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


Name of entrance test



1. CSIR-UGC NET exam June and December Council of Scientific & Industrial Research India
2. NCBS Joint Graduate Entrance Examination for Biology and Interdisciplinary Life Sciences (JGEEBILS) December National Centre for Biological Sciences Bangalore
3. DBT JRF Biotech  Entrance Test February Department of Biotechnology
4. TIFR Graduate School Admission Entrance Test November Tata Institute of Fundamental Research Mumbai
5. ICMR JUNIOR RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS July The Indian Council of Medical Research New Delhi
6. NIMHANS PG/PG Diploma/Super Speciality
/PhD online entrance test
February National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences  Bangalore
7. JNU PhD Entrance May Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi
8. JRF-GATE Feb Council of Scientific & Industrial Research India
9  NIPER PhD Entrance Exam June National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER)
10. University of Hyderabad PhD Entrance Exam June University of Hyderabad
11. GTU PhD Entrance Exam April Gujarat Technological University Ahmedabad
12. NBRC PhD Entrance Exam May National Brain Research Centre Gurgaon
13. BITS PhD Entrance Examination June /July BITS Pilani
14. AIIMS PhD Entrance Exam Jan, July All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) New Delhi
15. IISC PhD Entrance Exam April Indian Institute of Science Bangalore
16. NDRI PhD entrance exam June National Dairy Research Institute
17. Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University Lucknow – PhD Admissions Test Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow
18.  BARC PhD Admission Test February Bhabha Atomic Research Centre ( BARC )
19. ISM Dhanbad PhD Admission Test May
Only Environmental Science
Indian School Of Mines
20. Indian Veterinary Research Institute Bareilly PhD Admission Test May ICAR Indian Veterinary Research Institute Bareilly
21. BINC Bioinformatics National Certification BINC  Examination February/March Bioinformatics National Certification

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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