How to prepare for JAM 2019 Biological Sciences
Updated on Nov 26, 2019 - 12:43 p.m. IST by Parul Thapa

How to prepare for JAM 2019 Biological Sciences – Candidates who wish to pursue their M.Sc degree in Biological Sciences from IIT’s need to start preparing for the examination soon enough. JAM is conducted for the M.Sc programmes offered by the participating IIT’s. ‘How to prepare for JAM 2019 Biological Sciences’ is part of the preparation series for JAM 2019. JAM 2019 was conducted on February 10, 2019 in computer based mode. To prepare for Biological Sciences exam candidates must prepare themselves well in the next four months. Candidates who will appear for the exam can check here the preparation tips, guidelines and the important books that they can refer to while preparing for the exam. ‘How to prepare for JAM 2019 Biological Sciences’ is a complete guide for aspirants of the exam. The preparation tips include solving sample papers, attempting mock tests, and preparing an apt time-table.

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How to prepare for JAM 2019 Biological Sciences – Important guidelines

  • To prepare for JAM 2019 Biological Sciences the first thing that candidates need to keep ready is the syllabus for JAM 2019. The syllabus for Biological sciences mention the different unit and topics based on which questions will be asked for the exam.

  • After getting a good look at the syllabus the next big thing which will help in preparing is a good time-table. Prepare a time-table alotting enough time for each topic. A good time-table will help to divide time better for each subject there by giving equal time to prepare for each subject.

  • Analysis and revision: Analysis and revision includes the process where is candidates can analyze their preparation by solving sample papers and attempting mock tests. This will help to understand how much they have done and how much more hard work needs to be put in.

How to prepare for JAM 2019 Biological Sciences - Syllabus

General Biology: Taxonomy of plants and animals; pro-and eukaryotic organisms; cell organelles and their function; multicellular organization; general physiology; energy transformations; internal transport systems of plants and animals; photosynthesis; respiration; regulation of body fluids and excretory mechanisms; reproductive biology; plant and animal hormones and their action; nervous systems; animal behavior; plant and animal diseases; Mendelian genetics and heredity; basics of developmental biology; biology of populations and communities; evolution; basic principles of ecology; genesis and diversity of organisms.
Microbiology, Cell Biology and Immunology: Classification of microorganisms and their characterization; nutrient requirement for growth; laboratory techniques in microbiology; pathogenic microorganisms and disease; applied microbiology; viruses and fungi; microbial genetics; cell theory; cell architecture; cell division; types of chromosome structure; biochemical genetics-inborn errors of metabolisms; innate and adaptive immunity, antigen antibodies; principles of processes of development.

Basics of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biophysics: Buffers; trace elements in biological systems; enzymes and proteins; vitamins; biological oxidations, photosynthesis; carbohydrates and lipids and their metabolism; digestion and absorption; detoxifying mechanisms; nucleic acids; nucleic acid metabolism; nature of gene and its function; genetic code; synthesis of nucleic acids and proteins; regulation of gene expression; operons.
Structure of biomolecules; intra and intermolecular forces; thermodynamics and kinetics of biological systems; enzyme mechanisms and kinetics; principles of X-ray diffraction; IR- and UV- spectroscopy; analytical and biochemical techniques.

Mathematical Sciences: Mathematical functions (algebraic, exponential, trigonometric) and their derivatives (derivatives and integrals of simple functions); permutations and combinations; basic probability and volumetric calculations.

How to prepare for JAM 2019 Biological Sciences – Time-table

Preparation for any exam requires a good time-table which incorporates all the topics and units. While preparing the time-table candidates must make sure to divide time based on the length of the unit and the amount of topics to be covered in it. While preparing the time-table candidates must also note to allot time for solving sample papers and attempting mock tests.

How to prepare for JAM 2019 Biological Sciences – Books to refer

Preparation for JAM 2019 includes getting the right books to prepare for the different topics. Given below is the list of books as per the topics from the syllabus. Candidates can check the list given to get the best books to refer for the examination.

JAM 2019 Biological Sciences - Books


Books and Authors

General Biology

Biology - Campbell

Microbiology, Cell Biology and Immunology

Microbiology by Prescott & Harley, Madigan & Martinko

Cell and Molecular Biology (concepts & experiments) by Gerald Karp, John Wiley & Sons

Basics of Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

Principles of Biochemistry by Lehninger Nelson and Cox

Cell and Molecular Biology by E.D.P . De Robertis and E.M.F. De Robertis Jr. & Febiger


Life Sciences--Fundamental and Practice by Pranav Kumar, Usha Mina

How to prepare for JAM 2019 Biological Sciences – Mock Tests

A large part of the preparation is attempting Mock tests. Appearing for mock tests will help candidates to understand how the exam will be conducted. Mock tests are conducted just like the original exam is conducted. In this they can learn how to manage time during the main exam. The mock tests will also help candidates to know where they lack practice and how much of preparation needs to be done.

How to prepare for JAM 2019 Biological Sciences – Sample Papers

Sample papers from the previous years will help candidates to know the types of questions that will be asked for the exam. Each sample paper will contain questions which might be repeated over the years or they will contain a certain pattern or type of question. Through sample papers candidates will also be able to make out the weightage given to each unit and subtopic from the syllabus.

Biological Sciences Sample Papers


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I am bca student can with 3 sem maths can i write iit jam ms statastics am i eligible to join or write?

Shivika Tyagi 24th Jan, 2020

Hey Akhilesh,

The basic eligibility for masters in statistics through IIT JAM is that candidate must have studied mathematics or statistics for at least two years ( four semesters ) . And you have studied maths for 3 semesters only. So you are not eligible for it.


How many students appeare in iit jam Ms 2020

Harshita Gupta 22nd Jan, 2020

Every year, around 50,000-60,000 Candidates appear for IIT JAM examination. The maximum number of candidates are usually in mathematics, physics and chemistry, while the number of students is minimum in MS (mathematical statistics).
The exact number of candidates is not available yet, but for MS, it is around 4-5 thousand every year.

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What is the cutoff score of Jam physics

L RESHMASREE 18th Jan, 2020

The qualifying mark of IIT JAM Physics according to previous years analysis is 15.

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Jam msc chemistry book is provided plz

ayush mishra 15th Jan, 2020

Hey aspirant!

IITJAM Chemistry paper consists question from three basic sections of chemistry that is, Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry. Although few other subjects like analytical chemistry also contain some weightage but it can be grouped into the above three subjects also. Now, the books for IITJAM Chemistry which you should refer are given below although I would advise to study some of them only if you have your basics clear as they are quite descriptive and you have to be clever enough to understand the important topics and the not-so important ones. The books which you should refer are:-

Inorganic Chemistry:- JD Lee, Meissler-Tarr, James E.Huheey. These are the authors of the books and the names of the books are different but are commonly known by these names only. Also you must refer to Vogel's Qualitative Inorganic Analysis book as in my opinion it is the best for inorganic analysis.

Organic Chemistry:- You can refer the books by these authors IL Finar , PS Kalsi and also Mehta and Mehta is good in clearing the basics and reaction mechanisms.

Physical Chemistry:- You can refer these books (these are the commonly known authors of the books) Peter Atkins, Samuel Glasstone, Thomas Engel-Phillip Reid, Keith Laidler etc. These are the books for different topics such as Chemical Thermodynamics, Chemical Kinetics etc.

These were some of the books which you can refer to but these are not necessary as you can have your own reference books based on difficulty level of some of these books.

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