Ph.D. Program in Management

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Ph.D. Program In Management

Ph.D. at a Glance

IIM Bodh Gaya is situated in the land of Nalanda, where scholars from all over the world came and worked relentlessly for attainment and dissemination of knowledge. In this land of enlightenment, where knowledge and wisdom rest in the soil, we are striving hard to regain the past glory and seek to become the next “Seat of Learning” in this part of the world. We aim to develop cutting-edge research that expands our understanding of business, management, and leadership. The Doctoral Programme in Management at IIM Bodh Gaya is a full-time residential programme. The programme aims to foster high-quality researchers, innovative thinkers, and touchstone academics. The programme offers the chance to delve into multidisciplinary research in the domain of management education. Its purpose is to imbue learners with the necessary analytical and research skills required for a career in academics, management, and industry. In this spirit, the programme is run within an academically poignant environment that aid research scholars hone their intellectual tendencies. The programme also aims at producing excellence in publishing high standard research output.

We are on the lookout for outstanding candidates with the drive to become researchers and academics of international repute. We invite scholars from a variety of disciplines including but not limited to engineering, sciences, social sciences, humanities, and others. The programme is oriented toward the generation, communication, dissemination and application of research output in spheres of business management, public policy, and others. We offer our scholars the opportunity to work with select distinguished faculty and industry experts. With a milieu of constant communication and rapport between the faculty and the scholar, research at IIM Bodh Gaya takes on a very different dimension than mere learning. It becomes a life experience that crafts a scholar’s mind and character. We build linkages with leaders in industry and academia in India and abroad with the foresight of creating theoretical and empirical research that matters. The Ph.D. at IIM Bodh Gaya combines professional attributes with ethical characteristics.

We offer the programme in the following areas of specialization
  • Economics and Business Environment
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Information Technology and Systems
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management and Quantitative Techniques

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Admission Criteria

IIM Bodh Gaya’s Ph. D. programme aims to admit individuals with exceptional academic background, strong motivation and discipline, and potential to become excellent researchers at international level. It is expected that research students will come from a variety of disciplines ranging from social sciences and humanities to physical sciences and engineering. Applicants are evaluated on their past academic achievements, motivation and preparation for the programme, letters of recommendation, scores on standard tests, and a personal interview with the faculty.


Candidates must possess one of the following qualifications to apply for IIM Bodh Gaya’s doctoral programme:

Master’s degree in any discipline, with at least 60 per cent marks or equivalent grade point average, or Professional qualifications like CA, ICWA, CS with at least 60 percent marks or equivalent grade point average, or Five year/four year Integrated Master’s degree programme in any discipline, with at least 60 percent marks, obtained after completing higher secondary schooling (10+2) or equivalent, or Four Year/Eight Semester Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (B.E./B.Tech./ B. Arch.) with a minimum CGPA of 6.5 out of 10 or equivalent.

Those who are appearing for their final year examination in the current academic year may also apply. However, their admission to the programme will be provisional subject to their successful completion of all requirements for obtaining the relevant degree before 30th June 2020. 

*The percentage of marks obtained by the candidate would be calculated based on the practice as followed by the respective University/Institution. In case of grades / CGPA, the conversion to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure as certified by the respective University/ institution. If any University/institution confirms that there is no scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by dividing the candidate’s CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the result with 100.

Age Limit:
Candidate must not be more than 40 years as on 1st June 2020.
IIM Bodh Gaya will follow strictly the Government of India's Reservation Policy.

Admission Process

Candidates who fulfil the eligibility criteria as stated above are required to take Common Admission Test (CAT) held by the IIMs. Alternatively, those who have qualified GATE, GRE, GMAT or JRF (UGC/CSIR) examinations can also apply in the relevant area of specialization. Scores of any of these examinations including CAT taken during the last two years (two years from the date of the standard test and should be valid on the deadline of submission of the application form, i.e., on or after 10th March, 2018) will be considered valid. Admission to the programme is also open to overseas candidates including NRIs and foreign nationals.

