Tentative date of exam notification;–   January

Tentative date of filling forms:  February

Tentative date of exam: March / April

For more information visit the website: www.bcil.nic.in

 Conducted by department of biotechnology of india for the award of “DBT-Junior Research Fellowship” (DBT-JRF) for pursuing research in frontier areas of Biotechnology and Applied Biology.

JRFs will be selected according to merit under two categories: Category I & II

Category I fellowship (Top 275 in number) is tenable in any University/ Institute in India where the students can register for PhD

Category II students (100 in number) will be eligible to join any DBT sponsored project and avail fellowship from project, equivalent to NET/GATE qualifications as per DST Guidelines, subject to selection through institutional selection process

Registration for PhD will be decided by Institutional rules

Fellowship will be co-terminus with the duration of project and institutional rules will be applicable.

There will be no binding on plus of DBT sponsored projects to select JRF/SRF for their projects from category II list

Selection in Category II will not entitle student for any fellowship from DBT-JRF program

 Pattern of DBT JRF

Section A    (General science, Mathematics, Chemistry, General aptitude, analytical, quantitative ability, general biotechnology etc.)

50  questions  3 marks each =150

Section B (Specific areas of Biotechnology)

50 out of 150 questions  3 marks each =150

Total 300 marks

Syllabus of DBT JRF(click here)

Eligibility for  DBT JRF

Eligibility Criteria 

Qualification for DBT JRF: M.Sc./M.Tech/ M.V.Sc. degree with Biotechnology in title of degree e.g. Biotechnology, specialization such as Agricultural, Animal/Veterinary, Medical, Marine, Industrial, Environmental, Pharmaceutical, Food, Bio-resources Biotechnology, Biochemical Engineering, Biosciences and Biotechnology, Bioinformatics” and M.Sc “Molecular & Human Genetics” and M.Sc.”Neuroscience” as well as BE/B. Tech in Biotechnology (4-year course after 10+2) recognized by UGC/AICTE

Marks for DBT JRF: Minimum 60% marks for General and OBC category and 55% for SC/ST/PH in aggregate (or equivalent grade)

Age Limit for DBT JRF: Upto 28 years as on the last date of application for general category; age relaxation of up t o 5 years (up to 33 years) for SC/ST/PH and women candidates and 3 years (31 years) for OBC (Non-creamy layer)

Cutoff DBT JRF: – NOT disclosed by DBT

Tips to crack  DBT JRF

Start preparing for exam at least 6 months before the date of DBT JRF.

Go through all previous papers of DBT JRF to have an understanding what to prepare.

Keep Solving and analyzingIt is   advisable that you solve full length mock test papers and Go through all previous years papers of DBT JRF to have an understanding what to prepare for DBT JRF. It will develop an understanding in you about your performance in actual DBT JRF exam where you exactly stand DBT JRF

Students must try to solve the test in iguruji online app downloadable from google playstore and make yourself adaptable to DBT JRF.

 Refer the good text books for Clearing the concepts-Students must clear their concepts with the help of good books and updated study material like AADHAR INSTITUTE STUDY MATERIAL FOR DBT JRF so as not to face hurdles during the exam. The questions in DBT JRFare designed to bring out your understanding and basic knowledge of life sciences . Try to be more concise and precise over concepts and basic knowledge rather than running on path of blind learning and going through everything.

Make a schedule for Revision and testsThe regular revision matters a lot more than any other things during the preparation time. Watch iguruji video for making strategy and schedule for DBT JRF you must revise all the topics which you have studied during this entire course of preparation. At many points you will find that remembering all the things simultaneously becomes hard; make short key words based notes and map notes to quickly revise all points.  Keep on appearing for video supported tests for DBT JRFon iguruji app

Select The Topics You Want To Cover This exam is mainly for B.Tech (Biotech), M.Sc. (Biotech) and M.Sc.( Bioinformatics) students But the syllabus is very diverse so first select the topics that cover at least 40% of whole syllabus

For Part A in which 50 compulsory questions are to be attempted the basic knowledge of your last  2- 3 year preparation (B-Tech / M.Sc. Syllabus) is sufficient. You first need to prepare those topics on MCQ basis especially which are typical theoretical topics like unit 7 genomics & proteomics, and unit 8 IPR, Biosafety & Bioethics.

For Part B in which 50 out of 150 are to be attempted from your specialized field but you should be aware here. These 150 questions are being asked from 10 different fields and preparing only one specific field may be risky. So our suggestion is to have a glance over other field also especially if you find comfortable in some other areas.

The 10 field are

  1. Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
  2. Neuroscience
  3. Molecular and Human Genetics
  4. Medical Biotechnology
  5. Marine Biotechnology
  6. Environmental Biotechnology
  7. Bioinformatics & Computational Biology
  8. Tech. Biotechnology, Biochemical Engineering and Industrial Biotechnology
  9. Animal Biotechnology
  10. Agricultural Biotechnology:

Say NO to New topic during exam daysStudent must not study any new topic in the last weeks. It would bring unnecessary anxiety and can disturb your overall preparation. You should instead keep on honing the previously practiced topics and solve mock test papers. Studying more or all is not required if you have not studied it previously, but regular revision of the topics what you have studied is the key to success.

 Make notes for formulas and important concepts-All the important experimental questions, concepts,  constants must be written separately in a short note so as to keep them revising on one  go this will help you in NAT type questions.  Keep on going through special revision and superfast revision videos of iguruji

To give a strong boost to your preparation for DBT-JRF coaching think to join online coaching for DBT-JRF and online test series for DBT-JRF on iguruji app

Aadhar Institute study material is also an effective Study Material For DBT-JRF. That include question bank for DBT-JRF. 

Add exercise/yoga, meditation and Power Nap in the day Schedule

As you must have heard – healthy mind lives in healthy body but Being a biology student you must also understand the reverse is also true “only a healthy mind can have a healthy body.” Just maintain the calmness of your brain by taking small breaks from studies – for basic PRANAYAM, MEDITATION and YOGA (many videos are available on you tube)

During the preparation days Avoid late night food just respect the circadian Rhythm of the body “sleep at night work in day”

During the day hours take at least two short power nap after every 5 – 6 hours of study

Avoid Alcohol / cigarette / excessive caffeine consumption for getting boost

 Ask the expert-

  • You must take help from those genuine friends who have qualified the exam in past. Keep on watching “tips for DBT JRF” video on aadharinstitute jaipur youtube channel. 
  • You can have even live discussion on this channel tune to time
  • Develop a positive attitude in life especially for this exam. Never think that this exam is the last hope in Life. Don’t worry you have a brighter life ahead this is just a milestone

Avoid travelling at the night just before exam especially if your centre in another city just reach one day before the exam take rest and proper sleep.