Admission Procedure - Ph.D.

The Department of Plant Molecular Biology, UDSC invites applications for the Full-Time PhD  programme each academic year. The programme has a limited number of seats available in the major research areas of plant molecular biology:

  • Understanding molecular basis of plant reproduction and its genetic manipulation to develop alternative sources of human nutrition
  • Calcium-mediated signaling, functional genomics of stress signaling, and stress adaptation in plants
  • To understand the complicated regulatory networks composed of various genomic elements (proteins, regulatory RNAs, cis-acting elements, etc.) that interact with each other in response to various developmental and environmental cues
  • Understanding the molecular basis of stress responses and senescence to develop crops with climate change-resilience and higher productivity
  • Exploring the naturally evolved allelic variations for the development of climate-resilient and pathogen-resistant/tolerant high-yielding crop varieties
  • Understand the role of epigenetics and COP9 Signalosome in plant reproduction and adaptation during abiotic stress
Available Number of Seats for the Academic Year 2023-24:
Academic Year Mode of Admission UR SC ST OBC-NCL EWS Total
2023-24 National Fellowship or PhD Entrance Test followed by Interview  6  2  1  3  1 13 (Excluding supernumerary seats)


The candidate should have a minimum of 55% marks (or equivalent CGPA score) in M.Sc./ M.Phil. / M.Tech. in Plant Sciences / Biological Sciences / Biotechnology / Bioinformatics or other Allied Sciences from a recognized university/ institute with an aptitude for Plant Molecular Biology. Relaxation of 5% marks will be permitted for OBC-NCL/SC/ST and PwBD candidates.
Selection Procedure:
For the academic year 2023-24, the PhD Admission Portal shall be opened more than one time in an academic year.
Phase I: the candidates who are eligible on the basis of qualifying UGC-NET (including JRF)/ UGC-CSIR NET (including JRF)/ AYUSH-NET/ DBT-JRF/ ICMR-JRF/ DST-INSPIRE or equivalent national level examination/ fellowship (as identified by DRC)/ GATE/ teacher fellowship holders and others (as per Ordinance VI, Notification: Amendments to Ordinances dated 09th August 2017 and its Amendments approved by the Executive Council in its meeting held on 01-02.07.2019) will only be able to apply. Registration for Phase I closed on August 8, 2023 (04:59 PM).

Phase II:

  • All candidates meeting the minimum eligibility criteria for our PhD program are eligible to apply for the PhD Entrance Test. However, the selection of candidates for interviews will be determined by their merit scores in the PhD Entrance Test (Paper Code: SCPH25), which will be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA).
  • REGISTRATION is OPEN for the PhD Entrance Test - 2023.
  • Dates for the Online Submission of PhD Entrance Test -2023 Application Form submission:                                                  09.08.2023 to 08.09.2023
  • PhD applicants are required to present their Research Proposal during the interview, rather than submitting it at the time of registration for PhD Admission.
  • Selected candidates who do not have any fellowship may be provided a Non-NET UGC fellowship based on its availability, and only if the candidate is finally selected for the Ph.D. program.
  • No TA/DA will be paid for attending the written test and interview.
  • The candidates must carry a valid ID and documents for the interview.

All announcements will be made on the DU PhD Admission Portal. Candidates should regularly check the website for updates.

* Excluding supernumerary seats

Note: Department reserves the right not to fill up the vacant seats of the PhD program in case of the non-availability of suitable candidates. The admission is also subject to fulfilling all other conditions laid down in Ordinance VI of the University of Delhi.