Procedure for Admission

Candidates for Ph.D. programme shall be granted registration through an entrance test conducted by the University of Calicut.

The following categories of candidates are exempted from the entrance test for registration to Ph.D. Degree:

Candidates who qualify UGC-NET/JRF, UGC-CSIR-NET/JRF, SLET, GATE and research fellowships of central and state Government departments/ agencies as approved by the University of Calicut, as the case may be

Full time regular teachers of the College/Govt. or Aided Colleges affiliated to the University of Calicut and teachers with FDP/QIP or similar fellowships.

Foreign nationals who are otherwise eligible for admission.

Full-time fellows, who have been selected on the basis of a written Test and interview, working in a research project under the investigation of a research guide of the College.

M.Phil. Degree (successfully completed from any statutory institutions, recognized by University of Calicut in the relevant subject) holders.

The candidates mentioned in clauses 4.2.1 to 4.2.4 can apply for Ph.D. registration at any time during the academic year depending on the willingness/availability of guides.

The  number of Ph.D. scholars, to be admitted to each subject of study at the    various Research Centres of the College shall       be  decided based  on  number of  available        research supervisors      and        other     academic as  well                as  physical facilities        available,             in accordance    with  the norms                regarding            the         scholar-teacher  ratio, laboratory, library and such other facilities.

Notifications shall be available in the College/University websites regarding the number of seats for admission,                 subject/discipline-wise distribution of available seats, criteria for admission, procedure for admission, date(s) of entrance test(s) and       all other relevant information for the benefit of candidates.

Admission shall be based on the criteria notified by the St. Thomas College (Autonomous), Thrissur  and University of Calicut, keeping in view the guidelines/norms in this regard issued by the UGC and other statutory bodies concerned, and taking into account the reservation policy of the State Government/University of Calicut, applicable to SC/ST/OBC (non-creamy layer)/differently-abled and other categories of candidates, as decided by the State Government/University of Calicut  from time to time.

Candidates eligible for registration to Ph.D. shall be decided by a two stage process – Entrance Test and Interview/Viva-Voce.

Entrance test shall be conducted at the Centre(s) on the dates notified in advance and changes of centers/dates, if any, shall be notified sufficiently earlier. Syllabus of the Entrance test shall consist of questions based on research methodology (50%) and the subject of study concerned (50%).

All the candidates getting a minimum of 50% marks and in the case of SC/ST categories of    candidates a minimum of 40% marks and in the case of OBC(non-creamy layer) / differently-abled and other categories of candidates a minimum of 45% marks, as the case may be, in the entrance test are qualified to apply for registration to Ph.D. Programme.

Interview/Viva-Voce shall be conducted by a duly constituted ‘Department Research Committee’ in such a way that the candidates would be required to discuss their research interest/area through a presentation.

It shall be assessed at the Interview/Viva-Voce whether:

  1. The candidate possesses the competence for the proposed research;
  2. The research can be suitably undertaken at the research center; and
  3. The proposed research can contribute to new/additional knowledge.

The College shall maintain the list of all Ph.D. registered students on its website on year-wise basis with the details, such as the name of registered candidate, topic of research, name of supervisor/co- supervisor, and date of enrolment/registration.