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September 21, 2020 • 12:20 pm

IIT JAM Biotechnology 2021: A complete Preparation guide!

IIT JAM Biotechnology

Biotechnology is one of the top emerging fields of study and a revolutionary blend of Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Informatics & Engineering.

IIT JAM Biotechnology is a perfect option for the aspirants who want to learn about the genetic manipulation of microorganisms for the production of antibiotics, hormones, etc.

The word Biotechnology defines the meaning itself - Bio defines life and Technology defines the application or utilization of science for a specific aim.

MSc in Biotechnology as a career option is in huge demand these days. Many Private and Government Sector companies offer job opportunities for Biotech postgraduates. Some prominent industries where Biotechnology professionals may find jobs are:

Pharmaceuticals Industry

Healthcare Sector

Chemical Industry

Research Sector

If you want to study further in the field of biotechnology, then IITs are the best place to start. IIT JAM is the gateway for those aspirants who want to pursue Masters in Biotechnology.

Most of the candidates complete their post-graduation in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics. So, the number of aspirants who appear in the IIT JAM Biotechnology subject is slightly lower than that of other subjects. But there are only limited seats in each subject, which makes it difficult to crack the exam.

Here in this blog, we will share detailed information about JAM Biotechnology that will help you prepare strategically and secure your seat in one of the IITs.

How Hard is to Crack JAM Biotechnology?

Eligibility for JAM Biotechnology

Exam Pattern & Marking Scheme

Syllabus & Important Topics

Selection Criteria & Cutoff Marks

IIT JAM Biotechnology Study Material

How to Prepare for JAM Biotechnology Exam?

Biotechnology Seats from IITs



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IIT JAM 2021 Biotechnology – Is It Hard to Crack?


The key aim of IIT JAM is to provide the aspirants with career opportunities and develop academic talent.

To Crack IIT JAM 2021 Biotechnology is not that easy as there are only a limited number of seats available and the level of competition is so intense that makes this exam even more difficult.

However, if you are preparing for the JAM 2021 Biotechnology Exam with proper guidance & a positive attitude, it won't be that hard to get a good rank.



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If you are planning to move forward with the preparation of JAM Biotechnology, you must know the eligibility criteria before applying for the exam.



What is the IIT JAM Biotechnology Eligibility Criteria?


As per the Official notification, the IIT JAM Eligibility for Biotechnology exam are as follows:- 

Nationality - Indian/Foreign and must hold a Bachelor’s degree in science or Either appearing or appeared for the final examination of qualifying degree

For General/OBC - The Minimum 55% aggregate scored in the last qualifying degree or 5.5 CGPA scored out of 10 is a must.

For SC/ST/PWD - The Minimum aggregate percentage is 50% in the last qualifying degree or 5.0 CGPA scored out of 10 is necessary.

To do MSc or Ph.D. in Biotechnology candidates must have an educational qualification in any one of Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics for two years/ four semesters and any one of the four subjects for at least of 1 year or 2 semesters.



IIT JAM 2021 Biotechnology Paper Pattern – How Marking is Done?


To make you understand about the IIT JAM Paper Pattern in a better way, we have provided you with the exact format of the question paper. Go through the table below to understand it well.


Section A

Type of Questions

Maximum Marks Negative Marking
10 Multiple Choice Questions 1 Mark for Each


20 Multiple Choice Questions

2 Marks for Each



Section B

Type of Questions

Maximum Marks Negative Marking
10 Multiple Select Questions 2 Marks for Each

No Negative Marking


Section C

Type of Questions

Maximum Marks Negative Marking
10 Numerical Answer Type Questions 1 Mark for Each

No Negative Marking

Other Remaining 20 Numerical Answer Type Questions

2 Marks for Each

No Negative Marking



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IIT JAM Biotechnology Syllabus for 2021 Exam– Important Topics and their Marking Weightage


You should know the complete IIT JAM Biotechnology Syllabus 2021 and focus on the important and scoring topics first while preparing for the exam. Here we are sharing the complete syllabus for IIT JAM Biotechnology 2021 along with the unit-wise weightage.


IIT JAM Biotechnology Weightage


Biology(44% Weightage)

  General Biology

  Biochemistry and Physiology

  Basic Biotechnology

  Cell Biology



Chemistry (20% Weightage)

  (10+2+3) Level


Physics (18% Weightage)

  (10+2) Level


Mathematics (18% Weightage)

  (10+2) Level



IIT JAM Biotechnology Selection Criteria & Cut Off Marks!!


The JAM Cut off marks are the minimum marks that a candidate needs to score to get admission into the IITs or IISc Bangalore. Cutoff Marks of IIT JAM Biotechnology 2020 Exam with scorecards has been declared.

