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DBT JRF 2021: Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Application Form

Applications are invited from interested and eligible candidates to apply for the fellowship award offered for pursuing research in the field of biotechnology. The application form will be available in online mode and is expected to release in the month of February 2021. Selection of the candidates for granting the fellowship will be done on the basis of a test, Biotechnology Eligibility Test (BET 2021). The test is expected to be held in the month of April 2020. This article provides complete details related to the DBT JRF 2021.

Important Highlights

  • Only Indian national candidates are eligible to apply for Biotechnology Eligibility Test and avail the fellowship.
  • Only after joining an institution/ university, the fellowship of the candidates will be activated.
  • For appearing in the test, candidates will be allowed to provide three exam centers of their choice in the application form.
  • Answer key of the eligibility test will be released and the candidates will be given the opportunity to submit their grievances against the same.
  • Award letter will not be issued to those candidates who fail to get their documents successfully verified.

DBT JRF 2021 Exam Dates

The tentative dates related to DBT JRF 2021 are provided in the table below:

Avialable Application Form 2020
Important EventsTentative Dates
Starting of online application process3rd week of February 2021
Last date to submit the application form3rd week of March 2021
Issue of admit cardLast week of March 2021
Date of eligibility test2nd week of April 2021
Release of answer key3rd week of April 2021
Last date for submitting grievances on the answer key4th week of April 2021
Declaration of result4th week of May 2021

DBT JRF Eligibility Criteria 2021

Check out the basic eligibility for appearing in DBT JRF 2021 exam below:

Age limit:

  • The maximum age of the candidates should not exceed 28 years as on last date of application.
  • A relaxation of 5 years will be given to the candidates belonging to the SC/ ST/ PWD/ female candidates and 3 years to OBC-NCL candidates.

Academic qualification:

  • Candidates with M.Sc/ M.Tech/ M.V.Sc/ Integrated BS-MS/ BE/ B.Tech in Biotechnology/ M.Sc/ M.Tech in Bio-Informatics or Computational Biology/ M.Sc in Life Science/ Bioscience/ Zoology/ Botany/ Microbiology/ Biochemistry/ Bio-Physics or equivalent degree are eligible.
  • Those admitted under DBT supported postgraduate teaching programs are also eligible to apply.
  • The applicants who will appear in the final year exam in the year 2021 can apply too.

Qualifying marks:

  • A minimum of 60% aggregate marks in the qualifying exam should be scored by the candidates belonging to general/ EWS/ OBC category.
  • For candidates of SC/ ST/ PWD category, the minimum aggregate marks should not be less than 55%.

DBT JRF Application Form 2021

The DBT JRF 2021 application form will be released online on the official website The candidates who wish to appear for the eligibility test should submit their application form in time.

  • Providing details like name, date of birth, email address, mobile umber, etc, the candidates will have to register themselves.
  • After successful registration, user id and password will be generated using which the candidates can obtain the application form.
  • In the application form, the candidates will have to provide the rest personal details and details related to qualifying exam.
  • Scanned copies of candidates’ signature, photograph, birth certificate, qualifying marks certificate, caste certificate and PWD certificate should also be uploaded in the application form.
  • After providing all the information asked in the application form, the candidates can make final form submission.
  • The candidates are advised to take a photocopy of the filled-in application before making final submission and keep it safe for future use.

Application fee:

  • To complete the process of admission, the applicants will also have to make payment of a prescribed amount of application fee.
  • Application fee for general/ OBC candidates will be Rs. 1000/- and for SC/ ST/ PWD candidates it will be Rs. 250/-.
  • Payment of the fee can be done online using net banking facility or debit card/ credit card.

DBT JRF 2021 Exam Pattern

The basic overview of the DBT JRF exam pattern 2021 is provided below:

  • Mode of exam: Online
  • Duration of exam: 3 hours
  • Number of questions: 200
  • Total marks: 300
  • Marking scheme: 3 marks will be given for every right answer.
SectionTopicsNo. of questionsMaximum marks
Section AGeneral Science, Mathematics, Chemistry, General Aptitude, Analytical Ability, Quantitative Ability, General Biotechnology, etc.50150
Section BSpecific Areas of Biotechnology150 (only 50 to be attempted)150
Total——200 (100 to be attempted)300

DBT JRF Syllabus 2021

The syllabus for the DBT JRF 2021 exam is provided here.

Section A:

  • Aptitude: Comprehension based questions, questions to assess non-verbal reasoning capacity, quantitative type questions, etc
  • General Biotechnology: Bio-molecular structure & function, Methods in Biotechnology, Organization of structure & functions of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, Cellular processes, Recombinant DNA Technology, etc

Section B:

  • Agricultural Biotechnology: Plant Biology, physiology, molecular biology and seed technology, Tissue Culture, Transgenic Technologies and Biotechnology, etc
  • Animal Biotechnology: Animal Physiology and Biochemistry, Histology and Embryology, Animal Parasitology, etc
  • Biotechnology, Biochemical Engineering and Industrial Biotechnology: Introductory Mathematics, Engineering Principles, Thermodynamics in Biological Systems, etc
  • Bioinformatics & Computational Biology: Major Bioinformatics Resources, Database Searches, Sequence Analysis, Scoring Matrix, etc
  • Environmental Biotechnology: Basic Ecological Concepts and Principles, Environmental Pollution, Treatment of Typical Industrial Effluents, etc
  • Marine Biotechnology: Marine resources assessment, Oceanography, Microbial Assessment, Culture systems and hatchery techniques, etc
  • Medical Biotechnology: Vaccinology, Immunotechnology, Genetics of Neuro-genetic disorders, Complex polygenic syndromes, etc
  • Molecular and Human Genetics: Principles of Genetics, Common genetic disorders, Human Genome, Cell Biology and Cytogenetics, etc
  • Neuroscience: Neurophysiology and Behavior, Neurons, Electrical properties of excitable membranes, Neurotrophic factors, etc
  • Pharmaceutical Biotechnology: Drug metabolism, Enzymes and microbial technology, Downstream processing, etc

