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IIT JAM Physics

Last Updated - March 16, 2017

IIT JAM 2017 examination is conducted in two different time slots. In these two time- slots, seven test papers are conducted. They are Biological Sciences, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Mathematical Statistics, and Physics. IIT JAM Physics 2017 examination is conducted between the time slot of 9 AM to 12 Noon.

The time duration to complete the IIT JAM Physics examination is 3 hours. The IIT JAM Physics exam is divided into three sections, comprising of 30 Multiple Choice Questions, 10 Multiple Select Questions, and 20 Numerical Answer Type questions. The Examination is conducted only through online mode.

IIT JAM 2017: Physics Syllabus

Before preparing for the IIT JAM Physics examination, candidates must first check the Physics syllabus. Candidate’s preparation for the examination will be unsuccessful if they don’t know about the syllabus and topics to prepare for. The following table shows the syllabus for IIT JAM Physics:

Mathematical MethodsCalculus of single and multiple variables, Partial derivatives, Jacobian imperfect and perfect differentials, Taylor expansion, Fourier series, Vector algebra, Vector calculus, Multiple integrals, Divergence theorem, Green’s theorem, Stoke’s theorem, First order equations and linear second order differential equations with constant coefficients, Matrices and determinants, Algebra of complex numbers
Mechanics and General Properties of MatterNewton’s law of motion and applications, Velocity and acceleration in Cartesian, Polar and cylindrical coordinate system, Uniformly rotating frame, Centrifugal and coriolis forces, Motion under a central force, Kepler’s law, Conservative and non-conservative forces, Gravitational law and field, Centre of mass, System of particles, Equation of motion of CM, Conservation of linear and angular momentum, Conservation of energy, Variable mass system, Elastic and inelastic collisions, Rigid body motion, Fixed axis rotations, Rotation and translation, Moments of inertia and products of inertia, Parallel and perpendicular axes theorem, Principal moments and axes, Kinematics of moving fluids, Equation of continuity, Euler’s equation, Bernoulli’s theorem
Oscillations, Waves and OpticsDifferential equation for simple harmonic oscillator and its general solutions, Superposition of two or more simple harmonic oscillators, Lissajous figures, Damped and forces oscillators, Resonance, Wave equation, Travelling and studying wave in one-dimension, Energy density and energy transmission in waves, Group velocity and phase velocity, Sound wave in media, Doppler effect, Fermat’s principal, General theory of image formation, Thick lens, thin lens and lens combination, Interference of light, optical path retardation, Fraunhofer diffraction, Rayleigh criterion and resolving power, Diffraction gratings Polarisation: linear, circular and elliptic polarisation, Double refraction and optical rotation
Electricity and MagnetismColumb’s law, Gauss’s law, Electric field and potential, Electrostatic boundary conditions, Solution of Laplace’s equation for simple cases, conductors, capacitors, dielectrics, dielectric polarization, volume and surface charges, electrostatic energy, Biot-Savart law, Ampere’s law, Faraday’s law of electromagnetic induction, self and mutual inductance, alternating currents, Simple DC and AC circuits with R,L, and C components, Displacement current, Maxwell’s equation and plane electromagnetic wave, Poyting’s theorem, reflection and refraction at a dielectric interface, transmission and reflection coefficients, Lorentz force and motion of charged particles in electric and magnetic fields
Kinetic Theory, ThermodynamicsElements of Kinetic theory of gases, velocity distribution and equipartition of energy, specific heat of Mono, di and triatomic gases, Ideal gas, van-dar-waals gas and equation of state, mean free path, Law of thermodynamics, Zeroth law and concept of thermal equilibrium, first law and its consequences, reversible and irreversible processes, second law and entropy, carnot cycle, Maxwell’s thermodynamic relations and simple applications, Thermodynamics potentials and their applications, Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein distributions.
Modern PhysicsInertial frames and Galilean invariance, postulates of special relativity, Lorentz transformations, Length contraction, Time dilation, relativistic velocity, Addition theorem, Mass energy equivalence, Blackbody radiation, Photoelectric effect, Compton effect, Bohr’s atomic model, X-rays, Wave particle duality, Reflection and transmission at a step potential, Mass and Binding energy, Law of radioactive decay
Solid State Physics, Devices and ElectronicsCrystal structure, X-ray diffraction, Miller indices, Intrinsic and extrinsic semiconductors, variation of resistivity with temperature, Fermi level, two stages R-C couples amplifiers, Boolean algebra, conversion from one system to another, truth tables and combination of gates
BJTCharacteristics in CB, CE, EE modes. Single stage amplifier
Simple OscillatorsOPAMP and applications, inverting and non-inverting amplifier
Boolean AlgebraLogic gates AND, OR, NOT, NAND, XOR and exclusive OR

