Tentative date of exam notification : – August / september

Tentative date of filling forms: – september / October

Tentative date of exam: February


The Biotechnology (BT) test paper comprises of Biology (44% weightage), Chemistry (20% weightage), Mathematics (18% weightage) and Physics (18% weightage).

there will be three section of Questions and in each section are of different types as given below :

  • Section – A contains a total of 30 Multiple Choice Questions ( MCQ )carrying one or two marks each. Each MCQ type question has four choices out of which only one choice is the correct answer. Candidates can mark the answer by clicking the choice.
  • Section – B contains a total of 10 Multiple Select Questions ( MSQ )carrying two marks each. Each MSQ type question is similar to MCQ but with a difference that there may be one or more than one choice(s) that are correct out of the four given choices. The candidate gets full credit if he / she selects all the correct answers only and no wrong answers. Candidates can mark the answer(s) by clicking the choice(s).
  • Section – C contains a total of 20 Numerical Answer Type ( NAT ) questions carrying one or two marks each.For these NAT type questions, the answer is a signed real number which needs to be entered using the virtual keyboard on the monitor. No choices will be shown for these type of questions. Candidates have to enter the answer by using a virtual numeric keypad.
  • In all sections, questions not attempted will result in zero mark.

In Section – A ( MCQ ), wrong answer will result in negative marks.

For all 1 mark questions, 1/3 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.

For all 2 marks questions, 2/3 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.

In Section – B ( MSQ ), there is no negative and no partial marking provisions.

There is no negative marking in Section – C ( NAT ) as well.

  • There is provision of using Online Virtual Calculator and hence, the candidates should not bring any calculator with them.
  • Mobile phones or any other electronic devices are strictly prohibited inside examination hall. Charts, Graph Sheets, Tables are also NOT allowed inside the examination hall.
  • A scribble pad will be provided for rough works and this has to be returned back at the end of the examination.
  • The candidates are required to select the answer for MCQ and MSQ type questions, and to enter the answer for NAT questions using only a mouse on virtual numeric keypad ( the keyboard of the computer will be disabled ). At the end of the 3 – hours the computer will automatically close the examination.

JAM Paper Pattern 2019 – Section-wise division

Sections/TypesSection ASection BSection C
Number of Questions301020
Duration Three hours
Marks10 questions 1 mark

20 questions 2 marks

2 marks for each question10 questions 1 marks

10 questions 2 marks

Negative Marking1/3 of marks will be deducted and for 2 marks questions, 2/3 marks will be deductedNo negative markingNo negative marking
Types of QuestionMultiple ChoiceMultiple ChoiceNo options will be displayed
Total number of Question60
Total Marks100




BIOLOGY (10+2+3 level)

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



 The Applicants who qualify in JAM 2016 shall have to fulfill the following Eligibility Requirement (ER) for admissions in IISc and IITs.

All Applicants admitted through JAM should have a Bachelor’s degree.

  • At least 55% aggregate marks, without rounding off, (taking into account all subjects, including Languages and Subsidiaries, all years combined) for General/OBC-NCL Category Applicants and at least 50% aggregate marks, without rounding off, (taking into account all subjects, including Languages and Subsidiaries, all years combined) for SC/ST and PwD Category Applicants in the qualifying degree.
  • For Applicants with letter grades/CGPA (instead of percentage of marks), the equivalence in percentage of marks will be decided by the Admitting Institute(s).
  • Proof of having passed the Qualifying Degree with the Minimum Educational Qualifications (MEQ) as specified by the admitting institute should be submitted by September 30, of year of admission.

At the time of admission, all admitted Applicants will have to submit a physical fitness certificate from a registered medical practitioner in the prescribed form.

At the time of admission, the admitted Applicants may also have to undergo a physical fitness test by a medical board constituted by the Admitting Institute. In case a candidate is not found physically fit to pursue his/her chosen course of study, his/her admission is liable to be cancelled.

  • Note:

(a) It will entirely be the responsibility of the Candidate to prove that he/she satisfies the Minimum Educational Qualifications (MEQs) and Eligibility Requirements (ERs) for Admissions.

(b) The Admitting Institute has the right to cancel, at any stage, the admission of a candidate who is found to have been admitted to a course to which he/she is not entitled, being unqualified or ineligible in accordance with the rules and regulations in force.

    1.  There’s no age limit to appear in JAM neither are there any restrictions on the number of times you may appear the exam.
    1. The only prerequisite is a Bachelor’s degree with atleast 2 years or 4 semesters worth of the subject material studied in which you wish to appear for JAM.
  1. Make sure you have 55% aggregate in your BSc or BTech


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  1. To Start with the preparation of exam , you need to have a firm determination and zeal to achieve goal and the most importantly the capability to work hard to overcome from your own weaknesses
  2. As you all know that from year 2019 for admission in IIT – Roorkee  IIT-Bombay IIT-INDORE mathematics is No more  compulsory at 12th level as eligibility from 2019 .  Still we advice to prepare basic level of mathematics to give a tough fight in exam as there will be 18% questions from mathematics
  3. You must give special emphasis on physics and chemistry Besides Biology
  4. In Biologytry to solve as many as question given in standard text Book like Biochemistry by LehningerImmunology by KubyTools and technique by Wilson and walker
  5. Always take references of last year question papers to analyze your studies and the coaching you are taking.
  6. Give equal emphasis on all units of the prescribed syllabus.
  7. In chemistryyou must prepare well the areas like coordinate chemistry, spectroscopy aromatic chemistry and Reaction mechanisms
  8. In Physicsalways give emphasis on tricky question (But not lengthy) of the following topics in Detail, Like optics, electro statistics, Mechanics Kinetic Theory of gases , Thermodynamics