University of Delhi (DU) has released notification from eligible candidates to admission in M.Phil & Ph.D Programmes at Department of Commerce for the academic year 2017-18. Candidates can fill their application form for Ph.D / M.Phil programme as per schedule. Candidates can check the complete details of DU DSE M.Phil & Ph.D Admission 2017 application process, eligibility and other information on this page below.

DU Delhi School of Economics M.Phil & Ph.D Admission 2017

Registration for admission to all M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes of the University of Delhi (including those offered by the Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics) is carried out on-line by the University according to rules and procedures described in the University’s Bulletin of Information, which should be read carefully before filling the on-line application form.

Schedule for DU Delhi School of Economics M.Phil & Ph.D Admission 2017 is given below.

Event Dates
Start date for online Registration 12 Jun 2017
Closing date for Online Registration 22 Jun 2017
Date of Entrance exam to be announced

Application Form 2017

There is a common Web Portal for the centralized registration of candidates seeking admission to the M.Phil./ Ph.D. Programmes in the University of Delhi. Candidates can fill their Application Form online from the below link.

Online Application Form here:-

Application Fee

  • Registration fee for SC/ST/PwD : Rs. 250/- for each course
  • Registration fee for all other Categories (Unreserved, OBC etc.) : Rs. 500/- for each course

Eligibility Criteria

  • Both M. Phil. and Ph.D. students would be required to take four courses during the first year and score at least 50% in each course. The set of courses to be taken will be determined by the Department Research Committee (DRC). Admitted students should be prepared to attend an orientation and start attending classes with effect from 20th July 2017. All entering students of the 2017-2018 batch will be required to take two compulsory courses, one in Game Theory and the other in Econometric Methods. The remaining two courses can be chosen from the list of available courses, subject to the approval of the DRC. The DRC may allow the student to take courses outside the department if these are thought valuable for the proposed research. If a student is not able to pass a course with 50% marks, the student shall be given one opportunity to take a re-test within 12 months. For the Summer Semester this will typically be offered in the second week of the winter semester, and similarly for the Winter Semester. The medium of instruction and evaluation is English.
  • An M.Phil. student who has completed coursework with aggregate marks of at least 75% may enter the Ph.D. programme at the beginning of the following academic year. At this point no additional coursework is required and the student would be treated on par with other Ph.D. students who have completed a year in the programme. M.Phil. students are required to remain in residence for the first year of their programme. M.Phil students who do not transition to the Ph.D. programme must submit their dissertation within 18 months of their joining if they are full-time students, and within 24 months if they are part-time students.
  • M.Phil. students are expected to contact faculty members in the second semester of their coursework and get written consent from at least one faculty member to be their supervisor. They are expected to submit a 1000-word proposal by June 30, 2018.
  • Each student entering the Ph.D. programme is required to select a supervisor within one month of joining the programme. Upon receiving the written consent of the faculty members involved, the DRC will constitute an advisory committee and forward the information to the Board of Research Studies (BRS) of the Faculty of Social Sciences. These steps are required before the process of provisional registration is complete. The student may change his/her supervisor in the second year, depending on the area in which he/she proposes to write the thesis.
  • For confirmation of Ph.D. registration, which generally occurs in the second year of the programme, the candidate needs to successfully complete all coursework, identify a thesis supervisor (who may or may not be the same as the initial supervisor), and successfully present and defend a Ph.D. thesis proposal in a department seminar by August 31, 2018. The proposal must be approved by the supervisor, the advisory committee of the student, the DRC, and the BRS. Registration is confirmed only after this process is completed.
  • Ph.D. students are required to remain in residence for two years following provisional registration and are required to submit their thesis within five years of the date of provisional registration. Extensions are possible only as per university guidelines.
  • While all students have to have a supervisor from the department, they may have a jointsupervisor from any recognized institution, and can spend up to 12 months in the institution of the joint-supervisor.
  • M.Phil. and Ph.D. students are required to present their work regularly in the student research workshop which meets weekly during the academic year. They must also be in regular contact with their supervisors and submit a report on their progress to the DRC via their supervisors by the end of each academic year.

Entrance Exam Pattern

For the entrance exams for the M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes, applicants will be expected to be familiar with in microeconomics, macroeconomics and statistics/econometrics at the level of the first year of the Master’s Programme in Economics in the Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics. The following is a list of indicative textbooks; however, questions will not necessarily be based on these books alone.

  • Advanced Microeconomic Theory – Geoffrey A. Jehle and Philip J. Reny
  • Advanced Macroeconomics – David Romer
  • Basic Econometrics – D. Gujarati
  • An Introduction to Game Theory – M. J. Osborne

The entrance process consists of two stages. The first stage will be an examination consisting of only multiple-choice questions. Registration for this part of the examination will be as explained in the University’s admissions portal The examination will be held in centres in various cities as described therein. This test will consist of multiple-choice questions only. The correct choices must be entered on the bubble sheet provided for the purpose, and not on the question paper. Note that there will be negative marking for wrong or multiple answers to a question. The multiple-choice questions are designed to test rigorously the ability to apply concepts and techniques, rather than have a mere ‘theoretical’ familiarity with them. Space will be provided in the question paper for the necessary rough work. Calculators will not be required.

Because the bubble sheet will be checked by a machine, it is very important that:

  • only one bubble be shaded against each question number
  • the chosen bubble be completely shaded
  • in case ballpoint pen must be used for shading, you should be sure of your answer

On the basis of the results of this examination, a shortlist of candidates will be called for the second stage, consisting of a one-hour written examination covering the same areas of economics, followed by an interview. This stage will be conducted in Delhi only. The second-stage written examination will comprise short answer questions, including working out the solutions to problems and analyzing the results. The interview will further test the candidates’ knowledge of economics, as well as their research interests. The second-stage written examination will carry a weight of 60% and the interview 40% in deciding the merit list for admission.

Question Paper

Candidates can download previous year question paper for practice more. The question paper for the entrance examination will consist of two parts. The first part will consist of multiple-choice questions in microeconomics, macroeconomics and statistics/econometrics. The second part will consist of short answer questions in the same areas. A sample of the previous year’s question paper is available on the department

Previous year Question Paper 2014

  • Click here to download Previous Year Question Paper

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