Fellow Program in Management (FPM) 2024, Full -Time, Non-Residential: Conduct and Admission Procedure

1.0 Admission Criteria

Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi offers a full-time Fellow Programme in Management (FPM) approved by AICTE. The objective of this programme is to contribute to the existing body of knowledge in the research field and its dissemination. It is aimed at admitting scholars with exceptional academic backgrounds, strong motivation, and discipline having a strong inclination towards quality research and publications. The Institute shall follow the AICTE norms for all FPM-related matters as per Approval Process Handbook 2023-24 (Appendix-20, pp. 1-5).

1.1 FPM at XISS offers specializations in the following Areas:
  1. Human Resource Management

  2. Rural Management

  3. Marketing Management

  4. Financial Management

  5. Operation Management

1.2 Eligibility for Students

The basic eligibility to apply for admission to the FPM is either:

1.2.1 Master’s Degree or equivalent in Engineering and Technology/ Management/ Economics/ Social Science/ Biological Science/ Pure Science/ Commerce/ Humanities with FIRST CLASS shall be considered for admission to Fellow Programme.


1.2.2 Master’s Degree or equivalent in any discipline with at least 60% marks (55% for SC/ST) shall be considered for admission to Fellow Programme.


1.2.3 Five years/four-year Integrated Master’s Degree Programme in any discipline, with at least 60 percent marks (55% for SC/ST), obtained after completing higher secondary schooling (10+2) or equivalent.


1.2.4 A professional qualification like CA, ICWA or CS with at least 60% marks (55% for SC/ST candidates)


1.2.5 Condition for Appearing Candidates in Master Degree:

Those appearing for their final examination in the respective discipline can also apply. Such students, if selected, shall be provisionally admitted provided they complete all requirements in obtaining their Master’s Degree before 30 April 2024 of the year of admission. The admission of these candidates shall remain provisional until they produce the mark sheet proving that they satisfy the eligibility criteria. The deadline for submitting the final year mark sheet is 31 December 2024.

1.3 Age Limit

There is no age restriction.

1.4 Total Number of Seats: 10
2.0 Admission Procedure
2.1 Selection Process

To be shortlisted for the selection interview, applicants must have a valid score of one of the following competitive examinations: Common Admission Test (CAT) conducted by IIMs/XAT/GATE/GRE/GMAT/UGC-NET or JRF/CSIR or the XISS Entrance Test (XET). CAT/GATE/GRE/GMAT/UGC-NET or JRF /CSIR scores of up to last two years (i.e., test taken on or after 01 December 2022) only will be considered valid.

XISS Entrance Test (XET) will be conducted online in the month of April 2024. After the written test, the Academic Qualification Documents will be verified.

Subsequently, all the candidates must give a presentation (around 15 minutes) on their Tentative Research Proposal in the area of research interest before the personal interview.

The candidates short-listed on the basis of their academic record, performance in the competitive examinations mentioned above (CAT/XAT/GATE/GRE/GMAT/UGC-NET or JRF/CSIR percentile/XISS entrance test), and in the Research proposal presentation will cater for final selection. The selected candidates for this programme will be intimated by 14 April 2024.

Any change in the above-mentioned dates will be intimated to the candidates separately and will be displayed on the XISS Official website (

The decision of the Selection Committee regarding admission shall be final. Communication shall be sent only to the selected candidates. The Institution shall not entertain any queries or correspondence in respect of those not selected.

3.0 Research Guidance
3.1 Selection of guide(s)

Each candidate shall have one/two Guide(s) under whose supervision the research work in relation to the Programme shall be carried out. The Guide(s) shall be nominated by the Director of the Institution. All Guides shall be internal.

3.2 Absence of Guide during the Programme

In case of the temporary absence of a Guide for a period of more than one year, a new Guide shall be nominated for the Fellow Candidates. In the case of a Guide who has guided for more than a year. He/she shall be allowed to resume the guidance after his/her return from temporary absence.

