GATE Biotechnology

Career Avenues GATE Courses for Biotechnology (BT branch).
Study Material, VDO Lectures and India's Best Test Series


Career Avenues conducts Classroom Program for General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics and BioTech Core Topics at all our offices. Please contact the office closest to you for fees and batch details.

Career Avenues Classes are designed to ensure an optimum mix of theoretical learning and problem solving. We aim to overall spend atleast 50% of the class time in question solving, and cover atleast 5 years of past GATE questions in class.

Our faculties are all from IIT or IISc with a top GATE score.

All India Telephone Number (Call/SMS/Whatsapp): 0-99304 06349


The postal course comprises theory booklets in the areas of general aptitude, engineering mathematics and  all BT technical areas as per GATE syllabus + Past GATE questions+ Free Online Test Series (100 section tests and 15 Mock GATE tests).

Separate books comprising theory and question on Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Bio-process Engineering, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Recombinant DNA, Plant and Animal Biotechnology, etc.

Upgrade anytime to Combo course or Classroom course by paying difference in fees

Study material made by IITians and GATE toppers. Revised this year as per latest GATE pattern.

Course Fee (without Online Test Series):

a) Only Printed Books : Rs. 8000

Course Fee (with Online Standard Test Series):
b) Printed Books : Rs. 11000
c) Books (Soft copy on Pen Drive): Rs. 5000 
d) Books (Soft copy online) : Rs. 4000

See sample material below.

Also see details of our most popular course : Combo Course = Postal course + VDO lectures

To enroll, click here: GATE Library


Postal Course (without Test Series):

a) Printed Format: Rs. 8000  

Postal Course (with Online Standard Test Series):

b) Printed Format: Rs. 11000             
c) Pen Drive (Soft copy): Rs. 5000            
d) Online (Soft copy): Rs. 4000

VDO Lectures (with Online Standard Test Series):

e) GATE Drive: Rs. 7500

f) Online: Rs. 5000

Combo (Postal + VDO with Test Series): Most Popular

b+e: Rs. 15000          b+f: Rs. 14000          

c+e: Rs. 10000            d+f: Rs. 7500 

Online Standard Test Series: Rs. 3000

Online Special Test Series: Rs. 1000

To enroll, click here: GATE Library

VDO Lecture Course (GATE Drive or Online)

The VDO Lectures comprise all areas of general aptitude, engineering mathematics and core BT areas as per GATE syllabus.

GATE Drive is a secure pen drive and can work on any laptop or PC on any operating system. Internet not required.

Over 150 hours of VDO lectures by our classroom faculty.

Free Online Standard  Test Series (100 section tests and 15 Mock GATE tests)

Upgrade anytime to Combo course or Classroom course by paying difference in fees

Course Fee: 

e) GATE Drive : Rs. 7500 (for latest GATE validity)

f) Online VDO Lectures: Rs. 5000 (for latest GATE validity)

Extended validity : Rs. 1000 per year

To enroll, click here: GATE Library

Combo Course (Postal + VDO Lectures)

Most popular GATE prep program in the country. Postal Course + VDO Lectures!!

Comprehensive preparation. Almost as good as a classroom.

Upgrade anytime to Classroom course by paying difference in fees.

Course Fee (Printed Books and VDO Lectures on Pen Drive): Rs. 15000

Course Fee (Printed Books and Online VDO Lectures): Rs. 14000

Course Fee (Softcopy Books and VDO Lectures - on Pen Drive): Rs. 10000

Course Fee (Softcopy Books and VDO Lectures - Online): Rs. 7500

To enroll, click here: GATE Library


Test Series (Online)

100 section tests covering all areas of GATE including Biotech technical, Math and General aptitude, including past GATE papers

15 full length GATE mock tests

All questions with detailed explanatory answers

Online Test platform just like GATE with Virtual Calculator and Automated Strength/Weakness Analysis.

Can be downloaded as an App on Smartphones too.

