IGNOU M.Phil/ PhD admission will commence in the month of March 2020. The candidates, who are interested in taking admission in M.Phil/ PhD courses of IGNOU must know about the complete admission procedure. In order to take admission, the candidates will have to fill the application form. The IGNOU M.Phil PhD Application Form will be out expectedly in the month of March 2020. This is to be noted that the admission to the M Phil/ PhD programmes will be done strictly on merit, based on the performance of the candidates in Entrance Test and Interview.

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IGNOU offers M.Phil/ PhD programmes under two categories: part-time and full time. Candidates will have to attend coursework if allotted to them. The M.Phil/ PhD programmes will involve coursework during the first six months of IGNOU M.Phil/ PhD admission, which will be conducted in IGNOU Campus at New Delhi only. A student has to attend the coursework on a regular basis. At least 80 per cent attendance in classes is compulsory.

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IGNOU M.Phil PhD Admission Dates 2020

The schedule of IGNOU M.Phil/PhD program 2019 is available on the official website of the University. Go through the important dates mentioned in the tabular format below:

EventsDates (Tentative)
Release of Application FormMarch 2020
Last date to submit Application FormMarch 2020
Issuance of Admit CardMarch 2020
Entrance ExamApril 2020
Release of ResultMay 2020

IGNOU M.Phil PhD Eligibility Criteria


Master’s Degree from a University recognized by UGC in the relevant discipline with at least 55% marks.

For PhD.

  • Master’s Degree from a University recognized by UGC in the relevant discipline with at least 55% marks.
  • Candidates holding M.Phil. degree (along with course work and dissertation both) or those candidates who have cleared NET (conducted by UGC/CSIR/ICAR) or any other equivalent examination will be exempted from appearing in the Entrance Test.
  • Those who have not cleared NET/any other equivalent examination or not holding M.Phil. Degree will have to appear in the Entrance Test.

Discipline wise eligibility and Seat Availability

Geology (SOS)PhDGen-05 SC- 01 ST-01 OBC-02 (Total – 09)

Postgraduation in any of the following subjects:

  • Geology
  • Geological Science
  • Applied Geology
  • GeoExploration
  • Mineral Exploration
  • Engineering Geology
  • Marine Geology
  • Earth Science and Resource Management
  • Petroleum Geosciences
  • Petroleum Exploration
  • Geochemistry
  • Geophysics
  • Hydrogeology
  • Geomatics
  • Geoinformatics
  • Remote Sensing and GIS
Statistics (SOS)Ph DGen-03 SC- 01 ST-01 OBC-01 (Total- 6)M. Phil. in Statistics or qualified UGC-CSIR NET/SLET in Statistics with Post Graduation in Statistics/Applied Statistics.


Post Graduation in Statistics/ Applied Statistics with a minimum of 55% from any recognized university.

Geography (SOS)
  • PhD
  • M.Phil
  • Gen-03 SC- 02 ST-01 OBC-05 (Total -11)
  • Gen-05 SC- 01 ST-01 OBC-03 (Total -10)
M.A./M.Sc. In Geography, Earth Systems Science and Relevant Discipline of Geospatial Technology
Gender and Development Studies (SOGDS)PhDGen-03 SC- 01 ST-00 OBC-01 (Total -5)Master’s degree in Gender Studies or Gender & Development Studies with 55%


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

Women’s studiesPhDGen-03 SC- 01 ST-00 OBC-01 (Total -5)Master’s degree in Women’s Studies or Gender Studies with 55%


