DBT JRF 2021 | BET 2021: Application Form, Eligibility, Exam Pattern…

Biotechnology Eligibility Test BET 2021
Biotechnology Eligibility Test BET 2021

DBT JRF 2021| BET 2021 is the national qualifying examination for the award of doctoral research fellowships under the DBT-Junior Research Fellowship (DBT-JRF) Programme. BET 2021 is an All-India computer-based examination that is held once every year. These fellowships are tenable at any recognized university/institution in India where the selected fellow registers for the Ph.D. program.

The National Testing Agency (NTA) has been entrusted by the Regional Centre for Biotechnology (RCB), Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, with the task of conducting of Graduate Aptitude Test – Biotechnology (GAT-B) 2021(For admission in Masters) and DBT JRF 2021 | BET 2021 (For PhD fellowship).

Biotechnology Eligibility Test BET 2021
DBT JRF 2021| BET 2021


Name of the ExaminationDBT JRF 2021 | BET 2021
Date of Examination14 August 2021
Online registration and submission of
Application Form (complete in all respect)
through NTA Website
07 July 2021 to 31
July 2021 (up to
05:00 P.M)
Last date for successful transaction of
Examination fee
31 July 2021
(up to 11:50 PM)
Correction in the Particulars of Application
Form online only
04.08.2021 to
Downloading of Admit Card by the Candidate
from NTA Website
To be announced later through the website.
Mode of ExaminationComputer Based Test (CBT)
Pattern of ExaminationMCQ
Timing of Examination03:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Examination CentreAs indicated in the Admit Card
Display of Recorded Responses & Provisional answer keyTo be announced after the exam through website
Official Websitedbt.nta.ac.in /
DBT JRF 2021

Fees for DBT JRF 2021 | BET 2021:

(through: Net-Banking/ Debit Card /Credit Card / UPI / Wallet)

Name of ExaminationGeneral(UR)/
BET 2021
1200 Rs.600 Rs.
Note: Applicable service/processing charges & GST over and above the Examination Fee, are
payable by the candidate to the concerned Bank/ Payment Gateway Integrator concerned (For
details, Annexure -I may be referred to).

Important instructions to Candidates:

  1. Candidate must read carefully the Instructions (including how to fill up Application Form online)
    given in the Information Bulletin available on the NTA Website. Candidates not complying with
    the Instructions shall be summarily disqualified.
  2. Candidate can apply for GAT-B 2021 or DBT JRF 2021 | BET 2021 or both through “Online” mode only. The
    Application Form in any other mode will not be accepted.
  3. Only one application is to be submitted by a candidate, irrespective of whether he/she is
    applying for GAT-B 2021 or BET 2021 or both.


BET 2020 : How to Apply for it?

Follow the steps given below to Apply Online:
Step-1: Register for Online Registration using your own Email ID and Mobile No. and note
down system generated BET 2021 APPLICATION FORM Number.
Step-2: Complete the Online Application Form and note down the system generated
Application Number.
Step-3: Upload legible scanned images of:

(i) a recent photograph (in jpg/ jpeg file, size 10Kb – 200Kb) either in colour or black & white with 80% face (without mask) visible including ears against white background;

(ii) candidate’s signature (file size: 4kb – 30kb);

(iii) PwD Certificate (file size 50 kb-300 kb)

(iv) Category Certificate (file size 50 kb-300 kb); (v) Certificate of Proof of Date of Birth (file size 50 kb-300kb);

(vi) Certificate for Appearing/Result Awaiting Candidates (file size 50 kb-300 kb).

Step-4: Pay the prescribed fee through Net Banking / Debit Card / Credit Card / UPI / Walletand keep proof of fee paid for future reference. All 4 Steps can be done together or at separate timings.

Biotechnology Eligibility Test (BET) 2021:

Academic Qualification:

Bachelors (B.E./ B.Tech.)

Masters (M.Sc./ M.Tech./ M.VSc./Integrated M.Sc./ M.Tech.) in any discipline of Biotechnology, Life Sciences or any other allied areas of Biology.

