IIT JAM Exam Pattern 2021

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IIT JAM 2021 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 2021 states the number of questions, total marks and the sections and the duration for each subject. 

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Highlights of IIT JAM Exam PatternIIT JAM Section Wise Exam Pattern
IIT JAM Section Wise Marks DistributionIIT JAM Exam Day Schedule
IIT JAM Marking Scheme-

Highlights of IIT JAM 2021 Exam Pattern

Here are the highlights of IIT JAM 2021 exam pattern which the applicants can follow before preparing for the entrance exam -

Particulars

Details

Mode of Examination

Online

Language of Question Paper

English

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 marks 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

IIT JAM 2021 Section Wise Exam Pattern

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.

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.

SectionType of QuestionsTotal No. of QuestionsMarking Scheme
Section AThis 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.This section will cater to 30 questions in the form of MCQOut of the 30 questions, 10 questions will be carrying 1 mark each and the rest 20 will carry 2 marks each.
Section BThis 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. There will be 10 questions in this section of the paper. All 10 questions will be MCQ type. Each of the 10 questions of this section carries 2 marks each. 
Section CThis 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 questionsThere will be 20 questions in this section.The 1st 10 questions will be for 1 mark each and the rest 10 questions for 2 marks each.

Note:

  • 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.

 

IIT JAM 2021 Section Wise Marks Distribution

The section-wise marks distribution for IIT JAM 2021 is as follows - 

Section

Category

Number of Questions

Total Marks

Duration

A

MCQs

30

50

3 Hours

B

MCQs

10

20

C

NAT

20

30

Total

60

100

IIT JAM 2021 Exam Day Schedule

Here we have the schedule of IIT JAM 2021 examination. All the aspiring applicants can follow this schedule for appearing in the examination. 

Papers

Timings

Session

Biotechnology

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Session I

Physics

Mathematical statistics (MS)

Mathematics

2:30 pm to 5:30 pm

 

Session II


 

Chemistry

Geology

IIT JAM 2021 Marking Scheme 2021

Each paper in IIT JAM 2021 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

10

1 Mark

1/3 Mark

20

2 Marks

2/3 Mark

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

Total Number of Questions

Correct Answer

Incorrect Answer

10

2 Marks

No Negative Marking

Section C: Out of the total 20 questions in which

Total Number of Questions

Correct Answer

Incorrect Answer

10

1 Mark

No Negative Marking

20

2 Marks

How to Answer Questions

The IIT JAM 2021 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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FAQs about IIT JAM Exam Pattern

What are the total marks for IIT JAM exam?

IIT JAM is conducted for a total of 100 marks.

Is there negative marking in IIT JAM?

For section A in IIT JAM, 1/3rd marks will be deduced for 2 marks questions. For section B and C, there is no negative marking.

How many marks will be awarded for correct answers in IIT JAM?

For section A in IIT JAM, 1 or 2 marks will be awarded for each correct answer and for B and C, 2 marks will be awarded for each correct answer.

What type of questions will be asked in IIT JAM?

For IIT JAM, section A will consist of MCQ questions, Section B will consist of MSQ questions and section C will consist of NAT questions.

How many questions are there in each section of IIT JAM?

There are 30 questions in Section A, 20 question in section B and 10 questions for Section C in IIT JAM.

Which sections are there in the IIT JAM exam?

There are three sections in the IIT JAM exam: Section A, B and C.

How many questions are there for IIT JAM exam?

There are a total of 60 questions in IIT JAM.

What is the total duration for the IIT JAM exam?

IIT JAM is conducted for a total of 3 hours duration.

What is the medium of language for IIT JAM exam?

IIT JAM is conducted in English medium.

IIT JAM is conducted in which mode?

IIT JAM is conducted in the online mode.

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