Ph. D. Admission

The Institute at present admits students to the P.G. School under two separate streams namely, Open Competition and Foreign Students.

The admission policies and procedures have been prescribed by the Academic Council keeping in view the distinct arenas and requirements of candidates coming from various streams. The details of these policies and procedures are:

Open Competition


For Ph.D. courses, an advertisement is published by CIFE in leading newspapers and CIFE web-site during March/April each year with all the details related to the admission.

The total number of students to be admitted in Masters and Doctoral degree programmes in an academic year is decided by the Academic Council, keeping in view the availability of teaching faculty and the laboratory facilities. The number of seats available in each academic discipline will be clearly indicated in the admission notice and is not altered without the concurrence of the Academic Council.

Ph.D programs:
DisciplineNo.of Seats
Fisheries Resource Management6
Aquaculture 9
Post Harvest Technology 4
Fish Genetics 3
Fish Biotechnology 3
Fish Nutrition and Feed Technology 3
Fish Physiology and Biochemistry 2
Fisheries Economics 2
Fisheries Extension 2
Aquatic Environmental Management 3
Aquatic Animal Health Management 4
Total 41

Procedure For Application

Prescribed Application Form and Information Bulletin/Prospectus for the Entrance Test and Admission to Ph.D. programmes can be obtained from the Chief Administrative Officer/Registrar, Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Panch Marg, Off Yari Road, Andheri (W), Mumbai - 400061. The request for Information Bulletin and Application Form may be made at CIFE office through post well in advance

The Information Bulletin bears a serial number at the top right corner. This number, the course and the discipline to which admission is sought, must be quoted in all correspondence.

The Information Bulletin contains the following enclosures :

  • Two computerized application forms which have to be filled very carefully and neatly as per the instructions. These forms have a number printed on it as application number. The applicant is required to check whether this number is the same in both the forms as well as on Provisional Admit Card, Acknowledgement Card and the Information Bulletin. Provisional Admit Card
  • Specimen Copy of Answer Sheet
  • Acknowledgement Card
  • One envelope for mailing the application

A candidate can apply for admission to only one specialisation.

The application forms along with the Provisional Admit Card and Acknowledgement Card (affixed with postal stamps of the amount indicated therein, and filled legibly and correctly by the applicant) should be forwarded with necessary sets of attested copies of the documents, viz., high school certificates as a proof of date of birth, mark sheet of degree examination passed and SC/ST certificate (if applicable) so as to reach the Chief Administrative Officer/Registrar, Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Panch Marg, Off Yari Road, Versova, Mumbai – 400061, on or before the last date notified. The last date for receipt of completed application form from the candidates residing in Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim, Ladakh Division of Jammu & Kashmir, Lahaul & Spiti Districts and Pangi Sub-division of Chamba District of Himachal Pradesh, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Lakshwadeep (complete in all respects) will be notified each year. Applications received after the last date shall not be entertained.

Candidates who are in employment must submit their application through proper channel along with the declaration form duly filled in by the employer.

If a candidate furnishes wrong information or suppresses any relevant information, his/her admission will be cancelled.


Ph.D. M.F.Sc. (4 years B.F.Sc.+2 years P.G./3 years B.Sc.+3 years P.G. pattern/M.Sc. offered at CIFE (up to 1995) or D.F.Sc., provided the candidate holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Science and has two years of experience in fisheries development work after obtaining D.F.Sc. In the case of sponsored candidates, those holding M.Sc. in Fish and Fisheries, and related disciplines with at least two years’ experience in fisheries development work are also eligible to apply. The minimum age limit for admission to Ph.D. shall be 22 years. The age shall be reckoned as on 31st July for the academic year starting on 1st August the same year.

The minimum essential qualification for OBC candidates for M.F.Sc. and Ph.D. will be similar to that of general candidates. The minimum qualifications for various categories are 7.5 out of 10 for OBC and general candidates, and 7.0 out of 10.0 for SC/ST candidates (as approved by the 39th Academic Council Meeting).

Reservations For The Scheduled Castes/Tribes:

Fifteen per cent of the total available seats shall be reserved for the Scheduled Caste, seven and a half per cent for the Scheduled Tribe and twenty-seven per cent for Other Backward Community candidates subject to their being otherwise suitable. At the time of finalization of the allocation of seats, the seats to be reserved for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes shall be identified and earmarked discipline-wise, and shall be notified in the advertisement. These reservations shall be interchangeable, i.e., if sufficient number of candidates are not available to fill up the seats reserved for Scheduled Tribe candidates, these can be filled up from among suitable Scheduled Caste candidates and vice-versa within the discipline. Under no circumstances, the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe seats shall be transferable from one discipline to another discipline or from M.F.Sc. to Ph.D. programme and vice-versa. The Scheduled Caste/Tribe candidates who are selected for admission on the basis of merit as well as those who are admitted on the basis of relaxed standards may be counted against the reserved quota and there is no maximum limit on the admission of the candidates belonging to the two categories.

Documents to be attached

  • Proof of date of birth
  • Matriculation (Xth ) or equivalent certificate and marksheet
  • 10+2/intermediate/pre-university/pre-degree examination/higher secondary certificate and mark sheet
  • Bachelor's degree certificate and mark sheet
  • Scheduled Caste/Tribe Certificate in the proforma as at Annexure-II of Information Bulletin from District Magistrate or the authorities empowered to issue such a certificate of verification issued not more than six months before the date of application
  • For in-service candidates, Sponsorship Certificate (Annexure-III of Information Bulletin)

Provisional Admit Cards for the Combined Competitive Examination to be conducted usually in June will be sent by registered post well in advance to all eligible candidates who have submitted their application complete in all respects by the due dates. However, if a candidate does not receive the Admit Card well in advance of the date of Combined Competitive Examination but is satisfied that he/she fulfils the eligibility requirements in terms of percentage of marks or OGPA as given in the Information Bulletin, he/she may contact the Chief Administrative Officer/Registrar, Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Panch Marg, Off Yari Road, Versova, Mumbai – 400061, at his phone/fax. For this purpose, keep a photocopy of your application form and postal receipt indicating the date of submission of the application.

Selection for Ph.D.

An All India Competitive Written Examination for admission to Ph.D. in Fisheries shall be held in June at Mumbai. The candidates who fulfil the minimum eligibility criteria will be permitted to appear at the Entrance Test. To test the knowledge of the candidate in the discipline to which admission is sought, a written test covering the subject matter shall be conducted before the interview. The details will be advertized in advance on the website.