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M.Phil./Ph.D. (Sociology)

 

Minimum Eligibility

After 12 Years of schooling, 3 years’ Bachelor degree plus 2 years’ Post-graduate degree in Sociology or related disciplines like Political Science, Economics, Psychology, Anthropology, History, Philosophy, Linguistics, Mass Communications, Education, Geography, Law, Social Work, Development Studies, Criminology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Post-Colonial Studies, Comparative Literature and Comparative Religious Studies; with a minimum of 50% marks, or an equivalent grade.

 

Admission Procedure: Through an Entrance Test and an interview-based procedure.

 

Format of the Entrance Test Paper:

 

Phase One

The Entrance test will consist of the following three parts:

 

Part A (25%). 25 Multiple choice questions worth one mark each that would test general knowledge pertaining to the region and the world. All questions are compulsory.

 

Part B (25%). 25 Multiple choice questions worth one mark each that would test subject knowledge in sociology and social anthropology and knowledge pertaining to issues within the broader spectrum of social sciences. . All questions are compulsory.

 

Part C (50%).To answer two essay questions out of a total of eight. Maximum word limit for each answer is 750. Questions will be set on the basis of subject relevance and relevance to broader social sciences.

 

Total marks for examination: 100. Minimum marks required to pass: 50.

 

This examination will function as a screening test to admit candidates to the second phase of evaluation. Successful candidates need to score at least 15 marks from the combined multiple choice sections (out of 50) and at least 15 marks from the subjective section (out of 50) subject to the minimum overall score of 50 (out of 100). Successful candidates in the first phase will have to furnish two letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, a detailed research proposal and face an interview in the second phase. 50% of marks from the entrance test will be added to the second phase, which will be evaluated out of an overall score of 100 (50% from Entrance Test and 50% from proposal, statement of purpose and interview). Candidates who are successful in Phase Two will be admitted to the M.Phil/PhD program.

 

Phase Two

 

Candidates who are selected from the Phase One are requested to go through a Phase Two in the selection process. The evaluation in Phase Two will involve the following benchmarks, criteria and distribution of marks:

 

Two letters of recommendations – These letters must be written on the forms provided by the Faculty of Social Sciences by two non- related individuals who can, with authority, comment on the candidate’s suitability to study at M.Phil or PhD level in Sociology. They should address the strengths and weaknesses of the candidates’ academic background up to that point, analytical and language skills, strengths and orientations in publications, if publications are available, creativeness so far evident in the candidate’s chosen area of research etc. (no marks will be allocated to these letters but will guide the selection panel in making its decision; if letters of recommendation are not received by the university prior to the application deadline, the candidate’s edibility to proceed further will be curtailed. As such, please ensure that these letters reach the university in time).

 

Complete Research Proposal – A complete research proposal should be submitted that would outline the process of the candidate’s proposed research. In general, it should include the following elements (among others):

  • a) The background to the proposed research that would explain the general topic of the proposed research;
  • b) Research questions, problems or hypothesis that the candidate hopes to explore;
  • c) A clear analysis of comparative sources that could guide the proposed research which would clearly indicate that the candidate has read relevant material (this should include an analysis of the main approaches and findings of key literature as well as their weaknesses);
  • d) A description of the tools and methods for collecting information and data that the candidate expects to use, and why such tools are preferred (the candidate could also suggest new methods of research if he or she feels they would overcome limitations of existing methods);
  • e) The conceptual models/categories and theoretical approaches the candidate hopes to employ and a justification for this;
  • f) What case studies and samples would the candidate propose and what are their selection criteria?;
  • g) Where does the candidate intend to undertake fieldwork and what is the relevance of that location to the proposed study?
  • h) A brief explanation of how the proposed research might contribute to the existing knowledge;
  • i) A tentative timetable for the proposed research;
  • j) A compete bibliography using a referencing system acceptable in any of the social sciences (for stylistic considerations, the candidate for both Sociology and International Relations programs may refer to the ‘Style Guide’ available on the webpage of the Department of Sociology).

 

The research proposal should establish the candidate’s creativity in presentation and conceptualization, analytical skills as well as versatility in language. The research proposal should not exceed 2500 words and may be a given a maximum of 25 marks.

 

Statement of purpose: The statement of purpose is a narrative statement in which the candidate will explain why he or she is motivated to undertake the proposed research, and why it should be undertaken. In writing the statement of purpose the candidate can garner information from the research proposal and the literature read so far; but it also can and should outline the personal and subjective considerations that may have led to conceptualize the proposed research. This could include the academic history of the candidate as well as his or her personal history and social and political transformations experienced in his/her society where the research might be based. Essentially, all this information must allow the selection panel to understand the approach the candidate is proposing and his/her background. The candidate can be creative and imaginative when writing the statement of purpose in terms of conceptualization and presentation. It should not exceed 1000 words and would be allocated a maximum of 15 marks.