Rated best test platform in India. India's No. 1 GATE Biotech Test Series

Standard Test Series: Rs. 3000 (100 Section Tests + 15 Mocks)

Special Test Series: Rs. 1000(Only Mocks)

To enroll, click here: GATE Library

Past GATE Results (BT Branch)

You require 95 percentile to get into top IITs.

99.93 percentile: Sourabh
99.92 percentile: Vineetha
99.63 percentile: Garima
99.41 percentile: Razia
99.31 percentile: Prachi
99.11 percentile: Arushi
98.30 percentile: Diksha
98.56 percentile: Usha
98.50 percentile: Rucha
98.15 percentile: Reddhy

Faculty Profile (BT Branch)

16 active BT faculty from IITs and IISc

IIT Mumbai – 8, IISc – 4, IIT Chennai – 2, IIT Delhi – 2.

Faculty top GATE rank of AIR 3.

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  • Harshal, XE

    Your Guidance through notes & tests was very much useful. Thanks Career Avenues team. Harshal, XE
  • Diksha, BT

    A very sincere thanks for all the help and support. It was very useful. Diksha, BT
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  • Aditya Raman (99.62 percentile)

    Thank you Career Avenues for the fantastic study material. It helped me do a structured preparation and enabled me to crack GATE.

  • Amit Talreja (99.89 percentile)

    Sir, I was able to achieve a top 20 AIR only with your help. Thanks you for solving my doubts so many times and guiding me on how to prepare.

  • Dola Banerjee (99.88 percentile)

    When I started, my Math concepts were very weak. As a student of Combo program, I really benefitted from the VDO lectures, especially in Mathematics and General Aptitude.

  • Ramesh Narayanan (99.94 percentile)

    The section tests and mocks helped me to prepare very well. I knew my weak areas and I worked on them. Thanks you Career Avenues.

  • Simran Mirchandani (99.33 percentile)

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  • Altaf Razzaq (99.71 percentile)

    I would like to thank the faculty of Career Avenues who have made useful material for students like us. Without his material, I was not knowing how to study for my GATE.
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    I was a student of the classroom program. I would like to thank all the faculty who were very good and motivating, especially Amit sir for his strategy classes.
  • Shilpa Roy (99.42 percentile)

    I got final admission into 2 IITs. Getting into IIT has been my dream since childhood. Thanks you to the faculty of Career Avenues for the help and counseling that you provided.
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Syllabus for Biotechnology (BT)


Linear Algebra: Matrices and determinants, Systems of linear equations, Eigen values and Eigen vectors.

Calculus: Limit, continuity and differentiability, Partial derivatives, Maxima and minima, Sequences and series, Test for convergence, Fourier Series.

Differential Equations: Linear and nonlinear first order ODEs, higher order ODEs with constant coefficients, Cauchy’s and Euler’s equations,Laplace transforms, PDE- Laplace, heat and wave equations.

Probability and Statistics: Mean, median, mode and standard deviation, Random variables, Poisson, normal and binomial distributions, Correlation and regression analysis.

Numerical Methods: Solution of linear and nonlinear algebraic equations, Integration of trapezoidal and Simpson’s rule, Single and multistep methods for differential equations.


Microbiology: Prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell structure; Microbial nutrition, growth and control; Microbial metabolism (aerobic and anaerobic respiration, photosynthesis); Nitrogen fixation; Chemical basis of mutations and mutagens; Microbial genetics (plasmids, transformation, transduction, conjugation); Microbial diversity and characteristic features; Viruses.

Biochemistry: Biomolecules and their conformation; Weak inter-molecular interactions in biomacromolecules; Chemical and functional nature of enzymes; Kinetics of single substrate and bi-substrate enzyme catalyzed reactions; Bioenergetics; Metabolism (Glycolysis, TCA and Oxidative phosphorylation); Membrane transport and pumps; Cell cycle and cell growth control; Cell signaling and signal transduction.

