The Doctoral Programme in Management


The Doctoral Programme in Management at IIM Ranchi is a research-oriented programme designed for individuals aspiring to pursue a career in academia, research, or consultancy. It offers a comprehensive and structured approach to doctoral education, providing students with the necessary knowledge, skills, and guidance to become proficient researchers and scholars in the field of management. The prospective scholars can apply to the following areas of management:

Economics Finance & Accounting
Information Systems & Business Analytics Liberal Arts & Sciences
Marketing Organisation Behaviour & Human Resource
Operations Management Strategy & Entrepreneurship
PhD Students of IIM Ranchi


The Doctoral Programme in Management requires a minimum of four years for completion. Doctoral students must complete two years of rigorous coursework and at least two additional years dedicated to research work. The first-year coursework is common with the MBA programme. It enables the students to develop a fundamental understanding of different management areas. The second year of the coursework comprises specialised doctoral-level electives that help the students develop a deeper understanding and ability to undertake rigorous research in their chosen area of specialisation.

After completing the coursework, doctoral students must demonstrate their capability of conducting research by a Comprehensive Examination aimed at assessing the knowledge gained in the area of specialisation. In the subsequent years, the students work on their thesis, which is expected to be an original contribution to the specialized area of management. The thesis is evaluated in internal and external thesis defence.

Support for Doctoral Students

The Institute ensures that all necessary infrastructural, academic and financial support is provided to the doctoral students for carrying out quality research. 

  • The institute’s library houses an extensive collection of books, journals, research papers, and databases that cater to the specific research needs of students. Students also have access to advanced statistical software and data analysis tools.
  • Students in the doctoral program work closely with experienced and renowned faculty members who serve as their research guides and mentors. These faculty members are accomplished researchers in their respective fields and provide valuable guidance throughout the research process. They help students refine their research ideas, design their studies, and publish their work in reputed journals. 
  • The Institute offers Wi-Fi facilities across the whole campus that allow students and faculty to connect to the internet continuously and without interruption. 
  • Doctoral students are given rent free accommodation in campus.
  • A full tuition fee waiver for the entire programme is given to all doctoral students.
  • Doctoral students are given financial support for 4 years. A stipend of ₹35,000 per month is provided for the first two years.  After qualifying the comprehensive examination at the end of the second year, the monthly stipend is raised to ₹40,000 per month for the remaining period.
  • A contingency allowance of ₹100,000 spread over 4 years is also provided for the purchase of books, membership of professional bodies, one-time printer purchase, academic software, and language editing services for the research manuscripts.
  • A lump sum of ₹50,000 is provided for the one-time purchase of laptop (in the first or second year).
  • A conference grant of ₹ 2,00,000 is also provided for presenting papers in four domestic and one international conference.

Eligibility Criteria

A candidate for the programme must have one of the following qualifications obtained from any of the universities incorporated by an act of the central or state legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an act of parliament or declared to be deemed as a university under section 3 of UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India, or equivalent qualification from an institution approved by AICTE, or any equivalent qualification from recognized foreign universities or institutions.

  1. Master’s degree or Post Graduate Diploma or its equivalent in any discipline with first class (or)
  2. B.Tech/4 Years Degree with 6.5 CGPA or equivalent (or)
  3. Any professional qualification such as CA/ICWA/CS with a B.Com/Degree with minimum 55% aggregate marks or equivalent grade point average.

In addition, the candidate must have secured a minimum of 55% marks (or equivalent) in all their public examinations starting with the secondary level. Work experience in industry or academics, though not mandatory, will be given due credit in the selection process.

Those who are appearing for their final year examination in the current academic year may also apply. However, their admission to the programme will be provisional subject to their successful completion of all requirements for obtaining the relevant degree before 30th June 2024.