Candidates admitted in any of the M.Sc./ M.Tech./ M.VSc./ M.Sc.(Agri) programs supported under the DBT Post Graduate Teaching Programme shall be eligible to apply. Candidates who are yet to appear in the final semester examination or awaiting the result of the final semester shall also be eligible to apply.


Minimum 60% of marks for General, EWS & OBC category and 55% of marks for SC/ ST/ Differently Abled candidates in aggregate (or equivalent grade).

Age Limit:

Up to 28 years of age as of the last date of application for the General & EWS category. Age relaxation of up to 5 years (33 years) for SC/ ST/ Differently Abled/ Women candidates and up to 3 years (31 years) for OBC (non-creamy layer) candidates.


The candidate should be a bonafide citizen and resident of India

Examination Pattern Details:

Mode of Examinations:

The Examinations will be conducted in Computer Based Test (CBT) mode.

Pattern of Question Papers:

SectionsNo. of
No. of Questions to be AttemptedMarks
Section A (General Science, Mathematics, Chemistry, General Aptitude, Analytical, Quantitative Ability, and General Biotechnology)50503×50 = 150
Section B (Specific areas of Biotechnology as per the syllabus given)150503×50 = 150


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What is Biotechnology Eligibility Test (BET)?

Biotechnology Eligibility Test (BET) is the national qualifying examination for the award of doctoral research fellowships under the DBT-Junior Research Fellowship (DBT-JRF) Programme. BET is an All-India computer-based examination that is held once every year. These fellowships are tenable at a recognized university/institution in India where the selected fellow registers for PhD programme.

What is the date for applying online for GAT-B & BET (Both) 2021?

The online link to apply online for GAT-B & BET (Both) 2021 is available between 07.07.2021 and 31.07.2021at www.dbt.nta.ac.in

What is the date of the exam?

The examination will be conducted on 14.08.2021 (Saturday).

What are the exam timings?

The exam will be held for GAT-B from 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM for BET from 03:00 PM to 06:00 PM.

What is the syllabus?

You can download a PDF of the BET 2021 exam on biologywala.com/
Link is given at the end of this article

Is there any fellowship for BET 2021 ?

Yes, the DEPARTMENT OF BIOTECHNOLOGY will sponsor your JRF for doing Ph. D. in any recognised national institute or university.

What is Graduate Aptitude Test-Biotechnology (GAT-B)?

Graduate Aptitude Test-Biotechnology (GAT-B) is an All India Entrance Examination to test the eligibility of bonafide Indian nationals for admissions to DBT supported Post Graduate programmes in Biotechnology and allied areas, at participating institutions/universities in India. DBT supported Post Graduate programmes include: M.Sc. Biotechnology and allied areas; M.Tech. Biotechnology and allied areas; M.Sc. Agricultural Biotechnology and M.V. Sc. Animal Biotechnology.

What is basic qualifications for DBT JRF (BET 2021)?

Masters in any of these disciplines :
Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Botany, Zoology, Microbiology, Life Science and more… (check the eligibility criteria for more information).

I am M.Sc. 1st year student can I apply for DBT JRF (BET 2021)?

Yes, you can! Just provide the necessary documents prescribed by DBT and you can Apply for this!

What is question paper pattern of BET 2021?

There are two sections in a paper:
Section A has General aptitude and basic science total of 50 questions all are compulsory for 150 marks.
Section B has subject related questions of Life Science consist of 150 questions out of which 50 needs to be attempted.

How DBT JRF (BET 2021) will be conducted?

The exam will be conducted online CBT Mode (Computer Based Test).

What is the difference between GAT-B and BET 2021?

GAT-B is the entrance exam for Masters in DBT institutions. While BET 2021 is JRF Exam sponser PhD students for their research work.

DBT JRF and BET are the same exam or different?

Both are same it’s just different ways of calling same exam. DBT JRF stands for DEPARTMENT OF BIOTECHNOLOGY JUNIOR RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP, while BET stands for Biotechnology Eligibility Test. But the exam is same!

Syllabus BET 2021 :


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2 Responses

  1. Varun says:

    The application form asks for proof of ‘qualifying certificate’ in case the candidate is awaiting results. Can someone suggest what can be provided as proof for the above?