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Ph.D. is a doctoral degree with an academic focus. A Ph.D. course is usually of three years duration and candidates need to complete the course within a maximum time span of five to six years. However, the course duration may vary from one institute to the other. Aspirants need to possess a master’s degree to be eligible to pursue a Ph.D. program.
Candidates can pursue a Ph.D. program in any stream. In a Ph.D. course, aspirants need to select a topic or a subject and do in-depth research on it and answer any queries related to the topic/ subject.
Earlier, candidates could pursue the Ph.D. courses through the distance mode, however, as per a circular issued by UGC in 2017 it has been informed that a Ph.D. course pursued through the distance education mode would no longer be recognized.
The admission procedure for Ph.D. courses requires a master's degree from a recognized University. Students should have secured a minimum of 45-50% in their exams post, which they are required to qualify for any one of the national/state level entrance exams to get admitted for
Ph.D.Students should prepare their research proposal as they will have to send it to the college of their choice for the application process. The Ph.D. eligibility criteria depend on the college, and the course students are interested in applying for.
Any aspirant who wants to pursue a Ph.D. in the subject/ field of their choice needs to have a lot of interest and passion for the topic at hand. A Ph.D. requires aspirants to study a topic in-depth and so candidates need to possess the required skill-set and dedication along with being extremely hard working when pursuing a Ph.D. Apart from these skills, candidates should be good at performing research and collaborating on the findings of research conducted by them.
A Ph.D. also requires aspirants to be quick and good at presenting their thoughts and findings and so it is a requirement that candidates be well-versed with written communication and have good writing capacity.Some key skills that an aspirant should possess while pursuing a Ph.D. are listed below
|Inquisitive||Good at research|
|Good writing capacity||Organised|
Aspirants are eligible to pursue a Ph.D. course only if they have completed their master’s degree in a similar course/ field/ stream in which they want to pursue a Ph.D. Some colleges also specify that candidates need to have completed an MPhil to pursue a Ph.D. course offered by them.
Apart from this, many colleges state that candidates meet the eligibility criteria for Ph.D. programs offered by them if they have cleared UGC NET. Candidates who want to pursue a Ph.D.in Engineering need to possess a valid GATE score.
Steps that candidates need to follow when pursuing a Ph.D. course in order to be conferred a Ph.D. degree are listed below