M.F.Sc 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


An advertisement for admission to M.F.Sc. courses is published by ICAR, New Delhi, in the leading newspapers of India each year during January/February inviting applications for 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.

The list of the courses with the available number of seats for Masters and Doctoral programmes being offered by this Deemed University are given as under:
M.F.Sc programs :
DisciplineNo.of Seats
Fisheries Resource Management8
Aquaculture 10
Post Harvest Technology 7
Fish Genetics and Breeding 6
Fish Biotechnology 6
Aquatic Animal Health Management 8
Fish Nutrition and Feed Technology 6
Fish Physiology and Biochemistry 6
Fisheries Economics 6
Fisheries Extension 8
Aquatic Environmental Management 6
Total 77


Only those candidates having their Bachelor’s Degree in Fisheries Science (B.F.Sc.) under the 10+2+4 system areeligible to apply for admission. Candidates must have obtained at least 60% marks or an overall grade point average (OGPA) of 6.50 out of 10.00, 3.25 out of 5.00 or 2.60 out of 4.00 (for SC/ST candidates, 55% marks or OGPA of 6.00 out of 10.00, 3.00 out of 5.00 or 2.40 out of 4.00).

Minimum age limit is 19 years as on 31st July for the academic year starting on 1st August the same calendar year. As approved by the 40th Academic Council, five seats per year are allotted to the candidates from state fisheries departments. These seats are over and above the regular seats. The minimum eligibility for the admission of inservice candidates is B.F.Sc.; however, the candidates having an equivalent degree with five years’ experience in the state department service will also be eligible for admission, but they have to pass the deficiency course of one year duration before joining the regular M.F.Sc. programme.

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 M.F.Sc.

A combined examination for the award of ICAR Junior Research Fellowship and admissions to 100% seats of Master's Degree Programme at CIFE is conducted by the Education Division, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Krishi Anusandhan Bhavan - II, Pusa, New Delhi - 110012, in April.

The subject-wise syllabi for the combined examination are given in the Information Bulletin. The Application Form and Information Bulletin can be obtained by post from the Assistant Director General (EPD), ICAR, Krishi Anusandhan Bhavan - II, Pusa, New Delhi - 110012.

Candidates will be selected at the time of counseling for the award of ICAR Junior Research Fellowship and admission to State Agricultural Universities and Deemed Universities on the basis of merit in the Entrance Examination

Five seats in M.F.Sc. are reserved for the in-service candidates belonging to the state fisheries departments over and above the allotted seats by ICAR. However, the candidates not possessing B.F.Sc. degree, but having experience of more than five years in the department may have to undergo deficiency course for one year duration in the relevant field before they join the regular M.F.Sc. programme

Two seat each is reserved for Physically Handicapped and Kashmiri Migrants and candidates from Underprivileged States.