Department of Biotechnology
Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India

DBT Junior Research Fellowship (DBT- JRF) in Biotechnology (2017)

DBT JRF program was initiated in 2004 to provide fellowships for biotech students pursuing research in universities and / or research institutions in the country. Students are selected through online Biotechnology Eligibility Test (BET). 275 fellowships can be awarded every year.

Applications are invited from bonafide Indian Citizens, residing in India for award of “DBT-Junior Research Fellowship” (DBT-JRF) for pursuing research in frontier areas of Biotechnology. The programme is being coordinated by Biotech Consortium India Limited, (BCIL), New Delhi. The candidates will be selected through an online test “Biotechnology Eligibility Test”. Based on performance in BET, two categories of merit list will be prepared (Category I and Category II). Candidates selected under Category I (Top 275) will be eligible to avail fellowship under the programme. These will be tenable in any University/Institute in India where the selected candidate register for Ph.D. Programme. Candidates selected in Category II (next 100 in merit list) will be eligible to be appointed in any DBT sponsored project and avail fellowship from the project equivalent to NET/GATE, subject to selection through institutional selection process.There will be no

binding on Principal Investigators of DBT projects to select JRF/SRF for their project from category II list. Selection in category II will not entitle student for any fellowship from DBT-JRF programme.


Qualification – M.Sc./M. Tech./ M.V.Sc. Biotechnology (specialization such as Agriculture, Animal/Veterinary, Medical, Marine, Industrial, Environmental, Pharmaceutical, Food, Bio-resources, Biotechnology, Biochemical Engineering, Bio-sciences and Biotechnology), Bioinformatics, M.Sc. “Molecular & Human Genetics” and M.Sc. “Neuroscience” as well as B.E./ B. Tech. in Biotechnology (4 year course after 10+2).

Marks – Minimum 60% marks for general & OBC category and 55% marks for SC/ST/PH in aggregate (or equivalent grade)

Age Limit – Upto 28 years as on the last date of application (10th February 2017) for general category. Age relaxation of upto 5 years (up to 33 years) for SC/ST/PH/women candidates and upto 3 years (31 years) for OBC (Non-creamy layer) candidates.

Mode of Selection:

The candidate will be selected based on an online test, “Biotechnology Eligibility Test (BET)” A candidate may opt for any three centres of their choice from the options given in the application form. Efforts would be made to allot one of the three opted cities/centres, however in certain cases candidate may be allotted a different city/centre due to administrative reasons. No TA/DA will be admissible to any candidate for attending the test.

Mode of Application:

For detailed procedure for filling the application form, payment of application fee and uploading of required documents/certificates in the prescribed format, please visit A non-refundable and non-transferable application fee of Rs. 1000/- is payable online by General/OBC candidates, however SC/ST/PH candidates are exempted from payment of the application fee.

BET 2017 – Apply Online

All Emails related to DBT-JRF programme may please be sent to [email protected]

Important Dates:

S. No. Event Date Time
1 Online Registration Start 04.1.2017 10:00 AM
2 Online Registration Close 10.2.2017 05:00 PM
3 BET 2017 19.3.2017 10:00 AM – 01:00 PM
4 Display of question paper and answer key on website 21.3.2017 01:00 PM
5 Last date of accepting representation of any discrepancy in Question paper and Answer key 30.3.2017 05:00 PM
6 Declaration of BET Result 30.4.2017 05:00 PM

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  1. Hello sir/mam,
    Are students of Msc Biochemistry, eligible for giving DBT-JRF exams ? I had biotechnology in my bachelors and also i had biotechnology as a subject in my masters so am i eligible to give DBT JRF ??

  2. Iam 1st year 2nd semester msc student , am i eligible to take the exam. if so what if i qualify jrf? can i avail my fellowship after completing my msc programme for support of phd research ?

  3. sir/mam i have done my pg in zoology …and as the form has the option of BIOSIENCEand biotechnology where biosciences includes that includes zoology,botany etc… it is confussing wether i am eligible for the exam or not ….kindly help me out. Thank you

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