Ph.D Full time


This program is intended to prepare full-time participants for research and teaching positions both within and outside academia. Our doctoral scholars are expected to be specialists in their respective fields and capable of generating new knowledge and be the great new thinkers for our world.


The scholars are expected to develop deep understanding in the areas of research selected by them. They also get a structured exposure to a range of topics, develop various professional skills, and participate in academic and other activities.


Candidates need to satisfy the following criteria to be considered eligible for doctoral studies in select schools at Xavier University, Bhubaneswar as indicated below. For information on the schools please visit the Xavier University, Bhubaneswar homepage . Candidates not meeting the eligibility criteria need not apply to the school in concern.

School Necessary Qualification for Doctoral Studies: Candidates should have

Master’s or equivalent degree in any discipline with minimum 60% of marks in the Master’s level.

In all these cases, the applicants also need to secure at least 55% marks in aggregate in the Master’s (or an equivalent) level. In case this score is available on a letter-grade system or grade-point system, the University expects a minimum equivalent of 55% marks in aggregate as per the awarding University’s norms for conversion to a percentage.


Applicants have to fill up the online application form separately for the doctoral programs at: Upon successfully filling the online application form and paying the application processing fee, the applicant will receive the confirmation by email.


Candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of their academic records and SOPs. The shortlisted candidates will be required to appear for Xavier Research Aptitude Test (X-RAT), Subject Test (if applicable), Presentation, and Personal Interview to be held in Bhubaneswar. Details about X-RAT is available separately on our website. The coursework for the selected candidates will commence from June 2020.


Xavier Research Aptitude Test (X-RAT) is a test of some basic skills considered essential for researchers, namely writing ability, verbal ability and comprehension, reasoning, and quantitative aptitude.


Please refer the X-RAT Guidelines for more details.


Schools shall be conducting a subject test (for domain candidates only) which the shortlisted candidates may need to appear. Details on the test will be communicated to applicants separately.


The candidates who will be offered admission into the doctoral program will be classified in two categories:


  • Category I (Domain Candidates): These candidates have the requisite domain-level qualification as given in the table below (received within the last 5 years) at the time of admission.
  • Category II (Other Candidates): These candidates are applicants who do not meet the requirements of Domain Candidates as documented below.
School Domain Qualification



The Ph.D. students are expected to complete the program in 4 years after doctoral registration (please refer to the table below). It may be extended with due approvals.


  • Category I (Domain Candidates): The first year will be spent on doctoral coursework, and the remaining years for completing subsequent steps leading to the doctoral thesis.
  • Category II (Other Candidates):In the first year, the students will be required to attend the domain-related master level courses that are prescribed by the School Research Committee. The doctoral coursework will commence from 2nd year onwards.

The timelines for both the categories of candidates are provided below

For Category-I Candidates:
Calendar Year Event Point Details


June (Mid)

Admission into the Doctoral Program

June (Mid) - March (End)

Doctoral Registration followed by Doctoral Coursework (Phases I, II, III)

(By) May End
Comprehensive Qualifying Examination
June (Onwards)

Thesis Phase (Includes):
- Domain Review Seminar
- Research Review Seminars (Optional)
- Draft Proposal Seminar (Optional)
- Thesis Proposal Seminar
- Thesis Submission Seminar

End of 4th Year

(Expected) Thesis Submission

For Category-II Candidates:
Calendar Year Event Point Details
June (Mid)

Admission into the Doctoral Program

June (Mid) - March (End)
Domain-related master-level courses
June (Mid) - May (End)

*Doctoral Registration followed by Doctoral Coursework (Phases I, II, III)

(By) May End
Comprehensive Qualifying Examination
June (Onwards)

Thesis Phase (Includes):
- Domain Review Seminar
- Research Review Seminars (Optional)
- Draft Proposal Seminar (Optional)
- Thesis Proposal Seminar
- Thesis Submission Seminar

End of 5th Year

(Expected) Thesis Submission

* Conditional on satisfactory completion of Domain-related master-level courses


Doctoral Coursework

The coursework is organized in three phases (Phase-I, Phase-II, Phase-III). The coursework will broadly involve the following courses as given in the table below. Additionally, workshops will be organized as per requirements.


