Ph.D. Entrance Test for DU, JNU, BHU and BBAU – 2023

CUET Ph.D. Entrance Test 2023: National Testing Agency is going to conduct a common entrance test namely Ph.D. Entrance Test for DU, JNU, BHU and BBAU – 2023 for the postgraduates who are willing to take admission to the Ph.D programmes offered by 4 central universities DU, JNU, BHU and BBAU in the upcoming academic year. The complete details about CUET Ph.D. Entrance Test have been uploaded and the same has been detailed in the article below.

Ph.D 2023 Notification

National Testing Agency has released the detailed information bulletin for Ph.D. Entrance Test for DU, JNU, BHU and BBAU – 2023. Entrance Test on the official website of CUET Ph.D at including the complete details about the examination process. The candidates can go through the detailed notification for which the direct link has been mentioned below.,

CUET PG 2023 Exam Summary 

As the Ph.D. Entrance Test 2023 Notification has been released by NTA for the graduates who want admission to Ph. D programmes in 4 central universities DU, JNU, BHU and BBAU. The candidates must once look at the overview about the glimpse of the Ph.D. Entrance Test 2023 as discussed in the below table. 

Full Exam NamePh.D. Entrance Test for DU, JNU, BHU and BBAU – 2023
Conducting BodyNational Testing Agency (NTA)
Course OfferedPh.D
Participating UniversitiesDelhi University (DU), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University (BBAU).
Mode of ApplicationOnline
Exam DateTo announced
Mode of ExamOnline (Computer-based Test)
Type of questionsMultiple-Choice Type question
Official website

Fee Payable by Candidates

The application fee for the Ph.D. Entrance Test 2023 is different for all categories. The application fee is not refundable or transferable once paid. It can be paid through Net-Banking/ Debit Card /Credit Card / UPI/Wallet.

Fee Payable by Candidates in INR
CategoryApplication Fee (for one Test Papers)Fee for additional Test Paper (Per Test Paper)
General₹ 1200₹ 800
OBC-NCL/Gen-EWS₹ 1100₹ 700
SC/ ST/ Third Gender₹ 1000₹ 700
PwBD₹ 1000₹ 700

An applicant can apply for a maximum of three (03) Test Papers.

An applicant can apply for one Test Papers by paying application fees of Rs. 1200/- (General applicants) or Rs. 1100/- (OBC-NCL/Gen-EWS) or Rs. 1000/- (SC/ST/Third Gender/PwBD Applicants) for Ph.D. Programmes. Further, for applying for additional Test Papers a fee of Rs. 800/- (General applicants) or Rs. 700/- (OBC-NCL/Gen-EWS/ SC/ST/Third Gender/PwBD Applicants) per paper is to be paid.

Important Dates and for Ph.D. Entrance Test

Online submission of Application Form09-08-2023 to 08-09-2023 (up to 09:00 P.M.)
Last date of successful transaction of Examination fee08-09-2023 (up to 11:50 P.M.)

Duration of Examination 180 minutes (03:00 Hours)

Timing of Examination Shift-1 Shift-2

Eligibility and Qualifications Criteria

NTA has no age limit for the candidates for appearing in the Ph.D. Entrance Test 2023. The candidates who have passed their postgraduate/equivalent examination or appearing in 2023 irrespective of their age can appear in Ph.D. Entrance Test for DU, JNU, BHU and BBAU –2023 examination. However, the candidates will be required to fulfill the age criteria of the University in which they are desirous of taking admission.


  • For admission in Universities through Ph.D. Entrance Test for DU, JNU, BHU and BBAU-2023, the existing policies regarding quota, category, relaxation, reservations, qualification, subject combinations, preferences etc. of the respective University shall be applicable.
  • As the eligibility criteria for admission may be unique for every University, the candidates should visit the University website to which they are applying for their respective programs.
  • Before applying the Candidates are advised to satisfy themselves that they possess the eligibility criteria laid down by the University they are applying to.
  • Mere appearance in the Entrance Test or securing pass marks at the test does not entitle a candidate to be considered for admission to the Programme unless he/she fulfils the Programme wise eligibility conditions of the University they are applying to.

How to fill Ph.D. Entrance Test Application Form 2023?

The candidates have to fill out Ph.D. Entrance Test Application Form 2023 to get registered for the Central Universities Entrance Test (CUET) once the application process starts. Follow the below steps to fill Ph.D. Entrance Test 2023 Application Form. 

Step1: Registration Form

Visit the official website of the Ph.D. Entrance Test at to fill Ph.D. Entrance Test Application Form 2023. Register for the Online Application Form and note the system-generated Application Number. Supply the required details while filling the Online Application Form.

