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IIT JAM Chemistry 2017

Last Updated - March 16, 2017

IIT JAM 2017 is national level exam conducted by various IISC or IIT rotationally. IIT JAM Exam is held for providing admission in M.Sc. (2 years), M.Sc. PhD, Joint M.Sc.+ PhD, M.Sc.-M. Tech and other Post-Bachelor Degree Programs. IIT JAM 2017 will be conducted on February 12, 2017, by IIT Delhi.

IIT JAM Chemistry Exam is scheduled on Session II (2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.). M.Sc. Chemistry applicants who have applied to avail admissions need to start their preparation in a serious and intense manner.

IIT JAM Chemistry 2017 Syllabus

It is very important for a candidate to know the IIT JAM Chemistry 2017 Syllabus to prepare well for the exam and score good marks. The chemistry paper is divided into 3 parts- Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry.

Physical Chemistry

The syllabus for physical chemistry is given below

TopicsSub Topics
Basic Mathematical ConceptsFunctions, Maxima and Minima, Integrals, Ordinary Differential Equations, Vectors and Matrices, Determinants, Elementary Statistics and Probability Theory
Atomic and Molecular StructureFundamental particles, Bohr’s theory of Hydrogen-like atom; Wave-particle Duality; Uncertainty principle; Schrödinger’s wave equation; Quantum numbers, Shapes of orbitals; Hund’s rule and Pauli’s exclusion principle, electronic Configuration of Simple homonuclear diatomic molecules
Theory of GasesEquation of State of Ideal and non-ideal (van der Waals) Gases, Kinetic theory of Gases, Maxwell-Boltzmann Distribution Law; Equipartition of Energy
Solid StateCrystals, crystal systems, X-rays, NaCl and KCl structures, Close packing, Atomic and Ionic radii, Radius Ratio rules, Lattice energy, Born-Haber cycle, Isomorphism, Heat capacity of solids.
Chemical ThermodynamicsReversible and irreversible processes; First law and its application to ideal and non-ideal gases; Thermochemistry; Second law; Entropy and free energy, Criteria for spontaneity.
Chemical and Phase EquilibriaLaw of Mass action; Kp, Kc, Kx and Kn; Effect of temperature on K; Ionic equilibria in solutions; pH and buffer solutions; Hydrolysis; Solubility product; Phase equilibria–Phase rule and its application to One-component and two-component systems; Colligative properties.
ElectrochemistryConductance and its applications; Transport number; Galvanic cells; EMF and Free energy; Concentration cells with and without transport; Polarography; Concentration cells with and without transport; Debey-Huckel-Onsagar theory of strong electrolytes.
Chemical KineticsReactions of various order, Arrhenius equation, Collision theory; Theory of absolute reaction rate; Chain reactions – Normal and branched chain reactions; Enzyme kinetics; Photochemical processes; Catalysis.
AdsorptionGibbs adsorption equation, Adsorption Isotherm, Types of adsorption, Surface area of adsorbents, Surface films on liquids.

Organic Chemistry

The syllabus for organic chemistry is given below

TopicsSub Topics
Basic Concepts in Organic Chemistry and StereochemistryElectronic effect (resonance, inductive, hyper conjugation) and Steric effects and its applications (acid/base property). Optical Isomerism in compounds without any Stereocenter (Allenes, biphenyls); Conformation of acyclic systems (substituted ethane/n-propane/n-butane) and Cyclic systems (mono and disubstituted cycle-hexanes).
Organic Reaction Mechanism and Synthetic ApplicationsChemistry Reactive intermediates; Carbine; Nitrene; Benzyne, Hofmann-Curtius-Lossen rearrangement, Wolf rearrangement, Simmons-Smith reaction, Reimer-Tiemann reaction, Michael reaction, Darzens reaction, Witting reaction, McMurry reaction; Pinacol-pinacolone; Favorskii, Benzoic Acid rearrangement, Dienonc-phenol rearrangement, Bayer-Villeger reaction, Oxidation and reduction reactions in organic chemistry, Organometallic Reagents in organic synthesis (Grignard and organocopper), Diels-Alder reaction, Sigmatropic reactions
Qualitative Organic AnalysisFunctional group interconversions, Structural problems using Chemical reactions, Identification of functional groups by chemical tests, Elementary 1H NMR and IR spectroscopy as a tool for Structural Elucidation
Natural Products ChemistryIntroductory chemistry of Alkaloids, Terpenes, Carbohydrates, Amino acids, Peptides and Nucleic acids
Heterocyclic ChemistryMonocyclic compounds with one hetero atom.

