DBT JRF 2023: Result (Out), Cut Off, Syllabus

DBT JRF 2023: Result (Out), Cut Off, Syllabus

ByRenuka Miglani  |  Updated on: Jun 9, 2023
NTA has released the result and scorecard for DBT JRF 2023 for the exam which was held on 13 May 2023. Candidates can find the direct link to download the scorecard or visit the official portal for the same.

DBT JRF 2023: The result has been declared for GAT B/DBT JRF on 9 June 2023. The exam was conducted on 13 May 2023 after the exam date for DBT JRF was postponed by the Department of Biotechnology for the Graduate Aptitude Test (GAT-B)/ Biotechnology Eligibility Test (BET).

The DBT JRF exam is conducted for candidates who have completed their Post Graduation in Biotechnology and want to take a fellowship to pursue research in Biotechnology areas. NTA conducts the BET and GAT-B exams for all interested candidates who fill out the application for DBT JRF. Check the eligibility, application, selection, pattern, syllabus preparation tips, books, exam center, fellowship amount, and more below.

DBT JRF 2023

DBT JRF 2023 Exam date has been postponed to 13 May 2023. The exam conducting authorities released a notice on 18 April to announce that the exam will now be held on 13 May 2023. The admit card was released for the exam on 10 May by the authorities and candidates just need to visit the official website to download it ahead of the exam. Moreover, the city intimation notice has been released for the upcoming exam on 8 May.

The Biotechnology Eligibility Test (BET) or Graduate Aptitude Test - Biotechnology (GAT-B) is a national-level eligibility test to select candidates for Junior Research Fellowship. Biotechnology aspirants interested in a doctoral degree after completing the M.Sc. or M.Tech or M.V.Sc can apply for the exam. Biotech Consortium India Limited (BCIL) coordinates the exam for both categories.

DBT JRF has two parts, i.e., aptitude and general biotechnology, which is typical for all the candidates, and part two has questions from the standard and specialized branches of biotechnology. Candidates who are interested in the exam must check all the essential details provided below that one must know before appearing for the exam.

DBT JRF Latest Updates

Candidates are advised to go through this section to stay informed about any changes and updates on DBT JRF 2023. We will keep adding more updates as they are announced by the officials.

  • 09 June 2023: The result for DBT JRF/GAT B is out on the official website.
  • 10 May 2023: The admit card is dropped ahead of the DBT JRF 2023 exam. 
  • 08 May 2023: The city allotment and intimation details for the upcoming exam are out. Admit card to be released soon.
  • 18 April 2023: DBT JRF 2023 Exam Date has been postponed till 13 May 2023. 
  • 31 March 2023: The last date to apply for this cycle. The application window was open till 11.50 pm. 
  • 10 March 2023: The official notification for the latest cycle of the Department of Biotechnology Junior Research Fellowship was released. The application window for DBT JRF 2023 was opened alongside it.

DBT JRF Notification 2023

The department released the DBT JRF 2023 Notification on its official website on 10 March 2023. Under the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Government of India, the Department of Biotechnology, invites applications for the Junior Research Fellowship in Biotechnology.

DBT JRF Notification PDF 2023

Candidates who wish to appear for the Biotechnology Eligibility Test (BET) must download the DBT BET Notification PDF from the direct link below. Candidates must check the eligibility criteria, online application process, application fee, exam date, selection process, exam pattern, syllabus, and more regarding DBT JRF in the notification.

DBT JRF Recruitment

The DBT JRF recruitment is a prestigious exam for candidates who aspire to pursue research in biotechnology and life sciences. It provides financial assistance and support to talented candidates who have a passion for research and want to make a career in this field.

DBT JRF 2023 Overview

The Department conducts the annual exam to give a fellowship for three years. Check the essential aspects of the DBT JRF Exam in the table below.

