Application Form For Research Degree Entrance Test - 2020



TOTAL FEE (Excluding Bank Charges if any) Rs 2,050-00

Rs Two thousand and fifty (Excluding Bank Charges if any).


Start Date End Date
Online Application/Fee Submission 24 February, 2020 Due to out break of Corona virus Date is extended upto further notice.
Admit Card Downloading Will be announced later
Tentative Date for RDET Examination 19 April, 2020 12:00 to 02:00 pm.

Steps to apply online

  • Apply Online
  • Pay Examination Fee (Online using Debit/Credit Card/Netbanking)
  • Download Final Application


Fee once deposited shall not be refunded in any case. Therefore, it is requested to read all instructions and eligibility criteria carefully before the submission of online application form for Research Degree Entrance Test (RDET)-2020

A. Eligibility Criteria for Ph.D. Entrance Test

  1. Candidates aspiring to participate in the Kumaun University's Research Degree Entrance Test (RDET)-2020 must have a Master's degree of the Kumaun University (hereafter referred to as University) or of any other University incorporated by the law in force and recognized by the UGC; provided also that the candidate fulfills following criteria:
    • Candidate should have secured at least fifty five percent (55%) marks (without rounding off) OR a grade point average equivalent to 55% marks (without rounding off) in the Master's degree examination. For Other Backward Classes (OBC) belonging to non-creamy layer/SC/ST/Physically Handicapped (PH)/ Visually Handicapped (VH) Candidates, the minimum marks shall be 50% (without rounding off).
    • Candidate who is a regular teaching faculty member having served the Kumaun University or the affiliated degree colleges of the Kumaun University for a period of minimum of one year in the University or the Colleges/Institutions affiliated to the Kumaun University as per University/State Govt. Rules.
  2. A candidate shall ordinarily be permitted to work for the Ph.D. Degree in the subject in which he/she has obtained Master's Degree, However, research work leading to Ph.D. Degree may also be allowed in allied subjects in the same or any other Faculty, if the Research Degree Committee (RDC) of the concerned discipline is satisfied and approve that the candidate possesses the requisite qualifications to take up the proposed research work. Allied subject for the above stated purpose must have been approved by the Academic Council of the University.

B. Procedure for Admission:
The candidates shall be selected for registration to the Ph.D. degree program -

  1. Through Research Degree Entrance Test (RDET) Followed by Interview/Presentation
  2. Direct Admission (RDET Exempted i.e. without appearing in RDET) But Interview Compulsory.
  1. Through Research Entrance Test (RDET) and Interview
    • To test the research aptitude of the candidate in related subject a written examination of 100 marks shall be conducted by the University. The total duration of this examination shall be of 02 hrs.
    • Paper shall contain 100 objectives/multiple-choice type questions and each question shall carry one mark with no negative marking.
    • No scrutiny/revaluation of the answer sheet of the written test shall be conducted.
      RDET will be followed by an interview/ Presentation of 100 marks at the respective department which will be conducted by HOD & Conveners of the respective department.
      For the candidates who qualify the written exam the final merit will be prepared as from 70% of the marks obtained in written entrance exam Plus 30% of the marks obtained in interview/ Presentation
    • The Qualifying Percentage of Marks in the written Entrance Examination will be :- General-50%, OBC-45% and SC/ST/VH/PH - 40%.
    • Admission to the PhD programme in each subject shall be made strictly according to final RDET merit list against the available seats in the concerned subject in the University campuses and affiliated colleges. Mere qualifying the final RDET does not mean any confirmation or claim for getting admission in the PhD programme of respective subject. Therefore, it should be noted that the allotment of PhD seat in respective subject shall be made strictly according to final RDET merit list only.
    • Reservation Policy of the State of Uttarakhand shall be followed for RDET candidates. The reservation shall be applicable to those who have domicile and reservation certificate of Uttarakhand state only. Reservation certificate of other states shall not be considered.
  2. Direct Admission (RDET- Exempted i.e. without appearing in RDET)
    • A candidate who has qualified UGC-CSIR-JRF or equivalent national test shall be considered for direct admission to the PhD programme without appearing in Research Degree Entrance Test (RDET) but shall have to apply by filling the online form of PhD entrance examination along with fees- within due date.
      For the merit purpose, the marks obtained /presentation :
      In NET (JRF) case score obtained shall be considered in place of marks in written RDET test.
      The candidate will appear in interview/ presentation conducted by the convener & H.O.D of the respective department.
      The final merit will be prepared from -
      70% of the marks obtained in NET (JRF) exam + 30% of the marks obtained in interview.
      (In case NET certificate does not mention percentage, M.Sc marks sheet is needed).
    • A regularly appointed permanent teacher having served the Kumaun University or the affiliated college for a period of minimum one year as a regular teacher as per University/State Government rules shall also be exempted from the Ph.D. Entrance Test but is also required to apply and shall be considered together with other candidates and will have to undergo the interview. For merit in sach cases the merit will be calculated in the same way as for NET-JRF.
    • Reservation Policy of the State of Uttarakhand shall be followed for RDET-Exempted candidates. The reservation shall be applicable to those who have domicile and reservation certificate of Uttarakhand state only. Reservation certificate of other states shall not be considered.
  3. Counselling will be held after the preparation of the final merit list (RDET/Direct +Interview) for allotment of available seats.

