National Institute of Plant Genome Research (NIPGR) New Delhi PhD Admissions

Do you want to research plant genomics or plant biology? National Institute of Plant Genome Research, Delhi has released an official notification and invited applications from the eligible candidates for admission in PhD programme session 2021-22. Please read this article to know the programme's details, eligibility, application procedure and other details.

About the Institute

National Institute of Plant Genome Research, New Delhi, is supported by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India. It is an autonomous research institute that researches in various areas of plant biology. Institute conducts short-term and long-term training programmes in plant genomics and related areas. Institute invites applications for PhD programme every year. The candidates who will be enrolled in the PhD programme at NIPGR, New Delhi, will receive a degree from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. National Institute of Plant Genome Research (NIPGR) has invited online applications from eligible and inspired candidates who are from a life sciences background for admission in the PhD programme session 2021-2022.

Research Areas Available at NIPGR

Students will conduct advanced research in the following areas of Plant Biology:
  • Computational Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Genome Analysis and Molecular Mapping
  • Genome Editing
  • Molecular Breeding for Crop Improvement
  • Molecular Mechanism of Abiotic Stress Responses
  • Nutritional Genomics
  • Plant-Microbe/Insect Interactions and Plant Immunity
  • Other emerging areas of plant genomics

Programme Details

The highly qualified candidates will be selected from the large number of applicants based on the national level competition and interview. Selected students will have to complete six-month PhD coursework followed by research work on Plant Biology.

Intake Capacity: There are 25 seats. Out of these, 15 seats are for General Category students, 06 seats are reserved for Other Backward Category (OBC) students, 03 seats for Scheduled Caste (SC) and 01 for Scheduled Tribe (ST) students.

Reservation Policy: There will be reservations for the reserved category students as per norms of the Government of India.

Hostel Facility: Institute offers hostel accommodation to selected candidates which is subject to availability.

Eligibility Criteria

  • For admission at NIPGR, the candidates must have completed MSc or equivalent degree or will complete MSc or equivalent degree by October 31, 2021.
  • They must have a master's degree in Life Sciences or any related disciplines and secured at least 55% marks. There will be given a relaxation of 5% of marks to the SC/ST/OBC (non-creamy layer)/Differently abled and other categories of candidates, or for those who had obtained their Master's degree before 19th September 1991. They must have obtained a minimum of 50% or an equivalent grade in the qualifying examination.
  • They must have qualified for any national level exam such as CSIR-UGC NET /DBT-JRF (selected through BET/BINC)/ICMR NET-JRF (Fellowship valid at least up to December 31, 2021), DST-INSPIRE.

How to Apply

Desirous candidates who want to get admission in the PhD programme of NIPGR must visit the official website of NIPGR, New Delhi and check the eligibility before applying. The application form is to fill in through online mode only. The hard copy of the application form will not be considered. First, the candidates must register on the online application portal (link provided in this article). After registration, the candidate must log in to the portal using login credentials and fill the online application form. After filling the complete application, required documents are to be uploaded and the application form is to be submitted along with the application fee details. Upon uploading documents and submission of application form a "Form Preview" option will appear on the screen. Candidates must save/print the application form for future reference.

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of Rs.300/- for General Category students and Rs.100/- for SC/ST category students are to be paid by the applicants along with the application form through "SBI Collect". For relaxation in the application fee, the caste certificate issued by the Union/ Central Government is to be enclosed with the application form.

Required Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents are to be uploaded along with the application form:
  1. Latest Photograph (Size: less than 50 KB)
  2. Signature (Size: less than 50 KB)
  3. Age Proof (Size: less than 100 KB)
  4. Relevant Educational Qualifications (Size: less than 100 KB)
  5. Category Certificate issued by the Union/Central Government only, In case of EWS/SC/ST/OBC. (Size: less than 100 KB)
  6. Fellowship Award Letter/Proof of appearing in National Level Test/Admit Card (Size: less than 100 KB)
  7. Payment Confirmation Slip (Size: less than 100 KB)

Selection Procedure

Selection to the PhD programme will be made based on the merit prepared based on performance in the entrance test and/or interview/viva-voce. Only selected students will be called for interview/viva-voce. An entrance test and/or interview will be held at the institute. All the travel costs incurred to attend the interview will have to be borne by the candidates. Institute will not provide any travel expenses for attending the entrance test and/or interview. A list of finally selected candidates will be prepared and displayed on the institute's website. The candidates must check the institute website regularly for updates.

Important Dates

Commencement of Submission of Online Application: July 19, 2021 from 10.00 AM onwards
Last Date of Submission of Application Fee Online: August 08, 2021 till 05: 30 PM
Closing Date of Submission of Online Application: August 09, 2021 till 05.30 PM
Date of Interview/Viva-voce: August 26 & 27, 2021 from 09.30 AM onwards

Contact Information

National Institute of Plant Genome Research
Aruna Asaf Ali Marg,
P.O. Box No. 10531
New Delhi - 110 067, India
Phone: 91-11-26735157, 26735143, 91-11-26741612, 14, 17
Fax: 91-11-26741658
Official website:
Online Registration Link:

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