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Department of Biotechnology Junior Research Fellowship

Form Date: 15 Aug - 08 Sep 2021 (Tentative)

Computer Based Test

Form Date: 15 Aug - 08 Sep 2021

DBT JRF Basic Information

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

DBT JRF 2021:Application Form, Eligibility Criteria, Exam Pattern

Updated On - April 30 2021 by Swagota Nandi

DBT JRF 2021 is to be conducted in the 1st week of October 2021 tentatively by the Department of Biotechnology yearly. It is conducted at the national level annually. To grant DBT-Junior Research Fellowship, the Department of Biotechnology invites application from Indian citizens for pursuing research in frontier areas of Biotechnology and Life Sciences.  Based on DBT JRF 2021, 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 2021 Exam Status

Candidates can check DBT JRF status from below:
Exam StatusNo official notification has been released by Department of Biotechnology

DBT JRF 2021 Important Dates

Candidates can take a look at all the DBT JRF 2021 dates from below.

DBT JRF 2021 Important Dates
DBT JRF 2021Dates (Tentative)
Online registration start date3rd week of August 2021
Online registration end date1st week of September 2021
Release of DBT JRF 2021 admit card4th week of September 2021
DBT JRF 2021 exam date1st week of October 2021
Challenge of answer key end dateOctober 2021
Declaration of BET resultOctober 2021

DBT JRF Application Form 2021

The details regarding the DBT JRF 2021 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.

Application Fees

The application fee for DBT JRF 2021 is non-refundable if paid once. The category-wise application fee is given below.

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

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 2021 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 2021 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 2021
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 Syllabus 2021

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 2021 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 2021 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.

Preparation Tips for DBT JRF 2021

  • 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 Admit Card 2021

The DBT JRF Admit Card 2021 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 Answer Key 2021

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.

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 Results 2021

The details regarding the DBT JRF 2021 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.

Test Centre Selection Process for DBT JRF 2021

The candidates would be selected by computer-based “Biotechnology Eligibility Test (BET)”. An applicant has to choose from the options provided in the application form for any three centers of his or her choice. Mostly, the attempts will be made to select one of the three cities/centers chosen for, in certain situations, for administrative reasons, a candidate might be assigned a different city/center. So the final decision lies with the conducting body. Any candidate for the test will not be eligible for TA / DA.

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 2021 Highlights 

Candidates can take a look at the DBT JRF 2021 Highlights in the table below.

DBT JRF 2021 Basic Details
Exam NameJunior Research Fellowship - Biotechnology Eligibility Test (BET)
Conducting BodyDepartment of Biotechnology
LevelNational Level
Exam ModeComputer Based Test (CBT)
Official websitehttps://rcb.res.in
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 2021

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

Exam Date01 Oct - 08 Oct 2021 (Tentative)
Admit card22 Sep - 29 Sep 2021 (Tentative)
Form Date15 Aug - 08 Sep 2021 (Tentative)
Result15 Oct - 31 Oct 2021 (Tentative)

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Form Start Date:

15 Aug 2021

Form End Date:

08 Sep 2021

The forms will open on 15 Aug 2021



Examination Date (Online):

01 Oct - 08 Oct 2021

Application Fees:

₹ 1,000

Admissions open for

NIIT University

01 Dec 2020-15 Apr 2021

UPES Dehradun

01 Jan 2021-10 Jun 2021

Manav Rachna University

09 May 2021-09 May 2021

Manipal University

11 Apr 2021-25 May 2021

SRM University

15 May 2021-20 Jul 2021