Admission Procedure

Procedure for Admission

1.        All the applicants shall have to qualify an Entrance Test conducted by the University, for admission to the Ph.D. Those students who have qualified UGC-NET (including JRF)/UGC-CSIR NET (including SLET/GATE/GPAT), teacher fellowship holders, shall be exempted from the Entrance Test for admission to the Ph.D. Programme.

1.1   Every year, the University shall decide, latest by in the month of December, on the number of seats available for admission in Ph.D. programmes in various Schools and Departments, depending on the availability of Research Supervisors and other academic infrastructure, including laboratory, library, and such other facilities;

1.2   The admissions to the Doctoral Programmes in the University will be open year-round. Students will be able to apply for the programme during any quarter of the year. The entrance test for every quarter will be held on first Sunday of the months of January, April, July, and October. The last date of submitting the application forms will be 15 days prior to the date of entrance test. The University will notify the number of seats available for admission in each subject/discipline, criteria for admission, procedure for admission, examination centre(s) where entrance test(s) shall be conducted, and all other relevant information for the benefit of the candidates; each year, latest by December, in the University website: www.ljku.edu.in . The University will also advertise in at least two (2) national newspapers, of which at least one (1) shall be in the regional language (Gujarati), for admissions to the doctoral programmes; and,

1.3   The University will adhere to the National/State-level reservation policy, as applicable.

2       The admission shall be based on the criteria notified by the University, keeping in view the guidelines/norms in this regard issued by the UGC and other statutory bodies concerned, and considering the reservation policy of the Central/State Government from time to time.

3       The University shall admit candidate to Ph.D. Programmes following a two-stage process:

3.1 An applicant will be required to obtain at least 50 per cent marks in the admission test to be eligible for the admission. The syllabus of the Entrance Test shall consist of 50% of domain/subject knowledge, 20% will be that of the research methodology, and English, each; and 10% will consist of General Knowledge. The Entrance Test shall be conducted at the L.J. University Campus. However, any change of Centre, if any, shall also to be notified on the website at least 15 days in advance; and

3.2 In addition, the applicants will have to face and clear an interview/viva-voce wherein the candidates will be required to present their proposed research work before the Board of Studies of the respective Schools.

3.3 The weightage of the written test and viva-voce will be in the ratio of 70:30.

4       The interview/viva voce shall also consider the following aspects, viz. whether:

4.1 The candidate possesses the competence for the proposed research;

4.2 The research work can be suitably undertaken in the University;

4.3 The proposed area of research can contribute to new/additional knowledge.

5 The candidates who have cleared M.Phil. Degree, shall be exempted from appearing in the entrance test, and deemed to be qualified for entrance test. 

The University shall maintain the list of all the Ph.D. registered students on its website on year-wise basis. The list shall include the name of the registered candidate, topic of his/her research, name of his/her supervisor/co-supervisor, date of enrolment/registration.

Pattern of The Entrance Test


The Entrance Test will be  Single Paper Test.

It will contain  4 sections  as follows. 

1. Domain Knowledge/Core Subject. (50%)

2. Research Methodology (20%)

3. English (20%)

4. General Knowledge (10%)

The question paper will be a combination of objective and explanatory questions 

While the entrance test will be conducted at LJ University, LJ Campus, if circumstances like COVID persists it may be conducted online as well.