Banaras Hindu University (BHU)

BHU RET 2018 – The Banaras Hindu University invites applications for admission to Ph.D. programmes through Research Entrance Test (RET) 2018 and Direct Admission (RET-Exempted) for the academic session 2018-19. Details of BHU RET 2018 application form, eligibility criteria, syllabus and other details are given in the post.

Latest: Admit Card for RET Agriculture 2018 will available from June 24, 2018 to July 01, 2018. Candidates can check for the same from the table below.  

BHU RET 2018

Interested candidates can apply online before the last date of the submission. All the details related to BHU RET 2018 is given below. Candidates can check the details on the official website or on this page.

Events Date
Availability of RET/Integrated M.Phill – 2018 online Form 30 Apr 2018
Last date for submission of application forms of RET/Integrated M.Phill – 2018 31 May 2018
Downloading Admit Card for RET/Integrated M.Phil.-2018 15 May 2018 onwards 24 Jun 2018 to 01 Jul 2018
RET for Ph.D. & Integrated M.Phil Programmes
Test A 24 Jun 2018
01 Jul 2018 (9:00 am to 10:00 am)
Test B 24 Jun 2018
01 Jul 2018 (10:15 am to 12:15 pm)
Candidate(s) should visit the entrance test portal of the
University ( regularly after third week
of July 2018 for the results of the RET, names of the shortlisted candidates in each discipline and date/time and venue of test.

Quick Links

BHU RET Application Form

The Application Form for RET 2018 is now available on the BHU’s entrance test portal ( The application form is to be filled up and submitted online. Detailed instruction for filling up the application form, online payment of application fee and online submission is also provided on the BHU’s entrance test portal. Candidates have to scan their photo and signature as per instruction is given in the portal and upload it. Candidates can fill their form from the link given below.

Note :

  • The Application Form once submitted with the Application Processing/ Entrance Test Fee at concessional rate meant for SC/ST candidate shall be considered under SC/ST Category.
  • The Application Processing/ Entrance Test Fee paid shall neither be refunded nor transferred to another discipline and shall also not be reserved for any subsequent year, in any case.

Application Fee

The Candidate desirous of applying for admission to Ph.D. programme shall pay the following Application Processing Fee/Entrance Test fee. After the candidate has filled up the application form online, he/she will have to make Online payment of Application Processing/Entrance Test Fee through credit card/ debit card through the payment gateway available on the Entrance test portal.

  • For SC / ST: Rs. 250/-
  • For Others: Rs. 500/-

Eligibility Criteria

For Admission to Ph.D.  programmes –

A candidate shall be required to have passed the qualifying examination securing the minimum percentage of marks and a minimum of 50 marks in Academic Record as per details are given below:

  • Qualifying Examination: A candidate having (i) Master‟s degree in Agriculture/Science (M.Sc (Ag.)/ M.Sc.) in the concerned discipline with B.Sc. (Ag.) 4 years degree OR (ii) Master‟s degree in Agriculture/ Science (M.Sc (Ag.)/ M.Sc.) in any one of the allied subjects/disciplines with B.Sc. (Ag.) 4 years degree pertaining to the department as per the list is given in the Appendix – I. (iii) M.Tech. in Agricultural Engineering/M.E. (Agricultural Engineering) or equivalent degree with the specialization in Soil and Water Conservation Engineering/Irrigation and Drainage Engineering/Soil and Water Engineering/ Water Resources Engineering or M.Sc. (Ag.) in Soil and Water Conservation for admission in Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering (Soil and Water Conservation Engineering), (iv) M.Sc.(Ag.)/M.Sc. in Agricultural Statistics/M.Sc. in Statistics for Admission in Ph. D. in Agricultural Statistics. The candidates having 10+2+3+2 system of education will also be eligible for admission in Ph.D. through RET and RET (Exempted) in the following Disciplines: (1) Food Science & Technology; (2) Agricultural Statistics.
  • Qualifying Marks: At least 55% in aggregate or equivalent grade point average in the qualifying examination

BHU RET Admit Card

Admit Card for BHU RET 2018 will be released online at the official website. It will be released after the successful completion of the application form. BHU RET 2018 Admit Card will be released only for thsie candidates who will fill the application form on time with the requisite fee. Candidates can download the ADMIT CARD from the BHU Entrance Test Portal ( by providing the unique registration ID allotted to them at the time of online submission of application form.

Exam Pattern

RET will have three components

  • Test A: Test to assess Logical and Analytical Capability
  • Test B: Test to assess Subject Knowledge
  • Test C: Research proposal and Personal Interview

Test – A: Assessment of Logical and Analytical Capability

This RET is aimed to assess the logical and analytical thinking, quantitative ability, general knowledge, knowledge of computer usages, and language skills. The MCQs in this section would be aimed to test the logical and analytical capabilities of the candidate, rather than memory power of candidates. Questions in this test will generally be at a level equivalent to class X (CBSE).