IIT JAM 2017: Subject Weightage

Weightage helps candidate to know about the actual percentage of questions asked from the different subjects. The following table shows the weightage of different subjects:

SubjectWeightage Percentage

IIT JAM 2017: Physics Books

Books play an important role in preparation for IIT JAM 2017. Following table shows the topic-wise books names, useful for JAM 2017 Physics preparation.

TopicsBook nameAuthors name
Mathematical MethodsMathematical PhysicsH.K. Dass
Mathematical Methods for Physics & EngineeringRiley, Hobson, & Bence
Mathematical Methods in the Physical SciencesMarley L Boas
Mechanics and General Properties of MatterQuantum MechanicsZetili, Griffith, SchaumsSeries
Quantum MechanicsMC Jain
Classical MechanicsKepler or Berclays and HJ Pain
Oscillations, Waves and OpticsOpticsGhatak/ Brijlal and Subhramanyam
Electricity and MagnetismIntroduction to ElectrodynamicsDavid J. Griffiths
Electricity and MagnetismB. Ghosh
Kinetic theory, ThermodynamicsThermodynamicsZemanski Dittman, Saha Srivastava/ F.W. Sears and G.L. Salinger
Modern PhysicsMolecular and Atomic PhysicsRajkumar/ White
Solid State Physics, Devices and ElectronicsSolid State PhysicsKittel/ MA Omar/ White/ S.O. Pillai
Semiconductor and ElectronicsBoylested/ Gaekwad

IIT JAM Physics: Online Resources

Candidates of this generation prefer online preparation for any exam. There are various websites available which provide study materials, mock test and previous year papers so that candidates can prepare well. Mostly, the Physics syllabus for IIT JAM is similar to other examinations. For the clarity in concepts, candidates can watch videos and lectures from the below listed wesbite.


IIT JAM Physics Preparation

  • Firstly, candidates have to check the syllabus carefully so that they have an idea about the topics to be studied. Candidates are also advised to check the most important topics so that they can complete the syllabus within the time limit.
  • Candidate’s first start preparing with easy questions and then start to prepare difficult ones.
  • Candidates must practice on a daily basis because Physics section also contains numerical which are time-consuming and lengthy.
  • Candidates need to remember formulas to solve the numerical accurately and within specified time limit.
  • Candidates have to practice previous year questions paper so that they get an idea about the questions asked in the paper.
  • Candidates also practice mock tests so that they can recognise the area where they are lacking behind
  • It is also very important for a candidate to get relaxed at regular intervals with their hobbies like dancing, singing, walk, games etc.

IIT JAM 2017: Questions Papers

JAM sample paper and previous year papers help candidates to prepare well for the examination. Candidates can download the previous year papers and practise them. Candidates can download the previous year JAM physics papers from the following links.

JAM 2015Download
JAM 2014Download
JAM 2013Download

About IIT JAM 2017

JAM is also known as the “Joint Admission Test”, conducted for those candidates who are seeking admission in M.Sc and other Post-Bachelor Degree programmes in IIT’s. It is a national level examination conducted by IISC or IIT. Candidates are advised to check their eligibility criteria before applying for the examination.

The application form-filling process of IIT JAM2017 has now been closed. IIT JAM Admit card will be available from January 10, 2017 onwards. The JAM 2017 exam date is February 12, 2017. The result of IIT JAM 2017 will be declared on March 27, 2017.



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