Direct PhD Admission After Bachelor's

New UGC Policy Explained

UGC Chairman M. Jagadesh Kumar announces direct PhD admission for bachelor's degree holders with a minimum of 75% marks.

Previously, students needed a master’s degree with at least 55% marks to be eligible for PhD programs.

Now, students with a four-year bachelor's degree and a minimum of 75% marks can directly enroll in PhD programs.

Eligible candidates can appear for the NET exam to qualify for PhD admissions, bypassing the master's degree requirement.

There is a 5% relaxation in marks for SC, ST, OBC, differently-abled, and economically weaker sections, making PhD admissions more inclusive.

The new criteria stress the importance of academic excellence, requiring students to secure 75% or equivalent grades in their bachelor's programs.

Students can choose their research subjects based on their interests and passions, providing more flexibility in their academic pursuits.

The new policy simplifies the process to attain a PhD, making it more accessible by eliminating the need for a master’s degree.

This policy opens up opportunities for a larger number of students to engage in research and higher studies directly after their bachelor’s degree.

By relaxing eligibility criteria for marginalized groups, the policy ensures diverse candidates have better access to PhD opportunities.

The UGC aims to democratize access to higher education and research, promoting a more inclusive academic environment.

The policy supports the National Education Policy's focus on research and innovation, aiming to foster a culture of academic excellence.

Encourages more students to pursue research careers directly after their bachelor's, potentially accelerating their professional and academic development.