JAM 2016 How to Prepare for Biological Sciences
Prabha Dhavala, 02 Dec 2015, #JAM

For the M.Sc aspirants appearing for the IIT JAM 2016 exam on February 7, 2016, these three months preceeding the JAM 2016 exam are very crucial for preparation. It is important to intensify the Preparation for JAM 2016 if one has to make a success of it.

As part of the IIT JAM 2016 Preparation Series, Careers360 brings preparation tips, guidelines along with details of the books that need to be referred to during preparation and more below for the JAM 2016 Biological Sciences aspirants.

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Some Facts about JAM 2016:

  • Organizing Institute: JAM 2016 is being organized by IIT Madras.

  • Test Papers: JAM 2016 will have seven test papers, namely, Biological Sciences (BL), Biotechnology (BT), Chemistry (CY), Geology (GG), Mathematics (MA), Mathematical Statistics (MS) and Physics (PH)

  • Exam Details: JAM 2016 examination will be conducted in ONLINE mode only. A candidate can appear in either one or two test papers subject to the restrictions of test schedule.

  • Virtual Calculator: The Exam will also feature a virtual calculator for the first time. Candidates will not be allowed to carry a calculator along with them to the exam.

  • Admit Card: JAM 2016 Admit Card will have to be downloaded by candidates from December 31, 2015 onwards and will not be available to candidates through any other means.

  • Score Card: The JAM 2016 Score Card will have to be downloaded by candidates.

1. JAM 2016 Biological Sciences Syllabus: Before starting your preparation, it is imperative that students check the the JAM 2016 Syllabus for Biological Sciences. The topics are spelt out in detail and candidates can know the topics to study. This also allows candidates to segregate the JAM 2016 Syllabus into topics as per the difficulty levels. Candidates can plan and schedule their study as per the JAM 2016 Syllabus.


The JAM 2016 Biological Sciences Syllabus is as follows:



General Biology

Taxonomy and physiology, Pro-and eukaryotic organizms; cell organelles and their function; multicellular organization; energy transformations; internal transport systems of plants; respiration; regulation of body fluids and excretory mechanisms; cellular reproduction; Mendelian genetics and heredity; biology and populations and communities; evolution; genesis and diversity of organizms; animal behaviour, plant and animal diseases.

Basics of Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

Buffers; trace elements in biological systems; enzymes and proteins; vitamins; biological oxidations, carbohydrates and lipids and their metabolisms; digestion and absorption; detoxifying mechanisms; plant and animal hormones and their action, nervous system, nucleic acids, nature of gene and its function, Genetic code, synthesis of nucleic acids and proteins. Enzyme mechanisms and kinetics, nucleic acid metabolism, photo synthesis. Structure of biomolecules; intra and intermolecular forces; thermodynamics and kinetics of biological systems, principles of x-ray diffraction, IR and UV spectroscopy and hydrodynamic techniques.

Microbiology, Cell Biology and Immunology

Classes of microorganizms and their characterization, nutrient requirement for growth; laboratory techniques in microbiology, pathogenic microorganizms and disease; applied microbiology; viruses, Microbial genetics. Innate and adaptive immunity, antigen antibodies.Cell theory; Cell architecture; methods of cell fractionation; cell division; types of chromosome structure; biochemical genetics- inborn errors of metabolisms; viruses and fungi; principles of processes of development.

Mathematical Sciences

Mathematical functions (algebraic, exponential, trigonometric), their derivatives (derivatives and integrals of simple functions), permutations and combinations.


2. Books for Reference for JAM 2016 Biological Sciences: Proper preparation can be done only if students have access to the right books that cover the prescribed syllabus.Careers360 brings forth the recommended books for JAM 2016 Biological Sciences. Given below is the list compiled with the help of experts and toppers for JAM 2016 Biological Sciences aspirants.

JAM 2016 Biological Sciences Topics

Books and Authors

General Biology

Biology - Campbell

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

Microbiology, Cell Biology and Immunology

Microbiology by Prescott & Harley, Madigan & Martinko

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


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

3. JAM 2016 Sample Papers: It is the undisputed opinion of toppers and experts that all aspirants must practise for the JAM 2016 exam with the help of JAM 2016 Sample Papers and Previous year papers. There are many advantages of this. Candidates can understand the JAM 2016 Exam Pattern better in addition to knowing which topics have got more weightage than the others. Here it must be said that it is correct to study the complete syllabus than rely on just a few topics.


Candidates can improve their speed and time management skills in the actual exam through constant practice. Another important factor is the  JAM 2016 Mock Test. The Mock Test allows candidates to understand the actual exam environment. To understand and get used to the virtual calculator that is being introduced from this year, candidates must check out the JAM 2016 Mock Test before appearing for the actual exam


Download the previous year JAM papers for Biological Sciences below with the Answer key:


Link to download the Paper and Answer Key

JAM 2015

Click here

JAM 2013

Click here

 Some Important Guidelines:

  • A timetable that incorporates the study hours, practice tests, relaxation allows clear and proper study scheduling but it must be diligently followed by candidates to taste success.

  • Test – analyse - revise- This is one of the success mantras for JAM 2016 aspirants. This helps in gauging where the strength and weaknesses lay. Revision will help plug the weaknesses and improve better.

  • Hard Work is not enough. Smart Work is the ideal thing to do. Students who approach any exam with a thorough planned and single minded approach are known to taste success.

  • It is highly important that each practice test be viewed as if it is the actual exam.  This allows for better practice and a confident approach to the actual exam.


All the best!

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Sir can you suggest me a good book for JAM Geology

Payal 16th Oct, 2019

Hii aspirants

here I am providing you list of some good books for iit jam geology. these are

IIT JAM M.Sc. Geology by Ajhar Hussain

Trend in Objective Geology by Ausaf Saeed

A Text book of Geology by P.K. Mukerjee

Principles of engineering Geology by K.M. Bangur

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Structural Geology by Twiss & Moores


i want to apply for JAM exam but why the exam date period is very less to apply

Hello Vidya Devi

IIT JAM exam form for registration was released on 5th September and last date for registration was 12th October. I am sorry to say but there is no possibility to apply for the exam after the last date of registration. Correction window will be open in first week of November.

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what will be the cut off for iit jam biotechnology 2020

Shudhanshu Gupta Student Expert 12th Oct, 2019
Hello aspirant I am here for helping you.
It is difficult task to predict that what will be the cutoff of IIT JAM in 2020, so as per your demand I am providing you a link below where you can see the previous year cutoff of IIT JAM for different branches , it will give you an probable idea of new cut off.
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best coaching academy in india for iit jam mathematical statistics

Hello Sofia John

Some of the best coaching academies in India for IIT Jam Mathematical Statistics are mentioned below

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Im doing general bsc. Can I give JAM exam after completing it ?

Payal 10th Oct, 2019

Hii aspirants

let me clear your doubt.

Yes you can give jam exam aftee completing your bsc. And here is the eligibility criteria for jam exam

A canditate after completing their bachelor degree are eligible for jam exam

A candidate belonging to general /obc (non creamy layer) should have atleast 55 percent aggregate marks ,without rounding off.

And those who belong to sc st should have at least 50 percent aggregate marks, without rounding off.

I hope my answer will help you out

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