IIT JAM Exam Pattern 2020: Candidates, who are preparing for IIT JAM are expected to prepare as per the prescribed exam pattern and the syllabus. By doing it, one will be able to score well in the examination. Before one starts to do the preparation, he/she must make sure that all the doubts are cleared. The number of questions will be 60. The mode of the examination will be online. The total marks of the examination will be 100. The medium of the examination will be in English. In order to know more related to IIT JEE Exam Pattern 2020, read the article below.

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IIT Jam Exam Pattern 2020

The table below elucidates about the exam pattern of IIT JAM. The aspirants can note the fact that the tabular format below is the exam pattern as per the last year as the new one has not been announced yet by the authority. As soon as the authority will announce the same, we will update it here:

No. of Questions60
Mode of ExaminationOnline
Duration of Examination3 Hours
Medium of ExaminationEnglish
Total Marks100
Negative Marking
  1. Section-A-1/3rd for each wrong answer
  2. Section-B-No negative Marking
  3. Section-C-No negative Marking

IIT JAM Syllabus 2020

The syllabus of IIT JAM is mentioned below:

Biological Sciences
  • General Biology
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Microbiology, Cell Biology and Immunology
  • Basics of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biophysics
Physical Chemistry
  • Atomic and Molecular Structure
  • Basic Mathematical Concepts
  • Theory of Gases
  • Chemical Thermodynamics
  • Solid state
  • Electrochemistry
  • Chemical and Phase Equilibria
  • Spectroscopy
  • Chemical Kinetics
  • Adsorption
Organic Chemistry
  • Basic Concepts in Organic Chemistry and Stereochemistry
  • Qualitative Organic Analysis
  • Organic Reaction Mechanism and Synthetic Applications
  • Aromatic and Heterocyclic Chemistry
  • Natural Products Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry
  • Periodic Table
  • Transition Metals (d block)
  • Main Group Elements (s and p blocks)
  • Chemical Bonding and Shapes of Compounds
  • Bioinorganic Chemistry
  • Geomorphology
  • The Planet Earth
  • Petrology
  • Palaeontology
  • Stratigraphy
  • Structural Geology
  • Economic Geology
  • Applied Geology
Mathematical Methods
  • Calculus of single and multiple variables
  • Taylor expansion
  • Partial derivatives
  • Jacobian
  • Fourier series
  • Imperfect and perfect differentials
  • Vector algebra
  • Vector Calculus
  • Multiple integrals
  • Green’s theorem
  • Divergence theorem
  • Stokes’ theorem
  • Matrices and determinants
  • Algebra of complex numbers
  • First order equations and linear second order differential equations with constant coefficients.
Mechanics and General Properties of Matter
  • Velocity and acceleration in Cartesian
  • Newton’s laws of motion and applications
  • Polar and cylindrical coordinate systems
  • Centrifugal and Coriolis forces
  • The Uniformly rotating frame
  • Kepler’s laws
  • The motion under a central force
  • Gravitational Law and field
  • Conservative and non-conservative forces
  • The equation of motion of the CM System of particles
  • Center of mass
  • Conservation of linear and angular momentum
  • Elastic and inelastic collisions
  • Conservation of energy
  • Variable mass systems.
Oscillations, Waves and Optics
  • Superposition of two or more simple harmonic oscillators
  • The differential equation for the simple harmonic oscillator and its general solution
  • Damped and forced oscillators, resonance
  • Lissajous figures
  • Energy density and energy transmission in waves
  • Wave equation
  • Travelling and standing waves in one-dimension
  • Doppler Effect
  • Fermat’s Principle
  • Group velocity and phase velocity
  • Sound waves in media.
Electricity and Magnetism
  • Gauss’s law
  • Electric field and potential
  • Coulomb’s law
  • Electrostatic boundary conditions
  • Conductors
  • Dielectric polarization
  • Capacitors
  • Dielectrics
  • Volume and surface charges
  • Electrostatic energy
  • Ampere’s law
  • Biot-Savart law
  • Self and mutual inductance
  • Faraday’s law of electromagnetic induction
  • Alternating currents
  • The solution of Laplace’s equation for simple cases.
Kinetic theory, Thermodynamics
  • Elements of Kinetic theory of gases
  • Specific heat of Mono-di-tri-atomic gases
  • Velocity distribution and Equipartition of energy
  • Ideal gas
  • Van-der-Waals gas and equation of state
  • Mean free path
  • Carnot cycle
  • Zeroth law and the concept of thermal equilibrium
  • Reversible
  • Irreversible and quasi-static processes
  • First law and its consequences
  • Second law and entropy
  • Laws of thermodynamics
  • Isothermal and adiabatic processes
Modern Physics
  • Postulates of special relativity
  • Lorentz transformations
  • Inertial frames and Galilean invariance
  • Time dilation
  • Length contraction
  • Relativistic velocity addition theorem
  • Mass-energy equivalence
  • Blackbody radiation
  • Photoelectric effect
  • Compton effect
  • Bohr’s atomic model
  • X-rays
Solid State Physics, Devices and Electronics
  • Crystal structure
  • Miller indices
  • X-ray diffraction and Bragg’s law
  • Bravais lattices and basis
  • Intrinsic and extrinsic semiconductors
  • The variation of resistivity with temperature
  • Fermi level
  • P-n junction diode
  • I-V characteristics
  • BJT: characteristics in CB, CE, CC modes
  • Zener diode and its applications

Recommended Books for IIT JAM 2020

The list of recommended books for IIT JAM is mentioned below:

