Postgraduate Admission


Admission to the Ph.D. program in the Department of Economic Sciences takes place in the beginning of an academic year. The minimum qualification to appear in the admission exam includes at least 55% marks (or a CPI of 5.5 on a 10-point scale) in the Master's degree in Economics or any allied field (e.g. Mathematics, Statistics). In addition, the candidate should clear a national level test (UGC-JRF/NET/GATE) in the last five years. Note it is also required that the candidate should have Mathematics as a subject in undergraduate degree.

Students who fulfill the above mentioned criteria are shortlisted for admission test. Final selection is based on a candidate’s cumulative performance in the written examination and an interview conducted following the admission test (timing: 1st/2nd week of May every year). If a candidate misses out on the regular application deadline, we have provision of walk-in admission test, provided the candidate is excellent as judged by the department. Such a walk-in is typically conducted in the first week of July. PhD registration is scheduled in the last week of July. The syllabus for the admission test and sample test papers can be downloaded from the links given below.

The institute provides monthly scholarship to all the Ph.D. students, the value of which is Rs.25,000 for the first two years and Rs.28,000 for the third and fourth year. All students are provided hostel accommodation, computing and health facilities.

The advantages of doing a Ph.D. in the Department of Economic Sciences at IITK are manifolds. (1) The students receive financial support for attending and presenting their research in two national and one international conference. (2) Online access to major economics journals including JSTOR & Science Direct as well as access to ASI, NSS, CMIE & many other databases are provided to all students. (3) There is financial support for Ph.D. research related fieldwork. (4) Students get to use the Economics core lab equipped with 50 terminals loaded with statistical softwares. (5) There is a monetary reward of Rs 10,000 for a student who publishes his/her research paper in a reputed journal. (6) Students while working with the faculty supervisors may get a chance to be part of an exciting collaboration with international researchers.