CDFD Research Scholars Program - I 2021 (RSP - I - 2021) | Admissions Open

The CDFD (Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics), Hyderabad, is a premier institute in the country, which provides services in DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics and conducts cutting edge basic and translational research in frontier areas of modern biology.

Our current research themes include:
  • Cell & Molecular Biology
  • Computational Biology
  • Disease Biology
  • Genetics
  • Molecular Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • (The details can be found on our website

    We invite applications from highly motivated candidates for admission to our Research Scholars Program, beginning August / September 2021. Keeping in view the interdisciplinary nature of modern biology, we especially encourage persons from diverse backgrounds to apply. Those admitted as Research Scholars would be encouraged to register under the Ph.D. program of Manipal Academy of Higher Education or Regional Centre for Biotechnology. The selection for RSP – I – 2021 shall be based on an entrance examination followed by interview.

    Eligibility Criteria

    To be eligible for Admission to the To be eligible for Admission to the CDFD - RSP - I - 2021, the candidate must have:
    1. A Master’s degree in any branch of Science, Technology, or Agriculture OR MBBS from a recognized University / Institute. Candidates who have appeared for their final semester examination, but are awaiting results, are also eligible to apply.

    2. Qualified for a Junior Research Fellowship from CSIR / UGC / DBT / ICMR / INSPIRE / BINC / JEST / UGC – RGNF or any other similar examination with fellowship.

    3. Candidates having qualified for Project – JRF under the ICMR funded project Scheme [which is only for a period of two years] OR DBT JRF NET with a B.Tech. [Biotechnology] degree OR DBT JRF NET under DBT – B category list OR LS-NET qualification only in CSIR-UGC (NET) examination are NOT eligible to apply.

    4. A valid fellowship is an ABSOLUTE requirement for pursuing Ph.D. at CDFD.
      1. If a candidate’s fellowship result is AWAITED, the candidate can UPDATE the fellowship status preferably before the examination, but positively before the interview.
      2. Note that having a fellowship is not mandatory for applying for and appearing in the examination, BUT, only candidates with a valid fellowship will be eligible for interview.

    Selection Procedure

    Admission to the CDFD – RSP – I – 2021 will be based on an interview via video conference; the exact dates will be informed along with the list of candidates shortlisted for the interview. The candidates should be available for more than one round of interviews, if needed. The shortlist of candidates to appear for these interviews will be prepared by CDFD from:
    1. Applicants who appear in the ENTRANCE examination that will be conducted jointly by CCMB and CDFD via online mode in last week of May, 2021 (the exact dates will be informed later at the time of issue of Hall tickets / Admit cards) and have applied to CDFD - RSP - I - 2021, (CDFD-LAN Shortlist)
    2. OR
    3. Applicants who appeared in the Joint Graduate Entrance Examination for Biology and Interdisciplinary Life Sciences (JGEEBILS 2021), which was held on March 7, 2021, and have applied to CDFD - RSP - I - 2021 (CDFD-JGEEBILS Shortlist)
    The shortlisting will be based on cut-off scores determined by CDFD.

    As the list of candidates shortlisted for interview will be displayed only in June, 2021, candidates who have appeared for the JGEEBILS-2021 examination are encouraged to appear for the CCMB/CDFD Joint Entrance Examination to be held via online mode in last week of May, 2021.

    Interviews will be conducted via video conference in July / August, 2021; the exact dates will be informed along with the list of candidates shortlisted for the interview.

    Application Procedure

    Interested candidates (including those who have appeared for the JGEEBILS-2021) need to register their names for CDFD - RSP - I - 2021 by applying in the prescribed application form online . Please contact <> for any queries. The Online application facility will be closed on May 09, 2021.

    The CCMB/CDFD Joint Entrance Examination will be held in last week of May, 2021 (the exact dates will be informed later at the time of issue of Hall tickets / Admit cards)..

    Important Instructions

  • CDFD’s Research Scholars Program is a fully residential program. The selected candidates will have to stay on campus.

  • Mere fulfilment of the minimum requirements stipulated in the notification would not automatically entitle a person for selection. The decision of CDFD in this regard shall be final. Canvassing in any form and/or bringing in any influence, political or otherwise, will be treated as a disqualification.

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