IIT JAM Syllabus 2020: The candidates, who are looking forward to attempting the examination of IIT JAM are expected to prepare as per the prescribed syllabus. Doing the same will help one in scoring well. Before one sits in IIT JAM 2020, it must be made sure that each and every topic is clear. No doubt shall remain related to any topic. In order to know more regarding IIT JAM Syllabus 2020, read the article below.

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IIT JAM Exam Pattern 2020

The IIT JAM 2020 exam pattern is mentioned in the tabular format below:

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 complete syllabus of IIT JAM has been tabulated 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
  • Uniformly rotating frame
  • Kepler’s laws
  • 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

In order not to fall in confusion regarding where to study, we have provided a list of the books which will be apt for the candidate while preparing for the examination:

IIT JAM Syllabus for Physics:

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

IIT JAM Syllabus for Mathematics:

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

IIT JAM Syllabus for 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

IIT JAM Syllabus for 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

IIT JAM Syllabus for 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

IIT JAM Syllabus for Geology:

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

IIT JAM Syllabus for 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

IIT JAM Syllabus for Biotechnology:

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


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