JNU CEEB Exam For Msc Biotech Admissions - Eligibility, Syllabus

JNU CEEB Exam For Msc Biotech Admissions – Eligibility, Syllabus

What is JNU CEEB?

The Jawaharlal Nehru University Combined Entrance Exam for Biotechnology (JNU CEEB) is a national level examination which is conducted every year for the applicants of postgraduate who wish to study MSc Biotechnology, MSc Agricultural Biotechnology and MVSc, and MTech Biotechnology. A combined entrance examination for Biotechnology is conducted by Jawaharlal Nehru University in order to offer admission to aspirants in Biotechnology programs offered by the varsity as well as its partaking colleges.

However, this year the role of conducting the JNU CEEB has been taken up by the National Testing Agency (NTA). The NTA has been established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development as an independent autonomous, self-reliant and self-sustained premier testing organization under Society Registration Act, 1860 in order to conduct transparent, efficient and international standards tests. The examination is going to be conducted in LAN based Computer Based Test (CBT) mode for a duration of 3 hours. The applicants can appear only once per year, as the exam is held once in a year.

CEEB is conducted for admission into various courses that fall under the Department of Biotechnology, Jawaharlal Nehru University. A

list of these universities is given below:

1. MSc Biotechnology- 32 Universities
2. MSc Agricultural Biotechnology-11 Universities
3. MVSc- 3 Universities
4. MTech Biotechnology- 7 Universities


JNU CEEB Eligibility:

Candidates first need to meet JNU CEEB eligibility criteria in order to secure admission in Biotechnology programs offered by the varsity and the participating colleges. Candidates not satisfying JNU CEEB eligibility criteria will not be considered for admission. Candidates can check the eligibility criteria as mentioned below:

  • Candidates should possess a Bachelor degree offered by a recognized university in the following fields, viz., Agriculture, Pharmacy, Biological, Physical, Veterinary and Fishery Sciences, Engineering/Technology, Medicine (MBBS) or BDS or 4-years BSc (Physician Assistance Course).
  • In order to be eligible, candidates need to score at least 55% marks in Bachelor degree.
    Candidates appearing for the qualifying examination are eligible to apply.
    National Testing Agency has not applied any age limit criteria to apply for JNU CEEB.


Process of JNU CEEB :

Step 1: Filling up the JNU CEEB Application Form

Application form for JNU CEEB can be filled by candidates in either online or even by offline means. Payment of JNU CEEB application fee can be made by means of a demand draft that is drawn in favor of “Jawaharlal Nehru University” and is payable at New Delhi. Submission of application form is only via Registered Post/Speed Post to Section Officer, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Any application form that is sent through any private courier services or any other postal mode apart from registered/speed post is not accepted.

Step 2: Downloading JNU CEEB Admit Card

Earlier JNU CEEB admit card had to be downloaded from the official website of the university, but from now on, i.e., 2019, admit card has to be downloaded from the official website ntajnu.nic.in. It is mandatory for the candidates to carry a copy of JNU CEEB admit card to the exam center along with a copy of latest passport size photograph.

Step 3: Appearing for the JNU CEEB Exam

Candidates need to appear for the examination as per the exam center, date and time mentioned on their JNU CEEB admit card. The examination is of three hours duration. The exam will be conducted in online mode, as the National Testing Agency will be conducting the exam.

Step 4: Checking JNU CEEB Results

Result for JNU CEEB is to be checked on the official website of the National Testing Agency. Candidates can check their raw marks which are then converted into NTA score. Details such as the roll number/application number need to fill on the official website in order to view the results.

Step 5: Taking part in the admission process of participating in university

Aspirants need to confirm the total number of seats on the proposition for admission in each participating University. The options need to be exercised by the candidates to join the university/college of their choice in proforma which is sent by Jawaharlal Nehru University. Further, a Bank Draft has to be sent to JNU, which is the initial security deposit. Upon the completion of the allotment of seats, JNU informs candidates about the allotment of the university as well as the concerned participating university where they have been selected. The concerned university refunds the initial security deposit after the first semester.


Syllabus and Exam Pattern of JNU CEEB

It is not an easy task preparing for a national level examination like JNU CEEB. The level of competition for such a nationalized examination is considered to be pretty tough and challenging. But as we all know, there is a solution to every problem. The solution here is a strategized and systematic preparation for the examination. Preparation for the examination must be emphasized for appearing in this examination. Achievement of the desired marks can be fulfilled only through good preparation. If test takers are well prepared then countering the examination becomes easy and smooth. Good preparation leads to a good score and also to a performance in a way paving a path for admission into a good institution as well as for the desired course.

There are 2 parts in the question paper. For Part A, candidates must prepare according to the syllabus of 10+2 level. For Part B, candidates have to study the following subjects: Verbal and Reasoning ability and Comprehensive ability.

Mode of Examination is online and the time duration is for 3 hours.

In the past few years, no major changes have been made in the exam pattern. Candidates need to check out the Previous Years’ Question Papers in order to understand the details about the Exam Pattern. Getting acquainted with the exam pattern helps candidates to learn about the structure of the question paper thereby highlighting the total number of questions, the number of questions in each section, marks per section, total marks, mode of the examination, the time duration of the examination, and marking scheme, etc. This approach helps the candidates to prepare well.


