UGC Makes Admission To M.Phil and PhD Tougher | Here Are The New Rules

Owing to considerable changes in the field of education, the University Grants Commission (UGC) recently scrapped the oral interviews which are conducted for the recruitment procedure along with the viva voce. The oral interviews or the viva voce is the sole criteria for the ones who are seeking admissions in the PhD as well as the M.Phil programmes.

Certain kind of changes have been formulated in the process of the final selection of the candidates wishing to pursue M.Phil as well as PhD degrees and the reports regarding the same have been published for the students to get updates with.

UGC Amends M.Phil & PhD Admission Process | Check Here

The Higher Education Regulation has taken a decision to amend the UGC Regulations which were proposed back in 2016 and include the minimum standard and the procedure for Award of M.Phil/PhD Degree. 70 percent weightage is likely to be provided to the written entrance test as well as 30 percent of the weightage is available for the oral interview on the basis of which, the final selection of the candidate in the desired degree will be done.

The new regulation was laid down by the University Grants Commission in 2016 so as to streamline the admission procedure for the students who are seeking admission in the M.Phil as well as the PhD programmes available in the various educational institutions around. The notification circulated by UGC also clearly states the mandatory entrance examination, a minimum of 50 percent in which would make them eligible for the interview which will lead to the final selection of the candidate.

UGC Permits Relaxation For Other Categories

In the proposed changes for the admission procedure of M.Phil as well as PhD degrees, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has permitted a relaxation of as many as 5 percentage points as per the minimum marks which are required to be scored in the written test by the students belonging to the SC, ST as well as the OBC category.

Students belonging to the general category will have to score a minimum of 50 percent marks whereas a candidate belonging to the reserved category will have to score a minimum of 45 percent marks.


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