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Eligibility exam for PhD.

Question asked by ISHAN TOPRE in #Coffee Room on May 1, 2011
ISHAN TOPRE · May 1, 2011
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"Better late than never," goes an adage. This can be better applied to Nagpur University that has finally decided to start an eligibility exam for the doctor of philosophy (PhD) aspirants from 2011-12 academic session. It will be conducted twice a year - on second Saturdays of January and July. NU was the only among all non-agriculture universities in Maharashtra that was not filtering PhD aspirants through such test. Even Amravati University started an aptitude test for PhD aspirants last year.

Now, vice-chancellor Vilas Sapkal has issued a Direction (No 7 of 2011) on April 18 "prescribing eligibility criteria and procedure for registration of candidates, selection of supervisors, guides and research, topics, thesis submission and its evaluation for PhD degree in all faculties," as per UGC's June 1, 2009 notification.

Registrar Mahesh Yenkie confirmed the development and stated that the Board of College and University Development (BCUD) would now frame the exam schedule and other formalities. "After this, VC would come out with an ordinance," he informed. According to the Direction, a copy of which is with TOI, postgraduate degree (masters) holders with minimum 50% marks or equivalent Grade Point Average (GPA) or 55% marks in law faculty (masters) would be eligible for the exam. There will be relaxation of 5% for the reserved category candidates.

Masters degree holders working in national laboratories/institutes/government or private organization nominated/sponsored candidates, holding the rank of assistant director, can also apply. Candidates having exceptional abilities having cleared graduation with 50% marks with 15 years experience in the relevant field would also be eligible.

The exam would have two papers of 100 marks each - General Aptitude Test and Subject Specific Test. The results of first paper would be out on NU website with the list of successful candidates selected for second paper. The advertisement for inviting applications for the test details would also be published in the newspapers twice a year - in first week of December and June. The first paper will have 100 multiple choice questions covering logical reasoning, numerical ability and language aptitude while the second one (partly descriptive) will be conducted by respective NU departments.

Interestingly, there will be an exemption from the test to the candidates qualified in GATE/NET-SET/JRF exams along with NU's MPhil graduates. Also NU's approved teachers having over five years' teaching experience at UG/PG level and scientists/officers working in the governmental organizations or national labs or research institutions would also get the exemption.

PhD entrance highlights:

* To be based on tough Pune pattern

* To be held in Jan and July every year

* Masters having 50% marks or GPA can apply

* To have two papers of 100 marks each

* Exemption to GATE/NET-SET/JRF cleared candidates
Source: NAGPUR UNIVERSITY: Now, a test for doing PhD Posted in: #Coffee Room

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