Fellow Program - Application Process

The Fellow Program of IIM Calcutta invites applications from candidates with proven academic backgrounds, who have the intellect, interest, and ingenuity to pursue doctoral studies in management sciences and related disciplines. Applicants must possess the ability, motivation, and discipline to sustain themselves in a rigorous doctoral program for four-to-five years.


An applicant to the Fellow Program is required to have:


First Class Master's degree in any discipline or CA/CS/CMA with minimum 55% marks and a three-year Bachelor's degree with at least 50% marks in the aggregate;


First Class Bachelor's degree in Engineering.

In addition, applicant must have obtained a minimum of 50% marks in the aggregate in either the Secondary or the Higher Secondary Examination of a Board (or equivalent).

A final-year student appearing for the Bachelor's degree examination in Engineering or Master's degree examination in any discipline can also apply. Such a candidate, if selected, will be provisionally admitted provided (s)he completes all requirements for obtaining the degree before 30th June, 2015. Admission of the candidate will remain provisional until (s)he produces mark sheets proving that (s)he satisfies the eligibility criteria. The deadline for submitting the final year degree mark sheets is 31st December, 2015.

Admission Tests

An applicant can apply to at most two areas of specialization. (S)he needs to have taken the Common Admission Test (CAT) in 2014 OR, depending on chosen specialization(s), alternative test(s) in lieu of the CAT as specified in the following table. The test score(s) should be valid on 23rd January, 2015.

Candidates should get their GMAT scores officially reported to the Institute using the code: 9CP-HT-94.

Candidates should get their GRE scores officially reported to the Institute using the code: 7496.

Area of Specialization

Tests in lieu of CAT

Behavioural Sciences

GMAT / GRE / GATE / UGC-JRF in Psychology / Sociology / Economics / Anthropology / Management


GMAT / GRE / UGC-NET in Business Economics / Development Economics/ Economics

Finance & Control

GMAT / GRE / UGC-JRF in Commerce / Economics / Management

Human Resource Management

GMAT / GRE / GATE / UGC-JRF in any discipline

Management Information Systems

GMAT / GRE / GATE / UGC-JRF in any discipline


GMAT / GRE / GATE / UGC-JRF in any discipline

Operations Management and Operations Research & Systems Analysis

GMAT / GRE / GATE [for GATE, candidate is required to submit his/her score either (i) in “Mathematics (MA)” Paper, or (ii) in the “Engineering Sciences (XE)” Paper which has “Engineering Mathematics” as a compulsory component] /UGC-JRF in Mathematical Sciences

Public Policy and Management

GRE /UGC-JRF in Anthropology / Economics / Environmental Science/Geography /History/ International and Area Studies/ Law/ Management/ Political Science /Psychology/ Public Administration / Social Work/Sociology

Regional Development

GRE / UGC-JRF in Anthropology / Economics / Geography / Population Studies / Public Administration / Sociology


UGC-JRF in Anthropology / Economics / Political Science / Sociology

Strategic Management

GMAT / GRE / GATE / UGC-JRF in Anthropology / Commerce / Defence and Strategic Studies / Economics / Environmental Science / Geography / History / Law / Management / Political Science / Psychology / Public Administration / Sociology


An applicant who is a graduate of any one of the two-year full-time Post Graduate Programs of any one of the Indian Institutes of Management with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of no less than 6.00/9.00 (or its equivalent), or has completed the PGDBM Program of IIM Calcutta with a CGPA of no less than 6.5/9.00 does not need to take any Admission Test. (S)he can apply directly using the FP Online Application Process. (S)he has to pay the application fee, and meet the application deadline. After submission of Application, the selection procedure followed for such a candidate will be identical to that of all other candidates.

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