  • Philosophies and Methodologies of Research 
  • Introduction to Research Methods (Qual) 
  • Research Communication & Writing (I) 
  • Research Ethics and Plagiarism


  • Introduction to Research Methods (Quant) 
  • Research Communication & Writing (II) 
  • Magis of Teaching and Learning


  • School/Area Specific Doctoral Coursework

Comprehensive Qualifying Examination: 

The Comprehensive qualifying examination will be conducted after the successful completion of doctoral course work. After successful completion of the comprehensive qualifying examination, the student will be allowed to proceed to the Thesis Phase.

Thesis Phase

This phase will involve working on the thesis proposal till final submission of thesis. The scholar is conferred the title as given below on successful completion of all the requirements of the thesis.

SchoolTitle of Conferment
XIMB – Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar Doctor of Philosophy in Business Management

Any extension of time beyond the expected completion duration as noted above will be based on review of progress status of the scholars in concern. Students failing to comply with the program requirements will be de-registered. A student has to meet all the requirements of the Doctoral Program according to prescribed standards and no exemption will be granted for any reason whatsoever.


At the time of applying for admission, a candidate is required to choose his/her School. They should also indicate their preferred area of research from the list provided below; this will however be formalized by the end of the doctoral coursework.


  • Accounting
  • Agency & Signaling
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Asset Pricing
  • Behavioural Finance
  • Business Analytics
  • Business Communication
  • Business Ethics
  • Business Information Systems
  • Business Marketing
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Corporate Diversification
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Data/Text mining
  • Decentralized Planning and Governance
  • Decision Sciences
  • Design Science
  • Digital Marketing
  • Economic Development
  • Economics
  • E-Governance
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Intermediation
  • Fiscal Policy and Taxation
  • Green Marketing
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Systems
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Initial Public Offerings
  • International Marketing
  • IS/IT Adoption and Diffusion
  • IT Management/Governance
  • IT Project Management & Governance
  • Knowledge Management
  • Law & Finance
  • Machine Learning
  • Market Microstructure
  • Marketing Communication
  • Microfinance
  • Mutual Fund
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Operations Management
  • Performance Analysis & Optimization of Manufacturing and Service System
  • Product & Brand Management
  • Public Finance
  • Retail Management
  • Sales & Distribution Management
  • Service Marketing
  • Social Marketing
  • Strategic Management
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Sustainability & Stakeholder Marketing
  • Sustainable Business Management
  • Term Structure of Interest Rates


Based on the results of the admission process, “University Sponsored” scholarship of 30,000 INR per month will be provided to scholars joining the program, subject to the information that they are not in recipient of any other financial support from any other sources. The scholarship will be given for a duration of 4 years from doctoral registration.


Name of the Program Program Fee Details First year (Figure in INR) Second Year up to Completion of Ph.D (Figure in INR)
Ph.D Full-Time

Program Fee



Refundable Deposits (One-Time)


The students will be provided accommodation on campus for free. However, the mess expenses as per actuals will have to be borne by the students themselves.


Sr. No. Activity Dates

Last date for On-line Application

February 29, 2020

Conducting X-RAT (Research Aptitude Test of Xavier University Bhubaneswar), and Subject Test (as relevant)
April 03, 2020 (Friday)
Presentation, and Admission Interviews
April 04, 2020 (Saturday)
Declaration of Admission Results
April 4th week, 2020 (Tentatively)
Issuance of admission letter to selected candidates
May 1st week, 2020 (Tentatively)
Student Admission & Mentorship Program (Academic Program calendar starts immediately following this)
June Mid, 2020 (Tentatively)


All Doctoral Program admission-related queries may be addressed

Phone: 0674 – 6647 806 / 6647 900 / 2377 806 / 2377 878 (During office hours:- 8:30-12:30 & 1:30-5:00 on Weekdays)