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September 09, 2022 • 10:27 am

IIT JAM Biological Science - Get the Complete Details Here

IIT JAM Biological Science

IIT JAM is the Indian Institute of Technology - Joint Admission Test for those candidates who want to pursue an M.Sc. from IIT and IISc.


Important Notes-

There are some changes made in the IIT JAM exam in term of the number of subjects and the test schedule of the exam.

 The Biological Science subject was removed from the test schedule in the 2020 exam.

 Candidates who want to apply for the IIT JAM exam with Biological Science will find the path to get admission in IITs, IISc through Biotechnology subject as because, both the subjects have most of the similarities in terms of syllabus and career scope.

Even aspirants have benefits if they choose the IIT JAM biotechnology because there are more seats available for this course in IITs as compared to Biological Science. So, this is a great opportunity to get a seat in IITs, IISc, NITs for MSc, and other available courses.

A new subject Economics has been included in JAM 2021 exam. This year, the exam will be organized in seven subjects.

Economics (EN)

Physics (PH)

Chemistry (CY)

Mathematics (MA)

Biotechnology (BT)

Mathematical Statistics (MS)

Geology (GG)



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Test Schedule – Below, you can check the updated test schedule for IIT JAM 2022 Exam which will be conducted on 13th February 2022.




Test Papers and Codes


Morning Shift

Mathematical Statistics (MS)

Physics (PH)

Biotechnology (BT)


After-noon shift

Chemistry (CY)

Economics (EN)

Geology (GG)

Mathematics (MA)


Know about IIT JAM Exam Biological Science in detail.

Career Scope After Pursuing M.Sc. Biological Science from IITs and IISC

IIT JAM Eligibility for Biological Science

Exam Pattern of Joint Admission Test Biological Science

Joint Admission Test Biological Science Syllabus

IIT JAM Biological Science Books

How to Prepare for IIT JAM Biological Sciences?

IIT JAM Biological Science Question Papers

IIT JAM 2019 Cut off for Biological Science

​​​​​​​How Can You Take Admission in M.Sc. After Qualifying the JAM?



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Career Scope After Pursuing M.Sc. Biological Science from IITs and IISC


Biological Science is used in scientific research, detection, prevention, and treatment of human diseases. So, we can say that it is an important part of life and natural science.

M.Sc. in Biological Science offers career opportunities in various fields such as:


Scientific research and development


 Medical imaging

 Drug design and delivery

 Medical equipment manufacturing

 Hospitals and healthcare

 Consultant and management


M.Sc. Biological Science also provides an opportunity to work as a Junior Research Fellow (JRF) or Assistant Professor after clearing the CSIR NET Exam.



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IIT JAM Eligibility for Biological Science


Before applying for this exam, you must know about IIT JAM Eligibility. It is an essential requirement for pursuing the M.Sc. in Biotechnology Science from IITs and IISc.

If you want to appear for IIT JAM Exam, then you must have a Bachelor’s degree with -

At least 55% or CGPA 5.5 out of 10 for General/OBC (NCL) category.

 Aggregate 50% or CGPA 5.0 out of 10 for SC/ST, PWD category.



Exam Pattern of Joint Admission Test Biological Science


If you are preparing for IIT JAM Exam then you must know about the paper pattern and the marking scheme.

For test papers, the duration of the examination will be 3 hours. The medium for all the test papers will be English only. IIT JAM Exam Paper pattern consists of three types of questions.

You can check the complete exam pattern for IIT JAM Biological Science below -


Exam Pattern for Biological Science

S.No. Sections Total Number of Questions Total Marks Negative Marking Time Duration
1 Part A 30 MCQ 1 or 2 Marks Each For 1 Mark Questions: (-1/3)For 2 Marks Questions: (-2/3) 3 Hours
2 Part B 10 MSQ 2 Marks Each No
3 Part C 20 NAT 1 or 2 Marks Each No


Joint Admission Test Biological Science Syllabus


Always remember that before starting the preparation for any exam, you must check the complete Syllabus and the topics in it. This will help you in making a strategy for preparation.



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Below, we are providing the topics which are included in IIT JAM Biological Science Syllabus.

General Biology

 Basics of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biophysics

 Microbiology, Cell Biology, and Immunology

 Mathematical Sciences



IIT JAM Biological Science Books


Selecting the best books is the most important part of IIT JAM Preparation. You should choose only those IIT JAM Biological Science books which cover the complete syllabus and provide all the details in an easy to understand way. IIT JAM Preparation Books will always help you to get the good marks in the exam.

Below, we are providing the list of IIT JAM Biological Science reference books with the help of experts and toppers. You can check and select the books as per your preferences.


