XIM University

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Doctoral Program(s) 2024

XIM University

XIM University is a private University established under the Xavier University, Odisha Act, 2013 and Xavier University, Odisha (Amendment) Act, 2021. XIM University consists of thirteen schools: Xavier Institute of Management, School of Human Resource Management, School of Rural Management, School of Sustainability, School of Human Settlements, School of Commerce, School of Communications, School of Economics, School of Computer Science and Engineering, Xavier Law School, School of Governance and Public Affairs, School of Liberal Arts, XAVIER-EMLYON Business School (XEBS) and few Centers of Excellence.

Yes, XIM University offers Doctoral (Ph.D) programs.

Yes, the following two Ph.D programs are offered at XIM University:

  1. Doctoral Program (Full-Time)
  2. Doctoral Program (Part-Time)

What is the title of conferment of the degree(s)?

On successful completion of all requirements of the program, a Ph.D student is conferred the title as given in the table below (depending upon the school of registration) at the annual convocation of the University.

School Title of Conferment
Xavier Institute of Management
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Management
School of Human Resource Management
Doctor of Philosophy in Human Resource Management.
School of Rural Management
Doctor of Philosophy in Rural Management
School of Human Settlements
Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Management and Governance
Doctor of Philosophy in Planning
School of Sustainability
Doctor of Philosophy in Sustainability Studies
School of Commerce
Doctor of Philosophy in Commerce
School of Communications
Doctor of Philosophy in Communications
School of Computer Science & Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science & Engineering
Xavier Law School
Doctor of Philosophy in Law
School of Governance and Public Affairs
Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy
School of Economics
Doctor of Philosophy in Economics
( Table-1 )

 What are the important activity dates for Ph.D process 2024 of XIM University?

The Ph.D activity dates are given in the table below (Table-2):

SL No. Activity Dates
Last date for On-line Application
March 17, 2024
Conducting X-RAT (Research Aptitude Test of XIM University, Bhubaneswar)
April 12, 2024
Presentation, and Admission Interviews
April 13, 2024
Declaration of Admission Results
May 2024 (Tentatively)
Issuance of admission letter to selected candidates
May 2024 (Tentatively)
Student Admission & Mentorship Program
(Academic Program calendar starts immediately following this)
June/July 2024 (Tentatively)
( Table-2 )

What is the ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA for admission to the Doctoral Programs at XIM University?

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


Candidates seeking admission to a school under XIM University after a minimum of 4-year/8-semester Bachelor’s degree with Research or equivalent (e.g. B.E / B.Tech / B.Sc-Agriculture & Allied Sciences / B.Arch / B.Plan) should have a minimum CGPA of 7.5/10 or equivalent.


Candidates seeking admission after a Master’s or an equivalent degree need to meet the school-specific requirements as in the table below

School Necessary Qualification for Doctoral Studies
Xavier Institute of Management
Master’s degree (or equivalent) in any discipline with at least 55% of marks in aggregate from a recognized University.
School of Human Resource Management

Master’s degree (or equivalent) in any discipline with at least 55% of marks in aggregate from a recognized University.

School of Rural Management
Master’s degree (or equivalent) in any discipline with at least 55% of marks in aggregate from a recognized University.
School of Human Settlements

For Ph.D-Urban Management and Governance and Ph.D-Planning:

Master’s degree (or equivalent) in any discipline with at least 55% of marks in aggregate from a recognized University.

School of Sustainability

Master’s degree (or equivalent) in any discipline with at least 55% of marks in aggregate from a recognized University.

School of Commerce

Master’s degree (or equivalent) in any discipline with at least 55% of marks in aggregate from a recognized University.

School of Communications

Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism / Visual Communication / Communication / Electronic Media / New media / Fine Arts / Advertising and Public Relations / Broadcast Communication / Film Studies / English language and literature, OR a professional Degree in the stream of communication declared equivalent by the corresponding statuary regulatory body with at least 55% of marks in aggregate from a recognized University.

School of Computer Science & Engineering

M.Tech / M.E in relevant discipline / MCA / M.Sc / MS in Computer Science or Mathematics or Statistics or equivalent / MBA with B.Tech in the relevant discipline. Minimum requirement is 55% of marks in aggregate in the Master’s level from a recognized University.

