JNU has an interdisciplinary approach for allmost all courses. Each centre is proud of having students from different backgrounds. Still, there are admission requirements and eligibility criterions for each courses and programmes. We have prepared the requirements list on the basis of Schools, Programmes and Cenre. This is sorted in alphabetic order.

JNU Admission Requirements School of Life Sciences


M.Phil / Ph.D Life Sciences

Under three categories Two separate lists will be prepared for the first two categories. Thus, all candidates who are eligible for category – II are also are encouraged to apply under category –I in separate application form to enhance the chance of getting selected

1) Candidates with M. Sc. or equivalent degree by written and viva tests

Candidates with M.Sc. or equivalent degree, with at least 55% marks or equivalent grades,in

Biological Sciences, Bioinformatics or Physical Sciences, as well as to those with M.B.B.S or MTech. or M.Sc. (Agriculture) or M. Sc. (Veterinary Sciences) degree with 55% marks are also eligible. Candidates having the M.Sc. or equivalent degree in allied subjects of Life Sciences, including Biochemistry, Biophysics, Biotechnology, Botany, Genetics, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Zoology, or in Chemistry or Physics are also eligible

2) Under this category, candidates who have qualified the CSIR/UGC National Eligibility Test (NET)-JRF, DBT-JRF, ICMR-JRF or DBT/DST-INSPIRE for pursuing Ph.D. degree with a fellowship can apply through a separate admission form without appearing in JNU entrance test.

3) Direct P.hD

Obtained an M. Phil. degree by pursuing research work in a laboratory of a recognized University/ Research Institution with a minimum final grade point average (FGPA) of 6.0 in a 10 point scale/comparable standard where the grading is based on system other than 10 point scale. The candidates, who have obtained M. Phil. degree from a University/Institution where dissertation is not on a 10-point scale, are required to forward a copy of their M. Phil. Dissertation along with the application form for the purpose of assessment of their credentials. In addition, the candidates should have minimum one researchpublication in a peer reviewed journal.


At least two years research experience in reputed Institutions with research publication (s) in a peer reviewed journal. In addition, they should have obtained Master’s degree with FGPA of 6.0 in a 10 – point scale/ comparable standard or equivalent percentage

4) MSc

Bachelor’s (B. Sc. or B Tech or equivalent) in Biological, Physical or Agricultural Sciences under the 10+2+3 pattern of education with at least 55% marks