Top PhD Entrance Exams in India

The top PhD entrance exams in India that are conducted at national level to award degree in Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD). 
PhD entrance exams in India conducted nationwide and their tentative dates


  • AIIMS PhD Entrance Exam, All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi


  • JRF-GATE, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research India
  • DBT JRF Biotech  Entrance Test, Department of Biotechnology
  • NIMHANS PG/PG Diploma/Super Speciality /PhD online entrance test, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore
  • BARC PhD Admission Test, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre ( BARC )
  • BINC Bioinformatics National Certification BINC  Examination, Bioinformatics National Certification

Check: UGC Circular: PhD cannot be pursued through distance mode anymore

  • GTU PhD Entrance Exam, Gujarat Technological University, Ahmedabad
  • IISC PhD Entrance Exam, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore


  • JNU PhD Entrance, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • NBRC PhD Entrance Exam, National Brain Research Centre,Gurgaon
  • Indian Veterinary Research Institute Bareilly PhD Admission Test, ICAR Indian Veterinary Research Institute Bareilly
  • ISM Dhanbad PhD Admission Test (Only Environmental Science), Indian School Of Mines

Check: UGC Regulations 2016 : Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of M.PHIL./PH.D Degrees

  • NIPER PhD Entrance Exam, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER)
  • University of Hyderabad PhD Entrance Exam, University of Hyderabad
  • NDRI PhD entrance exam, National Dairy Research Institute
  • CSIR-UGC NET exam, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research India
  • BITS PhD Entrance Examination, BITS Pilani


  • AIIMS PhD Entrance Exam, All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi
  • ICMR JUNIOR RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS, The Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi

Related: UGC Regulations 2016 : Minimum Qualifications for Appointment of Teachers and other Academic Staff [4th Amendment]

  • TIFR Graduate School Admission Entrance Test, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai


  • NCBS Joint Graduate Entrance Examination for Biology and Interdisciplinary Life Sciences (JGEEBILS), National Centre for Biological Sciences Bangalore
  • CSIR-UGC NET exam, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research India

  • PhD Admissions Test, Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow

Ph.D is amongst the most honored degrees not only in India but also abroad. It provides the most stable base for careers, the PhD degree can be considered to be a good qualification in the career graph. This is because; it points the candidates to the right direction. Although it is time consuming but at the end it’s worth it.
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