How to prepare for JAM Chemistry 2021 - Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore has announced the dates for JAM 2021 examination. The national level entrance examination for admission to MSc and above post graduation programme in IITs and IISc Bangalore will be conducted on February 14. With just six months remaining for the examination, JAM aspirants must pull their socks now and start preparing for the examination. The candidates who will be appearing for IIT JAM 2021 Chemistry test paper are advised to read the complete syllabus and check all the units and topics covered to form a timetable for JAM 20221 Chemistry preparation. Practicing previous year question papers and mock tests will provide an upper edge to the aspirants in the preparation of JAM 2021. One must allot an equal amount of time to all the three important components of syllabus for JAM 2021 Chemistry preparation.i.e, Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry. How to prepare for JAM Chemistry 2021 will help students to prepare a strategy for the entrance examination of IIT JAM 2021 and give details such as tips and tricks, syllabus, exam pattern, reference books and cut off marks.

How to prepare for JAM Chemistry 2021 - Syllabus

Candidates must go through the syllabus of IIT JAM 2021 Chemistry to get details about the important topics and units covered in the examination. JAM syllabus 2021 for Chemistry will help students in preparing a study timetable. JAM 2021 syllabus is divided into three parts, Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry

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Physical Chemistry

Basic Mathematical Concepts

Functions, Maxima and Minima, Integrals, Ordinary Differential Equations, Vectors and Matrices, Determinants, Elementary Statistics and Probability Theory

Atomic and Molecular Structure

Fundamental 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 Gases

Equation of State for Ideal and Non-Ideal (Van Der Waals) Gases, Kinetic Theory of Gases, Maxwell-Boltzmann Distribution Law, Equipartition of Energy.

Solid state

Crystals and 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 Thermodynamics

Reversible and Irreversible Processes, First Law and Its Application to Ideal and Nonideal Gases, Thermochemistry, Second Law, Entropy and Free Energy, Criteria for Spontaneity.

Chemical and Phase Equilibria

Law 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


Conductance and its Applications, Transport Number, Galvanic cells, EMF and Free Energy, Concentration Cells with and without Transport, Polarography, Concentration cells with and without Transport, Debye-Huckel-Onsager Theory of Strong Electrolytes, Chemical Kinetics, Reactions of Various Order, Arrhenius Equation, Collision Theory, Transition State Theory, Chain Reactions – Normal and Branched, Enzyme Kinetics, Photochemical Processes, Catalysis.


Gibbs Adsorption Equation, Adsorption Isotherm, Types of Adsorption, Surface Area of Adsorbents, Surface Films on Liquids.


Beer-Lambert Law, Fundamental Concepts of Rotational, Vibrational, Electronic and Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy.

Organic Chemistry

Basic Concepts in Organic Chemistry and Stereochemistry

Electronic Effects (Resonance, Inductive, Hyperconjugation) and Steric Effects and its Applications (Acid/Base Property), Optical Isomerism in Compounds with and without any Stereocenters (Allenes, Biphenyls), Conformation of Acyclic Systems (Substituted Ethane/n-Propane/n-Butane) and Cyclic Systems (Mono- and Di-Substituted Cyclohexanes).

Organic Reaction Mechanism and Synthetic Applications

Dozens Reaction, Wittig Reaction and McMurry Reaction, Pinacol-Pinacolone, Favorskii, Benzilic Acid Rearrangement, Dienone-Phenol Rearrangement, Baeyer-Villeger Reaction, Oxidation and Reduction Reactions in Organic Chemistry, Organometallic Reagents in Organic Synthesis (Grignard, Organolithium and Organocopper), Diels-Alder, Electrocyclic and Sigmatropic Reactions, Functional Group Inter-Conversions and Structural Problems using Chemical Reactions, Chemistry of Reactive Intermediates (Carbocations, Carbanions, Free Radicals, Carbenes, Nitrenes, Benzynes etc…), Hofmann-Curtius-Lossen Rearrangement, Wolff Rearrangement, Simmons-Smith Reaction, Reimer-Tiemann Reaction, Michael Reaction.

