Doctoral Programme

IIM Kashipur's Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is a full time residential doctoral programme designed to address the academic and research needs of professionals. The main objectives of the programme is to provide scholars with necessary skills to identify and research complex issues in the field of management. Doctoral programe seeks candidates with outstanding academic backgrounds, intellectual curiosity and discipline needed to make scholarly contribution. The programme is committed to train individuals to excel in their area of research through publication of quality work of international standard.

The objectives of the doctoral programme are:

  • To encourage scholars to carry out research in the field of management, leading to publication in internationally reputed research journals and finding solutions of real world management problems.
  • To equip scholars with necessary understanding and skills to identify and research on complex issues in the field of management.
  • To develop expertise among prospective scholars for careers in management research and teaching and thereby to address the shortage of high quality management faculty in the country.

Applications are invited in the areas of:

  • Economics
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Information Technology and Systems
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management and Decision Sciences
  • Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management
  • Strategy

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The programme consists of three stages:

  1. Coursework
  2. Comprehensive Exam and Viva Voce
  3. Thesis Work

Upon joining the programme, scholars will go through coursework in 6 terms spread across 2 academic years. The course curriculum is an important and integral part of a PhD student’s learning process. Coursework for all nine areas has been recommended under the guidance of experienced and learned academicians. The recommended course structure provides inputs related to the foundations of management research, understanding and use of different methodologies, discipline related theory and research, advanced electives, research from allied areas (to motivate interdisciplinary research), academic writing, teaching training modules and workshops. While a basic structure has been proposed each area has also been given the flexibility to recommend courses relevant to their requirements. The breakup of credits in this course structure is given below.

The breakup of credits is presented below:

Modules Minimum Credits (1 Credit = 25 Hours)
Research Foundation and Methodology Courses 8 Credits
Foundation MBA Courses 3 Credits
PhD Area Core Courses 4 Credits
PhD Area Elective Courses 3 Credits
PhD Allied Area Courses 2 Credits
CIS and Independent Research Project 3 Credits
Teacher Training (second year summers) 1 Credits
TA ship (3rd and 4th year) 4 Credits
Total Credits 28 credits (Min Credits – 700 hours)

Out of above mentioned 28 credits, 23 credits need to be fulfilled in year 1 and year 2. In addition to above modules, each scholar is strongly encouraged to attend externally organized methodology workshops by participating in summer schools organized by leading domestic or international management institutes during 1st year summers, physically or virtually. This would be non-credit requirement.

Research and Methodology Course: This structure provides flexibility to scholars to choose their basket of advanced methodology courses as per their interests. However, the selection of courses by scholars must be done in consultation with their respective area faculty PhD coordinator. Moreover, some basic foundation courses have been declared as compulsory courses. Minimum credits to be completed from foundation and methodology courses is 8 credits, with 7 credits in years 1 and 2, and a 1 credit course on teaching after all the course work is done. Table 1 given below for the same:

Table 1: Research Foundation and Methodology Courses (Compulsory)
Course Title Credits Term Year
Philosophy of Management 1 1 1
Statistics for management research 0.5 1 1
Quantitative research methods 1 2 1
Qualitative research methods 1 2 1
Academic writing 0.5 3 1
Workshop on teacher training 1 Between year 2 and 3 (summer break)
Total Credits 5  

Besides, these above mentioned courses, scholars would be given an option to choose courses from the basket of elective methodology courses offered across the 1st and 2nd years, based on their research interests. A scholar would be required to undergo a minimum of 3 credits courses from this list and ideally should not exceed 5. The list of elective methodology courses is given below in table 2 below:

Table 2 – Research Foundation and Methodology Courses (Elective)
Course Title Credits Term Year
Mathematical methods for research 1 1 1
Probability theory 1 1 1
Foundation of Social Science research 1 1 1
Econometrics 1 1 3 1
Econometrics 2 1 4 2
Experimental and survey design 1 4 2
Advanced Multivariate data analysis 1 5 2
Advanced Qualitative research tools and techniques 1 5 2
Structural equation modelling 1 5 2
Minimum credits to be fulfilled -3

MBA Level Courses: The objective of having discipline related basic MBA level courses in the overall course structure, is to introduce scholars to the concepts, however, it is expected that Doctoral students will delve deeper in the course content. This may be operationalized through provision of additional readings to Doctoral students and separate/additional assessment through assignments/term-papers.

