MPhil Admission





Bulletin of Information - Admission Process



Start Date for Online Registration: 22.05.2018
Closing Date for Online Registration: 07.06.2018

Eligibility: A candidate must have 55% marks in Post Graduation. A student has to pass an entrance test followed by an interview

All successful candidates to receive stipulated UGC fellowship unless already receiving financial support from UGC approved sources.

Old Question Paper of M.Phil/Ph.D Entrance 

 MPhil/PhD Entrance Question Paper (2016)

* Note that the structure for entrance exams has changed to MCQs since 2016.

Frequently Asked Questions 

M.Phil/Ph.D Program in Political Science Entrance Exam (June 2016 onwards)

Q. 1. What is the procedure for admission in the M.Phil program? 

A. A candidate has to go through three stages of assessment in order to secure admission in the M.Phil program. First stage involves a qualifying exam of Multiple Choice Questions. Second stage involves a written exam of qualitative nature including essay type questions followed by the third stage of facing an interview.

Q. 2. What is the weightage of the written exam involving Multiple Choice Questions

A. This is only a qualifying exam for all candidates. 

Q. 3. How will I know if I have passed the first stage of exam involving Multiple Choice Questions, to qualify to give the written exam of qualitative nature? 

A. The Department Office will inform all the candidates who qualify the exam involving Mulitiple Choice Questions to proceed to the next stage of giving the written qualitative exam, on their registered email id. The results will also be put up on the Department website. 

The number of the candidates who will be called for the second-stage exam will be based on the Merit in the ratio of 1:5.

Q. 4. How will I know if I have passed the second stage of exam involving written qualitative type questions, to qualify for the third round of the interview? 

A. The Department’s Website and notice board will list names of all candidates who qualify based on merit through the written qualitative exam.

Q.5. What is the date for the written exam of Multiple Choice Questions?

A. 20th June, 8-10am.

Q. 6. What are the centres where I can appear in the written exam of Multiple Choice Questions? 

A. Please refer to the Delhi’s University’s portal for M.Phil/Ph.D examinations for complete details of all the centres where this exam will be held.

Q.7. What is the date for the written, Qualitative Exam?

A. 20th July, 10 am.

Q. 8. What are the centres where I can appear in the written, qualitative exam?

A. This exam will be held only in the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences Building, North Campus, University of Delhi.

Q.9. What is the date and venue for the Interview for the M.Phil program?

A. 22nd July, 10am. This will also be held only in the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences Building, North Campus, University of Delhi. 

Q. 10. Does the Department follow the reservation policy for admissions in its M.Phil program.

A. Yes. The department will follow 2006 guidelines for implementing the reservation policy.

Q. 11. Are there any category of students seeking admission in the Ph.D program who are exempted from appearing in the written entrance exam?

A. Yes. For details, please refer to Ordinance 6-B of the University of Delhi available at the University of Delhi website. The URL of this document is as follows: 

Q. 12. What is the Syllabus for both components (the Multiple Choice Questions and the Qualitative) entrance exam.

A. The Syllabus would be M.A. Political Science program of Delhi University. Its details are available on the Department of Political Science’s website 

Q. 13.  What is the format of the question paper for the first stage of the entrance exam?

A. The question paper will have only Multiple Choice Questions.

Q. 14. Will the principle of negative marking be followed in evaluation of the entrance exam involving Multiple Choice Questions?

A. No.

Q. 15. Can I use pencil to answer the questions on the OMR sheet?

A. No. All candidates must use a black or blue ball point pen for recording their answers.

Q. 16. Are there any sample questions available?

A. Yes. Please see below.

Q. 17. When will I receive my Admit Card? 

A. Your Admit Card will reach you by 15th June, on your registered email id.

Q. 18. I live outside Delhi. Will I be paid any TA/DA for appearing in the written qualitative exam and/or the interview?

A. No TA/DA will be paid to any candidates for this purpose.

Q. 19. Do I need to submit any additional documents?

A. (i) Yes, all candidates are requested to submit a statement not exceeding 250 words  about the area of research and the objectives in pursuing the M.Phil Programme on the day of the written Qualitative Exam on 20th July, 2016. 

(ii) Candidates shall be required to produce the certificates in original, if admission is granted.


Sample Questions: 

Q. (i). Which one of the following is associated with Rational Choice Institutionalism?

a. Kenneth A Shepsle

b. B. Weingast

c. M. Hinich and M. Munger

d. All of the above

Q. (ii). ‘Making some better without making others worse’ is associated with which one of the following:

a. Foucault’s Governmentalization

b. Gramsci’s Hegemony

c. Pareto’s Optimality

d. None of the Above

Q. (iii). Which amongst the following comprise(s) ‘appropriate region of human liberty’ according to J.S Mill?

i. Inward domain of consciousness

ii. Liberty of conscience

iii. Liberty of thought and feeling

iv. Absolute freedom of opinion and sentiments on all subjects


a. Only ‘i’ and ‘ii’ are true

b. Only ‘iii’ and ‘iv’ are true

c. Only ‘i’, ‘ii’ and ‘iii’ are true

d. ‘i’, ‘ii’, ‘iii’ and ‘iv’ are true

Q. (iv). Which scholar among the following deploys the term of “social property relations” to explain the birth of the modern state system in Europe.

a. Karl Marx

b. Immanuel Wallerstein

c. Benno Teschke

d. Andre Gundre Frank 

Q. (v). In which two Indian states, of the four mentioned below, is it necessary to hold certain minimum educational qualifications to be eligible to contest panchayat elections?

a. Punjab

b. Haryana

c. Karnataka

d. Rajasthan


a. a and b

b. b and d

c. b and c

d. a and d

Q. (vi). For Amartya Sen the impoverishment of lives results frequently from

a) The inadequacy of income

b) Inadequacy of resources

c) Inadequacy in employment

d) All of the Above

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