DBT JRF 2023: Exam Date, Login, Full Form, Notification PDF

DBT JRF 2023: Exam Date, Login, Full Form, Notification PDF

ByRenuka Miglani  |  Updated on: Aug 13, 2022
DBT JRF 2023 Exam Dates will be released by the Department of Biotechnology on the DBT JRF portal soon. Candidates can check application form link for DBT JRF. Check latest update on eligibility, fellowship, syllabus, pattern, login, cutoff, and more
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DBT JRF 2023 Exam Date will be released by the Department of Biotechnology for the Graduate Aptitude Test (GAT-B)/ Biotechnology Eligibility Test (BET) on the official website soon. DBT BET JRF exam is conducted for candidates who had done 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 those candidates who had filled the DBT JRF 2023 application after the official release. 

Candidates must shape their preparation for the DBT JRF Exam for the best result in the exam. Candidates must follow the study plan provided by experts to ace the exam with good marks. Check the eligibility, application, selection, pattern, syllabus preparation tips, books, exam center, fellowship amount, and more below.

DBT JRF 2023

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.

The DBT JRF exam 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 Exam Date 2023

The Department of Biotechnology with NTA will release the DBT JRF 2023 exam dates. We will update the schedule for the exam as per the official BET JRF notification. Candidates can check the DBT JRF Exam Dates below.

Event Dates
DBT JRF Registration State DateTo be notified
DBT JRF BET 2023 Registration CloseTo be notified
JRF Application Fee Last DateTo be notified
DBT JRF Admit CardTo be notified
DBT JRF 2023 Exam DateTo be notified
DBT JRF Answer Key 2023To be notified
DBT JRF Result 2023 DateTo be notified

DBT JRF Notification 2023

The department will release the DBT JRF 2023 Notification on its official website. Under the ministry of science & technology, the Government of India, the Department of Biotechnology, invites applications for the Junior Research Fellowship in Biotechnology. 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.

DBT JRF Notification - Previous Years PDF

What is DBT JRF?

DBT BET JRF exam, commonly known as the DBT JRF exam, is conducted by the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India to grant fellowships to candidates who want to pursue a Ph.D. in biotechnology. The Biotechnology Eligibility Test offer 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 project and avail fellowship.

DBT JRF Exam 2023 Highlights

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 & technology, Government of India.
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

Who can apply for DBT JRF?

Before filling out the application form for the DBT JRF exam, 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 on 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 on the last date of application)
General Candidate28 years
OBC31 years
SC/ ST/ PwD33 years

DBT JRF Educational Qualification

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

How to Apply for DBT JRF 2023?

DBT BET 2023 apply online link will release by NTA on its official website- dbt.nta.ac.in. The NTA will release the application dates on the official website soon. Check the detailed steps to fill the DBT JRF application below: 

The candidates who want to register for the DBT JRF exam 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 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 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/-

DBT JRF 2023 Exam Pattern

The DBT JRF exam 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 DBT JRF Exam Pattern in the table below.

SectionQuestionsQuestions 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 2023 Syllabus

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 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

How to Prepare for DBT JRF 2023?

Let's look at the preparation tips for the DBT BET JRF exam. Many candidates get the desired result in the exam by following this strategy. Tips mentioned here 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's paper to understand the exam level and where you stand right now in your preparation.
  • Moreover, A better test performance will also boost your confidence and motivate you toward your goal.
  • Take adequate sleep for proper brain functioning. The body needs the energy to process.

DBT JRF 2023 Books

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

DBT JRF Books - 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 2023 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 official website will release the DBT JRF 2023 admit card a few days before the exam. Candidates can download their admit cards from the link given below. The link will act after the release of the admit card on the official website.

DBT JRF Admit Card 2023

DBT JRF 2023 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 DBT release a provisional answer key where candidates can check the response status and can challenge the key if they find any wrong answers in the sheet. After analyzing the challenges, authorities will release the final DBT JRF Answer Key.

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 center in the table below.

Check the DBT JRF Exam Center
















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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 application number & password or application number and DOB. 

DBT JRF Result 2023

DBT JRF 2023 Cut Off

The department releases the cutoff of the exam 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


  • 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. It is an initiative by the Government of India to decrease brain drain and research work in the country.

  • The Department of Biotechnology under the ministry of science & technology, the Government of India, will release the DBT JRF notification PDF on the official website soon. Candidates must bookmark the website for the latest update on DBT BET JRF Notification 2023.

  • Department of Biotechnology under the ministry of science & technology, the Government of India, will release the DBT JRF 2022 exam date in the notification on the official website. The exam will be conducted at various DBT JRF Centers all over the country.

  • The DBT JRF 2023 Application Form will begin after the release of the Biotechnology Entrance Test notification on the official website. Candidates get a limited time to apply online for DBT JRF on the portal.

  •  No, only Indian aspirants are eligible for the DBT JRF exam. 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.

  • 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.

  • Candidates must revise their post-graduate syllabus for DBT JRF Preparation. You should practice previous year's papers to understand the exam level and essential topics. After that, practice the DBT JRF online mock test and revise the topics.

  • 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 the appointment in any DBT-sponsored project and to enroll in the Ph.D. program. 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.

  • 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 the important document that needs to be carried to the exam hall.

  • The Department of Biotechnology has released the DBT JRF Syllabus comprises Part A (aptitude and general biotechnology) and part B (general and specialized branches in biotechnology) syllabi. Check the detailed DBT JRF syllabus before jumping on the preparation part.

  • There is a big difference between the exams as the DBT JRF is conducted for only the biotechnology field. In contrast, the CSIR NET Exam is conducted for chemistry, physics, mathematics, life science, and earth science.

  • 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 attempt until they are overage for the exam.