If the period of absence is less than 2 years, the previous Guide shall act as Co-Guide on his/her return. If the period of absence is more than 2 years, he/she shall cease to be a Guide for the Fellow candidate.

3.3 Change of Guide

Change of Guide shall be permitted in exceptional circumstances on the recommendation of the Director.

4.0 Course Study/ Credit Requirements

In partial fulfilment of the requirement of the Fellow Programme, a minimum number of Course credits are required to be earned as prescribed below:

4.1 Credit Requirement
Module Code No. Course Title Credits
Module-1 FP01 Research Methodology 3
FP02 Managerial Statistics 3
FP03 General Management 3
FP04 System Approach to Management 3
FP05 Academic Writing Course 2
Total Credit 14
Module-2 FP06 3 Stream Specific Courses of 3 credits each 9
FP07 Credit Seminars (General) 3
Total Credit 12
Module-3 FP08 Credit Seminars (Specific) 3
FP09 Review paper based on the literature on the Thesis related topic 3
Total Credit 6
Grand Total Credit 32
4.2 Details of Courses and Seminar

The stream-specific Courses and Seminars shall be decided as approved by the Director on the recommendation of the candidate’s Guide(s) and the Research Advisory Committee.

4.3 Duration for Earning Credit

All the credits specified above shall be earned within a maximum of three years from the date of admission to the Programme. Extension after the three years shall be approved by the Director for a period of one year with a review of progress every six months. Final approval shall be given by the Director of the Institution.

4.4 Credit Course Requirement

A research scholar shall undergo 5 Courses of a total of 14 credits in the first module and during the second module he/ she shall undergo three streams-specific Courses of 9 credits and give three credit Seminar on general management topics in the third module, the candidate shall give three credits Seminar and write a review paper on the literature related to his/ her research topic for publication purpose of 3 credits. Thus, a candidate shall earn 14 credits in the first, 12 credits in the second modules, and 6 credits in the third module together adding up to 32 credits in all.

4.5 Grading System of Credit Courses/Seminar

A minimum CGPA of 6.5 on a 10-point scale or 60% is required to pass the Course/ Seminar. A candidate getting less than 60% shall be given one more opportunity to repeat the Course/ Seminar. If he/ she still does not pass in the Course/ Seminar, he/ she shall be terminated from the Fellow Programme.

5.0 Registration Seminar and Progress Seminar

Each research scholar needs to register his/her research proposal. The registration procedure is given below:

5.1 Pre-registration Seminar

Each research scholar shall give a pre-registration Seminar before the FPM Expert Committee constituted by the Director.

The Research Scholar shall submit 5 copies of the pre-registration Report (in about 15-20 pages) 15 days before the date of the Seminar. The Report shall include the proposed title of the Thesis, are and frame work of the proposed research objectives, scope of the study, hypothesis if any, and methodology to be followed. This stage is considered to be very important for screening the candidate for further progress in the Programme. In case the research scholar fails to defend his/her Thesis proposal successfully, he/she shall be allowed to resubmit the modified research proposal as suggested by the above-mentioned Committee. He/ she needs to give a fresh Seminar based on the modified research proposal and in case he or she fails to defend it in the second time, the research scholar shall be terminated from the Programme

5.2 Application for Registration

A candidate must apply for formal registration one month after the successful completion of the pre-registration Seminar. The application for registration is to be made in a prescribed form and shall be accompanied by the following:

  • Title and summary of the Thesis proposal approved by the Guide(s)
  • Registration Fee of Rs 2100+18% GST
5.3 Effective Date of Registration

The registration shall be effective from the date the application for the registration is accepted in writing allocating him/her a Guide(s).

6.0 Duration of the Programme
6.1 Time Limit

A Candidate shall submit his/her Thesis only after a minimum period of two years after registration. However, the maximum period allowed for the submission of the Thesis is five years from the date of admission to the Programme.

