IGNOU PhD Entrance Exam 2021: Application Form, Eligibility Criteria


IGNOU PhD Entrance Exam 2021 will be conducted by National Testing Agency at the National level. The entrance exam is conducted once a year for admission to doctoral programmes. Indira Gandhi National Open University, largest university in the world offers high-quality education through Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode. It offers UG, PG, Certificates and Diploma courses in various fields. Along with that, it also offers PhD under two categories: Part-time and Full time. Candidates seeking admission in PhD programme at IGNOU can go through the other relevant details below in the article.

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IGNOU PhD Entrance Exam 2021 Dates


National testing Agency (NTA) is responsible for conducting entrance exam to grant admission to the PhD course in IGNOU.

Admission to the PhD course
Events Important Dates(Tentative)
Relasing of online application form May 2021
Last date for submission of online Application form  

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IGNOU PhD Entrance Exam 2021 Application Form

The details regarding the application form of IGNOU PHD Admission exam are given below:

  • IGNOU PhD application form will be released tentatively in last week of May 2021.
  • The application has been released in online mode.
  • Candidates can fill the application form through the official website.
  • Candidates are advised to fill the details as per the guidelines in the application form.
  • Moreover, keep a copy of the filled application form for further use.

IGNOU PhD Entrance Exam 2021 Application Fee

To complete the application process, candidates have to pay the application fee also, which is non-refundable. Check the category-wise application fee for admission in PhD programme below:

Category Amount
General/ OBC Rs. 1000/-
SC/ ST/ EWS Rs. 800/-

Note: The application fee once paid would not be refunded under any circumstances.

  • Mode of Payment: Candidates can pay the application fee through online mode via:
    • Debit Card
    • Credit Card
    • Net Banking

How to Apply for IGNOU PhD Entrance Test 2021?

Candidates can apply for the IGNOU PhD Entrance Test by following the below-given steps:

  1. Visit the NTA’s official website (ignouexams.nta.nic.in) and click on the “Application Form for IGNOU PHD-2021” tab.
  2. After the click, the registration section will open where candidates have to click on the “New Registration” tab to begin with the registration process.
  3. Now, after registration is complete fill the application form very carefully without any spelling mistakes.
  4. Once the application form is filled, candidates need to upload the recent scanned photograph (passport size) and digital signature in a prescribed format.
  • Scanned Photograph – Less than 200 KB
  • Signature – Less than 30 KB
  1. After uploading, review the application form before final submission.
  2. Now, pay the requisite application fee through Online Payment Gateway via Debit/ Credit Card, Net Banking and ATM Card.
  3. After successful payment, candidates will receive a confirmation Mail or SMS.
  4. Candidates must note down their application number as it will be required to login the PhD entrance portal for downloading admit card and result in future.

Note: No documents need to be submitted while filling online application form as all original documents have to produce at the time of the Interview taken by the University.

Documents Specifications

The details regaridng the format and size of the uploading documents are given below:

Documents Size Format
Photograph 10 – 200 KB JPG/ JPEG
Scanned Signature 4 – 30 KB JPG/ JPEG

IGNOU PhD Entrance Exam 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must ensure their eligibility before applying for the admission into PhD programme at IGNOU. Therefore, the specific eligibility criteria for each specialization is mentioned in a table below:

Eligibility Criteria for Phd Admission 
School Specialisation Vacancies Eligibility Criteria




School of Social Sciences (SOSS)

Anthropology (PHDAN) 12 Post-Graduation in Anthropology and Allied fields.
Economics (PHDEC) 7 Master’s Degree or M.Phil. Degree in Economics.
Library & Information Science (PHDLIS) 9 Master’s Degree and/or M.Phil. Degree in Library and Information Science.
Political Science (PHDPS) 3 Master’s Degree and/or M.Phil. Degree in Political Science or allied disciplines.
Psychology (PHDPC) 17 Master’s Degree and/or M.Phil. Degree in Psychology.
Public Administration (PHDPA) 16 Master’s Degree and/or M Phil Degree in Public Administration.
Sociology (PHDSOC) 14 Master’s Degree and/or M.Phil. Degree in Sociology or allied disciplines.


