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IIM Bangalore Admission to Ph.D. Programme 2024

Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore
Admission to Ph.D. Programme, 2024
Doctoral Programme in Management Training Future Researchers and Academicians.

The main objectives of the doctoral programme in management at IIM-Bangalore are:
  • To provide rigorous training in cutting edge inter-disciplinary management research, and
  • To train the next generation of academics that inspire business leaders and policy makers.
The doctoral programme in management is a five-year full-time programme leading to a Ph.D. degree in management.

    + Important Dates

    The application window and the schedule of events (tentative) are as below:
    Application Window 26 July 2023 to January 25, 2024 (05:00 P.M. IST)
    IIMB Test Slot-1: November 19, 2023
    Slot-2: January 28, 2024
    Short List Notification1 15th February, 2024
    Area Tests [Online] (as decided by Areas)1,2 1st and 2nd of March, 2024
    Interview Date1,2 (IIMB Campus) 14th to 16th March 2024
    Interview# IIMB Campus
    Offer Notification1 22nd March, 2024
    Offer Acceptance – Last date1 29th March, 2024
    Ph.D. Prep Programme and Registration1 Last week of May 2024 onwards
    1 These dates are tentative and may change.
    2 Area tests and interviews might be conducted online or in-person. Notifications will be provided in advance.

    IIMB TEST 2023-24

    + IIMB TEST 2023-24 Information

    IIMB Test is one of the valid test being considered for admission to PGPEM and PhD programmes at IIMB. We are pleased to announce that the IIMB Test 2023 shall be conducted ONLINE twice this year (2023). The first round of test will be conducted on Sunday, November 19, 2023 (10:00 am to 12:00 pm), and the second round of test will be conducted on Sunday, January 28, 2024 (10:00 am to 12:00 pm). The test will be conducted in one session each on both the days.

    Information on appearing for IIMB Test
    • Applicants opting for IIMB Test should indicate the test round in the PGPEM/PhD 2024 online application separately before submission. Please refer to the respective admission process of PGPEM/PhD on our website.
    • Applicants can choose to appear for the IIMB Test (either one or both the rounds).
      • IIMB TEST (Slot 1): Last date for registering to the IIMB Test is on November 15, 2023, if appearing for the IIMB Test scheduled on November 19, 2023 (Sunday).
      • IIMB TEST (Slot 2): Last date for registering to the IIMB Test is on January 25, 2024, if appearing for the IIMB Test scheduled on January 28, 2024 (Sunday).
      • Applicants who register for IIMB test will have to send the hard copy of duly completed Registration Forms to IIMB Admissions office by post and upload the scanned copy in the drop box link provided on IIMB website. Please note that the Admit Card will be issued only for the applicants who submit their registration form.
      • If any applicant has already appeared for the First round test on November 19, 2023, but would like to reappear for the next round of test again, can appear for the Second round scheduled on January 28, 2024, by paying the test fee of Rs. 1000/-.
      • If the applicant opts for First round test scheduled on November 19, 2023, and if for any reason was unable to attend the test, the test fee paid for the First round shall stand forfeited. The applicant can appear for the Second round test scheduled on January 28, 2024, by paying the test fee of Rs.1000/- using the link provided on the website.
      • Please note that Test Fees paid is Non-Refundable.
      • The test score evaluated will be used for internal processing of the application and as a practice no score card shall be issued for the IIMB Test.
    Note: The IIMB Test will be conducted and proctored online by IIMB. The candidates can take the test from their own locations / home. The conditions / requirements to be followed by the candidates shall be shared ahead of the test.

    + IIMB Test Fee Payment

    + IIMB Test Registration Form

    + Upload the Test Registration Form

    + IIMB Test Sample Paper

    + Areas of Specialization

    + Programme Highlights

    • Two years of specialized Doctoral courses
    • Structured progress towards degree
    • One-on-One research experience with faculty
    • Over 100+full time faculty with international reputation
    • Publications in leading international journals
    • Access to leading journals and datasets
    • Over 300+ alumni working as faculty in leading institutes
    • Over 60% recent graduates hired as faculty in IIMs

    + Duration of the Programme

    Students are expected to complete the doctoral programme within 5 years of registering for the programme.