Qualitative Organic Analysis

Identification of Functional Groups by Chemical Tests, Elementary UV, IR and 1H NMR Spectroscopic Techniques as Tools for Structural Elucidation

Natural Products Chemistry

Chemistry of Alkaloids, steroids, Terpenes, Carbohydrates, Amino Acids, Peptides and Nucleic Acids.

Aromatic and Heterocyclic Chemistry

Monocyclic, Bicyclic and Tricyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons, and Monocyclic Compounds with One Hetero Atom, Synthesis, Reactivity and Properties.

Inorganic Chemistry

Periodic Table

Periodic Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties, General Methods of Isolation and Purification of Elements, Chemical Bonding and Shapes of Compounds, Types 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)

General concepts on Group Relationships and Gradation in Properties, Structure of Electron Deficient Compounds involving Main Group Elements

Transition Metals (d block)

Characteristics of 3d Elements, Oxide, Hydroxide and Salts of First Row Metals, Coordination Complexes, Structure, Isomerism, Reaction Mechanism and Electronic Spectra, VB, MO and Crystal Field Theoretical Approaches for Structure, Color and Magnetic Properties of Metal Complexes, Organometallic Compounds having Ligands with Back Bonding Capabilities such as Metal Carbonyls, Carbenes, Nitrosyls and Metallocenes, Homogeneous Catalysis.

Bioinorganic Chemistry

Essentials and Trace Elements of Life, Basic Reactions in Biological Systems and the Role of Metal Ions, especially Fe2+, Fe3+, Cu2+ and Zn2+, Structure and Function of Hemoglobin and Myoglobin and Carbonic Anhydrase.

Instrumental Methods of Analysis

Essentials and Trace Elements of Life, Basic Reactions in Biological Systems and the Role of Metal Ions, especially Fe2+, Fe3+, Cu2+ and Zn2+, Structure and Function of Hemoglobin and Myoglobin and Carbonic Anhydrase.

Analytical Chemistry

Principles of Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis, Acid-Base, Oxidation-Reduction and Complexometric Titrations using EDTA, Precipitation Reactions, Use of Indicators, Use of Organic Reagents in Inorganic Analysis, Radioactivity, Nuclear Reactions, Applications of Isotopes.

Best Books for IIT JAM Chemistry 2021 Preparation

Books and Authors
Physical Chemistry
Theory of Gases
Physical Chemistry–Puri, Sharma, Pathania

Atomic and Molecular Structure
Physical Chemistry–Peter W. Atkins
Chemical and Phase Equilibria

Principals of Chemical Equilibrium & Phase Rule–K.G. Denbigh
Phase Rule–Gurdeep Raj
Basic Mathematical Concepts
Differential Equation & Matrices–Shanti Narayan
Engineering Mathematics–B.S. Grewal
Chemical Thermodynamics
Physical Chemistry–Thomas Engel & Phillip Reid
Basic Physical Chemistry–Peter W. Atkins
Surface Chemistry–A. Goel
Introduction to Surface Chemistry & Catalysis–Gabor A. Somorjai
An Introduction to Electrochemistry–Samuel Glasstone
Electrochemistry–Philip H. Rieger
A textbook of Physical Chemistry (Vol-III)-K. L. Kapoor
Chemical Kinetics
Chemical Kinetics–Keith J. Laidler
Physical Chemistry–Thomas Engel & Phillip Reid
A text book of Physical Chemistry (Vol-V)-K. L. Kapoor
Solid state
Solid State–Peter W. Atkins
Solid State Physics–R.K. Puri & V.K.Babbar
Organic Chemistry
Basic Concepts in Organic Chemistry and Stereochemistry
Stereochemistry Conformation and Mechanism-P.S. Kalsi
Stereochemistry of Organic Compound-E. L. Eliel
Organic Chemistry (Vol-I)-I. L. Finar
Heterocyclic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry (Vol-I)-I. L. Finar
Natural Products Chemistry
Organic Chemistry (Vol-II)-I. L. Finar
Organic Reaction Mechanism and Synthetic Applications
Organic Chemistry-Clayden, Greeves, Warner and Wothers
Organic Chemistry-T.W. Graham Solomons
Organic Chemistry-Morrison & Boyd
Qualitative Organic Analysis
Qualitative organic Analysis
Qualitative Organic Analysis-A. I. Vogel
Inorganic Chemistry
Chemical Bonding and Shapes of Compounds
Inorganic Chemistry-J. E. Huheey
Inorganic Chemistry-Miessler & Tarr
Analytical Chemistry
Quantitative Inorganic Analysis-A. I. Vogel
Bioinorganic Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry–Shriver & Atkins
Inorganic Chemistry–James E. Huheey, E.A. Keiter, R. L. Keiter, O. K. Medhi
Instrumental Methods of Analysis
Instrumental method-Skoog, Holler & Crouch
Periodic Table
Concise Inorganic Chemistry-J. D. Lee
Basic Inorganic Chemistry-F. A. Cotton & Wilkinson
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-Miessler & Tarr