Candidates who have already have two-year full-time PGP completed in last 10 years from IIMs with minimum grade point equivalent to 6.0 out of 10 point scale or equivalent (with no ‘F’s and not more than two ‘D’s in the first year of PGP) are exempted from the test score, and can apply directly. It is necessary that candidates applying for exemption from test must attach copies of both side of the grade sheet to ascertain the equivalence between the grading systems of other IIMs, without which, the application for exemption from test will not be considered.

The candidates short-listed on the basis of their academic record and performance in the competitive examinations mentioned above will be called for a personal interview for final selection and the successful candidates will receive offers by end May of that year.

A candidate receiving admission offer from IIM Bodh Gaya and accepting the offer within the stipulated date needs to send a offer acceptance amount of Rs. 30,000 (the date of submission will be mentioned in admission offer letter) along with Offer Acceptance Form which will be adjusted against the amount of first instalment.

If a candidate subsequently wishes to withdraw the offer within the withdrawal date specified in the Offer Letter, Offer Acceptance Amount will be refunded after deducting Rs. 1000/- as processing charges. In the event of withdrawal from the Programme after registration, and if seat consequently falling vacant gets filled by another candidate by the last date of admission, IIM Bodh Gaya will return the fees collected with proportionate deductions of fee and hostel rent, where applicable.

Selection Process
Test Score (CAT/GRE/GMAT/GATE/JRF-UGC/CSIR) cut-off to shortlist for PI.
The CAT/GRE/ GMAT/GATE/JRF-UGC/CSIR percentile will be used for shortlisting candidates for PI. The tentative category-wise minimum percentile is as follows: Minimum Percentile of CAT/GRE/GMAT/GATE/JRF-UGC/CSIR
CAT 80 75 65
CAT Sectional 70 65 55
GRE (Sectional) 70 65 65
GMAT 80 75 65
GMAT Sectional 70 65 55
GATE 80 75 65
JRF-UGC/CSIR --------------------------------------------All JRF Qualified--------------------------------------------
The respective area will decide the number of candidates to be called for PI on the basis of short listed merit list prepared for each category and specialization. However, if the actual number of shortlisted candidates were found to be more than the required number of candidates to be called for PI category-wise, then the overall as well as section wise minimum score would be increased to get the desired number of candidates.

Personal Interview
Upon being shortlisted as per the score of entrance test the candidate has to appear for a personal interview in front of the selection panel. The selection panel will assess the suitability of the candidates for research work based on the portfolio of the candidate. The committee will look into a consistently good academic record, professional accomplishments, research interest etc.

Preparing the Merit List
Merit List will be prepared based on Test Score, Personal Interview, Academic Qualification and Relevant Work Experience, Research Aptitude & Publications and Reference Letter.

IIM Bodh Gaya reserves the right to modify any part of this document including the various criteria and cut offs mentioned at any time till the actual admission process for the batch is completed.

Financial Assistance

IIM Bodh Gaya will provide scholarship to full time Research Students (Ph.D.). It will cover all academic expenses (consisting of tuition, computer, library fees) and hostel fee.

  • Stipend till Comprehensive Exam: Rs. 32,800/- per month
  • Stipend post Comprehensive Exam: Rs. 35,400/- per month
  • Stipend post approval of Thesis Proposal: Rs. 39,300/- per month
Additional Financial Support
  • Contingency Grant: Rs.25,000 per year for four years
  • To purchase Laptop: Rs.50,000 per one time grant
  • To attend Conferences: Rs.1,75,000 for conferences after completion of Comprehensive Exam (Max within 5 years)
  • Selected candidates need to pay caution deposit of Rs.30,000/- at the time of registration. Caution money is refundable after adjusting dues, if any, at the time of leaving the Institute.
  • Insurance premium will be deducted from the Contingency Grant every year.
  • Contingency Grant will be available for purchase of books, stationary, journal subscription, professional annual membership fee (student rates) of one national and one international society, and travel related to thesis work.
  • The institute reserves the right to charge any other fees from the students or increase the fees if considered necessary. Due notice would be given, while making such changes.
  • Teaching Assistance ship for one course per year is mandatory and unpaid.
  • If any self-sponsored candidates want to join full time Ph.D., the applicant has to pay full fee as IIM Bodh Gaya Rules.


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Last date to apply: April 19, 2020.
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