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BINC (Bioinformatics National Certification)

BINC, Bioinformatics National Certification was initiated by Department of Biotechnology, Government of India in 2005. The objective of this examination is to certify bioinformatics professionals and identifying quality bioinformaticians. Any candidate who qualifies in the BINC exam is entitled to a DBT-BINC Junior Research fellowship for PhD studies anywhere in Indian Institutes/Universities. The candidate must possess a postgraduate degree (or equivalent) & meet the criteria of the institutes/universities in order to avail research fellowship. In addition, top 10 BINC qualifiers are given cash awards of Rs. 10,000/-

Eligibility & Syllabus

Bachelor degree in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Agriculture, Veterinary, Medicine, Pharmacy, Engineering & Technology are eligible to appear in the examination. They need not have any formal training viz., certificate, diploma or degree in Bioinformatics. Students in final year of Bachelor & Post graduate degree are also eligible to apply.

Pattern of Examination

BINC is conducted in a way as to test bioinformatics knowledge to the core. The stringent testing includes 3 papers, with the syllabus consisting of six sections - Bioinformatics, Biology, Physical Science, Chemical Science, Mathematics & Statistics, and Information Technology. This includes a preliminary objective paper, on clearing which candidates can appear in the subjective second paper and finally a computer based practical exam to test practical knowledge in Bioinformatics, which is mostly programming related to bioinformatics.
Paper Type Date of Exam No.of Questions Marks Duration
Paper I Objective (Online) 3rd week of March 100 100 2 hours
Paper II Short answers 2nd week of April 20 200 3 hours
Paper III Practical 2nd week of April 1 100 3 hours

Important points to note:

  • For Paper I there will be negative marking of 0.25 for every wrong answer.
  • Candidates securing 40% or above marks in Paper I ONLY will be eligible to appear for Paper II and III.
Candidates scoring a minimum of 40% or above in each papers (Paper I, Paper II & Paper III) will be certified.

Important Dates (Tentative)

BINC advertisement January End
BINC online registration starts from January End
Registration period January End - February End
Display of eligible candidates on the website Mid of March
Availability of admit card for Paper-I on the website Mid of March
Results of Paper I March End
Availability of Admit cards for Part-II on the website for download March End
Examination dates Part I (Paper I) - March End
Part II (Paper II & III) -
Mid of April
BINC Results April End


Nisha Singh  
BINC Coordinator  
Biotech Consortium India Limited  
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New Delhi - 110 002  
Tel.: 011-2321 9064 - 67 Ext:- 231,236