ICMR holds a national level examination for determining the eligibility of Indian National candidates for the award of Junior Research Fellowships (JRF) through Indian Council of Medical Research. The award of Junior Research Fellowship to the successful eligible candidates will depend on their finding placement in a medical college / hospital / university / national laboratory / institution of higher learning and research as applicable. ICMR conducts a national level examination once in a year for the award of JRF fellowships in the month of July for admission to various Ph.D. and Research programs.

Total number of Seats: Every year ICMR awards about 120 fellowships in the field of Life Sciences.


Eligibility Criteria:

1). An aspiring candidate should have a M.Sc. or equivalent degree with minimum 55% marks for General/OBC candidates and 50% for the SC/ST & physically handicapped candidates in any of the following subjects: Microbiology, physiology, molecular biology, genetics, human nutrition, human biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, biophysics, immunology, pharmacology, zoology, environmental sciences, botany, veterinary science and bio-informatics. .
2). A candidate who is appearing for the final year exam (IV/VI, whichever is applicable and final year where semester system is not there) of M.Sc. can also apply for the test as result awaited category. However, Such candidates will have to submit the attestation format (given in the end of application) duly Certified by the Head of the Department/ Institute.
3). The age limit for admission to the eligibility test is 28 years (upper age limit relaxable upto 5 years in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST, physically handicapped (PH) and female candidates, 3 years in the case of OBC category.

Pattern of exam:

The test will consist of one paper of 2 hours duration. The paper will consist of 2 Sections.
1).The Aptitude Section (Section A) will have 50 questions pertaining to:
(i) scientific phenomenon in everyday life
(ii) general knowledge in sciences
(iii) common statistics.
All these questions would be compulsory with each question carrying 1 mark.

2). The subject Specific Section B would pertain to Life Sciences:
Life Science section would have 100 questions and the candidate may attempt any 75 questions in the predesigned area of interest. Each question carries one mark. Negative marking @ 0.25 will be made for each of the wrong answer. The questions in both the sections would appear in English only. The final result will be based on aggregate of 55 % marks obtained in both the sections for General category and OBC and 50% for SC/ST and physically handicapped.

Benefits of Qualifying ICMR JRF exam:

The candidates who qualify the ICMR JRF exam will be entitled to a monthly fellowship. The existing value of the fellowship is at present Rs. 25000/- (Rupees Twenty Five thousand only) Per month and an annual contingency grant up to Rs. 20,000/- per annum. The local institution shall review the performance of JRF after two years through an appropriate Review Committee constituted by the Head of the institution


Exam Notification: March each year
Last date of application: Tentatively last week of April
Exam date: July every year


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 candidates 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

Our programme for ICMR/DBT JRF

Regular classroom programme (GA1)

The regular classroom program of Genesis are tailor made capsule program designed for CSIR JRF, Integrated M..Sc. integrated and Ph.D. entrance exams. The program lasts about 5 months and gives a comprehensive coverage of Paper ‘A’,‘B’ & ‘C’ of CSIR new pattern along with test series

(GA1 course duration: 5 months)

Classes on weekdays except public holidays. (4-6 hours daily)
Target group: M.Sc/M.Tech degree qualified students

Start dates of our program

Winter session (for exam held in July) – July to August

Weekend classroom programme (GA2)

The weekend classroom program of Genesis are tailor made capsule program designed for CSIR JRF, Integrated M.Sc integrated and Ph.D entrance exams for students who are still in their degree program. The program lasts about 8-9 months and gives a comprehensive coverage of Paper ‘A’,‘B’ & ‘C’ of CSIR new pattern along with test series.

(GA2 course duration: 8-9 months

Classes on weekdays except public holidays. (4-6 hours daily)
Target group: M.Sc/M.Tech students in their final year.

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