School of Sciences (SOS)

Bio Chemistry (PHDBC) 10 Master’s Degree from a recognized university or any other qualification recognized as equivalent thereto in Biochemistry/ allied subjects.
Chemistry (PHDCHEM) 11 M.Sc. Chemistry from any recognized University/other qualification recognized as equivalent thereto in such fields of study as are notified for the purpose from time to time by the University.
Geography (PHDGEOG) 15 M.A./M.Sc. in Geography, Earth Systems Science and Relevant Discipline of Geospatial Technology”.
Geology (PHDGY) 4 Post-Graduation in Geology or Geological Science or Applied Geology or Geo-Exploration or Mineral Exploration or Engineering Geology or Marine Geology or Earth Science and Resource Management or Petroleum Geosciences or Petroleum Exploration or Geochemistry or Geophysics or Hydrogeology or Geomatics or Geoinformatics or Remote Sensing and GIS from any recognized University.
Statistics (PHDSTAT) 12 Master Degree in Statistics / Applied Statistics. Available Research Area: Estimation and Sampling Techniques, Reliability Modelling, Statistical Inference.


School of Continuing Education (SOCE)

Food & Nutritional Science (PHDFN) 5 A Master’s Degree (M.Sc.) in Food and Nutrition / Dietetics / Public Health Nutrition or an equivalent grade from a recognized institution with UGC-NET qualified.
Home Science (PHDHC) 4 M.Sc. in Home Science with a specialization in Community Resource Management and Extension / Family and Community Resource Management / Development Communication and Extension / Resource management and Design Applications/ Extension / Extension Education and Communication / M.Sc. Home Science (General).


School of Management Studies (SOMS)

Commerce (PHDCOM) 7 Master Degree in Commerce or any other allied discipline from any recognized University/Institute of higher learning.
Management (PHDMGMT) 5 Master’s Degree and/or M. Phil. Degree in Management Studies or in allied disciplines.

The seats are available in Financial Management, Operations Management, Human Resource Management and Marketing Management.

School of Education (SOE) Education (PHDES) 20 MA(Education) or M.Ed.
School of Gender & Development Studies (SOGDS) Gender & Development Studies (PHDGDS) 12 Master’s degree in Gender Studies or Gender & Development Studies with 55% OR

Master’s degree in other streams with one or two courses in the area of Gender Studies or Gender & Development Studies and/or with demonstrable evidence of teaching and / or research and publications in the area of Gender Studies or Gender & Development Studies.

School of Journalism & Mass Communication (SOJNMS) Journalism & Mass Communications (PHDJMC) 7 Master Degree in Communication or related disciplines (Social Sciences and Humanities with demonstrated interest in the Communication and Media Research).
School of

Agriculture (SOA)

Dairy Science &

Technology (PHDDR)

4 Master’s Degree in Dairy Science (Dairy Technology, Dairy Chemistry, Dairy Microbiology, Dairy Engineering), Food Science/ Food Technology, M.V.Sc. (Animal products technology / Livestock Products Technology / Dairy Science), M.Sc. Agriculture (Dairy Science / Dairy Technology), M.Sc. (Agriculture / Processing and Food Engineering) with B.Tech. in Dairy Technology.
School of Extension & Development Studies (SOEDS) Development Studies (PHDDV) 18 Masters in Development Studies, Extension Education, Economics, Sociology, and Political Science.
School of

Computer & Information

Science (SOCIS)

Computer Science (PHDCS) 5 Possesses BE/BTech in Computer Science / IT or Master of Computer Applications (MCA) or M.Sc. in Computer Science / IT with at least 55% marks [50% marks in the case of SC, ST, OBC (Non-creamy Layer) and Differently Abled and other categories of candidates as per the decision of UGC from time to time, or for those who had obtained their Master’s Degree prior to 19th September, 1991]excluding grace mark.
School of Law (SOL) Law (PHDLE) 4 Master’s Degree in Law from a University recognized by UGC or any other qualification recognized as equivalent thereto in the field of law as notified for the purpose from time to time by the University.
School of Health Sciences (SOHS) Nursing (PHDNS) 3 Master’s Degree and/or M.Phil. Degree in Nursing.
School of Social Work (SOSW) Social Work (PHDSW) 11 MA in Social Work / MSW Degree from a University recognized

by UGC.

