Advt No: RGCB/PhD/2024-II May 2024

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

Project Vacancies available for RGCB Ph.D program, August 2024


June 26, 2024 Last date of application
First week of July 2024 Date of publication of the list of shortlisted candidates
Second and third week of July 2024 Date of interview
August 01, 2024 Date of joining PhD program

1. Eligibility for PhD admission

Candidates with a postgraduate 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 wherever 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 in 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. Upper age limit is 26 years as on the application deadline. . Age limit will be relaxed for SC/ST/ and differently abled candidates.

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 only. The guidelines for interview will be provided to all the shortlisted candidates. List of the selected candidates will be displayed on RGCB website in the first week of July 2024

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 June 26, 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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