Online Registrations Open: WCS-NCBS MSc Program in Wildlife Biology and Conservation

  • From:
    September 1, 2015
  • To:
    December 13, 2015
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Admission for the Academic Year 2016 – 18

The Masters program is offered once every two years (in even years). Admission to the program is advertised in August-September of the year before the start of the course. Students are selected based on a written test, a detailed application, referee letters and an interview of short-listed candidates. The written test assesses general knowledge, English language skills, analytical and quantitative abilities and knowledge of basic biology, ecology and conservation issues. This test is conducted in over 30 centres across India, including most state capitals, in early December.


Indian students with a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline (including those in the final year of graduation) with a minimum of 50% marks in the core subjects are eligible to apply. Central, South and Southeast Asian nationals with similar qualifications are also eligible to apply. Candidates must be below 35 years or younger as on July 1st of the year of application.

Course fees and Fellowship

All selected candidates receive a studentship that covers their academic fees and living expenses. Continuation of the studentship depends on satisfactory academic performance and discipline. All students are expected to reside at the institutional hostel facilities.

The online registration for the next academic year is open on our website.

The Nationwide Entrance Examination is on Sunday, December 13, 2015.

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Email: mscwildlife [at]

Why apply?

  • Support from several leading research institutions.
  • Faculty of established scientists and practitioners in wildlife conservation, drawn from institutions in India and abroad.
  • A syllabus that covers biological, ecological, socio-economic, legal and governance issues in conservation.
  • Studentships that cover fees, course materials and living expenses.
  • Excellent campus facilities at the National Center for Biological Sciences, including access to the latest literature, state of the art laboratories and a vibrant research community.

The course is offered once in two years. Students from a wide range of academic backgrounds are eligible for admission, reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of conservation. The written test would assess the analytical and quantitative abilities, knowledge of basic biology, awareness and interest in current affairs and conservation issues and ability to communicate in English.

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