B.Sc. in Biotechnology is a 3- year undergraduate course, involving an advanced study of the cellular and bimolecular processes for development of a variety of technologies and products that contribute to improving people’s lives and health.
The course is divided across 6 semesters, of six months each, and the basic eligibility for applying to the course is 10+2 qualification in the science stream, completed from a recognized educational board. The course is offered in India at an average fee ranging between INR 1 and 3 lacs, varying across institutes.
Admission to B.Sc. Biotechnology is entrance exam based. AIIMS Biotechnology entrance test, DU entrance test are some such entrance exams conducted for admission to the course. Some of thr top institutes offering the course include:
Successful graduates of the course are lucratively hired in both private and government sectors, with an initial average annual salary ranging between INR 2.5 and 7 Lacs, depending upon the candidate’s expertise in the field.
Some of the major highlights of the course are tabulated below.
|Eligibility||10th & 12th from a recognized Board|
|Admission Process||Counseling after taking entrance examination.|
|Examination Type||Semester System|
|Course Fee||INR 2 Lac to 3 Lacs|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 2.5 Lac to 8 Lacs|
|Top Recruiting Areas/Fields||Bio Industry, Government Hospitals, Research Labs, Content Writing (Medical), etc.|
Biotechnology is a part of Applied Biology, which simply stated, is the combination of biology with technology so as to alter cells for manipulation. The course familiarizes candidates with the usage of living organisms and bio processes in the field of medicine, technology, engineering, and other bio products.
Typically, the course aims to impart to eligible candidates, advanced lessons in biological process meant for industrial and other purposes, especially the genetic manipulation of microorganisms for the production of antibiotics, hormones, etc. which are used in production of medicines and other such products.
Aspiring candidates having a scientific aptitude and keen interest in biological sciences are ideally suited for the course. Such candidates would possess an analytical mind, have problem-solving skills, and proficiency with the use of computers.
Some of the top institutes offering the course in the country are tabulated below, along with their corresponding locations and fee charged by each.
|College Name||City||Average Annual Fees|
|Loyola College||Chennai||INR 48,000|
|ST. Xavier’s College||Mumbai||INR 22,380|
|Suresh Gyan Vihar Institute||Jaipur||INR 87,000|
|Christ University||Bangalore||INR 16,667|
|Madras Christian College (MCC)||Chennai||INR 19,319|
|The Oxford College of Science||Bangalore||INR 25,000|
|Stella Maris College||Chennai||INR 3,460|
|Ramjas College||New Delhi||INR 12,000|
|Fergusson College||Pune||INR 3,420|
|Hans Raj College (HRC)||New Delhi||INR 16,000|
|Presidency College||Chennai||INR 1,265|
|Miranda College||New Delhi||INR 17,800|
|Mount Carmel College (MCC)||Bangalore||INR 35,600|
|ST. Xavier’s College||Kolkata||INR 27,700|
|Sri Venkateswara College||New Delhi||INR 11,540|
|Gargi College||New Delhi||INR 8,305|
|ST Joseph’s College Devagiri||Calicut||INR 3,075|
|Elphinstone College||Mumbai||INR 23,188|
|Hindu College||New Delhi||INR 16,173|
|ST. Xavier’s College||Ahmedabad||INR 12,000|
Candidates aspiring to pursue the course are required to meet the minimum eligibility criteria listed here.
For admission to the course, eligible candidates are needed to qualify a relevant entrance examination, conducted at any of institute, state and national levels. Two subsequent rounds of group discussion and personal interview subsequently follow for assessment of candidate’s general aptitude for the course.
Some of the major entrance tests conducted in India for admission to the course are listed below.
However, some colleges also admit students based on their performance in the last qualifying examination.
Tabulated below is a semester-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus.
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Macromolecular Structure and Analysis||Organic Mechanisms in Biology|
|Biophysics & Instrumentation||Principles of Transmission Genetics|
|Cell Structure & Dynamics||Principles of Microbiology|
|Biomathematics – I||Biomathematics – II|
|Chemistry||Introduction to C-Programming & Digital Logic|
|Semester 3||Semester 4|
|Microbial Genetics||Molecular Genetics|
|Principles of Immunology||Computational Biology & Bio-informatics|
|Plant and Animal Tissue Culture Techniques and applications||Biodiversity & Taxonomy|
|Plant Biotechnology||Animal Biotechnology|
|Introduction to Data Structure & Computer Organization||Introduction to DBMS, Computer Network & Numerical Analysis|
|Semester 5||Semester 6|
|DNA Typing, Proteomics & Beyond||Model Organisms in Human Genome Project|
|Recombinant DNA Technology||Elements of Mangement Introduction and Entrepreneurship|
|Environmental Biotechnology||Medical Biotechnology|
|Biotechnology- Social, Legal and Ethical issues|
Biotechnology is essentially a research-oriented and diverse field of medical science, and some of the popular professional avenues open to such graduates are tabulated here, along with the basic job responsibilities and salary offered for each.
|Job Profile||Job Description||Average Annual Fees in INR|
|Research Associate||To monitor progress of research projects and coordinate information flow between departmental sections, and perform a wide and complex variety of assays, tests, and studies. They perform highly specialized and advanced experiments and collect, prepare, analyze, and evaluate specimens and/or tissue cultures.||3 to 4.5 Lacs|
Responsible for drawing up research proposals and applying for funding, planning, and carrying out experiments keeping accurate records of results, analyzing results and data, and developing new products or ways of applying new discoveries, improving manufacturing production methods, and testing products or materials.
|4 to 6 Lacs|
|Biotech Product Analyst||To decide which companies are the best bets for high returns and debts, and also to look at the number and type of products a company is developing.||3.5 to 6 Lacs|
|Marketing Manager||Responsible for developing, implementing, and executing strategic marketing plans for an entire organization in order to attract potential customers and retain existing ones.||5 to 7 Lacs|
|Lecturer||To teach at the discipline in areas allocated and reviewed from time to time by the Head of Department.||2 to 5 Lacs|