National Centre for Aquatic Animal Health offers Ph.D. programmes under two streams- Marine Biotechnology and Aquatic Animal Health. Students are advised to read the write ups/visit web sites of the Centre for having an understanding of the fields of research. They may contact guides of the Centre and check the availability of research guides. After getting the consent of a guide the candidates have to obtain the hard copy of the application form (within the prescribed time as per Common Admission Test (CAT) Notification) from the Centre by making the payment of required fee through Demand Draft taken from State Bank of India in favour of The Registrar, CUSAT, payable at Ernakulam. See Notification for CAT 2018 for fee details. The duly filled in applications should be submitted within the time prescribed in the CAT 2018 Notification. Once the applications are submitted, the Centre will intimate the candidate the schedule for DAT, Interview etc. in due course.

Eligibility for Admission to the Ph.D Programme

Candidates seeking registration to the Ph.D programme shall hold a Master's Degree from a recognized University with 55% marks in the qualifying examination, or a cGPA of 6.0 in the 10 point scale or an equivalent grade in similar scales.ÂA candidate belonging to SC/ST community is eligible for concession upto 10% marks for admission provided that he/she has a pass in the qualifying examination.

  1. Candidates seeking registration shall have passed the Departmental Admission Test and ranked as per the norms laid down in the regulation.
  2. Candidates who possess national/state research fellowship with valid scores, with committed financial assistance at the time of seeking admission, in any of the national/state level eligibility tests conducted by the agencies or by industries so recognized by the University for the purpose, are exempted from provision (ii) above.
  3. Teachers of Universities/Aided Colleges in Kerala/Teachers who are working in Quasi Government/Government Institutions recognized by CUSAT and scientists in National Level Research Laboratories, who have put in five years of continuous service, and foreign nationals who have been sponsored under a scholarship scheme by the Government of India for undergoing Ph.D. programme in India, are exempted from provision (ii) above.

Application Submission

Candidates for PhD programmes can obtain the printed application form from the concerned Departments by paying the required application fee through Demand Draft issued by State Bank of India only, drawn in favour of “Registrar, CUSAT” payable at Ernakulam.


1) The Departmental Admission Test (DAT) shall have two parts.

Âa) Written testÂ(b) Interview

2) Candidates who have scored at least 50% marks in the written examination alone will be eligible to be ranked for admission.

ForÂPh.D ProgrammesÂCandidates belonging to SC/ST communities are entitled to a concession of 5% marks in the written examination of the DAT.

Interview for Admission

All candidates seeking admission to the PhD Programme who have passed the admission test with a minimum of 50% score, or who are exempted from the admission test under clause 2(c) (iii) above, shall be required to present themselves for an interview with the Research Committee or with a Sub Committee appointed by it. It shall also scrutinize the academic records of the candidate, the research proposal made by him/her in the application, the long term plan of the academic work to be undertaken by the candidate and recommend remedial courses to be taken by the candidate to complete the requirements of the course work. For the new Ph.D regulations please visit theÂPhD regulationsÂin the University Website.