Step 2: Application Form

The Candidates can log in with the system-generated Application Number and pre-created Password for completing

the Application Form including filling up of personal details, applying for the Paper, choosing the Examination Cities, providing details of Educational Qualifications, and uploading images and documents (if any).

Upload Scanned Images of Candidate’s Photograph and Signature.

i. The recent photograph (without mask) should be either in color or black & white with 80% face visible including ears, against a white background.

ii. Scanned photograph and signature (clearly legible) should be in JPG/JPEG format

iii. The size of the scanned photograph should be between 10 kb to 200 kb (clearly legible).

iv. The size of the scanned signature should be between 4 kb to 30 kb (clearly legible)

Step 3: Fee Payment

After completing Step 1 and Step 2, pay the requisite examination fee. The fee can be submitted only online through

Net Banking, Credit Card, Debit Card, UPI Services. Processing charges and GST as applicable are chargeable to the candidate (in addition to the examination fee) by the concerned Bank/Payment Gateway Integrator.

Exam Pattern

For Ph.D. Entrance Test for DU, JNU, BHU and BBAU –2023, the mode of examination is given below:

Question Paper100 MCQ Questions
SectionsTwo Sections Section 1- Research Methodology Section 2- Domain/Subject specific
Duration of Examination3 Hours (180 min.)
Candidate can choose a maximum coursesThree

List of Proposed subjects For Ph.D. Entrance Test-2023.

Sr. NoTest Paper CodeName of the CoursesSubject Specific Question Count
1COPH01Adult Continuing Education & Ext.50
2COPH02African Studies50
3COPH03Buddhist Studies50
4COPH04Korean Studies50
6COPH06European Studies50
7COPH07Human Rights50
8COPH08Japanese Studies50
9COPH09Inner Asia Studies50
11COPH011Library & Information Science50
12COPH012Mass Communication and Journalism/ Media Studies50
13COPH013National Security Studies50
14COPH014Chinese Studies50
15COPH015Physical Education & Sport Science50
16COPH016Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy50
17COPH017South Asian Studies50
18COPH018West Asian Studies50
19COPH019Women Studies50
20COPH020International Trade & Development50
21COPH021Russian & Central Asian Studies50
22COPH022Public Health50
23COPH023East Asian Studies50
24COPH024Energy Studies50
Sr. NoTest Paper CodeName of the CoursesSubject Specific Question Count
1FCPH01Commerce/Management/Financial Studies50
2FCPH02Economics/ Regional Development Economics/Business Economics50
3FCPH03Economics Studies & Planning50
Art & Culture
Sr. NoTest Paper CodeName of the CoursesSubject Specific Question Count
1ACPH01Cinema Studies50
2ACPH02Hindustani Music50
3ACPH03Karnataka/Carnatic Music50
4ACPH04Visual Studies50
5ACPH05Percussion Music50
6ACPH06Theatre and Performance Studies50
7ACPH07Fine Arts50
8ACPH08History of Arts50
Sr. NoTest Paper CodeName of the CoursesSubject Specific Question Count
2HUPH02Geography/Political Geography/Regional Development Geography50
3HUPH03History/Historical Studies [Ancient, Medieval, Modern]50
5HUPH05Political Science/ /Political Studies/Public Administration50
6HUPH06Social Work50
8HUPH08Social Sciences in Health50
9HUPH09Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology50
10HUPH010Informal Sector & Labour Studies50
11HUPH011Social System50
12HUPH012Comparative Politics & Political Theory50
Sr. NoTest Paper CodeName of the CoursesSubject Specific Question Count
11LAPH11Linguistics 50
12LAPH12Modern Indian Language & Literary Studies50
 17LAPH17Hindi Translation50
Sr. NoTest Paper CodeName of the CoursesSubject Specific Question Count
2SCPH02Computer Science and Engineering50
3SCPH03Biomedical Research50
7SCPH07Chemistry/Chemical Science50
8SCPH08Computer Science/Informatics50
9SCPH09Electronics and Communication Engineering/ Electronic Science50
11SCPH11Environmental Studies/Environmental Sciences Research Area III & IV50
14SCPH14Home Science50
15SCPH15Life Science/ Life Sciences Group – I-V50
17SCPH17Micro Systems50
19SCPH19Molecular Medicine50
20SCPH20Nano Sciences50
21SCPH21Mechanical Engineering50
22SCPH22Operational Research50
23SCPH23Pharmaceutical Sciences/ Pharmacy50
24SCPH24Physics/Physical Sciences50
25SCPH25Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology50
29SCPH29Studies in Science Policy50
30SCPH30Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Track – 150
31SCPH31Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Track – 250
32SCPH32Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Track – 350

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