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The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is the highest degree one can gain through structured education, training and research. The education and training of doctoral students are two of the most important aspects of the Institute of Advanced Research. The pursuit of knowledge through research in doctoral degree leads to exciting careers in India and abroad. PhD students also play a key role in our commitment to advance the knowledge to address national and global challenges. The aim of the PhD program is to provide research training in a manner that fosters the development of independent research skill as well as professional competencies in students. These skills include the ability to formulate a problem that requires research and investigation, to develop appropriate conceptual and methodological skills, and to relate the student’s research to a broader knowledge in the area of study. All PhD students are required to develop a substantive thesis based on critical analysis of their research and published studies in their subject area.

Career Opportunities

PhD programs take typically 3 to 4 years. A range of financial support is available to undertake PhD study at the Institute of Advanced Research. In addition to the financial support from the Institute of Advanced Research, scholarships are available from the UGC, CSIR, ICMR, the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Science and Technology, Science and Engineering Research Board and Department of Biotechnology, either as PhD scholarships or through research grants.

The Doctor of Philosophy is offered in a large number of subject areas. Majority of our faculty are qualified to be PhD guides and all our faculty are PhD qualified from top universities.

Alongside the PhD studies, we support all our PhD students to qualify in NET or SLET examinations, so that they become eligible for faculty positions following the completion of the doctoral degrees.

Following the Successful Completion of the Ph.D. Qualification, Graduates Can Seek Numerous Career Paths Such As:

  • Research Officer
  • Research Scientist or Engineer
  • Business Analyst
  • Design Engineer
  • University and College Faculty
  • Postdoctoral Researcher
  • Policy Advisor
  • Business Development Manager
  • Management Consultant
  • Operations Research Analyst
  • Teacher
Ph.D. Admission Details, PET-2020, IAR Gandhinagar

Students intending to get into the Ph.D. program at IAR, Gandhinagar, must go through the following admission process:

  • Complete online application form

  • To appear in the PET examination conducted by IAR, Gandhinagar. NET & GATE qualified candidates are exempted for PET examination.

  • The PET examination will have questions in two sections as given below:

  • Section I: General aptitude (Common for all the departments)

  • Section II: Subjects specific questions from the department. (Department/Subject Specific)

  • Both the sections will carry 50-50% weightage. Each Section will carry 50 Questions of 1 mark each and the total duration of the Written Test will be of two hours. The Test will be objective type with multiple-choice questions.

  • Those who secure at least 50% marks in the Written Test (45% marks in case of Reserved Category) will be shortlisted for the interview (Online) in order of merit.

  • The List of candidates eligible for the interview (Online) will be displayed on the University Notice board and IAR web site.

  • Candidates shortlisted after the interview will be intimated to follow the other formalities related to Ph.D. admission at IAR

  • Candidates for admission to the Ph.D. program shall have a master’s degree or a professional degree declared equivalent to the master’s degree, with at least 55% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade ‘B’ in the UGC 7-point scale.

  • A relaxation of 5% of marks, from 55% to 50%, or an equivalent relaxation of grade, shall be made for candidates of Gujarat belonging to reserved or differently abled categories.

  • Candidates appearing in the final year examination may be allowed to appear in the PET examination, but the final admission process for such qualified candidates will depend on the production of a valid document for their minimum qualification at the time of admission.

  • For Part-Time Ph.D. at IAR students must be present at IAR for at least 90 days within the year in addition to the Course work duration.

  • Ph.D. program in part-time mode shall be for a minimum duration of 4 years. (The other guidelines related to Part-Time Ph.D. will be similar as indicated in UGC Regulation 2016 for Regular Ph.D. students).

  • If a Part-Time Ph.D. student is an employee of some organization, they must have to produce the Consent and No. Objection Certificate from the Employer at the time of the application of Ph.D. program at IAR Gandhinagar.

Sr. No.

Name of Department

Intake Capacity


Department of Biological Sciences & Biotechnology



Department of Engineering and Physical Sciences



Department of Business & Management


*Final selection of the candidate will depend on the performance in the interview and consent of the supervisor

* University has the right to vary said intake capacity.


Sr. No.


Sr. No.





Chemical Engineering




Computer Engineering




Business and Management






Last Date of Application

30th October 2021

PET 2021 Examination Date (Offline)

17th November 2021

Declaration of PET 2021 Exam Result (Tentative)

30th November 2021

Interviews (Tentative)

6th – 10th December 2021

Declarationof Final Result (Tentative)

17th December 2021

Submission of Documents/Verification/Enrolment Fees

25th December 2021


Regular Mode

Part-Time Mode

Application Fee (Non-Refundable)



Registration Fee (One-time Non-Refundable)

*Non-Refundable if candidate leave without completion of Ph.D.

* Refundable after completion of Ph.D.



Semester Fee



Thesis Submission Fee



Total Fee



Q: Does the University provide financial support to PhD students?

A: University encourages PhD student to secure their own fellowship for better recognition in their carrier. In certain cases, the research scholar may be paid from the project grant, if available with the supervisor. However, the university provides fellowships to limited students for limited duration, during which they are expected to have their own fellowship.  


Q: What is the duration of PhD courses?

A: University follows UGC (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of M.PHIL./PH.D Degrees) Regulations, 2016, according to which the minimum tenure is 3 years and the maximum duration is 5+1 +1 years after the formal registration to PhD. minimum duration of the PhD is 3years.


Q: Is there any hostel facility available for PhD student?

A: University provides hostel facility with additional cost. Plenty of private hostels, Pay Guesthouses and houses for rent are also available nearby.


Q: What is the procedure for NET/GATE qualified student to register for PhD?

A: NET/GATE qualified students are exempted from University PhD entrance test (PET). However, they must apply for PhD program by filling up the application form and paying the application form. It is mandatory for every student to appear for an interview before the Doctoral Research Committee. Students will be enrolled in PhD Programme based on the merit list.


Q: How many PET exams are conducted per year?

A: PET exam is conducted once a year between June and July. However, if there are enough vacancy a second PET may be organized between November and December. Students are requested to visit our website regarding updates on the same.


Q: What is the procedure for Part time PhD program?

A: University provides opportunity for Part-time  as per UGC regulations 2016.


Q: How many intake number are there per academic session?

A: Based on the requirement from each faculty the no. may vary every year. Every year intake no. would be announced along with date and details of PET. This years intake capacity will be updated by 15th June 2019 on our website.


Q: Can results awaited student appear for PET and Register for PhD?

A: Yes. Result awaited students who are expecting their result by July 15th 2019 will be considered. Provisional admission will be given which can be later confirmed by providing provisional degree and mark sheets.


Q: Can a student join as trainee or research fellow in between academic session and register PhD?

A: Yes. University faculties have external and internal funded projects. These projects require project assistants and JRFs. Vacancies for PA and JRFs will be announced regularly in University website. These students joined under project investigator can register for PhD under university recognized guide in next academic cycle.


Q: What are subjects available for PhD registration?

A: Following are the subjects:

PS: Discipline specific research areas can be seen under faculty profile of each department.


Q: What is the minimum requirement for PhD Entrance Test?

 A: PG degree in relevant subject with minimum 55% of marks of UGC grade point 7.


Q: Are M. Phil students exempted from course work?

A:  Yes.