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DBT-JRF (BET) - Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Eligibility, Age limit, Fellowship

Number of tests Once in a year
Medium of examination English only
Validity period Two years from the date of issuance of award letter
Fellowship duration Five years from the date of activation of fellowship
Fellowship amount

Rs. 37000 per month + HRA

SRF : Rs. 42,000/- p.m for the 3rd and subsequent years

Annual contingency grant of Rs. 30,000/- per year

Mode of examination Computer based test (CBT)
Number of seats 275
Time duration 3 hours
Maximum marks 300
Nature of questions MCQs
Number of questions 200

Part-A 50 (Answer all 50 questions)

Part-B 150 (Answer any 50 questions)

Negative marking

Negative marking : 1/3


B.E./ B.Tech./ M.Sc./ M.Tech./ M.VSc./ Integrated M.Sc./ M.Tech. in Biotechnology, Life-Sciences or any other allied areas of Biology

or M.Sc./ M.Tech./ M.VSc./ M.Sc.(Agri) programmes supported under the DBT Post Graduate Teaching Programme.

For General, EWS & OBC category with minimum 60% of marks

For SC/ ST/ Differently Abled with minimum of 55% of marks

Age limit

For JRF 28 years for General & EWS category

Relaxation up to 5 years (33 years) for SC/ ST/ PH/ women candidates

Relaxation up to 3 years (31 years) for OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) candidates


DBT-JRF Category-I Result: Category-I qualifying candidates are eligible to avail fellowship under the DBT-JRF programme.

DBT-JRF Category -II Result: Selection in Category-II will not entitle qualifying candidates for any fellowship from DBT-JRF programme.

Category-II qualifying candidates will be eligible to be appointed in any DBT sponsored project and enroll for Ph.D. as per institutional norms.

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