Unit: 1 Diversity in Living World
Biology – its meaning and relevance to mankind
What is living; Taxonomic categories and aids (Botanical gardens, herbaria, museums,
zoological parks); Systematics and Binomial system of nomenclature.
Introductory classification of living organisms (Two-kingdom system, Five-kingdom
system); Major groups of each kingdom alongwith their salient features (Monera, including
Archaebacteria and Cyanobacteria, Protista, Fungi, Plantae, Animalia); Viruses; Lichens
Plant kingdom – Salient features of major groups (Algae to Angiosperms);
Animal kingdom – Salient features of Nonchordates up to phylum, and Chordates up to class
Unit: 2 Cell : The Unit of Life ; Structure and Function
Cell wall; Cell membrane; Endomembrane system (ER, Golgi apparatus/Dictyosome,
Lysosomes, Vacuoles); Mitochondria; Plastids; Ribosomes; Cytoskeleton; Cilia and Flagella;
Centrosome and Centriole; Nucleus; Microbodies.
Structural differences between prokaryotic and eukaryotic, and between plant and animal
cells. Cell cycle (various phases); Mitosis; Meiosis.
Biomolecules – Structure and function of Carbohydrates, Proteins, Lipids, and Nucleic acids.
Enzymes – Chemical nature, types, properties and mechanism of action.
Unit: 3 Genetics and Evolution
Mendelian inheritance; Chromosome theory of inheritance; Gene interaction; Incomplete
dominance; Co-dominance; Complementary genes; Multiple alleles;
Linkage and Crossing over; Inheritance patterns of hemophilia and blood groups in humans.
DNA –its organization and replication; Transcription and Translation; Gene expression and
regulation; DNA fingerprinting.
Theories and evidences of evolution, including modern Darwinism.
Unit: 4 Structure and Function – Plants
Morphology of a flowering plant; Tissues and tissue systems in plants;
Anatomy and function of root, stem(including modifications), leaf, inflorescence, flower
(including position and arrangement of different whorls, placentation), fruit and seed; Types
of fruit; Secondary growth;
Absorption and movement of water (including diffusion, osmosis and water relations of cell)
and of nutrients; Translocation of food; Transpiration and gaseous exchange; Mechanism of
Mineral nutrition – Macro- and micro-nutrients in plants including deficiency disorders;
Biological nitrogen fixation mechanism.
Photosynthesis – Light reaction, cyclic and non-cyclic photophosphorylation; Various
pathways of carbon dioxide fixation; Photorespiration; Limiting factors .
Respiration – Anaerobic, Fermentation, Aerobic; Glycolysis, TCA cycle; Electron transport
system; Energy relations.
Unit: 5 Structure and Function – Animals
Elementary knowledge of morphology, anatomy and functions of different systems of
earthworm, cockroach and frog.
Human Physiology – Digestive system – organs, digestion and absorption; Respiratory system
– organs, breathing and exchange and transport of gases. Body fluids and circulation – Blood,
lymph, double circulation, regulation of cardiac activity; Hypertension, Coronary artery
Excretion system – Urine formation, regulation of kidney function
Locomotion and movement – Skeletal system, joints, muscles, types of movement.
Control and co-ordination – Central and peripheral nervous systems, structure and function of
neuron, reflex action and sensory reception; Role of various types of endocrine glands;
Mechanism of hormone action.
Unit: 6 Reproduction, Growth and Movement in Plants
Asexual methods of reproduction; Sexual Reproduction – Development of male and female
gametophytes; Pollination (Types and agents); Fertilization; Development of embryo,
endosperm, seed and fruit (including parthenocarpy and apomixis).
Growth and Movement – Growth phases; Types of growth regulators and their role in seed
dormancy, germination and movement; Apical dominance; Senescence; Abscission; Photoperiodism;
Vernalisation; Various types of movements.
Unit: 7 Reproduction and Development in Humans
Male and female reproductive systems; Menstrual cycle; Gamete production; Fertilisation;
Implantation; Embryo development; Pregnancy and parturition; Birth control and
Unit: 8 Ecology and Environment
Meaning of ecology, environment, habitat and niche.
Ecological levels of organization (organism to biosphere); Characteristics of Species,
Population, Biotic Community and Ecosystem; Succession and Climax.
Ecosystem – Biotic and abiotic components; Ecological pyramids; Food chain and Food web;
Energy flow; Major types of ecosystems including agroecosystem.
Ecological adaptations – Structural and physiological features in plants and animals of aquatic
and desert habitats.
Biodiversity – Meaning, types and conservation strategies (Biosphere reserves, National parks
Environmental Issues – Air and Water Pollution (sources and major pollutants); Global
warming and Climate change; Ozonedepletion; Noise pollution; Radioactive pollution;
Methods of pollution control (including an idea of bioremediation); Deforestation; Extinction
of species (Hot Spots).
Unit: 9 Biology and Human Welfare
Animal husbandry – Livestock, Poultry, Fisheries; Major animal diseases and their control.
Pathogens of major communicable diseases of humans caused by fungi, bacteria, viruses,
protozoans and helminths, and their control.
Adolescence and drug/alcohol abuse;
Basic concepts of immunology.
Plant Breeding and Tissue Culture in crop improvement.
Biofertilisers (green manure, symbiotic and free-living nitrogen-fixing microbes,
Biopesticides (micro-organisms as biocontrol agents for pests and pathogens); Bioherbicides;
Microorganisms as pathogens of plant diseases with special reference to rust and smut of
wheat, bacterial leaf blight of rice, late blight of potato, bean mosaic, and root – knot of
Bioenergy – Hydrocarbon – rich plants as substitute of fossil fuels.
Unit: 10 Biotechnology and its Applications
Microbes as ideal system for biotechnology;
Microbial technology in food processing, industrial production (alcohol, acids, enzymes,
antibiotics), sewage treatment and energy generation.
Steps in recombinant DNA technology – restriction enzymes, DNA insertion by vectors and
other methods, regeneration of recombinants.
Applications of R-DNA technology. In human health –Production of Insulin, Vaccines and
Growth hormones, Organ transplant, Gene therapy. In Industry – Production of expensive
enzymes, strain improvement to scale up bioprocesses. In Agriculture – GM crops by
transfer of genes for nitrogen fixation, herbicide-resistance and pest-resistance including Bt crops.
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