NTA To Conduct Common PhD Entrance Exam For DU, BHU, JNU And Other Universities
The National Testing Agency (NTA) has introduced a standardized entrance examination for PhD admissions across prominent universities including the University of Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Banaras Hindu University (BHU), and Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University (BBAU). Notably, the NTA used to conduct separate entrance tests for PhD admissions at JNU and Delhi University (DUET). Previously, BHU conducted the Research Entrance Test (RET) for its combined MPhil-PhD programs, while BBAU held individual entrance exams for its PhD offerings.
Aspiring candidates can register for the entrance test at entrance.samarth.ac.in, with the application deadline set for September 8. It is important to note that aside from the language papers, the examination questions will be presented in English. Specific details regarding the test date and timing will be disclosed at a later point. Although there is no upper age limit for appearing in this PhD entrance exam, applicants should meet the respective university's age criteria to be considered for admission.
To be eligible for the PhD admission exam, candidates must hold a postgraduate or equivalent degree. Those intending to take the qualifying exam are also eligible to apply. The exam will be conducted in a computer-based format (CBT), featuring two sections: the first segment focusing on research methods, and the second concentrating on the subject of study. Each section will comprise 100 multiple-choice questions, and the entire test will extend for a duration of 3 hours, equivalent to 180 minutes. Candidates are permitted to choose up to three courses, ensuring that the exam dates for their chosen courses do not overlap. The subjects to be tested are outlined in the information bulletin.
Meanwhile, Delhi University (DU) is set to release the second merit list for seat allotment. The merit list for the second round will be published today at 5 PM on admission.uod.ac.in. Students should be mindful of the window provided to accept their allocated seats, as failure to do so within the stipulated time frame will result in forfeiture of the seat. The acceptance window for students will extend for three days, commencing from 5 PM on August 10 and concluding at 4:59 PM on August 13. Correspondingly, colleges will have a four-day period to confirm the allocated seats, beginning from 5 PM on August 10 and concluding at 4:59 PM on August 14. Students who have been selected must complete the fee payment process by August 15, concluding at 4:59 PM. This step is essential to secure their admission.