thesis should be an advanced exposition of a particular topic. It must
demonstrate that the candidate has done a significant amount of original
work in the chosen subject.† A necessary
criterion for this is that at least some part of the thesis, where the
candidate has made significant contribution, should be published / accepted
for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. For large collaborations that
follow a rigorous internal review process, a Collaboration Note based on
the work of the candidate (that has passed through such a review) can be
considered a publication. However, such a note should be publicly
available. Where such a note is not yet publicly available, the student's
work in question should be certified by a competent authority (spokesperson
/ coordinator or equivalent) from the collaboration before the Synopsis is
The thesis must be a PDF document, legibly typed on A4-size pages in
12 pt font size, with 1.5 spacing and with 1 inch margins. Apart from text,
it may contain figures, tables, sections of computer code and a detailed
bibliography. In addition, it should incorporate
of Originality, duly signed by the candidate and by the Research Guide.
(ii) A copy of the Synopsis.
(iii) A list of the candidateís publications, where it is clearly indicated
which publication(s) contain(s) material incorporated in the thesis.
(iv) A title page according to the format given here.
The thesis should also contain a separate categorised
statement of which part of the scientific results presented in the thesis
are the candidateís own work. This is especially required if the
candidateís publications are a part of those created by a large group or
Once a student has submitted his/her Synopsis in final form, after
revisions/corrections as suggested by members of the Evaluation Committee,
he/she becomes eligible to submit his/her doctoral thesis. The thesis can
be submitted any time starting from the next day following the submission
of Synopsis, to a maximum of six months from the date of submission
of Synopsis. Extension of the last date may be granted by the SBP in
exceptional cases, for any period so long as the studentís Registration
The submission and evaluation procedure involves the
The soft copy (PDF file) of the Thesis should
be E-mailed by the student to the University Cell. This should include a scanned
copy of the Declaration of Originality form, duly signed by the student
and the supervisor.
The Research Guide should send an E-mail to
the University Cell mentioning the names, official designations and
complete contact information of at least three possible external
referees who work in India, plus at least three possible referees
who work outside India. Such referees should satisfy the following
They should be active in the field of research
to which the thesis belongs.
(ii) They should
be of a minimum level of seniority Ė typically a regular faculty/research
scientist position in a reputed institution is considered enough.
(iii) They should
not be direct collaborators of the student, in the sense of research work
done together. Co-authorship through a large collaboration group, where
no direct collaboration has taken place, is admissible.
(iv) They should
not be personally related to the student or the supervisor.
(v) One or two
sentences by the supervisor explaining why the person in question would
be an appropriate examiner for the thesis would help speed up the
University Cell will take the responsibility of sending the thesis to
(i) the Guide,
for his overall report on the thesis and the studentís contribution;
(ii) one external
examiner who works in India (to be decided by Convenor,
(iii) one external
examiner who works outside India (to be decided by Convenor,
also follow up with reminders, as and when necessary. When all three
reports are received, the University Cell will send them to the Convenor, SBP, for approval before taking further
Convenor, SBP will decide if the reports
indicate that the thesis is adequate for further processing and take
if the thesis reports are positive, and suggest only minor
revisions or corrections, then arrangements for the Ph.D. viva (thesis defence) can be made. For the rules and procedures
for the viva, check here.
the examiner(s) suggest major revisions or corrections, the thesis
may be sent back to the candidate for re-submission after making
appropriate revisions. The revised thesis will be sent back to the
examiners for their opinion. In case, there is a major difference of
opinion between the Research Guide and the examiner(s), the SBP retains
the right to send the thesis to an independent referee.
the thesis reports are negative and the examiner(s) reject its
findings and/or conclusions, the candidate may be asked to do
more/different work, or the Ph.D. may be denied outright. In such a case,
the Guide may request for a re-examination by a different set of
examiners. Such a request can be made only once.†
the viva, the student should incorporate any
changes/corrections/additions suggested by the examiners, and prepare a
final version of the Thesis. The Research Guide should check that these
changes have been satisfactorily incorporated before signing the thesis
student should download and fill in the Thesis Submission Form.
This should be presented along with a properly
bound hard copy of the revised Thesis, and signed by (a) the Research
Guide and (b) the Convenor,
SBP. The signed form can then be submitted to the TIFR University Cell
for further processing, along with a soft copy on CD.
Once the Thesis is submitted to the University
Cell, it will be processed further and a Provisional Certificate will be
issued within one or two days.