Wildlife Institute of India MSc Admission 2024




Wildlife Institute of India announces Admission to 2 Years M.Sc. Program in Freshwater Ecology and Conservation for 2024 Session, Apply Now


Wildlife Institute of India MSc Admission 2024 – Wildlife Institute of India (An Autonomous Institution of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India) Affiliated to Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR) invites application for admission to First Batch of M.Sc. Course in Freshwater Ecology and Conservation for the academic session 2024-26. The course is currently affiliated with the Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR) and funded by the National Mission for Clean Ganga, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India.


About Wildlife Institute of India 

The Wildlife Institute of India (WII) is a premier National Institute for training, research and academics in the field of wildlife science and management. The institute has been running M.Sc. Course in Wildlife Science, Diploma and Certificate courses since its inception in 1986. These courses are widely acclaimed both nationally and internationally.



  • Twenty meritorious students will be admitted to this two-year residence course (four semesters).
  • The break-up of seats is:
    • General Candidates – 08;
    • OBC Candidates – 05;
    • SC Candidates – 03;
    • ST Candidate – 01;
    • Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) – 01;
  • Applications are open to only Indian nationals.


Important Dates


  • Details of online registration and NET available at WII and AcSIR websites : January 30, 2024
  • Online registration opens : February 20, 2024
  • Online registration closes : March 30, 2024
  • Last date of receiving properly routed application from in-service candidates : April 30, 2024
  • Online NET Exam : May 12, 2024
  • Declaration of NET results : May 30, 2024
  • Personality and Aptitude Test at WII, Dehradun : June 12-14, 2024 (may vary depending on number of candidates)
  • Declaration of final result of selected candidates : June 28, 2024
  • Last date for acceptance of joining the course by the selected candidates : July 15, 2024
  • Reporting at WII for joining the course : July 29, 2024
  • Commencement of course : August 1, 2024


Eligibility Criteria


  • Candidates having Bachelor’s degree in Life Science (Botany, Zoology, Wildlife sciences and Forestry as one of the subjects) or allied subjects such as Veterinary Science, Agriculture, Biodiversity and Conservation Science, Sustainable Development, Biotechnology and Environmental Science from a recognized university by UGC.
  • Minimum of 15 years of formal education (10+2+3).
  • The minimum qualifying marks to become eligible to appear for the written examination is 55 percent in aggregate marks or 6.0 CGPA/CPI for general and OBC and 50 percent or 5.0 CGPA/CPI percent in aggregate for SC/ST candidates. Candidates who have appeared OR will be appearing for the qualifying (final) bachelor’s degree examination and whose result is still awaited may also apply.

Age Limit

  • Not more than 25 years as on March 30, 2024 (closing date of application) with relaxation of 3 years for OBC candidates and 5 years for SC/ST candidates. For the in-service candidates working with the Forest department, Water resource management, Pollution Control Board, Central Water Commission, Irrigation department, or other water management institutions and allied government departments the age limit is 40 years as on March 30, 2024 (closing date of application).


Application Process


  • The entire process for registration and NET is “Online”.
  • Details for online registration and NET would appear on the WII’s website ( as well as AcSIR website ( latest by January 30, 2024.
  • The online registration process will be open on February 20, 2024 and will close on March 30, 2024.
  • All eligible candidates are advised to follow the latest updates on the WII and AcSIR websites for online registration of applicants, submission of application and payment of application processing fee, etc.


Application Fees


  • For each general category candidate : Rs. 1500/-
  • For OBC non creamy layer, SC and ST category : Rs. 500/-
  • Mode of Payment : Through the prescribed “Payment Gateway”.


Selection Process


  • Eligible candidates will be required to appear for an online National Eligibility Test (NET) in any one of the 14 Centres (Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Mumbai, Delhi, Lucknow, DehraDun, Ranchi, Kolkata, Guwahati, Aizawl and Jammu) on May 12, 2024 (Sunday) at 1000 hrs.
  • The allocation of test centres would be decided by the institute based on the number of candidates registered for a particular centre and the candidate would be accordingly informed.
  • The NET will be for 2-hours duration for 100 marks, with objective type questions at graduation level covering general aptitude, general knowledge, analytical and language skills, basic mathematical and quantitative skills, knowledge about basic biology, ecology and conservation issues (40 marks); Main subject Domain (40 marks) and an essay maximum 300 words on environmental issues, fresh water conservation or related subjects (20 marks).
  • The regular in-service candidates having at least five years of regular work experience will be exempted from NET.
  • Shortlisted candidates based on NET screening will be called for a Personality and Aptitude Test (PAT) / interview to be held at WII, Dehradun in May 2024.
  • Final selection to the course will be made on the basis of combined merit of 50% marks obtained in the NET and 50% of PAT. In case of equal marks in NET and PAT, the following criteria shall be adopted for taking admission in the course:

For more details and apply, please visit the official website


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