Thapar School of Management


Thapar University, Dera Bassi Campus

Syllabus for Research Aptitude Test (RAT) - 2017

The detailed syllabus of Research Aptitude Test (RAT) for admission in Ph.D. program of LMTSM, is described below:

Part-I: Assessment of Research Skills/Aptitude of the Candidate

Logical Reasoning: Arguments, deductive and inductive reasoning; logical and Venn diagram; Information and inferences; analogies; reading and comprehension.

Research Methodology: Definition, characteristics, and ethical issues in research; types of research; research methods and process, quantitative and qualitative research; analysis and Interpretation of data; mapping and tool s for data analysis.

Basic Statistics: Measures of central tendency- mean, mode median, standard deviation; quartile and percentile; correlation and regression.

Part-II: Assessment of knowledge of the candidate in management domain:

Fundamentals of Management: Principles and theories of management; management functions, elements of strategy, SWOT analysis, strategy formulation and execution, core competence and competitive advantage, market structures.

Organizational Behavior: Skills and roles in an organization, contemporary organizational structures, understanding and managing individual and group behaviour, personality, perception, values and attitudes, learning, motivation, interpersonal and group dynamics, managing conflicts.

Marketing Management: STP strategies, product mix, product life cycle, new product development, pricing strategies, promotion mix, marketing of services.

Financial Management: Valuation concepts, capital budgeting decisions, capital structure and cost of capital, dividend policy, long term and short term financing instruments, mergers and acquisitions.

Human Resource Management: Human resource planning, recruitment, selection, induction, training and development, performance management, leadership theories.

Operations Management: Definition, need and scope; product-process matrix; production function, cost output relations, TQM and Six Sigma; supply chain and logistics management.

Information Systems: Technological issues and data processing in organizations, MIS and decision making, emerging trends in Information technology.

Sr. No.NameDate
1. Last date for receipt of completed application forms June 30, 2017
2. Notification through e-mail to the candidates eligible for the qualifying entrance test July 10, 2017
3. Qualifying Entrance Test at Derabassi Campus July 13, 2017 (Reporting time: 10:30 am; Entrance Test time: 11:30 am -1:00 pm)
4. Notification through e-mail to the candidates shortlisted for the Interview Process July 17, 2017
5. Document Verification and Interview Process July 20, 2017 (Reporting time: 9:30 am)
6. Admission Notification and Deposit of fee for the Ph.D. Program July 25-28, 2017

A student can apply to change the status of his/ her registration from Ph. D. part-time to Ph.D. full-time program provided:

  1. The student has successfully completed the first twelve credit hours of course work with minimum 8.0 CGPA.

  2. The student has successfully obtained the full-time PhD admission eligibility & other criteria as per the Ph.D. regulations.

  3. His/her status has been approved by the Director, LMTSM on the recommendation of the Doctoral Committee.

After satisfying the above conditions, the financial assistance of ₹ 25,000 to ₹ 40,000 may be provided to any student.

Fees break-up is as follows:

(A) Fee Payable Once on Admission

Admission FeeUniversity SecurityAlumni FeeTotal (₹)
10,000 NIL 1,000 11,000

(B) Fee Payable Each Semester

For SessionTuition FeeDevelopment FeeExam FeeTotal Fee
Without Hostel (₹)
2017-18 71,200 25,800 1000 98,000
2018-19 79,700 25,800 1000 1,06,500
2019-20 89,200 25,800 1000 1,16,000
2020-21 99,900 10,000 25,800 1,26,700

Note:30% reduction on tuition fee will be given for the candidates who are the full-time faculty or teacher in any educational institute/university or the full-time government employee. However, the student has to pay the requisite fee at the time of admission. The 30 % reduced amount on tuition fee will be refunded by the University.

  1. Qualifying Entrance Test: All candidates will have to undergo the entrance test conducted by the School as detailed below:

    Section A:                                       Research Aptitude Test (Objective type)                                  30 marks
    Section B:                                       Writing Ability Test                                                                 30 marks

    All the candidates who secure the minimum cut-off in the entrance test as mentioned above shall be called for Interview process.

  2. Interview Process                                                                                                                         40 marks

    The candidate is required to indicate his/her area of research at the time of interview.

Note: The final Merit list for admission to the Ph.D. program shall be prepared based on the total marks scored by the candidates in the entrance test and interview.

The University

The Thapar University is today recognized among the leading privately managed engineering institutions of the country and the best of its kind in the north-western region of India. NAAC, an Autonomous Institution of UGC, has reaccredited Thapar University.

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Indian Management
November 14, 2016
Abstract Deadline - August 20, 2016

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Visiting Faculty

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