M.Phil./Ph.D. (Biotechnology)


Minimum Eligibility

After 12 years’ schooling a 3 or 4 year Bachelor’s degree plus a 2 years post-graduate education leading to M.Sc. degree in any branch of Biological Sciences/M.Tech (Biological sciences)/M.B.B.S./M.V.Sc. with a minimum of 55% marks or an equivalent grade. Candidates should have a total education of at least 17 years including 12 years of school. Candidates who have undergone integrated Master’s degree will be eligible provided they have at least 5 years of college/university education leading to a Master’s degree after completing 12 years of school. Degrees should be from an institution recognized by the Government of the respective SAARC countries.


Admission Procedure: Through an Entrance Test and an Interview.


Format of the Entrance Test Question Paper and Course:

The question paper will have two parts: Part A and Part B. All questions will be multiple-choice type with four choices of answer. Each question will carry one mark. Calculators and Log Tables may be used. There will not be negative marking.


Part A – This part will consist of 20 questions carrying one mark each. The paper will be of B.Sc. level. This Part will have questions from all branches of Biology. Candidates will be expected to attempt all questions from Part-A.


Part B – This part will consist of total 100 questions out of which the candidates will have to answer any 50 questions. Part-B will have M.Sc. level questions from the subjects of Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Immunology, Plant and animal Sciences, Genetics, Microbiology, Biophysics, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics.

See the M.Phil./Ph.D (Biotechnology) Test paper for the year 2013


Interview: Candidates up to five times the number of seats will be short-listed for interview on the basis of their performance in the entrance test subject to a minimum cut off. The candidate will also arrange to send two recommendation letters from teachers who have taught and assessed the candidate during graduate/postgraduate studies. Recommendation letters should testify to the intellectual acumen, knowledge of the subject and ability of the candidate to articulate ideas. Interview will carry a weightage of 30 marks. A minimum of 50% marks will have to be secured in both written test and interview in order to be eligible for the admission. Candidates invited for interview will be given a travel subsidy (upper limit INR 5000) towards actual travel cost by the shortest route as per instructions to be communicated to the selected candidates later. If candidates from outside India are unable to travel to New Delhi for the interview, they can seek permission for an interview through Skype.


A final merit list will be drawn by adding marks of the entrance test and the interview. Separate merit lists will be prepared for (a) candidates from all SAARC countries other than India, and (b) candidates from India. Equal number of candidates will be offered admission from these two lists, provided they secure overall qualifying marks of 50%. Up to 30% of the seats may be filled by candidates who have already secured JRF funding through a National competitive test in any of the SAARC countries.

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