Doctor of Philosophy


The direct doctoral program is designed to prepare the students for professional leadership in population field as well as for pursuing academic and non-academic career.

Number of Seats

Number of seats for UGC/CSIR-JRF or any other national level fellowship awardees shall be decided by the admission committee.


Candidates having MPS in Population Studies / MA/M.Sc in Population Studies / M.Sc. in Bio-statistics & Demography / Master Degree in any discipline with at least one paper/ one course /one subject in Population Studies /Demography/Bio-statistics/Health Statistics or  M.Phil. in Population Studies/Demography/Biostatistics  & Demography/ from a recognised university with at least 55% / B+ of aggregate marks in all subjects is eligible to apply.  Marks and age are relaxable for candidates belonging to reserved categories and women as per GoI rules.

Candidate who have already passed the qualifying examination and those who have already appeared/shall be appearing in the final qualifying examinations are eligible to apply. However, admission of the candidate will be cancelled if s/he fails to furnish the final examination result by September 30, 2022.

The upper age limit is 30 years as on June 30, 2022. Marks and age will be relaxed for candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC/PWD/EWS categories as per Government of India rules.

Duration of Program

Two years’ full time to a maximum of six years. Duration is specified for thesis submission and not for fellowship. 


Government of India Fellowships @ Rs. 31,000/- per month for 1st and 2nd years and Rs. 35,000/- per month for 3rd and 4th years available for the Indian students who have qualified NET for Lectureship in Population Studies or its inter-disciplinary subjects conducted by the UGC. Such Ph.D. fellowship also carries a contingency grant of Rs. 10,000/- per year for the first two years and Rs. 20,500/- for the third and fourth year.  However, the candidates without NET qualification shall be awarded fellowship @ Rs. 12,000/- per month for the 1st and 2nd years, and Rs. 14,000/- per month for the 3rd and 4th years, with a contingency grant of Rs. 10,000/- per year. In addition, UGC-JRF and other fellowship holders will also be considered for admission.

Selection Criteria

The admission to Ph.D. programme is through a three-stage process; Online Entrance Test, research proposal writing, and personal interview. The Online Entrance Test will consist of objective type questions of multiple choices. The syllabus of Online Entrance Test will consist of questions on English, Logical Reasoning, Statistics, Mathematics, Bio-statistics, Research Methodology, Population Studies, Demography and Epidemiology. The test venue will be notified in the Admit Card. Based on the performance in the Online Test, shortlisted candidates will be called for research proposal writing and personal interview at IIPS. Final selection will be based on the weighted average of scores of Online Test, research proposal and personal interview. The Institute will not bear any travel expense of the candidates called for the test/personal interview.


Reservation for SC/ST/OBC/PWD/EWS will be considered as per the Government of India norms.

Sponsored Candidates

Eligible in-service candidates and foreign candidates (with M.Phil. Or Pre-Doctoral Coursework in Population Studies/Demography) with financial support from UGC /ICSSR/ Foreign funding may be considered for admission to the Ph.D. program without entrance test during the academic year.Officials working in Government departments, research institutions, universities, medical colleges, and non-governmental organizations can also be sponsored for being considered for admission. However, the selection is done as per selection criteria.Eligible foreign candidates can also apply for admission provided they secure financial support from outside agency. Processing fee is not charged from the foreign candidates while submission of completed application forms. Also, admission test is not conducted for the foreign candidates and admission is offered directly if the candidate fulfills the eligibility criteria of the Institute.


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