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

BiochemistryPhDGen-Nil SC-1 ST-1 OBC-1 (Total-3)UGCNET(including JRF)/ UGC/ CSIR-NET (including JRF)/ SLET/ GATE/ M Phil or should be a teacher fellowship holder of UGC.
Physics (SOS) Area of specialisation (Physics Education & Nuclear Reactor PhysicsPhDGen-01 SC- 01 ST-00 OBC-00 (Total -2)UGCNET(including JRF)/UGC/ CSIR-NET (including JRF)/SLET /GATE or should be a teacher fellowship holder of UGC
Psychology (SOSS)PhDGen-07 SC- 02 ST-01 OBC-04 (Total -14)Master’s Degree and/or M.Phil. Degree in Psychology
Anthropology (SOSS)PhDGen-07 SC- 02 ST-01 OBC-04 (Total -14)Master’s Degree and/or M.Phil. Degree in Anthropology or equivalent areas – Sociology, History, Forensic Science, Demography, Public Health
Sociology (SOSS)
  • PhD
  • M.Phil
  • Gen-06 SC- 02 ST-01 OBC-03 (Total -12)
  • Gen -03 SC-01 ST-01 OBC – 02 (Total -7)
Master’s Degree and/or M.Phil. Degree in Sociology or allied disciplines
Library and Information Science (SOSS)PhDGen-05 SC- 01 ST-01 OBC-03 (Total -10)Master’s Degree/ M.Phil. Degree in Library and Information Science
Political Science (SOSS)
  • PhD
  • M.Phil
  • Gen-04 SC- 01 ST-01 OBC-02 (Total -8)
  • Gen -05 SC-01 ST-01 OBC – 02 (Total -9)
Master’s Degree and/or M.Phil. Degree in Political Science or allied disciplines
Economics (SOSS)M.PhilGen -01 SC-01 ST-01 OBC – 01 (Total -4)Only the candidates who have qualified UGC-NET with JRF in Economics are eligible
Public Administration (SOSS)PhDGen-10 SC- 03 ST-02 OBC-06 PWD – 01 (Total -22)Master’s Degree and/or M.Phil. Degree in Public Administration


Any Master’s Degree with five years of experience in Administration/ Disaster Management

History (SOSS) (Specializations available in Modern Indian History and Medieval Indian History)PhDGen-03 SC- 01 ST-01 OBC-01 (Total -6)Master’s Degree or M.Phil. Degree in History
Translation Studies (SOTST)
  • M.Phil
  • PhD
  • Gen-01 SC- 00 ST-00 OBC-00 (Total-01)
  • Gen-02 SC- 01 ST-00 OBC-01 (Total -4)
Master’s Degree and/or M.Phil. Degree in Translation Studies or in allied subjects
Social Work (SOSW)
  • PhD
  • M.Phil
  • Gen – 10 SC-03 ST-01 OBC-05 (Total -19)
  • Gen-04 SC- 01 ST-01 OBC-02 (Total -8)
MSW/ M.A. (Social Work)
Environmental Science (SOITS)PhDGen-11 SC- 04 ST-02 OBC-07 PWD – 01 (Total -25)M.Sc Environmental Science and allied sciences & technology
Life Sciences (SOS)PhDGen-05 SC- 01 ST-01 OBC-03 (Total -10)M.Phil degree and a Post Graduate degree in a relevant area of the discipline with minimum 55 per cent marks (50 per cent marks for SC/ST/PH candidates)


Qualified UGC-CSIR NET/ SLET/ GATE/ an equivalent examination

Management (SOMS)PhDGen-14 SC- 04 ST-02 OBC-07 (Total -25)Master’s Degree and/or M. Phil. Degree in Management Studies or in allied disciplines
Food & Nutritional Sciences (SOCE)PhDGen-01 SC- 01 ST-01 OBC-01 (Total -04)Master’s Degree or M.Phil. Degree in Nutrition/ Dietetics/ Clinical Nutrition
Commerce (SOMS)
  • M.Phil
  • PhD
  • Gen-00 SC- 02 ST-00 OBC-03 (Total -05)
  • Gen-00 SC- 02 ST-04 OBC-13 (Total -19)
Master’s Degree and/or M.Phil. Degree in Commerce
Hindi (SOH)PhDGen-05 SC- 01 ST-01 OBC-03 (Total -10)Master’s Degree and/or M.Phil. Degree in Hindi Language and Literature
Distance Education (SOE)
  • PhD
  • M.Phil
Gen-22 SC- 07 ST-03 OBC-12 (Total -44)

Gen-09 SC- 02 ST-01 OBC-04 (Total -16)

Master’s Degree and/or M.Phil. Degree in Distance Education/ Education/ Mass Communication and New Media Studies/ any Masters Degree with B.Ed/ M.Ed
Nursing (SOHS)PhDGen-01 SC- 00 ST-01 OBC-01 (Total -3)Master’s Degree and/or M.Phil. Degree in Nursing

The Entrance Examination will not be conducted for the following Courses:

  • Biochemistry
  • Physics
  • Economics
  • Life Sciences

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IGNOU M.Phil/ PhD Application Procedure

The Application Procedure is available online only and no offline mode will be available. The Application fee of Rs.1000/-. will be submitted at the time of application submission. Before filling the online form, it shall be necessary that you register yourself in the online IGNOU M.Phil Admission portal first by visiting the website.