Molecular Biology and Genetics: Molecular structure of genes and chromosomes; DNA replication and control; Transcription and its control; Translational processes; Regulatory controls in prokaryotes and eukaryotes; Mendelian inheritance; Gene interaction; Complementation; Linkage, recombination and chromosome mapping; Extrachromosomal inheritance; Chromosomal variation; Population genetics; Transposable elements, Molecular basis of genetic diseases and applications.

Process Biotechnology: Bioprocess technology for the production of cell biomass and primary/secondary metabolites, such as baker’s yeast, ethanol, citric acid, amino acids, exo-polysacharides, antibiotics and pigments etc.; Microbial production, purification and bioprocess application(s) of industrial enzymes; Production and purification of recombinant proteins on a large scale; Chromatographic and membrane based bioseparation methods; Immobilization of enzymes and cells and their application for bioconversion processes. Aerobic and anaerobic biological processes for stabilization of solid / liquid wastes; Bioremediation.

Bioprocess Engineering: Kinetics of microbial growth, substrate utilization and product formation; Simple structured models; Sterilization of air and media; Batch, fed-batch and continuous processes; Aeration and agitation; Mass transfer in bioreactors; Rheology of fermentation fluids; Scale-up concepts; Design of fermentation media; Various types of microbial and enzyme reactors; Instrumentation in bioreactors.

Plant and Animal Biotechnology: Special features and organization of plant cells; Totipotency; Regeneration of plants; Plant products of industrial importance; Biochemistry of major metabolic pathways and products; Autotrophic and heterotrophic growth; Plant growth regulators and elicitors; Cell suspension culture development: methodology, kinetics of growth and production formation, nutrient optimization; Production of secondary metabolites by plant suspension cultures; Hairy root cultures and their cultivation. Techniques in raising transgencies.

Characteristics of animal cells: Metabolism, regulation and nutritional requirements for mass cultivation of animal cell cultures; Kinetics of cell growth and product formation and effect of shear force; Product and substrate transport; Micro & macro-carrier culture; Hybridoma technology; Live stock improvement; Cloning in animals; Genetic engineering in animal cell culture; Animal cell preservation.

Immunology: The origin of immunology; Inherent immunity; Humoral and cell mediated immunity; Primary and secondary lymphoid organ; Antigen; B and T cells and Macrophages; Major histocompatibility complex (MHC); Antigen processing and presentation; Synthesis of antibody and secretion; Molecular basis of antibody diversity; Polyclonal and monoclonal antibody; Complement; Antigen-antibody reaction; Regulation of immune response; Immune tolerance; Hyper sensitivity; Autoimmunity; Graft versus host reaction.

Recombinant DNA Technology: Restriction and modification enzymes; Vectors: plasmid, bacteriophage and other viral vectors, cosmids, Ti plasmid, yeast artificial chromosome; cDNA and genomic DNA library; Gene isolation; Gene cloning; Expression of cloned gene; Transposons and gene targeting; DNA labeling; DNA sequencing; Polymerase chain reactions; DNA fingerprinting; Southern and northern blotting; In-situ hybridization; RAPD; RFLP; Site-directed mutagenesis; Gene transfer technologies; Gene therapy.

Bioinformatics: Major bioinformatics resources (NCBI, EBI, ExPASy); Sequence and structure databases; Sequence analysis (biomolecular sequence file formats, scoring matrices, sequence alignment, phylogeny); Genomics and Proteomics (Large scale genome sequencing strategies; Comparative genomics; Understanding DNA microarrays and protein arrays); Molecular modeling and simulations (basic concepts including concept of force fields).


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Number of GATE Takers

Some key statistics about GATE – BT

Number of Test Takers 2011 : 16425

Number of Test Takers 2012 : 14638

Number of Test Takers 2013 : 16159

Number of Test Takers 2014 : 10719

GATE 2014: Qualifying marks

General: 25.84, Qualifying marks OBC: 23.26, Qualifying marks SC/ST/PWD: 17.23

Test Matrix Biotechnology

GATE BT 2010-2014