VITMEE Syllabus for LS (Life Science) 2019-20

VITMEE Syllabus for LS (Life Science) 2014VITMEE Syllabus for LS (Life Science) 2019-20

Vellore Institute of Technology Master’s entrance examination (VITMEE) For M.Tech and MCA Admission 2019-20 VITMEE Syllabus for MCA VITMEE Syllabus for LS (Life Science)



Levels of structures in Biological macromolecules. basic strategies in biophysics. Forces that determine protein and nucleic acid structure, Prediction of proteins structure nucleic acids, Properties of lipid bilayers, Biochemical Kinetics studies, unimolecular reactions, methods of determining macromolecular structures inclusive of the spectroscopic techniques like UV-vis absorption, IR absorption, circular dichroism fluoresence NMR and X-ray and neutron diffraction techniques.

VITMEE Syllabus for LS (Life Science) 2019-20


Structure and properties, Amino acids, peptides, proteins and conjugated proteins, protein hydration, coagulation, denaturation – gelation, protein-protein interactions, cytosolic and membrane properties, purines, pyrimidines, nucleosides, nucleotides, polynucleotides, Ribonucleic acids and deoxyribonucleic acids, TCA cycle, glycolysis, pentose phosphate pathway, Embden Meyerhof pathway, urea cycle, metabolic regulation, respiratory chain, TP cycle, energy rich compounds, integrated metabolism, Carbohydrates – linear and branched carbohydrates, N containing carbohydrates, cell wall carbohydrates, metabolism of carbohydrates, Fats and oils-structure and properties of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids, glycerolipids, phospholipids, sphingolipids, glycolipids, steroids, Vitamins and minerals-types, structure and functional properties of vitamins, utility of essential minerals sources and trace elements.


Importance and economics of downstream processing in biotechnology process-problems and requirements of bioproduct purification, process design criteria, primary separation and recovery process, membrane based separations, precipitation methods, different types of purification and chromatographic techniques.

Types of reactors – ideal reactors, integral method of analysis for reactions, simultaneous, consecutive and combined reactions, models for non-ideal flow.

Industrial biotechnology – isolation, preservation and improvement of industrial microbes for overproduction of primary and secondary metabolites, economics of modern industrial processes, fermentation processes and biological waste treatment processes.

Introduction to bioinformatics – sequence databases, search and their use, sequence alignment, ultrasonic trees, parsimony, phylogenetic alignment, connection between multiple alignment and tree construction, DNA mapping and sequencing, sequence assembly and gene prediction, molecular predictions with DNA strings.

Cell Structure and Function of the Organelles

Eukaryotic and Prokaryotic cells, cell division, mitosis & meiosis cell cycle and molecules that control cell cycle, endocytosis and Exocytosis. Ultrastructure of cellular organelles, viz. Mitochondria, ER, Golgi, Chloroplast, plasma membrane, centriole, nuclear and membrane bound receptors, Signal Transduction, Techniques of propagation of prokaryotic and Eukayotic cells, Autocrine, Paracrine and Endocrine models of action, Cell line, generation of cell lines.

Molecular Biology

Structure of DNA and histone molecules, Replication of eukaryotic chromosomes, nucleoid the complex replication apparatus, process of transcription and, Structure of tRNA, mRNA, rRNA, Deciphering of the genetic code, Translation, Mutation. General principles of cloning.

Recombinant DNA

Genetic elements that control gene expression, method of creating recombinant DNA molecules creating transgenic animals, plants microbes, safety guidelines of creating recombinant DNA research, restriction enzymes and mapping of DNA, plasmid and phage and other vectors. Construction of genomic and cDNA libraries, methods of nucleic acid. Patents and methods of application of patents, legal implications bioremediation.

Environmental Sciences

Ecosystems, energy flow, ecological succession , pollution. Conventional and Non conventional sources of energy. Bio-geo chemical cycles. Biodiversity and wild life conservation. Social issues and the environment.


Classical genetics, Mendel’s genetics, crossing over, linkage, Chromosome maps, chromosomal theory of heredity, cytoplasmic inheritance, Sex determination, sex linked inheritance, microbial genetics, population genetics, polyploidy, pedigree analysis, eugenics, mutation.


Basic concepts of Microbiology, classification, morphology, anatomy, physiology of bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasite.

Microbes of various plant and animal diseases. Industrial microbiology, Microbial biotechnology, Mircrobial diversity and ecology.


Basic concepts of immunology, types of immunity, biotechnological applications; organs of immune, response Innate and adaptive immunity, clonal selection theory, hypersensitivity, hybridoma technology, vaccine development, epitope mapping and immunomics, immunological tolerance and transplantation biotechnology.

Plant Sciences

Taxonomy and systematic botany, Plant structure and development, morphology and anatomy, embryogenesis of mono and dicots. Phytohormones, respiration, nutrition, transpiration. Photosynthesis,C3 and C4, & CAM plants, photoperiodism, concepts of ecosystems and energy flow in biosphere

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