Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology Ph.D. admissions May session 2023


Are you searching for official notification from the Rajiv Gandhi Center for Biotechnology for admission to Ph.D. programs? This article provides complete information on the entrance exam and other procedures for the RGCB program 2023

About Institute

Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) is a national institute located in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The institute achieved national and international recognition with leading discoveries and findings in medical and plant biotechnology. The institute also got honors for being among the top Ph.D. schools in biotechnology. Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) invites applications for admission to the Ph.D. program (May 2023 session) in various domains of disease biology and plant science.

Major research Areas

  • Disease Biology

  • Plant Sciences

  • Ph.D. Program Fee

    The students who will be selected for admission to the Ph.D. program will have to pay a laboratory fee. It can be paid to the University account directly by the student. Details of laboratory fees are as follows:
    For the first ten semesters: Rs.5000 per semester
    For every semester after ten 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 Environmental Sciences Veterinary Sciences Pharmaceutical Sciences Medical Sciences or allied subjects such as Biochemistry /Biotechnology/Bioinformatics/Biophysics/Chemistry/ Microbiology, etc. They must have scored at least 60 % marks or equivalent grade points 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 55% marks or an equivalent 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. The fellowship must be for 5 years.

    The upper age limit is 26 years as on May 2023. However, SC/ST/Physically challenged candidates will be given age relaxation as per Government of India regulations.

    How to apply

    The desirous candidates must visit the official website of RGCB and check their eligibility before applying. The application form is available on the website. To fill application online, the candidates will have to register themselves and generate a username and password. For this purpose, a registered mobile number and email ID will be required. The application is to be submitted online only and no need to submit a hard copy. It is suggested to take a printout of the computer-generated filled application form and keep it safe for future records.

    Application Fee

    The completed application form must be accompanied by the prescribed application fee of Rs.500/- (non-refundable) and paid at the time of submission of the online form. Application Fee must be paid online using 'SB Collect' of State Bank of India through the URL given in the Payment Stage of the online application. SC/ST/EWS candidates are exempted from paying the processing fees.

    Documents to be Uploaded

    The candidates must scan the below-mentioned documents before filling out the application form and keep them ready as separate files. Documents must be scanned carefully so that the uploaded files are readable. The following documents are to be uploaded during the online application process:

  • Recent photograph-passport size (File Type: jpeg/jpg/png/gif; Max. File Size: 60 KB (Minimum size: 240 * 320 pixels)

  • Certificate/document for Age Proof (File Type: jpeg/jpg/png/gif; Max. File Size: 200 KB)

  • 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)

  • Degree Certificates of Qualifying exams (File Type: .zip/.rar; Max. File Size: 1 MB)

  • Qualified CSIR/UGC/ICMR/DBT/KCSTE/DST-INSPIRE/other Fellowship Certificate (File Type: .zip/.rar; Max. File Size: 1 MB)

  • A brief write-up (Maximum 300 words) describing the research interest in their handwriting (File Type: .zip/.rar; Max. File Size: 1 MB)

  • Community/Caste Certificate, in case of OBC/SC/ST/Economically Backward candidates (File Type: jpeg/jpg/png/gif; Max. File Size: 200 KB)

  • Person with Disability (PwD) Certificate (If applicable) (File Type: jpeg/jpg/png/gif; Max. File Size: 200 KB)

  • 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 to Ph.D. programs, 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

    Starting date of online application: May 1, 2023
    Last date to apply: June 15, 2023
    Date of online interview: First/ Second week of July 2023
    Date of joining the Ph.D. program: Last week of July 2023
    Date of commencement of Ph.D. Course Work: August 01, 2023

    Contact Information

    Department of Biotechnology,
    Ministry of Science and Technology
    Thycaud Po, Poojappura,
    Thiruvananthapuram - 695 014
    India, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
    Email: webmaster@rgcb.res.in
    Official Website: https://rgcb.res.in/
    Official Notification: https://rgcb.res.in/phdadmission2023B/
    Online Registration Portal: https://rgcb.res.in/phdadmission2023B/phd-create.php


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