Xavier Law School

L.L.M. Degree (regular mode) with at least 55% of marks in aggregate from a recognized University.

School of Governance and Public Affairs
Master’s degree in Public Administration / Public Policy and Governance studies / Sociology / Psychology / Political Science / Economics / Management Studies with at least 55% of marks in aggregate from a recognized University.
School of Economics
Master’s degree in Economics / Statistics with at least 55% of marks in aggregate from a recognized University.
( Table-3 )

For SC / ST categories a relaxation of 5% will be applicable on all schools tabled above. In case the score is available on a letter-grade system or grade-point system, the University expects a minimum equivalent of prescribed percentage of marks in aggregate as per the awarding University’s norms for conversion to a percentage.

Mandatory Requirements for Ph.D Part Time program are as follows:


The university shall obtain a “No Objection Certificate (NOC)” through the candidates for Ph.D Part Time program from the appropriate authority in the organization, where the candidates are employed, clearly stating that;

  1. The candidate is permitted to pursue studies on a Part Time basis.
  2. His/her official duties permit him/her to devote sufficient time for research.
  3. If required, he/she will be relieved from the duty to complete the course work.

The NOC needs to clearly state points 1-3 indicated above and needs to be on the organization letterhead and signed by the appropriate authority. The contact details of the organization need to be furnished on the letterhead.


The candidates selected for the Ph.D Part Time program who are not employed anywhere should submit a self-declaration at the time of joining the program clearly stating that he/she will not join any organization for employment during the course of study without prior intimation and approval from the concerned authority. In case he/she joins any employment while pursuing the doctoral program at XIM University, he/she needs to submit the NOC from the appropriate authority of the new organization (with format and content accordingly as given under PART-A) within 30 days of joining the organization, failing which the studentship will be cancelled.

No such programs are offered by XIM University in distance education mode.

No, there is no age limit for the prospective applicants.

No, experience is not a mandatory requirement for doctoral programs.

Yes, you may apply to the Ph.D program at XIM University even if you are in the final year of Master’s degree program; subject to completing the final part of the degree examinations by June 15, 2024 and expecting your final results by September 30, 2024.

No. XIM University Ph.D application form can be filled up through online mode only hosted on our website www.xim.edu.in. You will, therefore, need access to an internet enabled computer to apply to our program(s).

No, a candidate can apply to only one school of choice.

Yes, before filling up the online application form, get ready with a valid gmail ID, academic credentials, work- related data, and the digital copy (in prescribed size/pixel format) of your passport size photograph and signature.

No, once you submit the filled application form, editing of data is not possible.

Application fee for the Doctoral program of XIM University is 1,700.00 INR, which is non-refundable.

The doctoral program is for a minimum duration of three (3) years and a maximum duration of six (6) years (please refer to the table below for a tentative timeline understanding).

Calendar Year Event Point Details

Admission into the Doctoral Program

June/July - May (End)

Doctoral Registration followed by Coursework

Expected: End of 1st Year
Comprehensive Qualifying Examination
Expected 2nd Year & Onwards

Thesis Phase (Includes): 

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

Final Year

(Expected) Thesis Submission

( Table-4 )

In case a candidate wants to change the school / area after submission of the Ph.D application form, she/he will need to communicate the request to the Admissions Office by March 15, 2024. Additional details may be requested by the Admissions Office from the candidate. Requests received after the deadline may not be entertained.

Change in area after joining the Ph.D program shall follow rules documented in the manual of policies.

Selected candidates will be notified by email individually. The status will be made available from the first week of May (tentative).

Candidates will be shortlisted for the initial round on the basis of their academic records and Statement of Purpose (SoP). In the final round, the shortlisted candidates will be required to appear for XIM Research Aptitude Test (X-RAT), Presentation, and Personal Interview as per the modes decided and communicated. Candidates who have qualified UGC NET-JRF within three years (calculated from the date of issuance of the respective scores and the last date of application to the program) will be exempted from X-RAT. However, they will take part in the other selection processes as listed above. The coursework for the selected candidates is expected to commence from June/July 2024.

The Ph.D admission process dates are finalized well in advance and is notified on our website. If there is any change in those dates, that is duly updated. It is not possible to arrange any other procedures pertaining to Ph.D admission on other dates based on personal requests.