OrganizationDepartment of Biotechnology, under the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India.
DBT JRF Full FormDepartment of Biotechnology Junior Research Fellowship
Exam TypeEligibility Test
Exam LevelNational Level
CoursesP.hD and Fellowship programs
Application ModeOnline
Exam ModeOnline
Duration of Exam03 hours

DBT JRF 2023 Exam Date

The Department of Biotechnology with NTA has released the revised DBT JRF 2023 exam date in the official notification. The exam was earlier going to be held on 23 April and will now take place on 13 May 2023. We have updated the schedule for the exam as per the official BET JRF notification. Candidates can check the DBT JRF 2023 Exam Date and other important dates below.

DBT JRF Registration Start Date10 March 2023
Last date to Apply Online31 March 2023
Last Date to Pay Application Fee 31 March 2023 (till 11.50 pm)
Admit Card Release date10 May 2023
DBT JRF 2023 Exam Date13 May 2023 (Revised)
Result Declaration Date09 June 2023

What is DBT JRF?

DBT JRF stands for Department of Biotechnology Junior Research Fellowship. The exam is conducted by the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India to grant fellowships to candidates who want to pursue a Ph.D. in biotechnology. The Biotechnology Eligibility Test offers admission through categories which are given below:

  • Category I fellowship (Top 275 in number): This category is for the registration for P.hD degree in any University/Institute in India.
  • Category II (100 in number): The aspirants are eligible to join DBT-sponsored projects and avail of fellowship.

DBT JRF 2023 Apply Online

The Department of Biotechnology has released the application form for the DBT JRF 2023 exam. The application window is active between 10 March to 31 March 2023. Candidates must fill out the application forms during this time to sit in the competitive exam. Read further to learn about the application process and the steps to apply for the exam.

How to Apply for DBT JRF 2023?

DBT BET 2023 apply online link is active on the official website of NTA - dbt.nta.ac.in. NTA will release the application dates on the official website soon. Check the detailed steps to fill out the DBT JRF application form below:

The candidates who want to register for DBT JRF must follow the steps given below:

  • The first step is to register yourself by providing the essential information.
  • You will receive a mail with the User ID/ registration number and password after the registration.
  • Log in to the portal with the registration number and password.
  • Enter your personal and qualification details.
  • Cross-check all the details once again.
  • Upload the required documents on the portal.
  • After uploading the document, finish the application by paying the fee.
  • Take the printout of the DBT JRF application for future reference.

DBT JRF 2023 Application Fee

DBT JRF Application Fee 2023 for the junior research fellow in the Department of Biotechnology is below. Candidates must submit the application fee. Otherwise, NTA will cancel your candidature.


Fee (Rs.)

General/ Other

₹ 1200/-


₹ 600/-


DBT JRF Eligibility

To be eligible for the DBT JRF exam, candidates must fulfill the following eligibility criteria set by the exam conducting authority. Also, before filling out the application form for DBT JRF, you must go through the changes in the DBT JRF Eligibility. Check the educational qualifications, age limit, and relaxations below.

DBT JRF Age Limit

Candidates interested in the BET exam must not be older than 28 years as of the last date of application. The age relaxation of 5 years is applicable for SC/ST/ Differently abled/ Women candidates and OBC (Non-creamy layer) candidates. The ease is three years.

Age Limit (As of the last date of application)
General Candidate28 years
OBC31 years
SC/ ST/ PwD33 years

DBT JRF Qualification

Interested candidates must check their education qualifications for DBT JRF before filling out the application form. The educational qualification is a prerequisite for the application form. If the candidate doesn’t satisfy the criteria, his/her candidature will be rejected.

  • Candidates must have done BE/B.Tech in biotechnology. OR
  • M.Sc/ M.Tech. M.V.Sc. Degree in Biotechnology/ specialization such as Agriculture, Animal/ Veterinary, Pharmaceutical, Food, Medical, Marine, Industrial, Environmental, Bioscience and Biotechnology, Bio-resources Biotechnology, Biochemistry Engineering, and Bioinformatics”. OR
  • M.Sc in Neuroscience and Molecular & Human Genetics.
  • General & OBC Aspirants must have a minimum of 60% marks, and for SC/ST/ PH candidates, the minimum marks are 55%.

