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IIM Ahmedabad Announces PhD Admission 2023

Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad has announced PhD Programmes for 2022. PhD Scholars are provided a comprehensive fellowship that covers all costs and in addition provided a modest living allowance.  Monthly Fellowships are offered @ Rs. 37,700 to Rs. 45,200.

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Graduates of the PhD Programme in Management are placed in world class organizations in teaching, research and consulting positions. A total of 408 doctoral students have graduated from IIMA so far.

Research Areas:  (1) Agriculture, (2) Economics, (3) Finance & Accounting, (4) Human Resource Management, (5) Information Systems, (6) Innovation and Management in Education, (7) Marketing, (8) Organizational Behaviour, (9) Production and Quantitative Methods, (10) Public Systems and (11) Strategy.

Key Dates:

Link open for Online Application : 26 September  2022

Last date for submitting Online Application : 17 January  2023

Selection Process

Candidates applying to the Ph.D. Programme are required to take the Common Admission Test (CAT) or a standard test in lieu of CAT. For NRIs and Foreign students this standard test is the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT).

Different areas of high levels of specialization of IIMA have specified different standard tests that candidates applying to the Ph.D. Programme in their areas of high levels of specialization can take in lieu of CAT. These standard tests are given in the following table:

Area of high levels of specializationStandard Test in lieu of CAT
AgricultureGRE/GMAT/UGC-JRF (Economics/ Development Studies/Development Economics/ Business Economics/ Management)ICAR-SRF (PGS – merit list for award of SRF)
EconomicsGRE/GMAT/GATE/UGC-JRF in relevant discipline
Finance & AccountingGRE/GMAT
Human Resource ManagementGRE/GMAT/GATE
Information SystemsGRE/GMAT/GATE
Innovation andManagement in EducationGRE/GMAT/GATE/UGC-JRF in relevant discipline
Organizational BehaviourGRE/GMAT/UGC-JRF in relevant discipline
Production and Quantitative MethodsGRE/GMAT/GATE/UGC- NET JRF in Mathematical Sciences
Public SystemsGRE/GMAT/GATE/UGC-JRF (in relevant discipline)

The validity of the CAT and the other standard test scores are given in the following table. Note that the scores should be valid on the deadline for submission of the application form.

Candidates will be short listed on the basis of their performance in CAT or the standard test in lieu of CAT, academic background, and experience. The Ph.D. admission interviews will be held during March-April 2023. IIMA may conduct online or face-to-face interviews depending upon the health advisory issued by the authorities at that time.

Fellowship and Expenses: IIM Ahmedabad provides a comprehensive fellowship that covers all academic expenses including tuition, computer, library, medical insurance, placement and alumni fees, and in addition includes a monthly subsistence allowance.

The details of monthly subsistence allowance are as follows:

Slab I: For first and second years


Slab II: After successful completion of Area Comprehensive Examination


Slab III: After submitting the TAC approved thesis proposal


The Ph.D. is a full-time programme that requires significant on-campus/local living. On-campus accommodations for single students for the initial part of their tenure, and limited housing on campus for married students are available.

For exact eligibility criteria, how to apply and other details, candidates should refer the official website of IIM Ahmedabad.


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