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The Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research was conceived and planned in 1960 to create in Chandigarh an “ISLAND OF EXCELLENCE” providing physical and intellectual milieu for young scientists working in multiple disciplines of medicine, to advance the frontiers of knowledge to render humane service to sick and suffering and to train medical and paramedical manpower. The Institute was established in 1962 under the erstwhile state of Punjab. It was declared as an Institute of National Importance by an Act of Parliament(Sr. No. 51 of 1966) w.e.f. 1st April, 1967.

1. General Eligibility:
A Candidate seeking admission to the course for study leading to the award of a Degree of Doctor of Philosophy must possess at least one of the following qualifications:

A. Medical Qualification
MBBS/MDS/Master of Physio-therapist with minimum 55% aggregate marks or MD/MS in the subject concerned or Diplomat of National Board of Examination. A “Failure” in the examination, “Compartment” or “Re-appear” in the examination will constitute an attempt. Candidates who have obtained MBBS/MD/MS /MDS/Master of Physio-therapist degree from Medical Colleges which are not recognized by the Medical Council of India are not eligible to apply.

B. Non Medical/Life Sciences/Social Behavioral Sciences
The candidates with the following qualifications will be eligible:
a) The candidates who have passed M.Sc / MA / Masters in Engineering or its equivalent/examination with at least 60 % marks in the subjects mentioned below: from the colleges/institutes recognized by the UGC are eligible.

Non Medical / Life Sciences
A degree of Master of Sciences (M.Sc) or Master in Veterinary Science (M.V.Sc.) or M.Sc. (Laboratory Technology) or M.Sc (Speech & Hearing) in subjects allied to Medical Sciences such as Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Human Biology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Immunology, Life Sciences including Botany, Zoology, Genetics, Cell Biology, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Organic Chemistry, Anthropology & M.Sc (Human Genomics), ME/M.Tech.

Social Behavioral Sciences
The candidates with the following subjects are eligible for Social Behavioural Sciences, Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Nursing, Nutrition, Child Development. MA/M.Sc/M.Phil in Health Promotion/Education, Health Management, Epidemiology, Environmental Health/Environmental Sciences and Public Health Nutrition/Applied Nutrition/Food & Nutrition, Health Economics/Applied Economics/Economics, Public Health/Community Health and MPH.
Post graduation in Law i.e. LLM and its equivalent qualification.
b) Have qualified NET examination (with fellowship only) conducted by UGC, Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) examination conducted by, Joint CSIR-UGC NET for JRF, ICMR-JRF/ ICMR - SRF /DBT-JRF /DBT- SRF/Graduate aptitude test (GATE), INSPIRE fellowship /UGC-JRF/UGC-SRF/CSIR - JRF/CSIR- SRF/DST - JRF/DST –SRF (within two years only). Attested copy of the result must be attached. If the candidate fails to produce the proof of his/her eligibility as per above qualification before one week of the entrance examination, his/her candidature will not be considered an entire responsibility for the same will lie on the candidate.

* Candidates with the fellowship in the project from (Either independent or in Extramural Project are NOT exempted from examinations.

2. For Sponsored Candidates
Candidate applying for admission as a sponsored/deputed candidate is required to furnish the following Certificates with his/her application from his/her employer for admission to the course.
a. That the candidate concerned is an employee of the deputing/sponsoring authority and should have been working for three years.
b. That after getting the training at PGI, Chandigarh, and the candidate will be suitably employed by the deputing/ sponsoring authority to work at least for five years in the specialty in which the training is received by the candidate at PGI, Chandigarh.
c. That no financial implications in the form of emoluments/ stipend etc. will devolve upon PGI, Chandigarh during the entire period of his/her course. Such payment will be responsibility of the sponsoring authority.

Deputation/Sponsorship of any candidate by private hospitals, institutes or nursing homes are not accepted. The sponsoring Institute should not nominate more than one candidate for a specialty. Sponsorship/deputation of candidates will be accepted only from the following:
a. Central or State Government Departments/Institutions
b. Autonomous Bodies of the Central or State Government
. Public sector colleges affiliated to universities and recognized by the MCI. In case of candidate deputed/sponsored by the Govt. Medical College affiliated to Universities and recognized by Medical Council of India, deputation/sponsorship certificate signed by the Principal of Medical College concerned only shall be accepted. Deputed/Sponsored candidates are also required to appear in the selection test. Deputed/sponsored candidates selected for admission to any course of the Institute are required to make their own arrangement for stay during the period of their studies.

