Ph.D. (Doctoral Programme) Admission Form Instructions and Candidate Declaration - 2023


Please contact your referees early and initiate the referral process to ensure that they submit the recommendation online within the due date. An application without the complete sets of referrals will be considered as incomplete.

  1. You are advised to go through the detailed eligibility and admissions criteria.
  2. You may choose to apply to a maximum of two areas from the nine choices. However, there is no need to pay a second fee.
  3. Applicants are requested to fill up the referral information carefully. Referee Information has to furnish in the online application form. Once submitted, referee details cannot be changed. Two recommendations are required (mandatory) for a candidate applying for the Ph.D. Both the referees should be persons who are in a position to comment on your candidature. At least one referee should preferably be a faculty member of a university, college or institution of higher studies and research. The application will be treated as incomplete without these two recommendation details. ONCE THE REFEREE DETAILS ARE SUBMITTED, THE REFEREES WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL WITH THE LOGIN CREDENTIALS, WHERE THEY HAVE TO GIVE THE RECOMMENDATION ONLINE. NO HARD COPY OF THE RECOMMENDATION IS ACCEPTED.
    Only official email ids of the referees will be accepted. NO, personal email id will be accepted (eg., gmail, yahoo, rediff, hotmail, etc).
  5. The Application cannot be submitted without the payment of application fee. The SC/ST/OBC/EWS/PWD applicants (submitting copy of SC/ST/OBC/EWS/PWD certificate) are required to pay an application fee of INR 500/- and all other applicants are required to pay an application fee of INR 1000/-. Payment can only be made by Credit/Debit Card and Net Banking (electronic fund transfer). A small processing fee (up to approx. INR 30/-) as applicable will be charged by the Bank/Debit Card/Credit Card Company. Those who are unable to pay online may send a Demand Draft payable at Kolkata in favour of "Indian Institute of Management Calcutta" to the following address:

    Doctoral Programme & Research Office
    Indian Institute of Management Calcutta
    Joka, Diamond Harbour Road
    Kolkata - 700 104 (WB).
    Phone: (033) 2467-8300 – 04

    In case you want to pay the application fees through DD, please select the draft option and provide the DD no., DD date and Bank name in the given space.
    The INR 500/- / 1000/- application fee (wherever applicable) is non-refundable and will not be refunded under any circumstances.
  6. Students applying through CAT can only apply with the scores. You may apply after the CAT results are declared.
  7. In the Other Information Page you can only upload doc, pdf and txt files of your Credentials.
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Writing & Research:

Please upload any published or unpublished research work which you might have completed. You may give abstracts or summaries if the entire document cannot be uploaded.


An applicant of the Doctoral Programme is required to have:
First Class Master's or Post graduate diploma (2 years) in any discipline and a three-year Bachelor's degree with at least 50% marks in the aggregate;
CA with minimum 50% marks or CS/CMA with minimum 55% marks, with degree;
B.Tech/4 year’s degree with 6.5 CGPA or equivalent.
Non-engineering candidates who have undergone 10+2+5 years will be considered eligible to apply for the Doctoral Programme. CMA (USA) candidates are also eligible to apply for the Doctoral Programme.
In addition, applicant must have obtained a minimum of 50% marks in the aggregate in either the Secondary or the Higher Secondary Examination of a Board (or equivalent).
A final-year student appearing for the Bachelor's degree examination in Engineering or Master's degree examination in any discipline can also apply. Such a candidate, if selected, will be provisionally admitted provided (s) he completes all requirements for obtaining the degree before 30th June 2023. Admission of the candidate will remain provisional until (s) he produces mark sheets proving that (s) he satisfies the eligibility criteria. The deadline for submitting the final year degree mark sheets is 31st December 2023.
Government of India guidelines for reservation are followed during admissions.

Admissions Criteria:

An applicant can apply to at most two areas of specialization. (S)he needs to have taken the Common Admission Test (CAT) in 2022 OR, depending on chosen specialization(s), alternative test(s) in lieu of the CAT as specified in the following table. The test score(s) should be valid on January 31st, 2023.

Area of SpecializationTest(s) in lieu of CAT
Economics GMAT / GRE / UGC-NET in Economics
Finance & Control GMAT / GRE / UGC-JRF in Commerce / Economics / Management
Human Resource Management GMAT / GRE / GATE / UGC-JRF in Economics / Management / Law / Labour and Social Welfare / Human Resource Management / Labour Welfare / Personnel Management / Industrial Relations / Psychology / Sociology
Management Information Systems GMAT / GRE / GATE / UGC-JRF in any discipline
Marketing GMAT / GRE / GATE / UGC-JRF in Economics / Psychology / Sociology / Anthropology / Management
Operations Management GMAT / GRE / UGC-JRF in Management / Mathematical Sciences
Organizational Behaviour GMAT / GRE / GATE / UGC-JRF in Psychology / Sociology / Anthropology / Public Administration / Social Work / Management / Labour Welfare / Personnel Management / Industrial Relations / Labour and Social Welfare / Human Resource Management
Public Policy and Management GRE / GATE in Architecture and Planning / UGC-NET in Anthropology / Economics / Education / Environmental Science / Geography / History / International and Area Studies / Law / Management / Political Science / Psychology / Public Administration / Social Work / Sociology
Strategic Management GMAT / GRE / GATE / UGC-JRF in any discipline

Validity of score (other than CAT) - Two years from the date of test and should be valid on the deadline of submission of the application form.

* Candidates should get their GMAT scores officially reported to the Institute using the code: 9CP-HT-94.

* Candidates should get their GRE scores officially reported to the Institute using the code: 7496.


The following conditions may lead to your ineligibility or cancellation of your application (or admission offer) at any stage of the admission process:

  • If you have submitted more than one application form.
  • Misrepresentation or suppression of any information/data in the application form, including use of unfair means to complete the application form (including plagiarism of content).
  • Submission of incomplete application form.
  • Informal recommendation/s or canvassing from any individual/s or organization/s (apart from the requirements mentioned in the application form).
  • If you do not meet any of the requirements at any stage of the admission process.
  • If you have been expelled or withdrawn from any programme of IIM Calcutta prior to submitting your application.

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