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IIT JAM 2018 Exam Pattern

Last Updated - April 26, 2017

IIT JAM (Joint Admission Test for M.Sc.) is a national level entrance test conducted by the IISc and IITs on rotation basis for admissions in various postgraduate science programmes. Candidates seeking admission to M.Sc, joint M.Sc-Ph.D, M.Sc Ph.D dual degree, M.Sc-M.Tech, M.Sc-M.S (Research), integrated Ph.D, Ph.D dual degree and other post bachelor degree programmes offered at IITs and IISc Bangalore are required to clear IIT JAM examination.

IIT JAM 2018 will be conducted in third week of February 2018 (Expected). Candidates planning to appear in JAM 2018 which will be conducted by either IIT Bombay or IIT Guwahati, are required to check JAM 2018 exam pattern mentioned below.

Highlights of IIT JAM

IIT JAM is an online exam consisting of three sections. 60 questions are to be answered within 180 minutes from these sections. Candidates can find below the highlights related to IIT JAM 2018:

Exam NameIIT JAM 2018
Exam ModeComputer Based Test (online mode)
Test Duration180 Minutes
Number of Sections3 Sections- A, B & C
Number of Questions60 Questions
Type of QuestionsMultiple Choice Questions, Multiple Select Questions & Numerical Answer Type
Total Marks100 Marks
Marking SchemeNo negative marking in Section B & C but in section A, there will be negative marking of 1/3.

IIT JAM 2018 Test Papers

IIT JAM examination comprises seven test papers. Candidates can choose to appear in one of the seven test papers for JAM 2018 as mentioned below:

  1. Biological Sciences
  2. Biotechnology
  3. Chemistry
  4. Geology
  5. Mathematics
  6. Mathematical Statistics
  7. Physics

IIT JAM 2018 Pattern

JAM 2018 will be conducted online in a computer based test mode for all the seven papers. The duration of examination will be of 3 hours. In JAM 2018, there are total 60 questions comprising 100 marks. The question paper will be based on three sections namely Section-A, Section-B and Section-C. The detailed exam pattern of three sections are mentioned below:

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 mark and for each wrong answer 1/3 or 2/3 mark will be deducted.

Name of sectionSection A
Type of questionsMultiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
Number of questions30 questions
Marking scheme+1 or +2 marks for each correct answer
Negative marking1/3 or 2/3 marks will be deducted for every incorrect answer

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. No negative marking.

Name of sectionSection B
Type of questionsMultiple Select Questions (MSQ)
Number of questions10
Marking scheme+2 marks for each correct answer
Negative markingNo negative marking

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. No Negative marking again.

Name of sectionSection C
Type of questionsNumerical Answer Type (NAT)
Number of questions20
Marking scheme+2 marks for each correct answer
Negative markingNo negative marking

Candidates will also be able to take a mock examination through a 'Mock Test' link that will be made available on the website closer to the examination date.

IIT JAM 2018 Marking Scheme

Each section will contain total 60 questions divided in three sections which carry 100 marks. There is no negative marking in the Section B & C but negative marking will be done for Section A. In section A, for the 1 mark question, 1/3 of marks will be deducted for wrong answer and for a 2 marks questions, 2/3 marks will be deducted for each incorrect response. No marks will be deducted for un-attempted questions.

IIT JAM 2018 Important Instructions

Following are some important instructions regarding IIT JAM 2018 that aspirants should keep in my mind before appearing for the test:

  • There is provision of using online virtual calculator and hence, the candidates should not bring any calculator with them.
  • Mobile phones or any other electronic devices are strictly prohibited inside examination hall. Charts, graph sheets, tables, are also NOT allowed inside the examination hall
  • A scribble pad will be provided for rough work and this should be returned at the end of the examination
  • The candidates are required to select the answer for MCQ and MSQ type questions, and to enter the answer for NAT questions using only a mouse on a virtual numeric keypad (the keyboard of the computer will be disabled). At the end of the 3-hours the computer will automatically close the examination.
  • Use of unfair means by a candidate in JAM 2016, whether detected at the time of examination, or at any other stage, will lead to cancellation of his/her candidature as well as disqualification of the candidate from appearing in JAM in future.

IIT JAM 2018 Syllabus

In IIT JAM 2017 syllabus, some new changes have been introduced. Syllabus will be completely based on 10+2+3 level. Students can check the latest syllabus of JAM 2017 for all the seven papers.

  1. Biological Science (BL): Basics of Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology, General Biology, Microbiology, Cell Biology and Immunology, Mathematical Sciences
  2. Biotechnology (BT): The weightage of the test paper will be as follows: Biology (44% weightage), Mathematics (18% weightage), Chemistry (20% weightage) and Physics (18% weightage).
  • Biology: General Biology, Biochemistry and Physiology, Basic Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology
  • Chemistry: Atomic Structure: Bohr’s theory and Schrodinger wave equation; Periodicity in properties; Chemical bonding; Properties of s, p, d and f block elements; Complex formation; Coordination compounds; Chemical equilibria; Chemical thermodynamics
  • Mathematics (10+2 Level): Sets, Relations and Functions, Mathematical Induction, Logarithms, Complex numbers, Linear and Quadratic equations, Sequences and Series, Trigonometry, Three-Dimensional Geometry, Vectors, Matrices and Determinants, Boolean Algebra, Probability, Functions
  • Physics (10+2 Level): Physical World and Measurement, Elementary Statics and Dynamics, Kinematics, Laws of Motion, Work, Energy and Power, Electrostatics, Current electricity, Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism, Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Current, Electromagnetic waves, Optics.
  1. Chemistry (CY): Basic Mathematical Concepts, Atomic and Molecular Structure, Theory of Gases, Solid state, Chemical Thermodynamics, Chemical and Phase Equilibria, Electrochemistry, Basic Concepts in Organic Chemistry and Stereochemistry, Organic Reaction Mechanism and Synthetic Applications, Qualitative Organic Analysis, Natural Products Chemistry, Periodic Table, Chemical Bonding and Shapes of Compounds, Main Group Elements (s and p blocks), Analytical Chemistry.
  2. Physics (PH): Mathematical Methods, Mechanics and General Properties of Matter, Oscillations, Waves and Optics, Kinetic theory, Thermodynamics, Electricity and Magnetism, Modern Physics, Simple Oscillators, Solid State Physics, Devices, and Electronics
  3. Geology (GG): Geomorphology, The Planet Earth, Structural Geology, Stratigraphy, Palaeontology, Mineralogy, Economic Geology, Petrology, Applied Geology
  4. Mathematics (MA): Functions of Two Real Variables, Sequences and Series of Real Numbers, Differential Equations, Group Theory, Vector Calculus, Linear Algebra, Real Analysis
  5. Mathematical Statistics (MS):  The weightage of the test paper will be as follows: Mathematics (40% weightage) and Statistics (60% weightage).
  • Mathematics: Differential Calculus, Sequences and Series, Integral Calculus, Differential Equations, Matrices
  • Statistics: Random Variables, Probability, Standard Distributions, Sampling distributions, Joint Distributions, Estimation, Testing of Hypotheses

Admissions to total of 1700 seats (approx.) will be offered on the basis of All-India merit list of JAM 2018. The merit list will be based on IIT JAM 2018 result which will be announced in last week of March 2018.  After JAM 2018 results are announced, a qualified candidate will have to apply ONLINE only using the prescribed Admission Form available at website.



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