GAT – B 2020 – Check Important dates, Eligibility Criteria and Application Process

GAT - B 2020 – Check Important dates, Eligibility Criteria and Application Process
GAT - B 2020 – Check Important dates, Eligibility Criteria and Application Process

GAT – B 2020 – Check Important dates, Eligibility Criteria and Application Process. The Graduate Aptitude Test-Biotechnology (GAT-B), being conducted by the Regional Centre for Biotechnology on behalf of the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, is the admission eligibility test for DBT-supported PG programmes in the participating institutions. The GAT-B examination centres will be spread across the country.

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The list of examination centres can be seen at The examination will be a Computer Based Test (CBT). The duration of the examination will be 180 minutes. The details of examination, marking scheme and syllabus is available at Note that the GAT-B rank is valid for the academic year 2020-21 only. Call for admissions will be advertised separately by the participating institutions for DBT-supported programmes. RCB/DBT will not be responsible for the admission & selection process by the individual participating institutions.

This eligibility test replaces Combined Entrance Examination for Biotechnology (CEEB) conducted previously by Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)

GAT – B 2020

Name of the Board

Regional Centre for Biotechnology

Exam Name

Graduate Aptitude Test-Biotechnology (GAT-B)

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Candidates meeting eligibility criteria for admission to DBT-supported programmes in participating institutions as per Annexure-A are eligible to apply for GAT-B. You may further verify the eligibility criteria for a programme on the respective institution website. In case you do not meet the minimum eligibility criteria (as per Annexure A) and still appear in the entrance examination, you will do so at your own risk and cost. If at any stage, it is found that you do not fulfil the minimum eligibility requirements of the requisite DBT-supported programme, the rules of the participating institution for cancellation/termination of admission will be applicable.


The examination will be conducted in a single shift for a duration of 180 minutes. The question paper will have two parts: PART- A: Part A will have 60 compulsory multiple choice questions of the level of 10+2 in the subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology. Each correct answer will be of one mark each. There will be negative marking and for each wrong answer, ½ (half) mark will be deducted. PART-B: Part B will have multiple choice questions of bachelor’s level requiring thinking and analysis. There will be questions from basic Biology, Life Sciences, Biotechnology and allied areas as per syllabus attached. There will be 100 questions out of which the candidates will have to attempt 60 questions. Each correct answer will have a weightage of 3 marks. There will be negative marking and for each wrong answer one mark will be deducted. Sample question papers are available on RCB website. A mock test is also available on the RCB website.


All students admitted under the DBT-supported programmes of any participating institution will be paid the stipend as under: a) M.Sc. in Biotechnology & Allied Areas – Rs. 5000/- per month b) M.Sc. in Agricultural Biotechnology – Rs. 7500/- per month c) M.Tech./M.V.Sc. programmes – Rs. 12000/- per month The continuation of stipend for the second year of the programme is subject to satisfactory progress of the student, to be certified by the participating institutions. The participating institutions shall provide the list of students admitted through this process into the DBT-supported programmes and stipends will be disbursed to the students through the admitting institutions after due verification.


Detailed procedure for filling the application form, payment of application fee and uploading of required documents/certificates in the prescribed format, is given at: A nonrefundable and non-transferable application fee of Rs. 1000/- is payable online by General/ OBC candidates and Rs. 500/- by SC/ ST/ EWS/ Differently abled candidates. A candidate may opt for the test centre of his choice from the options given in the application form.


  • This examination is to rank the eligibility of the candidate among all applicants. The candidates will be given a GAT-B rank based on which they may apply to the various DBT-supported PG programmes in participating institutions. The participating institutions will advertise and admit students as per their admission & selection process.
  • Candidates are requested to kindly go through the Advertisement and the How to Apply Guide on the GAT-B portal before filling the application form.
  • If any information furnished by the candidate in the application form is found to be false, his/her admission, may be cancelled, ipso facto.
  • Candidates may note that failed payment will be reverted automatically. However, for duplicate payments, refund will be made post closure of the application form.
  • RCB reserves the right to change/cancel any Centre of Examination without assigning any reason thereof.
  • Candidates must fill the application form carefully, once submitted after payment of requisite fee, no edits/modifications will be permitted.

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