Thapar School of Management


Thapar University, Dera Bassi Campus

Syllabus for Research Aptitude Test (RAT) - 2018

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.

Fee break-up is as follows:

(A) Fee Payable Once on Admission

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

(B) Fee Payable Each Semester

For SessionTuition FeeDevelopment FeeExam FeeTotal Fee
Without Hostel (₹)
2018-19 71,200 25,800 1000 98,000
2019-20 79,700 25,800 1000 1,06,500
2020-21 89,200 25,800 1000 1,16,000
2021-22 99,900 25,800 10,000 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.

Sr. No.NameDate
1. Last date for receipt of completed application forms July 02, 2018
2. Notification through e-mail to the shortlisted candidates eligible for the admission process July 5, 2018
3. Admission Process July 10, 2018
(Reporting time: 9:00 am)
1. Entrance Test time (RAT & WAT):
9:30 am -10:50 am
2. Document Verification & Interview Process from 11:00 am onwards
4. Admission Notification and Deposit of fee for the Ph.D. Program The date of final result will be communicated on the date of admission process.

A student can apply to change the status of his/ her registration from Ph. D. Executives to Ph.D. Residential 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 met admission eligibility & other criteria of the Residential PhD as per the Ph.D. regulations.

  3. The status of his/her PhD registration has been approved by the Director, LMTSM on the recommendation of the Doctoral Committee.

A financial assistance of Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 40,000 may be provided to the candidate who fulfills the above-mentioned criteria.


The Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology (Deemed-to be 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 re-accredited our Institute.

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Alumni Network

As a member of Thapar's alumni association students have access to a global network. The alumni network currently counts to 18500+ who are spread over 95 countries. The network helps our alumnus to continuously share further educational opportunities and multiple ways to connect professionally across various industries/sectors.

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Global Initiatives

LMTSM is now a part of Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative. The PRME initiative is the first organised relationship between the United Nations and management-related academic institutions.

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Visiting Faculty

Our Visiting Faculty consists of academicians with PhDs from renowned universities and is armed with extensive Industry experience and detailed knowledge of business concepts and practices. Also, they are dedicated to generating new ideas to enhance management learning in the classrooms.

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Dera Bassi Campus,
Off Derabassi - Barwala road
District Mohali- 140507
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