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Department of Biotechnology Junior Research Fellowship

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DBT JRF Basic Information

  • Application Fee:₹ 1,000
  • Number Of Attempts:1
  • Examination Modes:Computer Based Test
  • Courses:PhD
  • Streams:Engineering

DBT JRF 2023: Application Form, Dates Eligibility Criteria, Pattern, Syllabus

Updated On - February 17 2023 by Akriti Maurya

DBT JRF 2023 exam dates will be announced by the NTA on behalf of the Department of Biotechnology. It is conducted at the national level annually. To grant DBT-Junior Research Fellowship, the Department of Biotechnology invites applications from Indian citizens for pursuing research in frontier areas of Biotechnology and Life Sciences.  Based on DBT JRF 2023, two lists are published namely Category I and II. Candidates who have completed their post-graduation or B.Tech in any discipline of Biotechnology with 50% can apply for the exam. For more details related to exam patterns, eligibility criteria, syllabus, etc, Candidates can read the full article.

DBT JRF 2023 Exam Status

Candidates can check DBT JRF status from below:
Exam notificationYet to release
Application form Yet to start
Exam DateYet to announce

DBT JRF 2023 Important Dates

Candidates can take a look at all the DBT JRF 2023 dates from below.

DBT BET 2023 Exam Date(tentative)
Online registration start dateJuly 2023
Online registration end dateJuly 2023
Last date to submit the application feeJuly 2023
Edit in application formAugust 2023
Release of admit cardAugust 2023
Exam DateAugust 2023
Display of question paper and answer keyAugust 2023
Last date for Challenge of answer keyAugust 2023
Declaration of resultAugust 2023

DBT JRF 2023 Application Form

The details regarding the DBT JRF 2023 application form are given below.

  • The Application form was released through Online mode.
  • The Candidates can fill the application form from the Official website- rcb.res.in.
  • Fill in all the correct details in the application form to avoid rejection afterward.
  • The uploading documents should be in the prescribed format as mentioned by the authority.
  • The application form has to be submitted through Online mode and not through any post.
  • Also, candidates should take a printout of the application form which will be required in the future during the admission process.

DBT JRF 2023 Application Fees

The application fee for DBT JRF 2023 is non-refundable if paid once. The category-wise application fee is given below.

NTA BET 2023 Registration Amount
CategoryApplication Fee
General / EWSRs 1000
OBCRs 1000
SC / STRs 250
PWDRs 250
 Mode of Payment: The fees can be paid either through a Credit card/ Debit card or through Net Banking.

Documents Required at the time of Registration

The candidates must be ready with the following scanned documents to be uploaded at the time of filling the Application form/ Registration Process. The applicants filling the application form have to upload a scanned copy of the form in the qualifying exam certificate duly filled and signed by the HOD of their college or university.

  • Date of Birth Certificate
  • Scanned signature
  • Scanned passport size photograph
  • Category Certificate (if admission is through SC/ST/OBC)
  • Latest Qualifying Marks certificate
  • PwD Certificate 
  • 12th Marksheet

DBT JRF 2023 Application Form Correction

The Department of Biotechnology gives chance to the candidates to edit or change the major mistakes that they made earlier while submitting their application forms. The candidates can simply log in with their Login ID and password and open their application form and correct it. It is important to note that the candidates should keep visiting the official website to check the application form correction dates and make the corrections within those dates themselves. No extra fees are charged for the same.

DBT JRF 2023 Eligibility Criteria 

Educational Qualification- The candidate must have done Post graduation in Biotechnology or B.Tech/BE in biotechnology.

  • M.Sc / M.Tech / M.V.Sc or equivalent degree / Integrated BS-MS / B.Tech in any discipline of Biotechnology
  • M.Sc. / M.Tech Bio-informatics / Computational Biology
  • Students admitted under DBT supported Postgraduate Teaching Programs M.Sc Life Science/ Bioscience/ Zoology/ Botany/ Microbiology/ Biochemistry/ Bio-physics.
Marks- Minimum 60% aggregate is required for General, EWS & OBC category and 55% for SC/ ST/ Differently abled in aggregate (or equivalent grade).
Age Limit-up to 28 years as of the last date of application for the General & EWS category. Relaxation of age is given up to 5 years (33 years) for SC/ ST/ Differently Abled/ Women candidates and up to 3 years (31 years) for OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) candidates. 

DBT JRF 2023 Exam Pattern

DBT JRF Paper will be divided into two sections i.e Section A and Section B having different numbers of Questions. The Exam Pattern for the JRF exam is given below.

  • Duration: The duration of the exam is 3 hours.
  • Mode of exam: It is a computer-based test (CBT).
  • Sections: 2 sections A & B.
Exam Pattern 2023
SectionsNumber of QsNo. Of Qs to be AttemptedMarks
Section A (General Science, Mathematics, Chemistry, General aptitude, analytical, quantitative ability, general biotechnology, etc.)50503*50 = 150
Section B (Specific areas of Biotechnology)150503*50 = 150

DBT JRF 2023 Syllabus

There will be 2 sections i.e A and B. Each section will consist of different topics and subjects. Candidates can take note of the syllabus for better understanding.

Part -A: Aptitude & General Biotechnology

Part A of the DBT JRF 2023 syllabus consists of two topics i.e. aptitude and General Biotechnology.


Here, the questions are related to the written comprehension, where the candidates have to give answers from the paragraph and check the non-verbal reading capacity. The questions shall also be quantitative in nature and may also have basic calculations to perform.

