IIT JAM 2019 Exam Pattern

Abhik Das Updated On: 04 Apr, 2019 13:08 IST

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IIT JAM 2019 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 2019 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 2019 for details. IIT JAM 2019 is divided into two sessions which will be held from 9 am and 2 pm respectively.

Highlights of IIT JAM 2019 Exam Pattern



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 Description of IIT JAM 2019 Exam Pattern 

  • IIT JAM is a Computer-based exam (CBT) and the language of the exam is English.

  • There are seven objective-type test papers in IIT JAM, i.e 

    • Chemistry (CY),

    • Physics (PH),

    • Mathematics (MA),

    • Geology (GG),

    • Biological Sciences (BL),

    • Mathematical Statistics (MS),

    • Biotechnology (BT).

  • The total duration of exam will be 180 minutes.

  • There will be 60 questions in total with 100 marks.

  • There are three sections in the exam – Section-A, Section-B, and Section-C.

    • Section: A: In this section, there are Multiple-Choice Questions(MCQs) with a total count of 30 in which 10 questions are of 1 mark each and remaining 20 questions are of 2 marks each

      • There are four options in each MCQ type question, out of which only one option is the correct answer. Candidates can mark the answer by clicking on the choice.

    • Section: B: In this section, there are total 10 Multiple Select Questions (MSQ) of 2 marks each.

      • The question of each MSQ type is similar to the MCQ, but with a difference that there may be one or more options which are correct from the four given options.

      • The candidate gets full credit only if he/she selects all the correct answers only and no wrong answers. Candidates can mark the answers by clicking the choices.

    • Section: C: In this section, there are 20 Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions in which there are 10 questions with 1 mark allocated to each and other 10 questions carrying 2 marks each.

      • 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.

  • In all sections, questions not attempted will result in zero marks. 

  • There is no negative marking in Section B and Section C. While in section A, for the 1 mark question, 1/3 of marks will be deducted for a wrong answer and for a 2 marks questions, 2/3 marks will be deducted for each incorrect response.


  • Candidates must select the answer to the questions of MCQ and MSQ type using the mouse. Answers for NAT questions can be recorded using 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 2019 Exam Pattern



Number of Questions

Total Marks






3 Hours












Timing and Sessions of IIT JAM 2019 Exam




 Biological Sciences (BL)

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Session I

Mathematics (MA)

Physics (PH)

Chemistry (CY)

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Session II

Geology (GG)

Mathematical Statistics (MS)

Biotechnology (BT)

IIT JAM Marking Scheme 2019

Each paper in IIT JAM 2019 will contain total 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 maximise 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 total 10 questions

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

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