South Asian University MSc Biotech 2023 Admissions


South Asian University is an international university established by the governments of the eight member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC) viz., Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The University has now moved to its own beautiful 100 acres campus at Maidan Garhi. The University, established with the aim of evolving a South Asian consciousness, offers Master's and PhD level programmes in the following disciplines:

        • Biotechnology
        • Computer Science
        • Economics
        • International Relations
        • Legal Studies 
        • Mathematics
        • Sociology

SAU attracts students from all member states and its degrees are recognized by all the eight SAARC countries. The university does not restrict admissions to students from outside SAARC countries.

A student can register for as many programmes as s/he desires subject to fulfilling the eligibility criteria and as long as the Entrance Test timings do not clash. For each programme, a separate application has to be filled.   

Last date for applying is 31 March 2023 (23:59 IST). 

The Entrance Test will be held on 29 & 30 April 2023.

MSc Biotechnology 

The Faculty of Life Sciences and Biotechnology offers a two-year (four semester) academic programme in MSc Biotechnology. The endeavour of the Faculty is to teach the latest concepts and research technologies and prepare students for careers in research and teaching in modern biology and biotechnology. The areas covered include Biochemistry, Cell biology, Molecular biology, Microbiology, Biostatistics, Genetic engineering, Immunology, Plant molecular biology, Environmental biotechnology, Fermentation technology, Bioinformatics, Protein engineering, Neurosciences, Cancer biology, Virology, Biochemical engineering, Structural biology, and Tissue engineering. 

Minimum Eligibility  

12 years of schooling + a 3 year Bachelors degree (BSc, B.Pharm, BVSc, B.E., B.Tech, MBBS, etc.) in any area of Biological Sciences / Chemistry / Agriculture and allied sciences; Veterinary and allied sciences / Biotechnology / Biochemical Technology from an institution recognized by the government of any of the SAARC countries, with a minimum of 55% marks in aggregate or an equivalent grade. Students who have not studied Biology at the Bachelor’s level must have studied and passed in Biology as a subject at the 10+2 (12th class) level. Candidates who have a 4 year Bachelors degree or 3 year Bachelor’s degree and have cleared the first year of the Master’s programme are also eligible. 

Format of the Entrance Test

  • The computer based entrance test will be of 2 hours duration.
  • There is no negative marking.
  • The question paper will have multiple-choice questions in two parts:

Part A will consist of 30 questions carrying one mark each and will have 10+2 level questions from Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics. Candidates will be expected to attempt all questions from Part A.

Part B will consist of 100 questions, out of which 70 questions need to be answered. Each question will carry one mark and will have undergraduate level questions from Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Immunology, Animal Sciences, Plant Sciences, Genetics, Microbiology, Biophysics and Biostatistics. If the candidate answered more than 70 questions, answers from the first 70 questions will be considered for evaluation.

For a sample test paper, click here.

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