Details of Courses

M.Sc. (Biochemistry)

The Masters’ programme endeavours to provide the students with excellent training in Biochemistry emphasizing on solid background of basic concepts as well as rapid advancement in the field.  In addition to theoretical knowledge, considerable emphasis is also given to offer the students hands on experience in the forefront areas of Biochemistry. In the first year they interact and train extensively with all the faculty members in several basic areas of practical biochemistry learning to design, execute, analyze and present scientific data. They are individually allowed to do experiments and are exposed to very sophisticated, state-of-the-art equipments. Besides, an important feature of our programme pertains to the dissertation carried out by every student during the second year in the supervision of a mentor. They are given a short research project with a defined problem that provides them an opportunity to grow in a research environment. It exposes them to various aspects pertaining to research including the habit of scientific reading, research methodology, analytical ability, organizational capability, independent thinking and scientific writing. Thus, they are well trained to join any laboratory of modern biology and start right away without much lag period. This has borne fruit for our masters’ students since many of them have co-authored papers and reviews in peer reviewed international journals, attended and presented posters at national conferences. 


Admission criteria 

For Entrance examination :   B.Sc. (General) or B.Sc. (Honours) or an equivalent undergraduate degree in any branch of life sciences, 60% or above marks in qualifying exam.

For Merit based examination: B.Sc. (Hons) in Biochemistry from the University of Delhi (after 10+2+3), 60% or above marks in qualifying exam.

No. of seats = 12

Year Mode of admission General  SC ST OBC Sub-total Total
2019-20  Entrance 3 1 0 2 6 12
 Merit 3 1 1 1 6
 Sub-total 6 2 1 3 12
2020-21  Entrance 3 1 1 1 6 12
 Merit 3 1 0 2 6
 Sub-total 6 2 1 3 12


Procedure of Admission

50% seats (06) will be filled as per the merit based examination and rest 50% seats will be filled through entrance based examination.

The entrance test will consist of 100 questions. The question paper shall consist of Multiple Choice Question (MCQ). Duration of the test will be 2 hours. Each question will carry 4 (Four) marks and each question will have only one correct answer as an option. There will be NEGATIVE MARKING for wrong answer. Each correct answer shall be awarded 4 marks, while one mark will be deducted for each wrong answer. 

The tentative schedule for entrance test is available at the University M.SC admission portal : uploads/Admissions/2018/Entran ceSchedule-2018.pdf

Notification regarding EWS reservation and Seat increase

Bulletin of Information for M.Sc. Course (2018-19)

Syllabus for M.Sc. Entrance

M.Sc. Syllabus 2015 onwards

M.Sc. syllabus 2009-2015

CBCS Syllabus (2018-19) approved by Standing Committee

Academic Council Resolution (syllabus change)



Eligibility Criteria

1.    The eligibility criteria for admission is minimum 55% marks in Masters degree/M.Phil./M.Tech./LL.M./M.D./M.S. Degree in the same or allied subject from a recognized University with 5% relaxation for OBC/SC/ST and Persons with Disability.The allied subjects for admission to Ph.D. in a particular Department shall be decided by the DRC of that respective Department.

2.    No Candidate shall be eligible to register for the Ph.D. programme if he/she is already registered for any full time programme of study in any University/Institution.

Candidates shall be admitted to the Ph.D. programme under following categories on the basis of their performance in the written test and/or interview:

Category I

Candidates with Masters or equivalent degree must appear in a written entrance exam conducted by the Department in order to be eligible for interview. Based on the performance in the written test, which is the qualifying exam, the shortlisted candidates shall appear for an interview.

Category II

Candidates who have cleared a national level examination like CSIR/UGC-NET-JRF, DBT-JRF, ICMR-JRF, DST-INSPIRE or equivalent valid fellowship may appear for interview without appearing in the departmental entrance test. Candidates who have appeared in the above examinations but await results may also apply. However, they shall be called for the interview only upon providing a valid documentary evidence of having qualified for the fellowship. Candidates who have already initiated their fellowships in some other institution and are interested to have the fellowship transferred to the University of Delhi may also apply, provided the period of available fellowship is at least 4 years. The candidates who have been awarded lectureship in the CSIR/UGC-NET (or equivalent examination) may also directly appear for interview.

Category III

Candidates who have obtained or post graduate degree in professional courses approved by the relevant statutory body such as LL.M. M.Tech. etc. with a minimum of 60% marks/equivalent grades or candidates having a Masters degree with at least two-year research experience in a reputed institution may appear for interview directly, if the candidate has national level fellowship. For obtaining Non-NET fellowships, such candidates have to appear in entrance examination.

Category IV

Candidates holding fellowships/research positions in research projects (subject to selection by duly constituted committee as per the University norms for research projects) may appear directly for interview.

Category V

Scientists/professionals working at defense and space institutions/organizations/R&D institutes of the Government of India/State Government and with whom the University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding may directly appear for interview.

Category VI

Faculty members who are in service in the University of Delhi and who have a minimum of two years' teaching/research experience may directly appear for interview.


How to apply:

Candidates interested in Ph.D. admission should submit duly filled on-line application form at as soon as the portal is open and announcement is made by the University.

Candidates will be selected on the basis of an Entrance Test comprising of a Written Test and an Interview.

Candidates holding a (i) valid national level research fellowship,  (ii) research position in research projects or (iii) awarded lectureship in the CSIR-UGC NET (or equivalent examination) are exempted from the written test, but will be required to register online and to appear for the interview for selection. The interview will be held at University of Delhi South campus.  Students who have qualified GATE with 91 percentile and above may appear directly for interview.


The entrance test will consist of 50 questions (MCQ). Duration of the test is 2 hours.  There will be NEGATIVE MARKING for wrong answer. Each correct answer shall be awarded 4 marks, while one mark will be deducted for each wrong answer. 

The tentative schedule for entrance test and interview is available at the University PhD admission portal at :     

Bulletin of Information for M.Phil/Ph.D Course (2018-19)

Syllabus for Ph.D. Entrance Test

Ph.D. course work syllabus 2017 onwards

Ph.D. Syllabus 2016-2017

Ph.D. Ordinance VI

Relaxation policy - Entrance Ph.D. Exam

Ph.D. thesis submission protocol