School of


Studies (SOTST)

Translation Studies (PHDTT) 3 Post- Graduate Degree in Translation Studies or allied Subjects viz., Literature, Linguistics.
School of


Education and Training (SOVET)

Vocational Education

and Training (PHDVE)

8 Master’s Degree in Economics, Commerce, Management,

Education, Agriculture Extension or Extension Education, Environmental Sciences.

School of


Languages (SOFL)

French (PHDFL) 2 MA/MPhil in French from an Indian or Foreign University.

IGNOU PhD Entrance Test 2021 Question Pattern

The complete exam pattern of IGNOU PhD Entrance Test is given below:

Phd Entrance Exam Pattern
Exam Mode Online (Computer-Based Test)
Type of Questions Multiple Choice Questions (Objective Type)
Number of Questions 100
Medium English
Negative Marking No marks will be deducted for wrong answer.

Note: The question paper shall consist 50% questions on research methodology and 50% questions on specific subject.

IGNOU PhD Entrance Exam 2021 Answer Key

NTA has released the Question paper along with draft answer key. Candidates have the option to challenge the answer key on the official website. Candidates are advised to save the question paper and answer responses for future responses. The procedure for the challenge of Answer Key provided below. Candidates are required to pay online a sum of Rs. 200/- (one thousand only) as processing fee for each question challenged.

IGNOU PhD Entrance Exam 2021 Result

National Testing Agency (NTA) the exam conducting body will release the entrance test result on official website. Candidates should login to the official website and check the IGNOU PhD 2020 result. The candidates securing minimum qualifying marks will be considered in merit list. Admission to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) course is strictly based on merit. Qualified candidates will be called for interview/ presentation round.

IGNOU PhD Entrance Exam 2021 Selection Process

Admission to the PhD programme will be done on merit, based on the performance in the Entrance Test and Interview/ Viva. IGNOU admission process includes two rounds – Entrance Exam and Interview. Check the weightage provided to both the rounds:

  • IGNOU PhD Entrance Examination – 70%
  • Interview – 30%

Entrance Exam

  • IGNOU PhD Entrance Test will be conducted by the NTA (National Testing Agency) at national level.
  • Admit card for the test will also be displayed on the NTA’s official website. Candidates need to download and print the same to appear for the examination.
  • Along with the admit card, candidates have to bring an original identity proof having photograph such as: Aadhar Card, Voter ID Card, Driving License, Passport and ID Card issued by Government Agencies.

Interview/ Presentation

  • Candidates shortlisted based on performance in entrance test will be called for interview before the Discipline specific Doctoral Research Committee.
  • Only selected candidates will get the offer letter.
  • If candidates called for Interview does not mean that they can claim for admission. The Doctoral Research Committee may not recommend a candidate if the discipline does not have the specialization in which he/she wants to carry out research.

Qualifying Marks for IGNOU PhD Entrance Test 2021 – Candidates have to secure at least 50% marks (45% for SC/ST/OBC (Non-Creamy layers) / Differently abled candidates) to qualify the IGNOU PhD Entrance Test.

