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IIT JAM Biotechnology Entrance Exam

iit jam biotechnology syllabus

All IITs and IISc Bangalore every year organize the common entrance exam for the M.Sc. course which is popularly known as Joint Admission Test for M.Sc. (JAM) or IIT-JAM. IITs and IISc provide quality education to candidates in their respective disciplines. These programs are well designed and regularly updated with the latest technologies and research work to provide the students with the best opportunities to develop talent which helps in leading to a challenging and professional life.

IITs and IISc are very famous institutions of India that are well established for providing quality education to students all over India and the world. The main aim of these institutes to build a strong foundation of knowledge, techniques, and creativity in students. Every student dreams to get admission to these premier institutes.

IIT-JAM was first started by the premier top seven IITs and IISc Bangalore for the academic session 2004-05 for providing admission in M.Sc., Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D. and M.Sc.-Ph.D. courses. Initially, the subject’s options were less for students but later lots of other subjects were also added in the IITs courses and available for the students to pursue it through IITs and IISc. Now Biotechnology and Economics subjects are also available for students in many institutes.

You Should Solve: Subject-Wise MCQs on Biotechnology

Benefits of IIT JAM for Biotechnology Candidates

IIT JAM exam is a very reputed entrance exam after the GATE and CSIR-NET exam for the Biotechnology candidates to make their bright future in the field of Biotechnology and secure a good career. Some of the benefits of passing the IIT JAM exam are listed below.

  • Candidates get admission in reputed IITs and IISc for studying their desired field of course.
  • Candidates get world-class knowledge with the awareness of the latest techniques.
  • The candidate gets knowledge’s from those faculty members who have a reputed position in their specialized fields.
  • IIT or IISc provides a better career opportunity than other institutes in India.
  • Candidates can get a chance to work with various governments’ projects during their studies and research work.
  • IISc and IITs have a very good infrastructure and facilities than the other institutes.
  • IITs and IISc organize various extracurricular or creative activities other than scientific research work that enhances your other skills.
  • These institutes provide various scholarships and fellowships to the students to reduce the financial load on their parents.

Scope After IIT JAM Biotechnology

After successfully passing the IIT JAM Biotechnology exam a candidate has lots of choices to take admission in the desired field course that is available for Biotechnology graduates offered by the IITs and IISc.

After doing M.Sc. in Biotechnology or a Ph.D. in Biotechnology or Biological Science subjects candidates have lots of career options. M.Sc. or Ph.D. in Biotechnology candidates from IITs and IISc demand is more than the other courses of Biotechnology from other institutes or universities. After successfully completing these courses candidates have lots of career scopes.

Industries that work in the field of Biotechnology recruits these candidates at very high salary packages.

Biotechnology postgraduates (M.Sc. Biotechnology) can do the job as SRF in various CSIR or ICMR or ICAR laboratories.

M.Sc. Biotechnology candidates can further study in Ph.D. Biotechnology in various institutes or universities who are interested in research work or want to work in the academic field by qualifying for the CSIR-NET-Exam.

Integrated Ph.D. scholars can go into Industry or join the academic field for teaching or do research work in various government CSIR or ICMR or ICAR laboratories.

IIT JAM Biotechnology Eligibility

Eligibility for the IIT JAM Biotechnology course is that candidate should have a bachelor's degree from any subject of science like Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Life science with a minimum of 55% marks.

Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree in the relevant field of the subject with at least 55% marks or 5.5 (CGPA/CPI) out of 10 for General or OBC -Non-Creamy Layer category candidates, and 50% marks or 5.0 (CGPA/CPI) out of 10 for SC/ST and PwD category candidates.

Foreign national candidates that have Indian institutes or colleges and university degrees are also eligible to apply for the IIT JAM exam but admission is subject to the admitting institute’s policy after qualifying for the exam.

For getting admission to IIT Bombay and IIT Indore M.Sc. Biotechnology course there is no restriction that you have a bachelor's degree in Biotechnology or Life science subject.

For getting admission to IIT Kharagpur Joint M.Sc.- Ph.D. course in Molecular Medical Microbiology candidate should have a three-year B.Sc. or B.S. degree in Biology subjects or Biotechnology subjects or Life Science subjects.

For getting admission to IIT Bombay for M.Sc.- Ph.D. Dual Degree course in Environmental Science and Engineering candidate should have studied any one subject  Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics at least for two years in their three-year degree course.

