I have always received queries regarding the important subjects and books I followed during my B.Tech (and for GATE Biotech preparation). Thought to use BiotechStudents.com as a platform to share the info for one and all. Hope this information might prove helpful to all of you.
I’ll start with the subject that almost invariably constitutes a common data question:
|Books to Follow||1. Bioprocess Engineering, By Doran (I consider it the best one. Even in IIT Delhi, we referred this book only)
2. Bioprocess Engineering by Schuler and Kargi is another famous one.3. Whitaker and Stanbury’s Principles of Fermentation Technology is an equally good book for Bioprocess.
|Special Recommendation||Do not follow more than 1 book. Doran will suffice all your GATE needs.|
Next subject constitutes (or has the potential of constituting) the most number of match the column and assertion reasoning questions. Knowledge of this subject is very crucial from interview point of view as well:
|Enzyme Engineering (or Enzyme Technology)|
|Books to Follow||Trevor Palmer’s Book on Enzymes is a bible!|
The next subject is the essence of Biotechnology Industry. Ignoring this subject can be fatal for your Biotechnology career.
|Books to Follow||Prescott’s Microbiology is the perfect one for all your needs.|
|Special Recommendation||If you get some time, do try to follow the questions asked at the end of the various chapters of Brocks’s Microbiology.
If IIT Delhi is the organizer of GATE, do not ignore Brock’s Microbiology.
The next subject can constitute a number of 1 mark questions, and is very important subject for aspirants aiming for IIT Kanpur or looking for a career in clinical research.
|Books to Follow||Kuby’s Immunology is the bible!|
Next subject is potentially the best subject for 1 mark questions. More important than that, the conceptual understanding of this subject is extremely crucial to understand Biotechnology as a field.
|Books to Follow||Stryer’s Biochemistry
|Special Recommendation||If you are looking for an Indian version of the Biochemistry, go for U Satyanarayan’s book. Personally I would recommend that follow either of the two books (Lehninger or Stryer), both are the bibles. But don’t follow two books!|
Next subject is important from Biomedical Engineering point of view (IIT Bombay, IIT Kanpur, IIT Madras being the potential hubs).
Not more than 1-2 questions are often asked from this subject.
|Books to Follow||Plant Tissue Culture: By Bhojwani
Culture of Animal Cells: By Ian Freshney
|Special Recommendation||A basic know how of the tissue culture techniques and concepts is sufficient for GATE needs. Give special attention to various technical terms used in Tissue Culture, and the importance of various physical parameters.|
Next two subjects are not only important for basic foundations, but these two subjects together constitute a good number of one marks and 2 marks questions.
|Cell Biology and Molecular Biology|
|Books to Follow||Cell Biology: By Geral Karp
Molecular Biology of the Cell: Bruce Alberts
|Special Recommendation||Gerald Karp’s Cell Biology is a very important book. It not only covers the basic concepts, but also thoroughly covers very good concepts of Cell Signalling.|
Next subject can be considered as the heart of modern biotechnology. If I had to give a recommendation about which subjects to follow one week prior to GATE BT, I would suggest just 2 subjects: one is Microbiology, and other in the following:
|Genetic Engineering (or Recombinant DNA Technology)|
|Books to Follow||Molecular Biology of the Gene by JD Watson
Principles and Techniques of Practical Biochemistry by Wilson and Walker
|Special Recommendation||Book by Wilson and Walker is a very important one to cover all important Bioanalytical Techniques. Do not ignore this book.Also, the detailed concepts of Recombinant DNA technology in Molecular Biology of the Gene by JD Watson, are really very important to cover.|
Other important Subjects:
|Books to Follow||Bioinformatics: Sequence and Genome Analysis by David W Mount
(keep yourself aware of various databases)
|Books to Follow||NCERT books of XI and XII|
For any other query, feel free to post your questions in the comments section.
All the best for GATE Biotech and all other exams. Wish you all success in life!