Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) Ph.D Program Admissions-January 2022 Session


Are you looking for admission to a Ph.D programme in Biotechnology? Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) has invited applications for admission to the PhD program for the January 2022 session in various areas of Disease Biology and Plant Science. Read this article to learn about the eligibility criteria, application and selection procedure etc.

Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology(RGCB) has called for applications from eligible candidates for admission in the Ph.D programme for the session starting from January 2022 vide its notification (Advt. No: RGCB/PhD/2021 – II). Highly motivated candidates can apply for the same.

Broad Research Areas

  • Disease Biology
  • Plant Sciences


Ph.D Program Fee

The students who will be selected for admission to the Ph.D programme will have to pay a laboratory fee. It can be paid to the University account directly by the student. Details of laboratory fee are as follows:
  • For the first eight semesters: Rs.5000 per semester
  • For every semester after eight semesters: Rs.10,000 per semester
Note: The candidates belonging to SC/ST/EWS categories are exempt from the tuition fees.

Eligibility Criteria

The candidates must have a post-graduate degree in Life Sciences or Agricultural Sciences or Environmental Sciences or Veterinary Sciences or Pharmaceutical Sciences or Medical Sciences or allied subjects such as Biochemistry/Biotechnology/Bioinformatics/Biophysics/Chemistry/ Microbiology, etc. They must have scored at least 55 % marks or equivalent grade point in the qualifying examination. There will be a relaxation of 5% of marks for the candidates who belong to SC/ST/Differently-abled categories. Thus, they will require 50% marks or an equivalent of grade point for admission. Besides, applicants must have a valid JRF Fellowship from any of the following agencies such as UGC/CSIR/ICMR/DBT/DST-INSPIRE/ or any other nationally-competitive fellowship. Fellowship must be for 5 years.

The upper age limit is set at 28 years (as of December 2021). However, SC/ST/Physically challenged candidates will be given age relaxation as per Government of India regulations.

Application Procedure

The desirous candidates must visit the official website of RGCB and check their eligibility before applying. The application for the Ph.D program must be submitted online only. The application can be submitted in the following steps:

Registration: First, the candidates must register themselves on the "Online Application Portal." For this purpose, they will need a valid and functional email ID. Registered email ID will be used for all future correspondence and will not be changed once registered on the portal.

Application Form Fill-up: After registration, the candidates must log in on the "Online Application Portal" using login credentials (email and password) and proceed to fill Application Form for the PhD Admission 2021 - II. Now, the candidates will have to fill in all the required details.

Application Fee Submission: After filling the application form, an application fee of Rs.500 is to be paid online by the candidate. Online payment is to be done through 'SB Collect' of the State Bank of India. Link for the SBI Collect online payment will appear in the 'Payment Stage' of the Application Form. After fee submission, a 'Reference Number' will be generated. The candidates must note this number carefully and fill in the online application form.

Final form submission: After the successful fee payment, the candidates will reach the last stage of the application form and finally submit an application form to complete the application process. The candidates belonging to SC/ST/EWS categories are exempted from the application processing fee can submit the application form directly. A confirmation page will be generated upon successful submission of the application form. The candidates must download this computer-generated application page and store it safely for future use.

Important Note: The candidates must fill in each information very carefully and check twice before final submission as there will be no edit option for modifications/alterations of details in the application form later.

Documents to be Uploaded

The candidates must scan the below-mentioned documents before filling the application form and keep them ready as separate files. Documents must be scanned carefully so that the uploaded files are legible and readable. Applications received with illegible documents will not be considered. Following documents are to be uploaded during the 'On-line Application' process:
  1. Recent photograph-passport size (File Type: jpeg/jpg/png/gif; Max. File Size: 60 KB (Minimum size: 240 * 320 pixels)
  2. Certificate/document for Age Proof (File Type: jpeg/jpg/png/gif; Max. File Size: 200 KB)
  3. Marksheets /Transcripts of Qualifying exams (File Type: .zip/.rar; Max. File Size: 1 MB) (The candidates who are awaiting results of the final semester may upload the mark sheets of the first three semesters)
  4. Degree Certificates of Qualifying exams (File Type: .zip/.rar; Max. File Size: 1 MB)
  5. Qualified CSIR/UGC/ICMR/DBT/KCSTE/DST-INSPIRE/other Fellowship Certificate (File Type: .zip/.rar; Max. File Size: 1 MB)
  6. A brief write-up (Maximum 300 words) describing the research interest in their handwriting (File Type: .zip/.rar; Max. File Size: 1 MB)
  7. Community/Caste Certificate, in case of to OBC/SC/ST/Economically Backward candidates (File Type: jpeg/jpg/png/gif; Max. File Size: 200 KB)
  8. Person with Disability (PwD) Certificate (If applicable) (File Type: jpeg/jpg/png/gif; Max. File Size: 200 KB)
  9. NOC Certificate (if applicable) (File Type: jpeg/jpg/png/gif; Max. File Size: 200 KB)


Selection Procedure

Selection of the candidates will be done based on their academic performance and performance in the national level tests. For the selection of the students for admission in Ph.D programmes, online interviews will be conducted. Guidelines for attending online interviews will be provided to shortlisted candidates only. The names/list of the shortlisted candidates will be displayed on the institute's website. The candidates must check the RGCB website regularly for updates.

Important Dates

Official Advertisement in News Papers and websites: November 15, 2021 (Monday)
Commencement of Online Registration: November 15, 2021 (Monday)
Closing Date of Application Submission: December 10, 2021 (Friday)
Declaration of the list of Shortlisted Candidates: December 17, 2021 (Friday)
Date of online interview: December 23-24, 2021 (Thursday & Friday)
Publication of the list of selected candidates on the Institute's website: December 24, 2021 (Friday)
Date of remittance of fees: On or before January 03, 2022 (Monday)
Document Verification of Selected Candidates: January 14, 2021 (Friday)
Commencement of Ph.D Course work: January 17, 2021 (Monday)

Contact Details

Academic related queries
  • Dr. K. Santosh Kumar
    Senior Consultant, Academic Affairs
    Phone: 0471-2529-655
    Email: phd.admn@rgcb.res.in, oaa@rgcb.res.in
  • Beena Nair L
    Academic Assistant
    Phone: 0471-2529-653
    Email: phd.admn@rgcb.res.in, oaa@rgcb.res.in

Technical related queries
  • Lekshmi R
    Information Technology(IT)
    Phone: 0471-2529-470
    Email: lekshmir@rgcb.res.in
  • Ramya Rajan
    Information Technology(IT)
    Email: ramyarajan@rgcb.res.in


Institute Address

Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB),
Thycaud Post, Poojappura, Trivandrum - 695014
Kerala, India
Phone: +91-471-2529400 | 2347975 | 2348753
Fax: +91-471-2348096
Email: webmaster@rgcb.res.in
Official Website: https://rgcb.res.in/
Official Notification: https://rgcb.res.in/phdadmission2021B/
Online Registration Portal: https://rgcb.res.in/phdadmission2021B/phd-create.php


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