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IIT JAM 2019 Exam Pattern
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IIT JAM 2019 is an online computer based test conducted for candidates who have completed their Bachelor's degree in engineering and are willing to pursue their Master's degree from the prestigious IITs in India. IIT JAM 2019 is expected to be held on February 2019 and official dates are not announced yet.

As per IIT JAM Exam Pattern, a total of 60 questions are asked and the paper is divided into 3 sections. Section A will be of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) type, Section B of Multiple Select Questions (MSQ) type and Section C of Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions. JAM 2019 comprises two sessions, each of which will be of 3 hours and have different sets of JAM papers.

The first session will take place between 9:00 am to 12:00 pm while the second session will take place between 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Session 1 will have Biotechnology (BT), Chemistry (CY), Geology (GG) and Mathematical Statistics (MS) whereas the second session will have Biological Sciences (BL), Mathematics (MA) and Physics (PH) test papers. Candidates need to appear for any one of the seven test papers or they can appear for one test paper from each session and thus can appear for two in total.

A total of 100 marks will be allotted to these 60 questions. The marking scheme of JAM 2019 will be same for both sessions. Candidates can find all important information regarding JAM 2019 Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme, Syllabus and Important instructions further in the article.

IIT JAM 2019 Exam Pattern Highlights

Exam Pattern Highlights
Exam Name IIT JAM 2019
Exam Mode Computer Based Test
Language English
Test Duration 180 Minutes
Number of Sections 3 Sections- A, B & C
Number of Questions 60 Questions
Type of Questions Multiple Choice Questions, Multiple Select Questions & Numerical Answer Type
Total Marks 100 Marks
Marking Scheme No negative marking in Section B & C but in section A, there will be negative marking of 1/3.

IIT JAM 2019 Exam Pattern in Detail

IIT JAM 2019 exam is conducted in two sessions. The first session of JAM 2019 will begin at 9:00 and last for 3 hours while the second session will begin at 2:00 pm.

Each session of JAM is reserved for different sets of test papers. There are 7 test papers distributed between these two session.

Session Paper Timing
Session I Biotechnology (BT), Chemistry (CY), Geology (GG) and Mathematical Statistics (MS) 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Session II Biological Sciences (BL), Mathematics (MA) and Physics (PH) 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • The total number of questions in JAM 2019 will be 60 carrying 100 marks.
  • It will include objective type, numerical type, and short-answer type questions.
  • Candidates will get 2 hours to complete the test.
  • The entire test will be divided into three sections and all sections are compulsory.
  • Section-wise exam pattern is given below.
Section Type of Questions Number of Questions
A Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) 30
B Multiple Select Questions (MSQ) 10
C Numerical Answer Type (NAT) 20

Exam Pattern for Section A

  • Section A will have total 30 MCQ (Multiple Choice Questions).
  • Each question will carry one or two marks.
  • Each question will contain four optional answers, candidates must choose the right answer only.
  • Candidates can answer by clicking the given choices.
  • For each right answer candidate will be given 1 or 2 marks and for each wrong answer, 1/3 or 2/3 mark will be deducted.
Name of section Section A
Type of questions Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
Number of questions 30 questions
Marking scheme +1 or +2 marks for each correct answer
Negative marking 1/3 or 2/3 marks will be deducted for every incorrect answer

Exam Pattern for Section B

  • This section will contain total 10 MSQ (Multiple Select Questions).
  • Each question will carry two marks.
  • Each question will contain four given choices out of which more than one choice can be correct.
  • Candidates will get full marks if all the correct answers are selected.
  • Two marks will be given for each correct answer.
  • There is no negative marking.
Name of section Section B
Type of questions Multiple Select Questions (MSQ)
Number of questions 10
Marking scheme +2 marks for each correct answer
Negative marking No negative marking

Exam Pattern for Section C:

  • This section will consist of 20 NAT (Numerical Answer Type) questions.
  • No options will be displayed for these types of questions.
  • Candidates must answer by pressing the number through the virtual numeric keypad.
  • There will be no negative marking.
Name of section Section C
Type of questions Numerical Answer Type (NAT)
Number of questions 20
Marking scheme +2 marks for each correct answer
Negative marking No negative marking

IIT JAM 2019 Marking Scheme

The section wise marking scheme of IIT JAM 2019 test is given below:

Section Number of Questions Marks per question Negative marks for the wrong answer
I 10, 20 1, 2 1/3, 2/3
II 10 2 No negative marking
III 10, 10 1, 2 No negative marking

IIT JAM 2019 Syllabus

IIT JAM Syllabus will be completely based on 10+2+3 level. Students can check the latest syllabus of JAM 2019 for all the seven papers.

Basics of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biophysics
Microbiology, Cell Biology and Immunology
Mathematical Sciences
BIOTECHNOLOGY (BT) General Biology
Biochemistry and Physiology
Basic Biotechnology
Molecular Biology
Cell Biology
CHEMISTRY (10+2+3 level)
MATHEMATICS (10+2 level)
PHYSICS (10+2 level)
CHEMISTRY (CY) Basic Mathematical Concepts
Atomic and Molecular Structure
Theory of Gases
Solid state
Chemical Thermodynamics
Chemical and Phase Equilibria
Chemical Kinetics
Basic Concepts in Organic Chemistry and Stereochemistry
Organic Reaction Mechanism and Synthetic Applications
Qualitative Organic Analysis
Natural Products Chemistry
Aromatic and Heterocyclic Chemistry
Periodic Table
Chemical Bonding and Shapes of Compounds
Main Group Elements (s and p blocks)
Transition Metals (d block)
Bioinorganic Chemistry
Instrumental Methods of Analysis
Analytical Chemistry
GEOLOGY (GG) The Planet Earth
Structural Geology
Economic Geology
Applied Geology
MATHEMATICS (MA) Sequences and Series of Real Numbers
Functions of One Real Variable:
Functions of Two or Three Real Variables
Integral Calculus
Differential Equations
Vector Calculus
Group Theory
Linear Algebra
Real Analysis
Differential Calculus
Integral Calculus
Random Variables
Standard Distributions
Joint Distributions
Limit Theorems
Testing of Hypotheses
PHYSICS (PH) Mathematical Methods
Mechanics and General Properties of Matter
Oscillations, Waves and Optics
Electricity and Magnetism
Kinetic theory, Thermodynamics
Modern Physics
Solid State Physics, Devices and Electronics

IIT JAM 2019 Important Instructions

There are certain instructions and guidelines regarding IIT JAM 2019 that must be followed by candidates. The same have been mentioned below.

  • Calculators, mobiles phones or any type of electronic devices are not allowed once you enter the examination hall. IIT JAM provides you an inbuilt online calculator on your system.
  • Candidates are also not allowed to bring Charts, sheets or tables inside the examination hall. Scribble pads will be made available to all candidates for rough work
  • All candidates will be allowed to enter the examination hall 35 minutes prior to the start of the exam and will be allowed to leave once the exam is completed.
  • Anyone who reports late to the examination center will not be allowed to appear for the JAM 2019 Exam.
  • Any candidates found using, or in possession of any unauthorized material will be treated as unfair means and will lead to cancellation of his/her candidature as well as disqualification from appearing in JAM in future.


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