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CSIR-CCMB January 2020 PhD Admission Program

January 2020 PhD. Program


Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, invites applications from candidates who are Indian citizens, to pursue research in modern biology leading to a PhD Degree. The projects offered for PhD would be in the broad areas of Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Genomics, Developmental Biology, Plant Molecular Biology, Conservation Biology, Ecology, Protein Structure and Function, Biology of Macromolecules, Biology of Infection, Epigenetics, Chromatin Biology and Bioinformatics.


  • Candidates with a Master’s degree in any branch of science or a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Pharmacy/Medicine.
  • Candidates in the final year of the qualifying degree program are also eligible to apply. However, if selected, their selection will be CONDITIONAL to completing the qualifying degree with the defined marks criteria, and they can only join the PhD program with the August 2020 batch of PhD students.
  • Candidates may submit their applications online by 24-10-2019 through this LINK:


  1. Online applications will be screened and the eligible candidates will be called for a computer-based written test at one of their preferred centres among the 19 test centres across the country on 24-11-2019.
  2. Candidates qualifying in the written test and having a valid FELLOWSHIP for pursuing PhD will be shortlisted to appear for an interview at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad on 12-12-2019 (preliminary) and 13-12-2019 (final).

A valid fellowship is an ABSOLUTE requirement for pursuing PhD at CCMB, and the eligible fellowships are:

  • Any National level fellowship (JRF/SRF of CSIR, UGC, DBT, ICMR, etc.), DST-INSPIRE or any other equivalent fellowship for pursuing PhD.
  •  Candidates with a BE/B. Tech degree in Biotechnology or in any engineering discipline must have a GATE score of at least 85.0 percentile.
  • B. Pharm degree candidates must have a GPAT score of at least 85.0 percentile.
  1. Candidates qualifying both preliminary and the final interview will be selected for pursuing a PhD at CCMB.


  • The fellowship MUST be valid until the time of joining (January 2020).
  • Candidates with lecturer-ship only in CSIR-UGC (NET) examination or the M.Sc/M.Tech/M. Pharm candidates with GATE/GPAT will not be shortlisted for interview.
  • Candidates will have to make their OWN arrangements for travel, stay, etc. at the examination centre and/or in Hyderabad for interviews. Travelling allowance is not payable by CCMB.
  • Mere fulfilment of the minimum requirements stipulated in the notification would not automatically entitle a person for selection. The decision of CCMB 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.
  • For inquiries, contact:

Application Deadline – by 24-11-2019 

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