Options & Procedure for a NON-GATE, B.Tech students with low CGPA to apply for M.Tech Biotech & Allied programs !

This query was recently asked by one of our students and Our GATE specialist took out time to write down a detailed article on this. We hope that it benefits you.

Answer: First of all I am happy to know that you are planning to pursue your masters in Engineering studies. Answer to this query in short is yes, you can apply for M.Tech program with a Low CGPA. For the procedure of how to go about please keep reading further.

A non gate student has several options to apply for various M.Tech programs in Biotechnology and allied fields. So please don’t lose hope and apply to the options available right away. Below I have tried to give you the possible ways of admission into M.Tech and M. S. (by Research) courses in various IITs, NITs, some very good Universities and State Colleges along with certain Private Universities. Hope this mail proves to be helpful.

Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) or National Institute of Technology (NITs):

Sponsored Candidates:  If you are working in industry for over three year and can prove that your employer is ready to allow you to go to study by letters from authority, you can apply under this category. There are few seats reserved under this category in both IITs and NITs.

Quality Improvement Program (QIP): This is started by Govt. of India to improve the quality of teaching staff in state colleges by giving them a chance to attend India’s top most engineering schools. All the faculty members with three years plus experience are eligible for this.

M.Tech (Research): The National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, provides facilities for instructions in all Engineering Departments at postgraduate level with more emphasis on research content, leading to the degree of Master of Technology by Research, M. Tech. (Res). The M. Tech (Res) programmes are being offered by all of the Departments/ Centres National Institute Technology. For more details visit:

In National Institute of Technology, Jalandar this programme is applicable to external faculty/staff working in organisations other than NITJ. Academic qualifications is Bachelor's degree in Engineering/Technology or Master's degree in appropriate Sciences/Humanities/Social Sciences with a first class or minimum 60% marks (CGPA 6.5) or equivalent. A valid GATE score of UGC/CSIR fellowship is not required. Candidates having a minimum of two years of professional experience after the qualifying degree in the appropriate discipline of the recognized institutes, R & D establishments, public utility undertakings and industrial units with well-established R & D units recognized by DST or NITJ are eligible. 

Other option: In NIT Durgapur, in case of non-availability of enough number of GATE-qualified candidates, the resulting vacant seats are filled with non-GATE candidates strictly based on merit through a written test followed by viva-voce. 30% weightage is given to written Test, 40% weightage to viva-voce in respective departments at NIT, Durgapur and 30% weightage to Percentage of Marks / CGPA obtained in the last qualifying examination. For more details visit:

IIITs :These institutes are deemed universities and conduct their own entrance test for M.Tech course admission. For more details visit one of the Institute website:

Central Universities:Few Central Universities conduct their own entrance exam and few consider GATE scores too. Most of the State University doesn’t get GATE qualified students, therefore they conduct their own written test and interview. Examples of certain such universities and courses available are:

Hyderabad University: Medical Biotechnology, Bioinformatics

Jamia Millia Islamia: Nanotechnology, Environmental Engineering

Pondicherry University: Nano Science and Technology. For more details visit:

On behalf of Anna University, Chennai, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi, Kerala; & West Bengal University of Technology, Kolkata, Jawaharlal Nehru University holds Combined Biotechnology Entrance Examination for admission to M.TechBiotechnology. For more details visit:

Deemed Universities:In recent years many good deemed universities have come with great infrastructure and industry interface. Read more about them here.

State Universities:Few good universities in different states conduct their own test and follow admission procedure.

Private Universities:There are many private collages for Master Degree in Engineering (M.Tech) studies in every state.

A complete list of Biotech colleges in India is given statewise at “Biotech Colleges”  

I also recommend you to think about doing masters abroad as there are lots of good universities in Australia, Canada, Germany and France that gives scholarships to Masters and PhD students

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