All applicants are required to appear for the written test conducted at different centers nationally. The test will cover basic topics in mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology. There is a separate written test for the MSc Wildlife Biology and Conservation covering topics on general knowledge, analytical and quantitative skills, wildlife biology and an essay on a conservation issue.

Those who qualify on this test will be sent forms for the next phase of the selection procedure. Performance in the written test, together with the information requested in the additional application material will be used to short list candidates for interviews.

The NCBS and DBS admission process for PhD/ Int.PhD programmes are common up to the Entrance Test. Separate interviews will be held at Bangalore and Mumbai.

The DBS conducts a single interview in Mumbai in Feb/March 2018 NCBS interviews are in two stages held over a three day period. These are typically scheduled in May/June 2018.

Details about the interview procedure would be provided to candidates who are shortlised from the entrance exam.

The TIFR Nationwide Entrance Examination (GS-2018) for Biology is also called the Joint Graduate Entrance Examination for Biology and Interdisciplinary Life Sciences (JGEEBILS). Results of the TIFR Entrance Test for Biology (JGEEBILS) will be shared by the following participating institutions.