Biology at dbs mumbai, ncbs bangalore, and inStem Bangalore Programs on offer: PhD/Int-msc-PhD/MSc-by-Research/ msc Wildlife Biology & Conservation

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BIOLOGY AT DBS Mumbai, NCBS Bangalore, and inStem Bangalore

Programs on offer: PhD/Int-MSc-PhD/MSc-by-Research/ MSc Wildlife Biology & Conservation
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The Department of Biological Sciences Mumbai (DBS) and the National Centre for Biological Sciences Bangalore (NCBS) are both part of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), and are funded by the Department of Atomic Energy. The Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine Bangalore (inStem) is funded by the Department of Biotechnology and maintains strong collaborative ties with NCBS.


NCBS and DBS offer PhD and Integrated-MSc-PhD programs leading to the award of a PhD degree, as well as MSc-by-Research programs leading to the award of an MSc degree. NCBS also offers an MSc in Wildlife Biology & Conservation. inStem offers a PhD program leading to the award of a PhD degree. The PhD program accepts candidates with a Masters in any basic science discipline or a Bachelors degree in any applied science such as medicine and engineering. The Integrated PhD program and MSc-by-Research program seek students with an excellent academic record at the BSc level. Students register for a degree at the TIFR Deemed University (at NCBS and DBS) or Manipal University (at inStem), after meeting prescribed coursework and examination requirments. The MSc in Wildlife Biology & Conservation program is offered only at NCBS. The maximum duration of these programs is 5 years for a PhD, 6 years for the Integrated-MSc-PhD, 3 years for the MSc-by-Research, and 2 years for the MSc in Wildlife Biology and Conservation.

Students selected into these academic programs are provided housing and fellowships. The programs provide wide exposure, through research guidance, through coursework and hands-on training, and through participation in meetings and workshops. Our campuses offer state-of-the art experimental and computational facilities for all aspects of modern biology research.

Except for the MSc in Wildlife Biology and Conservation, applications to all other programs are via the Joint Graduate Entrance Exam in Biology and Interdisciplinary Life Sciences (JGEEBILS) held in December each year. This multiple choice test covers basic abilities in mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology. The JGEEBILS is jointly conducted by multiple partner institutions and coordinated by TIFR ( Each partner institution has independent admissions procedures following the JGEEBILS exam, please refer to individual institutional websites for these procedures. Applicants must apply separately to each partner institution. DBS invites candidates for interviews based on performance in the exam. NCBS and inStem jointly invite candidates for interviews based on performance in the exam, and on a completed application package including a research statement and letters of recommendation. Interviews are held in Mumbai in Feb/Mar 2016 and in Bangalore in May/June 2016.
MSc in Wildlife Biology & Conservation

The entrance test consists of multiple-choice questions that assess skills in English language, general knowledge, logic, mathematics and statistics, basic ecology and conservation biology, and general knowledge about wildlife and conservation issues. There is also an essay question on a conservation issue. Essays are only evaluated for candidates who meet the minimum requirements in the multiple-choice sections.

The M.Sc Wildlife Biology and Conservation course has a separate interview, which will be held in June 2016 at the NCBS campus. Details of the interview procedure will be provided to candidates who are shortlisted from the entrance exam.

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