Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Modified Regulations with effect from the academic year 2013-14 onwards


The candidates should have passed a,

  • PG degree course (i.e., SSLC+HSC+UG+PG) (or)
  • (SSLC+Pre-degree+1+UG+PG) (or)
  • 10-year SSLC plus 3-year Diploma plus two year UG degree and two year PG (10+3+2+2) (or)
  • Four year UG degree and one year masters degree (10+2+4+1).

So a candidate possessing a PG degree with 17 years of total duration of study alone is eligible for admission to Ph.D. programme.

Registration for Ph.D. Programme

The following categories of candidates shall register for Ph.D. Programme:

Full-time / Part-time

a) A candidate having a minimum 55% (for SC/ST candidates the minimum eligibility is 50%) marks in the qualifying examinations from the recognized Universities (UGC).

b) The part-time candidates belonging to any one of the following categories working as teacher in Department of Bharathiar University or in the affiliated Colleges of Bharathiar University / Higher Secondary School / High School / Polytechnic/Teachers working in any colleges affiliated to other universities of Tamilnadu. (Subjects like Engineering, Medicine, Law and Agriculture are not eligible to register under Bharathiar University).

c) Scientist/Research fellows / Research assistants / Technical assistants / Project assistants / Project Fellows / Research associates / appointed in the research projects funded by recognized agencies / Government / industries are also eligible to register for Ph.D. at University Departments, Affiliated Colleges, Research Institutions, or R & D Centres / Laboratories.

d) For candidates other than a teacher, any permanent staff in a Government Office/Private or Public Ltd., Company/a recognized factory/institution/research institution / Educational Institution / business / with a minimum period of two years of experience after obtaining their Master‟s degree with a minimum of 55% of marks (staff includes Board of Directors, Proprietor and Partner) are eligible for part-time Ph.D. registration in the relevant discipline.

e) Candidate working as a Guest Lecturer in a Govt. College or a Govt. Aided College in Tamilnadu or other State is allowed to register subject to the production of NOC from his/her employers.

f) A candidate already holding a Ph.D. degree in a discipline / subject specialization is eligible to register for a second Ph.D. degree in another discipline / subject specialization.

g) Penalty of  Rs1000/- per year be paid by the approved Research Institution candidates who do not pay the special fees in time.

h) Transfer Certificate will not be insisted for admission to part-time M.Phil./Ph.D. programmes.

Candidates Registering for Ph.D. (Part time) outside Tamilnadu
Candidates from outside Tamilnadu working in national institutes are allowed to register for Part time Ph.D. subject to production of NOC from HOD/Head of the Employer where the candidate is employed. An additional amount of Rs5,000/- will be collected as special fee from such candidates other than Tamilnadu.

Duration of Research


A candidate registered as a full-time scholar for Ph.D. programme must possess the qualifications  and shall work continuously in the Department under the supervisor for a minimum period of THREE YEARS from the date of registration recognized to submit the thesis.

A candidate registered for Ph.D. programme under part-time category must possess any one of the qualifications  and must work for a minimum period of FOUR YEARS from the date of registration recognized to submit the thesis.
Exemption of one year from the minimum duration period is permissible in respect of candidates who already possess an MPhil degree at the time of registration.

Procedure for Admission
The University will issue the notification through its website or advertise in the news papers for calling applications towards M.Phil./Ph.D. admissions. Admissions shall be made through a Common Eligibility Test followed by an interview.

The PG qualifying examinations marks converted to: 50 Marks
Common Eligibility Test                                             : 35 Marks
Interview                                                                     : 15 Marks
Total                                                                            : 100 marks

The M.Phil. degree holders, who had already undergone entrance test need not appear for common eligibility test, but they have to attend the interview.
However the UGC/CSIR-NET/CSIR-JRF/SLET/GATE/Teacher fellowship cleared candidates /Scientists working in DRDO/Faculty of Air Force Administrative College/foreign candidates are exempted from appearing for the entrance test. Further, those candidates will be awarded 35 marks in lieu of eligibility test and be directly admitted to the doctoral programmes through interview.

Common Eligibility Test for M.Phil. & Ph.D. programme will be conducted by Bharathiar University during the month of June/July. The awarded marks may be used by the candidates for one academic year, i.e. they can use the same mark sheet for the ensuing September/April registration. The entrance test will be conducted at four centres – Coimbatore, Erode, Ooty and Tirupur.

Question Paper model: Written Examinations Format (PG Syllabus):
Maximum Marks: 35; (50x0.7=35); Objective type (MCQ); Time: 1.30 hours

The selection/interview committee for enrolling a scholar will be formed in the College with the following members.

1) Principal/Dean of concerned discipline
2) Head of the Department / Head of the Division
3) The recognized guides of the Department / Division.

Doctoral Committee :

This committee will monitor the progress of the candidate during the tenure of the Ph.D. programme. The Doctoral Committee should consist of three members (i.e.)

1. Guide (Convener)
2. HOD of concerned Department (Member)
3. The third member is the subject expert within Tamilnadu

The Doctoral Committee will meet to review the progress of the candidate at least twice during the period (atleast 10 months in between) of the research program.

Guide or Supervisor for Research

  • Every scholar registered for Ph.D. programme shall work under the continuous supervision of a recognized guide or supervisor.

Note: For further details, refer the Bharathiar University Website under the link

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