The registration process for IGNOU M.Phil/PhD includes the following steps:

  • Click on the button “REGISTER YOURSELF” that appears in the applicant login area and fill the required registration details.
  • Remember, while choosing your UserName it must be in between 8 to 16 characters.
  • While choosing your password it must be alphanumeric and between 8 to 16 characters long.
  • After filling the mandatory information click the “SUBMIT” button.
  • Your username will be instantly sent to you via e-mail and SMS.

The online form for IGNOU M.Phil/PhD can be filled in the following steps:

STEP 1: Click on “Log in” button from the homepage of Online IGNOU M.Phil Admission system and then login with your UserName and password by clicking the “Log in” button given on the login screen.

STEP 2: Fill personal details, programme details, qualification details, course details, and correspondence details.

STEP 3: Upload Scanned Documents: Remember, before this step you should have the relevant scanned documents (It is suggested to scan documents from your originals). These include:

  1. Scanned Photograph (less than 100 KB)
  2. Scanned Signature (less than 100 KB)

STEP 4: Pay your the Application fee of Rs.1000/- through any of the following:

  • Payment by Debit/Credit Card (Master/Visa/Rupay)
  • Payment by Net banking
  • Payment by ATM Card (PNB)
  • Applicants can also pay the Application fee through Demand Draft of Rs.1000 in favour of IGNOU payable at New Delhi.

STEP 5: Once you have uploaded the documents, click the “NEXT” button you will get the Form Preview option. Save/Print your form for future reference.

It is not required to post any hard copy of your online application form.

Selection Procedure

The Selection Procedure will be inclusive of two stages:

  • Entrance test
  • Interview/Presentation

Admit Card of IGNOU M.Phil/PhD

Hall Tickets for appearing in the entrance test will be available on the IGNOU official website. Candidates must bring the Hall ticket on the day of the entrance test, failing of which they will not be allowed to enter the examination hall. This is to be noted that the admit card will be holding many details. The candidate must make sure that all the details are correct. In case of any discrepancy, one must immediately contact the concerned authority. Candidates are also required to bring, along with the Hall Ticket, an original identity proof having a photograph, such as Aadhar Card, Voter ID Card, Driving License, Passport and ID Card issued by Govt. Agencies.

IGNOU M.Phil/PhD Result 2020

The entrance test will be qualifying in nature. All the Candidates who secure at least 50% marks in the entrance test (45% marks in case of SC/ST/PH) will be shortlisted for the interview in order of merit subject to the maximum limit of five times of the available seats.


Short-listed candidates in the Entrance Test will be called for interview/ presentation of Synopsis before the Discipline-specific Doctoral Research Committee. Those candidates exempted from appearing in the Entrance Test will also have to appear for interview/ presentation of Synopsis. Selected Candidates will receive Offer letters for IGNOU M.Phil Admission.

Courses Offered by IGNOU in M.Pil/ PhD

M.Phil Courses

  • MPhil Chemistry
  • MPhil Commerce
  • MPhil Journalism and Mass Communication
  • MPhil Translation Studies

PhD Courses

  • Ph.D. Biochemistry
  • Ph.D. Chemistry
  • Ph.D. Commerce
  • Ph.D. Education
  • Ph.D. English
  • Ph.D. Environmental Science
  • Ph.D. Fine Arts
  • Ph.D. Gender and Development Studies
  • Ph.D. Geology
  • Ph.D. Hindi
  • Ph.D. Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Ph.D. Music
  • Ph.D. Management
  • PhD Rural Development
  • Ph.D. Social Work
  • Ph.D Statistics
  • Ph.D Translation Studies
  • Ph.D Women’s Studies

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  1. hello this is barkha gupta by mistake i have been registered for postgraduate programs i wanted to get my self registered for phd in library science what to do option are not coming how will i fill the form .

    pl help

    • Hello Barkha,
      It is okay if you registered yourself for Postgraduate Programs. The University releases separate admission forms for M,Phil/PhD courses. You will be able to apply for PhD program once the forms are available.


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