Advt No: RGCB/PhD/2023-II November 2023

Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) invites application for admission to the PhD program (January 2024 session) in various domains of disease biology, neurobiology, bioinformatics and plant science.

Scientist's Project Vacancies


January 04, 2024 Last date of application
Second week of January 2024 Date of publication of the list of shortlisted candidates
Third week of January 2024 (we will publish a separate list for the result awaited students) Date of interview
Fourth week of January 2024 (we will publish a separate date for the result awaited students after submitting proof of fellowship) Date of joining PhD program

1. Eligibility for PhD admission

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 60% marks in aggregate or equivalent grade 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 foreign educational institution accredited by an assessment and accreditation agency which is approved, recognized or authorized by an authority, established or incorporated under a law in its home country or any other statutory authority in that country which assess, accredit or assure quality and standard of the educational institutions are eligible to apply.

A relaxation of 5% of marks (from 60% to 55%), or an equivalent relaxation of grade point, may be allowed for those candidates belonging to the SC, ST and differently abled candidates.

The candidate should have a valid JRF (UGC/ CSIR/ ICMR/ DBT/ DST-INSPIRE or any other nationally-competitive fellowship) for a period of 5 years offered by the Government. Students who appeared for any of the National Level Fellowship examinations and are waiting for the results can also apply. Application will be processed only if they produce a valid document proving the award of the fellowship within ten days after declaring the results. Upper age limit is 26 years as on January 01, 2024. Age limit will be relaxed for SC, ST and differently abled candidates as per Government of India regulations.

RGCB PhD program is affiliated to the Regional Centre for Biotechnology (RCB) an "Institution of National Importance" providing education, training and research established by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) invites application for admission to the PhD program (January 2024 session) in various domains of disease biology, neurobiology, bioinformatics and plant science.India under the auspices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The selected candidates will register for the PhD program with RCB and should follow the guidelines issued by RCB and RGCB for the award of PhD degree.

2. Selection Procedure

Candidates with valid JRF will be shortlisted based on overall academic performance. Final selection is based upon the performance of the student in the interview held at RGCB main campus Poojappura. PhD interviews will be held offline. The guidelines for interview will be provided to all the shortlisted candidates. List of the selected candidates will be displayed on RGCB website

3. Application Procedure:

  1. Only online applications will be accepted.
  2. Application Fee (₹ 500) must be paid online using 'SB Collect' of State Bank of India through the URL given in the Payment Stage. SC/ ST/ EWS/ differently abled candidates are exempted from paying the processing fees.
  3. Last date for receiving completed applications is January 04, 2024. Incomplete applications or those without processing fees will be rejected.

4. Fees for PhD Programme

Students admitted for PhD programme will have to pay an administrative fee of ₹5000 per semester for the first ten semesters and ₹10,000 for every semester after

All the students have to pay the RCB administrative fees.


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