Banaras Hindu University (BHU)

BHU RET 2017 – The Banaras Hindu University invites applications for admission to Ph.D. programmes through Research Entrance Test (RET) 2017 and Direct Admission (RET-Exempted) for the academic session 2017 -18. Details of BHU RET 2017 application form, eligibility criteria, syllabus and other details are given in the post.

Latest: RET Exempted Category wise Provisional Merit List of Ph.D Entrance test has been published. Students can check the same from link given below

BHU RET 2017

Interested candidates can apply online before the last date of the submission. All the details related to BHU RET 2017 is given below. Candidates can check the details on the official website or on this page.

Events Date
Availability of RET/Integrated M.Phill – 2017 online Form 17 Oct 2017
Last date for submission of application forms of RET/Integrated M.Phill – 2017 10 Nov 2017
Downloading Admit Card for RET/Integrated M.Phil.-2017 05 Dec 2017
RET for Ph.D. & Integrated M.Phil Programmes
Test A 14 Dec 2017 23 Dec 2017 (9:00 am to 10:00 am)
Test B 14 Dec 2017 23 Dec 2017 (10:15 am to 12:15 pm)
Test C 16 Mar 2018 27 Mar 2018 – Main Discipline
17 Mar 2018 28 Mar 2018 – Allied Discipline

Notice for BHU RET 2017 Reschedule

BHU RET 2017Programmes Offered –

  • Ph.D: Through Research Entrance Test (RET) 2017 and Direct Admission (RET-Exempted).
  • Integrated M.Phil.-Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Sustainable Development through Research Entrance Test (RET) 2017 and Direct Admission (RET-Exempted)

Note: The test centre in Kolkata and Hyderabad for University RET-2017 has been cancelled due to receiving of inadequate numbers of application form in the under referred centres. Accordingly, the applicants who have opted Kolkata and Hyderabad as their 1st choice of test centre, will be shifted to Varanasi and Delhi test centre as per their choice exercised by them at the time of filling the application form.

BHU RET Merit List

Banaras Hindu University has published the provisional merit list of Ph.D Admission test. Candidates can check the merit list through the direct link which is given below. The list contains category wise provisional merit list of the candidates.

Merit List: Click Here to check the provisional merit list.

BHU RET Answer Key

The Answer Key for RET Test B along with the Question Papers has been released. Students can check the same from link given below.

Answer key: Click Here to check the RET Test B Question paper & Answer Key.

BHU RET Admit Card

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. Direct link to download Admit Card is also given below for your convenience.

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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:

Faculty of Agriculture

  • 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

For Admission to Integrated M.Phil-Ph.D. Programme – 

Faculty Of Environment And Sustainable Development

Qualifying Examination : Master‟s degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Science & Technology, Environmental Management, Environmental Science and Sustainable Development, Environmental Studies, and Environmental Biology OR Master‟s Degree in any one of the subjects in the environment related areas of in Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Medical Sciences, Agriculture, Earth Science, Atmospheric Science, Remote Sensing, Geoinformatics, Mathematics, Statistics, Engineering & Technology OR M.A. in Economics with major/specialization in Environmental Economics OR M.A. in Sociology with major/specialization in Environmental Sociology OR M.A. in Rural Development OR LLB/LLM with major/specialization in Environmental Law OR Bachelor of Engineering/Technology in any branch/discipline.

Qualifying Marks: Must have at least 55% in the aggregate or equivalent grade point average in the examination of the qualifying degree obtained from any Indian University/Institution recognized by AIU/AICTE or its equivalent.

BHU RET Application Form

The Application Form for RET 2017 was 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.

  • The application process is over now.

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.

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.

BHU RET Result

BHU RET Result 2017 (held on 20 August 2017) has been declared by Banaras Hindu University, Which can also be checked through the direct link provided below.


  • SC Category – 15%
  • ST Category – 7.5%
  • OBS Category – 27%
  • PWD Category – 3%

Selection Process

  • 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.

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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