Aspirants can check the IIT JAM Cut Off 2020 in the given table.



General Category OBC Category SC / ST Category


39.86 35.87




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IIT JAM Biotechnology Study Material for Preparation


To crack the exam with top ranks, you need to refer to the top-notch IIT JAM Study Material for hassle-free learning.

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Students must refer to some higher-level Biotechnology books in order to gain a better understanding of concepts to solve problems and doubts. You can also use other individual IIT JAM Books to have a detailed knowledge of a particular subject.


To cover the entire syllabus of IIT JAM Biotechnology, you must go for the books that contain past years’ IIT JAM Question Papers, sample papers, and all the important topics for the exam.



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How to prepare for IIT JAM Biotechnology 2021 [Preparation Tips]


IIT JAM is one of the most difficult entrance exams conducted in India. And for JAM Exam Preparation, it is important to adapt smart preparation strategies because only Hard work isn’t sufficient to get success.

Before starting your preparation. Make yourself up to date regarding all the latest updates & notifications related to the IIT JAM biotechnology syllabus, exam pattern, eligibility, etc.

 Every topic is equally important as per the exam point of view and to get a good rank in the IIT JAM exam, you will need to study all the Biotechnology topics thoroughly from basics to advance.

 While preparing it is important to focus majorly on the topics having high marking weightage first because most of the questions in the exam cover these topics. Check out the experts recommended topic wise weekly study plan to crack the IIT JAM Biotechnology exam.

 Divide your syllabus into three parts and prioritize them according to the difficulty level.

 Solve IIT JAM Previous Year Question Papers. It will help you to understand the IIT JAM biotechnology paper pattern in a better way and to get a fair idea about the difficulty level of the JAM Exam.

 Practice Mock test papers & join test series by a recognized institute. It’ll help you to enhance your speed & accuracy and also to analyze your exam preparation level.

 Try to make your own problem solving short tricks & tactics to save time in the exam.

 Avoid Distraction by Cutting Down on Social Media channels like Whatsapp, Facebook, and Youtube until your exam ends.

 Practice as much as you can because we all know "Practice Makes A Man Perfect"



IIT JAM Biotechnology Seats from IITs


There are a total of 91 seats available in IIT Bombay, IIT Roorkee, and IIT Indore for the Biotechnology MSc course. You can check the number of seats in every IIT from the table given below. Visit IIT JAM Seat Matrix to check the category wise seats.


Name of IITs

Total Seats

IIT Bombay


IIT Roorkee


IIT Indore




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Frequently Asked Questions Related to IIT JAM Biotechnology


Ques.1) Which IITs offer MSc. Biotechnology?

Ans. IIT Bombay & IIT Roorkee offers MSc & dual degree in Biotechnology. You can check out the complete information about the colleges here at IIT JAM colleges list.


Ques.2) Can I study biotechnology at the Indian Institute of Science?

Ans. There is no dedicated “biotechnology” curriculum in IISc, Bangalore. However, there is a bioengineering Ph.D. program offered by the IISc.


Ques.3) What are job opportunities after M.Sc in biotechnology?

Ans. There is a great demand for bio-technical experts in so many different industries and sectors like Agriculture, Animal husbandry, Environment conservation, Genetics Engineering, Health care, Pharma & Research Industries.


Ques.4) Which field is better microbiology or biotechnology?

Ans. As a career point of view, both fields have the scope in sectors like agriculture, pharmaceuticals, medical. Biotechnology focuses more on industrial processes, management, quality control, compliance control jobs on the other hand microbiology also focuses on these fields but it is more research-oriented.


Ques.5) How to prepare for the IIT JAM in biotechnology in 2021?

Ans.) IITs conduct the JAM exam once a year. Lakhs of candidates appear for the JAM exam but only a few out of them go further because of the competition level and the limited number of seats. 

So it is important to follow a proper strategy while preparing for the exam. Above we have provided you with an expert recommended IIT JAM Biotechnology preparation strategy to score better in the exam.


If you want to know more about the JAM selection procedure, eligibility,  IIT JAM biotechnology question papers you can ask us in the comment box below. We’ll revert you at the earliest.

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All the best!!



Showing 4 comments out of 4
  • Sourajyoti paul
    AIR 36, BT; what are the chances that I get IITB/IITR? I am from General category.
  • Archana pathak
    How many attempts are there for iit jam,?
    Priyadarshan Choursiya
    there is no age and attempt limit.
  • Mourifat ahmad sheikh
    Fresh aspirant for the jam iit 2019
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