 

Interview: All candidates applying for the M.Phil./Ph.D. program must also face an interview either in person or via telephone/Skype/satellite. The candidate can prepare for the interview on the basis of the information provided in the research proposal and statement of purpose while the interviewers will also base much of their questions on these documents. The interviewers will also be guided by the letters of recommendation the candidate has already provided. The candidate will be evaluated on the basis of his/her oral presentation skills, ability to articulate complex ideas, how he or she would respond to hypothetical field problems that may be posed etc. Candidates are encouraged to be creative and candid when facing the interview. A maximum of 10 marks may be allocated for the performance in the interview.

 

Candidates invited for interview will be given a travel subsidy (upper limit INR 5000) towards actual travel cost by the shortest route as per instructions to be communicated to the selected candidates later. If candidates from outside India are unable to travel to New Delhi for the interview, they can seek permission for an interview through Skype.

 

50% of the seats are reserved for candidates from India and the other 50% from candidates for SAARC countries other than India, together. Two separate merit lists will be prepared: one for candidates from India and the other combined merit list of candidates from all other SAARC countries.

 

M.Phil./Ph.D. (Legal Studies)

 

Minimum Eligibility Criteria for Admission to the M.Phil./Ph.D. Programme

12 years’ schooling + 5 year integrated BA/ LLB programme or 3 year Bachelor’s degree followed by 3 year LLB programme + 2 year LLM programme with 50% marks. Those who have done LLB followed by one-year LLM degree with the prescribed 50% marks are also eligible.

 

Pattern of Question Papers

The Question paper will consist of 50 objective type or multiple-choice questions of the LLM Level carrying two marks each. The interview, for those who are shortlisted on the basis of the written test, will consist of 50 marks. The final merit list will be drawn on the basis of performance in the written test and interview.

 

Candidates invited for interview will be given a travel subsidy (upper limit INR 5000) towards actual travel cost by the shortest route as per instructions to be communicated to the selected candidates later. If candidates from outside India are unable to travel to New Delhi for the interview, they can seek permission for an interview through Skype.

 

M.Phil./Ph.D. Computer Science

 

Minimum Eligibility

Post-graduation leading to M.Tech/MCA/M.Sc degree in Computer Science with at least 55% marks or an equivalent grade. Candidates who have obtained integrated Bachelor’s and Master’s degree will be eligible provided they have at least 5 years of university/institution education leading to a Master’s degree after completing 12 years’ of schooling. Degrees from Government recognized universities/ institutions will only be accepted.

 

Format of the Entrance Test question paper and course:

 

Entrance test (70 marks): The 3 hours entrance test will consist of multiple choice questions. Each question will have four options and out of these four options, one option will be correct. There will be no negative marking.

 

The test will have multiple-choice questions from the following two parts:

 

Part A: This part would comprise 30 questions of one mark each. This part will test the basic intelligence of the candidate, language, quantitative skills and knowledge in Mathematics and Computer Science of under-graduate level education. All questions will be compulsory. Part A will have multiple-choice questions from the following areas of under-graduate level:

PART A

Discrete Mathematics: Sets, Relations, Functions, Boolean Algebra, Propositional logic, First order Predicate Logic

Combinatorics: Permutations, Combinations, counting, summation, recurrence relations

Probability and Statistics: Conditional probability, Mean, Median, Mode, Standard deviation, variance, covariance, Random variable, distributions (uniform, normal, exponential, Poisson, Binomial).

Calculus and Ordinary Differential Equations: Limit, Continuity & differentiability, Mean value theorems, theorems of integral calculus, evaluation of definite and improper integrals, partial derivatives, total derivatives, maxima and minima, Differential equations of first order and their solutions, linear differential equations with constant coefficients, homogenous linear differential equations.

Geometry and Vector Analysis: Rectangular Cartesian co-ordinates, equations of a line, mid-point, intersections etc., equations of a circle, distance formulae, pair of straight lines, parabola, ellipse and hyperbola, simple geometric transformations such as translation, rotation, scaling, Scalar and Vector quantities their representation, Addition and subtraction of vectors, Scalar and vector product of two vectors, Scalar triple product, Vector triple product.

Matrices and Determinants: Algebra of Matrices, Determinants, Systems of linear equations, Eigen Values and Eigen Vectors.

Programming in C: Elements of C, Identifiers, Data Types, Control Structures, Iteration, Structured Data Types: Array, Structure, Union, Strings, Pointers, Functions, Parameter Passing to Functions, Recursion.

Digital Logic Design: Number System, Data Representation and Computer Arithmetic, Logic Gates, Combinational and Sequential Circuits.

