Department of Biotechnology announces Biotechnology Eligibility Test (BET) 2018

New Delhi: Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, has announced the DBT-Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) 2018, popularly known as Biotechnology Eligibility Test (BET) 2018, to pursue research in frontier areas of Biotechnology.  BET 2018 exam will be held on 18 March 2018 (Sunday).

Key Dates: The online application window open tomorrow (02 January 2018). The online application window will close on 05 February 2018. The BET Exam will be held on 18 March 2018. The results will be declared in April 2018.


The application fee is Rs 1000/ – for General/OBC candidates. Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST)/Physically Handicapped (PH) candidates are exempted from payment of application fee.

Eligibility Conditions:

Educational Qualification

M.Sc/M.Tech/M.V.Sc. Degree in any of the following discipline:-


 Agriculture Biotechnology

Animal/Veterinary Biotechnology

Medical Biotechnology

Marine Biotechnology

Industrial Biotechnology

Environmental Biotechnology

Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

Food Biotechnology

Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology

Bio-resources and Biotechnology


Molecular & Human Genetics


Or B.E/B.Tech in Biotechnology (4-Year course after 10+2)

b) Percentage of Marks

Atleast 60% marks for General & Other Backward Class (OBC) category and 55% for Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST)/Physically Handicapped (PH) category in aggregate (or equivalent grade) in the qualifying exam.

The candidates who have either appeared or are due to appear in the final examination of their qualifying degree are eligible to appear in the test, under the Result Awaited (RA) category. However, the release of the award letter would be subject to submission and verification of the required documents.

DBT JRF program was initiated in 2004 to provide fellowships for biotech students pursuing research in universities and / or research institutions in the country. Students are selected through online Biotechnology Eligibility Test (BET). 275 fellowships can be awarded every year.

Based on performance of BET, Two separate merit lists are prepared, one comprising the candidates qualifying for the award of category I (Top 275) and the second, Category II (next 100 in merit list).

Candidates selected in category I are eligible to avail fellowship under the programme. These are tenable in any University/Institute in India where the candidates register for PhD programme. Candidates selected under Category II are eligible to be appointed in any DBT sponsored project and avail fellowship from the project equivalent to NET/GATE, subject to selection through institutional selection process.

For eligibility criteria, how to apply and other details, candidates should visit the official website of Biotech Consortium India Limited (BCIL).

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