The Wildlife Institute of India (WII) was established at Dehra Dun in 1982 with a mandate to train government and non-government personnel, carry out research, and advise on conservation and management of wildlife resources.
One of its objectives is to strengthen the countrywide conservation effort through generation of scientific information and creation of a trained manpower base of biologists, wildlife ecologists, socio-economists and managers. Towards this, it undertakes extensive research in ecological, biological, management and socio-economic aspects of wildlife conservation.
WII was accorded autonomy in April 1986, which furthered its pace of growth. With many countries in south and south-east Asia region regularly sending their personnel to its training programmes, WII is already considered an important regional centre for training and education in wildlife management and conservation.
The MSc course in wildlife science at WII is affiliated to Saurashtra University (Rajkot, Gujarat). The institute also offers a PG diploma in wildlife management, a certificate course on wildlife as well as short courses on various themes related to wildlife conservation and management.
Applications are invited through advertisements in the national press and through WII’s website (www.wii.gov.in) in January. A crossed bank draft for Rs 300, favouring the Director, Wildlife Institute of India and payable at Dehra Dun, should accompany the application. The last date for receipt of application forms is in February and the address is Wildlife Institute of India, Chandrabani, Dehra Dun-248001, Uttarakhand.
Applicants should have completed 15 years of formal education and secured a minimum of 55 per cent aggregate in their BSc with a biology major. Degrees in veterinary science, forestry, agriculture and environmental sciences are also accepted. Professional foresters, not more than 35 years of age, with suitable biological background and aptitude for research, may also join on an in-service basis.
Admission is through an all India entrance test that is held in April in Bangalore, Calcutta, Dehra Dun and Mumbai. Short-listed candidates have to then clear the personality and aptitude test that is conducted at Dehra Dun.
Pattern of exam
The written test has four sections — general knowledge, general science, optional paper (students can choose between life sciences, forestry, agricultural sciences and veterinary science) and the essay.
How to prepare
You could brush up your general knowledge from Advanced Objective General Knowledge by R.S. Agarwal, and Maniram Agarwal’s General Knowledge digest. You must also read newspapers regularly to keep yourself updated.
For general science, you could prepare from Concept of Biology by Tata McGraw Hill publishers, Biology by S. Chand, Physics by C.S. Zimnasky, Concept of Physics by Brazer and Chemistry by Morrison and Boyd,
Some books that would help you crack the optional paper you opt for, are the life science guides for UGC NET and Life Science which IBDC publishes.
For the essay section you could prepare from the collection of essays brought out by Rajhans, Sahni and Goodwill publishers.