Ph.D. Entrance Test

PET – Ph.D
Entrance Test

Ajeenkya DY Patil University conducts the Ph.D. Entrance Test (PET) as a pivotal step in the admission process for prospective Ph.D. candidates. This annual examination is designed to assess the candidates’ aptitude, research readiness, and academic acumen, ensuring that those admitted are well-equipped for the rigors of doctoral studies.

Annual Test Notification: The Ph.D. Entrance Test is conducted annually, and detailed information about the examination is officially communicated well in advance on the university’s website. Prospective candidates are encouraged to regularly check the website for updates and announcements regarding the test.

ADYPU PET is a 100-mark examination, that provides a comprehensive evaluation of candidates’ preparedness for doctoral studies. The Entrance Test will be divided into two parts. Each part is of 50 marks.


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.

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

Measure 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

Measure Number of Questions Standard Time
Physics 50 questions 90 minutes
Liberal Arts

SEGMENT Structure of PET details -

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 -

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.

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Law
  • Liberal Arts