Direct Admission For Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad

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  • Doctor of Philosophy (Management)

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Important Dates

Events Date Last Date
Registration Dates 13/09/2021 22/01/2022


Admission Details

Admission Information

  • Basic Eligibility Criteria:
Entry QualificationMinimum Duration*
Post graduate diploma (2 yrs)
Professional qualification -
CA / ICWA / CS with B.Com. / Degree

3 years

B.Tech./ 4 year Degree with 6.5 CGPA or equivalent4 years

* Duration for completion of Ph.D.

  • Condition:

The Master's degree or equivalent qualification/Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification should be: (a) 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 (b) recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India or (c) possess an equivalent qualification from an institution approved by AICTE. 

Candidates who are in the final year of their Master's/Bachelor's Programmes that would make them eligible,  can also apply. Such candidates, if selected, will be allowed to join the programme provisionally only if they submit a certificate latest by May 31, 2020 from the Principal/Head of the Department/Registrar or Director of the university/institute (issued on or before May 31, 2020) stating that they have appeared for the examinations (including practical examinations) in all the subjects required for obtaining the Master's / Bachelor's degree / equivalent qualification. Their admission will be confirmed only when they submit the mark sheets and a certificate of having passed the master's/bachelor's degree / equivalent qualification referred to in the certificate issued by Principal / Registrar of their college/institute. The deadline for submission of mark sheet and the certificate is December 31, 2020. Please note that those candidates who have applied on the basis of their master’s degree will have to submit final degree mark sheet/ certificate, and those who have applied on the basis of their B. Tech /4 year degree will have to meet the 6.5 CGPA (or equivalent) stipulation. Non - fulfilment of these conditions will automatically result in the cancellation of the provisional admission. 

  • Selection Process

Candidates applying to the Ph. D. Programme are required to take the Common Admission Test (CAT) or a standard test in lieu of CAT. For NRIs and Foreign students this standard test is the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT). 

Different Areas of high levels of specialization of IIMA have specified different standard tests that candidates applying to the Ph. D. Programme in their Areas can take in lieu of CAT. These standard tests are given in the following table: 

Area of high levels of specializationStandard Test in lieu of CAT
Business PolicyGRE / GMAT 
EconomicsGRE / GMAT / GATE / UGC - JRF in relevant discipline
Finance and AccountingGRE  / GMAT
Food & Agri-businessGRE / GMAT /
UGC - JRF (Economics /  Development
Studies / Development Economics/
Business Economics / Management)
ICAR - SRF (PGS – merit list for award of
Human Resource ManagementGRE / GMAT / GAT/ UGC - JRF in relevant discipline
Information SystemsGRE / GMAT / GATE
Innovation and Management in EducationGRE / GMAT / GATE / UGC - JRF in relevant discipline
MarketingGRE / GMAT 
Organizational BehaviourGRE / GMAT / UGC - JRF in relevant discipline
Production and Quantitative MethodsGRE / GMAT / GATE / UGC - NET JRF in Mathematical Sciences
Public Systems GroupGRE / GMAT / GATE / UGC - JRF (in relevant discipline)

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