  • Test – A would be common across Faculties and will be treated as preliminary screening test so that only those candidates who qualify the Test – A would be eligible to be considered further
  • This test will have a total of 60 MCQs distributed as follows –
    • 10 questions for testing logical thinking
    • 10 questions for testing quantitative ability
    • 10 questions for testing general knowledge
    • 10 questions for testing awareness of computer usages
    • 20 questions for testing language skills (this Test will include three subsets of 10 questions each relating to knowledge of Hindi, English, and Sanskrit, respectively, of which the candidate may answer any two subsets (10+10 questions in any two languages).
  • This test will be of 60 min duration and 180 marks.
  • Each question will carry 03 (three) marks for correct answer and 01 (one) negative mark for a wrong answer.
  • A candidate must secure a minimum of 35% marks (63 marks in aggregate) in Test-A to be eligible for further consideration.

Test – B: Assessment of Subject Knowledge

This Test would focus on assessing the subject knowledge of the candidate in the discipline in which he/she has done his/her P.G.

  • Duration of this test will be 120 min (2 hr) and it will carry 200 total marks. This test will be conducted in conjunction with the Test – A
  • There will be 40 MCQ type questions (total 120 marks), with 03 (three) marks each for the correct answer and 01 (one) negative mark for a wrong answer. In addition, there will be 10 (ten) short answer questions (SAQ), of which any 05 (five) questions may be answered. Each question will carry 16 (sixteen) marks (total 80 marks).
  • Out of the 40 MCQ type questions, 10 (ten) will cover different disciplines in the concerned Faculty while the remaining 30 (thirty) will cover the various areas in the given discipline. The Faculty level MCQs would be at a level equivalent to class XII in the given area, while the discipline MCQs and SAQs will be based on the PG syllabus followed at BHU in the given discipline. These would cover all areas of the discipline equitably.
  • The MCQs and SAQs will be designed to examine understanding and analytical ability. The short answers will, in addition, also examine the expression power, language skill and writing ability.
  • Test – B would be checked and marked only if the candidate qualifies in the Test – A
  • A candidate must secure at least 30% marks in the Test – B to be considered further.

Test – C: Research proposal and Interview

Among those who obtain the qualifying marks (35%) at Test – B, names of 3 times the number of RET seats available in the discipline will be shortlisted for Test – C of the selection process to be conducted by the concerned department/school/center. These names will be selected strictly on the basis of merit in Test – B, without any consideration of marks obtained in the Test – A.

All eligible RET-exempt category candidates shall also take TEST-C of the selection process.

  • The Test – C will be conducted in the concerned department/school/center by a Board to be appointed for the purpose and will carry a total of 100 marks for its two components, viz., writing a one-page research proposal (30 marks) followed by a personal interview (70 marks).
  • All the candidates called for this Test, will be asked to write on the spot one page (A4 size) research proposal of their choice in 30 min and submit the same to the HOD/COS/COC. The Research proposal need not be related to the work that the candidate may actually carry out if registered for Ph.D. This would essentially be a hypothetical research proposal wherein the candidate will provide a title and write the objective/s, methodology, and possible outcomes. This would not be longer than 500 words.
  • The Interview Board will examine the Research proposal submitted by the candidate and ask questions relating to it and other questions, including those relating to the area in which the candidate expects to undertake research, if selected, to test his/her competence for research in the discipline.
  • A candidate applying for more than one discipline will appear at Test C separately in each of the disciplines for which he/she has applied and shortlisted.


  • There shall be negative marking at TEST A and Test B of RET. Three marks shall be awarded for each correct answer, while one mark shall be deducted for each incorrect answer. Un-attempted questions shall be awarded zero marks.
  • No scrutiny/revaluation of the answer books of the RET shall be allowed.

BHU RET Merit List

Banaras Hindu University will publish the provisional merit list of Ph.D Admission test. The list will contain category wise provisional merit list of the candidates. Based on the final merit order, the concerned Admission Committee would release/ publish the RET -2018 and RET – Exempted – 2018 merit list of the candidates who are declared qualified for the said disciplines. The candidates may be advised to see the course allocation page on their portal on the counseling day and thereafter. In case a candidate is offered provisional admission, he/she must make payment of the admission fee before the deadline of fee payment given in the course allocation page of the portal failing which he/she shall forfeit his/her claim for the provisional admission and the said offer of admission will stand withdrawn.

However, if a candidate, on declaration of final merit list by various departments, stands selected for admission in more than one discipline, he/she shall be allowed to take admission in only one of the disciplines based on his/ her choice/ preference and merit in the discipline.

Final Merit List after Test C

  • For candidates of RET category, final merit order shall be based on the composite index prepared by adding marks obtained by a candidate in Test A, Test B, Test C and Academic Record.
  • For candidates of RET (Exempted) category, final merit order shall be based on the composite index prepared by adding marks obtained by a candidate in Test C and Academic Record.
  • Separate Merit orders for RET and RET-exempt candidates shall be prepared by the Interview Board for the discipline.
  • A RET candidate must secure a composite index of at least 200 to be eligible for PhD registration in the discipline. Whereas RET (Exempted) category candidate must secure a composite index of at least 75 to be eligible for PhD registration.

Selection Process

Based on the final merit order, offer of admission will be issued to the RET/RET (Exempted) selected candidates by the Head of the Department/Coordinator of the School/Centre prescribing therein the last date of depositing the fee.


  • SC Category – 15%
  • ST Category – 7.5%
  • OBS Category – 27%
  • PWD Category – 5%

BHU RET Previous Year Question Paper

Question Papers of the previous years will help you prepare for the Entrance Test. Click the following links to download the respective old question paper.

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For More Detail regarding BHU RET 2018 – Download Information Brochure

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