A Statement of Purpose (SoP) is what you want to learn about, in your research project. In the SoP the candidate will need to outline his/her research plans and interests. This is very essential as it is one of the parameters for shortlisting in the initial round of selection. The length of this content needs to be between 300-500 words

X-RAT is the Research Aptitude Test conducted by XIM University as a part of the Ph.D admission process. The test is used to assess some basic skills considered essential for researchers, namely writing ability, verbal ability and comprehension, reasoning, and quantitative aptitude. The total mark for the test is 100 and the total time allocated is 3 hours.

There is no need to apply separately for X-RAT.

The test consists of four sections as indicated above. The questions are a mix of subjective and objective types. An X-RAT guidelines containing details on the examination and an X-RAT Sample Question is available separately on the Ph.D admission page, and can be accessed by visiting our website www.xim.edu.in/admission.

Candidates who have qualified UGC NET-JRF within three years (calculated from the date of issuance of the respective scores and the last date of application to the program) will be exempted from X-RAT. However, they will take part in the other selection processes e.g., Presentation, and Personal Interview.

Yes, all candidates will be required to give a presentation during the Ph.D interview process. During the presentation, you are expected to present your research plans and interests.

For the presentation you may use PowerPoint slides. The mode of presentation (online or offline) will be communicated to the shortlisted candidate well in advance with the instructions.

You will be given at least 10 minutes of time for delivering the presentation. Any additional communication related to presentation instructions (if any) will be sent separately from the Admissions Office.

No, you need to carry the presentation in some storage drives (e.g. pen-drive/flash-drive), if held offline. We suggest to have an online back-up in your Drive / Cloud storage / Email etc., so that you can retrieve the data in case of requirement. After completing the presentation before the interview panel, the candidates are required to share their presentation material to the Admissions Office via email [admission@xim.edu.in] for the record and reference.

Candidates who are working currently can apply, however, for joining the program:

  1. They have to quit the job (before joining) and join the doctoral program on the date given after serving any notice period (as relevant)


  1. They will need to avail leave/sabbatical for at least the expected duration of the Ph.D program (which will need to be extended if the candidate is unable to complete the thesis requirements by that deadline)

After joining the program they need to be resident in the campus and engage Full-Time with the doctoral requirements till they successfully complete the requirements of the doctoral program

Yes, international students interested in joining a doctoral program can also apply. The eligibility requirements are the same as for domestic students.

No, there is no provision to defer the admission. The conditions for accepting the admission offer will be mentioned in the offer letter.

The application fee is 1700 INR which is non-refundable in nature.

You can access the Ph.D Admission Bulletin-2024 from our website www.xim.edu.in/admission.

Yes, hostels are compulsory for all the students admitted to the Ph.D Full-Time program in XIM University.

There are separate residences for gents and ladies. The mess is managed by a student’s committee and serves both vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals. The X-Café provides a variety of fast food to the students who work till late night. The facilities at XIM University include 24-hour internet connectivity through the latest Wi-Fi technology, laser printing and photocopying machines, multi-purpose hall, co-operative store, book club, washing machines, water coolers, geysers, telephones, televisions, uninterrupted power supply, different indoor games space, a campus doctor, nurses, 24×7 ambulance for medical emergency, CCTV surveillance, security people for safety, bank branch and ATM machines etc.

The Old campus and the New campus are situated in 20 acres & 55 acres of well-maintained compact campuses with all the facilities befitting a world-class University. Please refer to the Ph.D Admission Bulletin–2024 for more details.

There are more than 140 Full-Time faculty members in XIM University, apart from a big pool of eminent Part-Time and visiting faculty from academia and industry.

Right now there’s no provision for such accommodation.

Candidates, who are placed in the waiting list, need to indicate acceptance of the waitlist by a specified deadline. Candidates not providing the acceptance by the deadline specified will be removed from the waitlist. Accordingly, the actual waiting list movement is maintained from time to time.

A research topic requires interest and motivation of the Ph.D student and availability of a suitable expert (faculty member of XIM University) interested in the area of specialization. Based on preliminary interests, the Ph.D student may explore who are the faculty members from the school who may also be interested in the concerned area of specialization, and then can approach the concerned faculty member. The Ph.D student will need to engage with the concerned faculty member in understanding the area of specialization while she/he prepares for the domain review seminar. Subsequently the guide is registered and the Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC) is constituted with whom the Ph.D student will need to work towards their thesis.