 

Part B: This part would comprise 40 questions of one mark each. This part will extensively test the knowledge of the candidate in the subject of Computer Science. Questions in this part will be framed at the level of M.Tech/MCA/ M.Sc education. All questions will be compulsory. The Part B will have multiple-choice questions from the following areas of post-graduate level:

PART B

Data & File Structures: Arrays, Linked Lists, Doubly Linked Lists, Circularly Linked Lists, Queues, Priority Queues, Stacks, Postfix, Prefix Representation and Evaluation, Trees, Binary Search Trees, Heaps, Graphs, Records, Sequential Direct, Indexed Sequential, Relative Files, Inverted Lists, Multilist, Hashing, AVL Trees, B-Tree, B+ Tree.

Design & Analysis of Algorithms: Asymptotic notation, Asymptotic analysis (best, worst, average cases) of time and space, Sorting, Searching, Recursion, Graph (Spanning tree, connected component, shortest path), Divide-and-Conquer, Greedy Approach, Dynamic programming, Basic concepts of complexity classes –P, NP, NP-hard, NP-complete.

Operating Systems: Processes, Threads, Inter-process communication, Concurrency, Synchronization (semaphores, critical regions, mutual exclusion), Deadlock handling (Bankers algorithm), CPU scheduling, Memory management and virtual memory (paging and segmentation), File Systems, I/O systems, Protection and security, UNIX and Windows, Basic UNIX commands, shell variables and programming.

Computer Networks: Local Area Networks (LAN), Metropolitan Area Networks (MAN), Wide Area Networks (WAN), OSI model, TCP/IP model, Encoding and Modulation, Multiplexing, Switching, Transmission media, Flow control, Error detection and correction, Multiple access protocols, IPv4, IPv6, Routing algorithms, Multicasting, Congestion control, QoS, TCP/UDP, Application layer protocols (icmp, dns, smtp, pop, ftp, http).

Software Engineering: System Development Life Cycle (Steps, Water Fall Model, Prototypes, Spiral model), Software Metrics(Software Project Management),Software Design(System Design, Detailed Design, Function Oriented Design, Object Oriented Design, User Interface Design, Design level metrics), Coding and testing (testing level metrics, software quality and reliability).

Database Management System: ER-model, Relational model (relational algebra, tuple and domain calculus), Database design (integrity constraints, normal forms), Structured Query Language, Transactions and concurrency control, Distributed Databases.

Computer Architecture and Organization: Subsystems of a Computer, Instructions Formats, Assembly Programming, Information Representation, Computer Arithmetic, Processor Datapath Design, Control Unit Design, Pipelining, Memory Organization, I/O Organization, Interrupts and DMA, Parallelism.

 
See the M.Phil./Ph.D. Computer Science Entrance Test for the year 2013

 

Interview: Candidates up to four times the number of seats will be short-listed for interview on the basis of their performance in the entrance test subject to a minimum cut off. Interview will carry a weightage of 30 marks. A minimum of 50% marks will have to be secured in both written test and interview in order to be eligible for the admission. If candidates from outside India are unable to travel to New Delhi for the interview, they can seek permission for an interview through Skype. Final merit-list will be drawn by adding the entrance test and interview marks.

 

Candidates invited for interview will be given a travel subsidy (upper limit INR 5000) towards actual travel cost by the shortest route as per instructions to be communicated to the selected candidates later. If candidates from outside India are unable to travel to New Delhi for the interview, they can seek permission for an interview through Skype. Separate merit lists will be made for (a) candidates from all SAARC countries other than India, and (b) candidates from India. Equal number of candidates will be offered admission from these two lists, provided they secure overall qualifying marks of 50%. Up to 30% of the seats may be filled by candidates who have already secured JRF funding through a National competitive test in any of the SAARC countries.

 

Interview: Candidates up to five times the number of seats will be short-listed for interview on the basis of their performance in the entrance test subject to a minimum cut off. The candidate will also arrange to send two recommendation letters from teachers who have taught and assessed the candidate during graduate/postgraduate studies. Recommendation letters should testify to the intellectual acumen, knowledge of the subject and ability of the candidate to articulate ideas. Interview will carry a weight age of 30 marks. A minimum of 50% marks will have to be secured in both written test and interview in order to be eligible for the admission. Candidates invited for interview will be given a travel subsidy (upper limit IndianRs. 5000) towards actual travel cost by the shortest route as per instructions to be communicated to the selected candidates later. If candidates from outside India are unable to travel to New Delhi for the interview, they can seek permission for an interview through Skype.

 

A final merit list will be drawn by adding marks of the entrance test and the interview. Separate merit lists will be prepared for (a) candidates from all SAARC countries other than India, and (b) candidates from India. Equal number of candidates will be offered admission from these two lists, provided they secure overall qualifying marks of 50%. Up to 30% of the seats may be filled by candidates who have already secured JRF funding through a National competitive test in any of the SAARC countries.

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