Ultimate Guide for PhD Students


November 2, 2020

PhD, an abbreviation for Doctor of Philosophy, is an academic or professional degree awarded by universities and colleges on submission of thesis or dissertation based on extensive research in a chosen field. In general, PhD is the highest degree a student can achieve. Traditionally, the IIM PhD program has a duration of 5 years of full-time study in which a student completes rigorous coursework and submit their doctoral dissertation by undertaking original research. IIM Udaipur’s PhD program is designed for students who aspire to undertake strong academic research. The infographic listed below brings you a few strategies to work through your PhD.



An IIM is an excellent place to pursue a PhD degree in management. IIM Udaipur’s doctoral-level program is designed for students with strong academic credentials who aspire to undertake demanding original research. Enjoy the list of tips to focus on the factors that influence your PhD. Let’s get started.

Are you a good PhD candidate?

Most important qualities of an ideal graduate research candidate are:


  • Intelligence is the most expected quality associated with an ideal research graduate.


  • Having substantial experience in the chosen field


  • The P in PhD refers to persistence, the commitment towards a successful research degree

Communication Skills

  • Another vital skill required for a PhD graduate is the ability to express ideas in a meaningful way

Time Management/Organizational Skills

An ideal research student,

  • Plan their work
  • Meet their deadlines
  • Have regular interaction with supervisors
  • Pay attention to details

Enthusiasm and Passion

  • A successful PhD student is enthusiastic, passionate and has a deep interest in the subject of research

Ability to Learn

    A valued quality in research is,

  • Having an inquiring and open mind
  • Willingness to ask questions
  • Ability to challenge the findings of their projects

Hard Work and Motivation

Studying a research degree requires,

  • Diligence
  • Strong work ethics
  • Discipline, focus, efficiency and professionalism

How to Find a PhD Program

If finding the right PhD was as simple as searching for one, there wouldn’t be any need for the rest of the infographic. It is a challenge many PhD aspirants face. Here are a few PhD search tips,

Take your time but start your PhD search early

  • Compare multiple opportunities before making a decision
  • Be systematic and diligent while searching for a doctorate program

Identify what kind of doctorate you’re looking for

  • Learn about different types of research offered in your subject area

Study the institute’s rankings in your preferred field

  • Global rankings reflect the growth and increasing expertise in key subject areas of the institute

Talk to potential supervisors and current students

  • These are the first people to contact to help you find the right PhD program

Think about the research environment

  • Recognize the importance an institution puts on research

Think about your future and the social aspects of PhD life

  • Ensure some extracurricular activities are part of the program
  • Keep PhD in mind and understand the alternatives if your plans change

How to be Productive During Your PhD

Being a PhD student can be challenging; the following tips can help you to be more productive as a PhD student,

  • Plan your day efficiently
  • Make smart decisions to be productive
  • Reflect on your progress regularly
  • Maximize your productivity by sticking to a sustainable routine
  • Revisit the big picture regularly as the project progresses and changes over time
  • Be reasonable with your goals and take it easy on yourself
  • Have a designated workspace
  • Find out what motivates you

Tips to Get Your Paper Accepted

We have put together the guide below to help you write your paper people will want to read:

  • Keep the title simple and specific
  • Abstract needs to be short, try to grab the reader’s attention in the first statement
  • Write introduction which is relevant to your work
  • Make your research findings concise but informative
  • Focus on essential and expected findings
  • Update your reference section by including current literature
  • Have regularly scheduled time to write your research paper
  • Use your own words and cite the source for a fact/idea which is not yours
  • Avoid writing long paragraphs or sentences instead use bullet points
  • Design easy to understand graphics
  • Before submitting your article to a journal read it several times and seek feedback from others