Admission Process

Doctoral Programme Admission Process – 2021-22

The doctoral programme at IIM Amritsar is aimed at producing high quality management teachers and researchers for the careers in academia, government, and industry. The structure of the programme includes two years of rigorous course work followed by two years of research work, leading to a good quality thesis with practical implications. IIM Amritsar admits students who have strong academic credentials, highly motivated, and who have curiosity to pursue original research.

Candidates can apply to the following areas of specialization: (1) Economics, (2) Finance & Accounting, (3) Information Systems, (4) Marketing & Communications, (5) Quantitative Methods & Operations Management, (6) Organizational Behavior & Human Resources Management, and (7) Strategic Management

Basic eligibility criteria:

A candidate for the programme must have one of the following qualifications obtained from any of the universities incorporated by an act of the central or state legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an act of parliament or declared to be deemed as a university under section 3 of UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India, or an equivalent qualification from an institution approved by AICTE, or any equivalent qualification from recognized foreign universities or institutions.

  1. Master’s degree or Post Graduate Diploma or its equivalent in any discipline with first class


  1. B.Tech. / 4 Years Degree with 6.5 CGPA or equivalent


  1.  Any professional qualification such as CA/ ICWA/ CS/CFA- Level-II (USA) with a graduate degree in the relevant subject with minimum 55% aggregate marks or equivalent grade point average. 

Those who are appearing for their final year of Master’s / Bachelor’s examination in the current academic year may also apply. However, their admission to the programme will be provisional subject to their successful completion of all requirements for obtaining the relevant degree before 30th June 2021. These candidates are expected to submit their marksheet and degree certificate on or before December 31, 2021. Non-fulfilment of this condition will automatically result in the cancellation of the provisional admission.


Selection Process:

Candidates who fulfil the above eligibility criteria and seeking admission into the programme are required to take Common Admission Test. Alternatively, those who have taken GATE, GMAT, GRE, NET-JRF (UGC/CSIR) (in the respective specialization) examinations can also apply in the relevant area of specialization. Scores of these examinations (including CAT) taken during the last two years (i.e., on 1st July, 2019 or after) will be considered valid for the admission process.

The candidates short-listed on the basis of their academic record, performance in the competitive examinations mentioned above, and research interests will be called for a personal interview (including Research Aptitude Test and Written Analysis Test) for final selection in April/May 2021. The successful candidates will receive admission offer by the end of May 2021.

Doctoral Programme - Admission 2021-22 Poster

Application process:

On-line application window will open on or before December 15, 2020.

Due date for submitted completed application forms is March 10, 2021.


For all the shortlisted candidates, there will be a Research Aptitude Test (online AI proctored test)  on March 26, 2021, and personal interviews will be scheduled on April 01 & 02, 2021.