Advt No: RGCB/PhD/2022-II

Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) invites application for admission to the PhD program (November 2022 session) in various domains of disease biology and plant science.


30th November 2022 Wednesday @ 5.30 PM Last date of application.
First week of December Publication of the list of shortlisted candidates.
Second/Third weeks of December 2022 Online interview.
Second week of January 2023 Joining RGCB PhD program.
Second week of January 2023 Commencement of RGCB PhD Course Work.

Eligibility for PhD admission

  1. Candidates with a post-graduate degree in Life/ Agricultural/ Environmental/ Veterinary/ Pharmaceutical/ Medical Sciences or allied subjects (Biochemistry/ Biotechnology/ Bioinformatics/ Biophysics/ Chemistry/ Microbiology, etc.) with a minimum of 55% marks in aggregate or equivalent grade B in the UGC 10 point scale (or an equivalent grade in a point scale where ever grade system is followed) or an equivalent from a forgin educational institution accredited by an assessment sand accreditation agency which is approved, recognized or authorized by an authority, establish or incorporated under a law in its home country or any other statutory authority in that country to assess accredit or assure quality and slandered of educational institution are eligible to apply.
  2. A relaxation of 5% of marks, from 55% to 50%, or an equivalent relaxation of grade point, may be allowed for those belonging to SC/ST/Differently abled candidates.
  3. Only candidates who have completed their qualifying degree in all respects will be considered.
  4. Applicants must have a valid JRF Fellowship (UGC/CSIR/ICMR/DBT/DST-INSPIRE/or any other nationally-competitive fellowship offered by the Government having a valid fellowship for a period of 5 years
  5. Upper age limit is 26 years as on December, 2022 . Age limit will be relaxed for SC/ST/Physically challenged candidates as per Government of India regulations.
  6. RGCB is currently affiliated to the University of Kerala, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Regional Centre for Biotechnology and Kerala University of Health Sciences (KUHS). Registration of the selected candidates will be as per the guidelines issued by these Universities for the award of PhD degrees.

Selection Procedure

  1. Candidates will be shortlisted based on the academic performance and performance in the national level tests. PhD interviews may be held online. Guidelines for interview will be provided to candidates shortlisted for the interview. The list of selected candidates will be displayed on RGCB website.

Application Procedure

  1. Only online applications will be accepted.
  2. Application Fee (Rs.500) must be paid online using 'SB Collect' of State Bank of India through the URL given in the Payment Stage (While making payment through 'SB collect', please select State of Corporate / Institution as Kerala and Type of Corporate / Institution as Govt Department.). SC/ST/EWS candidates are exempted from paying the processing fees.
  3. Last date for receiving completed applications is 30 November 2022. Incomplete applications or those without processing fees will be rejected.

Fees for PhD Programme

  1. The students admitted for PhD programme will have to pay a laboratory fee of Rs. 5000 per semester for the first ten semesters and Rupees 10,000 for every semester after.
  2. SC/ST/EWS candidates are exempt from these tuition fees.
  3. University fees will have to be paid directly to the University directly by the student.


  1. All communication with candidates will be by email only..
  2. Kindly check this website for periodic updates.
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