DBT JRF Exam 2021: BET Result, Cutoff, Answer Key, Question Papers

DBT JRF Exam 2021: BET Result, Cutoff, Answer Key, Question Papers

ByRenuka Miglani  |  Updated on: Oct 19, 2021The Department of Biotechnology welcomes Indian residents to apply for DBT-Junior Research Fellowships to pursue research in frontier areas of Biotechnology and Life Sciences. The DBT JEF Exam Dates will be released soon. Check exam pattern, syllabus, application, cutoff and more. 
The Department of Biotechnology welcomes Indian residents to apply for DBT-Junior Research Fellowships to pursue research in frontier areas of Biotechnology and Life Sciences. The DBT JEF Exam Dates will be released soon. Check exam pattern, syllabus, application, cutoff and more. 
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Important Dates
DBT JRF BET 2021 Application Form  -Jul 7, 2021- Jul 31, 2021DBT BET Exam 2021  -Aug 14, 2021

DBT JRF 2021 Latest News

DBT JRF BET Result 2021 announced. The DBT JRF BET result 2021 has been published on the National Testing Agency's official website, sbt.nta.ac.in. BET 2021, a computer-based test for the Department of Biotechnology's award of a Junior Research Fellowship, was held on August 14, 2021. On this website, you may get direct access to the DBT JRF Result 2021.

Check DBT JRF Result 2021 – BET

The DBT JRF Result is published by the NTA in the form of a Merit List (Category I & II). Additionally, the Agency makes individual candidate Score Cards available via candidate login.

Latest News about Biotechnology Eligibility Test (BET) 2021

  • 28 August 2021: NTA has released BET DBT JRF Result 2021 
  • 17 August 2021: BET Answer Key 2021 released by NTA for DBT JRF 2021 exam. 
  • 14 August 2021: DBT JRF BET Exam 2021 was successfully conducted. 
  • 07 July 2021: DBT has announced notification and application for BET Exam 2021.


The DBT JRF 2021 exam for BET is conducted to select desired candidates for the award of fellowships. The BET exam has 200 questions out of which only 100 questions need to be attempted. The merit list is prepared for two categories. The selection of JRFs will be based on the merit list under these two categories. Check the details of the DBT JRF BET Exam below. 

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, Govt. of India for biotechnology candidates who want to pursue Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) after they complete post-graduation. The fellowship is granted in two categories which are:

  • 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 2021 Highlights

The JRF biotechnology entrance test is conducted by the department of biotechnology, under the Ministry of Science & technology. The exam is held every year. The exam is conducted to give fellowship for 3 years.




Department of Biotechnology, under the ministry of science & technology, Government of India.


Department of Biotechnology Junior Research Fellowship

Exam Type

Eligibility Test

Exam Level

National Level


P.hD and Fellowship programs

Application Mode


Exam Mode


Duration of Exam

03 hours



Official Website


DBT JRF BET Notification 2021

The Department of Biotechnology under the ministry of science & technology, the Government of India invites applications for the Junior Research Fellowship in Biotechnology. Candidates who wish to apply for Biotechnology Eligibility Test (BET) 2021 must download the DBT BET Notification 2021 pdf from the direct link mentioned below. 

Download BET Notification 2021 PDF

The Biotechnology Eligibility Test (BET) is a national-level eligibility test to select candidates for DBT JRF 2021. Biotechnology aspirants who are interested in a doctoral degree can apply for the exam. The exam is coordinated by the National Center for Cell Sciences.

What are DBT JRF 2021 Exam Dates?

The Department of Biotechnology with NTA has released the dates for the DBT JRF 2021 exam. We have updated the schedule for the exam as per the official BET notification. Candidates can check the application, exam, and other dates below.


Dates (Tentative)

BET 2021 DBT JRF Registration Date

07 July to 2021

DBT JRF BET 2021 Registration Close

 31 July 2021vupto (05:00 P.M)

BET Application Correction Window

04 August 2021 to 06 August 2021

DBT JRF 2021 Admit Card

August 2021

BET 2021 DBT JRF Exam Date

14 August 2021

Exam Time:  03:00 pm to 06:00pm

DBT JRF Answer Key 2021

To be announced

Last Date of raising objections

To be announced

DBT JRF Result 2021 Date

To be announced

Who can apply for DBT JRF?

Before filling the application form for the DBT JRF 2021 exam, you must go through the changes in the eligibility criteria of the exam. Check the educational qualifications, age limit, and relaxations below.

DBT JRF Age Limit

Candidates who are interested in the BET exam must not be older than 28 years of the age as on the last date of application. The age relaxation of 5 years is applicable for SC/ST/ Differently abled/ Women candidates and for OBC (Non-creamy layer) candidates the relaxation is 3 years.

