Joint Graduate Entrance Examination in Biology and Interdisciplinary Life Science (JGEEBILS)

Joint Graduate Entrance Examination in Biology and Interdisciplinary Life Sciences (JGEEBILS) It is that time of the year students prepare for all the entrance examination to join the undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Consolidation is the new trend in the entrance examinations. Institutions are moving towards the concept of one entrance examination per discipline to reduce the burden and stress that the student has to go through in preparing for the numerous entrance examinations for different institutions. IIT-JEE was the pioneer of this consolidation with a single examination for undergraduate engineering courses across different institutions. Other disciplines are following suit to have one single national level entrance examination for their disciplines.

Joint Graduate Entrance Examination in Biology and Interdisciplinary Life Sciences is one such consolidated for courses for biology and life sciences discipline in institutions across India. This examination began as an entrance examination for Department of Biological Sciences (DBS) and National Center for Biological Sciences (NCBS) – two institutions under the purview of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR). The exam has grown into one of the widely recognized entrance examinations in the country. At least 15 institutions are participating in the JGEEBILS examinations this year. Though all these institutions conduct admissions based on the marks obtained in the JGEEBILS examination, each of these institutions have their own admission process and candidates have to apply for the admissions separately.

The programs that will be filled under JGEEBILS at DBS and NCBS are PhD and integrated PhD at both the institutions, Master of Science (M.Sc.) by Research available at DBS and M.Sc. in Wildlife Biology and Conservation available at NCBS. To be eligible for the PhD programs the candidates should have completed Masters in Basic Sciences or Bachelors in Applied Sciences.

For Integrated PhD and M.Sc. by research, the candidates should have completed a Bachelor’s degree in any of the basic sciences.

For admission to M.Sc. Wildlife Biology and Conservation, the candidate should be an Indian National with a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline. The candidate must have scored at least 50% marks in the qualifying examination and should have a strong interest in the wildlife and conservation. Candidates with a graduate degree from Central, South and Southeast Asian countries can also apply for the course. Students who are appearing for the final examinations and are expected to graduate by July 2019 are also eligible to apply for these courses.

Candidates can apply for the examination online on the website of NCBS. Application fee can be paid either online with Debit / Credit card or offline by taking a DD and mailing it. The application fee for male candidates will be Rs.600 for online payment and Rs.650 is paid through Demand Draft. For the female candidates, the application fee is Rs.100. The application should be submitted both online and offline on or before October 12, 2018. This year the examination will be on 9th December 2018.



ACTREC: Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer, Mumbai (
Bose Institute: Bose Institute, Kolkata (
CCMB: Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad (
CDFD: Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, Hyderabad (
DBS-TIFR: Department of Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai (
IISER: Indian Institute of Science Education and Research at: Kolkata ( Pune (; Thiruvananthapuram (; Tirupati (
IMSc: Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai (
InStem: Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Bengaluru (
MAHE: Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal (Life Sciences) (
NBRC: National Brain Research Centre, Manesar (
NCBS: National Centre for Biological Sciences,Bengaluru (
NCCS: National Centre for Cell Science, Pune (
NII: National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi (
NISER: National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneswar (
RCB: Regional Centre for Biotechnology, Faridabad (
SINP: Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kokata (
TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences (TCIS), Hyderabad (

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