1. What is the minimum qualification for admission to a PhD Program ?
Minimum qualification for admission to a PhD program is normally a Master’s Degree in the relevant field. Kindly refer to the concerned PhD program on amity.edu/phd (Programs & their eligibility) for exact details on eligibility criteria, percentage requirement and relevant subject areas.
2. To apply for a Ph.D program at Amity, is it mandatory that I have with me all mark sheet of the required degree/master’s program, till the final semester?
Yes, it is mandatory to have all required mark sheets. A candidate's form will be registered and he /she will be offered a PET date only on submission of all required documents including last semester marksheet in case of final year appearing candidates.
3. Can I apply to the PhD program by personally visiting the campus and submitting a hard copy?
No, PhD Application forms can only be filled and submitted online through the website www.amity.edu/Phd.
4. When can I apply to a PhD program at Amity?
The Ph.D. Application forms are accepted twice a year i.e.
For January Session - Between October to December
For July Session – Between April to June
5. Who all are expected to submit an NOC (No Objection Certificate)?
If you are in a job, then it is mandatory for you to produce an NOC from your employer at the time of joining
6. What is the admission procedure?
After your online form is found complete in all respects and is accepted, you will be asked to appear for an Entrance Test (unless you are exempted) followed by an Interview at the Noida campus on the date given to you. The entire selection process will take place on the same day. You will be allowed to appear in the selection process of a particular PhD Program (irrespective of whether it is full time or part time), only once in one session. Further, Form fee is non- refundable.
7. In the PhD entrance test, what subject will I be tested in and what is the difficulty level?
In addition to the General Section, you will be tested in the subject of the PhD program you have applied to and the subject you have done your Master’s degree in, if the two subjects are different but allied. Difficulty level is UGC-CSIR-NET, GATE etc.
8. On what basis is a candidate selected for a PhD program at Amity University?
Following parameters are considered for selection to a PhD Program at Amity:
- Score in the Amity Entrance Test
- Performance in the Interview rounds
- Proposed research idea - its relevance and brilliance
- Academic record
9. I have completed M. Phil. Will I be exempted from the Ph.D Entrance Test?
Exemptions are given as per Amity University guidelines based on U.G.C regulations
10. I have a rich teaching /corporate work experience, Am I exempted from the Entrance Test?
No, you have to go through the entire selection procedure.
11. Is Ph.D. available on distance mode?
No, Amity does not offer Ph.D. Programs on distance mode.
12. How is a research topic/ preliminary research idea decided?
Research topic is conceptualized by the candidate. It can be modified with the help of the appointed Guide and Co-Guide after selection. It is finally approved by the Competent Authority of the University.
13. Is the preliminary research idea uploaded at the time of applying, final?
Not necessarily. You are allowed to modify/ improve upon your research idea with the help of your appointed Guide after registering for the PhD program.
14. How do I write the preliminary research idea?
Refer to the guidelines available on amity.edu, under Application Procedure.
15. Does University provide any Hostel facility to a PhD scholar?
Hostel facility may be offered to full time research scholars subject to availability. Preference is given to undergraduate and graduate students.
16. What is the pattern of classes for full time and part time candidates during the first year coursework?
For full time PhD candidates, classes are held during the week days tentatively between 9.15 am - 6.10 pm.
For part time PhD students, Saturday-Sunday, 9.15 am - 6.10 pm.
No adjustments are possible in this schedule, especially, for the first semester, as, classes are jointly held in a group.
17. How is a Guide and Co-Guide decided?
The Main Guide and Co-Guide are decided by the Departmental Research Committee (DRC) and Faculty Research Committee (FRC). The Main Guide will have to be from Amity. The Co-Guide, if required, is expected to be from outside Amity. A Co-Guide will be appointed only after his/her profile is approved by the university authorities
18. Am I assigned a Guide by the university or I select one on my own and when?
A candidate is assigned a Guide by the University after admission to the PhD program. Appointment of a Guide is based on availability of an eligible guide , candidate's area of research and candidate's preference as given by him/her in a form after having met all the eligible guides of the university after joining the program.
19. How many Guides am I allowed to work with?
Two guides will be allowed, one Main Guide from the concerned Department at Amity and one Co-Guide who must be from outside Amity. In case of interdisciplinary topics, there is a provision to appoint a third Guide, if necessary.