The credits for MBA courses should be in the range – 3 to 4 Credits, depending upon the need and the opinion of the Area. These courses must be undertaken in the first year. An indicative list of Area wise MBA courses : MBA Course Details.

PhD Level, Area wise Core courses: Each area should identify core PhD level courses as foundation course offerings for students from the area. These core courses should be taken by all scholars in a particular Area. Credits to be fulfilled from core courses must be at max 4 credits. These courses may be offered from term 2 (year 1) and ideally must be completed by term 4 (year 2), so that electives may be offered in term 5 and term 6. The list of Ph.D core courses for each area : Area wise PhD Core and Elective courses.

PhD Electives in Major Area: Elective courses must be selected from the basket of PhD level electives offered by an Area. The scholar must be given an option to choose courses from amongst the offerings from the area that match his/her research interests. In this, the area faculty PhD coordinator must be consulted, and if need be, the faculty PhD coordinator may explore the interests of the scholar and communicate it to the area. The electives list is flexible and could change as per the interests of the area faculty and area scholars. These discussions must be over by term 2 of year 1, so that Scholars can select their course bundle carefully and also faculty are provided with adequate time to design courses. Minimum credits to be fulfilled from elective courses must be 3 credits and maximum 4 credits.

Allied Discipline Courses: The committee recommends that each scholar must undergo some courses from an allied area chosen by each scholar as his/her secondary research area. This is to promote interdisciplinary research. Each scholar must decide which allied area PhD level electives they want to register for, after discussion with the faculty PhD coordinator. Minimum credits to be fulfilled from allied area courses must be 2 credits.

Qualifying CGPA

The qualifying CGPA at the end of first year (i.e. at the end of term III), at the end of CIS/Summer project and at the end of second year (i.e. at the end of term VI) should be at least 7.0 on a 10 point scale (A+: 10; A: 9; B+:8; B: 7 and so on). Scholars failing to meet the cut-off CGPA at the end of any of these mentioned three stages are required to withdraw from the programme. In addition, PhD scholars also need to maintain minimum GPA of 7.0 in the area level courses on an overall basis and maintain minimum GPA of 7.0 in the research methodology courses on an overall basis at the end of abovementioned three stages to continue in the programme. Scholars failing to qualify accordingly will not be allowed to sit in the comprehensive examination.

Comprehensive examination: After successful completion of coursework of first two years, scholars take a CE (Comprehensive Examination) to be administered by the respective areas of specialization in third year.

Thesis Stage

After passing the comprehensive examination the scholar will start working on his/her FPM dissertation under the guidance of a Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC). The dissertation will be evaluated by a panel of experts from within and outside the Institute. The scholar also has to defend his/her thesis in a public defense in presence of panel of examiners.

Programme Duration

Candidates are expected to submit their thesis in around four and a half years’ period from the date of initial registration. The maximum time allowed for completion of successful PhD thesis defense is six years from the date of initial registration.

Award of Title

Scholars, after completion of all the requirements of the programme, will be awarded the title " Doctor of Philosophy".

Institutional Support

The institute will provide substantial infrastructural and financial support to FPM scholars.

The institute has a state-of-art learning resource center. The center has a collection of more than 7000 printed books and has subscribed a volume of online books and all the important online journals in the field of Management and other related disciplines from publishers and aggregators such as ABI / Inform Complete, EBSCO Business Source Complete, EBSCO Econlit, Elsevier (Science Direct), Emerald Management, Informs, JSTOR, Springer Link, Oxford University Press, Sage HSS Collection, Taylor and Francis, Wiley online journals etc.

The center has also subscribed corporate and economic data bases such as CMIE - EIS, IAS, Prowess, CRISINFAC, Euromonitor (Passport), Frost & Sullivan, Gartner,, INSIGHT, MIMI (MICA), SCC Online etc. The Institute has 11 Bloomberg terminal.

