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Doctoral Program (Working Professionals)

Important Announcement

The Last for submission of Application is 15th February 2021

Ph.D (Working Professionals) Application Form 2021. Apply Now

Ph.D (Working Professionals) Brochure 2021. Click Here

About the Program

The doctoral level program for Working Professionals leading to PhD of IIM Shillong endeavors to co-create knowledge in all aspects of Management Education for sustainable development and to develop independent researchers with strong ethical values. The program is committed to inculcate in individuals the necessary knowledge and skills for knowledge co creation who will excel in their respective area and produce high quality research through publication of quality work of international standard.

Areas of Specialization:

  • Economics and Public Policy
  • Finance and Control
  • Information Systems & Analytics
  • Marketing
  • Operations and Quantitative Techniques
  • Organizational Behaviour, Human Resources
  • Strategic Management
  • Sustainability and Liberal Studies

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% marks in the bachelor’s and 60% in the master’s degrees.
  • A Master’s Degree (A 4 year / 8 semesters Bachelor’s degree (10+2+4 pattern) with at least 6.5 CGPA or equivalent marks, followed by a master’s degree.
  • A professional qualification like CA, ICWA, CS, with at least 55% marks with a B.com degree.

In case of grades / CGPA, the conversion to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure certified by the respective University/ institution.

The above qualification should be from any of the Universities incorporated by an act of the central or state legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under section 3 of UGC Act, 1956 or, recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.

Program Brochure

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Test Scores and its Validity

IIM Shillong will consider valid scores of GMAT, GRE, CAT, GATE or JRF (NET) for admission to PhD (WP) program. Valid score need to be entered while filling the application form.

The following categories of candidates are to be exempted from standard tests stated above but will be required to produce two reference letters from senior leadership.

  • A.Graduates of PGP programs (2 year fulltime) of IIMs or An Indian institute/university that has featured in the top 50 institutes/universities as per the NIRF list released by the Government of India (List of Management Schools, any year) with CGPA 6.5 out of 10 or equivalent OR
  • B. Individuals with at least 10 years of rich managerial/work experience from government and non-government sector. OR
  • C. Individuals with minimum 5 years of post PGP experience with PGP from IIMs OR

Admission Process for PhD Programme (Working Professionals) 2021

Candidates eligible as above, will be shortlisted based on recommendations of the appropriate committee. The shortlisted candidates will be invited for personal interview (and /or written test ) online for final selection.

Application Procedure

The application form should be filled up and submitted online. Apply Now

The candidates are requested to be careful while filling in the form and to check the same before submitting it. In case any candidate submits the form more than once, the first such submission will only be considered.

The candidates should take a print of the online form before submitting the same. If the candidate is applying for two areas, two copies must be submitted. The soft copy (ies) of the online application form, one for each area, with a recent photograph pasted and with all supporting documents (including self-attested copies of mark sheet and certificates of all public examinations starting from 10th, experience certificate, relevant score card, age proof, etc.) attached separately with each form may be sent online

Application Fee

The application fee is Rs.2000/-


Reservation for eligible categories will be as per Government of India rules applicable for doctoral program at the time of admission.

Program Duration

The minimum commitment to the program is 3 years, but Scholars are expected to complete the program in four years and ensure that they complete the requirements of the program within this stipulated time. In case Scholar is not able to complete the program in four years, they can be given two extensions of 6 months each depending upon their progress.

Program Fee

The total fee for the course is Rs. 7,50,000/- (Rs. Seven Lakh Fifty Thousand only) + GST (as applicable)

Amount  Detail  Date of payment 
INR 50,000  Acceptance Fee (non-refundable)  Fourth Week of April 2021 
INR 2,25,000  Program Fee Installment  First Week of May 2021 
INR 1,75,000  Program Fee Installment  First Week of May 2022 
INR 1,50,000  Program Fee Installment  First Week of May 2023 
INR 1,50,000  Program Fee Installment  First Week of May 2024 

  • Caution Deposit (refundable): Rs. 10,000/-*
  • Accommodation and fooding charges will be extra (as decided by the Institute) if Campus accommodation is available and is availed by a candidate.
  • * This is a onetime fee payable during the time of Registration

    Continuation Fee

    The candidates who go beyond the above stipulated time may be allowed to continue in the program depending upon their progress and with payment of continuation fee but not beyond 07 years as under:

    • 1.After completion of 04 years into the program an extension of one year will be given subject to a payment of continuation fee of Rs.25, 000/ every 6 months.
    • 2. After completion of 05 years into the program an appeal to the Director has to be made and such participant may be allowed to continue in the program on a six monthly extension basis for a period of maximum of two years subject to payment of a continuation fee of Rs. 50,000/- every 06 months.
    Beyond 07 years there will be no further extension.

    Application Stages   Cohort 1 
    Date for filling the Application Form and submitting the form online   December 20, 2020 - February 2021 
    Announcement of short-listed candidates  First half of March, 2021 
    Interview of shortlisted candidates  Second half of March.,2021 
    Announcement of selected candidates  First half of April, 2021 
    Registration and Commencement of the program  May 2021 

    Contact Us

    Doctoral Programme Office
    Umsawli, Shillong – 793018
    Phone: 0364-230 8039
    E-mail: phd@iimshillong.ac.in