What is IIT JAM exam?

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) is a premier research and teaching institute established in 1909. The IISc Bangalore and IITs are well-known, the world over, for quality education in engineering, science, management, and research in frontier areas. 


These institutes aim to build a sound foundation of knowledge, pursue excellence, and enhance creativity in an intellectually stimulating environment.


From the Academic Session 2004-05, IITs started conducting a Joint Admission Test for M.Sc. (JAM). 


There are many MSc entrance exams held across India and IIT JAM is the most popular among them.



The objective of JAM is to provide admissions to M.Sc. (Two Years), Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D., M.Sc.-Ph.D. Dual Degree, and other Post-Bachelor Degree Programmes at the IITs and Integrated Ph.D. Degree Programmes at the IISc and to consolidate Science as a career option for bright students across the country. 


In this post, we will see the IIT JAM Biotechnology syllabus.


Content:

1. Syllabus for IIT JAM  BIOTECHNOLOGY (BT) 

2. The pattern of IIT JAM Biotech Test Papers

3. IIT JAM Biotechnology previous year papers

4. Opening and Closing Ranks for IIT JAM 2020

5. Useful Tips for preparation of IIT JAM exam


Syllabus for IIT JAM  BIOTECHNOLOGY (BT) 

The Biotechnology (BT) test paper comprises Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics. Here is a brief syllabus from each section.


BIOLOGY (10+2+3 level) General Biology: Taxonomy; Heredity; Genetic variation; Conservation; Principles of ecology; Evolution; Techniques in modern biology. 


Biochemistry and Physiology: Carbohydrates; 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 Biotechnology: Tissue culture; Application of enzymes; Antigen-antibody interaction; Antibody production; Diagnostic aids.

Molecular Biology: DNA; RNA; Replication; Transcription; Translation; Proteins; Lipids and Membranes; Operon model; Gene transfer. 


Cell Biology: Cell cycle; Cytoskeletal elements; Mitochondria; Endoplasmic reticulum; Chloroplast; Golgi apparatus; Signaling. 


Microbiology: Isolation; Cultivation; Structural features of the virus; Bacteria; Fungi; Protozoa; Pathogenic microorganisms. 


CHEMISTRY (10+2+3 level) 

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, electromeric, 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. 


MATHEMATICS (10+2 level):


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. 


PHYSICS (10+2 level) 


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.


The pattern of IIT JAM Biotech Test Papers


The JAM 2020 Examination for all the six test papers will be carried out as ONLINE Computer Based Test (CBT) where the candidates will be shown the questions in a random sequence on a computer screen. 


For all the six test papers, the duration of the examination will be 3 hours. The medium for all the test papers will be English only.


There will be a total of 60 questions carrying 100 marks. The entire paper will be divided into three sections, A, B, and C. All sections are compulsory. Questions in each section will be of different types as given below:


Section–A contains a total of 30 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) involving 10 questions of one mark each and 20 questions of two marks each.


Each MCQ has four choices out of which only one choice is the correct answer. Candidates can mark the answer by clicking the choice.


Section–B contains a total of 10 Multiple Select Questions (MSQs) carrying two marks each. Each MSQ is similar to MCQ but with the difference that MSQ may have one or more than one correct choice(s) out of the four given choices. 


The candidate gets full credit only if he/she selects all the correct answer(s) only and no wrong answers. Candidates can mark the answer(s) by clicking the choice(s).


Section–C contains a total of 20 Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions involving 10 questions of one mark each and 10 questions of two marks each. 


For these NAT type questions, the answer is a signed real number, which needs to be entered using the virtual numeric keypad on the monitor. No choices will be shown for NAT questions.


In all sections, questions not attempted will result in zero marks. 


In Section-A (MCQ), the wrong answer will result in negative marks. For each wrong answer to 1 mark questions, 1/3 mark will be deducted and similarly, for each wrong answer to 2 marks questions, 2/3 mark will be deducted.


In Section-B (MSQ), there are no negative and no partial marking provisions. There is no negative marking in Section-C (NAT) as well.


There is a provision of using the online virtual calculator. The candidates, therefore, should not bring any calculator with them.


Mobile phones or any other electronic devices are strictly prohibited inside the examination hall. Charts, graph sheets, and tables are also NOT allowed inside the examination hall.


A scribble pad will be provided for rough work and this has to be returned back at the end of the examination.


The candidates are required to select the answer for MCQ and MSQ type questions using the mouse. The answer for NAT questions can be entered using a virtual numeric keypad (the keyboard of the computer will be disabled).


At the end of the 3 hours, the computer will automatically end the examination.


IIT JAM Biotechnology previous year papers:

1. IIT JAM Biotechnology Question Paper year 2017

2. IIT JAM Biotechnology Question Paper year 2018

3. IIT JAM Biotechnology Question Paper year 2019

4. IIT JAM Biotechnology Question Paper year 2020 (answer key)


Opening and Closing Ranks for IIT JAM 2020:

1. JAM 2019 Round 1 (First) Opening and Closing Ranks

2. JAM 2019 Round 2 (Second) Opening and Closing Ranks

3. JAM 2019 Round 3 (Final) Opening and Closing Ranks


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All the best for your IIT JAM Exam 2021.



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