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January 11, 2020 • 5:04 pm

Why Choose IIT JAM Biotechnology as Your Optional? A Complete Guide!



One of the top emerging field of study, which is a revolutionary blend of Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Informatics, Engineering is popularly known as Biotechnology.


The word defines its meaning itself -  bio defines life and technology define the application or utilization of science for a specific aim.


Many candidates have a question in mind why they should choose IIT JAM Biotechnology while JAM Exam is conducted for other seven subjects too? To answer this, check the list of benefits one can get by pursuing post-graduation in IIT JAM 2020 Biotechnology.


Most of the candidates complete their post-graduation in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics. Biotechnology is newly added subject in JAM. So, the competition is low as compared to other subjects, because few candidates appear for this course.




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Candidates can get lucrative scholarships. And, after getting a job, their starting salary is between 2-5 lakh per year.


IIT JAM M.Sc. Biotechnology is in huge demand these days. Many Private and Government Sectors offer job opportunities. 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 Biotechnology, then IITs is the best place to start with. IIT JAM Biotechnology is the gateway for those aspirants who want to pursue Masters in Biotechnology.


Here, we are giving you complete information on this blog to ace the IIT JAM 2020 Biotechnology.


Let’s begin!



IIT JAM 2020 Biotechnology – Is It Hard to Crack?


The main purpose of IIT JAM is to provide career opportunities to the aspirants to develop the academic talent.

Cracking IIT JAM 2020 Biotechnology is not that easy. The fact behind its tough competition is “Number of available seats.” However, if you prepare for JAM with correct information and finest guidance, then it’s not going to be that hard to get a good rank.




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IIT JAM 2020 Biotechnology Paper Pattern – How Marking is Done?


To make you understand about the IIT JAM Paper Pattern in the better way, we have provided you with the exact format of question paper. Go to the below table 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 – Important Topics and their Marking Weightage


Know the complete IIT JAM Biotechnology Syllabus 2020 and focus on the important and scoring topics while preparing for the exam. Here we are sharing complete syllabus for IIT JAM 2020 Biotechnology along with 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!!


Cutoff Marks of IIT JAM Biotechnology has been released. The IIT JAM 2018 Result and cut off marks has been announced on 20th March 2018. The JAM Cut off Marks is the minimum marks which candidates need to score to get admission into the IITs or IISC Bangalore.


Aspirants can check the IIT JAM Cut Off 2018 in the given table.



General Category OBC Category SC / ST Category


27.67 24.9





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IIT JAM Biotechnology Study Material – Download Free


To crack the exam with top ranks, candidates need to refer the top-notch IIT JAM Study Material.

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Other Preparation Books for IIT JAM Biotechnology


For a better understanding of concepts to solve the problems and doubts, candidates must refer some higher-level Biotechnology books. To have detailed knowledge of a particular subject, you can use other individual books as well.


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


Here are some other important books that you can refer to JAM Biotechnology Preparation.


Topics Book Name and Author
General Reading (Chemistry, Math, Physics) NCERT for General reading and MCQ Books by Dinesh or Pradeep
Microbiology Microbiology by Prescott, Pelczar
Biochemistry Biochemistry by Lehninger
Molecular Biology Molecular Biology by Watson
Cell Biology Bruce Alberts or Lodish
Developmental Biology Gilbert




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How to prepare for IIT JAM Biotechnology [Preparation Tips]


Don't waste your time by getting worried, play smart and follow the sure shots approach.


While preparing for IIT JAM Exam, you can also appear in JEST, JNU, BHU, BINC Exams. All these exams can be your alternative career options.


Hard work alone is not sufficient to get success. You also need to do smart work with it.

 To get a good rank in IIT JAM, you will need to study all the Biotechnology topics thoroughly from basics to advance.

 Aspirants need to make a schedule that incorporates solving problems, practice through test papers, analyzing problems, making notes and relaxation. A strict schedule must be followed by aspirants to get succeed.

 Solve IIT JAM Question Papers. It’s helpful for understanding the exam pattern in a better way. You will also get a fair idea about the difficulty level of JAM Exam.

 Group study works. Studying together in a group helps to learn faster than studying alone. In group study instead of spending time confusing over the difficulty, you can solve your problem by just asking a question with your friends.

 Writing down your goals makes them twice as likely to come true.



IIT JAM Biotechnology Seats from IITs


There are total 77 seats available in IIT Bombay, IIT Roorkee and IIT Indore for biotechnology MSc course. You can check the category wise IIT JAM Seat Matrix in the table below:



Total Seats Available

IIT Bombay IIT Roorkee IIT Indore
GEN 14 18 6
OBC 8 10 3
SC 4 6 2
ST 2 3 1
PWD OBC (1) GEN (1), OBC (1), ST (1) GEN (1)
Total 28 37 12




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Showing 3 comments out of 3
  • Archana Pathak
    How many attempts are there for iit jam,?
  • Mourifat Ahmad Sheikh
    Fresh aspirant for the jam iit 2019
  • Sourajyoti Paul
    AIR 36, BT; what are the chances that I get IITB/IITR? I am from General category.