For Foreign National
A candidate applying for admission as a Foreign National candidate is required to take the print out of the online application form and furnish the relevant certificates are required to route their application through the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, New Delhi. An advance copy must be submitted at PGIMER, Chandigarh before the last date of receipt of applications, However applications of such candidates will be processed after receipt of the same through diplomatic channels. These candidates are also required to appear in the entrance examination along with other candidates. A separate merit list of for these candidates will be prepared within their own group. There will be another separate merit list for Bhutanese nationals, apart from the list for foreign national seats. Selection of candidates will be made on merit based on their performance in the entrance examination.

NOTE : Candidate possessing Master Degree through distance learning courses shall not be eligible.

Minimum period three academic years
Under the exceptional circumstances and on the recommendations of the Doctoral Committee that the candidates’ work has been completed, the period of registration can be reduced to two years. The maximum period up to which a candidate can submit his/her thesis is five years. Ordinarily extension for the submission of the thesis beyond five years will not be granted unless one year prior to the expiry of the 5 years the Doctoral Committee makes special recommendations for extension giving specific reasons.

Application Processing and Examination Fees
* General/OBC Category: Rs. 1500/- Plus Transaction charges as applicable.
* SC/ST Category: Rs. 1200/- Plus Transaction charges as applicable.

Mode of Payment : Through Debit/Credit Card/Net Banking All applicants are advised to read the Prospects and help Manual carefully before starting online registration and ensure that no column is left blank. In the event of rejection of the Applications Form, no correspondence/request for re- consideration, will be entertained. Applicants are also advised to download and take a print of the Registration Form. They should retain a copy of Registration Form till the completion of Admission Process.

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Rs. 25000/- P.M. (fixed) and additional thesis grant of Rs. 5000/- (one time) is admissible. Candidate will not be entitled to DA/CCA. Number of PGI fellowships for each session are limited to 6-7 only. The candidates will be eligible for the award of PGI fellowship on the merit position obtained by them in the final selection of PhD programme. The admission to the Ph.D. Programme will be subject to the availability of PGI fellowship/ research funds/Grants from recognized funding agencies. The admission will be finalized and offer to the candidate will be made only when evidence of the availability of research funds/grants/fellowship for the project is submitted by the selected candidate through the head of the department.

Before applying, the candidates are advised to go through the admission notice displayed at the PGI website and published in the press carefully. Fill in the application form online in accordance with the instructions. Please ensure that no column is left blank. Incomplete applications will not be considered and no correspondence will be entertained.
a) A list of the faculty members who are willing to take Ph.D students and how many seats are available under them is displayed on the PGI website i.e. The Annexure – 6 is required to be recommended specifically by the concerned faculty member.
b) Applicants for Ph.D. course who have already fellowship, should choose department and the faculty member (under whose guidance he/she desires to undergo Ph.D. program) and indicate the same on application form. Candidate can apply only in one department.
c) The guide will have the option to accept or not to accept the candidate, who opts to do Ph.D. under that particular faculty member. The candidate may opt. only one faculty member.
d) The candidates carrying their own fellowship from various funding agencies and the In-service medical faculty of PGI will be exempted from the entrance tests and will appear for counselling directly Please take printout of the duly filled Online Application Form by logging in with your login id and password. Affix the same passport size photograph (which was uploaded with the online form) on it. It is mandatory for all the PhD applicants to fill and submit the Annexure – 6 (placed below) (recommendations of the concerned faculty member of PGIMER, Chandigarh under whom he/she wants to pursue his/her PhD) along with print out of duly filled online form and required certificates in Room No. 308, 2nd Floor, Training Branch, Kairon Block, PGI, Chandigarh at least 15 days before the date of entrance exam. Applications without the requisite Annexure-6 will not be considered. It is mandatory for the PhD applicants who wish to apply as Research Scheme Employees to fill the Annexure-5 (placed below). Necessary annexure are placed below.

A) The 1st part of Method of selection i.e. aptitude test comprises (a) General Science (b) English, (c) Biostatistics & Research Methodology consists of 30 marks. These marks are not evenly distributed among three components of the aptitude test. Therefore it is proposed that 10 questions of 1 marks each shall be asked from each of the three components. All questions in this part is compulsory with each questions carrying one marks.
B) Stream Specific (Medical, Non Medical (Life Science and behavioral Sciences), theory part of the question paper will contains 75 questions and the candidates may attempt any 50 questions.

There will be negative marking to the extent of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer in the theory paper.

1. Both Aptitude test and specialty specific theory test will be conducted centrally by PGI Examination Branch.
2. The In-service Medical faculty of PGIMER, Chandigarh and the candidates having their own fellowship, as Joint CSIR-UGC-NET- JRF, ICMR-JRF/ICMR-SRF/DBT-JRF/DBT-SRF/Graduate aptitude test(GATE)/INSPIRE fellowship/UGC-JRF/UGC-SRF/CSIR-JRF/CSIR-SRF/DST-JRF/DST-SRF will be exempted from entrance test and will appear in counselling directly.
3. List of the faculty members who are willing to take Ph.D. Students are on the PGI website.
4. The application is required to be recommended specifically by the concerned faculty member.
5. The guide will have the option to accept or not to accept the candidate, who opts to do Ph.D. under that particular faculty member. The candidate may opt only one faculty member.

