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I want to become a professor of Biology. What is the eligibility criteria for that?

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RE: I want to become a professor of Biology. What is the eligibility criteria for that?

Preeti Taneja
Preeti Taneja
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Head Guidance & Counselling at Project Wisdom, CSR initiative of Canam Consultants Limited, Chandigarh
  • Chandigarh

To becomea professorof biology one needs to have a PhD in related discipline of biology. e.g if an aspirant is keen to become a professor of biochemistry she has to take up admission in BSc Biochemistry followed by MSc and PhD. Apart from educational background one needs to have teaching aptitude as well

Pursuing a career i biology can beimmenselyrewarding and exciting. Studying biology teaches us to ask questions, make observations ,evaluateevidences

and solve
problems Biologists learn how living things work, how they interact with one another and how they evolve. They may studycellsunder a microscope, insects in arain forest viruses that affect human beings , plants ingreenhouse etc.

RE: I want to become a professor of Biology. What is the eligibility criteria for that?

manojjnu Kumar
manojjnu Kumar

Well ! you are trying to be a desent and the most responsible person of the society that is Professor !

I do not know where you stand right now that is why i will give you a gradual details:

1. After schooling you must be joining intermediate in biology including physics, chemistry and possibly having maths as complementory
2. Follow up with graduation in Biological Sciences with Honours (on a specilaized subject-Botany/Zoology), Biochemistry, Microbiology, Medical Sciences-MBBS etc.
3. Go for MS, MSc MD/MS-Medical etc then must qualify UGC-NET, CSIR-JRF etc then you can directly join lecturership in any college but next step is mendatory for professional and academic enrichment and promotion-step 4 below
4. Look for several entrance test for Ph.D in your specialization and join any excellent research group under esteemd professor who can guide you on your merit. JRF is not only a qualification for Ph.D it supports you financially with good emolument.
5. Also a B.Tech/M.Tech with bio-engineering or Biotechnology background can go for GATE qualification and explore the Ph.D in Biological Sciences
6. If you do not have NET/GATE then directly you join any Govt sponsored project under any research professor (Principal Investigator) and avail the research fellowship and go for Ph.D registration
7. Ph.D research tenure depends on your skill and problem type which results into very good publication at national and international repute along with your prestigious degree.
8. Apart from these above listed inputs you can try GRE/TOFEL etc for abroad university and join doctorate program
9. To enrich your knowlede many websites are available online just explore them and prepare yourself.
10. After conferring Ph.D you can earn Postdoctoral degree from India and outside which gives you learning and earning exposure.
11. Based on entire long terms and conditions you will be able to apply for a job that will be Lecturer/Asst Professor/Reader/Associate Professor/Professor

Best of luck for your endeavors
Dr. Manoj

RE: I want to become a professor of Biology. What is the eligibility criteria for that?

Vivek Kumar
Vivek Kumar
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  • Meerut

Dear Aspirant, I am really happy to answer this question, reason being that I also belong to Professor category. You want to become a professor of Biology. The world Biology is very wide, and technically it includes many allied subjects, like Microbiology, Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Biochemistry, Botany (though it is plant science). The Indian Universities or institutions do not offer a degree in Biology. They offer degree in Microbiology/Botany/Zoology/Bioscinces etc.
There are many western universities, which usually offers degree in Biology (specially in masters and doctoral degree). Now you have to decide in which specific field you wish to obtain a degree, so that you can achieve the title of Professor.

First of all you have to take biology in intermediate or 10+2 standard. Then in graduate program, you have to take biology as subsidiery subject. It could be botany, zoology, microbiology, biotechnology or biochemistry. After your graduation program, you have to pursue masters degree in specific subject like Microbiology or Biotechnology. These are the specialized subjects, along with these major subjects you have to also study minor or supporting subjects. After a masters degree, a doctoral degree is a must. Here you have to work on a specific topic which will make you learned in that field.
You must be aware that to become a professor you have to have a doctoral degree. Now a days, the entry level in indian colleges, universities, institutes requires National Eligibility Test (NET) certificate. Therefore, during the doctoral degree program, you have to prepare yourself and clear this NET examination.

The entry level will be as lecturer or Assistant Professor. To become a professor you have to work hard, you have to still prove yourself, by teaching, guiding doctoral degree students and carry out research projects. You have to publish many research papers, books, book chapters. The person is selected as professor after fulfilling these qualifications, there is interview also.

Therfore, my dear students, to become a professor in biology, you have to develop passion for it, and then join a reputed university. If you can pursue a degree in Biology (Microbiology, biotechnology, biochemistry, genetics) from a western university, then it will be very beneficial for you. Because a person hoding degree from abroad is considered better than a person having an Indian degree.
But in my opinion, any one from an Indian degree can do any thing any where..
Good Luck...

RE: I want to become a professor of Biology. What is the eligibility criteria for that?

Gomathi Venkat
Gomathi Venkat
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Managing Director at GV Counseling Group
  • Bengaluru

Dear aspirant


Thank you for approaching counsellors at Good to see students of this age are also thinking of teaching jobs. As i keep saying a professor is a highly responsible job and also a reputable one in the society, only those who have sincerity and passion towards teaching are suitable for this post. To become a professor of Biology there are certain eligible conditions.
1. Pass 10th with a over all first class and also have studied science that includes Biology in it.
2. Pass 12th class with a over all first class and also have studied Biology in it. Therefore students should include Biology compulsorily at higher school level. Therefore studying either PCB or PCMB are appropriate routes to become a professor of biology in future.
3. Study a basic bachelors degree related to biology. Students always tend to think that those who only study BSc Biology are eligible to be a biology professor in future and the truth is actually not so. Students should do any degree in which biology is a major component and it could be either a three year bachelors degree like the BSc Biology, BSc Biotechnology, Micro biology, Molecular biology, genetics or even a BTech Biotechnology, industrial biotechnology, medical biotechnology, environmental biotechnology etc. Please ensure that you have a 60% first class in this bachelors degree.
4. After bachelors the most prefered route is a masters degree and this also could be a MSc Biology/ micro biology/ molecular biology/ genetics/ MTech biotechnology/ industrial or medical biotechnology/ environmental biotechnology.
5. After Masters, students can either write UGC NET / UGC LEC exam and with this national qualification they can find jobs as a lecturer in colleges. AFter three years of experience they will be promoted to a professor role.
6. Otherwise students also can choose to do a more professional research course, the Doctorate level study known as the PhD. This PhD could either be in PhD Biology or similarly like any of the subject lines that i have already mentioned above. To study a PhD, colleges require students to go through 10+2+3 or 10+2+4 pattern. This is known as either 10th class, 12th class and then a three year bachelors or a 10th class, 12th class and a four year bachelors. Apart from this UGC approved colleges also demand a 2 year masters course with a minimum 60% and UGC NET exam as the basic qualification. Students can also take UGC CSIR/ UGC JRF to be eligible for monthly stipends throughout the PhD program.

So after completing the PhD program you are directly eligible to work as a Professor of Biology.

RE: I want to become a professor of Biology. What is the eligibility criteria for that?

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