If a candidate fails to submit the Thesis within the prescribed upper time limit due to reasons beyond his/her control, he/she shall apply to the Director for an extension. If the Institution is satisfied with the candidate’s justification, the Director shall permit him/her to re-register to the Programme subject to the payment of re-registration Fee. This re-registration shall, however, be effective only for a period of two years beyond which no extension shall be permitted.

6.2 Break or Unauthorized Absence from the Programme

Any break, without approval from the competent authority or unauthorized absence from the Programme shall lead to the cancellation of admission.

Any authorized break or leave of absence shall not be counted for the minimum period of 2 years stipulated for submission of Thesis but shall be counted in the maximum period of 5 years permissible for submission of the Thesis.

7.0 Submission and Evaluation of the Synopsis and Thesis
7.1 Pre-Synopsis Seminar

Every research scholar before submission of his/ her Thesis must give pre-Synopsis Seminar at the Institution. The procedure for the pre-Synopsis Seminar is as follows:

(a) Submission of 5 copies of the pre-Synopsis Report (not more than 40 pages). The Report shall include the focus and the summary of the Thesis. Highlighting his/her own contribution, details of the methodology, results, analysis, conclusions, limitations and scope for future research. It is to be submitted through the Guide(s).

(b) For seeking the approval, the candidate shall present pre-Synopsis Seminar before the Committee consisting of Director, Guide(s) and two Faculty experts in the relevant area of research. An outside expert, having expertise in the area of research shall be included in the Committee

(c) The Committee shall judge the work with regard to its accept ability and suggest modification or elaboration of the work, if necessary, after incorporating the suggested changes/ modifications to the satisfaction of the Committee, an abridged version of the same in about 15-70 pages shall be submitted as Synopsis for the purpose of sending it to prospective examiners.

7.2 Submission of the Synopsis

Five copies of the Synopsis with necessary modification incorporated shall be submitted within a period of one month from the date of the pre-Synopsis Seminar to the Institution with a Certificate by candidate and the Guide(s) stating:

(a) That there is a prima facie case for consideration of the Thesis;

(b) That the work does not include any work which has at any time previously been submitted for an award of Fellow in Management or other equivalent Degree.

7.3 Selection of Examiners

On receipt of Synopsis, the Director shall draw up a list of 6 possible examiners of the Thesis in consultation with the Research Advisory Committee and Guide(s). The examiners shall be from outside Institution, one from India and one from abroad, having good academic and research standing in the field. Two examiners shall be selected by the Director from the list.

7.4 Submission of Thesis

The Thesis shall be submitted in six type written/ printed copies and a soft copy with necessary Certificates and clearance with in a period of 6 months from the date of submission of the Synopsis. An examination Fee of ₹25000/- which includes an honorarium of US$250/- for foreign examiner and ₹5000/- Indian Examiner must be paid along with the Thesis submission.

7.5 Recommendations of the Examiners

(a) A critical review and evaluation of the quality and extent of the work of the candidate as embodied in the Thesis.

(b) A definite recommendation as to whether the Thesis is of a sufficient standard and suitable for the award of Fellow in Management: and

(c) If the examiner is not in a position to make definite recommendation for the award of the “Fellow in Management”, He/ She shall indicate the required modification/ revision involving rewriting of Chapters but not involving further research work OR Complete rewriting of the Thesis with an additional research work reinterpretation of Data.

7.6 Acceptance/ Rejection of Thesis

The Thesis shall be accepted if all the examiners make positive recommendations. If recommendations for rejection or inconclusive recommendations are made by anyone of the examiner, Director shall refer the Thesis to another examiner or examiners(s) from the panel. If such a panel of examiner(s) rejects the Thesis, it shall stand rejected.

7.7 Re-submission of the Thesis

A Thesis which needs modification/ revision shall be resubmitted after revision within a period of one year. Rejection of the Thesis after re-submission shall normally disqualify the candidate of further consideration for the award of the Fellow in Management.

