Monday, May 1, 2017

Symbiosis International University PhD admission notification 2017

There are various reason one should do PhD from Symbiosis university and few of them are 

  1. It is a well recognized university in India
  2. One of the top ranking business school in India specially for HRD
  3. Situated in Pune, it is not an exaggeration if we call Pune education capital of India.
  4. Available in various discipline such as law, management, computer science, health and biomedical science, media communication and design, humanities and social science and engineering. 

Here are the important dates:
Registration opens: 24th April 2017
Registration closes: 5th June 2017 (longer window compared to university of Mumbai)
Admit card will be live on : 8th June 2017

PET (PhD Entrance Test) on: 18th June 2017
Final result on: 31st August 2017

Test will be conducted in following cities:
Bengaluru, Pune, Noida and Hyderabad (Where Symbiosis has campuses)

Eligibility: A masters degree or a professional qualification equivalent to a masters degree (CA, CS, CMA) with minimum 55% (and 5% relaxation for SC/ ST) 

Entrance exam fee:
Step a) Fee Details.
Fee Details.
    Rs. 2000/- *
    Rs. 1500/- *
Differently Abled
    Rs. 1500/- *
Exempted General
    Rs. 1000/- *
Exempted SC/ST
    Rs. 500/- *
Exempted Differently Abled
    Rs. 500/- *
* Non Refundable
1. Credit / Debit / Cash Cards / Internet Banking Payment through BillDesk Payment Gateway: 

You may pay your SCRI application fee using any one of the available modes to SCRI Ph.D. Programmes

Demand Draft drawn on any Nationalized Bank in favor of "Symbiosis Test Secretariat" payable at Pune.
Write your SCRI ID and your name behind the DD. Choose the mode of payment as DD under the "Make Payment" Tab and click "Submit". Take a print of the payment advice form, sign and send it along with the DD to the Symbiosis Test Secretariat at,
Symbiosis International University
Symbiosis Test Secretariat,
Gram:Lavale, Tal:Mulshi
Dist:Pune- 412115 

"Please note that only courier services provided by BLUE DART, DTDC, or Speed Post are available for the above mentioned address" 
Step b)
The STS will authenticate the payment details and will send you an email confirming receipt 
of payment for Ph.D. Entrance Test 2017 (PET 2017). 
You will be able to view your admit card for PET 2017 after payment authentication has been done by the Symbiosis Test Secretariat.

Frequently asked questions?
1. I have done my masters in Arts but have worked in HR for 10 years, may I apply for PhD in management?
Yes. As per the rule, if someone want to do interdisciplinary research i.e. research in subject other than their masters, they have to have at least 5 years post qualification experience. 

2. I have my MBA percentage as 54.98, am I eligible for PhD if I am from an open category?
no, no percentage rounding off is allowed. 

3. I am working full time in a corporate, I cannot join a full time PhD coursework in the campus. Am I eligible to apply?
Yes, you may. Symbiosis has following category of research scholars:
  1. Full time
  2. Part time internal
  3. Part time external

Part time external are further divided as someone working full time with Symbiosis institutes and someone working in a corporate, outside symbiosis:
Candidates, who hold a full-time job in educational institutes/ industry/ research organisations may be permitted to pursue their Ph.D. with SIU. These students will do the research under the supervision of SIU’s Ph.D. Supervisor and complete the mandatory credit requirements as laid down for the Ph.D. course work. They will meet the University’s requirements for monitoring the progress of their research work. They will follow all the rules and processes of Ph.D. Programme in letter and spirit.
Further, the employer must expressly undertake to relieve the candidate to enable him/her to complete the Course Work. Such candidates must submit a No Objection Certificate from his/her organization

4.Sounds good, I am working outside India, still wish to pursue PhD from Symbiosis, is it possible?