DBT JRF 2021 Admit Card

  • The admit card to appear in DBT JRF exam 2021 will be released on the official website
  • Candidates should download the admit card and carry it to the exam center while reporting for the exam.
  • To download the admit card, the candidates need to provide their user id and password generated at the time of application.
  • Details of the test center and schedule will be communicated to the candidates through their admit card.
  • No candidates will be allowed to enter the examination hall without a valid admit card.

DBT JRF Result & Award 2021

  • Result of the JRF exam will be released online and can be checked by the candidates using their user id and password.
  • Candidates will also be able to download their score card by logging in to their account.
  • Based on the marks obtained in the test, two categories of merit list will be prepared.
  • Shortlisted candidates need to send photocopy of important documents preferably attested by HOD/ gazetted officer or else self-attested to DBT JRF programme office.
  • Award letter will be issued after verification of all the eligibility documents within one year from the date of declaration of result.
  • Activation of the fellowship (upon joining an Institute/ University) is to be done within two years from the date of issue of award letter.

Important Documents

The following documents should be sent to the DBT JRF programme office for verification:

  • Copy of the BET 2021 Hall Ticket
  • Date of Birth Certificate (preferably SSC certificate)
  • Final/ consolidated mark sheet of the qualifying degree
  • Certificate of the qualifying degree
  • For SC/ ST/ PH candidates, proof for the category (preferably in English)
  • For OBC candidates, non-creamy layer certificate (preferably in English)
  • For EWS candidates, EWS certificate duly signed and stamped
  • A cover letter mentioning address for communication, phone number and email id

Address for sending the documents:


DBT-JRF Programme

Biotech Consortium India Limited

5th Floor, Anuvrat Bhawan 210,

Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg,

New Delhi – 110 002


  1. Is there any way I can get a refund on my application fee?

Application fee once submitted is neither refundable nor transferable under any circumstances. However, if due to failed application fee submission, you made a repayment, the additional amount will be reversed to your account.

  1. What are the different available means for providing the fellowship to the shortlisted candidates?

Candidates who clear the BET will be categorized into category I and category II. Candidates under category I will be eligible to avail DBT JRF fellowship. Those under category II will be appointed in any DBT sponsored project and can avail fellowship from the project equivalent to NET/ GATE.

  1. What if I face any issues related to DBT JRF application process?

In case of any query, the candidates can send an email at mentioning your name and user id. Other genuine problems related to the fellowship program can be sent to the email address

Displaying 32 Comments
  1. rosiiYour Name... says:

    why do not providing female candidate reservation

  2. Kirti tripathi says:

    i have done Environmental microbiology, am i allowed for dbt 2019?

  3. Coolzy says:

    When will DBT jrf2019 release?

  4. Sakshi gupta says:

    When dbt jrf form 2019 will release.?

  5. Anjali Gupta says:

    I completed M.Sc. biochemistry can I apply for DBT Jrf?

  6. Sanjana says:

    I’m currently persuing M. Sc., biomedical genetics at Dr. ALM PG IBMS. Am I eligible to apply??

  7. Taara says:

    copy of BET admit card?? but why?? n how?? for DBT do I have to first appear for BET??

  8. Soumya Kolachal says:

    Hi, I am not able to find the link for application form. Has the registration started?

  9. Juhi Rana says:

    I am M.Sc microbiologist amd B.Sc biotechnologist. I am eligible for DBT exam?

  10. Kavya says:

    Hello I had completed BSc in Agriculture. Am I eligible to apply for DBT?

  11. RAVICHANDRAN K says:

    Hi, I completed M.Sc,. Biochemistry can I apply for DBT.

  12. Shagufta says:

    Hello I’m shagufta completed MSc Microbiology with 82% , so I’m eligible DBT jrf exam ??

  13. Lakshmi Prasanna says:

    I am studying Integrated 5 year msc in biotechnology and bioinformatics,am I eligible to apply this year. Now I am 4 year

  14. Rakesh says:

    Iam Rakesh.I completed my ( agricultural engineering). can i apply for DBT. Any chances to require

  15. AMITHA N A says:

    I am a MSc Microbiology graduate. Am I eligible to apply for this exam?

  16. Reena Singh says:

    Myself reena singh, I completed my in biotechnology can i apply for DBT

    • Manish says:

      H Reena,
      As per your information you are eligible. However, please also read other criteria as specified in the post to confirm your eligibility.

  17. Deshbhushan says:

    Hello myself Deshbhushan.I did M.S.pharm(Biotechnology)NIPER.I would like to know what is mean of certificate of DOB,Is it 10th ssc certificate or new one.
    The cover letter is blank paper or provided one on website.
    How to send documents,by uploading on website or sending hardcopy to provided adress.

  18. Kiran kandu says:

    Hello, myself kiran kandu currently pursuing (biotech) student of 3rd year. I’m eligible for this exam?

  19. sushma rachel says:

    hello, my self Sushma Rachel. I completed my M.Pharm (pharmaceutical biotechnology) can I apply for DBT.

  20. praveen says:

    myself praveen pursuing in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine can i apply for DBT exam .i did my in biotechnology as well.

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