PhD Admission 2023

Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode invites applications for its prestigious PhD Programme in Management.

DPM Interview Result - 2023

The applications are invited for the following areas of specialization:

  1. Economics

  2. Finance, Accounting & Control

  3. Humanities and Liberal Arts in Management

  4. Information Systems

  5. Marketing Management

  6. Organizational Behaviour & Human Resources

  7. Quantitative Methods & Operations Management

  8. Strategic Management

Academic Eligibility

One of the following qualifications is required as basic eligibility:

  1. Master’s Degree or Post Graduate Diploma (2-year) with at least 60% marks or equivalent CGPA.

  2. Professional qualifications of CA, ICWA and CS with Bachelor’s Degree with at least 60% marks or equivalent in Bachelor’s Degree.

  3. B Tech/4 year Degree with 6.5 CGPA or equivalent*

(* for c above additional minimum 3 years relevant experience is required for applying to Marketing Management Area)

Those appearing for the final exams can also apply; however, their final selection will be subject to successful completion of the requirement by June 30, 2023. Their admission will be provisional till they produce the required certificates of qualification before December 2023.

All relevant qualifications mentioned above must be granted by appropriate bodies in India or abroad and recognized as equivalent by the relevant Government of India authorities.


Qualifying Examination

Except for those opting for IIMB Test, a candidate applying for Doctoral Programme of IIMK should have a valid test score not older than three years as on the closing date of submission in any of the following tests depending on the area of specialization:

Sr. No.

Area of Specialization




CAT*, GATE, GMAT, GRE, UGC-NET (Economics)**, IIMB Test


Finance, Accounting and Control

CAT*, GMAT, GRE, UGC JRF (in Management, Economics and Commerce only), GATE, IIMB Test


Humanities and Liberal Arts in Management

CAT*, GMAT, GRE, IIMB Test, GATE, UGC-NET (preferably in but not restricted to English/ Linguistics/Law/Political Science/Psychology/ Public Administration/Social Work/Sociology/ Comparative Literature)


Information Systems



Marketing Management



Organizational Behaviour & Human Resources



Quantitative Methods & Operations Management***



Strategic Management


* CAT score is valid for one year and only valid CAT score will be accepted- for validity of scores please check

** The candidates with UGC-NET and applying for the Economics area need to go through a written test by IIMK which will be conducted along with the interview.

*** Candidates applying for the QMOM area must have Mathematics/Statistics/Operations Research as a course in the undergraduate/post graduate or the qualifying degree.


IIMB Test is one of the valid test being considered for admission to PhD programme at IIMK. IIMB Test 2022 shall be conducted (ONLINE) thrice this year. The first round of test will be conducted on Sunday, November 20, 2022, the second round of test will be conducted on Sunday, December 18, 2022 and the third round of test will be conducted on Sunday, February 05, 2023. The test will be conducted in one session each on the above days.

Information on appearing for IIMB test:

A. Applicants can indicate the test round in the PhD online application before submission. Please refer to the notified admission process on our website.

B. Applicants can choose to appear on any one of these three dates. If any applicant appears for the IIMB Test thrice [refer point (d) below], the latest test score will be considered for further processing.

C. If the applicant opts for First round test scheduled on November 20, 2022 and if for any reason was unable to attend the test, shall seek approval of IIMB to appear for the next round with a valid reason, for consideration by IIMB. The decision of IIMB shall be final. If permitted by IIMB, the applicant can appear for the Second Round test scheduled on December 18, 2022 or the Third Round of test scheduled on February 05, 2023 by paying the  test fee of Rs.1000/- using the link on our website. 

D. If any applicant has already appeared for the First round test on November 20, 2022 or Second round of test on December 18, 2022 but would like to reappear for the next round of test again, can appear for the Third Round test scheduled on February 05,2023 by paying the test fee of Rs.1000/- using the link on our website. [refer point (b) above]

E. Please note that Application Fee & Test Fees paid is Non-Refundable.

F. The test score evaluated will be used for internal processing of the application and as a practice no score card shall be issued for the IIMB Test.

Applicants opting to take IIMB Test should choose this option in the application. IIMB Test (ONLINE) will be conducted by IIM Bangalore thrice  this year for 2023. 

Please follow the link below for more information. Also, find the important dates for your reference.

Important Dates:

Last date for Applying to IIMB Test

November 14, 2022 (for IIMB Test on November 20, 2022)

December 15, 2022, 02 p.m. (for IIMB Test on Dec 18, 2022)

January 31, 2023, 02 p.m. (for IIMB Test on Feb 05, 2023)

IIMB Test [Online]

Slot -1:  November 20, 2022

Slot -2:  December 18, 2022

Slot -3: February 05, 2023


The minimum cut-off for the admission year 2023 for CAT, GMAT, GRE, GATE and IIMB Test is overall 60th percentile or equivalent. Reservation policy will be applicable to this cut-off for the aforementioned examinations as per the following except for UGC-NET and UGC-JRF (UGC already has cut-off based on reservation category).





Percentile cut-off





Relaxation: Candidates holding PGDM (full-time 2-year program)/ MBA Degree from any of the IIMs or holding an Executive PGDM/MBA Degree from IIM Kozhikode, with an overall CGPA of 2.67/4.33 or equivalent to ‘B-’ grade, are exempted from taking qualifying tests as mentioned above.

Research Proposal:

The candidate should submit a research proposal not exceeding 2000 words and must include a title, keywords, motivation of the research, description of the research problem and the questions, a preliminary review of relevant literature, possible research approaches, and references. Click here for more details.

Selection: Candidates will be shortlisted on the recommendation of respective areas based on their academic performance, Qualifying examination scores and Research Proposal. Such candidates will be invited for a Personal Interview.


IIM Kozhikode will follow Government of India reservation policy for admission to Central Educational Institutions (CEIs).

How to apply

Candidates are required to apply online. They can apply to a maximum of two areas of specialization. An application fee of Rs.1000/- is required (Rs. 2000/- in case you are opting for IIMB Test), which has to be remitted online through the link provided with the application form. Scanned copies of all academic mark sheets, certificates, qualifying examination score cards, category certificates and research proposals are to be uploaded along with the online application form.

  • Online application will open on – September 10, 2022

  • The Last date for submission of Online Application is - January 31, 2023 ( 23:59 Hours )

  • Interview dates - April 11 - 13, 2023

  • Interview Venue - IIMK Campus


  • IIMB Test fee of Rs. 1000/- shall be paid along with IIMK PhD application (Total Rs. 2000/-).

  • IIMB Test fee shall be paid along with the application, either to IIMK or IIMB.

  • IIMB Test will be conducted by IIMB.

Registration Closed

Programme Structure

The DPM of IIMK will be offered through the following Areas of Specializations :

Finance, Accounting and Control
Information Technology & Systems
Marketing Management
Organizational Behaviour & Human Resources
Quantitative Methods & Operations Management
Strategic Management.


IIM Kozhikode sees the Fellow Programme in Management (DPM) as a crucial source of management researchers and faculty resources of top quality for academic institutions, industry, business, government and society. The majority of our Fellows go for a job in academics.

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IIMK Campus P. O, Kozhikode, Kerala, India,
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