M.Sc. IN NEUROSCIENCE AT THE NATIONAL BRAIN RESEARCH CENTRE (NBRC), MANESAR
Aishwarya Kalra and Abhija Chatterjee
Pursue a Masters in Neuroscience from NBRC
Interested in pursuing Neurosciences from the National Brain Research Centre (NBRC)? Continue reading to get a glimpse into the admission process, entrance exam preparation, college facilities, and more.
Before going into the hard facts though, let us answer a more general question for you- What is Neuroscience?
What is Neuroscience?
Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary science working closely with cognate disciplines such as mathematics, linguistics, engineering, computer science, chemistry, philosophy, psychology, and medicine; the main focus being on the impact our brain has on our behavior, the ways we think, and other cognitive functions.
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Based in Manesar, Haryana, NBRC is an autonomous institute funded by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India. It is the only institute in India, at present, which is essentially dedicated to neuroscience education and research.
About MSc at NBRC
The MSc in Neuroscience offered at National Brain Research Centre (NBRC) is a 2 year program; of which, the first year is essentially dedicated to compulsory, rigorous coursework aimed at providing firm grounding to its students. In their second year, students can select a lab to pursue a full-time research project.
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To be eligible for MSc in Neuroscience program offered at NBRC, one must possess:
- A Bachelor's degree or equivalent in any branch of Science such as Psychology/ Life Sciences / Physics / Chemistry / Mathematics / Statistics / Computer Applications / Pharmacy / Veterinary Science / Engineering / Technology / Medicine with a minimum of 55% (50% for SC / ST / PH candidates) marks or an equivalent grade from a UGC recognized Institute / University.
- Applicants appearing for their final year of the qualifying exam are also eligible to apply for this program.
For more details, CLICK HERE.
JGEEBILS (Joint Graduate Entrance Examination for Biology and Interdisciplinary Life Sciences) is the qualifying examination for admission into the MSc Programme at NBRC.
This entrance exam is conducted by the National Centre for Biological Sciences. This test was initially started by the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research annual entrance test for Biology. After qualifying this entrance exam, the selected candidates are called for an interview.
Application form for JGEEBILS.
Note: Applying to NBRC MSc Program separately is mandatory as merely applying for JGEEBILS does not send one’s application automatically to NBRC.
CLICK HERE for the Application form of NBRC.
Mode of Application
NBRC provides both online/offline modes for applying to their courses. The link to apply online has already been provided. Now, to apply offline, the following procedure needs to be followed:
To apply offline, one needs to obtain the application form from NBRC. To do so, one needs to send a self-addressed A4 Size envelope to the Registrar, National Brain Research Centre, Manesar, 122052, District- Gurgaon, Haryana indicating the following:-
- The program to which they wish to apply.
- The channel through which they wish to apply (which, in the case of the MSc Program is limited to JGEEBILS)
Application fee for candidates applying through online mode:
- General category: 300/-
- SC/ST/Others: 150/-
Application fee for candidates applying through offline mode:
- General Category: 350/-
- SC/ST/Others: 200/-
For further details on payment procedures for both online & offline modes, CLICK HERE.
Tips and Book Recommendations for Entrance Preparation
The National Center for Biological Sciences (NCBS) website mentions that there is no specified syllabus for the JGEEBILS exam and will be basic in terms of the questions asked in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Maths. Keeping that in mind, one should first make sure they’re good with standard IX-XII PCMB (Physics, Chemistry Maths, Biology) and the best books to refer to for this level of preparation are the NCERTs.
Practicing previous years' question papers always goes a long way. Hence, one must make sure they have rigorously gone through at least the past five years' question papers and have solved them in an exam-simulated environment.
If admitted to this reputed institute, one shall be entitled to a fellowship of 12,000/- month.
NBRC is not only an institute of national recognition but also a great choice for students wishing to set foot in the field of Neuroscience. We hope this blog could be of use to you and help you a little in gaining clarity on the institution of your choice. If it did, do not forget to drop in some feedback, we'd sincerely appreciate that!