Inorganic Chemistry

The syllabus for Inorganic chemistry is given below

TopicsSub Topics
Periodic TablePeriodic classification of elements and Periodicity in properties; General methods of isolation and purification of elements
Chemical Bonding and Shapes of CompoundsTypes of bonding; VSEPR theory and shapes of molecules; Hybridization; Dipole moment; Ionic solids; Structure of NaCl, CsCl, Diamond and Graphite; Lattice energy.
Main Group Elements (s and p blocks)Chemistry with emphasis on group relationship and gradation in properties; Structure of electron deficient compounds of main group elements and application of main group elements.
Transition Metals (d block)Characteristics of 3d elements; Oxide, Hydroxide and salts of first row metals; Coordination complexes; VB and Crystal Field theoretical approaches for structure, Colour and Magnetic properties of metal complexes; Organometallic compounds, Metal carnonyls, Nitrosyls and Metallocenes, Ligands with back bonding capabilities; MO theory approaches to explain bonding in metal-carbonyl, Metal-nitrosyl and Metalphosphine complexes.
Bio-inorganic ChemistryEssentials and Trace elements of life, Basic reactions in the biological systems and the role of metal ions especially Fe2+, Fe3+, Cu2+ and Zn2+, Function of haemoglobin and myoglobin
Instrumental Methods of AnalysisBasic principles, Instrumentations and simple applications of Conductometry, Potentiometry, UV-vis spectrophotometry, Analysis of water, air and soil samples.
Analytical ChemistryPrinciples of qualitative and quantitative analysis; Acid-Base, oxidation-reduction and EDTA and precipitation reactions; Use of indicators; Use of organic reagents in inorganic analysis; Radioactivity; Nuclear reactions; Applications of isotopes

IIT JAM Chemistry 2017 Section-Wise Weightage

IIT JAM Chemistry Paper is of 100 marks and has the total of 60 questions. The entire paper will be divided into three Sections A, B, C. All sections will be Compulsory.

Section A contains Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) with only 1 correct answer. This Section contains 30 MCQs and total weightage in this section is 50 Marks. Question 1-10 carry 1 marks each and Question 11-30 carry 2 marks each. For every wrong answer of 1 marks question, 1/3 marks will be deducted and for every wrong answer of 2 marks question, 2/3 marks will be deducted

Section B contains Multiple Select Questions (MSQs) with one or more correct answer(s) from the given four options. This Section contains 10 MSQs and total weightage in this section is 20 Marks with each question carrying 2 marks. A candidate will get full marks only if he/she selects all the correct choices and no wrong choices. There is no Negative marking in this section.

Section C contains Numerical Answer Type(NAT)questions. In this section, the candidate has to solve the NAT questions and enter the answer using a virtual numerical keypad. This Section contains 30 MCQs and total weightage in this section is 30 Marks. Question 1-10 carry 1 marks each and Question 11-20 carry 2 marks each. There is no Negative marking.

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IIT JAM Chemistry 2017 Cutoff

Given Below is Category Wise Cut off for IIT JAM 2016 Chemistry Exam:


IIT JAM Chemistry 2017 Preparation Books

To prepare for an exam, books are the best source but, a candidate often faces plenty of problems to choose the right book. To lighten candidates’ burden, all the books mentioned below are chosen after careful research.

The following books are generally recommended for the JAM 2016 Chemistry applicants. These books are detailed in the topics from the syllabus and cover each and every aspect.

Physical Chemistry

The preparation books for Physical Chemistry are given in the following table:-

TopicsBooks and Authors
Basic Mathematical ConceptsDifferential Equation & Matrices–Shanti Narayan, Engineering Mathematics–B.S. Grewal
Atomic and Molecular Structure Theory of GasesPhysical Chemistry–Peter W. Atkins, Physical Chemistry–Puri, Sharma, Pathania
Solid StateSolid State–Peter W. Atkins, Solid State Physics – R.K. Puri & V.K.Babbar
Chemical ThermodynamicsPhysical Chemistry–Thomas Engel & Phillip Reid, Basic Physical Chemistry–Peter W. Atkins
Chemical and Phase EquilibriaPrincipals of Chemical Equilibrium & Phase Rule –K.G. Denbigh, Phase Rule –Gurdeep Raj
ElectrochemistryAn Introduction to Electrochemistry–Samuel Glasstone, Electrochemistry–Philip H. Rieger, A text book of Physical Chemistry (Vol-III)- K. L. Kapoor
Chemical KineticsChemical Kinetics – Keith J. Laidler, Physical Chemistry– Thomas Engel & Phillip Reid, A text book of Physical Chemistry (Vol-V)- K. L. Kapoor
AdsorptionSurface Chemistry –A. Goel, Introduction to Surface Chemistry & Catalysis – Gabor A. Somorjai

