About M.Phil

Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.)

M.Phil. (Master of Philosophy) is a Post Graduate academic research course that can be pursued in various domains of study. The course is pursued by students after obtaining a master’s degree in related field from any recognized central or state/private/deemed university.

The syllabus of the course is divided into four (two/three in some cases) semesters distributed over a span of one (1.5/2 years in some cases). Admissions to the course are mostly based on a merit-based criterion that is the percentage of marks obtained by the candidate at Post Graduate (PG) level. There are certain colleges/universities that follow Common Entrance Test (CET) based admission criteria for which candidates have to make an application and qualify the exam.

M.Phil. students have a variety of options to choose from in terms of their career. He/she can make a career as Journalist (For M.Phil in Public administration), economic expert (For M.Phil in Economics), geologist (For M.Phil in Geography), literary critic (For M.Phil in any language), etc based on the domain of study. Students of the course are well equipped with the knowledge of political and practical aspects of Public Administration and thus are suitable to undertake various roles in the domain of politico-administrative works.

A fresh Pass out candidate can expect a starting salary of anywhere between INR 18,000 to INR 20,000 per month. The average salary range across the country is almost same with a little variation here and there.

M.Phil.: Course Highlight Table

Course Type Post Graduate Academic Research (PG)
Area Concerned Administration(Public Administration)
Duration of Course 1-2 Years
Admission process Merit-based (Based on PG percentage)/ Entrance Test based
Structure of Course Semester-Wise
Eligibility Graduation from any college/university with a minimum of 55% (relaxable for reserved category candidates) marks at UG level.
Top recruiting areas Civil Services, Economics, and auditing, journalism, language domain, technical expertise
Job Profiles Civil servant, Assistant professor, Economist, Author, Journalist
Course Fee INR 5,000 to INR 1, 00,000
Average starting salary INR 18,000 to INR 20,000

M.Phil: What is it about?

M.Phil. is a PG level academic research course that one can pursue in any discipline/domain of study. It aims at studying about the nature of man and ideas in context to a certain field of study.

Philosophy as a study is based on the comprehensive and systematic study of human nature and idea. When this study of philosophy is linked to any respective domain/subject of study then it provides a much deeper understanding and insight of the subject to the students.

One can pursue M.Phil in any of the subject ranging from technical and application based like Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics to the more theoretic and principle based subjects like History, Geography, Economics, English etc.

M.Phil: Top Institutes

Quite a good number of colleges across the country offer M.Phil. Course (in variety of subjects) to candidates who have passed their PG or equivalent examination from a recognized state or central University. Students can take admission in the course either through Common Entrance Test conducted by colleges/Universities or by applying to the various institutes offering this course based on their performance at the PG level.

M.Phil: Eligibility

Candidate must have passed the PG or equivalent examination from a recognized state/private/deemed or central University with at least 55% (45% to 50% for reserved category candidates) of the marks.

  • He/She shall not be having any backlog or compartment in any of the subject/Subjects at PG level that is yet to be cleared at the time of taking admissions.
  • Apart from the above-mentioned eligibility criteria’s various colleges and institutes may have their own additional criteria’s which the students would have to satisfy in order to take admission.
  • In case of reserved category students, they would have to present their reservation certificates issued by the competent authorities in order to avail the benefits applicable to them.
  • Certain Institute provides admission through Common Entrance Test (CET). To get admission in these institutes candidates would have to qualify the respective entrance exam by securing minimum qualifying marks.

The eligibility criteria’s mentioned above are common to most of the universities and colleges across the country that are offering this course to the students.

M.Phil: Admission Process

The process of admission for the course is a mix of both merit-based selection procedure and a common entrance test based admission process (as seen across various Universities and colleges in the country). For ease of understanding, we have dealt with the process of admission for this course in a more detailed manner under the below-mentioned points. Have a look at them.

  • Some Universities/Colleges conduct a common entrance test for admission into the course hence students would have to make an application for such exams.
  • Students have to qualify these exams (for which they should be eligible to appear) in order to get admission in the course.
  • After the conduct of the test, a merit list of finally qualified candidates is prepared and candidates are invited for admission process by the respective university or college.
  • After final allotment of seats to the candidate, the candidates are asked to deposit the fee for the course and register for the respective academic year.

In most of the colleges, the admission process would be based on merit-based admissions and would involve college giving admissions based on the percentage of marks obtained by the candidate.


M.Phil: Syllabus and Course description

The syllabus of the course is divided into 4 (two/three in some cases) semesters spread over a span of two (1/1.5 years in certain cases) years with each year comprising of two semesters. The syllabus of the course is divided into various parts and modules that students are taught during the course of their post-graduation. The details regarding the syllabus of the course are mentioned below for the reference to the candidates.

1st year of study

Year I Year II
Philosophical Foundations of the subject Computer Applications in the domain of subject
Advanced Research Methodology and Research in the subject of study Dissertation
Analysis and domain study Viva Voce Examination
Elective subject-I Elective subject-II
Study of origin and development of the subject Exercise /Practical work
Study of relative discipline to the subject of study


M.Phil: Who Should Opt for?

  • Students who have interest in the domain of Research in any respective subject.
  • Those who have a career in civil services in mind can also try their hands at this course.
  • Those who are looking for a career in the field of Teaching.
  • Those aiming at a career as an analyst and literary expert can also opt for the course.

M.Phil: Career Prospects

M.Phil. pass outs have plenty of options to choose from in terms of their career. One can choose from areas like Civil Services, Economics, Archeology, Geology etc. based on the area of study.

To provide you a holistic view of the career prospects of the course we have tabled certain areas and the respective roles attached to the same where M.Phil. Pass outs can look for in terms of their career.

Master of Philosophy annual salary

Job Profile Job Description Average Salary for Fresher’s
Civil Servant Working in civil services involves implementation, formulation, and execution of government’s policy in public domain. INR 7-8 Lacs
Economist An Economist is involved in the interpretation of market dynamics in terms of economic principles. INR 2- 2.4 Lacs
NGO Worker A NGO worker can indulge in various areas of public policy implementation in order to enhance the accessibility of government’s scheme. INR 1.8 – 2.0 Lacs
Academic Researcher Work of researchers involves variety of functions like public policy analysis, research in academics, pattern analysis, data analysis INR 2.0-2.2 Lacs
Assistant Professor This would involve regular teaching job of teaching the subject to college level students. There are plenty of options in private sector as well government sector. INR 1.8- 2 Lacs