Two-Part Structure:

The Entrance Test is thoughtfully divided into two parts, each contributing 50 marks to the overall assessment. This structured format allows for a nuanced evaluation of different aspects of a candidate’s academic prowess.

Part I:

The first part assesses foundational knowledge which is verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical skills all of which have been cultivated over an extended duration and are not tied to a particular academic discipline but hold significance universally. It challenges candidates to demonstrate their understanding of the theoretical frameworks relevant to their chosen field of study.

  Part I – Common for All


 Number of Questions

 Standard Time

 Analytical Writing (Two Sections)

 Section 1: “Analyze an Issue” task

 30  minutes per task

 Section 2:”Analyze an Argument”task

 Verbal Reasoning (One Section)

 20 questions

 30 minutes

 Quantitative Reasoning (One Section)

 20 questions

 30 minutes
Part II:

The second part delves into more specialized areas, evaluating candidates’ domain-specific knowledge, critical thinking, and the ability to synthesize complex ideas. This section aims to gauge the depth of understanding and the potential for original contributions to the field.

  Part II – Subject Specific


 Number of Questions

 Standard Time


 50  questions

 90  minutes






 Liberal Arts


SEGMENT Structure of PET details – PART ONE

In pursuit of a thorough assessment, the Ajeenkya DY Patil University Ph.D. Entrance Test (PET) delves into various dimensions of academic competence, evaluating candidates across verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing skills. The aim is to provide a holistic overview of each candidate’s readiness for advanced research and doctoral studies.

  • 1.  Verbal
  • Reasoning: The Verbal Reasoning section gauges the candidate’s capacity to analyze and draw conclusions from discourse, reason from incomplete data, identify author assumptions and perspectives, and understand multiple levels of meaning. Additionally, it assesses the ability to select essential points, distinguish major from minor points, summarize text, and comprehend the structural intricacies of a passage. Mastery of vocabulary and the ability to discern relationships among words and concepts are integral components of this evaluation.
  • 2.  Quantitative
  • Reasoning: In the Quantitative Reasoning section, candidates are evaluated on their capacity to understand, interpret, and analyze quantitative information. The test assesses the ability to solve problems using mathematical models, apply basic skills in arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis.
  • This section ensures that candidates possess a robust foundation in mathematical reasoning essential for advanced research endeavors.
  • 3.  Analytical
  • Writing: The Analytical Writing section focuses on assessing a candidate’s ability to articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively.
  • Candidates are expected to support their ideas with relevant reasons and examples, critically examine claims and accompanying evidence, sustain a well-focused and coherent discussion, and demonstrate mastery over the elements of standard written English. This section is designed to evaluate a candidate’s proficiency in responding directly to a task and providing focused, well-structured written responses.

SEGMENT Structure of PET details – PART


Within Section Two, candidates have the autonomy to select a subject aligned with their intended area of research. This strategic approach ensures that the evaluation directly aligns with the candidate’s field of expertise and research aspirations.

The subject-specific paper holds a weightage of 50 marks, contributing significantly to the overall assessment.This allocation reflects the importance placed on domain-specific knowledge and the ability to apply that knowledge to advanced research endeavors.

Subjects Offered

1.     Physics

2.     Chemistry

3.     Biology

4.     Mathematics

5.     Law

6.Liberal Arts