7.8 Viva-Voce

On acceptance of the Thesis, the Director shall appoint a panel of examiners to conduct a viva voce examination and open defense at which the candidate shall be required to defend his/her Thesis. The panel of examiners shall consist of:

(a) The Chairman, Dean (Academic or Research) or his/ her nominee not below the rank of Professor of the Institution nominated by the Director

(b) The Guide(s)

(c) Indian External Examiner who examined the Thesis and accepted it.

The panel of Examiners shall submit their Report to the Director of the Institution. If a Thesis has been accepted, but the candidate fails to defend it successfully at the Vice-voce examination, he/ she shall reappear for the viva-voce examination within six months.

7.9 Award of Fellow in Management

On successful completion of the viva-voce and on the recommendations of the Institution’s Governing Board, the Institution shall award “Fellow in Management” to the Research scholar. The title of the Thesis shall be mentioned in the Certificate of award.

8.0 General Regulations

(a) Candidate must furnish a periodical Report of progress of the Course work and research work for consideration of Institution, Research Advisory Committee and the Guide(s). Unsatisfactory progress in research shall render the candidate terminated from the Programme.

(b) The candidate shall pay all the prescribed Fee as and when they fall due.

(c) The Courses prescribed, but not successfully completed by the candidate shall be reconsidered by the Director. Research Advisory Committee shall suggest alternative Course(s) depending upon the relevance of the Course(s) to the research work of candidate.

(d) The research scholar shall face automatic disqualification and termination from the Programme, if he/ she is found to be admitted to any other equivalent Degree Level Programme.

(e) The Council reserves the right to amend, modify or change Regulations as may be necessary, from time to time. All such changes shall be binding on the research scholar in the Institution.

9.0 Fee and Other Expenses for FPM
Academic Fee Amount in Rs.
One Time Charges Rs. 54,000/-
Registration Charges - Rs. 5,000/-
Examination Fee - Rs. 10,000/-
Students Activities - Rs. 5,000/-
Library & Reading Material Fee - Rs. 30,000/-
Alumni Fee - Rs. 4,000/-
Security Deposit (Refundable) Rs. 10,000/-

Tuition Fees (Per Annum) First Instalment of tuition fee by May 31 of that year and the remaining instalments by June 30 of the respective academic year.

Rs. 1,00,000/-
10.0 How to Apply
10.1 FPM Application Form

Applicants can fill out the online form and make an online payment of Rs. 2100/- + GST 18% at the admission portal. Complete the application form together with all documents to be uploaded online on or before Tuesday, 11 June 2024.

10.2 Supporting Documents

The following supporting documents are to be submitted along with the online application form:

  1. Scanned copy of score of the competitive examination to be considered for admission as applicable.
  2. Scanned copies of mark sheets or transcripts of grades obtained in their qualifying examination.
  3. Scanned copies of all academic certificates and degrees.
  4. Percentage conversion certificate from College/University (In case of CGPA/CPA).
  5. Two references from academics who have taught the candidate or with whom the candidate has worked closely. Please provide their Names, Current Designation, Organisation Addresses, Phone no., and email IDs.
  6. Scanned Copies of Work Experience Certificate (if any).
11.0 Important Dates for FPM 2024 Application
Last Date of receiving Application Form (Rs. 2100/- + 18% GST) June 11, 2024 (Tuesday)
XISS Entrance Test (XET) online June 17, 2024 (Monday)
Tentative Research Proposal Presentation & Personal Interview
i. Offline From July 02 to 04, 2024
Result declaration July 06, 2024 (Saturday)
Last Date of Acceptance of Admission Offer with Admission Fee July 20, 2024 (Saturday)
Registration & Inauguration of the Programme July 30, 2024 (Tuesday)
12.0 Contact Details     0651 -2200873    9431708808, 9430156425