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Ph.D. in Zoology is a 3-year doctorate degree in Zoology. As an academic discipline, Zoology involves a study of animals, their structural classifications, and the science of their existence in the environment. The field is divided into several sub branches, such as:

  • Ichthyology: study of fish and their habitats
  • Ornithology: study of birds
  • Mammalogy: study of mammals.

The minimum eligibility for pursuing the course is a Master’s degree in the discipline in some cases and additionally, M.Phil. in the subject in other cases.

Eligible candidates aspiring to pursue the course need to have attained a Master’s degree in the relevant discipline with a minimum aggregate score of 55% (50% for SC/ST/PH candidates) or an equivalent grade from a recognized university/institute of higher learning, besides a 5-year teaching/ industry/ administrative/ professional experience at a senior level.

Such postgraduates are hired in capacities such as Animal Caretaker, Conservationist, Animal Rehabilitator, Documentary Maker, Animal & Wildlife Educator, Forensic Expert, Animal Trainer, Lab Technician, Zoo Curator, Animal Breeder, Researcher, Animal, Behaviorist, Wildlife Biologist, Veterinarian, Zoo Keeper, etc.

The average tuition fee charged for the course in India ranges between INR 2,000 and 8 Lacs for a span of 3 years, and the average annual salary offered to such professionals ranges between INR 1.5 and 6 Lacs, increasing with the candidate’s experience and expertise in the field.

Top Colleges for Ph.D. (Zoology)

  • Ph.D. (Zoology) in Tamil Nadu
  • Ph.D. (Zoology) in Maharashtra
  • Ph.D. (Zoology) in Uttar Pradesh
  • Ph.D. (Zoology) in Kerala
  • Ph.D. (Zoology) in Rajasthan

Ph.D. in Zoology: Course Highlights

Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.

Course LevelDoctorate
Duration3 years
Examination TypeSemester System
Admission ProcessBased on short-listed candidates’ performance in the round of interview.
Course FeeINR 2,000 to 8 Lacs
Average Starting SalaryINR 1.5 to 6 lacs per annum
Top Recruiting CompaniesWildlife Sanctuaries, National Parks, Botanical Gardens, Zoos, Research Laboratories, Aquariums, Animal Clinics, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Museums, Pharmaceutical Companies, Veterinary Hospitals, etc.
Job PositionsAnimal Caretaker, Conservationist, Animal Rehabilitator, Documentary Maker, Animal & Wildlife Educator, Forensic Expert, Animal Trainer, Lab Technician, Zoo Curator, Animal Breeder, Researcher, Animal, Behaviorist, Wildlife Biologist, Veterinarian, Zoo Keeper, and such.

Ph.D. in Zoology: What is it about?

The course is designed for students wishing to study animal behavior at an advanced level and as an academic specialty, besides evolutionary trends, species and characteristics, and the structure, functioning, behavior, and evolution of animals, including living beings.

Television channels such as National Geographic, Animal Planet, and Discovery channel offer various opportunities for documentary film-making for such specialists.

They may work as teachers/ lecturers in schools and colleges, often upon qualifying the NET. Also, such professionals may join chemical, pharmaceutical, and petroleum companies for jobs.

Ph.D. in Zoology: Who should opt?

Ideal candidates for the course would possess:

  • data-handling skills such as recording, collating, and analyzing data using appropriate techniques and equipment.
  • written communication skills
  • presentation and oral communication skills such as to present research findings and make presentations in a clear, succinct way.
  • project management skills, such as organizing and undertaking research projects, experiments, etc. (including budgeting, contingency planning, and time management).
  • good understanding of information technology
  • ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

Top Institutes offering Ph.D. in Zoology

Listed below are some of the top institutes in India that offer the course.