In addition to the above-mentioned conditions, candidates must also be citizens of India to be eligible for DBT JRF and must be able to produce valid identity proof for the same.

DBT JRF Exam Pattern

DBT JRF is divided into two Parts. Part A has 50 questions with 150 marks. The second section has 150 questions, and the aspirant has to try only 50 questions. The time duration of the exam is 3 hours (180 minutes). Check the detailed Exam Pattern for DBT JRF in the table below.

SectionsQuestionsQuestions to be AttemptedMarks
Section A (General Science, Mathematics, Chemistry, quantitative ability, general biotechnology, General aptitude, analytical, etc.)5050150
Section B (Specific areas of Biotechnology)15050150

DBT JRF Syllabus

As mentioned above, there are two sections in the exam. Each unit will have different topics and subjects. Knowledge of the DBT JRF syllabus is essential for exam preparation. Cover only the topics given in the syllabus thoroughly otherwise. You will end up wasting time. Candidates can check the topic-wise syllabus below.

AptitudeComprehension, finding the odd one out, chemistry, quantitative ability, mathematics, general biotechnology,
General BiotechnologyBiomolecular 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
Agricultural BiotechnologyAbiotic and Biotic Stress Biology, Tissue Culture, Transgenic Technologies, and Biotechnology, Biodiversity, Plant Biology, Physiology, Molecular Biology, and Seed Technology, Molecular Breeding, and Genomics
Animal BiotechnologyAnimal 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 BiotechnologyIntroductory Mathematics, Bioprocess Engineering and Technology, Thermodynamics in Biological Systems, Downstream Processing in Biotechnology, Engineering Principles, Bioprocess Plant Design
Bioinformatics & Computational BiologyPrimary Bioinformatics Resources, Proteins, Sequence Analysis, Basic concepts, Database Searches, DNA & RNA secondary, and tertiary structures, t-RNA tertiary structure
Environmental BiotechnologyBasic Ecological Concepts and Principles, Chemistry of organic and inorganic chemicals polluting the Environment, Environmental Pollution, Water Pollution, Waste Water Treatment Systems, Treatment of Typical Industrial Effluents, Management of municipal, biomedical, and agricultural solid waste, Environmental Pollution Control

DBT JRF Fellowship Amount

After qualifying for the DBT JRF exam, candidates are entitled to the fellowship amount or research contingency. To promote the research work, the government provides fellowships for deserving candidates. The government helps candidates to continue their research work. The DBT JRF Fellowship amount is explained below:

Fellowship Amount₹ 31,000/-
Research Contingency₹ 31,000/-

Preparation Tips for DBT JRF 2023

Preparing for the DBT JRF requires a systematic approach and diligent effort. Many candidates get the desired result in the exam by following a planned strategy. Tips mentioned here can help aspirants in making their preparation journey easy and productive. Check important DBT JRF preparation tips below.

  • The first and foremost thing is to go through the syllabus and select the topics of the sections.
  • Attempt DBT JRF previous year papers to understand the exam level and where you stand right now in your preparation.
  • Revision is an essential part of exam preparation. Hence, candidates must revise the topics regularly to retain the concepts in their memory. 
  • Moreover, A better test performance will also boost your confidence and motivate you toward your goal.
  • Take adequate sleep for proper brain functioning. Staying motivated throughout the DBT JRF preparation is important to achieve success in the exam.

Books to Prepare for DBT JRF

Candidates must check the list of important books for the DBT JRF 2023 provided by experts. Candidates must go through the DBT JRF books for general aptitude and biotechnology books in the table below.

