Students are requested to read the FAQs before applying for the
MSc Biotechnology program at RGCB, Trivandrum.
What are the specializations available for MSc Biotechnology at
Students are trained in various disciplines of core sciences in the
first year. In the second year they will be offered three
specializations: (i) Disease Biology (ii) Molecular Plant Sciences
(iii) Molecular Diagnostics and DNA Profiling. Please refer to the
website for the detailed syllabus of each specialization.
Who awards the MSc degree?
The degree will be awarded by Regional Centre for Biotechnology, an
institution for education, training and research, set up by the Govt.
of India through the Department of Biotechnology under the auspices of
UNESCO, Paris. The centre is an autonomous body under a statute of
parliament as an institution of national/ international importance for
biotechnology, education, research and training. It therefore fulfils
all UGC prescribed norms.
How many seats are available for the admission to the program
There are 40 seats available for the MSc in Biotechnology program.
Is there an application fee?
There is a non-refundable application fee of Rs.2,000/- for
candidates applying under General category and Rs.700/- for EWS, and
OBC-NCL categories, Persons with Disabilities and candidates under
Can I pay application fees by Cash/DD/Cheque?
No. All payments will be accepted only through secure payment
gateway on our application portal.
Will I get a specialization of my choice?
Students will be allowed to select any specializations at the time
of application. But final allotment will be done based on their
qualifying marks in the entrance examination and availability of seats.
I have submitted my application. I want to change some
information in my application. What should I do?
Once you have submitted your application, no information contained
in the application form can be changed.
What is the mode of the RGCB entrance test 2019?
The RGCB entrance test 2019 will be conducted in the computer-based
What is the syllabus for the RGCB entrance test?
The exam will be of multiple choice type and will consist of two
parts- Part A (30 questions) and Part B (100 questions). All questions
in Part A is compulsory and will include current general knowledge,
analytical ability, and reasoning. Part B will include questions from
BSc level life sciences, chemistry, and basic level mathematics and
physics. Students can answer any 70 of the 100 questions. There will be
one mark for every correct answer and negative 1/4 mark for every wrong
answer. Duration of the test will be three hours.
Where is the RGCB entrance test conducted?
It will be conducted in various cities across India. Choices for
preferred cities where the candidate wishes to write the aptitude test
have to be indicated while completing the online application form. The
hall ticket will have the allotted centre details printed. If the
examination cannot be conducted in any of the centres due to unforeseen
reasons, the candidate would be allotted an alternate centre, and such
information will be communicated in due time.
Where/When do I get the hall ticket for the RGCB entrance test?
The hall ticket will be available on the website a few days before
RGCB entrance test. The candidate can download their hall ticket after
logging into their account in the application portal.
Does reservation policy apply for admission?
Yes. SC -15%, ST - 7.5%, OBC-NCL - 27%. PwD - 5% and EWS
(supernumerary), - up to 10% (as per Government of India rules).
Is there any financial support for students admitted to RGCB?
RGCB MSc students will receive a stipend of Rupees 6000 per month
for the first year and Rupees 8000 for the second year of the MSc
What are the requirements for admission?
A Student should check if he/she meets the eligibility criteria for
the course he/she wishes to pursue and submit Xerox copies
(photocopies) of all certificates for verification. The candidate
should pay the deposits and first semester fees by DD,Online/Credit
Card/Net Banking on the day of admission.Payments in the form of DD
will be accepted in favour of The Director, RGCB
Trivandrum payable at Trivandrum.
My last semester results have not yet been declared. Will I be
considered for admission?
Students in the final year of their qualifying degree program are
also eligible to apply provided that they produce a proof of having
secured the required marks in their undergraduate degree program at the
time of admission.
What is the basis for an admission decision?
Admission decisions for Master Degree Programmes are based on merit
list provided the candidate meets the eligibility condition as
mentioned in the brochures in terms of qualifying aggregate
percentage/marks/grades in any Bachelor Degree any University.
Will RGCB provide housing / hostel accommodation?
RGCB provides three bedded hostel accommodation with all standard
civic amenities and common cooking and laundry areas. You should submit
your request as soon as possible, because requests are processed on a
first-come, first-serve basis, and rooms fill up quickly.
How do I arrange for a campus visit?
Fifteen-minute tours of campus, leaving from the Admission Centre,
are available on the day of Admission. Prior request/appointment for
campus visit is mandatory. Before making your travel arrangements you
should take a prior appointment from the Admissions centre for us to
How shall I find out if I am admitted?
You will receive a letter from the RGCB Office of Academic Affairs
(OAA). Please note that official decisions are sent by E mail only.
Details about housing / accommodation / hostel, orientation and the
steps you need to take in order to prepare for your studies will be
enclosed with your Admission Information Letter.
What are the timings of RGCB for admissions?
RGCB admissions will remain open between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (IST), on
the day of counseling informed to you. Original certificates are to be
produced for verification during the admission process and photocopies
should be submitted. Please report at the MR Das Hall in the RGCB main
campus on the day specified in the letter.
Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB), Thycaud Post,
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