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Bioinformatics National Certification 2018 and Fellowship by DBT, Govt. of India [Cash Prizes Worth Rs 1L]: Apply by May 31: Expired

BioInformatics National Certification – BINC Exam 2018

Biotech Consortium India Limited (BCIL), New Delhi is conducting the BINC 2018 examination on behalf Department of Biotechnology, Government of India.
BINC is a certification programme for graduate and post-graduate students for recognizing their exceptional bioinformatics knowledge and skills and to improve their employment opportunities. There is a growing need for trained manpower in the area of Bioinformatics. Currently, various universities and institutions, both government and private, impart Bioinformatics education in India.
The qualifying candidates will be awarded a lifetime certificate. This certification would facilitate industries and potential employers in recruitment of Bioinformatics professionals having exceptionally good bioinformatics skills.
The certification under Bioinformatics National Certification (BINC) scheme is given to the candidates after three tier selection process. The successful candidates are also eligible for availing Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) for pursuing Ph.D. in Bioinformatics at recognized Indian universities/institutes. The research fellowships of all BINC qualified Indian nationals are funded by DBT.
BINC qualified candidates are called DBT certified Bioinformaticians while the individuals availing the fellowships are called as DBT-BINC Junior Research Fellows (DBT-BINC-JRF). Cash prize of 10,000/- each is awarded to the top 10 BINC qualifiers.

  1. Bachelor’s/Master’s degree in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Agriculture, Veterinary, Medicine, Pharmacy, Engineering and Technology.
  2. No formal training, diploma or certificate in bioinformatics is required.
  3. Candidates in final year of Bachelor’s/ Master’s degree are also eligible to apply.
Exam Pattern

INC is conducted in a way as to test bioinformatics knowledge to the core. The stringent testing includes 3 papers, with the syllabus consisting of six sections – Bioinformatics, Biology, Physical Science, Chemical Science, Mathematics & Statistics, and Information Technology.
This includes a preliminary objective paper, on clearing which candidates can appear in the subjective second paper and finally a computer based practical exam to test practical knowledge in Bioinformatics, which is programming related to bioinformatics.

PaperTypeDate of ExamNo.of QuestionsMarksDurationTime
Paper IObjective (Online)June 23, 2018(Morning Session)1001002 hours10 AM-12 PM
Paper IIShort AnswersJuly 15, 2018(Morning Session)202003 hours9 AM-12 PM
Paper IIIPracticalJuly 15, 2018(Afternoon Session)11003 hours2PM-5 PM

The sample papers are given on this page.

Important Dates
  • Online registration period: April 25, 2018 – May 31, 2018
  • Display of list of eligible candidates on website: June 08, 2018
  • Availability of Admit cards for Part-I on the website for download: June 09, 2018
  • BINC examination (Paper I):Objective type June 23, 2018 (Part-I) MorningL 10 AM-12 PM
  • Results of Paper I: June 27, 2018
  • Availability of Admit cards for Part-II on the website for download: July 3-4, 2018
  • BINC examination (Paper II): Short answers July 15, 2018 (Part-II) 9 AM-12 PM
  • BINC examination (Paper III): Practical July 15, 2018 (Part-II) 2 PM-5 P
  • BINC final result: July 25, 2018
  • Validity of Score Card for availing fellowship: July 31, 2020
Examination Centres

Paper I: Bengaluru, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Pune, Vadodara and Thiruvananthapuram
Paper II & III: Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati (to be added in advertisement), Hyderabad, Kolkata, Pune, and Thiruvananthapuram.
The addresses are given here.

BINC Fellowship

The successful candidates are eligible for availing Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) for pursuing Ph.D. in Indian Institutes/Universities. The candidate must possess a Post-Graduate degree (or equivalent) and meet the criteria of institutes/universities in order to avail research fellowships.
After the declaration of BINC 2018 results, a certificate will be given to all BINC qualified
candidates along with an award letter to be eligible to avail fellowship till July 31, 2020.
Upon receiving the award letter, the candidate needs to select his/her research supervisor from a University/Institute/Centre where he/she can register for Ph.D. In cases where there is a separate Ph.D. admission procedure of the institution, candidates have to go through that procedure.
A student could appear for BINC examination any number of times but could avail government fellowship for a maximum of five years only once (including BINC fellowship).
For that the BINC qualified candidate will have to give an undertaking of the government fellowship availed if any in the past and the number of years of fellowship availed.
Cash award of Rs. 10,000/- can be availed only once.
Full details of the fellowship are given here.

How to apply

Online application link will be available on this page from April 25 – May 31.

For official website link, click here.


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