National Institute of Immunology New Delhi announces Entrance Exam for Admission to PhD Program for 2024 Monsoon Session, Apply now


National Institute of Immunology PhD Admission 2024 – National Institute of Immunology (NII), New Delhi invites applications from eligible candidates for Admission to its PhD Programs for the academic year 2024-25 – Monsoon Session


About National Institute of Immunology


  • The National Institute of Immunology (NII) is committed to advanced research with a view to understand the body’s defense mechanisms for developing modalities of immune system manipulation that can intervene with disease processes. The institute’s research thrust areas under immunology and related disciplines cluster in four main themes, namely, infection and immunity, molecular design, gene regulation and reproduction and development, where cutting edge research in modern biology is being carried out employing multiple overlapping disciplines of biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology and structural biology.


PhD Programs Offered

  • Cutting-edge research at NII encompasses broad interdisciplinary areas of – 
    • Immunology,
    • Infectious and Chronic Disease Biology,
    • Molecular and Cellular Biology,
    • Chemical Biology,
    • Structural Biology and Computational Biology


Important Dates

  • Online Application begins: 26.02.2024
  • Online Application closing: 25.03.2024
  • Admit card available for download: 08.04.2024 (onwards)
  • NII-2024-25M Entrance Examination: 28.04.2024 (Sunday)
  • Entrance results announcement: 06.05.2024
  • Online interviews 1st Round: 04.06.2024-06.06.2024
  • Online interviews 2nd Round: 10.06.2024-12.06.2024


Eligibility Criteria

  • M.Sc. in any branch of science (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics), M.Tech., M.B.B.S., M.V.Sc., M.Pharm., Integrated M.Sc., or equivalent qualification as per the norms of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi.
  • At least 60% aggregate score or equivalent grade in Senior Secondary Certificate (10+2) and Bachelor’s degree and 55% aggregate score or equivalent grade in Master’s degree are essential for the general category. Five percent relaxation in aggregate scores in Senior Secondary, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees will be applicable for candidates from the reserved categories [(OBC (non-creamy layer; NCL), SC/ST, and PwD]. Rounding off the percentage score to the next integral value is not permitted.
  • Candidates appearing for the qualifying examination in the current academic year are eligible to apply; they will be admitted provisionally pending satisfactory fulfilment of the eligibility requirements at the time of joining.
  • Reservations of seats: 15% for SC, 7.5% for ST, 27% for OBC (NCL) and 5% for persons with disability (PwD) as per statutory norms.
  • Reservation for EWS: The persons belonging to EWS who are not covered under the scheme of reservation for SCs, STs and OBCs shall get 10% reservation.


Application Process

  • Candidates should submit their applications through NII online application portal only.
  • The details of the application process are available at Candidates applying through JGEEBILS-2024 must also submit an application through NII application portal, along with application fees.
  • Online application facility will be available at the NII website from 22nd August to 22nd September 2024.


Application Fee

  • For General/OBC (NCL) candidates: Rs.1200/-
  • For  SC/ST/PwD candidates: Rs.600/- 
  • Mode of Payment: Online through Credit Card/Debit Card/Net Banking


PhD Program

  • The programme will start on 01st July, 2024 (Monday)
  • NII currently provides a Junior Research Fellowship of Rs.37000/- per month to the selected candidates. Awardees of fellowships from CSIR, UGC, ICMR, DBT and/or DST, may avail them as per the rules of the respective funding agency
  • NII is a residential campus and shared hostel accommodation will be provided to all the students admitted to the program


Selection Procedure

  • NII will select candidates for the Ph.D. programme through the following two Channels:
  • Channel 1: Computer-based Entrance Examination, NII-2024-25M (monsoon-session) to be conducted by NII at multiple centres across India on 28th April 2024 (Sunday).
  • Channel 2: Joint Graduate Entrance Examination in Biology and Interdisciplinary Life Sciences (JGEEBILS-2024).
  • Candidates must appear in at least one of the two examinations mentioned above. Candidates will be short-listed for an interview based on their scores either in NII-2024-25M or JGEEBILS-2024.
  • The list of candidates short-listed for interviews shall be available on the NII website and Notice Board on or before 06th May, 2024.
  • Interviews will be held online during 04th-06th June 2024 & 10th-12th June, 2024. The final list of Selected candidates will be displayed on the NII website and notice board of the institute within a week of the final interview.
  • Candidates selected will be enrolled for the Ph.D. programme of NII in academic affiliation with JNU, New Delhi.


For more details and to apply online, please visit the official website


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