    + Eligibility

    Candidates that apply for admission should have either:
    • A Master's degree (obtained after completing bachelorís degree)1 or,
    • A five-year Integrated Masterís degree (obtained after completing higher secondary schooling in 10+2 pattern) in any discipline1 or,
    • A Post Graduate Diploma (2 years)1
    • A Professional qualification such as CA, ICWA, CS2 or,
    • A four-year or eight-semesters Bachelor's degree3
    The percentage of marks obtained by the candidate would be calculated based on the practice followed by the respective university or institution. In case of grades / CGPA, the conversion to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure certified by the respective university or institute. If a university or institute confirms that there is no scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by dividing the candidateís CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the result by 100.
    • 1 Candidates need to have at least 55 percent marks in the bachelorís degree, masterís degree(s), and post graduate diploma. This cutoff is 50 percent marks for applicants from SC, ST and PwD categories.
    • 2 Candidates with these professional qualifications should have obtained at least 50 percent marks in their or bachelorís degree. This cutoff is 45 percent for applicants from SC, ST and PwD categories.
    • 3 Candidates in this category should have obtained at least 6.5 CGPA or equivalent marks. This cutoff is 6.0 CGPA for applicants from SC, ST and PwD categories.
    The above qualification should be from one of the Universities, or other educational institutions, incorporated by an act of the Parliament or State legislature in India; or declared to be deemed as a University under Section3 of UGC Act, 1956, or, recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.
    • Candidates who are in the final year of the qualifying Programmes that would make them eligible can also apply. (However, in case of CA/ICWA/CS the applicant should have completed the course at the time of applying to the doctoral programme.)
    • Such final year candidates, if selected, will be allowed to join the programme provisionally only if they submit a certificate (latest by the date of registration to the PhD 2024 programme) from the Principal or Head of the Department or Registrar or Director of the university or institute stating that they have appeared for the examinations (including practical examinations) in all the subjects required for obtaining the Master's or Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification.
    • Their admission will be confirmed only when they submit the marks sheet and the certificate of having passed the Master's or Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification referred to in the certificate issued by the Principal or Registrar of their university or institute.
    • The deadline for submission of marks sheet and the certificates is December 31, 2024.
    • Please note that those candidates who have applied on the basis of their master's degree will have to meet the 55% marks stipulation, and those who have applied on the basis of their bachelor's degree will have to meet the 65% marks stipulation, or as applicable in the case of candidates from various social categories. Non-fulfillment of these conditions will automatically result in the cancellation of the provisional admission.

    + Test Scores

    Candidates require a valid test score, from any one of the acceptable tests to the area(s) of specialization they are applying to, as shown in the following table.
    Area of Specialization Acceptable Test Scores
    Decision Sciences Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Economics NA NA NA NA NA NA
    Entrepreneurship Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
    Finance & Accounting Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
    Information Systems Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Marketing Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
    Organizational Behaviour & Human Resource Management Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Production & Operations Management Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
    Public Policy Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Strategy Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
    NA: Not Applicable
    • Except for those opting for IIMB Test, all other candidates should mandatorily provide the test score, which should be valid as on January 25, 2024, while submitting the application.
    • Candidates can use only one of the acceptable test scores listed in the table above as part of their applications. If students have taken multiple tests that are acceptable, they will need to pick one of the acceptable tests as part of their application to the doctoral progamme at IIMB.
    • Applicants opting for GMAT or GRE should have ETS send the OFFICIAL SCORE CARD to IIMB prior to the application deadline and also upload a copy of their official test scores along with the application. Applicants who have not received the official score card, should upload the TEST TAKER COPY along with the application, but have ETS send the OFFICIAL SCORE CARD before the interviews. Online GMAT/GRE score (exam taken at home) will not be accepted for Ph.D. 2024.
    • Applicants opting for Common Admission Test (CAT 2023) should provide their CAT 2023 registration number in the online application. The CAT 2023 scores made available to IIMB will be used in the assessment of the application.
    • Applicants opting for GATE or JRF (NET) score should upload their valid SCORE CARD along with the application, and bring OFFICIAL SCORE CARD for interviews.
    • Applicants opting to take the IIMB Test should choose this option in the application. IIMB Test will be conducted by IIMB twice, on November 19, 2023 and January 28, 2024. Those opting to appear for the IIMB Test will have to pay a test fee of Rs. 1000/- (non-refundable) in addition to the application fee as specified. For more information on the IIMB Test, please see details in Appendix and also visit the IIMB website.
    • Candidates taking the IIMB Test would need to indicate on the application form that they intend to use the IIMB Test scores for their application.

    + Application Submission

    The application form for admission to Doctoral Programme 2024, will be available at:
    • Application opening date: July 26th, 2023.
    • Deadline for submission of fully completed applications: January 25, 2024 (0:00 P.M. IST)

    + Application Packet

    • Candidates must fill in their application through the online portal listed above.
    • Candidates may apply to two areas of specialization as part of their application to the doctoral programme at IIMB. Such candidates will need to identify their primary and secondary areas of specialization as part of the application form.
    • Application packet for all areas include the following:
      • Fully completed online application form
      • Photograph (passport size in JPG or PNG format)
      • Score report (upload scanned copy of GRE, GMAT, GATE, JRF (NET), except those using CAT 2023 and IIMB Test scores for their application)
      • Statement of Purpose (upload document specific to the specialization area of candidate)
      • Mark sheets (upload scanned copy of 10th Standard, 12th Standard, Bachelors and Masters, and relevant Professional Certificates)
      • Category certificate (upload scanned copy, if applicable)
      • Letter of recommendation (ask recommender to complete the online process, do not upload scanned copies)
      • Additional documents (upload scanned copy of relevant document such as resume or research publications, if available)

    + Application Fee

    The application fee (Non-Refundable) is:
      Applying to One Area Applying to Two Areas
    Application Fee Rs. 1000/- Rs. 1500/-
    If taken, additional fee for IIMB Test will be applicable.
For any admission related queries:
Contact No.: +91-80-2699 3013 / 3017
Email: hdadm[at]iimb[dot]ac[dot]in
NOTE: Online GMAT/GRE score is not applicable for PhD 2024 batch.

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