Books for DBT JRF - Part A
DBT JRF General Aptitude Books
BooksAuthor/ Publishers
A New Approach to Reasoning - Verbal, Non-Verbal, and AnalyticalSijwal /Arihant Publication
DBT JRF General Biotechnology Books
Biochemistry by LehningerA.L.Lehninger
The Cell-Molecular ApproachGeoffrey M. Cooper & Robert E. Hausman
Cell BiologyGerald Karp
Discovering Genomics, Proteomics, and BioinformaticsCampbell


DBT JRF Fellowship

The salary of DBT JRF has two components, i.e., the basic pay and the HRA. The in-hand salary for a DBT JRF is ₹ 31,000 plus the HRA. The HRA varies depending on the city candidate’s institute is located. Candidates will get HRA of 8%, 16%, and 24% for X, Y, and Z cities, respectively.

DBT JRF 2023 Admit Card

The admit card for DBT JRF was released by the officials on 10 May 2023. Hence, aspirants must download it from the official website as soon as possible. Candidates must ensure that they download the Admit Card on time and carry it to the exam center along with a valid photo ID proof.

Steps to Download Admit Card for DBT JRF 2023

To download the admit card for DBT JRF, follow the steps given below:

  • Access the official website and look for the "DBT JRF Admit Card" option.
  • After opening the correct link, click on the download button.
  • Enter the necessary information when prompted.
  • The e-admit card will appear on the screen.

DBT JRF Exam Analysis

BYJU'S Exam Prep experts will provide the DBT JRF exam analysis to help the appearing students with the essential details of the exam. The study is based on the questions asked and reviews shared by candidates. After analyzing the JRF BET questions, valuable insights are shared, which include the types of questions asked, difficulty level, and the expected cutoff. Check the DBT JRF exam analysis for more details.

DBT JRF 2023 Answer Key

National Testing Agency will release DBT JRF 2023 Answer Key after the exam. The Department of Biotechnology will release a provisional answer key where candidates can check the response status and can challenge it if they find any wrong answers in the sheet. After analyzing the challenges, authorities will release the final DBT JRF Answer Key on their website.

Exam Centers for DBT JRF 2023

Check the list of exam centers you can select in the application form to attempt your exam. Check the DBT JRF exam centers provided in the table below.


Name of Examination Centres 

Andhra Pradesh 








Arunachal Pradesh 









Purnia (Purnea) 



Chandigarh (UT) 























Himachal Pradesh 



Jammu & Kashmir 























Madhya Pradesh 












Aurangabad (Maharashtra) 




Navi Mumbai 







































Tamil Nadu 











Uttar Pradesh 
















West Bengal 






Union Territories 

Goa (Panaji/Madgaon) 

DBT JRF 2023 Result

The National Testing Agency publishes the Biotechnology Eligibility Test (BET) results as a merit list and candidate scorecard. Those who pass the BET 2023 in Category I can apply for a fellowship at any university or institute where they plan to pursue a Ph.D. Category II candidates, on the other hand, are eligible for DBT-sponsored projects and can follow a Ph.D. subject to institutional requirements. You can check the DBT JRF 2023 result in two ways- through the application number & password or application number and DOB.

The notification for the DBT JRF 2023 has been released on the official website. With it, the department has revealed the exam dates. We will update the information related to the result after the exam is concluded.

DBT JRF 2023 Cut Off

The department releases the cut off for DBT JRF with the result. The cut-off is released category-wise for Category 1 and Category 2. The DBT JRF cut off is the minimum marks that need to be scored by the candidate to get selected for P.hD or JRF.

CategoryFor Category-1For Category-2
EWS Category175163
Other Backward Category162153
Scheduled Caste154144
Scheduled Tribe148137
Differently Abled152133

FAQs on DBT JRF 2023

  • The Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) is a scheme of the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) to promote students for advanced studies and research work in biotechnology. DBT JRF is an initiative by the Government of India to promote research work in the country.

  • The Department of Biotechnology under the ministry of science & technology, the Government of India, has released the DBT JRF notification PDF on the official website on 10 March 2023. Candidates must go through the latest notification to learn about all the relevant details regarding the current exam cycle.

