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Decoding Eligibility for IIM Bangalore PhD Admission 2021 with Fellowship and Zero Tuition Fee

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Bangalore, 06 December 2020:  Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore,  second Top Ranker in BSchools in India,  has already opened application portal for PhD Admission 2021. PhD Admission is available in 10 subjects related to Management, Economics and Entrepreneurship.

There is no tuition fee for PhD students. Additionally, Doctoral research scholars will receive a stipend of Rs 35,000 per month for up to five years to cover their living expenses.

Key Dates: The online application portal has opened from 14 October 2020. The closing date for submission of application is 18 January 2021. IIMB Test – 07 February  2021 (Sunday) (Test centres – Bangalore & Kozhikode).

Research Areas: Decision Sciences,   Economics & Social Sciences,  Entrepreneurship,  Finance & Accounting,  Information Systems, Marketing, Organizational Behavior & Human Resource Management, Production & Operations Management, Public Policy, and Strategy.

Candidates can apply to a maximum of two areas of specialization.

Eligibility Conditions: Here, SkillOutlook presents key points of Eligibility Conditions for IIM Bangalore PhD Admission.

Candidates should have

  • A Master’s Degree (bachelor’s degree obtained in 10+2+3 pattern, followed by a master’s degree ) or a 5 year Integrated Master’s Degree (obtained after completing higher secondary schooling in 10+2 pattern) in any discipline, with at least 55 percent marks in the bachelor’s as well in the master’s degrees.


  • A professional qualification like CA, ICWA, CS, with at least 50*# percent marks


  • A 4 year / 8 semesters Bachelor’s degree (10+2+4 pattern) with at least 6.5 CGPA or equivalent marks.

Note: Five percent marks relaxation is given to applicants from SC, ST and PwD categories; i.e., these applicants should have scored at least 50%, 45% and 6.0 CGPA respectively depending on the qualification that the candidate has acquired.

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.

Test Scores:

Area of Specialization: Acceptable Test Scores
Decision Sciences GMAT, GRE, CAT, GATE, JRF (NET), IIMB Test
Economics & Social Sciences GMAT, GRE, CAT, GATE, IIMB Test
Entrepreneurship GMAT, GRE, CAT, GATE, IIMB Test
Finance & Accounting GMAT, GRE, CAT, GATE, JRF (NET)
Information Systems GMAT, GRE, CAT, GATE, IIMB Test, JRF (NET)
Marketing GMAT, GRE, CAT, GATE, IIMB Test
Organizational Behavior & Human Resource Management GMAT, GRE, CAT, GATE, JRF (NET)
Production & Operations Management GMAT, GRE, CAT, GATE, IIMB Test
Public Policy GMAT, GRE, CAT, GATE, JRF (NET), IIMB Test
Strategy GMAT, GRE, CAT, IIMB Test

Except for those opting for IIM Bangalore Test, all other candidates should mandatorily provide the test score, which should be valid as on 18 January  2021, while submitting the application.

Applicants opting to take the IIMB Test should choose this option in the application. IIM Bangalore Test will conducted by IIMB on February 07, 2021 at Bangalore and Kozhikode.

Duration of the Programme:

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

Selection: Based on the information provided by the applicants, candidates will be shortlisted (on the recommendation of the respective areas) and called to Bangalore for an area specific written test and / or interview (Refer PhD2021 Area wise Admission Process for details on the Admission Page of IIM Bangalore).

For eligibility criteria, how to apply and other details, candidates should visit the official website of IIM Bangalore.


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