JGEEBILS 2021 Joint Graduate Entrance Exam Application Form, Exam Dates, Eligibility, Exam Pattern

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Joint Graduate Entrance Examination for Biology and Interdisciplinary Life Sciences 2021 Application Started

JGEEBILS 2021 – The National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) Conducts Joint Graduate Entrance Exam 2021 – a shared entrance examination for several institutions doing research in biology and interdisciplinary life sciences. The Tata Institute of Fundamental Research coordinates the examination. All participating institutions use the JGEEBILS score along with other inputs as part of their admission process.
Students need to apply separately to each participating institution. Each institution has its own process: please refer to the websites of participating institutions for details of their admissions process and degree requirements.


About JGEEBILS 2021

  • The JGEEBILS test is a shared entrance test for graduate programmes in Biology and interdisciplinary life sciences. The test originated from the TIFR annual entrance test for Biology, which was used by DBS/TIFR as well as NCBS/TIFR. The motivation for this shared test is to reduce the difficulties that students faced with multiple entrance tests, and to reduce the duplication of effort by many institutions in conducting such examinations. JGEEBILS is intended to serve as a common point for students from any science discipline or engineering to start the process to apply for biology graduate programmes around India. Participating institutions contribute questions and logistical support for conducting the examination.
  • Each participating institution has its own admission process and eligibility criteria. The JGEEBILS test is only one step in this. In general, applicants must apply separately to each participating institution that they are interested in. Please visit the institutional websites for details of these different entrance processes.

JGEEBILS 2021 Important Dates

Online application starts

04th January 2021

Last Date for Submission of online Application

31st January 2021

JGEEBILS 2021 Entrance Exam Date

07th March 2021

Results of the Nationwide Entrance Examination (shortlist for interviews)

Last week of February, 2021

Shortlisted candidates will be called for interviews

April-May 2021

Participating Institutions

  • ACTREC: Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer, Mumbai (www.actrec.gov.in)
  • Ashoka University (www.ashoka.edu.in)
  • Bose Institute: Bose Institute, Kolkata (www.jcbose.ac.in)
  • CCMB: Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad (www.ccmb.res.in)
  • CDFD: Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, Hyderabad (www.cdfd.org.in)
  • CHG: Centre for Human Genetics, Bangalore (www.chg.res.in)
  •  IISER-Bh, Bherampur (www.iiserbpr.ac.in/)
  •  IISER-K, Kolkata (www.iiserkol.ac.in)
  •  IISER-P, Pune (www.iiserpune.ac.in)
  • IISER-TVM, Thiruvananthapuram (www.iisertvm.ac.in)
  • IISER-T, Tirupati (www.iisertirupati.ac.in)
  • IMSc: Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai (www.imsc.res.in)
  • InStem: Institute for Stem Cell Science and Regenerative Medicine, Bengaluru (www.instem.res.in)
  • MSLS: Manipal School of Life Sciences, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal (https://www.manipal.edu/mu.html)
  • NBRC: National Brain Research Centre, Manesar (www.nbrc.ac.in)
  • NCCS: National Centre for Cell Science, Pune (www.nccs.res.in)
  • NIBMG: National Institute of Biomedical Genomics, Kalyani (www.nibmg.ac.in)
  • NII: National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi (www.nii.res.in)
  • NISER: National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneswar (www.niser.ac.in)
  • SINP: Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata (www.saha.ac.in)
  • THSTI: Translational Health Science and Technology Institute, Faridabad (www.thsti.res.in/)
  • TIFR: Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
  • DBS-TIFR: Department of Biological Sciences, Mumbai (www.tifr.res.in/~dbs)
  • NCBS-TIFR: National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru (www.ncbs.res.in)
  • TCIS-TIFR: Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Hyderabad (www.tifrh.res.in)

Program offered at each institution


PhD at all the listed institutions, except NIBMG and RCB


Integrated MSc-PhD at TIFR (all Centres), IISER (all locations), Bose Institute, NIBMG, and RCB


MSc Programmes at NBRC


MSc-by Research at DBS-TIFR

Eligibility Criteria for JGEEBILS 2021

Candidates in the final year of qualifying degree can also apply.

For PhD.

M.A./M.Sc./M.E./M.Tech //M.S./M.Pharma or equivalent degree.

For Integrated MSc-PhD

Bachelors in any Basic Science (Physics/ Chemistry/ Mathematics/ any branch of Biology) OR Any 4-year degree programme that awards a "Bachelor’s degree" including B.Tech., B.E., B.V.Sc., B.Pharma. (4 year course).

For MSc Programmes

B.Sc./B.Pharm./B.S. degree or equivalent degree.

For MSc-by Research

Bachelor’s Degree (Physics/Chemistry/Any branch of Biology).

For all the courses, Eligibility details can be checked from the University Website http://univ.tifr.res.in & https://www.ncbs.res.in/

JGEEBILS 2021 Application Process

  • Eligible candidates can apply online mode only through University website http://univ.tifr.res.in/ & https://www.ncbs.res.in/academic/admissions-JGEEBILS
  • Please follow the appropriate link on this website for filling up the application form.  Read the instructions carefully before you start filling up the online application form.  Do not make multiple registrations for the same subject.
  • Students may take the online test in multiple subjects provided the timings do not clash. Please submit separate applications for each subject.
  • Before you choose a Ph.D. or Integrated Ph.D. program in the basic registration form, please go through the eligibility criteria carefully.
  • Ensure that you have typed your email ID correctly in the basic registration form.  An sms is sent on the mobile number and an email is sent after completion of the basic registration wherein login credentials are given to complete the form.

Application Fee

For Male Candidates 

Rs. 1200/-

For Female Candidates

Rs. 600/- 

For Others

Rs. 600/-

Mode of Payment

  • Application fee can only be paid online through Internet banking/Debit/Credit Card/UPI or other modes as available on our payment gateway.

JGEEBILS 2021 – Admit Card

  • The candidates have to download the admit card from the website http://univ.tifr.res.in/
  • Admit cards will only be released for the candidates who have submitted the application form on or before the last date. Admit card contains the important details regarding the exams like examination time, venue and instruction which candidates must follow during the examination time.

Selection Procedure

  • The admissions procedure (in all subjects, except Science Education) consists of an online test at one of the several nationwide centres, followed by interviews of shortlisted candidates.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be called for interviews to be held during April-May 2021.  Exact dates would be announced later. Results of the entrance examination will be announced on end-February, 2021 and students shortlisted for interview will be intimated by email.
  • For Biology – The TIFR Nationwide Entrance Examination (GS2021) for Biology is also called the Joint Graduate Entrance Examination for Biology and Interdisciplinary Life Sciences (JGEEBILS).
  • All participating institutions use the result from this examination as a part of their admission process.  Students need to apply separately to each JGEEBILS participating institution.

Examination Centres

There will be examination centres in the following cities but the exact location / venue of the examination will be available on the downloaded hall ticket :


























For more information and to apply online, visit the university website