For getting admission to IISc Banglore Integrated Ph.D. Program in Biological Sciences candidate should 1st class three-year B.Sc. or B.S. degree in Physical, Chemical, or Biological Sciences subjects. Students that have a first-class B.Tech Biotechnology degree are also eligible for the Integrated Ph.D. Program in Biological Sciences at IISc Bangalore.

IIT JAM Biotechnology Seats

Science subject or Biotechnology graduates after successfully passing the IIT JAM exam can get admission in following IITs for pursuing her MSc. Biotechnology or Dual degree course in Molecular Medical Microbiology and Environmental Science and Engineering.

Name of Institute

Name of Course

No. of


IIT Bombay

M.Sc. Biotechnology


IIT Indore

M.Sc. Biotechnology


IIT Kharagpur

Joint M.Sc. ‐
Molecular Medical Microbiology


IIT Bombay

M.Sc. - Ph.D.
Dual Degree in
Science and


IISc Bangalore

Integrated Ph.D. in Biological Sciences


IIT JAM Biotechnology Entrance Exam Question Paper Pattern

  • The entrance exam would be online mode, which is Computer Based Test (CBT) where the candidates have to solve the questions in a random sequence that is shown on a computer screen.
  • The duration of the examination will be of exactly 3 hours only, after time over the computer screen will be closed automatically.
  • Question paper medium will be in the English language only. There will be a total of 60 questions that have to solve that possess 100 marks.
  • The JAM Examination paper is divided into A, B, and C sections that include three different patterns of questions.
  • Section A has 30 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) in which 10 questions of carrying one mark and 20 of two marks.
  • Section B has 10 Multiple Select Questions (MSQ) which carries two marks for each question.
  • Section C has 20 Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions. Among the total of 20 questions, 10 questions are of one mark each and the other 10 questions are of 2 marks each.
  • There is a negative marks system for section A questions. For one marks question, there are 1/3 negative marks if your answer will found wrong. Similarly, for 2 marks questions, 2/3 marks will be deducted if your answer is found wrong.
  • Candidates have to use only a virtual calculator that is available online during the CBT examination.
  • Mobile phones and electronic items are fully prohibited during the exam.
  • For rough work, a scribble pad will be provided to the candidates during the exam that has to return after the exam is over.
  • Candidates have to use a computer's mouse only, candidates have to use a virtual keyboard only.

How to Apply for IIT JAM Examination

Candidates can apply for the JAM examination through online mode only there is no offline mode available to apply for the examination.

  • JAM Online Application Processing System (JOAPS) links are available on the official websites of all IITs and IISc Bangalore.
  • Then the candidate has to register online on the JOAPS website by using the name, mobile number, email id, and password.
  • After registration candidate will get an Enrolment ID on his email. For further communication, the candidate has to use this ID and password.
  • Candidates have to require to upload the necessary documents during the online application like the photograph, signature, category certificate, PwD certificate, etc.
  • The application fee also has to submit online mode only during the application process.

Candidates should carry the following data before start applying online. Detailed personal information like candidate full name as per documents, date of birth, personal and parents mobile number, parent’s name, communication address with Pincode, eligibility degree details, institute/college name with address, choice of examination cities, etc.

IIT JAM Biotechnology Syllabus

IIT JAM Biotechnology syllabus comprises the following four subject papers.

  • Biology of 10+2+3 level degree course
  • Chemistry of 10+2+3 level degree course
  • Mathematics of 10+2 level
  • Physics of 10+2 level

For a detailed syllabus of Biotechnology for question paper please visit the official website of the organizing institute.

IIT JAM Examination Center

For the JAM examination, the exam centers are categories into 8 zone-wise.

  • IISc Bangalore Zone
  • IIT Bombay Zone
  • IIT Delhi Zone
  • IIT Guwahati Zone
  • IIT Kanpur Zone
  • IIT Kharagpur Zone
  • IIT Madras Zone
  • IIT Roorkee Zone

Every candidate who has further queries regarding the JAM examination has contacted their zone IIT or IISc.

Recommended Books on IIT-JAM Biotechnology

To get admission in IIT for Biotechnology you have to learn and practice the designed syllabus for Biotechnology then it is the best option to study and practice previous years' solved question papers. So there are some good books for IIT-JAM Biotechnology listed below.

Note: For detailed information regarding the IIT JAM examination please visit the official website of the exam conducting institute.

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