CDS invites applications for admission to its full-time residential programmes PhD in Economics. The Degrees are awarded by Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. The PhD Programme will commence on August 02, 2021.


An MPhil degree from any Indian university recognized by the UGC or from a foreign educational institution OR Master’s degree or a professional degree declared equivalent to the Master’s degree by the corresponding statutory regulatory body, with at least 55% marks in General Category and 50% marks in OBC (NCL),SC,ST and Person with Disability (PWD) or its equivalent grade ‘B’ in the UGC 7-point scale (or an equivalent grade in a point scale wherever grading system is followed) OR an equivalent degree from a foreign educational Institution accredited by an Assessment and Accreditation Agency, which is approved, recognized or authorized by an authority, established or incorporated under a law in its home country or any other statutory authority in that country for the purpose of assessing, accrediting or assuring quality and standards of educational institutions.

The admission process is different for JRF and non-JRF holders. In the case of candidates having JRF through CSIR/UGC NET examination, the admission will be based solely on personal interview. The interview will be conducted online.

Selection of candidates belonging to Non-JRF category will be based an entrance examination and personal interview. Due to Covid pandemic the entrance examination & interview will be conducted online.  Final selection will be based on the combined scores of the entrance examination and interview.

Statutory Reservation for candidates from India belonging to SC, ST, OBC (NCL), EWS and Person with Disability(PWD) (≥ 40% disability) as per Government of India Rules.

PhD scholars may avail the UGC’s JRF/SRF, RGNF, Moulana Azad Fellowships and the Kerala State Government fellowship for SC/ST students. Students who have not qualified for fellowships from other sources may avail a small number of ICSSR fellowships on a competitive basis. Fellowship award will be based on a separate interview in the presence of sponsoring agencies.

Important dates

Last date to submit application: June 13, 2021
Commencement of programme: August 02, 2021

For any queries or additional information please contact
Academic Programme Office on Tel: 0471 2774253/4 during office hours (9 AM to 5 PM)
or write to us