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Biotech. @ IIT Bombay: Admission, Facilities, Placements, Events and Much More!
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) is the second oldest IIT of the country, established in 1958 with assistance from UNESCO and funded in part by the Soviet Union. Today, it's a world renowned institute of high repute offering a spectrum of courses.

The Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering (BSBE), IITB is one of the most recognized and most sought after departments offering Undergrad and Graduate courses in the field of Biotechnology in India. Best known for it's research in Biomedical Sciences and Biomedical Engineering, BSBE offers M.Sc. Biotechnology (supported by the Dept. of Biotechnology, Govt. of India), M.Tech Biomedical Engineering, integrated M.Sc. – Ph.D. and Ph.D. programs. Apart from that a nodal divison for Understanding Cell Motility and Cancer Invasion has also been established in BSBE by the name of Wadhwani Research Centre in Biosciences and Bioengineering (WRCBB)

Key Research Focus:
Living to it's name in intensive resarch, BSBE has 22 different Research groups! Following is the list (click each to get the details of their heads) of the different research groups of BSBE, IITB:

1. Autoimmunity and Cancer Immunoengineering Lab

2. Biomaterials and Bio-interface Lab

3. Biosensors and Bioinstrumentation Lab

4. Cell and Tissue Engineering Lab

5. Cell Biology Lab

6. Cellular Biophysics Lab

7. Computational Neuroscience Lab

8. Gene Regulation Lab

9. Glycobiology Lab

10. Mechanistic Structural Biology and Bio-molecular NMR Spectroscopy Lab

11. Molecular Cell Biology Lab

12. Metabolic Engineering Lab

13. Molecular Enzymology Lab

14. Molecular Genetics Lab

15. Molecular Immunology Lab

16. Molecular Parasitology Lab[/align]

17. Molecular Virology Lab

18. NanoBios Lab

19. Physical Biology Lab

20. Protein Crystallography Lab

21. Protein Engineering and Neurobiology Lab

22. Proteomics Lab

MSc Program:
Admission to MSc program is conducted through JOINT ADMISSION (JAM) test FOR M.Sc. The program is sponsored by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, with a stipend of Rs. 1200/- pm.
For details on JAM test, Please Click Here

M.Tech Program:
Admission to program is carried out through GATE (for engineering and science graduates) or AIIMS/MCI/JIPMER/PGI-Chandigarh/AFMC-Pune, DNB Part I national level medical post graduate entrance examinations or GATE Life Sciences for Medical and Biological Sciences.
Link to GATE basic info

PhD Program
The Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering offers PhD in BT (Biotechnology) and BME(Biomedical Engineering) core academic groups.

Minimum Eligibility for Admission in BIOTECHNOLOGY (BT):

1. First Class or 60% marks (55% for SC/ST) in M. Sc or equivalent degree in subjects related to Life Sciences/ Physics/ Chemistry OR B.Tech Biotechnology with:
  • a valid GATE score (eligible for Institute TAship/ RAship) OR
  • a valid CSIR/ UGC/ DBT JRF (eligible for FA category) OR
  • a valid ICMR JRF (not linked to ICMR project) (eligible for FA category) OR
  • Two year of relevant post M.Sc research experience (eligible only for project positions) OR UGC/CSIR (Lectureship) eligible only for project position.

2. First Class or 60% marks (55% for SC/ST) in M.Tech or equivalent degree in Biotechnology

Minimum Eligibility for Admission in BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING (BME) :

First Class or 60% marks (55% for SC/ST) in :
  • M.Tech/M.E. or B.Tech/B.E. in Biomedical, Chemical, Computer Science, Electrical, Electronics, Telecommunications, Instrumentation & Mechanical Engineering, and Engineering Physics OR
  • M.Sc. or equivalent in Biochemistry, Biophysics, Biotechnology, ceramics, Chemistry, Electronics, Egronomics, Material Science, Mathematics, Molecular Biology, Physics and Physiology. OR
  • First class/division in MBBS degree in occupational Physiotherapy, with AIMS (PG Entrance Test) / MCI entrance examination for MD/MS (for Medical graduate)/MBBS with MD/MS OR M.Pharm

For both BT and BME admissions in PhD, if one requires Institute financial support, then it is expected that he/she should have cleared GATE (for engineering and science graduates) or AIIMS/MCI/GIPMER/PGI-Chandigarch/ AFMC-Pune post graduate entrance examinations.

These were the major updates about BSBE IITB. Keep watching this space for further updates.

Best wishes
Sunil Nagpal
MS(Research) Scholar, IIT Delhi (Alumnus)
Advisor for the Biotech Students portal (
Computational Researcher in BioSciences at a leading MNC

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