Ph.D Programme

Since its inception in 1959, the Ph.D. Programme at the Department of Sociology has produced more than hundred doctorates. Apart from being one of the leading programmes in the country, it is among the best of its kind in this region and continues to attract many students from Asia, Africa, and other parts of the globe.

The Ph.D. Programme is administered by the Departmental Research Committee (D.R.C.), a statutory committee mandated by University ordinances that also govern its membership, and under the overview of the Board of Research Studies in the Social Sciences (B.R.S.S.).

Continued registration in the Ph. D. will be subject to satisfactory progress being made in the course of the year. A candidate is required, according to the University regulations, to submit his/her thesis ordinarily within a specified period from the date of registration. (Please refer to the University Ordinances for more details.)

No candidate shall undertake any employment during the period of his/her study without the permission of the D.R.C. and the Board of Research Studies.

Without the previous permission of the D.R.C. and the Board, no candidate shall join any other course of study or appear at any other examination conducted by any university or public body.

Not later than one year after admission, a candidate may modify the scheme of his/her subject with the approval of the D.R.C. and the Board.

If a research student wants to change the topic of research after a period of one year from the date of registration, the student will be required to re-register for the Ph.D. course.

Every candidate shall reside in Delhi. However, in the interest of her/his research, she/he may be permitted by the D.R.C. and Board of Research Studies, on the recommendation of the supervisor, to be absent from Delhi, ordinarily for not more than two semesters.

The minimum residence period for Ph.D. students is two years.

Attendance at the Sociological Research Colloquium and in seminars/workshops conducted by the Department is compulsory for Ph.D. students.

The Ph.D. thesis shall comply with the following conditions: it must be a piece of research work characterized either by the discovery of new facts or by a fresh interpretation of facts or theories. In either case it should indicate the candidate’s capacity for critical examination and judgment. It shall be satisfactory so far as its literary presentation is concerned. The candidate shall indicate how far the thesis embodies the results of her/his own research or observations and in what respect her/his investigations appear to her/him to advance the study of her/his discipline.

The candidate may incorporate in her/his thesis the contents of any work which she/he may have published on the subject, and shall inform the examiner if she/he has done so, but she/he shall not submit as the thesis, any work for which a degree has been previously conferred by this or any other University.

A Ph.D. candidate shall not be permitted to submit her/his thesis for the Ph.D. degree unless the supervisor is satisfied that the thesis is worthy of consideration for the degree.

The candidate shall supply four printed or typed copies of his/her thesis as well as a soft copy.

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 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 (2020-21).

Information regarding seat allocation for this year can be accessed here.


The Combined PhD-M.Phil DUET is a Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) test. Please check the University of Delhi Bulletin of Information for Admission to Ph.D-M.Phil Programmes, for eligibility and exemptions from the test.

The format for DUET 2020-2021 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.

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.

All candidates must apply for the Ph.D. Programme only via

University of Delhi M.Phil./Ph.D. Admissions Portal.

All candidates must appear for the qualifying entrance examination for the Ph.D. Programme, which is conducted at several centres all over India.

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

Ph.D. Notices