BINC 2011-Bioinformatics National Certification Exam–JNU

Bio-Informatics National Certification (BINC) 2011 will be conducted by Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi during February 2011. The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India has started this exam to certify Bioinformatics professionals and make them available for potential employers for recruitment. School of Computational and Integrative Science, Jawaharlal Nehru University is acting as nodal agency for this exam. The govt. of India identified other six centers to coordinate the process. These are Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology, Bangalore; University of Pune, Pune; North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong; West Bengal University of Technology, Kolkata; Anna University, Chennai and University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad. Following are other details:

Eligibility: Applicants should be Graduate in Science/ Engineering / Technology/ Agriculture/ Veterinary/ Medicine/ Pharmacy. Candidates do not need any kind of formal training in Bioinformatics such as certificate, diploma or degree in Bioinformatics. Those going to appear or waiting for final year exams / results also can apply. International students also can apply for BINC 2011.

Pattern of Examination: BINC examination consists of three papers. These are:

1. Paper I: Objective Paper: 100 questions – 100 marks.
2. Paper II: Short Answers Type paper: 15 questions - 150 marks
3. Paper III: Practicals: 2 questions - 100 marks (This is computer based practical exam with questions from Bioinformatics).

The syllabus of BINC exam consists of four sections. These are Biology, Physical and Chemical Sciences, Information Technology and Bioinformatics. The DBT awards DBT-BINC - Junior Research Fellowships to all BINC qualified candidates to pursue Ph.D. in any Indian University provided they meet the criteria of the respective institutes /universities. Top 10 BINC candidates shall get a cash prize of Rs. 10000 each.

Remember these points: There will be negative marking for Paper I. Candidates those secured at least 40 percent marks or above in Paper I only eligible to appear for Paper II and III. Candidates those secured a minimum of 40 percent marks in each of the 3 papers will be certified.

Interested candidates can apply online only through Candidates should pay the fee as a DD for Rs. 600 (Rs. 450 for reserved candidates). You can also download hard copy of application and send it to the below address along with required copies and fee. Printed application forms should be sent to ‘Coordinator BINC, School of Computational & Integrative Sciences, JNU, New Delhi -110067.

Important Dates of BINC 2011:

1. Start of online application process: 13th December 2010
2. Last date for application: 03th February 2011
3. Display of the list of eligible candidates: 12th February 2011
4. Availability of admit cards on the website: 12th February 2011
5. BINC 2011 Examination: February 26-27, 2011
6. Announcement of Results: 27th March 2011

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