Name of Book Author Name
Life Sciences: Fundamentals and Practice – I, II Pranav Kumar, Usha Mina
Principles of Genetics Gardner, Simmons, Snustad
Cell and Molecular Biology Karp
Biochemistry Jeremy M. Berg, Lubert Stryer, John L. Tymoczko
Developmental Biology Scott F. Gilbert, Susan R. Singer
Kuby Immunology Barbara A. Osborne, Richard Goldsby
Essentials of Physiology Lauralee Sherwood
Molecular Biology of the Cell Bruce Alberts
Microbiology John P. Harley, Donald Klein



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How to Prepare for IIT JAM Biological Science?


Proper preparation is most important part to improve your performance in the exam. Below, you can check some preparation tips to increase your marks in IIT JAM Exam.

 An excellent strategy provides excellent results. Make an efficient timetable covering the complete IIT JAM Syllabus and prepare accordingly.

 IIT JAM Biological Science involve solving problems from data, chemical structures, or chemical reactions associated with metabolic pathways. You must have an adequate knowledge about all of them.

 Clear your basic concepts and learn all the principles. You should also focus on diagrams, flowchart, cycles. You can put them in front of your study table so that you can revise daily.

 You should focus on topics like Biological compounds, Enzyme activity, receptor binding, metabolic pathways, cell surfaces, Cell cycle etc.

 Solving IIT JAM Question Papers and Sample Papers is a crucial step. It will help you analyze your preparation for the exam. Focus on your weak areas and try to get good marks in mock test series.



IIT JAM Biological Science Question Papers


IIT JAM Previous Year Question Papers are the most authentic source of information for the exam. According to IIT JAM Biological Science toppers and experts, solving the question papers will help you to prepare for IIT JAM in a much better way. So never neglect the importance of previous year question papers.

Question papers help you to know the paper pattern and important topics which has more weightage than others. If you solve the IIT JAM Biological Science Solved Papers, you can increase your speed to manage your time.



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IIT JAM 2019 Cut Off for Biological Science


Every year many candidates apply for this exam but only a few candidates qualify it because of the limited seats and tough competition. After qualifying the IIT JAM Exam, candidates will be intimated about JAM counselling based on three deciding factors -

Preference for the programme.

Preference of Institute.

 IIT JAM Result and Cut Off Marks.


Check out the IIT JAM 2019 Result for Biological Sceince-

Category IIT JAM 2019 Cut Off Marks
General 17.34
OBC (NCL) 15.61
SC 8.67
ST 8.67
PwD 8.67



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How Can You Take Admission in MSc After Qualifying the JAM?


Candidates have a question in mind that how can they take admission for MSc in IITs or IISc after qualifying the IIT JAM Exam. Below, you can check the admission process after clearing the exam.

After qualifying the IIT JAM Exam, you can log in to the JAM Online Application Process System website (JOAPS) and fill the required details and submit it. You can fill the choice of programmes in order of preference.

According to preference as given in the counselling form and corresponding rank in the Merit List (After completing your counselling process), the First Admission List will be prepared by Organizing Institute for each programme under IIT JAM.

If seats remain vacant after the first admission process is over, the Organizing Institute will prepare a Second Admission List and then, Third Admission List.

With the Third Admission List, the admission process will be closed.



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  • Vashundhara singh

    Iam doing my bsc in biology plain can I give the iit jam exam for msc in biological sciences


    Hello Vashundhara,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    You can appear for the IIT JAM Biotechnology exam after completing your BSc in biology, and also you can apply with a provisional certificate in the final year of your BSc.
    Thank You!!

  • Shamini

    Should I attempt both biological sciences and biotechnology jam papers to get into iisc or any one is enough.please guide me as I am confused on how to start my preparation.


    Hello Shamini,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    You should apply for IIT JAM Biotechnology as Biological science is no more available to apply.
    Thanks for asking your query with us!

  • Balu

    after entering required details it gives like this "Note : Your Course is not available for counselling" what should i do now for getting admission through jam....please help me

  • Megha bhagat

    I had done my 12th without maths, and recently I'm doing bsc from life science, so can i eligible for iit jam from biological science..... Is it compulsory to have maths in 12th class???


    Hello Megha, Greetings from Eduncle! Candidates who have any Biology/ Chemistry/ Physics/ Mathematics as an essential subject in bachelor’s degree and biology in 12th Class can apply for IIT JAM Biological Science. Thanks for asking your query with us! Kind Regards, Eduncle Team

  • Pinky

    Which institute accept iit jam score in biological science


    Hello Pinky, Greetings from Eduncle! IISc Banglore, NIT Rourkela, IIEST Shibpur institutes accept IIT JAM Score Card for Biological Science. Thanks for asking your query with us! Kind Regards, Eduncle Team

  • Leena dange

    Sir can I fill the application form for biological science after filling for chemistry....

  • Shri

    I am a bsc medical microbiology student. Am I eligible for this exam and what are the further scopes?

  • Abhinaba chatterjee

    For msc. Admission in biology, do i need to appear for any paper other than BL. or BL paper alone will be sufficient for admission in msc. Courses in biology


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