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DBT JRF Exam 2016 – Notification

Ministry of Science & Technology
Govt. of India
DEPARTMENT OF Biotechnology

DBT Junior Research Fellowship in Biotechnology (DBTJRF) 2016-2017

Biotechnology Eligibility Test (BET) 2016

(Co-ordinated b y Biotech Consortium India Limited (BCIL), New Delhi)

Applications are invited from Indian nationals for the award of “DBT-Junior Research Fellowship” (DBTJRF) for pursuing research in frontier areas of Biotechnology and Applied Biology. JRFs will be selected according to merit under two categories: Category I&II. Category I fellowship (Top 275 in number) are tenable in any University/Institute in India where the students can register for Ph.D. Category II students (100 in number) will be eligible to join any DBT sponsored project and avail fellowship from project, equivalent to NET/GATE qualification as per DST guidelines, subject selection through institutional selection process. Registration for Ph.D will be decided by institutional rules. Fellowship will be co-terminus with the duration of project and institutional rules will be applicable. There will be no binding on PIs of DBTsponsored project to select JRF/SRF for their projects from category II list. Selection in Category II will not entitle student for any fellowship from DBT JRF programme.

Qualification: M.Sc./ M.Tech/ M.V.S.c. degree with Biotechnology in title of degree e.g. Biotechnology, specialization such as Agricultural, Animal/ Veterinary, Medical, Marine, Industrial, Environmental, Pharmaceutical, Food., Bic-resources Biotechnology, “Biochemical Engineering,. Bio­sciences andBiotechnology, 1Iioinformatics” and M.Sc.. “Molecular & Human Genetics” and M.Sc. “Neuroscience” as well as B.E.JB.Tech. in Biotechnology (4-year course after 10+2) recognized by UGC/AICTE.

Marks: Minimum 60% marks for general & OBC category and 55% for SC/ST/P1-i in aggregate or equivalent grade).

Age Limit: Upto 2S years as on the last date of application (15th March 2015) for general category. Age relaxation of up to S years. (up to 33 years) for SC/ST/PH and women candidates and 3 years (31 years) for OBC ( Non -creamy layer).


DBT-BET (category I) entitles a candidate for activation of fellowship subject to Ph.D registration of the candidate (candidate’s responsibility). in a recognized university or Institute in the country within 2 years. At present., very few institutes or universities allow B.Tech students to register for Ph.D. directly. Registration for Ph.D is candidate’s responsibility and BC!L or DBT have no role in this. Verification of documents will be carried out for shortlistecl candidates only. Award letters would be issued only after verification of necessary documents. In case of wrong documents submitted by candidates or ineligible candidates, award letters will not be issued.


The candidates will be selected based on an online test, “Biotechnology Eligibility Test” (SET) to be conducted on 17thApril„ 2016 at 10.00 a.m. in multiple cities. A candidate maygive three choices for city from the options given in the application form. Efforts would be made to allot one of the three opted cities., however, in certain cases candidate may be allotted a different city due to non availability of enough candidates for that city. No TA/ESA will be admissible to any candidate for attendingthe test.


For details and to apply online in the prescribed application form, please visit:www.bcii.nic.in  Stepwise procedure for filling the application form, payment of application fee and uploading of required documents/ certificates is given on the website. General/OBC candidates have to pay an application fee of Rs. 1000/-. SC/ST/PH categories are exempted from payment of application fee. The application fee is payable online only as detailed on the link for completion of application process. The application fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. Incomplete applications will not be entertained.

Online registration will start on 16th February 2016 and close on 16th March 2016

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All Emails related to DBTJRF programme may please be sent to jrf.dbt@gov.in

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