(Download) NCERT  Syllabus for Pupil Teachers M.Phil

(Download) NCERT  Syllabus for Pupil Teachers


Introduction :

The M.Phil programme is crucial for a prospective researcher at the predoctoral level .The programme is designed to build the research capacity of scholars from varied backgrounds and provide a strong orientation in different areas of education. M.Phil programme will include two courses–Core course and Area of Specialization. In addition all the students will be required to undertake a Dissertation. The course will also include advance seminar in which student will present a paper on any educational theme in research colloquium and clear a viva voce examination. 


The students will be helped to:

  • Reflect on the basic parameters within which the system of school education operates.These are: the learner, the teacher, the teaching-learning process, pedagogy, the school context, the larger societal context, the support systems and various connections and interconnections between these parameters
  • Appreciate that research would help to enhance efficiency, effectiveness, quality and excellence in the system of school education
  • Develop an understanding about problems of education and methodology to explore alternative solutions.
  • Develop competency in undertaking leadership in the areas of School Education and Teacher Education
  • Develop a rational conceptualization of educational research.
  • Develop competency in undertaking independent micro and macro level research projects in the priority areas of school education and teacher education.

Eligibility :

a. Candidates who have qualified in any of the following Post-Graduate Degrees prior to 1st January 2008, subject to such conditions as may be prescribed there for shall be eligible to register for the Degree of Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) and undergo the prescribed course of study as approved by the Institute / University. Master's Degree in Education of any University recognized by the Syndicate as equivalent thereto.
b. Candidates, who have qualified for in anyone of the Post-Graduate Degrees on or after 1st January 2008, shall be required to have obtained a minimum of 55 % of marks in their respective Post-Graduate Degrees to become eligible to register for the Degree of Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) and undergo the prescribed course of study.
c. Concession of 5% marks for SC/ST.

Number of Seats :

Maximum of fifteen seats. However during the year 2008-09, only twelve students will be admitted.


The duration of the course will be one academic year. The student is to submit his/her dissertation within 15 days from the date of ending of Second Semester. However, if a student is not able to submit his/her dissertation he/she will be allowed to complete his/her dissertation within six months after the terminal examination. Courses of Study

The M.Phil. (Education) curriculum comprises five components, namely,

1. Core Courses
2. Courses of Specialization
3. Research Practice (Dissertation)
4. Advance Seminar
5. Viva Voce

Scheme of Examination

Semester I

Written Examinations

The duration for each paper shall be 3 hours carrying 100 marks each.
The question paper setters shall be appointed from the standing list of examiners submitted by the respective Chairman of the Boards of Studies.
The written papers shall be valued by one internal and one external examiner.
The examiners shall be appointed from the panel of four names for each paper submitted by the Head of the Department in consultation with the supervisors. 
If both the examiners have awarded fail marks, irrespective of any difference, the candidates shall be declared to have failed in written paper.
If both the examiners have given pass marks, candidates shall be declared to have passed in written paper irrespective of the difference, taking the average of the two valuations.
If one examiner gives pass marks and the other examiner gives fail marks, the written paper may be referred to third examiner irrespective of the difference and the third valuation shall be final.

Semester II

1. Research Practice (Dissertation)

Each student will be required to select a research topic approved by the M.Phil Committee and write a Dissertation. The selection of research problem will be on the basis of review of related researches, discussion with the peers and the guide. The research problem must be presented with adequate description and justification before the whole group and the staff, and discussed. Students will be required to select their research topic in the First Semester. After approval, the scholar shall develop a synopsis highlighting the assumptions, the objectives, the rationale, the procedures and the methodology of data collection and analysis procedures of analysis of data etc.
The synopsis will be discussed in the whole group and will be refined based on the feedback during the first semester.
The research problem needs to be selected from the Area of Specialization. However the scholar will be given the freedom to locate any educationally relevant problem (even beyond one’s area of specialization) for study.
The dissertation will be evaluated by both internal and external examiner followed by viva voce. The internal and external examiner should give detailed report on the dissertation, which includes the detailed feedback on each chapter of the dissertation. The criteria for awarding marks should be based on relevance of research problem, methodology, tools, sample and organization of the report etc. and should be enclosed with the dissertation to the

2. Advance Seminar

Each student will be required to write a Term Paper related to an educational problem and present the same in Research Colloquium of the Department and evaluated by a committee formulated for this purpose.

3. Viva Voce

Candidates shall submit the dissertation to the Head of the Department through their respective supervisors at the end of the academic year, which shall be evaluated by internal examiner (Supervisor) and one external examiner appointed by the University from a panel of four names sent by the Head of the Department. The examiners who value the dissertation shall report on the merit of the candidate as "Highly commended" or "Commended" or "Not commended". If one examiner commends the dissertation and the other examiner does not commend, the dissertation may be referred to third examiner and the third valuation shall be final.
Submission or re-submission of dissertation shall be once in a year Passing Minimum
i. A candidate shall be declared to have passed Semester I of the examination if he/she secures not less than 50% of the marks in all papers.
ii. A candidate shall be declared to have passed Semester II of the examination if his/her dissertation is commended/Highly commended along with 50% marks in Seminar, Viva and ICT Lab work.
iii. All other candidates shall be declared to have failed in the examinations.

Range of Dissertation Marks

Not commended - 49% and below, commended - 50% to 69% Highly Commended 70% and above. The dissertation that falls under not commended category will need a revision based on the feedback.

Restriction in Number of Chances:

No candidate shall be permitted to re-appear for the written examination in any paper on more than two occasions or to re-submit a dissertation more than once. Candidates shall have to qualify for the degree passing all the written papers, dissertation within· a period of three years from the date of commencement of the course. 

Conferment of Degree

No candidate shall be eligible for conferment of the M.Phil. Degree unless he/she is declared to have passed both the semesters of the examination as per the Regulations. Qualification for Persons conducting the M.Phil Course
No teacher shall be recognized as a Supervisor unless he/she possesses a Ph.D. Degree in Education or two years of Post-Graduate teaching experience after qualifying for M.Phil in Education. However University norms regarding this will be followed. 

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