Candidate scoring the below mentioned marks in aptitude test and specialty specific theory test (combined) will be eligible to appear in counseling i.e. - General/OBC/Spon/FN category - 40 marks
SC/ST category - 36 marks

(a) Candidate should fill in the Online Application with utmost care and follow the instructions and help manual as given in the APPENDIX - …….. of the Prospectus, step by step. Candidate should fill in the Online Application form correctly. Incorrect filled form may leads to rejection.
(b) A candidate seeking admission to the Entrance Examination is required to submit his/her application in the prescribed format available online with the Prospectus on
(c) The cost of Application Form includes the fee for entrance examination which is non-refundable and no correspondence in this regard will be entertained. The candidate is required to go through the Prospectus carefully and acquaint himself/herself with all requirements with regard to filling of the online application form.
(d) Online Registration:
(i) After selecting the online registration, fill the mandatory details asked for and deposit the prescribed fee through debit/credit card/Net Banking. After submitting fees filled required information step by step. Follow the Instructions carefully.
ii) It will be the responsibility of the candidate to ensure that correct details are filled in the Registration Slip. The Institute will not be responsible for any incorrect information/cancellation of candidature/loss or lack of communication etc. due to wrong filled online Application form. (iii) No candidate should register more than one application.
(iv) All applicants are required to ensure that Photo/Signature is uploaded according to the instructions provided in the Prospectus. Failure to do so may result in rejection of applications.
(v) Duplicate applications from any applicant will result in cancellation of all such applications. No intimation regarding such summary rejections will be provided.
(i) Acknowledgement of successful Online Registration will be forwarded to applicant‘s Registered Email ID. The Registration Form will remain Under Review regarding uploaded images and eligibility.
(ii) Admit Card for Accepted Registration Form will only be uploaded on the website. If the with full particulars of the Registration Form Form or Admit Card is not available on website, he/she should with full particulars of the Registration Form.
The candidates must upload their self attested/attested copies of certificates/documents in support of their educational qualifications, marks, date of birth, category, experience etc. If a candidate fails to upload self attested copies of the requisite documents as above, his/her candidature will be cancelled and he/she will not be allowed to participate in subsequent stages of selection/admission process.
For Sponsored Candidates and Foreign nationals.
1) Sponsorship Certificate (in the case of sponsored candidate) in the format prescribed in the Prospectus, duly completed and signed by the competent authority.
2) NOC from Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in case of Foreign National.

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• Sponsored/Foreign national category candidates should send the above documents in a separate envelope to the Training Branch, PGIMER, Chandigarh, indicating their Registration No. on the top of the envelope and on the documents followed by the name of course/discipline applied for.
• In case of non-receipt of the nominations/clearance/no objection from the concerned Ministry by due date, their candidature will not be considered.
• The Annexure-6 along with print out of application form duly filled by the Ph.D applicants and attested by the concerned faculty member under whom the candidate wishes to persue his/her Ph.D, must reach The Registrar PGIMER, Chandigarh either by post or by personal deliver at the Room No. 308, Training Branch, Kairon Block, PGIMER, Chandigarh at least 10 days before the date of entrance exam.
• Candidates belonging to Sponsored Category are required to submit their NOC & Sponsorship Certificate in original from their Competent Authority and presently employed candidates are required to submit their NOC from Employer (as per format given in Annexure-IV). The Applications of above mentioned categories i.e. Foreign national and Sponsored category alongwith requisite certificates must reach the office of Registrar, Academic Section PGIMER, Sector-12, Chandigarh-160012, at-least 15 days before the commencement of the Entrance Examination.

(g) Discrepancy, if any, in the date and time of the entrance examination mentioned in the Prospectus, Admit Card etc. should be immediately brought to the notice of the Training Branch, PGIMER, Chandigarh through email. Complaints received at later stage will not be entertained. In case any discrepancy is found in the information provided in the various documents, the data provided on the Application Form will be considered as final for all purposes.
(h) It will be the responsibility of the candidate to ensure that correct address, Mobile No. & email ID in the Application Form is filled. The Institute shall not be responsible for any miscommunication due to incorrect address, Mobile No. and email ID given by the applicant on the Application Form or non-receipt for any communication.

