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About Biotechnology

Biotechnology is a multidisciplinary area on the educational scene and programmes have been developed to meet the growing demand for trained manpower for any meaningful Biotechnological activity in the country. The programmes are designed to expose the students to methodology, basics and advances of various areas of biotechnology including health, industry, agriculture and medicine.


The Graduate Aptitude Test-Biotechnology (GAT-B), being conducted by the Regional Centre for Biotechnology on behalf of the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, is the admission eligibility test for DBT-supported PG programmes in the participating institutions.

The GAT-B examination centres will be spread across the country. The list of examination centres can be seen at . The examination will be a Computer Based Test (CBT). The duration of the examination will be 180 minutes. The details of examination, marking scheme and syllabus is available at

Note that the GAT-B rank is valid for the academic year 2020-21 only. Call for admissions will be advertised separately by the participating institutions for DBT-supported programmes. RCB/DBT will not be responsible for the admission & selection process by the individual participating institutions.


The examination will be conducted in a single shift for a duration of 180 minutes. The question paper will have two parts:

PART- A: Part A will have 60 compulsory multiple choice questions of the level of 10+2 in the subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology. Each correct answer will be of one mark each. There will be negative marking and for each wrong answer, ½ (half) mark will be deducted.

PART-B: Part B will have multiple choice questions of bachelor’s level requiring thinking and analysis. There will be questions from basic Biology, Life Sciences, Biotechnology and allied areas as per syllabus attached. There will be 100 questions out of which the candidates will have to attempt 60 questions. Each correct answer will have a weightage of 3 marks. There will be negative marking and for each wrong answer one mark will be deducted. Sample question papers are available on RCB website. A mock test is also available on the RCB website.

Important Dates
Online Registration Start Date 01st June, 2020
Online Registration Close 18th June, 2020 18th June, 2020
Issue of Admit Card 25th June, 2020
GAT-B 2020 Exam 30th June, 2020
Display of Question Paper and Answer Key on Website 2nd July, 2020
Declaration of GAT-B rank of Candidates 20th July, 2020




The list of participating institutions and DBT-supported programmes is given in Annexure-A.Based on the rank as per the All India category-wise merit list generated through the GAT-B test,the student may apply to different DBT-supported programmes of participating institutions to secure admission as per their respective admission and selection process. All correspondence regarding admissions to the DBT-supported programmes may be sent to the respective participating institution.


Candidates meeting eligibility criteria for admission to DBT-supported programmes in participating institutions as per Annexure-A are eligible to apply for GAT-B.

You may further verify the eligibility criteria for a programme on the respective institution website.

In case you do not meet the minimum eligibility criteria (as per Annexure A) and still appear in the entrance examination, you will do so at your own risk and cost.

If at any stage, it is found that you do not fulfil the minimum eligibility requirements of the requisite DBT-supported programme, the rules of the participating institution for cancellation/termination of admission will be applicable.


An All-India category-wise merit list of students appearing in the examination will be drawn. Based on the GAT-B rank, the participating institutions (as per Annexure-A) may conduct admissions and generate their own waiting list as per their respective norms.


All students admitted under the DBT-supported programmes of any participating institution will be paid the stipend as under:

  1. a) M.Sc. in Biotechnology & Allied Areas – Rs. 5000/- per month
  2. b) M.Sc. in Agricultural Biotechnology – Rs. 7500/- per month
  3. c) M.Tech./M.V.Sc. programmes – Rs. 12000/- per month

The continuation of stipend for the second year of the programme is subject to satisfactory progress of the student, to be certified by the participating institutions. The participating institutions shall provide the list of students admitted through this process into the DBT-supported programmes and stipends will be disbursed to the students through the admitting institutions after due verification.



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