How to prepare for JAM 2019 Biotechnology
Sherin Tressa, 10 Jan 2019, #JAM

How to Prepare for JAM 2019 Biotechnology - Candidates who wish to appear for the M.Sc Biotechnology exam of JAM 2019 must have started their preparation already. With one month left for the commencement of JAM 2019 it is high time that candidates go through the different levels of preparation already. To prepare for M.Sc Biotechnology, candidates must have a clear idea about the syllabus prescribed by the conducting body. How to prepare for JAM 2019 Biotechnology is a part of the preparation series articles for JAM 2019. In this article candidates can find preparation tips and a detailed examination syllabus and pattern. JAM 2019 was conducted by IIT Kharagpur on February 10, 2019 in two sessions. The entrance for M.Sc Biotechnology was conducted in the second session from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Read more to go through the preparation tips and sample papers for M.Sc Biotechnology. 

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How to prepare for JAM 2019 Biotechnology – Important guidelines

  • To prepare for JAM 2019 Biotechnology the first thing that candidates need to have a thorough idea about the syllabus for JAM. The syllabus for Biotechnology contain the different topics and subtopics based on which the questions will be prepared for the examination.

  • After having a good look at the syllabus the next step is preparing a good     time-table. Prepare a time-table allocating enough time for each topic. A timetable allocating time for each topic will help the candidates to give each topic equal amount of time there by not creating a situation of information overload for candidates towards the end.

  • Analysis and revision: Analysis and     revision includes the process wherein 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. 

IIT JAM 2019 - Syllabus for M.Sc Biotechnology

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 Phosphoryation; 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 virus; Bacteria; Fungi; Protozoa; Pathogenic micro-organizms.

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.

JAM 2019 Biotechnology - Books to Refer

Name of book





Voet & Voet

Biochemical Calculations

Irwin H. Segel


Mount David W.

Essential Cell Biology

Bruce Alberts, Dennis Bray, Alexander D Johnson, Julian Lewis, Martin Raff, Keith Roberts, Peter Walter

Molecular Cell Biology

Harvey Lodish, Arnold Berk, Chris A. Kaiser, Monty Krieger, Matthew P. Scott, Anthony Bretscher, Hidde Ploegh, Paul Matsudaira

Developmental Biology

Scott F. Gilbert, Susan R. Singer

Molecular Cloning

Sambrook and Russel

Principles of Gene Manipulation

Sandy B. Primrose, Richard Twyman, Bob Old

Kuby Immunology

Thomas J. Kindt, Barbara A. Osborne, Richard Goldsby

Basic Immunology

Abbas and Litchmann

Prescott’s Microbiology

Joanne Willey, Linda Sherwood, Chris Woolverton


Michael Pelczar Jr.

Molecular Biology of the Gene

James D. Watson, Tania A. Baker, Stephen P. Bell, Alexander Gann, Michael Levine, Richard Losick

Genetics (Benjamin/Cummings Series in the Life Sciences)

Peter J. Russell


How to prepare for JAM 2019 Biotechnology – Mock Tests

Mock tests are an important step in preparing for an examination. 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, which means that it will help candidates foresee and tackle any problem while attempting the test. By solving mock tests candidates can learn how to manage time during the main exam. The mock tests also help candidates to know where they lack practice and how much of preparation needs to be done.

How to prepare for JAM 2019 Biotechnology – Sample Papers

Solving sample papers from the previous years will give candidates an insight into the type of questions asked for the examination. 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.

JAM 2019 Biotechnology - Sample Papers




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