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GATE Syllabus for Biochemistry-XL

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GATE Syllabus for Biochemistry is as follows:

General Aptitude (GA)

Verbal Ability: English grammar, sentence completion, verbal analogies, word groups, instructions, critical reasoning and verbal deduction.

Numerical Ability: Numerical computation, numerical estimation, numerical reasoning and data interpretation.


Organization of life: Importance of water. Cell structure and organelles. Structure and function of biomolecules: Amino acids, Carbohydrates, Lipids, Proteins and Nucleic acids. Biochemical separation techniques and characterization: ion exchange, size exclusion and affinity chromatography, electrophoresis, UV-visible, fluorescence and Mass spectrometry. Protein structure, folding and function: Myoglobin, Hemoglobin, Lysozyme, Ribonuclease A, Carboxypeptidase and Chymotrypsin. Enzyme kinetics including its regulation and inhibition, Vitamins and Coenzymes.

Metabolism and bioenergetics: Generation and utilization of ATP. Metabolic pathways and their regulation: glycolysis, TCA cycle, pentose phosphate pathway, oxidative phosphorylation, gluconeogenesis, glycogen and fatty acid metabolism. Metabolism of Nitrogen containing compounds: nitrogen fixation, amino acids and nucleotides. Photosynthesis: the Calvin cycle.

Biological membranes: Transport across membranes. Signal transduction; hormones and neurotransmitters.

DNA replication: transcription and translation. Biochemical regulation of gene expression. Recombinant DNA technology and applications: PCR, site directed mutagenesis and DNA-microarray.

Immune system: Active and passive immunity. Complement system. Antibody structure, function and diversity. Cells of the immune system: T, B and macrophages. T and B cell activation. Major histocompatibilty complex. T cell receptor. Immunological techniques: Immunodiffusion, immunoelectrophoresis, RIA and ELISA.

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    hii plz send me msc biochemistry entrance exam syllabus my mail for 2016

  2. Bhuvnesh kumar gahlot

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    i m the student of M.Sc. Physics from the HNB Garhwal university…
    i want to knw tht “is M.tch. The best option for me” plz suggest me…nd also tell me abt some books for prepration.


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  4. sivakumar

    Hi Sir,
    I’m doing my B.Sc Biochemistry allied with biotech…. what are papers should i study for gate exam…..?
    Please do me reply sir….

  5. jayati

    hi…m doing anybody plz tel me dat m eligible 4 gate or not???if yes den wat subjects shud i take???n wats d scope in future for dis??

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