About University of CalcuttaThe University of Calcutta, popularly known as Calcutta University, was established in 1957. The university is in Kolkata, West Bengal. It is a collegiate public state 'five-star' university and accredited by NAAC ('A' Grade). The University of Calcutta secured 7th rank in the top 10 universities in India as per NIRF ranking 2020. University also got 1st rank in Nature Index among the universities in West Bengal and 2nd among all the state universities in India in Life Sciences. As of now, 151 colleges and 21 institutes are affiliated with the University of Calcutta. Applications are open for admission to the PhD Programme in the Department of Genetics through Research Eligibility Test (RET)-2020.
Intake capacityThere are 8 seats in the Department of Genetics. Reservation policies are also applied according to West Bengal State Greater Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Act, 2013 and as per the asset by the Higher Education Department, Govt. of West Bengal Notification no 07-Edn (U)/ IU-89/ 13 dated 2nd January 2014.
MCQ type: 50 questions (2 marks each)
Total Marks: 100
Duration: 12 noon to 1 pm (1 hour)
In an online interview apart from answering basic questions, candidates will be asked to discuss their research interest based upon a Statement of Purpose (SoP) submitted along with the application.
Note: There will negative marking of 50% i.e. one mark will be deducted for an incorrect answer in the written exam. However, no marks will be deducted for unattempted question.
Mode of examRET Exam will be conducted online via Google Classroom created by the Department. A link to join in the RET (written) exam will be provided to all the registered candidates on their emails. Gmail id is needed for attending Google classrooms, those who do not have ID will have to create a Gmail account. The candidates will have to join Google Classroom with their full name.
On the day of the RET examination, all candidates must be online by joining the Google Classroom thirty minutes before the scheduled time of the examination. Here, a Google Meet link will be provided in Google Classroom, by using this link all the candidates will have to join Google Meet. They must keep their video and audio on during the entire exam process. If the video and/or audio of any of the candidate is off, his/her candidature will be terminated. Outside involvement would not be permitted in any case.The Google form link of the test paper will be shared to the students in the Google Classroom two minutes before the scheduled time of the written exam. Applicants will have to fill the details like name, address, and admission test number before answering the test paper. MCQ questions will be there and the answer sheet has to be submitted within the time of the exam.
Department Faculties will download this Google Form and assign marks to the candidates. Only the qualified candidates will be informed via email and called for interview. The interview will also be conducted through Google Meet. Timings of the interview will be shared separately by email.
Syllabus of RET ExamThe RET written exam will be based on the current syllabus of M.Sc. Genetics programme of the University of Calcutta. The candidates can download the syllabus of M.Sc. Genetics from the website of the University of Calcutta. Besides, the questions of Chemistry and the basics of computer applications will also be asked.
Selection for admission to a PhD programme and supervisor allocation will be done based on this interview. After the interview, successful candidates will be informed through e-mail.
Declaration of RET Result:Result of the written part and an interview of the RET exam conveyed to the candidates via email.
How to apply
Contact detailsUniversity of Calcutta
Department of Genetics,
University College of Science,
Taraknath Palit Siksha Prangan,
35, Ballygunge Circular Road,
Kolkata 700 019
Phone: 033 2219 2286
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Information brochure and Application Form: https://www.caluniv.ac.in/admission/corrigendum-phd-genetics-17-8-20.pdf