University of Calcutta Research Eligibility Test (RET) 2020 for PhD admissions

Are you interested in a PhD? Admissions to PhD programme 2020 at the Department of Genetics are open at the University of Calcutta through Research Eligibility Test (RET) 2020. Eligible and interested applicants can apply. To check out the eligibility, application procedure, selection process and closing date, etc. read this article.

About University of Calcutta

The 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 capacity

There 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.

Eligibility criteria

  1. The interested applicants who wish to take admission in the PhD programme must hold an M.Sc. degree from any UGC recognized university with at least 55% of aggregate marks or M.Phil. degree with at least 50% of marks from any recognised university.
  2. The candidates qualified UGC-CSIR (JRF) NET/SET/SLET/ GATE/Teacher Fellowship or any equivalent national level examination or obtained M.Phil/ M.Tech degree need not appear for the written exam.

Exam Pattern

  1. RET Exam (Written)
    MCQ type: 50 questions (2 marks each)
    Total Marks: 100
    Duration: 12 noon to 1 pm (1 hour)

  2. RET Exam (Interview)
    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 exam

RET 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 Exam

The 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 procedure

  • The candidates, who will be declared qualified in the written part of RET, will be called for an online interview. Besides, the candidates, who have qualified NET/SET/SLET/ GATE and also equivalent exams or passed M. Phil., or M.Tech, can directly attend the interview.

  • 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

  • Applicants interested to join PhD degree in Genetics at the University of Calcutta must visit the official website of the University of Calcutta to read all the details and instruction carefully before applying.
  • To apply for the PhD programme, the candidates need to download the application form from the university's website.
  • Filled application along with self-attested copies of all documents including academic mark sheets and certificates and certificate of NET/GATE etc. should send to the Head of the Department and also e-mailed to the email IDs: and
  • Only complete applications will be considered for admissions, and incomplete applications will be rejected.
  • The applicant needs to submit a Statement of Purpose (SoP) of maximum 1000 words during the initial application.

Important dates

  • Closing date of submission of application: 28.08.2020 by 5.30 pm.
  • Intimation to qualified candidates for written examination via email: 29.08.2020.
  • Date of RET Exam (Written): 01.09.2020.
  • Declaration of Results of the RET (Written): 03.09.2020.
  • Date of RET Interview: 07.09.2020 (noon onwards).
  • Date of declaration of the names of successful candidates: will be announced in due course.

Contact details

University of Calcutta
RET-2020 (Online)
Department of Genetics,
University College of Science,
Taraknath Palit Siksha Prangan,
35, Ballygunge Circular Road,
Kolkata 700 019
Phone: 033 2219 2286
Information brochure and Application Form:

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