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PhD Full Form

Pursuing a doctorate can open up numerous professional and academic opportunities, but what is the PhD full form? There are various different requirements for getting this coveted qualification, and understanding them can help you decide if it's right for you.

What qualifications do you need to get a PhD?

To pursue a doctorate, you will typically need a master’s degree or its equivalent. However, depending on the field of study and institution, some may accept applicants without a master’s. A PhD degree requires an original research project that must be defended in front of an examination committee as well as in writing. The project should make a substantial contribution to the existing body of knowledge in your field.

Generally, universities also require five to seven years of coursework and research for a PhD. This may include complete courses, seminar classes, language requirements, internships and independent research. During these years you will also have to fulfill coursework requirements with topics that include advanced knowledge and theories according to your field of study. You will also take comprehensive exams and defend a dissertation in front of your doctoral committee.

Finally, a PhD might also require you to pass an oral exam in the presence of your advisor before you can successfully defend your dissertations and attain your degree. Depending on the country or institution, it may take some time to be awarded your official diploma. However, once you have received a doctoral degree, “PhD” after your name will serve as a valid certification of proficiency in your field.

Why should you have a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)?

PhD Admission - A PhD (Doctorate of Philosophy) is the highest academic degree awarded by universities or higher education institutions to a candidate who has submitted a thesis, based on extensive and original research in their chosen field. Pursuing a PhD for high pay jobs is not a good idea or a reason. But if you are really thirsty to enhance your potential to recognize and resolve obstacles, boost your confidence, improve your communication or gain skills that may guide you to a better job. Then a doctorate is a right choice for you. PhD in Job Prospects after completion of your doctorate, the candidate should track their potential, knowledge and apply for placement based on their domain-specific expertise. Following are a few lines of career options that scholars can opt for after pursuing a PhD

  • Researcher
  • Scientist
  • Lecturer & Professor
  • Author & Writer
  • Journalist
  • Editor & Critic
  • Philosophical Journalist
  • Industrial R&D Lab professionals
  • Senior Research Scientist

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Applications are invited for Full-time/Part-time admission to the University. Programmed in the disciplines of Arts, Sciences, Humanities, Management, Law, Medical, Engineering, Linguistic, Commerce, Computers, IT, Finance and other relevant areas to master Degree from UGC recognized University (Central, State, Public, Deemed University)

General procedure for PhD program

For PhD admission, the candidate has to complete the minimum qualification

  • Basic Applicants: Candidates must have at least 55% mark or above in Masters
  • Exceptional Applicants: ST/OBC/SC/VARIOUSLY- Candidates must have at least 50% mark or above in Masters
  • Applicants who are experienced in the research field or jobs is very strongly qualified for the course
  • 1st preference will be given to scholars who have completed SET / Lectureship / UGC JRF / NET /GATE / CSIR / ICAR / ICSSR or other fellowship related exams.

How to do a PhD?

PhD Entrance Exams for Admissions

The PhD entrance exams conducted in India may vary university-wise and consider GATE/NET scores. The PhD entrance test is mainly comprised of two parts. One will be a Research Aptitude Test, which consists of questions about numerical ability, language skill, and logical reasoning. The second part will be a subject-specific test, in which there may be multiple choice questions and some form of explanation. We train our clients accordingly which makes entrance examinations easier for their PhD Admission.

Procedure for University Admission process
Entrance Exam

We support entrance exams with 100% selection in your PhD Admission. All you have to do is to give the résumé, documents for guide selection and apply in an online/offline portal. Your admission is guaranteed with us.

Guide Selection

We offer a suitable guide registered with the University, and we let know the candidate about the guide under whom the research of the candidate should be carried out. We ensure whether the guide is highly qualified and highly skilled in the field of research.

Topic Selection/ Abstract

We will support you to select the topic based on your Master's subject. We assist you in preparing abstracts and presentations for the admission process.


The synopsis should be prepared within the format of the universities guidelines which is usually around 25-30 pages. Our technical experts will help you to complete the synopsis on the selected research topic.


