IIT JAM Biotechnology Syllabus 2021

IIT JAM Biotechnology Syllabus

IIT JAM Biotechnology Syllabus: Each Year IIT JAM, the Joint Admission Test for M.Sc. conducted for various subjects to pursue a master’s degree in prestigious IIT. This Joint entrance exam conducted for a total six subjects and Biotechnology is one among them. A clear in-depth knowledge of the syllabus is most important to score high marks in IIT JAM. So in this article, I will update the detailed syllabus of biotechnology for IIT JAM. I am strongly recommending you to go through the detailed syllabus and prepare well to crack the IIT JAM easily.

For IIT JAM Biotechnology , the syllabus is huge. But don’t worry you with well preparation you can easily cover up the whole syllabus. For biotechnology questions are asked from 10+2+3 syllabus which includes Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. So start your preparation right Now.

Weightage of IIT JAM Biotechnology Syllabus

  • Biology 44%
  • Chemistry 20%
  • Physics 18%
  • Mathematics 18%

So you have to focus equally to each subject and start your preparation as early as possible

IIT JAM Biotechnology Syllabus Details


In Biology section the questions comes from 10+2+3 level.The biology section has the following Chapters

General BiologyTaxonomy, Heredity, Genetic Variation, Conservation, Principles of ecology, Evolution, Techniques in Modern Biology
Biochemistry and PhysiologyCarbohydrates; Proteins; Lipids; Nucleic acids; Enzymes; Vitamins; Hormones; Metabolism – Glycolysis, TCA cycle, Oxidative Phosphorylation; Photosynthesis. Nitrogen Fixation, Fertilization and Osmoregulation; Vertebrates-Nervous system; Endocrine system; Vascular system; Immune system; Digestive system and Reproductive System.
Basic BiotechnologyTissue culture; Application of enzymes; Antigen-antibody interaction; Antibody production; Diagnostic aids.
Molecular BiologyDNA; RNA; Replication; Transcription; Translation; Proteins; Lipids and Membranes; Operon model; Gene transfer.
Cell BiologyCell cycle; Cytoskeletal elements; Mitochondria; Endoplasmic reticulum; Chloroplast; Golgi apparatus; Signaling.
MicrobiologyIsolation; Cultivation; Structural features of the virus; Bacteria; Fungi; Protozoa; Pathogenic micro-organisms.


In Chemistry questions comes from 10+2+3 level.The detailed syllabus is given below

  • 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.


In physics part mainly questions comes from 10+2 level.Just cover the whole syllabus you can easily answer all the questions.

  • Physical World and Measurement,
  • Elementary Statics and Dynamics,
  • Kinematics,
  • Laws of Motion,
  • Work, Power and Energy
  • 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,
  • The motion of System of Particles and Rigid Body,
  • Gravitation,
  • Mechanics of Solids and Fluids,
  • Heat and Thermodynamics,
  • Oscillations,
  • Waves.


Also in mathematics question comes from 10+2 level.The chapters are given below.

  • 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.

Important Books for IIT JAM Biotechnology

BiochemistryBiochemistry by Lehninger or Voet & Voet is the best choiceBuy Now
BioinformaticsDavid Mount(Generally basic bioinformatics required)Buy Now
Cell BiologyBruce Alberts or Lodish
Developmental BiologyGilbertBuy Now
Enzymology Follow the biochemistry Book
Genetic EngineeringGenes series by Lewin, Molecular Cloning by Sambrook and Russel, Principles of Gene Manipulation by Old and PrimroseBuy Now
ImmunologyKuby/ Abbas and LitchmannBuy Now
MicrobiologyPrescott, PelczarBuy Now
Molecular BiologyWatsonBuy Now
Physics and ChemistryNCERT is Sufficient. So read properly. Buy some question banks and practice as much as possible.Buy Now


Practice makes you perfect. Begin well by knowing thoroughly the syllabus and practice more and more questions to excel in the exam.All the best for IIT JAM 2021

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