of the university after joining the program.


  1. How many Guides am I allowed to work with?

Two guides will be allowed, one Main Guide from the concerned Department at Maharishi University and one Co-Guide who can be from outside Maharishi University. In case of interdisciplinary topics, there is a provision to appoint a third Guide, if necessary.


  1. Am I allowed to change my appointed Guide during the course of the PhD program?

No, unless the Guide himself becomes unavailable for certain reasons.


  1. Is a transfer to/ from another University possible during the course of PhD program?

Yes, transfers are possible at any stage.


  1. What are the criteria for Exemption from the Course work?

Candidates who have cleared the M.Phil. course work 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) and successfully completing the M.Phil. Degree shall be eligible to proceed to do research work leading to the Ph.D. Degree in the same Institution in an integrated programme. A person whose M.Phil. Dissertation has been evaluated and the viva voce is pending may be admitted to the Ph.D. programme of the same Institution


  1. I have rich teaching experience, can I get exemption from the course work?

No, the exemption from the course work can be given only to M.Phil. Degree Holders, subject to the approval of the Competent Authority of the University.


  1. Can I complete course work at my work place?

No, there is no such arrangement/relaxations in rules.


  1. Is it mandatory to publish a research paper before submitting the thesis for award of PhD degree from Maharishi University?

Yes, minimum two papers in reputed journals.


  1. Is the PhD degree conferred by Maharishi University recognized in India and abroad? And, is it valid for Indian Government jobs?



  1. Duration of the Programme: – As per University Grants Commission (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of M.PHIL./ PH.D. Degrees) Regulations, 2016 {In supersession of the UGC (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Awards of M.Phil./Ph.D. Degree) Regulation, 2009, notified in The Gazette of India [No. 28, Part III- Section 4] for the week July 11-July 17, 2009}
  2. M.Phil. programme shall be for a minimum duration of two (2) consecutive semesters / one year and a maximum of four (4) consecutive semesters / two years.
  3. Ph.D. programme shall be for a minimum duration of three years, including course work and a maximum of six years.
  4. Extension beyond the above limits will be governed by the relevant clauses as stipulated in the Statute/Ordinance of the individual Institution concerned.
  5. The women candidates and Persons with Disability (more than 40% disability) may be allowed a relaxation of one year for M.Phil. and two years for Ph.D. in the maximum duration. In addition, the women candidates may be provided Maternity Leave/Child Care Leave once in the entire duration of M.Phil. /Ph.D. for up to 240 days.