It can be a mixture of tests and studies. Normally coursework has four exams including Research Methodology. After graduation, a six-month plan and report should be submitted to the RDC / DRC meeting.

Article Writing/Publication

Selection of topic and writing articles based on the research topic is risky, we can assist you to write articles with standards and guidelines. The University asks the scholars to publish 2 to 4 articles in journals and conferences, during their research period. Two national journals and two international journals should be covered. We support you to submit 4-5 articles to the publishers of the research-based journals having a high Impact factor.

Thesis writing

We support your thesis/dissertation (on the selected topic/proposal) within the standard formats and the requirements of the candidate. Throughout the writing process, we communicate about the process to you and make changes as per requirements. The length of the Thesis should be between 200 & 250 pages.

Viva Voce

In this phase, you will attend the viva of your thesis/dissertation before the Research Committee (RDC/DRC members) and your guide/co-guides. The candidate answers the questions asked at the meeting. The thesis/dissertation is finally submitted to the university for final approval.

You're Doctors

If the committee feels everything is perfect in the Thesis and if no loophole is found in the research work of the candidate, the Completion Certificate will be offered to the scholar. The scholar can officially be called a DOCTOR.

Duration of Doctorate in India

There are four categories of PhD candidates Before PhD Admission:
  • Full-time Scholars, On-campus
  • Part-time - Internal
  • Part-time - External
  • Admission of International Students
  • . Full Time Programmed - All full-time research scholars have to undergo coursework for one semester as prescribed by the Department. A candidate with or without M.Phil. can submit their thesis after the completion of 2 or 3 years/ on or before completion of five years from the date of joining.
  • . Part Time - Internal Research Scholars within this category are those who are presently employed on regular basis in universities at the time of applying for a PhD Candidates with or without M.Phil. She/he may submit his thesis at the completion of three / four years and on or before the fifth year of the date of accession.
  • . Part Time -External (4 years)
    • . The candidates must register under a guide who is a member of the Faculty of the University before PhD admission in India.
    • . The candidate should be working as Assistant Professor / Associate Professor / Professor or on equivalent position on a permanent basis in a recognized college
    • . The applicant should have a recognized co-instructor in the same department of the organization. The co-instructors may be from different colleges /organizations located in the same area if such entities are not available in the parental organizations.
    • . NOC (No Objection Certificate) is to be produced from the employer of the Organization where he/she is working. This is attached along with the application.
    • . Co-guide acceptance letter should be also be enclosed with the application form (optional in some universities).
    • . The candidate has to produce one month of attendance per academic year which will be issued by the Supervisor/Co-supervisor.
  • . Admission of international students who are selected under various Scholarship schemes, either by the Ministry of Education and Culture or the Ministry of External Affairs, will be given admission on the recommendations/sponsorship of the respective Ministry of Government of India. Self-supporting foreign students seeking admission should possess a Research VISA issued by the Indian Embassies abroad and produce a No Objection Certificate from the Ministry of Education, Government of India, after clearance from the Ministry of External Affairs.
  • All researchers (full-time and part-time) are required to complete a minimum of three / four six- credit courses in at least one semester as required by UGC. The course work includes a course on research methodology. The other courses may involve advanced topics, the latest developments in the field of research, and subjects related to the research problem.
  • Candidates already holding M.Phil. Degree and admitted to the PhD The program may be exempted from PhD course work, if the area of Research is the same.
  • Candidates who have joined the Doctor of Sciences with M. Phil. degrees in different fields/research areas, such candidates must have at least one-course work in the field which they have selected for phd.
  • Specific areas of research can be changed within one year from the date of admission and a request must be submitted with the recommendations of the Research Advisory Committee
  • Doctors who pursued PhD between 2023 and 2024 are required to publish two research articles in either Scopus or Web of Science indexed journals (published or accepted for publication) before submitting a thesis, otherwise, the thesis will not get accepted for submission.
  • A thesis should not exceed 250 pages excluding the Bibliography, Appendices, etc. A synopsis should not exceed 20 pages. A synopsis should contain the title of the thesis, outline of the research problem, the methodology used for tackling it, the organization of the thesis, and the summary of the findings with reference.


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