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IIM Raipur PhD Admissions

IIM Raipur PhD Admissions 2020






This document summarizes the approach of IIM Raipur in preparing the admission List for its 9th PhD Batch 2020. IIM Raipur reserves the right to modify any part of this document including the various crithria and cut offs mentioned at any time till the actual admission process for the batch is completed.

IIM Raipur’s doctoral program aims to admit individuals with exceptional academic background, strong motivation and discipline, and potential to become excellent researchers at international level. It is expected that research scholars will come from a variety of disciplines ranging from social sciences and humanities to physical sciences and engineering. Applicants are evaluated on their past academic achievements, motivation and preparation for the program, letters of recommendation, scores on standard tests, and a personal interview with the faculty.


The candidates for the program 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.

  • A Master’s degree/PGP from IIMs or its equivalent in any discipline with minimum 60% aggregate marks or equivalent grade point average


  • Professional qualifications such as CA/ICWA with degree and CS with B. Com degree along with minimum 60% aggregate marks or equivalent grade point average


  • 4 Year/8 Semester Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (B.E./B.Tech/B.Arch) with a minimum CGPA of 6.5 out of 10 or equivalent.


  • Five year Integrated Master’s degree programme in any discipline, with at least 60% aggregate marks, obtained after completing higher secondary schooling (10+2) or equivalent.

Those who are appearing for their final year 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 2020.

*The percentage of marks obtained by the candidate would be calculated based on the practice as followed by the respective University/Institution. In case of grades / CGPA, the conversion to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure as certified by the respective University/ institution. If any University/institution confirms that there is no scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by dividing the candidate’s CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the result with 100.

Age Limit

Candidate must not be more than 50 years as on June 1st, 2020.


Reservation for eligible categories will be as per Government of India rules applicable for PhD programme at the time of admission. For any query, please contact: Email: fpm.admission@iimraipur.ac.in




Candidates who fulfil the eligibility criteria as stated above are required to take Common Admission Test (CAT) held by the IIMs. Alternatively, those who have qualified GATE, GRE, GMAT or JRF (UGC/CSIR) examinations can also apply in the relevant area of specialization. Scores of any of these examinations including CAT taken during the last two years (two years from the date of the standard test and should be valid on the deadline of submission of the application form, i.e., on or after 1st July, 2018) will be considered valid. Admission to the programme is open to overseas candidates including NRIs and foreign nationals

Candidates who have already have two-year full-time PGP completed in last 10 years from IIMs with minimum grade point equivalent to 6.0 out of 10 point scale or equivalent (with no ‘F’s and not more than two ‘D’s in the first year of PGP) are exempted from the test score, and can apply directly. It is necessary that candidates applying for exemption/Waiver from test must attach copies of both side of the grade sheet to ascertain the equivalence between the grading systems of other IIMs, without which, the application for exemption from test will not be considered

The candidates short-listed on the basis of their academic record and performance in the competitive examinations mentioned above will be called to IIM Raipur for a personal interview for final selection during 8th & 9th April of the year of admission and the successful candidates will receive offers by mid-May of that year.

A candidate receiving admission offer from IIM Raipur and accepting the offer within the stipulated date needs to send a commitment fee of Rs. 36,000 (the date of submission will be mentioned in admission offer letter) along with Offer Acceptance Form which will be adjusted against the amount of first installment

If a candidate subsequently wishes to withdraw the offer within the withdrawal date specified in the Offer Letter, Offer Acceptance Amount will be refunded after deducting Rs.1000/- as processing charges. In the event of withdrawal from the Programme after registration, and if seat consequently falling vacant gets filled by another candidate by the last date of admission, IIM Raipur will return the fees collected with proportionate deductions of fee and hostel rent, where applicable.

Inauguration of the Programme will be held on 26th June 2020.


The completed application for admission shall include the following:

PhD Application Form

The PhD application form can be filled online through the link given in IIM Raipur’s website (http://www.iimraipur.ac.in). A candidate is eligible to fill applications to a maximum of two areas. The last date to apply online is February 28, 2020

Relevant Test Scores

Relevant Test Scores include CAT/GMAT/GRE/GATE/JRF (UGC/CSIR). The test score should be valid on the deadlines of the submission of the application form. Test scores of last two years will only be considered.