No fee is charged for the FPM. Currently each scholar is given the financial support as follows:


Year 1: Rs 30,000 p.m.
Year 2: Rs 30,000 p.m.
Year 3: Rs 33,000 p.m.
Year 4: Rs 35,000 p.m.
Contingency grant : Rs 25,000 p.a.
Equipment grant : Rs 50,000 (one time)

Financial support is also provided for international and national conferences (as per FPM Policy). Each candidate is provided free residential accommodation in the hostel. The hostel mess run by the student body; for which the FPM scholars will have to contribute on pro-rata basis. For married participants additional amount of Rs. 5000/m will be reimbursed on production of rent receipt.

Doctoral Programme 2023 Admissions  

About the Programme

The Doctoral programme of the Indian Institute of Management Kashipur is a rigorous research programme in various areas of business management. The main objective of the programme is to provide scholars with the necessary skills to undertake independent research in the field of management. The Doctoral programme seeks candidates with outstanding academic backgrounds, intellectual curiosity and the discipline required to make a scholarly contribution. The programme is committed to train individuals to excel in their area of research through the quality publication of an international standard.

Areas of Specializations

  • Economics
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Information Technology and Systems
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management and Decision Sciences
  • Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management
  • Strategy

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates for the programme must have one of the following qualifications obtained 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 possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India, or equivalent qualification from an institution approved by AICTE, or equivalent qualification from the recognized foreign institutions.

  • A Master's degree or equivalent in any discipline with at least 60% marks


  • Five years integrated Master’s Degree Programme in any discipline with at least 60% marks, obtained after completing higher secondary schooling (10+2) or equivalent


  • A professional qualification duly recognized by UGC/AICTE/AIU equivalent to Master’s degree (like CA, CMA, CS) with at least 60% marks or equivalent grade point average


  • 4 years / 8-semester Bachelor's degree (B.E./B.Tech./B. Arch. etc.) with at least 60% marks or equivalent grade point average.

Work experience in industry or academics (in reputed organizations), though not mandatory, will be given due credit in the selection process. The work experience as full-time executives/government officials/NGOs or as management teachers in an organization/institution of repute is only considered as a valid experience.

Those who are appearing for their final year examination in the current academic year may also apply. However, their admission to the programme, if selected, will be provisional subject to their successful completion of all requirements for completing the relevant degree before 30 June 2023 (a letter needs to be obtained by the candidate from the Head of the concerned Institution to this effect) and compulsorily producing the degree/certificate of completion by 31st December 2023 (satisfying all the eligibility criteria). The provisional admission of any such scholar (if any) subsequently failing to conform to all the stipulated admission eligibility criteria by 31st December 2023 will be summarily terminated and no further correspondence will be entertained (monthly scholarship and any other applicable grant w.e.f. July 2023 for these candidates will be released only if they clear all eligibility criteria by 31st December 2023).


As per Government of India requirements, 27% of the seats are reserved for Other Backward Classes candidates belonging to the “Non-Creamy” layer (NC-OBC), 15% for Scheduled Caste (SC), 7.5% for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates, 10% for students from Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) as statutorily defined and 5% for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PWD). 

As defined in The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 (RPwD Act 2016), “person with benchmark disability” means a person with not less than forty percent (40%) of a specified disability where specified disability has not been defined in measurable terms and includes a person with a disability where specified disability has been defined in measurable terms, as certified by the certifying authority. “Specified disability” means the disabilities as specified in the Schedule of the RPwD Act 2016. The categories of disability are:

  • blindness and low vision,
  • deaf and hard of hearing,
  • locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy,
  • autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness,
  • multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d), and
  • other ‘specified disabilities’ mentioned in ‘The Schedule’ of the RPwD Act 2016.

The candidates belonging to categories for which seats are reserved need to note and read carefully the eligibility requirements before applying. It should be noted that while it is the endeavor of IIM Kashipur that the candidates belonging to NC-OBC/OBC/SC/ST/EWS/PWD categories join the programme in proportions mandated by the law, they have to meet the eligibility criteria and a certain minimum level of performance in the selection process to be considered for final admission.