5. Are the PhDs awarded by Symbiosis UGC approved?
Yes, Symbiosis strictly follows the guideline issued by UGC

6. What are the admission process
The details regarding the entrance test and the number of vacancies in each faculty shall be notified by the University in the month of April/May. The entrance test for admission to Ph.D. programme shall be conducted by the University once in an academic year, on any Sunday in the month of June. The Candidate shall apply online for admission to Ph.D. programme on the University's website as per the admission notification. The candidate shall also upload the ‘Proposed Research Idea’ along with the application. The ‘Proposed Research Idea’ shall detail the proposed research area and the plan of action in the format given in Appendix 
.Candidates eligible and interested in availing the SIU Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) shall mark the specified section of the admission form.

7. What are PhD admission process in Symbiosis?
Admission to Ph.D. will be two stage Process: 1) Ph.D. Entrance Test (PET) and 2) A Personal Interview. The syllabus of the Entrance Test (PET) shall consist of 50% of the content related to Research Methodology and 50% shall be subject-specific. The entrance test for the Ph.D. programme shall be multiple choice questions for 100 marks (50 marks for each part) and for the duration of two hours.  For the applicants from overseas, a time-bound online proctored entrance test can be arranged subject to its feasibility in the host country. The interview can be held online with the help of video call services like Skype subject to its feasibility in the host country.  If Ph.D. aspirants from overseas wish to work outside India, the organization/institution, where they aspire to work should be SIU's CRC through a formal MoU. The place must fulfil all the requirements of a CRC.  All rules, which are applicable to the Ph.D. Scholars from CRC are also applicable to the Ph.D. scholars from the CRCs outside India.

8. What is the qualifying mark in PET of Symbiosis?
50%, you must score minimum 50% mark in order to be eligible for personal interview. 

9.What is the weightage of research proposal and academic marks in PhD selection in Symbiosis?
A candidate shall be recommended by the Research Committee of the Faculty for provisional admission on the basis of the following : a. Individual Performance: Aggregate Marks (100): i . Proposed research idea and interview performance - 80 marks ii. Academic achievements (Graduate and Post graduate level) - 20 marks

10 Is there any PhD course work i.e. a course on research methodology before starting PhD and is there any exemption?
Yes, there is  240 hours course work either in regular or modular in campus + self study mode. However, if you have completed your M.Phil with research methodology as a subject of study in B+ grade, you are exempted from PhD coursework. 

11. From where will I get syllabus and sample question paper for Symbiosis PET
You may download it by clicking any of the link as per your specialisation
2. Syllabus for Management
7. Syllabus for Engineering

12. How many PhD seats are available for this year?
For law: 5
For management: 96 (27 for finance, 7 for energy and environment, 10 for human resource management, 28 for marketing, 3 for operations, 17 for general management, 2 for organisational behaviour, 2 for agribusiness management)
Computer Studies: 6
Health and biomedical science: 17
Media, Communication and design: 19
Humanities and Social Science: 17
Engineering 31

For detailed break up of sub area, please refer 

13. I have done my MBA in social entrepreneurship management and I do not find PhD in that specialisation, what is the seat allocated to me?
Please check your area of interest, if you want to do research on human resource area of social entrepreneurship, you may opt that, if it is marketing of social media enterprise produced products, then it is marketing and so on. 

14. What is the fee for PhD in symbiosis?
For Indian students:
Registration (after you are selected): 25000
Course fee : per year 30,000 X3 = 90000
Deposit: 10000 (Refundable)
There will be other additional incidental expenses so keep around 50000 aside
Total expected cost: 165000

for international students:
The course fee is almost same but converted into USD. You may expect university fee of around 3000 USD + your traveling to Pune on regular basis + your stay and accommodation. In any condition, it should not exceed additional 3000 USD = 6000 USD. 

15. From where will I get more details?
For online application for PhD

Detailed PhD rule book

Wish you all the best. Let me know if you have any questions.

May 01, 2017 


  1. Hi Mr. Govind,

    I would like to know if it is possible to do PG course without Graduation via distance learning based on previous experience and if yes is it recognized and valid ?

    Best regards,

    1. No, till 2005, it was being offered by few open universities in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and after Supreme Court judgment, any degree offered without the first degree of minimum 3 years duration is invalid.
      However, you can do it in UK as a matured entry. However, any such degree will be invalid in India

  2. Thanks a lot for your reply. Wish you best forever !



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