Supporting Documents

The supporting documents will consist of:

  • Self-attested copies of mark sheets or transcripts of grades obtained during the course of study for the above degrees. Transcripts in languages other than Hindi and English must be submitted along with certified translations.
  • Self-attested copies of School and University degrees.
  • Percentage conversion certificate from College/University (In case of CGPA/CPA).
  • Two references with their contact details and their respective email IDs from academics who have taught the candidate or with whom the candidate has worked closely on scholarly work. However, the supervisor at work could write a reference, if the candidate has been away from the university for a long period.
  • Self-attested Copies of Work Experience Certificate (if any).
  • Caste Certificate (if applicable)

Application Fee

Candidates are required to submit the online fee of Rs. 1000/- (Rs 500 in case of NC-OBC, EWS, SC, ST, DAP) while applying online. Separate fee is required for each area applied.

No Objection Certificate
Candidates must submit the No-Objection Certificate from their employer at the time of admission.

After submission of online application form and fees, candidates are required to download the filled in application form and payment receipt and send the filled in application form, payment receipt along with self-attested copy of all the documents through speed post to Admissions Office, Indian Institute of Management Raipur, Atal Nagar, P. O. – Kurru (Abhanpur), Raipur – 493 661, Chhattisgarh on or before March 06 , 2020.


Admissions Office

Indian Institute of Management Raipur

Atal Nagar, P. O. – Kurru (Abhanpur),

Raipur – 493 661, Chhattisgarh

Phone: +91-771-2474612/13; 2971658

Email: fpm.admission@iimraipur.ac.in

The completed application received by the Admissions Office will be compiled and submitted to the Area members for the screening of application. Area members will then evaluate the applications that have been submitted and invite a select group of candidates for personal interviews


Test Score (CAT/GRE/GMAT/GATE/JRF-UGC/CSIR) cut-off to shortlist for PI

The CAT/GRE/GMAT/GATE/ JRF-UGC/CSIR percentile will be used for shortlisting candidates for PI. The tentative category-wise minimum percentile is as follows:

Minimum Percentile of CAT/GRE/GMAT/GATE/ JRF-UGC/CSIR

Test General NC-OBC SC/ST/DAP
CAT 80 75 65
CAT Sectional 70 65 55
GRE (Sectional) 70 65 55
GMAT 80 75 65
GMAT Sectional 70 65 55
GATE 80 75 65

The respective area will decide the number of candidates to be called for PI on the basis of short-listed merit list prepared for each category and specialization. However, if the actual number of shortlisted candidates were found to be more than the required number of candidates to be called for PI category-wise, then the overall as well as section wise minimum score would be increased to get the desired number of candidates.

Personal Interview 

Upon being shortlisted as per the score of entrance test the candidate has to appear for a personal interview at IIM Raipur in front of the selection panel. The selection panel will assess the suitability of the candidates for research work based on the portfolio of the candidate. The committee will look into a consistently good academic record, professional accomplishments, research interest etc.

Preparing the Merit List

Merit List will be prepared based on Test Score Personal Interview, Academic Qualification and Relevant Work Experience, Research Aptitude & Publications and Reference Letter. The following criteria will be applied for preparing the merit list.

  • Test Score (10%) (IIM Raipur will accept CAT/GMAT/GRE scores of last two years)
  • Personal Interview (50%)
  • Work Experience (15%): Candidate should have relevant work experience and accordingly marks will be given by selection panel
  • Academic Qualification (25%): For Academic profile, following will be the weights:
    • 10th Standard: 5%
    • 12th Standard: 5%
    • Graduation: 10%
    • Post-Graduation: 5%

The marks will be distributed as follows:

Range of Marks (%) 10th class 12th class Graduation PG
<=60 0 0 0 0
60.01 to 70 2 2 2 2
70.01 to 80 3 3 4 3
80.01 to 90 4 4 7 4
>90.01 5 5 10 5


How to apply

Apply online at this page.

Important Dates

Application Deadline  28th  February 2020 (Friday)
 Personal Interview (PI)  6th & 7th April 2020 (Monday & Tuesday)
 Result Declaration  22nd  April 2020 (Wednesday)
 Last date of Offere Acceptance of Commitment Fee  30th  May 2020 (Thursday)
 Registration  25th  June 2020 (Thursday)
 Orientation of the Programme  26th & 27th June 2020 (Friday   & Saturday)
 First Day Of Classes  29th  June 2020 (Monday)

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