Age Limit (As on the last date of application)

General Candidate

28 years


31 years


33 years

DBT JRF Educational Qualification

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

DBT JRF Exam Pattern 2021

The exam has two sections. The first section has 50 questions with 150 marks. Candidates have to attempt all 50 questions. The second section has 150 questions, out of which the aspirant has to attempt only 50 questions. The time duration for the exam is 3 hours (180 minutes).


Total Questions

No. of questions to be Attempted


Section A (General Science, Mathematics, Chemistry, quantitative ability, general biotechnology, General aptitude, analytical, etc)




Section B (Specific areas of Biotechnology)








DBT JRF Syllabus 2021

There are two sections in the exam. Each section will have different topics and subjects. Knowledge of the syllabus is very important 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.




Comprehension, finding the odd one out, chemistry, quantitative ability, mathematics, general biotechnology,

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

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

Basic 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

DBT JRF Fellowship Amount 2021

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 fellowship for meritorious candidates. The government helps candidates to continue the research work. The DBT JRF Fellowship amount is explained below:



Fellowship Amount

₹ 25,000 + HRA

Research Contingency

₹ 30,000/-

DBT JRF Salary 2021

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 ₹ 25000 plus the HRA. The HRA various depending on the city candidate’s institute is located. Candidates will get HRA of 8%, 16%, 24% for X, Y, Z cities respectively.

How to Apply for DBT JRF 2021?

DBT JRF has released BET 2021 Application. The BET 2021 apply online link has been released by NTA on its official website- https://dbt.nta.ac.in/. The Department of Biotechnology through RCB announced the BET applications. The application dates for both BET 2021 is from 07 July 2021 to 31 July 2021 (up to 05:00 P.M).

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 basic 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 2021 Application Fee

The application fee for the junior research fellow in the Department of biotechnology is given below. Candidates must submit the application fee otherwise your candidature will be cancelled.


Fee (Rs.)

General/ other

₹ 1200/-


₹ 600/-

DBT JRF Application Form 2021 Link

The registration will start in the 3rd week of August 2021. The steps to the online application process are provided above, follow those steps to fill the application hassle-free. The application will end in September 2021.

DBT JRF Application Form (To be available soon)

Exam Centers for DBT JRF 2021

Check the list of exam centres that you can select to attempt your exam.

Check the DBT JRF Exam Center
















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DBT JRF Admit Card 2021

The DBT JRF 2021 admit card will be released in the 4th week of September tentatively. Candidates can download their admit cards from the link given below. The link is going to act after the release of admit card on the official website.

DBT JRF Admit Card 2021 (To be out soon)

DBT JRF Result 2021

The result for the DBT JRF has been released on the official website on 28 August 2021. The National Testing Agency publishes the Biotechnology Eligibility Test (BET) results in the form of a merit list and candidate scorecard. Those who pass the BET 2021 in Category I can apply for a fellowship at any university or institute where they plan to pursue a PhD. Category II candidates, on the other hand, are eligible for DBT-sponsored projects and can pursue a PhD subject to institutional requirements.

You can check the DBT JRF result 2021 by two ways- through application number & password or application number and DOB. 

DBT JRF Result 2021

DBT JRF Cut Off 2021

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


For Category 1

For Category 2




EWS Category



Other Backward Category



Scheduled Caste



Scheduled Tribe



Differently Abled



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  •  The DBT JRF exam is conducted only once time a year.

  • Candidates must revise their post-graduate syllabus. You should practice previous year’s papers to understand the level of exam and important topics. After that start practising the BYJU'S Exam Prep’s DBT JRF online mock test and revise the topics.

  • Yes, there is a negative marking for the wrong answers in the DBT JRF exam.

  •  The fellowship amount for the DBT JRF is now increased to ₹ 25000/- + HRA. Candidates can avail of the fellowship after qualifying for the JRF exam.

  •  The candidates selected in category 2 are eligible for the appointment in any DBT sponsored project and to enrol in the PhD programme.

  • After clearing the DBT JRF exam candidates will receive a certificate, which aspirants can use to get admission in PhD.

  • The Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) is a scheme of the department to promote students for advanced studies and research work in biotechnology.


  • The DBT JRF registration will begin after the release of the brochure. Candidates can apply online after the release of the application.

  •  No, only Indian aspirants are eligible for the DBT JRF 2021 exam.

  • Yes, there is an age limit for the DBT JRF exam. The maximum age limit for a general candidate is 28 years.

  • In case you are facing any issues during the application process, you can send an e-mail at bethelpdesk@biotech.co.in.

  • The application fee once submitted can not be refunded. The fee is neither refundable nor transferable under any circumstances. If you had submitted the application fee twice your fee will be refunded.

  • No, the department will not accept the application forms submitted offline.



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