Admission procedure for PhD-Urban Management and Governance


Master’s degree (or equivalent) in any discipline from a recognized university, with at least 55% marks in aggregate. In case the score is available on a letter-grade or grade-point system, the University expects a minimum equivalent of 55% marks in aggregate as per the awarding university’s conversion norms to percentage.

How to Apply:

Interested applicants can fill up the application form online at:, latest by February 28, 2018.

Selection Process:

Candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of their academic records and SOPs. The shortlisted candidates will be required to appear for Xavier Research Aptitude Test (X-RAT), and Personal Interview. UGC-NET qualified candidates will be exempted from appearing for the X-RAT.

X-RAT Guidelines

Subject Test: Some of the schools may conduct a subject test which the shortlisted candidates need to appear. Details on the test will be communicated soon.

Duration of the Program:

The PhD students are expected to complete the program in 5 years. The first year of the program will be spent for course work, and the remaining years for completing subsequent steps leading to the doctoral thesis.

Course- work and Registration:

The course work for the selected candidates will commence from July 2018.
The coursework has been organized in 3 phases during the 1st year of the program. After the successful completion of coursework (pass mark is 60% in aggregate for each phase, and 55% in individual papers) and related pre-decided steps such as a numbers of review seminars, the student is supposed to give a thesis topic registration seminar. After the successful completion of this seminar, the student’s Ph.D. topic will be registered with Xavier University, Bhubaneswar (XUB).

Program Fee:

a) Officially Sponsored Candidates / Self-Sponsored Candidates:
In case the organization supports the student’s Ph.D. or the students decide to sponsor themselves, the year-wise fees will be as follows:

  1. Rupees three lakhs in the first year; and
  2. Rupees one lakh in each year from second year onwards.
b) Full Scholarship category:
In case of deserving full-time student, the academic fee will be waived.


The students will be provided accommodation on campus, if available. The residential expenses will have to be paid by the students separately as per the prevalent rate (current rate is Rs. 40000 per year, double seated), and mess expenses as per actual. Students can also choose to stay off-campus.

Sr. No. Activity Dates
1. Last date for On-line Application February 28, 2018
2. Conducting X-RAT (Research Aptitude Test of Xavier University Bhubaneswar) April 6th 2018
3. Ph.D. Admission Interviews April 6th - 7th 2018
4. Declaration of Admission Results April 2018
5. Issuance of admission letter to selected candidates April 2018
6. Payment of Fees (due date) May 2018 (Tentative)
7. Doctoral Students’ Registration & Mentorship Program July 9th 2018
8. Course Work – Phase I July - August 2018 (Tentative)
9. Course Work – Phase II August - December 2018 (Tentative)
10. Course Work – Phase III January 2019 (Tentative)
11. End Term Examination January End 2019 (Tentative)
12. Comprehensive Examination (Seminar) By June End 2019 (Tentative)

All admission-related queries may be addressed to:

Phone: 0674 - 6647806 / 6647900 (During office hours:- 8:30-12:30 & 1:30-5:00 on Weekdays, and 8:30-12:30 on Saturdays)