Joint Graduate Entrance Examination for Biology and Interdisciplinary Life Sciences (JGEEBILS)

The JGEEBILS test is a shared entrance test for graduate programmes in Biology and interdisciplinary life sciences. The test originated from the TIFR annual entrance test for Biology, which was used by DBS/TIFR as well as NCBS/TIFR. The motivation for this shared test is to reduce the difficulties that students faced with multiple entrance tests, and to reduce the duplication of effort by many institutions in conducting such examinations. JGEEBILS is intended to serve as a common point for students from any science discipline or engineering to start the process to apply for biology graduate programmes around India. Participating institutions contribute questions and logistical support for conducting the examination. This year the examination will be on 8th December 2019.

Each participating institution has its own admission process and eligibility criteria. The JGEEBILS test is only one step in this. In general, applicants must apply separately to each participating institution that they are interested in. Please visit the institutional websites for details of these different entrance processes.

Question papers from past years are hosted at the TIFR site under the 'Biology' links:


ACTREC: Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer, Mumbai (

Ashoka University (

Bose Institute, Kolkata (

CCMB: Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad (

CDFD: Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, Hyderabad (

IISER: Indian Institute of Science Education and Research

IMSc: Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai (

InStem: Institute for Stem Cell Science and Regenerative Medicine, Bengaluru (

MSLS: Manipal School of Life Sciences, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal (

NBRC: National Brain Research Centre, Manesar (

NCCS: National Centre for Cell Science, Pune (

NIBMG: National Institute of Biomedical Genomics, Kalyani (

NII: National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi (

NISER: National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneswar (

RCB: Regional Centre for Biotechnology, Faridabad (

SINP: Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata (

TIFR: Tata Institute of Fundamental Research