How to prepare for JAM 2019 Biological Sciences
Parul Thapa, 26 Nov 2019, #JAM

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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Hi, Im pursuing my 2nd bsc in biotechnology, can I write jam exams only for biotechnology or should I learn all the syllabus given as "Biology" to write exams on biotechnology?

Hi aspirant,

Preparing the syllabus given in the IIT JAM exam for biotechnology is enough to crack the JAM exam. If you study the whole biology as a syllabus, you can attend most of the exams conducted in life sciences field for the higher studies and jobs. In JAM exam they will check your critical thinking and your subject knowledge depth. So prepare well.

All the best.


I have only two months for the preparation of IIT JAM examination how would I prepare

Avishek Dutta 2nd Dec, 2019
Two months are a enough for someone to get a good rank in JAM .
Download the syllabus of IITJAM from their official website.
And stick to it.You won't be asked any questions out of the syllabus.
Now make a Doomsday notes please.
You would find it quite handy.Otherwise you have to open those large books again and again.
Compactness of the notes always helps.
Download all of the previous years questions from the website and try to solve them all,even two times if you have enough time.
Also give mocy tests.
Learn from your mistakes.
Learn to use the jam calculator which is not same as the normal calculator we use .
Get enough sleep.
You would be fine

can a B tech student can apply for IIT jam physics exam and what are the requirements that are needed ?

Shivam bhardwaj Student Expert 2nd Dec, 2019

Hello Sai,

Hope you are doing well.

IIT JAM Eligibility Criteria mandates candidates to hold a Bachelor’s Degree . Candidates belonging to General/OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) category must have at least 55% aggregate in Bachelor’s. The marks secured include all the subjects studied at the graduation level, without rounding off the marks.

So you obviously appears for the IIT JAM.

Good luck


I am currently studying bsc third year. I want to do MSc. but I didnt apply for any entrance exam like JAM till now. where can I study? is that any college opened their admission process?

Karvannan sevugamurthi 29th Nov, 2019

Hi aspirant

Yes you can still apply for your M.Sc degree. Because still you have one semester remaining. JAM application, TIFR application portals may get closed, but you can apply for upcoming notifications regarding admission. Universities call for admission, colleges also nearly in the month of March. So be ready to apply for them.

All the best.


can I eligible for MSc chemistry in IIT jam with bsc chemistry and additional subject of mathes and computer science

Avishek Dutta 28th Nov, 2019
I am giving the eligibility for different courses of chemistry provided by IITS below
M.Sc. Chemistry
Chemistry for three years/six    semesters
Same as above
Joint MSc PhD in Chemistry
Same as above
Joint M.Sc phD in Nuclear Medicine
B.Sc./B.S. degree (three years/six semesters) with Chemistry as Honours/Major/Main Subject, Mathematics as compulsory one subsidiary subject and Physics/ Biology as another subsidiary subject for at least two years/four semesters
M.Sc.- Ph.D. Dual Degree in Environmental Science and Engineering
Any one of Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics for two years/four semesters, and any one of the other four subjects for at least one year/two semesters
Joint M.Sc.- Ph.D. in     Atmosphere and    Ocean Sciences
Mathematics and Physics with any one of these subjects among Chemistry, Computer Science, Computer Application, Geology and Statistic
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