20. Am I allowed to change my appointed Guide during the course of the PhD program?
No, unless the Guide himself becomes unavailable for certain reasons.
21. Is a transfer to/ from another University (Including Amity in another city) possible during the course of PhD program?
No transfers are possible at any stage.
22. What are the criteria for Exemption from the Course work?
Candidates who have cleared the M.Phil. course
work with at least 55% marks in aggregate or its
equivalent grade 'B' in the UGC 7-point scale (or a
n equivalent grade in a point scale wherever grading
system is followed) and successfully completing the
M.Phil. Degree shall be eligible to proceed to do
research work leading to the Ph. D. Degree in the same Institution in an integrated programme.A person whose M.Phil. dissertation has been ev
aluated and the viva voce is pending may be admitted
to the Ph.D. programme of the same Institution
23. If I want to withdraw from the program, then what is the procedure and refund policy?
Application for withdrawal from the program is to be submitted through Amizone (www.amizone.net). No other mode of request will be considered. Withdrawal application will be processed as per AUUP refund Guidelines given on the main university website www.amity.edu.
24. Can I complete course work at my work place?
No, there is no such arrangement/relaxations in rules.
25. Is it mandatory to publish a research paper before submitting the thesis for award of PhD degree from Amity University?
Yes, minimum two papers in reputed journals.
26.Is the PhD degree conferred by Amity University recognized in India and abroad? And, is it valid for Indian Government jobs?
27. Can PhD Scholars apply for ASTIF i.e Amity’s fellowship program?
Yes, only Full- Time PhD scholars are eligible to apply for it but after their selection to the PhD program. The Amity Science, Technology & Innovation Foundation (ASTIF) awards Fellowships to brilliant young researchers and scientists. Fellowships are available in all disciplines and are not restricted in number. The candidate must have first class academic record throughout up to Masters’ degree from a recognized University. The PhD research area should be of above average academic brilliance and relevance. The ASTIF Fellowship will be given to only those candidates who are not getting fellowship from any other agency and who meet the above eligibility criteria. Decisions regarding ASTIF Fellowship awardees, are made entirely by the management and are not fixed. The Fellowship amount varies from 10,000/- to 14,000/- and HRA (30%) per month according to the merit and research experience of the candidate For further details, please visit https://www.amity.edu/astif/.
28. Do all Ph.D scholars get stipend/financial assistance for pursuinga PhD program at Amity?
Full time scholars who are JRF/SRF holders of NET of UGC/CSIR/ICMR/ICAR/INSPIRE or any other fellowship and have joined the program within the validity period, get fellowship/grants from their respective funding organizations to pursue PhD at Amity. Additionaly, Amity University offers opportunities to full time scholars to work in the ongoing projects in various institution on campus. For this the candidate can directly approach the head of the institution or apply at email@example.com before or at the time of applying for a Ph.D program. Beside this , teaching assistantships may be offered to full time Ph.D scholars.
29. As a full time Ph.D student, can I work after classes to support myself financially?
Yes, as long as you attend coursework classes regularly and maintain an attendance of 75 % which is mandatory, you may engage in part time work inside or outside the campus with the knowledge of your Guide.
30. Duration of the Programme: As per University Grants Commission (Minimum Standards and Procedures for Award of Ph.D. Degree) Regulations, 2022
(1) Ph.D. Programme shall be for a minimum duration of three (3) years, including course work, and a maximum duration of six (6) years from the date of admission to the Ph.D. programme.
(2) A maximum of an additional two (2) years can be given through a process of re-registration as per the Statute/Ordinance of the Higher Educational Institution concerned; provided, however, that the total period for completion of a Ph.D. programme should not exceed eight (8) years from the date of admission in the Ph.D. programme. Provided further that, female Ph.D. scholars and Persons with Disabilities (having more than 40% disability) may be allowed an additional relaxation of two (2) years; however, the total period for completion of a Ph.D. programme in such cases should not exceed ten (10) years from the date of admission in the Ph.D. programme.
(3) Female Ph.D. Scholars may be provided Maternity Leave/Child Care Leave for up to 240 days in the entire duration of the Ph.D. programme.