Ph.D students are encouraged to present papers, which have been submitted to and accepted at professional conferences. XIM University will provide support to the Ph.D student to attend such conferences subject to certain terms and conditions.

The deserving candidates will be granted the University scholarship (30,000 INR per month) upon joining the program, subject to the information that they are not the recipient of any other financial support from any other sources. The scholarship will be given for a duration of 4 years from doctoral registration.

The Ph.D program at XIM University offers a mix of flexibility and rigidity to the students. A candidate will be required to select his/her school and area of specialization at the time of admission which becomes the primary research area for the candidate. XIM University encourages Ph.D student to engage in multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary research based on the candidate’s’ interests and scopes of contributions which may be visible during the doctoral research journey. The guide and the thesis advisory committee are expected to facilitate the knowledge pursuit.

It is not mandatory. However, a Ph.D student will be allowed to work as a Research and Teaching Assistant (RTA) thereby assisting faculty members in their area of work. They may also be engaged in teaching if such an opportunity exists. A suitable honorarium will be paid to the Ph.D student for such engagements. All these appointments shall follow the rules and regulations specified by the University.

This is achieved through a structure that has proven to be very effective for starting and developing a research and teaching career related to the domain of specialization – a structure that comprises of rigorous course work followed by supervised dissertation research. It forms an essential requirement for seeking a position in academia. Our past students are currently working in some of the best academic institutions in the country.

What is the Fee Structure for Ph.D Program(s) at XIM University?

Name of the Program Fee Details (Figure in INR)
Ph.D Full-Time
Program Fee (To be paid each year)
Refundable Deposits (One-Time)
Ph.D Part-Time
Program Fee (To be paid each year)
1,00,000 / Year
Refundable Deposits (One-Time)
( Table-5 )

Ph.D Full Time: The students staying on campus will be provided with accommodation. Except students who are granted University scholarship, all other students will need to pay for the residential expenses as per the prevalent rate. The mess expenses as per actuals will have to be borne by all students themselves.

Ph.D Part Time: The students staying on campus will be provided with accommodation. The residential expenses will have to be paid by the students separately as per the prevalent rate, and mess expenses as per actual.

The following Areas of Specialization are currently offered by the different schools under XIM University.



Accounting and Finance


Strategy and General Management

Information Systems


Operations Management and Decision Science



Organizational Behaviour

Human Resource Management

Industrial Relations and Labour Laws

Organizational Structure



Inclusive Finance



Rural Marketing

Corporate Social Responsibility and ESG

Development Management

HR Issues in Development



Human Development

Climate Change and Natural Resources Management

Sustainable Energy

Policies, Laws, and Governance

Sustainability Entrepreneurship and innovation



Urban Management and Governance Areas:

Infrastructure and Urban Finance

Urban Systems Management (Mobility, WASH, Housing, others)

Urban Policy and Governance

Sustainability Transitions and Disaster Management

Urban Renewal and Heritage Management

Digital and Smart Applications


Planning Areas:

Urban Resilience and Sustainability

Transportation and Mobility

Housing and Real estate

Infrastructure planning

Environmental planning

Equity and Inclusion







HRM/OB: Sustainable HRM/Green HRM

HRM/OB: AI and HRM Practices

Marketing: Marketing Communication in Virtual Platforms

Marketing: Omni-channel marketing strategy in the digital platform era

A&F: Sustainable Finance/Green Finance and firm performance

A&F: Challenges and scope of carbon trading in India

A&F: Digital Inclusion and Accounting

A&F: Fintech and Financial Inclusion



Journalism and Communication Studies

Audio-Visual Communication

Development Communication

Advertising, Public Relation and Corporate Communication

Social Media and Mediated Communication

Information and Communication Technology for Media



Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Applied Mathematics and Computing

Blockchain and Network Security

High Performance Computing

Internet of Things, Wireless Sensor Networks and Embedded system



Constitution and Administrative Law      

Criminal Law and Criminology

Intellectual Property Law

Labour and Employment Laws

Legal Theory and Jurisprudence

Trade and Business Laws including competition law and arbitration



Public Policy and Business

International Institutions and Global Development

Public Leadership

Public System Management



Monetary policy and Banking

Financial Economics

International Economics

Economics of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance)

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