Other Important Instructions:
a) All the candidate should ensure to take printout of application form after completing all details.
b) A list of candidates who qualify the written test and eligible for counselling should submit the print out of their online application form along with photocopies of relevant self-attested certificates/documents in support of educational qualification(s), experience, age/date of birth certificate, caste certificate, Fresh OBC certificate, and NOC from the present employer (if employed at the time of counselling) either through online or by hand in the Academic Branch of PGIMER, Chandigarh by 23.6.2020 to prepare final list of candidates for counselling.
c) Incomplete applications will not be considered, and no correspondence will be entertained in this matter. All particulars in the application form must be entered carefully. All claims made in the application must be supported with documentary proof.
d) Candidates who have already done, or are doing Ph.D in any subject at the time of applying, shall not be considered for admission to Ph.D courses. If it is found, during active verification and at a later stage, that the candidate has given wrong information, his/her registration will be cancelled without any notice.
e) Candidates in employment must forward their application through proper channel. Online Application will be treated as advance copy of the application. Application through proper channel should be sent to the Registrar, Academic Section of the Institute within 10 days after the last date fixed for online registration.
f) No request for a change of category applied for shall be entertained after the submission of the application.
g) The number of the vacancies are provisional and may vary.
h) Roll Numbers/Admit Cards/Hall ticket for appearing in the entrance examination will be available for download to eligible candidates approximately 10 days in advance and can be downloaded from the website by logging into their accounts on the website with their respective login id and password. Roll Numbers / Admit Cards will NOT be sent by post. The candidates are allowed to enter in the examination hall on the production of the Admit Card/ Hall Ticket.

i) All candidates appearing for the entrance test are instructed ‘NOT TO BRING’ water bottle, car key (Remote), chain, any mobile phones/pager/pen/wrist watch/ring/wallets/ladies purse/ornaments (Earrings, rings etc) or any other electronic device. The candidates with these articles will not be permitted to enter in the examination hall. The examination centres are not responsible for the safe custody of the belongings of the candidates and they have to make their own arrangement for their safe custody.
j) Entrance examination/counseling will be held as per schedule. These dates will not be changed, even if the day is declared as a holiday or half-holiday by any competent authority. Attending the counseling is mandatory.
k) The candidates invited for the selection/counseling may have to stay at Chandigarh for 2-3 days. No TA/DA is admissible to them for the purpose.
l) Selected candidates in counseling shall have to pay the fee etc. on the same day, failing which his/her selection will be treated as cancelled and the seat will be offered to the candidates on the waiting list in order of merit.
m) The candidates selected for the course shall have to submit the migration certificate from the University/Institute from which they passed their last examination at the time of their joining, alongwith all other certificates in original in support of their qualification etc.
n) No individual intimation is sent to unselected candidates, and no correspondence on the subject is entertained.
o) Every student, except deputed candidates, will be provided partially furnished, accommodation (single room in the hostel) subject to availability. p) All the candidates are advised to download their Admit Cards from the website. It may please be noted that the Admit Cards will not be sent by Post.
q) If a candidate is at any stage found to have provided false information/certificate or is found to have withheld or concealed some information in his/her application form, he/she will be debarred from admission, his/her residency will be terminated with immediate effect.
r) If ineligibility is detected at any stage, candidature/admission of the candidate will be cancelled without any notice.
s) Candidate must not obtain or give or attempt to obtain or give irregular assistance of any kind during the examination; this will entail expulsion and cancellation of candidature for the examination. The admission of the candidate will be cancelled and appropriate criminal/civil proceedings will be initiated against the candidates, if at any stage of the examination the candidate is found to have secured admission by using any unfair means.
t) The Institute will not intimate the result of Entrance Test individual. No correspondence in this regard will be entertained. However, the marks/result of individual candidate will be made available on PGIMER website after declaration of final result by login their credential.
u) There is no provision for re-checking/re-evaluation of the answer sheets and no query in this regard will be entertained.
v) The decision of the Director of the Institute shall be final in the matter of selection of candidates for admission to various courses and no appeal will be entertained in this regard.
w) Selected candidates must join the course on the date stipulated in the letter of selection, failing which the selection/admission shall stand cancelled/withdrawn.
x) The selected candidates will have to submit the original Permanent Registration Certificate at the time of joining.
y) The selection of Ph.D Candidates will be subject to medical fitness. The decision of the Medical Board shall be final.
z) Private practice in any form during the course is prohibited. The period of training is strictly full time and continuous.
aa) The rules are subject to change in accordance with the decision of the Institute to be taken from time to time.
bb) Any dispute in regard to any matter referred to herein shall be subject to the jurisdiction of Chandigarh Courts alone.

Last Date for Registration of Online Application : 16.5.2020

Date & Time of Online Exam (CBT) : 14.6.2020 at 09:00 AM


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