Organic Chemistry

The preparation books for Organic Chemistry are given in the following table:-

TopicsBooks and Authors
Basic Concepts in Organic Chemistry and StereochemistryStereochemistry Conformation and Mechanism-P.S. Kalsi, Stereochemistry of Organic Compound - E. L. Eliel, Organic Chemistry (Vol-I) - I. L. Finar.
Organic Reaction Mechanism and Synthetic ApplicationsOrganic Chemistry-Clayden, Greeves, Warner and Wothers, Organic Chemistry- T.W. Graham Solomons, Organic Chemistry -Morrison & Boyd.
Natural Products ChemistryOrganic Chemistry (Vol-II) - I. L. Finar
Heterocyclic ChemistryOrganic Chemistry (Vol-I) - I. L. Finar
Qualitative Organic AnalysisQualitative organic Analysis, Qualitative Organic Analysis - A. I. Vogel

Inorganic Chemistry

The preparation books for Inorganic Chemistry are given in the following table:-

TopicsBooks and Authors
Periodic TableConcise Inorganic Chemistry - J. D. Lee, Basic Inorganic Chemistry -F. A. Cotton & Wilkinson
Chemical Bonding and Shapes of CompoundsInorganic Chemistry - J. E. Huheey, Inorganic Chemistry - Meissler & Tarr
Main Group Elements (s and p blocks)Concise Inorganic Chemistry - J. D. Lee
Transition Metals (d block)Concise Inorganic Chemistry - J. D. Lee, Inorganic Chemistry -Meissler & Tarr
Bioinorganic ChemistryInorganic Chemistry – Shriver & Atkins, Inorganic Chemistry – James E. Huheey, E.A. Keiter, R. L. Keiter, O. K. Medhi
Instrumental Methods of AnalysisInstrumental method - Skoog, Holler & Crouch
Analytical ChemistryQuantitative Inorganic Analysis - A. I. Vogel

IIT JAM Chemistry Online resources

In this digitalize generation many of candidates prefer preparing online, there are several websites which provide aspirants with study materials and mock tests to prepare well for the different competitive examination. Most of the online study materials are not free. Coaching institutes like Pro GATE provide Distance Learning courses and Mock series for IIT JAM Chemistry syllabus.

Websites like provide chapter wise description and preparation test as well as Mock tests. YouTube also has many videos for candidates to make them grasp any topics quickly.

Here are some of the websites for IIT JAM 2017 Chemistry Preparation and resources:


IIT JAM Chemistry 2017 Preparation Tips

Focusing on the preparation and preparing well keeping the JAM Chemistry syllabus as the base would help the candidate save time as well as has his/her attention on the important topics.

One of the important steps toward a preparation is to identify the subjects of your interests and weaknesses and make an individual strategy for them.

Here are few basic exam preparation tips which may be helpful for candidate appearing for IIT JAM Chemistry 2017 Exam: -

  • Guidance and Mentorship - As Candidates are required to give your best in the limited time. They may face problems while going through different subject areas. A coaching institute, an experienced guide or a mentor will help a candidate a lot of the preparation. Coaching institutes provide applicants with study materials, preparation tests and doubt analysis for strong and weak areas, which will help them deciding their approach towards each section of the subject.
  • Prepare a timetable that takes the JAM 2017 syllabus topic wise and set a time schedule to study each one.
  • Once a topic is done, it is advisable to take a test in the same and analyze the preparation performance. Candidates can learn from their mistakes and they will know where they stand to improve their performance
  • It is important to study smartly and this can only be with a thoroughly planned preparation that involves determination and sincerity.
  • Time Management and Practice - IIT JAM is a Computer based Online test. A total of 60 questions has to be attempted in 3 hours. It is advisable to candidates to take topic-wise mock tests and practice several mock papers and previous year papers, in order to get familiar with the pattern that is followed for IIT JAM Chemistry.
  • Managing time during preparation and during exam plays a very crucial role. Do not waste time on questions you don't understand, move on to next question.
  • Prepare short notes while studying each topic such that the important points are noted in there. This will be useful for quick revision before the exams.
  • Treat every practice and Mock test as the actual exam. You can plan your exam strategy this way and by the time you appear for the actual exam.



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