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.ProcessDate
1. Last date for receipt of completed application forms July 7, 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, Document Verification, and Interview Process July 20, 2017 (Reporting time: 9:30 am)
4. Admission Notification and Deposit of fee for the M. Phil. Program July 25-28, 2017

One fellowship of ₹ 10000 (ten thousand only) per month for the entire program is available to the candidate provided the candidate must be in the top position in the final Merit list for admission to the program.

Note: The decision of the University/School with respect to the offer of fellowship will be final and binding. The University/School reserves the right to modify the above criterion of fellowship.

Fee break-up is as follows:

(A) (A) Fee Payable once on Admission

Admission FeeUniversity SecurityAlumni FeeTotal (₹)
11,000 10,000 1,000 22,000

(B) Fee Payable Each Semester

For SessionTuition FeeDevelopment FeeStudents' Activity
& Welfare Charges
Exam FeeMedical Fee
& Insurance Charges
Total Fee
Without Hostel (₹)
2017-18 25,000 6,000 7,500 2,000 400 40,900
  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 Test 30 marks

    However, UGC/CSIR (NET/JRF) qualified candidates are exempt from the Research Aptitude test. Their selection shall be based on their performance in the Writing Ability Test and Personal Interview.

    All the candidates who secure the minimum 50% aggregate (45% in case of SC/ST candidates) marks 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 M. Phil. program shall be prepared based on the total marks scored by the candidates in the entrance test and interview.

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District Mohali- 140507
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