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IIT JAM Economics Syllabus 2022: Section-Wise Syllabus, Preparation Tips, and Recommended Books

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Exams Prep Master | Updated On - Sep 8, 2021

IIT JAM Syllabus 2022 for Economics will be divided into five sections that include the various topics of different aspects. The subject Economics was added previous year in IIT JAM Syllabus. The major sub-sections of IIT JAM Economics Syllabus are Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Indian Economy, Statistics for Economics, and Mathematics for Economics. 

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Economics has been introduced to expand the facility for the candidate appearing for the Indian Institute of Technology Joint Admission Test for M.Sc. Further, depending IIT JAM Exam Pattern the paper will be divide into 3 sections containing MCQ, MSQ type questions. Read the article to know more about the detailed section-wise syllabus, exam pattern, and best books for preparation.

Read the complete article for detailed IIT JAM 2022 Economics Syllabus, Preparation Tips and Important Books.

Economics Syllabus

IIT JAM 2022 Syllabus for Economics

There are five sections such as Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Statistics for Economics, Indian Economy, Mathematics for Economics in IIT JAM Economics Syllabus. Section-wise division for freshly added Economics Syllabus in IIT JAM are elaborated below in a table.

IIT JAM Microeconomics Syllabus

Topics Sub Topics
Consumer theory Preference, utility and representation theorem, budget constraint, choice, demand (ordinary and compensated), Slutsky equations, choice under risk and uncertainty, revealed preference axioms
Production, costs with perfectly competitive markets Technology, isoquants, production with one and more variable inputs, returns to scale, short run and long run costs, cost curves in the short run and long run, perfect competition in markets
General equilibrium and welfare Equilibrium and efficiency under pure exchange and production, welfare economics, theorems of welfare economics
Market structure Monopoly, pricing with market power, price discrimination (first, second and third), monopolistic competition and oligopoly
Game theory Strategic form games, Nash equilibrium, mixed extension and mixed strategy Nash equilibrium, iterated elimination of dominated strategies, examples: Cournot, Bertrand duopolies, Prisoner’s dilemma, cooperative game theory: Shapley value, Nash bargaining
Public goods and market failure Externalities, public goods and markets with asymmetric information (adverse selection and moral hazard), VCG mechanism and transfer rules
Macroeconomics Syllabus

IIT JAM Macroeconomics Syllabus

Topics Sub Topics
National Income Accounting Structure, key concepts, measurements, and circular flow of income - for a closed and open economy, money, fiscal and foreign sector variables - concepts and measurements
Behavioral and Technological Functions  Consumption functions - absolute income hypothesis, life-cycle, and permanent income hypothesis, investment functions- Keynesian, money demand and supply functions, production function
Business Cycles and Economic Models Business cycles-facts and features, the Classical model of the business cycle. the Keynesian model of the business cycle, simple Keynesian cross model of income and employment determination and the multiplier (in a closed economy), IS-LM Model, Hicks’ IS-LM synthesis, role of monetary and fiscal policy
Business Cycles and Economic Models (Open Economy) Open economy, Mundell-Fleming model, Keynesian flexible price (aggregate demand and aggregate supply) model, role of monetary and fiscal policy
Inflation and Unemployment Inflation - theories, measurement, causes, and effects, Unemployment -types, measurement, causes, and effects
Growth Models Harrod-Domar, Solow and Neo-classical growth models
Statistics Syllabus

IIT JAM Statistics for Economics Syllabus

Topics
Probability theory, Sample spaces and events, Axioms of probability and their properties, conditional probability and Bayes’ rule, independent events
Random variables and probability distributions, probability distributions, expected values and functions of random variables, properties of commonly used discrete and continuous distributions
Random sampling, Density and distribution functions for jointly distributed random variables, computing expected values of jointly distributed random variables, covariance and correlation coefficients
Point and interval estimation, estimation of population parameters using methods of moments and maximum likelihood procedures, properties of estimators, confidence intervals
Hypothesis testing, distributions of test statistics, testing hypotheses related to population parame- 32 ters, Type I and Type II errors, the power of a test, tests for comparing parameters from two samples
Indian Economy Syllabus

IIT JAM Indian Economy Syllabus

Chapter Topics
Indian economy before 1950 Transfer of tribute, deindustrialization of India
Planning and Indian development Planning models, relation between agricultural and industrial growth, challenges faced by Indian planning
Indian economy after 1991 Balance of payments crisis in 1991, major aspects of economic reforms in India after 1991, reforms in trade and foreign investment
Banking, finance and macroeconomic policies Aspects of banking in India, CRR and SLR, financial sector reforms in India, fiscal deficit, savings and investment rates in India
Inequalities in social development India’s achievements in health, education and other social sectors, disparities between Indian States in human development
Poverty Methodology of poverty estimation, Issues in poverty estimation in India
India’s labour market Unemployment, labour force participation rates
Mathematics Syllabus

