DBT JRF Paper Pattern 2023- BET Marking Scheme, Exam Tips

DBT JRF Paper Pattern 2023- BET Marking Scheme, Exam Tips

ByRenuka Miglani  |  Updated on: Aug 13, 2022
DBT JRF Paper Pattern 2023 for Part A and B. Check the number of questions, selection process, etc. Know subject-wise DBT JRF BET exam marking schemes and more for good preparation for exam.

Department of Biotechnology recently revised the DBT JRF exam pattern. Understanding the paper pattern and the marking scheme will help candidates familiarize themselves with the number of questions asked in each paper, which will eventually help in their preparation. Candidates planning to appear for the exam must go through the DBT JRF paper pattern for parts A and B.

The latest changes incorporated in the DBT JRF paper pattern are shared here. The exam is conducted to grant a junior research fellowship based on candidates' scores, so it is crucial to prepare yourself well for attempting the number of questions. Check the essential details of the DBT JRF exam paper pattern shared in the article.

DBT JRF Exam Pattern 2023

Knowing the comprehensive DBT JRF BET exam pattern helps candidates attempt maximum questions in the DBT JRF exam. So it is crucial to keep the scheme in mind when preparing for the exam, along with a clear understanding of the selection procedure. DBT, in coordination with the National Centre for Cell Sciences (NCCS), provides fellowships to deserving students interested in pursuing Biotechnology research through the DBT JRF Programme. Check the detailed DBT JRF Selection process below. The DBT BET JRF paper pattern consists of two parts that are:-

  • Part A: General Aptitude and Biotechnology.
  • Part B: Specialized areas of Biotechnology.

The paper has two sections according to the latest DBT JRF exam pattern. Section A is the General Section which contains questions on General Aptitude and general Biotechnology, whereas Section B has questions from the Specialized areas of biotechnology. Check the latest changes and marking scheme through the DBT JRF paper pattern.

DBR JRF Paper Pattern Overview

Check the essential facts about the DBT JRF paper pattern here. The JRF biotechnology entrance test is conducted by the department of biotechnology under the Ministry of Science & technology. The exam is conducted for the junior research fellowship for 3 years.

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
Exam ModeOnline
Total Questions200
Questions to be Attempted100
Total Marks300
Negative Marking-1 mark for wrong answers.
Exam MediumEnglish
Duration of Exam03 hours

Latest DBT JRF BET Exam Pattern 2023

Candidates preparing for the exam can check the DBT JRF exam pattern below. The exam paper of DBT JRF has two sections, one for general subjects and another for specific Biotechnology. Check the essential details of the exam pattern below.

  • The DBT JRF BET exam will have 200 questions, but the candidate only needs to answer 100 questions.
  • Each question carries three marks, meaning the total number of marks for the exam is 300.
  • The duration of the DBT JRF exam is 180 minutes (3 hours).
  • There will be a negative marking also for each incorrect answer.

DBT JRF Marking Scheme 

Candidates must check the DBT JRF exam pattern before starting the DBT JRF preparation. It gives an idea about the difficulty level and the competition level of the exam. Candidates can check the exam pattern mentioned below:

SectionQuestionsNo. of Questions to be AttemptedMarksDuration

Section A

(General aptitude and Biotechnology)



(All compulsory)

3*50 = 1503 Hours

Section B

(Specialized areas of Biotechnology)



(Any 50 out of 150 questions)

3*50 = 150
Total2001003*100 = 300 Marks


  • 1/3rd, i.e., one mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.
  • Questions will be in the form of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs).
  • The exam is conducted online in Computer Based Test (CBT).

DBT JRF Selection Procedure

We have provided a step-by-step guide for the DBT JRF selection process. Only bona fide Indian citizens residing in India are eligible to apply for the DBT JRF Programme. Check the detailed DBT JRF eligibility to apply online. Department of Biotechnology Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India, conducts the DBT BET JRF exam for biotechnology candidates who want to pursue a Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) after they complete M.SC or post-graduation.

Applicants who are successful at the exam get the DBT JRF fellowship. After qualifying for the DBT JRF exam, candidates get the fellowship amount or research contingency. To promote the research work, the government provides scholarships for deserving candidates. The government helps candidates to continue their research work.

DBT JRF Pattern Syllabus

After checking the DBT JRF exam pattern candidates must go through the complete syllabus of the DBT JRF. Candidates can check the detailed syllabus by clicking on the link provided here. The syllabus of DBT JRF is shared below:

General Aptitude

Part A consists of 50 general science, analytical, and quantitative questions, and all these questions are compulsory. Check the DBT-JRF General Aptitude syllabus mentioned below:

General Aptitude

General Science, Mathematics, Chemistry, Mental Ability

Comprehension-based questions where paragraphs are given, and the candidate needs to answer the questions based on the same section.
Questions Based on Non Verbal reasoning (finding the odd one out in a series and questions on abstract pictures)
Quantitative-type questions to check the candidate's simple calculation
Questions related to Analytics

DBT JRF Exam Exam Pattern FAQs

  • The DBT JRF 2023 exam pattern is one of the simplest to remember and understand. The exam has 200 questions in two sections. The first section has 50 questions which are compulsory for all the candidates. The second section has 150 questions, of which only 50 have to be attempted. Candidates must try 100 out of 200 questions in the DBT JRF Exam.

  • The Department of Biotechnology has kept marking schemes simple, like the exam pattern. Each question is three marks. For each correct answer, the aspirant will get +3 marks, and for each wrong answer, there is a -ve marking of 1/3 mark of that question, i.e., -1 mark.

  • The selection process of DBT JRF involves a single-stage exam. The exam is conducted on a single day all over the country. Candidates who clear the exam will be awarded a DBT JRF BET fellowship.

  • Yes, the exam pattern for category 1 and category 2 is similar to the DBT JRF exam. Category-I candidates are eligible to avail of fellowship under the program meet any University/Institute in India, where the selected candidate registers for Ph.D. Program while the Category-II candidates are eligible to be appointed in any DBT-sponsored project and avail fellowship from the project equivalent to NET/GATE.

  • DBT JRF is conducted only once a year by the Department of Biotechnology. The department of biotechnology may skip the exam any year due to some administrative reasons. Candidates must keep updated with the DBT JRF syllabus for targeted preparation.