C. List of documents to be enclosed with the application form

  1. At the time of written RDET test :
    • Online fee deposit of Rs. 2000/- + Rs. 50/- as portal charges. (Total Rs. 2050/- deposited through online mode).
    • Self attested copies of mark-sheets and certificates etc.
    • Certificate in support of reservation category.
  2. At the time of interview/ Presentation:
    • Online fee of Rs 250 + Rs 50 portal charges.(i.e total - Rs 300) through online mode.
    • Mark-sheets of written RDET or Certificate of NET (For direct admission having mention of percentage. (In case,NET certificate does not have a mention of percentage, M.Sc marks sheet is needed).

D. General Instructions

  1. The candidates must read the conditions of eligibility as given at item No. A carefully and must satisfy themselves regarding their eligibility for the Ph.D. Entrance Test before filling the application form.
  2. Candidates will be issued the Admission Card with Roll Number and Examination Centre online by the Kumaun University only after the date of submission of application form is over. Candidates should note that their candidature is strictly provisional. The mere fact that Admission Card has been issued to any candidate shall not imply that the Sponsored Research and Industrial Consultancy Cell has finally accepted his/her candidature.
  3. The university may change the centre(s) or date of examination without assigning any reason.
  4. Application Form must be complete in all respects as per the Notification. Incomplete Application Forms will be rejected.
  5. Applications submitted on any other format/mode will not be accepted.
  6. Applications received after the last date i.e. 20th March, 2020 will not be entertained. Therefore, it is requested to pay examination fee positively by 20th March, 2020.
  7. The use of calculators or Log Tables is not permitted. Mobile phones, pagers and electronic devices etc. are not allowed in the Examination Hall/Room.
  8. Candidates should ensure that the signatures appended and duly signed photograph uploaded/ pasted by them in all the places, viz. in their Application Form and OMR sheet, be identical and there should be no variation of any kind.
  9. It is mandatory for candidates having regular employment in various states and central government instituions and private organizations to produce No Objection Certificate (NOC) from their respective employer during the time of counselling.
  10. Ph. D. is a regular degree course therefore it is the responsibility of the candidates to ensure that they are not pursuing two simultaneous degree courses at the same time. University reserves all right to cancel admission to such candidates without any prior notice.
  11. All legal disputes pertaining to this Test shall fall within the jurisdiction of Hon'ble High Court of Uttarakhand, Nainital only.
  12. Applicants are advised to visit university website with attached link Sponsored Research and Industrial Consultancy Cell (SRICC) regularly for any further announcement and notices. Dissemination of such information at personal level or via newspapers will not be possible.
  13. For further details kindly consult Kumaun University Research Ordinances given in the university's official website with attached link Sponsored Research and Industrial Consultancy Cell regularly
  14. The decision of the university shall be final in all matters.
  15. The university reserves right to increase or decrease the number of seats at the time of Counseling.

E. Centres of Examination:

Centre Code Centre Name

F. Subjects of RDET-2020:

Kumaun University Nainital
Sponsored Research and Industrial Consultancy Cell
Subjectwise Total PhD Research Vacancy 2020

S.No. Subject Subject Code Seats Available
1. Hindi 01 22
2. Sanskrit 02 16
3. English 03 25
4. Political Science 04 20
5. Geography 05 24
6. History 06 10
7. Economics 07 18
8. Sociology 08 21
9. Drawing & Painting 09 04
10. Psychology 10 08
11. Home Science 11 11
12. Music 12 02
13. Physics 13 06
14. Chemistry 14 26
15. Mathematics 15 12
16. Botany 16 12
17. Zoology 17 14
18. Biotechnology 18 05
19. Geology 19 07
20. Forestry & Environmental Science 20 06
21. Statistics 21 02
22. Computer Science 22 04
23. Pharmaceutical Science 24 07
24. Commerce 26 23
25. Management Studies 27 03
26. Tourism 28 05
27. Education 29 10
28. Law 30 02

Note - The research vacancies are tentative and subject to change any time.
Total Vacancies.325





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