1. CSIR NET 2. Biotechnology Entrance Exam 3. GATE 4. BARC OCES/DGFS 5. Correspondence



Govt. of India, Ministry of Science and Technology, Dept. of Biotechnology in Co-ordination with National Centre for Cell Science, Pune), provides DBT-Junior Research Fellowship (DBT-JRF) for Indian nationals for pursuing research in frontier areas of Biotechnology and Applied Biology. The program for the award of DBT JRF fellowship was initially started from 2004 by Dept. of Biotechnology in coordination with University of Pune for pursuing higher order research in Biotechnology.
Total number of Seats: Every year JRFs will be selected according to merit under two categories: Category I & II.

Category I fellowship (Top 275 in number) are tenable in any University/Institute in India where the students can register for Ph.D.
Category II students (100 in number) will be eligible to join any DBT sponsored Project and avail fellowship equivalent to NET/GATE qualifications as per DST Guidelines, subject to selection through institutional selection process. These fellowships are tenable exclusively at the 69 DBT-supported Teaching Centres/Departments running DBT-supported masters programme, and 8 DBT Institutes, where the students can register for Ph.D.

Eligibility Criteria:

1). Candidates should appear for BET examination and only for three attempts during their career within the prescribed age limit. Candidates who have completed eligibility qualification in a year will be eligible to appear for BET examination in that year and two subsequent years.
2). Students with M.Sc/M.Tech/M.V.Sc degree with Biotechnology as the main subject e.g. Biotechnology, specialization such as Agricultural, Animal/Veterinary, Medical, Marine, Industrial, Environmental, Pharmaceutical, Food, Bio-resources Biotechnology, Biochemical Engineering, Bio-sciences and Biotechnology, Bioinformatics and M.Sc Molecular & Human Genetics and M.Sc Neuroscience as well as B.Tech / B.E in Biotechnology (4-year course after 10+2) recognized by UGC/AICTE are eligible for this exam.
3). Candidates with minimum 60% for general and OBC category and SC/ST/PH candidates with 55% of the total marks (equivalent grade) are only eligible.
4). Age Limit: The applicants should be below the age of 28 years for open category as on 28th February. Age relaxation of 5 years (up to 33 years) for SC/ST/PH and women candidates and 3 years (31st years) for OBC candidates will be given .
DBT-BET (category I) entitles a candidate for fellowship subject to Ph.D registration of the candidate in a recognized university or Institute in the country within 2 years. At present, very few institutes or universities allow B.Tech students to register for Ph.D. directly. Registration for Ph.D is candidate’s responsibility and NCCS or DBT have no role in this.

Pattern of exam:

The candidates will be selected based on an online admission test, “Biotechnology Eligibility Test” (BET) to be conducted in the following twelve cities: New Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Chennai, Pune, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Patna, Trivandrum & Ahmedabad.

Number and names of sections in Question paper:

Section A: Core Courses- 50 questions. (Compulsory) - (150 marks)
Section B: Specialization courses- 200 questions of which answer any 50 - (150 Marks)
(Number of Questions Total -100, Marks per question 3, Total Marks = 300)
Negative marking: 1 mark for each wrong answer.

Benefits of Qualifying ICMR JRF exam:

The fellowship will be initially for a period of 3 years extendable for 2 more years based on performance. By the end of 2nd year, the performance of JRF will be assessed and will be upgraded to SRF. The fellowship for JRF/SRF will be @ Rs. 25,000/- or 28,000/- per month + HRA as per DST guidelines and research contingency of Rs. 30,000/- per year.


Last date of applying online and printing of completed application - 2nd week of March
Date of Entrance Test - April