The question paper pattern for the JNU CEEB entrance examination of different courses is given below:

MSc Biotechnology Programme:

The question paper for the Entrance Examination will be of three hours duration and divided into two parts:

Part-A will have multiple choice type questions at the level of 10+2 in the subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology. The Candidates will be required to attempt 30 questions: Total marks for Part A will be (30 questions x 1 mark each) of 30 marks.

Part-B will also have multiple-choice questions of Bachelor’s level requiring thinking and analysis. There will be questions from Physics, Mathematics, Biology (e.g., Botany, Zoology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Genetics and Molecular Biology) and Chemistry. There will be 100 questions out of which the candidates will have to attempt 70 questions. Each correct answer will have a weightage of 1 mark.

MSc Agricultural Biotechnology & MVSc Programmes:

The question paper for entrance examination will be of three hours duration and will consist of two parts, PART-A and PART – B.

Part – A will have multiple choice type questions at the level of 10+2 in the subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology. The Candidates will be required to attempt 30 questions Total marks for Part A will be (30 questions x1 mark each) of 30 marks.

PART – B will also have multiple choice questions from the syllabus detailed above in Section IV of this Brochure. There will be 100 questions out of which the candidates will have to attempt 70 questions. Each correct answer will have a weightage of 1 mark.

MTech Biotechnology Programme:

The question paper is of 3 hours duration and it consists of two programs: Technology /Engineering Programme and Life Sciences Programme. Candidates are required to attempt questions from any of the sections, depending upon their backgrounds.
Technology /Engineering Programme

The question paper of Technology /Engineering Programme comprises of three parts: Part A, Part B, and Part C.

Part A: It entails Basic Engineering and Technology including Pharmacology. Any 45 questions need to be answered out of 90 questions. This part carries a total of 45 marks.

Part B: It includes Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics. All questions are compulsory and the total marks of this part are 40.

Part C: Fundamentals of Life Sciences and Informatics are included in this section. It is compulsory to answer all the questions. Total marks of this section are 35.

Each question lugs 1 mark. There is also negative marking and a ¼ mark is deducted for each wrong answer.

Life Sciences Programme:

The JNU CEEB Exam Life science question paper comprises of three parts: Part A, Part B, and Part C.

Part A: It comprises of Life Sciences with a total of 50 marks. Out of a total of 60 questions, any 50 questions are to be answered.

Part B: It includes Physics and Chemistry and the total marks are 40. All questions are compulsory.

Part C: Mathematics, Computer, and Information Sciences are included in this section. All questions are compulsory and they carry a total of 30 marks. 1 mark is awarded for each correct answer, and 1/4 mark gets deducted for each wrong answer.


Tips to crack JNU CEEB:

  • First and foremost, students need to keep their basic concepts clear in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.
  • Since it is an MSc entrance exam, a candidate has to be prepared with all the important topics of the BSc level, be it theory or practical.
  • One has to make sure that he covers Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Cell Biology, and Immunology.
  • Other than that, a student needs to prepare a time-table and religiously follow it.
  • Notes should be kept ready for last-minute revisions.
  • Practicing more of sample papers, mock tests and previous years’ papers make a person stay confident.
  • Further, it not only provides the idea about the examination but also renders information about the difficulty level of the question paper.

A list of important reference books for JNU CEEB is given below:

1. Biochemistry by Lehninger A.L.
2. Molecular Biology by Friefelder
3. Microbiology by Prescott
4. Immunology by Kuby

  • Full preparation of physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics is required and this supports in boosting up the rank.
  • The syllabus for Part A demands thorough preparation of 11th and 12th level physics, chemistry and biology. It is thus advised to give enough time to this section.
  • Physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics are included in section B. Out of these, for physics and mathematics portion, one can rely on 11 and 12th level preparation, but complete preparation of BSc/ graduation level is required for chemistry as well as biology. Thus, the best way to prepare for JNU CEEB Exam is to thoroughly prepare the syllabus of graduation level that should be including Botany, Zoology, Chemistry, and Biotechnology as well.
  • The ratio of physics, chemistry, biology, and maths in section B is typically 20:20:50:10, however, there may be slight variations year to year. Biology must be prepared meticulously up to B.Sc. Biotech (Honours) level that includes Plant Biotech, Animal Biotech, Environmental Biotech, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Immunology, Genetic Engineering, Bioprocess, etc.
  • Under the Biology section, extra attention has to be given to molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, and ecology. Nonetheless, it is wise not to skip classical botany and zoology portions.
  • For other sections such as for Physics, the preparation level should be well above the level of medical entrance examinations and below BSc level.
  • For chemistry, it is recommended to prepare up to any basic chemistry level entrance exam that must embrace the topics as are included in IIT-JAM syllabus, comprising of physical chemistry, organic chemistry, and inorganic chemistry.
  • A BSc appearing student must aim to complete the syllabus by the end of November, because from January onwards it becomes hectic while taking the pain of practical exams and also of the BSc main exam.

Remember – Hard work only pays off when it meets the right plan of action.

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