  • Department of Biotechnology under the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Government of India, has recently revealed the revised DBT JRF 2023 exam date in the notification on the official website on 18 April 2023. The exam will now be conducted at various DBT JRF Exam Centers all over the country on 13 May 2023.

  • The DBT JRF 2023 Application Form is out. Candidates can visit the official website to apply for the exam. The application window is between 10 March 2023 to 31 March 2023. Candidates get a limited time to apply online for DBT JRF on the portal and must not miss the opportunity.

  • No, only Indian aspirants are eligible to apply for the DBT JRF exam. Also, there is an age limit as per the latest DBT JRF Eligibility. Candidates must be between the age of 18 years to 28 years old and have a master's degree in the concerned field to apply for the exam.

  • No, the department will not accept the application forms submitted offline. The department accepts only online applications submitted on the National Testing Agency portal. Hence, candidates must check the official website or bookmark this page to stay updated on the application dates.

  • The department does not notify the frequency of the exam. It may be conducted once a year or may not be undertaken for a few years. Candidates need to keep a tab on the page for the latest information on the DBT JRF exam. We update this page regarding any news and information to keep the aspirants informed.

  • Firstly, candidates must revise their post-graduate syllabus to prepare for DBT JRF. Candidates should practice managing their time effectively during mock tests and previous year question papers. Taking online mock tests will help in practicing the exam in a simulated environment.

  • The DBT JRF Fellowship amount is now increased to ₹ 31,000/-. Candidates can avail of the fellowship after qualifying for the JRF exam. The department can change the fellowship amount anytime during the period as per government guidelines.

  • The candidates selected in category 2 are eligible for appointment in any DBT-sponsored project and to enroll in the Ph.D. program in Biotechnology and Life Sciences in various universities and institutions in India. In addition, the candidates will get a fellowship amount of all sorts.

  • After clearing the DBT JRF exam candidates will receive a certificate, which aspirants can use to get admission to Ph.D. It will help them to get admission into the research degree easily. Candidates become eligible for the DBT JRF fellowship for a period of three years.

  • The application fee for the DBT BET JRF exam is ₹ 1200 for each BET and GAT-B category. The application fee for SC/ST/PwD categories is ₹ 600 for each category. Candidates who want to opt for both categories need to pay ₹ 2400 and ₹ 1200 respectively.

  • Aspirants can download the DBT JRF Admit Card a few days before the exam after the official release. The admit card is an important document that needs to be carried to the exam hall. Without the hall ticket or admit card, candidates are not permitted to take the exam.

  • The Department of Biotechnology has released the syllabus for DBT JRF and it comprises Part A (aptitude and general biotechnology) and Part B (general and specialized branches in biotechnology). It is crucial to check the detailed syllabus for DBT JRF 2023 before beginning the preparation.

  • There is a big difference between the exams as the DBT JRF is conducted for only the biotechnology field. In contrast, the CSIR NET is conducted for chemistry, physics, mathematics, life science, and earth science. Candidates can go through the syllabus and exam pattern for both exams on our website.

  • The pattern of the DBT JRF Biotechnology Entrance Test is very simple candidates need to attempt 50 questions in both sections. Candidates get 150 questions in part B of the exam. Candidates get 3 hours to attempt all 100 questions. Check more details of the DBT JRF Exam Pattern here.

  • The number of attempts is restricted to 3 for DBT BET JRF by the Department of Biotechnology. General category candidates get 3 attempts until they are overage for the exam. Hence, it is significant to keep the eligibility criterion in mind before applying for the exam.

  • DBT JRF is considered to be moderately difficult. It tests the knowledge of candidates in the field of Biotechnology and related areas. The questions are designed to assess the candidate's understanding of concepts, analytical skills, and problem-solving abilities. The difficulty level of the exam may vary depending on the level of preparation of the candidate and the complexity of the questions asked in the exam.