National Centre for Cell Sciences (NCCS), Pune has started the application process for Ph.D program for the August 2021 session. Apply here for NCCS Admission 2021

National Centre for Cell Science (NCCS) is an autonomous, national-level Research center. It is one of the top-ranking research centers in various fields of cell biology. NCCS Pune offers a Ph.D. Program in Modern Biology with a minimum eligibility of 50% aggregate marks in PG in relevant streams. The final selection of students depends on the marks that they obtain in the entrance exam and interview round. To apply for admission at the college, the students must visit the campus and fill the application form along with all the required documents.

NCCS Pune Highlights

Established | Institute Type  1986 | Public
Approved by Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology 
Affiliated to SPPU Pune
Courses offered  Ph.D. in Modern Biology
Admission Criteria  Entrance-Based
Application Mode  Offline 
Facilities Available Fluorescence-Activated Cell Sorters, Bio-Imaging Facility, DNA sequencing, Library, Experimental Animal Facility, Computer Section, Hostel, etc.
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NCCS Pune Courses

The institute offers only a Ph.D. course. The details of the course are mentioned below: 

Course Details
Ph.D.  Duration: 3 years
Eligibility: Post Graduation Specialization: Modern Biology
Selection Criteria: Entrance Test and Interview
Fees per Annum: INR 55000
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NCCS Pune Admission

Admission to this college is Entrance based, followed by an interview. To be eligible, candidates must have a Postgraduate degree in any branch of Sciences, having a minimum of 55% or equivalent Grade Point Average (GPA). They should also have a fellowship. However, candidates who do not have a fellowship but have qualified JGEEBILS conducted by NCBS/ TIFR are eligible to apply. 

Applications are only accepted online. 

How to Apply?

Candidates can apply to NCCS in offline mode only. They have to download the application form from the official website and submit the same at the college campus. 

The documents required for admission as well as for the interview include: 

  1. Birth Certificate / Proof of Date of Birth
  2. SC/ ST/ Physically Handicapped Category Certificate form Competent Authorities
  3. Statement of marks of each year/ Semester of Graduation
  4.  Statement of Marks of each year/ semester of M.Sc.
  5. Fellowship Certificate/ JGEEBILS qualifying data
  6. For the OBC category, a valid Non-Creamy layer certificate.

Original as well as self-attested copies of the same should be carried. 

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NCCS Pune Facilities

Some of the facilities provided by the college include:

  • Library: NCCS has a huge library and has a collection of more than twelve thousand four hundred bound journals, two thousand eight hundred Books, and two hundred NCCS Ph.D. thesis. It is augmented with Linux Based SLIM21 with RFID Interfaced Library software which helps in Library’s House Keeping Operation and Web-OPAC for searching of Library documents. Several scientific Journals and Periodicals are also available. 
  • Hostel: There are two independent co-ed hostels available which consist of 63 rooms and are double seated. Hostels are provided to those who are pursuing their Ph.D. at NCCS. Hostel rooms are well equipped with all the necessities like television, solar geysers, newspaper, cleaning, security, etc. 
  • Computer Section: Technical support services like wired and wireless networks for computers, laptops, and mobile phones, printers, scanners, and all other computer interfacing devices. At present two internet links are available i.e. at the rate of 100mbps from NKN and 10mbps from Tata Communications Ltd. 
  • Other Facilities include Bio-Imaging Facility, Mass Spectrometry, Automated DNA Sequencing Facility, Experimental animal facility, etc.


Ques. What are the best institutes to get a PhD. in Biotechnology in India? 

Ans. NCCS Pune is certainly one of the best institutes in India to get a Ph.D. in biotechnology from. Some of the others include CDFD Hyderabad, CIAB Mohali, NBRC Gurgaon, NII Delhi, NIPGR Delhi, RGCB Kerala, RCB Faridabad, NABI Mohali, etc.

Que. What is the scope of a Ph.D. in Biotechnology and microbiology in India?

Ans. Ph.D. in Biotechnology opens up many approaches in India as well as abroad. The Ph.D. Degree holders can open their own research labs, become a professor or HOD in universities, and can also lead the team of research scientists. Ph.D. in biology jobs include Microbiologists, Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Medical scientists, and many others.

Ques. How are the placements of the Institute? 

Ans. Students are provided with 2 months of training by the Indian Academy of Sciences (IAS) in which various training and research projects are given to the students which makes them more competent and helps in getting good job opportunities and High earnings. The average starting salary for Ph.D. holders in Biotechnology is around INR 4 to 20 LPA that increases with experience.

Ques. What is the schedule for the admission process?

Ans. The schedule for the admission process is as follows: 
Last date of receipt of application at NCCS 15th May 2020
Publication of list of shortlisted candidates for interviews 29th May 2020
Interview  23rd and 24th June 2020 
Declaration of the result of the interview 24th June 2020 
Submission of Guide selection form  01st July 2020
Expected date of Joining at NCCS  3rd August 2020

Ques. How do we contact the college for more details?

Ans. The mailing address of the college, where admissions should be submitted, is the National Centre for Cell Science, SP Pune University Campus, Ganeshkhind, Pune 411 007. You can also contact them at +91-20-2570 8000.