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PDPU Syllabus Ph.D Admission Test : Pandit Deendayal Energy University

Organisation : Pandit Deendayal Energy University- PDEU (Formerly PDPU)
Entrance Exam : Ph.D Admission Test – July 2024
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PDPU Ph.D. Admission Test Syllabus

Research Aptitude :
** Definition of research
** Concepts and types of research
** Ethics in Research including Plagiarism
** Qualities of a competent Researcher
** Purpose and Scope of Research in Engineering Education (inter-disciplinary)
** Steps in conducting research

Related / Similar Syllabus : JEC Assam MTAT Syllabus M.Tech Admission Test

** Selection of Research problem
** Literature review
** Defining research Problem
** Hypothesis and its type
** Functions of Hypothesis
** Sampling techniques
** Measurement and Scaling techniques
** Data collection techniques and methods
** Analysis of Quantitative and Qualitative Data (including Basic Statistical parameters)
** Citation and Reference Styles
** Research report and thesis writing
Suggested Reading:
1) Kothari, C. R. (2004) Research methodology: Methods and techniques
2) Kumar, Ranjit (2014): Research methodology: A step by step guide for Beginners
3) Thiel, D. V. (2014) Research methods for Engineers, Cambridge University press
4) Gregory, Ian (2003) Ethics in Research

School of Management :
Management :
Energy & Infrastructure Sector Management (Hydrocarbon/Renewables/Power/Marine/ Climate Change/Carbon Finance etc. and related areas), Management accounting, marketing, organizational behavior, human resource management, financial management, operations management, managerial economics, strategy, research methodology, information technology, quantitative methods and general management.

School of Liberal Studies :
Economics :
Developmental Economics, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Indian Economics, Basic Statistics, Basic Econometrics, Other allied areas.
Psychology :
Clinical Psychology, Applied Psychology, Industrial Psychology, Social Psychology, Environmental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Human Development, Health, Other allied areas.
English :
Indian English Literature and Contemporary Fiction in India, American Literature, Research Method, Comparative Literature, Trends in Contemporary Literature, 20th Century British Literature, Communication Theories and Applications, Other allied areas.
Public Policy and Administration :
Governance (Good Governance, E-Governance) and allied areas, Service Delivery, Public Private Partnerships, Public Health, Rural and Urban Development, Disaster Management, Police and Security Studies, Personnel Administration, Policy evaluation.
Political Science-International Relations :
Political theory, Political Thought, Comparative politics, Theories and approaches of International Relations, Foreign policy, Diplomacy and war, Energy politics, Political economy, Geopolitics, Nuclear policy, Armament & disarmament, Peace and conflict, socio-economic and political dynamics, Institutions and regimes, Environment and climate change politics, Global security, and the allied areas.
Mass Communication :
Journalism, Development communication, Advertising, Public Relation, Corporate, Communication, Films (popular and documentary), Media literacy, Social Media, Media education and allied areas.
Business Administration :
Banking, Insurance, Finance, Capital Market, Marketing, Other allied areas.
Commerce :
Commerce, Accounting, Taxation, Other allied areas.

School of Energy Technology :
Petroleum Engineering :
Unit – I: Petroleum Exploration
Source, reservoir, migration, trap and seal. Lead, Play and Prospect. Geochemical Analysis. Gravity methods. Electrical methods. Seismic methods, Acquisition, Processing and Interpretation, Attribute Analysis. Resistivity methods. Formation evaluation using standardwireline logs.

Unit – II: Reservoir Engineering
Petro physical properties. Darcy’s law. Rock fluid interactions. Fluid and rock properties. Phase behavior of hydrocarbon system. Reservoir drive mechanism. Reserve determination (volumetric, material balance, decline curve, P/Z method).Flow in porous media. Fluid Coning. Reservoir Pressure measurements and maintenance. Well test analysis. Static and dynamic modeling.

Unit – III: Drilling Engineering
Well planning. Drilling Rigs. Mud Hydraulics. Casing Practices. Drill String. Bits and their classification. Drilling problems and remedies. Drilling fluids. Safety, Health and Environment, HAZOP and HAZID. Drilling Waste Management. Cementing Techniques. Directional Survey. Dog-log severity. Advance drilling methods – ERD, horizontal drilling, multilateral drilling.

Unit – IV: Production Engineering
Well Equipments. Well head assembly. Packers. Tubing Strings. Well completion – techniques and design. Well Activation. Swabbing. Well Perforation. Well Stimulation. Artificial Lift Techniques. Production Optimization Techniques, Nodal Analysis. Storage and Transportation, Storage Tanks, Pumps and Compressors. Separation of Oil and Gas. GGS. Oil and Gas Metering and Processing.

Selection Procedure

There will be a two stage process:
i) Written Aptitude Test (WAT) shall consist of 50% weightage on research methodology and 50% weightage on subject-specific questions. As a part of this, the question paper on Research Methodology will be of 50 marks, each question will carry one mark. Subject wise Entrance Test will be conducted, which consists of 100 questions, each carrying one mark.

Entrance test shall be qualifying in nature with qualifying marks as 50%, and only such candidates will be eligible to appear at the PI – Personal Interview / Viva Voce.

A relaxation of 5% marks will be allowed in the entrance examination for the candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC/differently-abled category, Economically Weaker Section (EWS), and other categories of candidates as per the decision of the Commission from time to time.

ii) Candidates shortlisted based on the Entrance Test / Exemption from Entrance Test as mentioned above will be required to appear for PI wherein the candidates have to discuss their research interest / area through a presentation before a duly constituted Committee.

The PI shall consider the following aspects, viz.:
a) Research objectives, Literature Survey, Methodology, Expected results, List of papers referred, & also industry tie up if any.
b) Research Methodology aspects for preparing a Doctoral Proposal.
c) The candidate possesses the competence for the proposed research.
d) Whether the research work can be suitably undertaken at the University.
e) Contribution to new / additional knowledge out of the proposed research.
f) Competence for the proposed research.

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