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Name of the BooksName of the Author
Mathematical PhysicsH.K. Dass
Classical Mechanics & General Properties of MatterA.B. Gupta
Waves and OscillationsN.K. Bajaj
Introduction to ElectrodynamicsDavid J. Griffiths
Heat & ThermodynamicsH.P. Roy & A.B. Gupta
Quantum PhysicsH.C. Verma
Solid State PhysicsS.O. Pillai


Name of BooksName of the Author
Integral CalculusF. Ayres (Schaum’s), Gorakh Prasad
 Vector CalculusMurray R. Spiegel (Schaum’s), A.R.Vasishtha
 Linear AlgebraSeymour Lipschitz (Schaum’s), H. Anton, A.R.Vasishtha.
Ordinary Differential EquationPeter J. Collins, G.F. Simmons, M.D. Raisinghania.
 The principle of Real AnalysisS. C. Malik.
 Real AnalysisH. L. Royden
 Modern AlgebraA. R. Vasishtha 8. University Algebra: N. S. Gopalakrishnan

Physical Chemistry:

Name of the BooksName of the Author
Theory of Gases-Physical ChemistryPeter W. Atkins
Chemical Thermodynamics-Physical ChemistryThomas Engel & Phillip Reid
Chemical and Phase Equilibria-Principals of Chemical Equilibrium & Phase RuleK.G. Denbigh
Electrochemistry: An Introduction to ElectrochemistrySamuel Glasstone
 Chemical Kinetics-Chemical KineticsKeith J. Laidler
 Solid State-Solid StatePeter W. Atkins
Adsorption-Introduction to Surface Chemistry & CatalysisGabor A. Somorjai
Basic Mathematical Concept-Differential Equation & MatricesShanti Narayan
Atomic and Molecular Structure-Physical ChemistryPeter W. Atkins

Inorganic Chemistry:

Name of the BooksName of the Author
Periodic Table-Concise Inorganic ChemistryJ. D. Lee
Chemical Bonding and Shapes of compounds-Inorganic ChemistryMiessler & Tarr
Main Group Elements (s and p blocks)-Concise Inorganic ChemistryJ. D. Lee
Transition Metal (d block)-Concise Inorganic ChemistryJames E. Huheey
Analytical Chemistry-Quantitative Inorganic AnalysisA. I. Vogel
Bioinorganic Chemistry-Inorganic ChemistryJames E. Huheey
Instrumental Method of Analysis-Instrumental methodSkoog, Holler & Crouch

Organic Chemistry:

Name of the BooksName of the Author
Basic Concepts in Organic Chemistry and Stereochemistry -Stereochemistry Conformation and MechanismP.S. Kalsi
Organic ChemistryClayden, Greeves, Warner and Wothers
Organic ChemistryCarey & Sundberg
Natural Products Chemistry-Organic Chemistry (Vol-II)I. L. Finar
Heterocyclic Chemistry: Organic Chemistry (Vol-I)I. L. Finar
Qualitative organic Analysis: Introduction to SpectroscopyPavia, Lampman, Kriz, Vyvyan


Name of the BooksName of the Authors
Structural GeologyMP Billings
Structural Geology-Fundamentals & Modern DevelopmentsSK Ghosh
Structural GeologyRobert J Twiss & Eldridge M Moores
Textbook of Physical GeologyGB Mahapatra
Physical GeographySavindra Singh
Introduction to GeomorphologyVS Kale & Avijit Gupta
Principles of Igneous and Metamorphic PetrologyJD Winter
The Petrology of Sedimentary RocksSam Boggs
MineralogyDexter Perkins
Rutley’s Elements of MineralogyCD Gribble
Palaeontology InvertebrateHenry Woods
Fundamentals of Historical Geology and Stratigraphy of IndiaRavindra Kumar
Principals of Engineering GeologyKM Bangar
A Textbook of GeologyPK Mukherjee
Groundwater HydrologyDavid K Todd & Larry W Mays

Biological Science:

Name of the BooksName of the Author
Life Sciences: Fundamentals and Practice – I, IIPranav Kumar, Usha Mina
Principles of GeneticsGardner, Simmons, Snustad
Cell and Molecular BiologyKarp
BiochemistryJeremy M. Berg, Lubert Stryer, John L. Tymoczko
Developmental BiologyScott F. Gilbert, Susan R. Singer
Kuby ImmunologyBarbara A. Osborne, Richard Goldsby
Essentials of PhysiologyLauralee Sherwood
Molecular Biology of the CellBruce Alberts
MicrobiologyJohn P. Harley, Donald Klein


Name of the BooksName of the Authors
General Reading (Chemistry, Math, Physics)CERT for General reading and MCQ Books by Dinesh or Pradeep
Microbiology-MicrobiologyPrescott, Pelczar
Molecular Biology-Molecular BiologyWatson
Cell BiologyBruce Alberts
Development BiologyGilbert

Preparation Tips for IIT JAM 2020

The preparation tips for IIT JAM 2020 are:

  • Before one sits in the examination, he/she must make sure that he/she is clear with each and every topic that covers the syllabus of the examination.
  • While preparing for the examination, one must make sure to note all the points of all the topics. This will help one in knowing about his/her weak and strong genres of the syllabus.
  • Do practice again and again by solving the Sample Papers as much as you can. By doing the same, you will be able to learn about the pattern, syllabus etc related to IIT JAM 2020.
  • The candidates must make notes of the topics. It will help one in revising properly.
  • One must prepare as per the prescribed syllabus and from the recommended books.
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