DBT BET JRF Examination: About the Exam


Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India provides fellowships to biotechnology students as AWARD OF DBT-JUNIOR RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP (DBT-JRF) IN BIOTECHNOLOGY by conducting national level Biotechnology Eligibility Test (BET). This is to encourage biotechnology students to pursue doctoral research in universities/research institutions across the country. The students are selected through Biotechnology Eligibility Test (BET) now being co-ordinated by the National Centre for Cell Sciences.

Applications will be invited, most probably by January or February every year from eligible Indian nationals for the award of “DBT-Junior Research Fellowship” (DBT-JRF) for pursuing research in frontier areas of Biotechnology and Applied Biology. JRFs will be selected according to merit under two categories:

Category I: Fellowships (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.

Fellowship will be co-terminus with the duration of project and institutional rules will be applicable. There will be no binding on PIs of DBT sponsored projects to select JRF/SRF for their projects from category II list. Selection in Category II will not entitle student for any fellowship from DBT-JRF programme.

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Students can also visit NCCS website for details: www.nccs.res.in/dbtjrf.html


Candidates can appear for BET examination only thrice during their career within the prescribed age limit. Candidates who have completed eligibility qualification in a year will be eligible to appear in that year and two subsequent years. For example, students who have passed after Jan.1, 2013 to students who appear for examination 2015 are eligible to apply. Students with M.Sc. / M.Tech / M.V.Sc. degree with Biotechnology in title of degree 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 examination. The applicants should be below the age of 28 years for Open category as on February 28 of the notification year.  Candidates with minimum 60% for general and OBC category (55% for SC/ST/PH) of the total marks (equivalent grade) are only eligible.

For further details and to apply online please visit the URL https://nccs.digialm.com

Online registration will start most probably by the end February of the notification year.

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 candidate’s responsibility and NCCS or DBT have no role in this.


Government of India guidelines for reservations will be followed for BET examination. Age relaxation of 5 years (up to 33 years) for SC /ST/PH and women candidates and 3 years (31 years) for OBC candidates will be given. The age limit will be as on 28th February of the notification year. SC/ST/PH candidates with 55% of the total marks (equivalent in grade) are eligible to apply.


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.


The candidates will be selected based on an online admission test, “Biotechnology Eligibility Test” (BET) to be conducted most probably by the last week of April of the notification year at 2.30 PM in twelve cities across India

Examination centers for online admission test: New Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Chennai, Pune, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Patna, Trivandrum & Ahmedabad.


Candidates should register and apply online in the prescribed application form available at the URL https://nccs.digialm.com starting on date mentioned on the official notification. All the details about the application process and the examination are available on the web site. The last date for submission of online application form will also indicated in the official notification. Stepwise procedure for filling the online application form, payment of application fees and uploading of required documents/certificates is given in the above said URL.


General/OBC candidates have to pay an application fee of Rs. 500/-

SC/ST/PH categories are exempted from payment of application fees.

The application fees is payable either online or offline as detailed on the web site for completion of application process. The application fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. No TA will be provided to any candidate for attending the examination.

Scanned copies of the following documents are required at the time of online application

Specification for scanning the documents is available on http://nccs.digialm.com  website.

1. Passport size photo

2. Signature

3. Date of birth proof (preferably SSC certificate)

4. Final mark sheet of the qualifying examination showing the cumulative percentageof marks or equivalent CGPA.

5. For students appearing in the final examination in 2015, filled and signed certificate in the format available at http://nccs.digialm.com website.

6. If the candidate belongs to SC/ST/PH/OBC category, they should scan suitable certificate issued by the competent authorities. OBC candidates should produce ‘Non-creamy layer certificate’ for availing the relaxation.

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