Registration Re-open for DBT JRF - Biotechnology Eligibility Test

Are you looking for a fellowship to join the PhD programme? DBT JRF has extended the date of Biotechnology Eligibility Test-2020 and application portal is open now. The candidates now can register themselves for the exam. To check the details of the application, eligibility, application procedure, selection procedure and last date etc read this article.


Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India is going to conduct Biotechnology Eligibility Test (BET) for the award of "DBT-Junior Research Fellowship" (DBT-JRF) to the candidates who wish to pursue a PhD in Biotechnology and Life Sciences. DBT is inviting applications for the registration in Biotechnology Eligibility Test (BET) exam.

The Benefit of the Award

In BET exam, candidates are selected in two categories (Category I & Category II) based on their performance in the exam. A merit list will be prepared for both these categories.

The candidates who will be selected in Category I can register themselves in the PhD programme at any Indian University or Institute and avail the fellowship.

On the other hand, the candidates selected under Category II will be eligible to apply for any DBT sponsored project through the institutional selection procedure. These candidates can avail the fellowship from the project in which they will be appointed. However, DBT-JRF will not provide any fellowship to these candidates.

After qualifying for the DBT-BET (category-I) exam, candidates will become entitled to get a fellowship on joining a PhD programme. He/she can register and join the PhD programme in any recognised university/Institute within the 2 years from issuance of award letter. Eligible short-listed candidates, who will be called for document verification, will be issued fellowship award letters.

Please note that DBT will not be responsible for registration or admission of the candidates for PhD programmes in any institute.

Eligibility Requirements

Educational Qualification:
  1. The candidates applying for DBT-JRF BET-2020 must possess M.Sc. or M.Tech. in Bioinformatics/ Computational Biology or other relevant subject or M.Sc. Life Science/ Bioscience/ Zoology/ Botany/ Microbiology/ Biochemistry/ Biophysics and Masters in Allied areas of Biology/Life Sciences or M.V.Sc. or Integrated BS-MS or BE or B.Tech. in any discipline of Biotechnology, or any equivalent degree.
  2. |li>Those who are appearing in the final year examination of qualifying degree can also apply.
  3. Students who are enrolled in DBT supported Postgraduate Teaching Programs are also eligible for BET-2020.
  4. The candidates must have at least 60% marks in qualifying degree for General EWS and OBC category candidates, while candidates belonging to the SC, ST, Differently abled category will require 55% marks in qualifying degree.
  5. Only Indian Nationals can apply for this fellowship.

Age Limit: For General & EWS category, the maximum age limit is 28 years (as on the closing date of submission). However, for SC/ ST/ Differently Abled/ women candidates there will be an age relaxation of up to 5 years i.e. maximum 33 years and up to 3 years (31 years) for Non-Creamy Layer OBC (NCL-OBC) candidates.

Selection Method

Selection of the candidates will be selected on a computer-based, "Biotechnology Eligibility Test (BET)". There will be several options for exam centres in the application form, out of which the candidates will have to choose three options as per their choice.

Candidates will be allotted exam centre from their opted centres, however, sometimes or because of administrative reasons a different centre or city may be allotted.

There will not be any provision of TA/DA for attending the test.

How to Apply

  • The candidates must visit the official notification on the official website of DBT-JRF BET and check their eligibility before applying.
  • Candidates are advised to use the Internet Explorer (version 11 and above) or Mozilla Firefox (version 50 and above) or Google Chrome (version 52 and above) to fill in the Application Form.
  • The candidates must create an account by filling the required details like Name, Date of Birth, Email and Mobile number and click on the submission option. Upon submission of registration form User ID (application sequence no.) and password will be received on the registered email and mobile number.
  • Now, the candidate can log in to the web portal to fill the online application form by using the User ID and password received on email and mobile number.
  • Now fill the required details and uploaded the required documents/certificates.
  • Pay the application fee online and submit the application form.
  • Asterisk (*) marked fields are mandatory.

Note: Those who have already registered themselves for BET 2020, need not apply again.

Application Fee

After application submission, the candidate belonging to the General/OBC/EWS categories will have to pay an application fee of Rs.1000/-, while he candidates those belonging to SC/ ST/ Differently-abled categories will have to pay Rs 250/-. The application fee is non-refundable and non-transferable and will not be refunded in any case.

Important Dates

    Applications Registration Re-open: August 20, 2020
  • Applications Registration closes on: August 30, 2020
  • Edit Window Opens: 03-05 September 2020
  • BET 2020 Exam Rescheduled Date: Oct 3, 2020
  • Display of question paper and answer key on the website: To be announced later.
  • Last date of accepting representation of any discrepancy in Question paper & Answer key: To be announced later.
  • Declaration of BET 2020 Result: To be announced later.

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