Ph.D. Admissions 2021-22

All Admissions to the Department of Sociology will be conducted via the DU Admissions Portal.

In keeping with the regulations of the University of Delhi, applications can be submitted only via the University of Delhi M.Phil./Ph.D. Admissions Portal

For more information related to Online Registration, Important Deadlines, Eligibility Criteria and Reservation & Relaxations, please refer to Bulletin of Information for Admission to M.Phil./Ph.D. Programmes (2021-22)


55% in MA sociology or allied subject (with appropriate relaxation for SC/ST/OBC)

Passing the Entrance Exam (50% for UR candidates with appropriate relaxation for reserved categories)
Candidates who have qualified UGC JRF/NET in sociology and/or have an MPhil in sociology. (Those with MPhil or UGC/Net in other subjects must take the entrance exam)

THIS EXPANDS/FURTHER SPECIFIES THE RULES REGARDING eligibility and exemptions from the test as specified in  University of Delhi Bulletin of Information for Admission to Ph.D-M.Phil Programmes which should also be consulted by the candidates.

The Combined PhD-M.Phil DUET is a Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) test. All candidates must apply for the Ph.D. Programme only via University of Delhi M.Phil./Ph.D. Admissions Portal


The format for DUET 2021-2022 is exactly the same as in previous years. The total number of questions is 50. The duration is two hours.

The test will evaluate logical, analytical and interpretive abilities and sociological understanding and comprehension. Familiarity with the MA sociology syllabus is desirable, but not necessary.

Previous Years’ Test Papers can be accessed here

M.Phil./Ph.D. Sociology Entrance Exam 2020-21

M.Phil./Ph.D. Sociology Entrance Exam 2019-20

M.Phil./Ph.D. Sociology Entrance Exam 2018-19

M.Phil./Ph.D. Sociology Entrance Exam 2017-18

This will be followed by a call for interviews of shortlisted candidates.


The applicants for the Programme are expected to submit a well worked research proposal to the Department. Submission of Research Proposal is mandatory for all candidates (whether entrance test qualified or UGC/NET qualified) in order to be called for interview.

PhD proposals to be sent to: with the subject line mentioning PhD Admissions 2021.

The date on which the proposals are due will be specified after the entrance examination.

PhD proposals must be approximately 2500 words and contain the following:

1. Your proposed theme of research/questions you will be addressing

2. What are the major writings in the field on this subject?

3. Methodology – primary sources, fieldwork plans, field site, timetable

4. Tentative list of chapters.

5. Bibliography

*PhD students who have not done research methodology will be required to take a course in research methods and other course work if deemed necessary.

The date of interview (online) will be notified on the department website.

Nodal Officer & Helpdesk (Ph.D. Admissions 2021-22):

Nandini Sundar,