IIT JAM 2019 Exam Pattern

Nupur Kaushik Updated On: 20 Aug, 2019 13:06 IST

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IIT JAM 2020 Exam Pattern

Having a complete understanding of IIT JAM Exam Pattern and IIT JAM Syllabus is the first step to kickstart your preparation for the exam. IIT JAM is one of the most popular and premier entrance exams conducted in India for admission to M.Sc programme. Desirous candidates can also take admission in Integrated M.Sc and other postgraduate science programmes offered by IITs, IISc and other institutes through IIT JAM exam. Joint Admission Test (IIT JAM) will be conducted in computer-based mode (online).

The exam pattern of IIT JAM 2020 states the number of questions, total marks and the sections and the duration for each subject. Candidates can check here the IIT JAM exam pattern 2020 for details. IIT JAM 2020 is divided into two sessions which will be held within 3-hour duration.

New Changes Brought in IIT JAM 2020 

Candidates appearing for IIT JAM 2020 must note that from this year onwards, the biological science paper has been discontinued and IIT JAM 2020 will be conducted for six subjects.

Highlights of IIT JAM 2020 Exam Pattern

Here are the highlights of IIT JAM 2020 exam pattern which the applicants can follow before preparing for the IIT JAM 2020 examination.



Mode of Examination


Language of Question Paper


Duration of Exam

3 Hours

Number of Sections

3 Sections: -Section A, Section B, Section c

Total Number of Questions

60 Questions

Total Marks

100 Marks

Type of Question

Section A:- MCQs

Section B:- MSQ

Section C:- NAT

Number of Questions in Section-wise

Section A:- 30

Section B:- 10

Section C: 20

Marking Scheme

For Every Correct Answer

Section A:- 1 or 2 mark for each question

Section B & C: 2 marks for each question

For Every Incorrect Answer

Section A:- 1/3 of marks will be deducted and for 2 marks questions, 2/3 marks will be deducted

Section B & C: No Negative Marking

Detailed Exam Pattern of IIT JAM 2020 

IIT JAM is a Computer-based exam and the mode of the language used in the examination is English. There are six objective-type test papers in IIT JAM, i.e Chemistry (CY), Physics (PH), Mathematics (MA), Geology (GG), Mathematical Statistics (MS), and Biotechnology (BT). The IIT JAM is conducted for a total duration of 180 minutes. There will be 60 questions carrying 100 marks.

IIT JAM 2020 Section-Wise Exam Pattern 

There are three sections in the IIT JAM exam – Section-A, Section-B, and Section-C. There is no negative marking in Section B and Section C. While in section A, for all 1 mark question, 1/3 of marks will be deducted for a wrong answer and for all 2 marks questions, 2/3 marks will be deducted for each incorrect response. In all sections, questions not attempted will result in zero marks.

Section A: 

Type of Question:  This section comprises of Multiple Choice Based Questions. There are four options for each of the MCQ type questions, out of which only one option is the correct answer. Candidates can mark the answer by clicking on the choice.

Total Number of Questions: This section will cater to 30 questions in the form of MCQ

Marking Scheme: Out of the 30 questions, 10 questions will be carrying 1 mark each and the rest 20 will carry 2 marks each.

Section B: 

Type of Questions: This section comprises of MSQ type questions which are similar to MCQ type of questions. In MSQ there are not 4 options only, there are often more than 4 options in MSQ type question. In such questions, the number of correct answers can be more than one. If the candidate is successful at choosing all the correct options then he/she would get the full credit for answering the question. But if the candidate is able to to choose only a few of them then they would be partially credited. 

Total Number of Questions: There will be 10 questions in this section of the paper. All 10 questions will be MCQ type. 

Marking Scheme: Each of the 10 questions of this section carries 2 marks each. 

Section C: 

Type of Questions: This section is mainly of Numerical Answer Type Questions. The answer in NAT questions is a signed real number, which must be recorded on the monitor using the Virtual numeric keypad. No option will be shown for these types of questions

Total Number of Questions: There will be 20 questions in this section.

Marking Scheme: The 1st 10 questions will be for 1 mark each and the rest 10 questions for 2 marks each.


  • Candidates must select the answer to the questions of MCQ type using the mouse. Answers for NAT questions can be recorded using the virtual numeric keypad (computer keyboard will be disabled).

  • There is a provision of using an online virtual calculator and hence, the candidates should not bring any calculator with them.

Section-wise IIT JAM 2020 Exam Pattern

Apart from the Detailed Exam Pattern of IIT JAM 2020 and Section-Wise Exam Pattern of IIT JAM 2020, we also have a subject-wise exam pattern for IIT JAM 2020. Candidates can have a quick glance at the Subject-wise exam pattern of IIT JAM 2020.



Number of Questions

Total Marks






3 Hours












IIT JAM 2020 Exam Day Schedule 

Here we have the schedule of IIT JAM 2020 examination. All the aspiring applicants can follow this schedule for appearing in the examination. 





9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Session I


Mathematical statistics (MS)


2:30 pm to 5:30 pm


Session II




IIT JAM Marking Scheme 2020

Each paper in IIT JAM 2020 will contain a total of 60 questions divided into three sections which will carry 100 marks. Candidates must also be aware of the IIT JAM marking scheme in order to maximize their IIT JAM scores:

Section A: Out of the total 30 questions in which

Total Number of Questions

Correct Answer

Incorrect Answer


1 Mark

1/3 Mark


2 Marks

2/3 Mark

Section B: There are a total of 10 questions in which 

Total Number of Questions

Correct Answer

Incorrect Answer


2 Marks

No Negative Marking

Section C: Out of the total 20 questions in which

Total Number of Questions

Correct Answer

Incorrect Answer


1 Mark

No Negative Marking


2 Marks

How to Answer Questions

The IIT JAM 2020 has three types of questions, they are the MCQ type, MSQ type and NAT type. All these are answered in a different way and we have discussed that in details:

MCQ Type: MCQ type questions have four options and the candidate has to choose one of the given options as the correct option. 

MSQ Type: MSQ type questions have more than 4 options and candidates will have to choose more than one correct answer. If the candidate is able to choose all the correct options then he/ she will be credited with the full score. If he/she misses one of the options or if one of them is wrong then the candidate will be marked partially.

NAT Type: Numerical Answer Type Questions is a subjective type of question which can not be answered just by choosing the correct option. Candidates will have to write in order to answer this type of questions. 

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