Duration of the Programme

Students are expected to complete the doctoral programme within 5 years from the date of registering for the programme.

Selection Process

The candidates will be shortlisted (on the recommendation of the respective areas) based on the information provided in the application form. The selection process is as follows:

1. The candidates satisfying the academic eligibility criteria as mentioned above should submit their application online. Eligibility also means candidates require a standard test score, from any one of the acceptable tests (test taken in the calendar year 2020 onwards only will be considered) (except IIMB test score, conducted after July 2022) for the area(s) of specialization they are applying to, as shown below. Applicants to take Common Admission Test (CAT) in 2022 or depending on chosen specializations, alternative test scores in lieu of the CAT score as specified below.

Area of Specialization Acceptable Test Scores
Economics GMAT, GRE, CAT, JRF (NET), IIMB Test
Finance and Accounting GMAT, GRE, CAT, GATE, JRF (NET), IIMB Test  
Information Technology and Systems GMAT, GRE, CAT, GATE, IIMB Test, JRF (NET)
Marketing GMAT, GRE, CAT, JRF (NET), IIMB Test  
Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management GMAT, GRE, CAT, JRF (NET), IIMB Test
Operations Management and Decision Sciences GMAT, GRE, CAT, GATE, JRF (NET), IIMB Test  
Strategy GMAT, GRE, CAT, JRF (NET), IIMB Test
  • Applicants opting for GMAT or GRE should upload a copy of their official GMAT/ GRE scores along with the application. Applicants who have not received the official score card, should upload the TEST TAKER COPY along with the application, but submit the OFFICIAL SCORE CARD before the interviews.
  • Applicants opting for GATE or JRF (NET) score should upload their valid SCORE CARD along with the application.
  • Applicants opting to take the IIMB Test should choose this option in the application.  
    The IIMB Test is scheduled on January 31, 2023 through online mode. Further details about the conduct of the test and other requirements will be communicated to the eligible applicants separately.
    For more details about the IIMB Test kindly click here.
  • Three high quality research papers will be provided to all shortlisted Ph.D interview applicants in an area and each of shortlisted applicants can choose one paper of their preference from the list of three papers provided to all of them in the concerned area.  The applicants will be asked questions by the interview panel members about their research inclinations and aptitude from their preferred paper, as will be identified by them in the interview.

The cutoff test score for General candidates are given as:

  • GMAT: 610
  • CAT: 85 percentile
  • GRE: 310
  • GATE: 95 percentile based on (1 – Rank of the candidate/Total participants)
  • IIMB test score: 85 percentile
  • JRF Qualified (JRF-NET)

The cutoff test score for NC-OBC/SC/ST/PWD/EWS candidates are given as:

  • GMAT: 580
  • CAT: 80 percentile
  • GRE: 295
  • GATE: 90 percentile based on (1 – Rank of the candidate/Total participants)
  • IIMB test score: 80 percentile
  • JRF Qualified (JRF-NET)

2. Based on the applications received, candidates satisfying the Academic eligibility criteria and acceptable standard test score, the shortlisting will be done by the respective Areas and candidates will be called for the Personal Interview (PI) which will be conducted at IIM Kashipur (online/offline) on 10th April 2023 (tentative). PI determines the academic preparation of the candidate for the specific area he/she has applied. An applicant can apply at most to two different areas of specialization.

3. IIM Kashipur also expects a consistent and minimum performance under different parameters of Personal Interview (PI), which will be decided by the Admissions Committee. Candidates not meeting the minimum performance in any of the PI parameters will not be considered for the next stage of the selection process.

4. Final selection will be based on the requirements of the academic area to which the candidate has applied and an area-wise offer list that will be prepared by the Areas only.

Only the candidates satisfying the requirements mentioned in the earlier stages will be considered for the final selection. Category-wise and Academic Area-wise merit lists will be generated based on the performance in the Personal Interviews and the provisional admission offers will be made. All matters related to admission in the Doctoral programme at IIM Kashipur is governed by the Admissions Committee.

