Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Doing PhD from University of Mumbai and PET 2017

Hello Friends,

Thank you for being part of the whatsapp group PET 2017 

I have written a detailed blog article about pursuing PhD in India and with special focus on working people. Please go through them also

PhD is a rigorous research program and one has to really earn it. There are several steps and each university has their own process. 

Here, I will explain about process in Mumbai University.

First of all you need to apply for PhD Entrance Test also known as PET. The registration process is very easy. You need to visit online link, apply and then appear for entrance exam. Please note the last date is 30th April and link will automatically close by 6 PM. So apply before the deadline.

Hall ticket will be available from 3rd May 2017 and entrance exam will be held on 6th May 2017 between 2 PM to 5 PM

I know the time is very short and need to prepare a lot. Let us go one by one

Who can pursue PhD from University of Mumbai and other universities?
You should have completed your masters degree in the respective subject with minimum 55% marks without any round off if you are from open category and 50% if you are an SC, ST and OBC. 
If you do not have a PG degree, but a PG Diploma, please note that you are eligible only if it is approved as equivalent to a masters degree by Association of Indian Universities. 

Where to apply for entrance examination?
Please click on following link and apply

Also visit following link related to PET 2017 of Mumbai University

Fill the data and submit. Please keep your details ready and ensure you have filled all the spellings correctly. 

So, if I have applied for PET and clears it, does it mean I have secured the seat?
No, unfortunately no. Mumbai University is very bad in terms of administration. PET is a first step 
Everyone who appears for PET and secures minimum 50% marks in PET entrance tests are assumed to have cleared the PET and the nightmare starts here. It means if 10000 people apply for PET, if all of them scores above 50%, they have cleared PET. 
Once you get your PET scorecard stating qualified, you have to search for colleges where you can apply for PhD. 
You need to prepare following
1.  Decide your research topic
2. Make your research proposal, check if it in standard format and such research has not been done before. You have clearly made it as per the standard of research methodology. Keep the copies ready. 
3. Search the college who offers PhD in your area of interest.
4. In order to get selected, apply to at least 10 colleges. 
Please do not think that a top rated college is very efficient. My experience is, even so called top institute like JBIMS is very bad in handling PET query. 
There is no fixed date when a college announce admission for PhD, so need to constantly monitor when they publish news.

Seats are very limited. Usually, each college (Where PhD is allowed) has around 5 to 10 seats and there is still competition. 

Next process:
The college where you have applied will call you for viva and interview and they will ask questions. Accordingly, they will allot seat. 

You may get more details from:

How will I get list of Mumbai University colleges where PhD is offered , no of PhD seat and other details?
Please click following link:

I am a graduate and then I have done my CA/ CS/ CMA, am I eligible for PhD?
Yes, you are eligible

I have done my MBA/ PG from distance learning mode/ part time mode. Am I eligible?
If you have done it from a recognized state and central university, you are eligible. 

I have done my Pg in a subject but want to do PhD in a different discipline, possible?
Yes, possible in some cases, you may give additional aptitude test and apply but chances are very low for selection as there is lot of competition. 

I am working and cannot do a full time PhD, is it possible?
PhD is a full time course but that does not mean you need to visit campus whole day as a college lecture. You need to remain in touch with your guide, need to submit progress on time. However, if you cannot visit your guide at least twice in a week for initial 6 months, it is advisable not to pursue PhD.

What is the fee for PhD in Mumbai University?
The fee is nominal. It is from around 13000 per annum to 65000 per annum. Depends from college to college. 

What is the syllabus for PhD Entrance Test (PET) 2017 of Mumbai University?
Unfortunately, they have not elaborated it. As per the circular, it is as per PG syllabus of University and it is vast.
There are 2 section of PET
1. Your Specialisation
2. Research Methodology

The question papers are in multiple choice format. Management was difficult, law is comparatively easier. Here is the link to see old question papers.

Commerce and Management old PET question paper

Molecular Biology


Computer Science

I am not from Mumbai. What is the chances of getting selected?
Very difficult. Candidates / students staying within 200 Kms of Mumbai will get more preference and as you know, seats are limited. 

We will discuss about research methodology , research proposal writing and further preparation on whatsapp group. 

Let me know if you have any questions

in next article, I will publish about Shivaji University's PET

April 26, 2017

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