PhD in Biotechnology

Minimum Eligibility

12 years of schooling + a 3 or 4-year Bachelors degree + a 2 year post graduate MSc, M. Pharm, M.V.Sc, M.E., or M.Tech degree in any branch of the Biological Sciences or an MD/MS/MSc from an institution recognized by the government of any of the SAARC countries, with a minimum of 55% marks or an equivalent grade.

Admission Procedure: Through an Entrance Test and an Interview. The Entrance Test will carry a weightage of 70 marks and the Interview will carry a weightage of 30 marks. A minimum of 50% marks will have to be secured separately in both, the Entrance Test and the Interview, in order to be eligible for admission.

Format of the Entrance Test Paper: The duration of the Entrance Test will be 2 hours and the question paper will consist of 100 multiple choice questions of one mark each in two parts.

Part A: will have 20 multiple choice questions, carrying one mark each, on all branches of Biology of the undergraduate level. Candidates will be expected to attempt all questions from Part A.

Part B: will consist of a total of 80 questions. Part B will have MSc level questions from all the areas of Biological Sciences including Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Cancer Biology, Molecular Biology, Immunology, Animal Sciences, Plant Biotechnology, Genetics, Microbiology, Virology, Neurosciences, Biochemical Engineering, Biophysics and Biostatistics.

Negative Marks for Wrong Answers

If the answer given to any of the Multiple Choice Questions is wrong, ΒΌ of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted.

Interview: Candidates will be shortlisted for interview on the basis of their performance in the Entrance Test, subject to a minimum cut off. Shortlisted candidates must arrange to send two letters of recommendation from teachers who have taught and assisted them at the graduate/postgraduate level. Recommendation letters should testify to the intellectual acumen of the candidates, their knowledge of the subject and their ability to articulate ideas.

A final merit list will be drawn by adding together the 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. Selected candidates will be offered admission from these two lists, according to merit, depending on the number of seats available.

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