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NCBS Joint Graduate Entrance Exam 2018 - Eligibility, Application, Dates

Joint Graduate Entrance Exam Biology & Interdisciplinary Life Sci. Entrance Exam 2018

The National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) Joint Graduate Entrance Exam 2018 is 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.


Important Dates for JGEEBILS 2018

Last Date for Application:                                                            20th October 2017
Date of JGEEBILS 2017 Exam:                                                     10th December 2017
Results of the Nationwide Entrance Examination:             31st January 2018


Participating Institutions

  • ACTREC: Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research & Education in Cancer, Mumbai (
  • CCMB: Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad (
  • CDFD: Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, Hyderabad (
  • NBRC: National Brain Research Centre, Manesar (
  • NCBS: National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru (
  • NCCS: National Centre for Cell Science, Pune (
  • DBS-TIFR: Dept. of Biological Sci. TIFR, Mumbai (
  • IISER: Indian Institute of Science Education & Research, Bhopal (
  • IISER: Indian Institute of Sci. Education & Research, Kolkata (
  • IISER: Indian Institute of Science Education & Research, Mohali (
  • IISER: Indian Institute of Science Education & Research, Pune (
  • IISER: Indian Institute of Sci. Edu & Research, Thiruvananthapuram (
  • NII: National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi (
  • INStem: Institute for Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Med. Bengaluru (
  • NISER: National Institute of Sci. Education & Research, Bhubaneswar (
  • RCB: Regional Centre for Biotechnology, Faridabad (
  • SINP: Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata (
  • IMS: Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai (


Programs Offered at Each Institution

  • PhD at all the listed institutions; integrated M.Sc.-PhD at DBS, NCBS, IISER Pune: IISER: Kolkata; M.Sc. by Research at DBS; M.Sc. in Neuroscience at NBRC

Available Program

  • Biology
  • M.Sc. in Wildlife Biology and Conservation (only at NCBS)
  • Integrated PhD (NCBS and DBS)
  • PhD (NCBS and DBS)
  • M.Sc. by Research (only at DBS) - IISER Pune, Kolkata


Eligibility for Joint graduate entrance exam 2018


PhD Program:

  • Interested candidate must have done Masters in Basic Science or Bachelors in Applied Science. These include M.Sc. (Ag.), B. Tech, B.E, B.V.Sc. B.Pharma (4 yrs. course), MBBS, BDS, M.Pharma
  • Students with training in Physics or Chemistry are encouraged to apply to the programmes


Integrated Ph.D/M.Sc by Research Program:

  • Interested candidate must have done Bachelors in any Basic Science


M.Sc. Wildlife Biology and Conservation:

  • Indian nationals who have a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline (with a minimum of 50% in core subjects), less than 35 years of age as on 1st July 2015 and a strong interest in wildlife research and conservation
  • Graduate nationals of Central, South and Southeast Asian countries, with similar qualifications, are also eligible to apply
  • Students who expect to complete their degrees by July 2018 are eligible to apply


Selection Procedure for M.Sc and PhD Admission through JGEEBILS 2018

  • All applicants are required to appear for the written test conducted at different centers nationally. The test will cover basic topics in mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology
  • There is a separate written test for the M.Sc. Wildlife Biology and Conservation covering topics on general knowledge, analytical and quantitative skills, wildlife biology and an essay on a conservation issue
  • The NCBS and DBS admission process for PhD/Int. PhD programmes are common up to the Entrance Test. Separate interviews will be held at Bangalore and Mumbai
  • The DBS conducts a single interview in Mumbai in February/March 2017 NCBS interviews are in two stages held over a three day period. These are typically Scheduled in May/June 2017
  • The TIFR Nationwide Entrance Examination (GS-2016) for Biology is also called the Joint Graduate Entrance Examination for Biology and Interdisciplinary Life Sciences (JGEEBILS)


Test Timing

Sunday 10th December 2017
Morning Session: 09:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Computer & Systems Sciences
  • Wildlife Biology and Conservation

Afternoon Session: 02:30 p.m. to 04:30 p.m.

  • Mathematics
  • Biology (PhD, Int.PhD and M.Sc by Research)

Students who appear for the tests in Physics or Chemistry and would like to be considered for a Biology Program should indicate this on their answer script. They are not required to appear for the Biology test as well although they can choose to do so by applying separately online


Examination Centres

  • The written examination will be held on Sunday, 11th December 2016 in the following cities - Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Guwahati, Haldwani, Hyderabad, Indore, Jammu, Jaipur, Kanpur, Kolkata, Madurai, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna, Pune, Srinagar, Varanasi and Visakhapatnam
  • No walk-in candidates will be allotted


Application Fee (Non-refundable)

  • For Male Applicants - Rs.600/- for applications submitted online and Rs.650/- for applications sent manually by post
  • For Female Applicants - Rs.100/- for applications submitted online as well as for applications sent manually by post (Please see the walk-ins section on this website)
  • Application Fee can be paid online by Net banking/Debit/Credit Card or through DD. After successful payment transaction, please login to your account on our website by using your reference code as your user id and check the payment status of your application
  • Normally, online payments are received within 2 working days and an auto email is sent by the system acknowledging the payment. If your transaction has been successful and your account has been debited and you do not receive the acknowledgement email within 7 days and your payment status is not updated in your account, you may write to the email ids as given in the “contact us” section
  • Demand Draft: DD should be drawn on State Bank of India in favour of National Centre for Biological Science payable at Bangalore
  • Instructions for downloading/printing of hall tickets will be intimated by email only after receipt of application fee/approval of fee waiver


Application Process for Joint Graduate Entrance Exam 2018

  • Applications must be submitted online to Students from remote areas who do not have access to internet may apply manually
  • They may send a request for an application form (without DD) along with a self-addressed stamped (Rs.20/-) envelope (size 25 cm x 17 cm) super-scribed “GS-2018” to the following address "Admission Section, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research GKVK, Bellary Road Bangalore-560065"
  • The completed application form should be sent along with DD and two passport size photographs (one pasted on the application and one stapled to it)
  • Please read the instructions carefully before you start filling up the online application form


National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bengaluru

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), GKVK, Bellary Road, Bangalore-560065, Tel. No.: 080-23666021, Email: , Website