General Biotechnology
  • Biomolecular structure and function
  • Genetics, Phylogeny & Evolution
  • Cellular processes
  • Genomics and Proteomics
  • Organization of structure and functions of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells
  • Recombinant DNA Technology
  • Methods in Biotechnology
  • IPR, Biosafety & Bioethics

Part – B: Specialized Branches in Biotechnology

The part B of the DBT JRF 2023 syllabus consists of the following topics:

Agricultural Biotechnology
  • Abiotic and Biotic Stress Biology
  • Tissue Culture, Transgenic Technologies, and Biotechnology
  • Biodiversity
  • Plant Biology, physiology, molecular biology, and seed technology
  • Molecular Breeding and Genomics
Animal Biotechnology
  • Animal Physiology and Biochemistry
  • Pathology
  • Animal Parasitology
  • Immunology
  • Research Methodologies
  • Molecular Diagnostics
  • Animal Genetics
  • Histology and Embryology
  • Animal Virology
  • Molecular Medicine and Surgery
M. Tech. Biotechnology, Biochemical Engineering, and Industrial Biotechnology
  • Introductory Mathematics
  • Bioprocess Engineering and Technology
  • Thermodynamics in Biological Systems
  • Downstream Processing in Biotechnology
  • Engineering Principles
  • Bioprocess Plant Design
Bioinformatics & Computational Biology
  • Major Bioinformatics Resources
  • Proteins
  • Sequence Analysis, Basic concepts
  • Database Searches
  • DNA & RNA secondary and tertiary structures, t-RNA tertiary structure

Environmental Biotechnology, Neuroscience, Medical Biotechnology, Marine Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, and Molecular and Human Genetics.

DBT JRF 2023 Preparation Tips

  • The aspirants should solve the previous year's question papers to understand the types and level of questions.
  • The exam pattern and syllabus are should carefully be analyzed for preparation.
  • Candidates should make their proper schedule to study and make short notes to understand.
  • All the important books should be studied for referrals.
  • Candidates should have a good take on the diagrams and practice them regularly and their labelings.

DBT JRF 2023 Admit Card

The DBT JRF Admit Card 2023 will release on the official website. Note the following points for the admit card below.

  • The candidates can download the admit card by logging in to the portal with their user id and password.
  • The candidates need to carry one colored hard copy of the admit card for entry to the examination center.
  • The admit card contains essential information about exam center, exam timings, reporting time, exam date and instruction to the candidates, etc

DBT JRF 2023 Answer Key

The details regarding the DBT JRF Answer Key is given below:

  • The answer key is released soon after the commencement of the examination.
  • DBT JRF answer key will be released in online mode.
  • Candidates will be able to download the answer key from the official portal.
  • The answer key helps the candidates to evaluate the score before the release of the result.

DBT JRF 2023 Results

The details regarding the DBT JRF 2023 result is given below:

  • DBT JRF results will be released in online mode.
  • Candidates can check the result through the official website.
  • The authority will release two Merit List i.e Category l and Category ll.
  • Based on the result, candidates will be called for the Counselling process.
  • Candidates must take a printout of the result for further use.

Details of the Award

DBT-BET (category I) gives an applicant to join the Ph.D. program and register from a recognized university or institution in the country within two years of the date of issue of the letter of award. Registration for a Ph.D. is the responsibility of the candidate and DBT has no role/responsibility in this subject. DocumENt verification will be performed for candidates who have been shortlisted. Candidates considered incompetent or who send invalid documentation will not be given an award letter. Whereas candidates in category II are eligible for appointment in a project sponsored by DBT and receive a fellowship equal to NET / GATE, subject to admission through the admission process of the institute.

DBT JRF Cut - Off

Candidates can note down the cut-off for different categories released by DBT JRF as per the last year.

For Category-l
CategoryCut Off Marks
EWS Category175
Other Backward Category162
Scheduled Caste154
Scheduled Tribe148
Differently Abled152
For Category - ll
CategoryCut Off Marks
EWS Category163
Other Backward Category153
Scheduled Caste144
Scheduled Tribe137
Differently Abled133

DBT JRF 2023 Highlights 

Candidates can take a look at the DBT JRF 2023 Highlights in the table below.

DBT JRF 2023 Basic Details
Exam NameJunior Research Fellowship - Biotechnology Eligibility Test (BET)
Conducting BodyDepartment of Biotechnology
LevelNational Level
Exam ModeComputer Based Test (CBT)
DBT JRF Official websitehttps://rcb.res.in/BET/
Application LinkReleasing Soon
Courses P.hD and Fellowship programs 
Exam Purpose
  • For P.hD Fellowship under Biotechnology- Category -l
  • Appointment in a project sponsored by DBT and a fellowship- Category-ll

About DBT JRF 2023

The DBT JRF exam is to provide fellowship to the selected candidates. The candidates having PG in subjects like Biotechnology, computational biology, Life sciences, Bioscience, zoology, botany, microbiology, biochemistry, and other related subjects are eligible to apply. The examination is conducted by the Department of Biotechnology through CBT Mode. Candidates selected under Category l will get the P.hD and fellowship offer from any institute in India and Candidates selected under category two will be eligible to be appointed in any DBT sponsored project.

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DBT JRF Important Dates

Form Date07 Jul - 31 Jul 2023 (Tentative)
Admit card17 Aug 2023 (Tentative)
Exam Date21 Aug 2023 (Tentative)
Result04 Sep 2023 (Tentative)

Department of Biotechnology Junior Research Fellowship Exam Pattern

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Form Start Date:

07 Jul 2023

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31 Jul 2023

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