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IIM Ahmedabad Announces PhD Admission for 2021! Know More

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Ahmedabad, 16 September 2020: Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad has announced PhD Programmes for 2021. The programme prepares students for a career in academia or research positions in industry.

Research Areas:  (1) Agriculture, (2) Economics, (3) Finance & Accounting, (4) Human Resource Management, (5) Information Systems, (6) Innovation and Management in Education, (7) Marketing, (8) Organizational Behaviour, (9) Production and Quantitative Methods, (10) Public Systems and (11) Strategy.

Key Dates: The online application portal will open from 16 September 2020. The online portal will close on 21 January 2020.

Basic Eligibility Criteria:

The candidate must hold, subject to the condition laid down below: Entry Qualification Minimum Duration*


Post graduate diploma (2 yrs)


Professional qualification –

CA/ ICWA/CS with B.Com/Degree

3 years
B.Tech./ 4 year Degree with 6.5 CGPA or equivalent 4 years

Selection Process

Candidates applying to the Ph. D. Programme are required to take the Common Admission Test (CAT) or a standard test in lieu of CAT. For NRIs and Foreign students this standard test is the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT).  Different Areas of high levels of specialization of IIMA have specified different standard tests that candidates applying to the Ph. D. Programme in their Areas can take in lieu of CAT. These standard tests are given in the following table:


Area of high levels of specialization



Standard Test in lieu of CAT *

Agriculture GRE/GMAT/

UGC-JRF (Economics/ Development Studies/Development Economics/ Business Economics/ Management)

ICAR-SRF (PGS – merit list for award of SRF)

Economics GRE/GMAT/GATE/UGC-JRF in relevant discipline
Finance & Accounting GRE/GMAT
Human Resource Management GRE/GMAT/GATE
Information Systems GRE/GMAT/GATE
Innovation and

Management in Education

GRE/GMAT/GATE/UGC-JRF in relevant discipline
Marketing GRE/GMAT
Organizational Behaviour GRE/GMAT/UGC-JRF in relevant discipline
Production and Quantitative Methods GRE/GMAT/GATE/UGC- NET JRF in Mathematical Sciences
Public Systems Group GRE/GMAT/GATE/UGC-JRF (in relevant discipline)
Strategy GRE/GMAT

Scores of CAT 2018, 2019 and 2020 are considered valid for application to the Ph. D. Programme in 2021.

Standard Test Score not required if an applicant is:

– PGP Alumni of any IIM

– PGPX/PGP-PMP Alumni of any IIM where such courses are offered

(Part-time/evening/week-end/Distance Learning programmes of IIM are NOT considered)

Candidates will be short listed on the basis of their performance in CAT or the standard test in lieu of CAT, academic background, and experience. The Ph.D. admission interviews will be held during March-April 2021. IIMA may conduct online or face-to-face interviews depending upon the health advisory issued by the authorities at that time.

Fellowship and Expenses: IIMA provides a comprehensive fellowship that covers all academic expenses including tuition, computer, library, medical insurance, placement and alumni fees, and in addition includes a monthly subsistence allowance of Rs.32,800/- (Slab A) for first and second years, Rs. 35,400/- (Slab B) after completing comprehensive examination and Rs. 39,300/- (Slab C) after submitting the TAC approved thesis proposal.

For exact eligibility criteria, how to apply and other details, candidates should refer the official website of IIM Ahmedabad.


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