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IIT JAM Geology Syllabus 2022: Section-wise Syllabus, Preparation Tips and Best Books

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Exams Prep Master | Updated On - Sep 8, 2021

IIT JAM 2022 Syllabus for Geology includes the topics studied at the graduation level. Some of the important topics are Geomorphology, Structural Geology, Mineralogy, etc. Candidates are advised to review all the units from the entire syllabus cautiously as they contain various subtopics. Candidates can also download IIT JAM Geology Syllabus from the official website. Check: IIT JAM Paper Analysis

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Other than that candidates should check the exam pattern and marking scheme before appearing for the exam. As per IIT JAM Exam Pattern, the question paper will be divided into 3 sections. Section A will have 30 MCQ, Section B 10 MSQ and Section C will have 20 NAT type questions.

Read the article to check the detailed IIT JAM 2022 Syllabus, pattern, marking scheme, books and preparation tips. 

Geology Syllabus

IIT JAM 2022 Syllabus for Geology

IIT JAM Syllabus for Geology covers various topics with subtopics for the entrance examination. Section-wise details for the subject of Geology in IIT JAM syllabus are mentioned below in a table.

Topic Subtopic
The Planet Earth All the topics included in this section are Origin of the Solar System and the Earth; Geosphere and Earth’s composition; Shape and size of the earth; Earth-moon system. Apart from that Formation of continents and oceans; Dating rocks along with the age of the Earth; details of Volcanism and volcanic landforms; Interior of the earth; Earthquakes; Earth’s magnetism and gravity, Isostasy; Elements of Plate tectonics; Orogenic cycles, etc
Geomorphology In this section, there are Weathering and erosion; Transportation and deposition because of wind, ice, river, sea, and resulting landforms, Contractually controlled landforms, etc.
Structural Geology Under this unit all the areas are Concept of stratum; Contour; Outcrop patterns; details of Maps and cross sections; Dip and strike. Also, there are Classification and origin of folds, faults, joints, unconformities, foliations and lineation, shear zones. It also includes Stereographic and equal area projections of planes and lines; computation of true thickness of beds from outcrops and bore-holes, etc.
Palaeontology This section covers the most important steps in the evolution of life forms; Fossils and their way of preservation and utility; Morphological characters, major evolutionary trends as well as different ages of animal groups such as Brachiopoda, Mollusca, Trilobita, Graptolitoidea, Anthozoa, Echinodermata, etc. It also covers Gondwana plant fossils along with the primary idea of vertebrate fossils only in India.
Stratigraphy This topic includes concepts of stratigraphy; classification of Litho-, chrono- and biostratigraphy; distribution and classification of the stratigraphic horizons of India from Archaean to Recent, etc
Mineralogy Here in this section, all the areas are Symmetry and all kinds of forms in common crystal classes; details of Physical properties of minerals; Isomorphism and polymorphism, Classification of minerals; Structure of silicates. Besides that, Mineralogy of some of the most customary rock-forming minerals; Mode of occurrence of minerals in rocks. Transmitted polarized light microscopy and optical properties of uniaxial and biaxial minerals are also included.
Petrology From definition to the classification of all the areas are rocks; Igneous rocks-forms of igneous bodies; Crystallization from magma; association and genesis of igneous rocks; Sedimentary rocks –texture, structure, and others; size and shape of sedimentary bodies. Metamorphic rock covering facies, zones, and texture. Characteristic mineral assemblages of pelites in the Barrovian zones and mafic rocks in common facies, etc
Economic Geology With this section all the areas are Properties of common economic minerals; common or normal processes of mineral deposit’s formation; Physical characters; Mode of development and dispensation of metallic as well as for non-metallic mineral deposits in India; Coal and petroleum occurrences in India.
Applied Geology Some topics included in this section are details of Ground Water; Principles of Engineering Geology, etc.
Exam Pattern

IIT JAM Geology Exam Pattern

IIT JAM Geology Exam Pattern is given below in a table format:

Particulars Details
Duration of the Test 3 hours
Number of questions in total 60
Number of Section 3 (Sec A, B and C)
Question Type MCQ, MSQ and NAT
Overall Marks 100
Marks Distribution

Section Wise Marks Distribution

Section Total number of Questions Number of Marks per Question Total Marks Negative Marking
Section A 10 1 10 1/3
20 2 40 2/3
Section B 10 2 20 No Negative Marking
Section C 10 1 10 No Negative Marking
10 2 20 No Negative Marking

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Best Books

IIT JAM Geology Books for Preparation

Below are some recommended books in a table to take prepare for the examination:

Name of the List of Books Author Name
Structural Geology MP Billings
Physical Geography Savindra Singh
Principals of Engineering Geology K.M. Bangar
Textbook of Physical Geology G. B. Mahapatra
Principles of Physical Geology Arthur Holmes
Principles in Geo-morphology Thornbury
Groundwater Management K.R. Karanth
Hydrogeology Davies and De Weist
The Geology of Ore deposits Guilbert, J.M. and Park Jr., C.F
Principles of Metamorphic Petrology Vernon R. H and Clarke G. L
Preparation Tips

What are the Tips Must Know to Prepare IIT JAM Syllabus for Geology?

Some effective tips on the Geology syllabus for IIT JAM are listed below.

  • Candidate should know the examination pattern and the marking scheme.
  • Candidate must concentrate on each topic and make note of some important part from the topics to remember
  • It is necessary to practice all the questions from previous year’s question paper as it helps to boost up confidence, and it is also the best tips for revision
  • Giving mock test as many times as possible also helps to improve time management skills and helps to know the stage where the candidate can stand
  • Prepare short notes with diagram also help to remember the subject matter and also it is helpful to fetch good marks in the examination
  • Can give less importance to the topic that contributes 4% to 6% weightage.
  • Can prepare answers or take help to understand any topics from reference books
Geology Syllabus FAQ

IIT JAM Syllabus for Geology 2022 FAQ

Ques. What are the most important topics from IIT JAM 2022 Syllabus for Geology?

Ans. All the topics are very important in the Geology syllabus of IIT JAM. You will have to have an idea of all the subject matter from the syllabus.

Ques. What are the reference books for Mineralogy to prepare as per IIT JAM Syllabus for Geology?

Ans. Some of the recommended books for Minerology to prepare for IIT JAM Syllabus for Geology are as follows.

  • Optical Mineralogy written by P. F. Kerr
  • The Manual of Mineral Science written by Cornelis Klein and Barbara Dutrow

Ques. Which section do I need to concentrate on between Petrology and Palaeontology from IIT JAM Syllabus for Geology?

Ans. Both the section is very important from the Geology syllabus. The weightage of marks in this section cannot be too high but you need to concentrate on both the topics equally to get good marks.

Ques. Can I skip the “Weathering and erosion” from the topic Geomorphology from the Geology syllabus of IIT JAM?

Ans. No, this is the most important topic in this section. You cannot avoid it.

Ques. How many topics are there in IIT JAM Syllabus for Geology?

Ans. There are approx. nine topics in the Geology syllabus of IIT JAM.

Ques. What books can I read for the topic “Palaeontology” as a reference to cover the Geology syllabus for IIT JAM?

Ans. Some of the recommended books for the topic “Palaeontology” to cover the Geology syllabus for IIT JAM are mentioned below.

  • Invertebrate Palaeontology written by Moore, Lalicker, and Higher
  • Principles of Palaeontology written by Raup, D.M, and Stanley
  • Invertebrate Palaeontology and Evolution wrote by Clarkson, E.N.K
  • The evolution of plants written by Willis, K.J. & McElwain

*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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