IIT JAM Mathematics for Economics Syllabus

Topics Sub Topics
Preliminaries and Functions of one real variable a. Set theory and number theory, Graphs, elementary types of functions: quadratic, polynomial, power, exponential, logarithmic, sequences and series: convergence, algebraic properties and applications b. Continuous functions: characterisations, properties with respect to various operations and applications c. Differentiable functions: characterisations, properties with respect to various operations and applications d. Second and higher order derivatives: properties and applications
Single-variable optimization Geometric properties of functions: convex functions, their characterisations and applications, local and global optima: geometric and calculus-based characterisations, and applications.
Linear algebra Vector spaces - algebraic and geometric properties, scalar products, norms, orthogonality, linear transformations: properties, matrix representations and elementary operations, systems of linear equations: properties of their solution sets, determinants: characterisation, properties and applications
Functions of several real variables Geometric representations - graphs and level curves, differentiable functions: characterisations, properties with respect to various operations and applications, second order derivatives: properties and applications, the implicit function theorem, and application to comparative statics problems, homogeneous and homothetic functions: characterisations and applications
Multivariate optimization Convex sets, geometric properties of functions: convex functions, their characterisations, properties and applications, further geometric properties of functions: quasi-convex functions, their characterisations, properties and applications, unconstrained optimisation: geometric characterisations, characterisations using calculus and applications, constrained optimi- 33 sation with equality constraints: geometric characterisations, Lagrange characterisation using calculus and applications, properties of value function: envelope theorem and applications
Linear programming Graphical solution, matrix formulation, duality, economic interpretation
Integration, differential equations, and difference equations Definite integrals, indefinite integrals and economic applications, first order difference equations, equilibrium and its stability, first order differential equations, phase diagrams and stability

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What Tips Should Know to Prepare IIT JAM Syllabus for Economics?

All the key points for the preparation of Economics should be known by the candidate appearing for IIT JAM. Those are enumerated below.

  • Know the details of the updated syllabus as this subject is included from this year
  • Go through the theoretical part at first to understand and after that need to move on to that section which covers the numerical part
  • Make a proper plan with all the topics and note it down with the time format
  • Try to complete all the parts with graphical representation as this will not only help to remember the subject matter but also help to get a high score in the entrance examination. In Economics, this is the most important factor.
  • Note down all the formulas one by one and practice with the topics daily
  • Practice all the numerical part especially from micro and macroeconomics
  • For the mathematical part in Economics like variables and equations, try to practice all the question section wise with the formula regularly
  • Make a separate note for the topics which are not so easy to understand and focus on that after completing the less difficult part
  • Solve all the question from the previous year related exam’s papers to improve time management skills along with developing the idea on the methodology of the exam, and this also helps to acquire knowledge
  • Solving sample papers also helps in a great amount
  • Try to give mock test as many times as possible
Preparation

IIT JAM Economics Books for Preparation

Some of the recommended books are given below in a table for the examination. 

Name of the Book Name of the Author
Indian Economy Mishra & Puri
Macro Economics Analysis Edward Shapiro and H.L. Ahuja
Micro Economics Anna Koutsoyiannis and H.L. Ahuja
 Mathematics For Economists B.C. Mehta and G.M.K. Madnani
Statistics and Econometrics B. L. Agarwal
Economics Syllabus FAQ

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IIT JAM Syllabus for Economics FAQ

Ques. How many sections are there in the Economics Syllabus in IIT JAM?

Ans. There are five sections in the Economics Syllabus for IIT JAM.

Ques. What are the areas I need to cover from the topic “Growth Model” from IIT JAM Economics Syllabus?

Ans. From the topic “Growth Model'' of IIT JAM Economics Syllabus you need to cover Harrod-Domar, Solow and Neo-classical growth models

Ques. Which part is a bit difficult between Micro and Macro Economics from IIT JAM Economics Syllabus?

Ans. Some say, micro economics needs special attention as this part includes mathematical concepts whereas micro economics can be understood by the concepts with a little bit of logic.

Ques. What are the most important topics from the section Indian Economy from Economic Syllabus of IIT JAM?

Ans. All the topics are very important for the entrance examination. Some of them are economic reforms in India, poverty, different kinds of policies in financial sectors, etc

Ques. Do I need to cover all the sections of statistics of economics from the newly added Economic Syllabus in IIT JAM?

Ans. Yes, you will have to cover all the topics from this part of the economics syllabus. 

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.

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