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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does iit jam biomedical sciences take place?

Akram Khan 17th Feb, 2020


For the year 2020 through iit jam iit kharagpur provides the biomedical sciences course which is of integrated nature -

The courses offered in biomedical sciences are-

1)Medical Physics

2) Nuclear Medicine

3)  Molecular Medical Microbiology

All these courses are Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D.

Hope this helps.


what are biology subjects for which iit jam is available to do msc in an iit

Akram Khan 17th Feb, 2020


For the year 2020 following courses are available in iit jam to do msc.

1) M.Sc. Biotechnology

2) Joint M.Sc.- Ph.D. in Molecular Medical Microbiology

3) M.Sc.- Ph.D. Dual Degree in Environmental Science and Engineering

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is mathematics mandatory for iit jam entrance exam if I have done my bsc in biology

Akram Khan 17th Feb, 2020


iit jam exam is conducted to take admission in M.Sc. (Two Years), Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D., M.Sc.-Ph.D. Dual Degree, and other Post-UG Degrees Programmes at the IITs of India and Integrated PhD Degree Programmes at IISc, Bangalore.

The eligibility of mathematics at class 10+2 level depend on course in which you want to take admission. For example if you want to take admission to Joint M.Sc.- Ph.D. in Molecular Medical Microbiology for this courses it is not necessary that  you have math at 10+2 level. However for the course  M.Sc.- Ph.D. Dual Degree in Environmental Science and Engineering it is compulsory to have mathematics at 10+2 level.

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can a pure PCB student attempt IIT JAM ?

Hrisheekesh Singh 17th Feb, 2020

Hi Aditi,

Yes, a pure PCB student can attempt IIT JAM Examination.

IIT-JAM is an entrance exam conducted by different IITs every year for admission of students in the M.Sc. program in any of the discipline in which you have pursued Bachelor's of Science.

For a GEN/OBC student 55%, or 5.55 out of 10 aggregate marks in their qualifying degree are required to attempt IIT JAM.

For a SC/ST/PWD student 50%, or 5.0 out of 10 aggregate marks in their qualifying degree  are required to attempt IIT JAM.

As mentioned above, if you have done your B.Sc through Biology subjects than also you can attempt IIT JAM and take admission for M.Sc. Biotechnology and Joint M.Sc.- Ph.D. in Atmosphere and Ocean Sciences and many more.

Moreover, the more M.Sc. courses are available for a Mathematics student.

You may refer to this article for more information about IIT JAM Eligibility Criteria 2020.

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how to prepare for iit jam for msc in iit?

Shubhangi sinha 17th Feb, 2020

Hello Aditi,

To prepare for IIT jam, you should be well aware of exam pattern and syllabus.

IIT JAM entrance exam is held in computer-based mode, in two sessions - Session 1 and Session 2. The JAM exam 2020 includes three sections - Section A, Section B, Section C. Total questions that will be asked are 60 for a total of 100 marks. Candidates may note that questions will be of multiple-choice and numerical answer type questions.

Since there are many topics, the candidates will be needed to make a table dividing the topics and subjects and allowing them a specific amount of time to go through.

Prepare notes - Preparing notes, both short and long, will help a lot in revising the topics at the end or whenever it is needed.

Keep exam pattern in mind - The candidates must learn in a smart way by dedicating most of their to the topics which carry more marks. The candidates are suggested to make a priority list, giving those topics the utmost priority which carries more marks than others.

Practicemakes a candidate perfect - Since practising is the most important preparation one can do for their JAM paper, the candidates must focus on practice each and every question available. The sample papers of JAM are available on the website which will help make the candidates acquainted with the actual exam paper and understand the JAM exam 2020 pattern as well.

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