Application Fee

The application fee (Non-Refundable) is:

  1 – Area 2– Areas
Application fee - GMAT / GRE / CAT / GATE / JRF (NET) Rs.1000 Rs.2000
Application fee plus IIMB Test Fee  Rs. 2000 Rs. 3000

Financial Assistance

Fellowship of Rs. 30,000/- to Rs. 35,000/- per month. Contingency grant of Rs. 1.25 Lacs, Conference grant of Rs. 3 Lacs.

Application Form:

Candidates seeking admission to the programme are required to submit an online application on or before 31st March 2023. Hard copy of the application is not required.

For any technical query/problem during filling of an application form, please contact - response[at]iimkashipur[dot]ac[dot]in

Important Dates

Last date for submitting online Application Form for Doctoral Programme February 28, 2023 March 31, 2023
Personal Interview (online/ offline) at IIM Kashipur (tentative)  April 10, 2023

Contact Details

For any technical query/problem during filling of an application form, please contact - response[at]iimkashipur[dot]ac[dot]in

For any query related to the application process, you may please contact – admission[at]iimkashipur[dot]ac[dot]in, +91- 7900444091 (Ext - 324, 327, and 502)

For Programme related queries: 

Mr Ashish Shrivastava
Doctoral Programmes Office
Indian Institute of Management Kashipur
Udham Singh Nagar, Uttarakhand-244713
Tel: 9393314922
Email-id: fpmoffice[at]iimkashipur[dot]ac[dot]in


For Admission Related queries:

Mr Maneesh Kumar Sharma
Indian Institute of Management Kashipur
Kundeshwari, Kashipur- 244713
District- Udham Singh Nagar
Uttarakhand- India.
Tel: 7088270882 (ext - 502/ 324)
Email-id: admission[at]iimkashipur[dot]ac[dot]in

S.No. Date of Admission Name of Candidate Email Year of Passing Current Employment
1 01-07-15 Dr Faisal nazir Zargar faisal[dot]fpm2015[at]iimkashipur[dot]ac[dot]in 2019-20 Assistant Professor, BITS Pilani Dubai Campus
2 01-07-15 Dr Leena Sachdeva leena[dot]fpm2015[at]iimkashipur[dot]ac[dot]in 2020-21 Assistant Professor at Graphic Era Deemed to be University Delhi
3 01-07-16 Dr Aditya Kumar Sahu aditya[dot]fpm2016[at]iimkashipur[dot]ac[dot]in 2020-21 Assistant Professor at IIM Rohtak
4 01-07-17 Dr Manish Bansal manish[dot]fpm1707[at]iimkashipur[dot]ac[dot]in 2021-22 Assistant Professor in IIM Ranchi
5 01-07-17 Dr Gumparthi Vivek Pani gumparthi[dot]fpm1704[at]iimkashipur[dot]ac[dot]in 2021-22 Assistant Professor, DoMS NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad
6 01-07-17 Dr Asgar Ali asgar[dot]fpm1702[at]iimkashipur[dot]ac[dot]in 2021-22 Assistant Professor, BITS Pilani Dubai Campus
7 01-07-17 Dr Arbind Samal arbind[dot]fpm1701[at]iimkashipur[dot]ac[dot]in 2021-22 IMT Dubai
8 01-07-17 Dr Krishna Teja krishna[dot]fpm1706[at]iimkashipur[dot]ac[dot]in 2021-22 Assistant Professor, IIM Trichy
9 01-07-17 Dr Taab Ahmad taab[dot]fpm1713[at]iimkashipur[dot]ac[dot]in 2021-22 Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Business School, Delhi
10 01-07-17 Dr Nitin Koshta  nitin[dot]fpm1708[at]iimkashipur[dot]ac[dot]in 2021-22 Assistant Professor, IIM Amritsar
11 01-07-17 Dr Yashoda Devi yashida[dot]fpm1715[at]iimkashipur[dot]ac[dot]in 2021-22 Assistant Professor, AMRITA Business School, Bangalore