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IIT JAM Biotechnology

Last Updated - February 08, 2017

IIT JAM 2017 will be held on February 12, 2017 for seven papers, one being Biotechnology. Aspirants who will be appearing in IIT JAM Biotechnology, need to intensify their IIT JAM preparation efforts. With barely a few days left for IIT JAM 2017, IIT JAM Biotechnology students must prepare and schedule their preparation in a dedicated manner.

This article gives you sufficient insight of the Biotechnology section in IIT JAM, and how to master it.

IIT JAM Biotechnology Syllabus 2017

IIT JAM Biotechnology Syllabus 2017 is provided below. Candidates are advised to go through it and prepare wisely.

General BiologyTaxonomy; Heredity; Genetic variation; Conservation; Principles of ecology; Evolution; Techniques in modern biology
Biochemistry and PhysiologyCarbohydrates; Proteins; Lipids; Nucleic acids; Enzymes; Vitamins; Hormones; Metabolism – Glycolysis, TCA cycle, Oxidative Phosphorylation; Photosynthesis. Nitrogen Fixation, Fertilization, and Osmoregulation; Vertebrates-Nervous system; Endocrine system; Vascular system; Immune system; Digestive system and Reproductive System
Basic BiotechnologyTissue culture; Application of enzymes; Antigen-antibody interaction; Antibody production; Diagnostic aids.
Molecular BiologyDNA; RNA; Replication; Transcription; Translation; Proteins; Lipids and Membranes; Operon model; Gene transfer.
Cell BiologyCell cycle; Cytoskeletal elements; Mitochondria; Endoplasmic reticulum; Chloroplast; Golgi apparatus; Signaling
MicrobiologyIsolation; Cultivation; Structural features of the virus; Bacteria; Fungi; Protozoa; Pathogenic micro-organisms.
Chemistry (10 + 2 + 3)Atomic Structure: Bohr’s theory and Schrodinger wave equation; Periodicity in properties; Chemical bonding; Properties of s, p, d and f block elements; Complex formation; Coordination compounds; Chemical equilibria; Chemical thermodynamics (first and second law); Chemical kinetics (zero, first, second and third order reactions); Photochemistry; Electrochemistry; Acid-base concepts; Stereochemistry of carbon compounds; Inductive, electrometric, conjugative effects and resonance; Chemistry of Functional Groups: Hydrocarbons, alkyl halides, alcohols, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, amines and their derivatives; Aromatic hydrocarbons, halides, nitro and amino compounds, phenols, diazonium salts, carboxylic and sulphonic acids; Mechanism of organic reactions; Soaps and detergents; Synthetic polymers; Biomolecules – amino acids, proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and carbohydrates (polysaccharides); Instrumental techniques – chromatography (TLC, HPLC), electrophoresis, UV-Vis, IR and NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry.
Physics (10 + 2)Physical World and Measurement, Elementary Statics and Dynamics, Kinematics, Laws of Motion, Work, Energy and Power, Electrostatics, Current electricity, Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism, Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Current, Electromagnetic waves, Optics, Dual Nature of Matter and Radiations, Atomic Nucleus, Solids and Semiconductor Devices, Principles of Communication, Motion of System of Particles and Rigid Body, Gravitation, Mechanics of Solids and Fluids, Heat and Thermodynamics, Oscillations, Waves
Mathematics (10 + 2)Sets, Relations and Functions, Mathematical Induction, Logarithms, Complex numbers, Linear and Quadratic equations, Sequences and Series, Trigonometry, Cartesian System of Rectangular Coordinates, Straight lines and Family, Circles, Conic Sections, Permutations and Combinations, Binomial Theorem, Exponential and Logarithmic Series, Mathematical Logic, Statistics, Three Dimensional Geometry, Vectors, Matrices and Determinants, Boolean Algebra, Probability, Functions, limits and Continuity, Differentiation, Application of Derivatives, Definite and Indefinite Integrals, Differential Equations.

IIT JAM Biotechnology Section Weight-age

It is very important for all aspirants to know about the weight-age of each subject in IIT JAM 2017 Biotechnology syllabus. This helps a lot during IIT JAM preparation and candidates get a chance to utilize their time, without wasting on topics of less importance.

The section-wise weightage of different sections in IIT JAM 2017 is mentioned below:

SubjectWeightage (%)

IIT JAM Biotechnology Cutoff 2017

The category-wise cutoff for IIT JAM 2016 Biotechnology is given below for the aspiring candidates. This will give them an idea about the qualifying scores and how they must prepare for IIT JAM 2017.

SubjectSC/ST CategoryOBC CategoryGeneral Category
Biotechnology 17.5 31.535

IIT JAM Biotechnology Books

The following books have been recommended to study for IIT JAM 2017 Biotechnology section. These books are useful for students aspiring to ace the IIT JAM Biotechnology paper.

IIT JAM Biotechnology Topics Books and Authors
General BiologyDevelopmental Biology by Gilbert
Basic BiotechnologyBiochemistry by Lehninger or Voet & Voet
Molecular BiologyMolecular Biology by Watson
Cell BiologyCell Biology by Bruce Alberts or Lodish
MicrobiologyMicrobiology by Prescott, Pelczar
ChemistryNCERT for general reading and MCQ Books by Dinesh or Pradeep

IIT JAM 2017 Sample Papers

There are many advantages in practicing the IIT JAM Biotechnology Question Papers. Candidates can understand the JAM 2017 Exam Pattern in a better way, understand the type of questions expected and with good practice, learn about the important topics and much more. Speed is obviously an added advantage.

Read about IIT JAM Question Paper

IIT JAM Mock Test will also be beneficial for aspirants to understand the actual exam pattern. Since the virtual calculator has been introduced previous year, it is crucial for the candidates to check out the JAM 2017 Mock Test before appearing for the actual exam.

YearBiotechnology Sample Paper
2014Click Here
2015Click Here
2016Click Here

IIT JAM Biotechnology Online Resources

Candidates can get help from the below-mentioned IIT JAM 2017 Biotechnology preparation resources. There are various online study materials, video lectures, courses, pdf, online mock tests, etc. available for the candidates. Here we have mentioned few links that will help the students to have the preparation material for IIT JAM 2017 easily and readily.


IIT JAM Biotechnology Preparation Tips

Candidates who are preparing for IIT JAM 2017 Biotechnology section are advised to refer the preparation tips mentioned below:

  • It is advisable to start preparing for any competitive exam by thoroughly going through the JAM syllabus first
  • Candidates should mark out the most important topics and points with the highest weight-age of marks.
  • Start preparing as soon as possible and make a timetable to follow.
  • Aspirants should practice each and every topic precisely, without leaving anything and focus on the basic concepts of each topic.
  • Candidates should solve the mock test papers and previous year papers daily to get a clear idea about the pattern of question paper.
  • Take time to relax your mind and get refreshed to continue the preparation journey with an alert mind and focus.

IIT JAM Biotechnology Topper Tips

Below are few remarkable preparation tips followed by the IIT JAM toppers.

  • Candidates must consult only a few selected books recommended by the toppers or ex-students and experts to avoid any confusion.
  • Clear the basic concept and practice all the formulae given in the books.
  • Solve previous year’s exam papers. It will increase the speed of the candidate which is very important for this test.
  • Do not waste your time on questions that are not important, it will kill your time and marks.
  • Keep one month before the examination for revision. It is an inevitable part of preparation procedure. Not doing this step may lead to adverse effects on the results.
  • Try to use smart methods or tricks instead of using complicated formulae for solving questions with complicated solutions.



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