GATE 2020 syllabus for Biotechnology (BT)
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GATE 2020 syllabus for Biotechnology (BT) - Indian Institute of Technology Delhi has released the GATE 2020 syllabus for Biotechnology engineering. IIT Delhi will conduct GATE exam this year. Biotechnology is a paper that is among the 25 papers that will be conducted under GATE 2020. Candidates appearing for the biotechnology exam of GATE must be aware of the topics from where the questions will be asked. Candidates can focus on the relevant topics by getting acquainted with the syllabus of GATE 2020 biotechnology exam. Students must note that GATE 2020 syllabus may be slightly different from the degree syllabus. Candidates by going through GATE 2020 biotechnology syllabus can prepare themselves for topics that are outside of the degree syllabus that they studied during their B.Tech. Biotechnology exam of GATE 2020 will comprise of five sections namely, Engineering Mathematics, General Biotechnology, Recombinant DNA Technology, Plant and Animal Biotechnology, and Bioprocess Engineering and Process Biotechnology. Along with the given sections, candidates will also have to attempt the General Aptitude Paper that will common across all the 25 exams of GATE 2020. Students appearing for the biotechnology exam of GATE 2020 are advised to go through all the topics given in the syllabus to ensure smooth preparation and effective results. Read the complete article to know about GATE 2020 syllabus for Biotechnology (BT):
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GATE 2020 Exam Pattern - Key Highlights

Students who will appear in the GATE 2020 biotechnology exam must go through the exam pattern to have a better understanding of the nature and structure of the exam. The exam pattern will be released by IIT Delhi. There may be few changes in the exam pattern of GATE 2020 biotechnology exam and the same will be updated here once the exam pattern has been released. Given below is the GATE 2020 exam pattern for biotechnology exam on the basis of last year information:

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  • GATE 2020 question paper will include 2 types of questions - Multiple type questions (MCQs) and Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Question.

  • A total of 65 questions will be asked in the examination.

  • Duration of the examination will be 3 hours.

  • The question paper will have two parts: General Aptitude and Biotechnology.

  • Biotechnology section will comprise of 5 subject-specific sections

GATE 2020 Syllabus for Biotechnology (BT)



Section 1

Engineering Mathematics

  • Linear Algebra

  • Calculus

  • Differential Equations

  • Probability and Statistics

  • Numerical Methods

Section 2

General Biotechnology

  • Biochemistry

  • Microbiology

  • Cell Biology

  • Molecular Biology and Genetics

  • Immunology

  • Bioinformatics

Section 3

Recombinant DNA Technology

Section 4

Plant and Animal Biotechnology

Section 5

Bioprocess Engineering and Process Biotechnology

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Recommended Books for GATE 2020 Biotechnology


Name of the book

Author / Publication



Pranav Kumar


Fundamentals of Biochemistry



Principle of Bioprocess Engineering

P. Doran


GATE Biotechnology

GK Publishers


Life Science part 1 and 2.

Pathfinder publications





GATE General Aptitude and Mathematics

GK Publishers


Molecular Cell Biology

lodish and Baltimore


Bioprocess Engineering

Schuler & Kargi


Bioprocess Engineering principles

Pauline Doran


Molecular biology of the gene

James Watson





Advanced Engineering Mathematics

Erwin Kreyszig


Principles of Gene manipulation

Primrose & Twyman


Gene cloning and DNA analysis

T.A Brown


Plant Biotech


GATE 2020 Sample Papers

Apart from going through the GATE 2020 Biotechnology syllabus, students can also solve the GATE 2020 sample paper to get know-how of the exam pattern, difficulty level, time management etc. There are many benefits of solving sample papers before the exam and in the present scenario when the competition has increased so much, students must not ignore such important aspects of their preparation. Students by solving GATE 2020 sample papers can brush up their problem solving ability and also help them solve questions in less time.

GATE 2020 cutoff for Biotechnology

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi will release the GATE 2020 cutoff for Biotechnology. GATE cutoff for biotechnology is the qualifying marks that students have to secure to qualify the exam. Students must also note that the scorecard of GATE 2020 will be issued to only those candidates who have cleared the qualifying cutoff. Candidates who will clear the GATE 2020 qualifying cutoff will be considered for admissions in M.Tech courses in the participating institutes.

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GATE 2020 for biotechnology will include

  • Engineering Mathematics,
  • Biotechnology,
  • Recombinant DNA Technology,
  • Plant and Animal Biotechnology and
  • Bioprocess Engineering and Process Biotechnology...
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