CPS Direct Ph.D.

The centre admits a limited number of candidates directly to Ph.D. on the basis of viva-voce both in Monsoon and Winter Semesters

Eligibility: Candidates are requested to refer to the eligibility requirements for direct admission to Ph.D. programme below.

Ph.D. admission is not automatic but is decided case by case depending on the strength, merit, research capacity and research orientation of the candidate applying for Ph.D. admission. The Centre for Political Studies offers direct admission to Ph.D. programme in its core areas. The students are expected to submit a research proposal of about 2000 words and appear for an interview. Once admitted they are also expected to attend seminars, conferences and lectures organised by the Centre.

Those who wish to apply for a research degree are expected to have a strong, detailed and well developed proposal for a thesis that can be supervised in CPS. In addition to fulfilment of the entry requirements, they will need to approach the subject with rigor and appropriate knowledge of the field.

Only those candidates shall be considered for Direct admission to the Ph. D. Programme who have:

(a)    obtained M.Phil. degree in Social Sciences of a recognized University/Research Institution with minimum Final Grade Point Average (FGPA) of 6.00 in 10 point scale/comparable standard where the grading is based on system other than 10 point scale.

(b)    The candidates who have obtained M.Phil. degree from a University/Institution where dissertation is not graded or grading is not on 10-point scale, are required to forward a copy of their M.Phil./MPH dissertation along with the Application Form for the purpose of assessment of their credentials;


at least 2 years research experience in reputed institutions with research publication(s) comparable to M.Phil. standard. In addition, they should have obtained Masters Degree with FGPA of 6.00 in the 10 point scale/comparable standard or equivalent percentage.

Please see "Instructions for completing the Application Form" which are available on JNU website along with this Application Form.

Note that the applications of the candidates whose M.Phil//Pre-Ph.D/ results are not available will not be considered under any circumstances. Hence, the applications of only those candidates can be considered whose results are indicated/available in the application form.

Application Forms along with eligibility requirements and Instructions for completing the Application Form can be downloaded from the website of the University (www.jnu.ac.in) and submitted to the Section Officer (Admissions), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi - 110067 duly filled in all respects enclosing therewith the required documents and a Demand Draft of the required amount drawn in favour of "Jawaharlal Nehru University" payable at New Delhi as detailed in the Instructions for completing the Application Form.