Name of InstituteCity Average Fees
Loyola College, ChennaiChennaiINR 7,200 (course)
Christ UniversityBangaloreINR 51,667 (course)
Presidency College, ChennaiChennaiINR 2,695 (course)
Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda College, ChennaiChennaiINR 2,205 (course)
Jadavpur University, KolkataKolkataINR 2,388 (course)
Indian Institute of Technology - [IIT], KanpurKanpurINR 28,044 (course)
The Northcap University - [NCU], GurgaonGurgaonINR 72,000 (course)
Shiv Nadar University - [SNU], Greater NoidaGreater NoidaINR 1,23,000 (course)
Birla Institute Of Technology - [Bit Mesra], RanchiRanchiINR 59,000 (course)
Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj University, KanpurKanpurINR 53,000 (course)
Periyar Maniammai University - [PMU], ThanjavurThanjavurINR 18,000 (course)
Central University of Jharkhand - [CUJ], RanchiRanchiINR 24,967 (course)
Cochin University of Science and Technology - [CUSAT], KochiKochiINR 5,538 (course)
Centurion University of Technology and Management - [CUTM], BhubaneswarBhubaneswarINR 73,333 (course)
Manav Rachna International University - [MRIU], FaridabadFaridabadINR 75,000 (course)
IFTM University, MoradabadMoradabadINR 40,000 (course)
Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith - [MGKV], VaranasiVaranasiINR 10,100 (course)
GLA University, MathuraMathuraINR 67,500 (course)
Khalsa College, AmritsarAmritsarINR 30,000 (course)
Banaras Hindu University - [BHU], VaranasiVaranasiINR 6,627 (course)
KR Mangalam University, GurgaonGurgaonINR 65,000 (course)
Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University - [RTMNU], NagpurNagpurINR 30,833 (course)

Eligibility for Ph.D. in Zoology

As a minimum criterion of eligibility, aspiring candidates need to meet the following minimum eligibility criteria:

  • Postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline, completed from a recognized institute/university.
  • A minimum aggregate score of 55% (50 % for SC/ST/PH hopefuls) or equivalent grade at the level of post-graduation.
  • At least 5 years of teaching/ industry/ administrative/ professional experience at a senior level.

 Ph.D. in Zoology: Admission Process

Admission to the course in India is made on the basis of the candidate’s performance in a relevant written test and/or a round of Personal Interview and/or performance in a relevant qualifying examination. Candidates are shortlisted based on both academic record and performance in a relevant nation-wide screening test, such as:


  • SLET
  • GATE
  • GPAT
  • ICAR entrance tests.

Ph.D. in Zoology: Syllabus and Course Description

A semester-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated here.

Semester I

Semester II

EcologyFisheries and Aquaculture
EndocrinologyGenetics and Molecular Biology
Environmental Biology & ToxicologyWildlife Biology
-Stem Cells and Developmental Biology

Ph.D. in Zoology: Career Prospects

Owing the growing need for conservation and administration of natural life in the present-day society, such postgraduates are employed in a number of lucrative professional vocations.

They are also often needed for professional research and documentary-making. Zoologists are additionally employed in zoos, wildlife settings, greenhouses, natural conservation-based organizations, national parks, colleges, labs, aquariums, animal facilities, fisheries and aquaculture, historical centers, pharmaceutical companies, veterinary healing centers, and such.

Such professionals are hired in capacities such as Animal Behaviorists, Animal Raisers, Animal Trainers, Animal Caretakers, Animal and Wildlife Educators, Animal Rehabilitators, Conservationists, Documentary Makers, Forensic Experts, Lab Technicians, Researchers, Wildlife Biologists, Veterinarians, Zoo Attendants, Zoo Curators, and related roles.

Tabulated below are some of the popular professional avenues open to such postgraduates in private and public sectors, along with the corresponding salaries and basic job duties.

Job PositionJob DescriptionAverage Annual Pay Scale in INR
Animal CaretakerAn Animal Caretaker is responsible for catering to the daily requirements of animals. They feed, prep, bathe, and conduct daily exercises for, pets and other wild animals. They work in an assortment of settings, including pet hotels, zoos, stables, pet stores, veterinary centers, and aquariums.3,20,000
ConservationistA Conservationist works with landowners and governments to ensure conservation of natural assets such as soil and water. They help discover approaches for resource use without exploiting nature and wildlife. They are often called Soil and Water Conservationists or Preservation/Conservation Researchers5,80,000
Forensic ExpertForensic Science Specialists inspect and assess physical aspects, compositions of wild animals’ anatomies, and conduct physical examinations. They might be required to work with blood and other organic liquids, hair, bodily discharge, drugs, strands, paint, and glass.6,35,000
Wildlife BiologistZoologists and Wildlife Biologists observe and examine wild animals and other forms of wildlife, and analyze how they associate with their biological communities. They observe the physical natures of animals, animal practices, and the effects people have on wildlife and their natural habitats.8,20,000
Zoo KeeperZookeepers are in charge of maintain the well-being of zoo animals. Such managers routinely execute daily tasks for animals, such as bathing, feeding, and taking care of their regular physical exercise.7,50,000

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