Ph.D Part Time

Ph.D Part Time


XIM University views research as an activity where our core institutional values are expressed clearly. At XIM University we recognize the need to participate in the global academic environment through high quality publications. At the same time, research at XIM University is also driven by the need to engage with specific clients and user groups, in accordance with our vision and values. In order that research activities at the University may add up to create a big picture consistent with our vision, XIM University provides various institutional mechanisms to promote information sharing, shared understanding, extended research-oriented engagements with potential clients/users, and meaningful collaborations. overall, research at XIM University seek the exciting frontiers of capacity building, social innovation, collective intelligence, human development, and such other ends as relevant to the mission of the various schools under the university.



The Doctoral Program (Ph.D) is intended to prepare the participants for research and teaching positions both within and outside academia. Our doctoral scholars are expected to be specialists in their respective fields and capable of generating new knowledge and be the great new thinkers for our world. The program draws upon Indian and global experience in doctoral education. The program is also designed to serve as a venue for nurturing various academic debates concerning research across the relevant domains. The program structure includes a significant component of research training, facilitated by both in-house and visiting researchers. Ph.D scholars are expected to develop deep understanding in the areas of research selected by them. They also get a structured exposure to a range of topics, develop various professional skills, and participate in XIM University’s academic life and activities.


The Doctoral Program is designed to prepare students for professional leadership in the field of management, and commerce. The objective of the Ph.D program is to facilitate research entrepreneurial skills and orientation of doctoral scholars. It is designed to promote the culture of research entrepreneurship wherein researchers are encouraged to explore themselves, ask questions, actively seek peers’ feedback, build conviction broader level Ph.D Program aims at contributing towards XUB’s endeavour towards Sustainability, Entrepreneurships and Analytics (SEA) by understanding those issues which are fundamental to the research enquiry, and have a linkage with organizations, institutions, economy, society, and environment.




The program is intended to prepare participants for research and teaching positions both within and outside academia. Our doctoral scholars are expected to be specialists in their respective fields and capable of generating new knowledge and be the great new thinkers for our world. The scholars are expected to develop a deep understanding in the areas of research selected by them. They also get a structured exposure to a range of topics, develop various professional skills, and participate in academic and other activities.


Candidates need to satisfy the following criteria to be considered eligible for doctoral studies in select schools at XIM University, Bhubaneswar as indicated below. For information about schools please visit the XIM University, Bhubaneswar homepage Candidates not meeting the eligibility criteria need not apply to the school in concern.


Candidates seeking admission to a school under XIM University after a minimum of 4-year/8-semester Bachelor’s degree with Research or equivalent (e.g. B.E / B.Tech / B.Sc-Agriculture & Allied Sciences / B.Arch / B.Plan) should have a minimum CGPA of 7.5/10 or equivalent.


Candidates seeking admission with having a master’s or an equivalent degree need to meet the school-specific requirements as in the table below

School Necessary Qualification for Doctoral Studies: Candidates should have
School of Rural Management
Master’s degree (or equivalent) in any discipline with at least 55% of marks in aggregate from a recognized University.

For SC / ST candidates a relaxation of 5% will be applicable on all schools tabled above. In case the score is available on a letter-grade system or grade-point system, the University expects a minimum equivalent of prescribed percentage of marks in aggregate as per the awarding University’s norms for conversion to a percentage.




The university shall obtain a “No Objection Certificate (NOC)” through the candidates for Ph.D Part Time program from the appropriate authority in the organization, where the candidates are employed, clearly stating that;

  1. The candidate is permitted to pursue studies on a Part Time basis.
  2. His/her official duties permit him/her to devote sufficient time for research.
  3. If required, he/she will be relieved from the duty to complete the course work.

The NOC needs to clearly state points 1-3 indicated above and needs to be on the organization letterhead and signed by the appropriate authority. The contact details of the organization need to be furnished on the letterhead.



The candidates selected for the Ph.D Part Time program who are not employed anywhere should submit a self-declaration at the time of joining the program clearly stating that he/she will not join any organization for employment during the course of study without prior intimation and approval from the concerned authority. In case he/she joins any employment while pursuing the doctoral program at XIM University, he/she needs to submit the NOC from the appropriate authority of the new organization (with format and content accordingly as given under PART-A) within 30 days of joining the organization, failing which the studentship will be cancelled.


Applicants have to fill up the online application form separately for XIM University programs at: Upon successfully filling the online application form and paying the application processing fee, the applicant will receive the confirmation by email.


Candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of their academic records and SOPs. The shortlisted candidates will be required to appear for XIM Research Aptitude Test (X-RAT), Subject Test (if applicable), Presentation, and Personal Interview as per the modes decided and communicated. Details about X-RAT is available separately on our website. Candidates who have qualified UGC NET-JRF within three years (calculated from the date of issuance of the respective scores and the last date of application to the program) will be exempted from X-RAT. However, they will take part in the other selection processes as listed above. The coursework for the selected candidates is expected to commence from June 2024.


The doctoral program is for a minimum duration of three (3) years and a maximum duration of six (6) years (please refer to the table below for a tentative timeline understanding).

Calendar Year Event Point Details
Admission into the Doctoral Program
June/July - May (End)
Doctoral Registration followed by Coursework
Expected: End of 1st Year
Comprehensive Qualifying Examination
Expected 2nd Year & Onwards
Thesis Phase (Includes):
- Domain Review Seminar
- Research Review Seminars (Optional)
- Draft Proposal Seminar (Optional)
- Thesis Proposal Seminar
- Thesis Submission SeminarContent
Final Year
(Expected) Thesis Submission



The coursework comprises of the doctoral coursework and additional courses that may be offered by the school where the candidate enrolls. The school research committee will specify the exact number of credits the candidate will be required to do after the candidate registers in the program.  


The Comprehensive qualifying examination will be conducted after the successful completion of doctoral course work. After successful completion of the comprehensive qualifying examination, the student will be allowed to proceed to the Thesis Phase.


The Thesis phase starts after the doctoral registration. The scholar is conferred the title as given below on successful completion of all the requirements of the thesis..

School Title of Conferment
School of Rural Management
Doctor of Philosophy in Rural Management

Any extension of time beyond the expected completion duration as noted above will be based on review of progress status of the scholars in concern. Students failing to comply with the program requirements will be de-registered. A student has to meet all the requirements of the Doctoral Program according to prescribed standards and no exemption will be granted for any reason whatsoever.


X-RAT is the Research Aptitude Test conducted by XIM University, Bhubaneswar as a part of the Ph.D admission process. The test is used to assess some basic skills considered essential for researchers, namely writing ability, verbal ability and comprehension, reasoning, and quantitative aptitude. The test consists of the four sections as indicated above. The total marks for the test are 100 and the total time allocated is 3 hours. The questions are a mix of subjective and objective types.


The test is conducted by XIM University, Bhubaneswar. There is no need to apply separately for X-RAT. Guidelines containing details on the examination is available separately on the Ph.D admission page, and can be accessed by visiting our website


At the time of applying for admission, a candidate is required to choose his/her School. They should also indicate their preferred area of research from the list provided below; this will however be formalized by the end of the doctoral coursework.

School of Rural Management



All Doctoral Program admission-related queries may be addressed to:

Phone: 0674 – 6647 806 / 6647 900 / 2377 806 / 2377 878 (During office hours:- 8:30-12:30 & 1:30-5:00 on Weekdays)