IGNOU PhD 2021 Exam Centres

While Applying for Entrance Examination, candidates need to choose 3 exam center as per their preference. Find the list of exam center below:

List of Examination Centres
Centre Code Centre Name Centre Code Centre Name
AP04 Chirala AP07 Guntur
AP09 Kakinada AP10 Kurnool
AP11 Nellore AP13 Rajahmundry
AP16 Tirupathi AP17 Vijayawada
AP18 Visakhapatnam AP19 Vizianagaram
AL01 Itanagar AM01 Dibrugarh
AM02 Assam AM03 Jorhat
AM04 Silchar AM05 Tezpur
BR09 Arrah BR02 Bhagalpur
BR04 Darbhanga BR06 Muzaffarpur
BR07 Patna BR08 Purnea
CH01 Chandigarh/Mohali CG01 Bhilai Nagar
HP01 Bilaspur CG03 Raipur
DL01 Delhi/New Delhi HR03 Faridabad
UP07 Ghaziabad UP09 Greater Noida/Noida
HR04 Gurugram UP14 Meerut
GO01 PANAJI/MADGAON GJ01 Ahmedabad/Gandhinagar
GJ02 Anand GJ08 Mehsana
GJ10 Rajkot GJ11 Surat
GJ12 Vadodara HR01 Ambala
HR10 Yamuna Nagar HP06 Shimla
HR07 Kurukshetra HP03 Hamirpur
JK02 Jammu JK04 Srinagar (J & K)
JH01 Bokaro JH02 Dhanbad
JH05 Hazaribagh JH03 Jamshedpur
JH04 Ranchi KK02 Belagum
KK04 Bengaluru KK10 Hubballi(Hubli)
KK08 Kalaburagi(Gulbarga) KK12 Mangaluru(Mangalore)
KK14 Mysuru(Mysore) KK15 Shivamogga(Shimoga)
KK17 Udupi KL04 Ernakulam
KL07 Kannur KL09 Kollam
KL11 Kottayam KL12 Kozhikode
KL18 Thrissur KL17 Trivandrum
MP03 Bhopal MP06 Gwalior
MP07 Indore MP08 Jabalpur
MP12 Sagar MP13 Satna
MP15 Ujjain MR03 Amravati
MR04 Aurangabad MR13 Jalgaon
MR14 Kolhapur MR16 Mumbai
MR17 Nagpur MR18 Nanded
MR19 Nasik MR22 Pune
MG01 Shillong MZ01 Aizawl
NL02 Kohima OR02 Balasore
OR03 Berhampur OR04 Bhubaneswar
OR05 Cuttack OR06 Dhenkanal
OR08 Rourkela OR09 Sambalpur
PB01 Amritsar PB02 Bhatinda
PB04 Jalandhar PB05 Ludhiana
PB08 Patiala RJ01 Ajmer
RJ05 Bikaner RJ07 Jodhpur
RJ09 Sikar RJ11 Udaipur
TN01 Chennai TN02 Coimbatore
TN08 Madurai TN11 Salem
TN15 Tirunelveli TN14 Trichy
TN18 Vellore TL01 Hyderabad
TL02 Karimnagar TL07 Warangal
UP01 Agra UP02 Aligarh
UP03 Allahabad UP04 Bareilly
UP08 Gorakhpur UP10 Jhansi
UP11 Kanpur UP12 Lucknow
UP15 Moradabad UP16 Muzaffarnagar
UP18 Varanasi UK01 Dehradun
UK02 Haldwani UK06 Roorkee
WB01 Asansol WB06 Hooghly
WB08 Kalyani WB10 Kolkata
WB11 Siliguri

IGNOU PhD Entrance Exam 2021 Highlights

The basic information about the IGNOU PhD Admission is tabulated below:

Ignou Phd Admission Basic Details 
University Name Indira Gandhi National Open University
University Type Central University
Course Doctor of Philosophy (Phd)
Basic Admission Criteria NTA Entrance Test & Interview
Application Mode Online
Course Duration 3 – 6 Years
Official Website https://ignouexams.nta.nic.in/

Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi

Indira Gandhi National University was established in 1985 by Central Government of India to cater open & distance learning education in India. IGNOU is considered on the largest open university in world with 6,52,504 fresh students in its academic programmes whereas 4,20,074 were re-registered students in 2017-18. The University started with two academic programs in 1987 i.e. Diploma in Management and Diploma in Distance Education. Now, the University gives about 228 certificate, diploma, degree and doctoral programs.

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