IIT JAM Chemistry Sample Papers 2021

The sample papers of IIT JAM 2021 Chemistry contain the previous year question papers of the test paper. JAM aspirants must start practicing the sample papers of IIT JAM after covering all the important topics and units covered in the examination. After solving the JAM 2021 sample papers, candidates will get familiar with the question paper and other different components of the examination. The sample papers of JAM 2021 Chemistry will help candidates to know the important topics depending upon the last few year questions. It will also increase the efficiency of the students and they will be able to manage their time properly on the day of the examination.

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IIT JAM Chemistry Cut Off - Previous Years

The cut off of IIT JAM Chemistry 2021 is the minimum marks a candidate must obtain to qualify the entrance examination. Aspirants must check the previous year's cut off marks, to know the last few years qualifying marks required for JAM 2021 Chemistry examination, With the help of JAM cutoff 2021 Chemistry candidates will get an idea about the marks they need to score to qualify the entrance examination. The cut off of JAM Chemistry is different for various test papers and categories of the students.

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IIT JAM Chemistry Exam Pattern 2021

IIT JAM 2021 Chemistry mentions the details about the question paper such as marking scheme, marks distribution, duration of the examination, type of question and total number of questions. The question paper of IIT JAM Chemistry 2021 will be divided into three sections.i.e, A, B and C. The question paper consists of Multiple Choice Questions, Multiple Select Questions and Numerical Answer Type Question. Candidates must check the exam pattern of IIT JAM Chemistry 2021 before preparing the examination.

IIT JAM Chemistry Exam Pattern


Section A

Section B

Section C


Three hours

Total Marks


Number of Questions




Types of Question

Multiple Choice

Multiple Choice

No options will be displayed


10 questions - 1 mark

20 questions - 2 marks

2 marks for each question

10 questions - 1 marks

10 questions - 2 marks

Negative Marking

1/3 rd marks will be deducted for each questions carrying one mark

2/ 3 rd marks will be deducted for each questions carrying two marks

No negative marking

No negative marking

Mode of Exam




Tips and Tricks for IIT JAM 2021 Chemistry Preparation

  • A proper strategy should be built for the preparation of IIT JAM 2021 Chemistry examination.

  • Always start the preparation by checking the syllabus and exam pattern of the test paper.

  • Design a timetable covering all the topics and units, providing sufficient time to each component of syllabus.i.e, Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry.

  • Refer to the best books available for covering the units of JAM 2021 syllabus.

  • Prepare short and long notes while covering the syllabus.

  • Practice sample papers and mock tests to understand the important topics and to check their preparation level.

  • After completing the complete syllabus, revise all the topics. Revision helps students in remembering things, which turns out to be very beneficial on the day of the examination.

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what are minimum Marks in iit jam to get IIT in mathematics

Sonali Sahu Student Expert 24th Sep, 2020


if you don't have reservation category then your rank has to be below 100 to get top IIT campus.

if you have single reservation category then closing cutoff rank will be 1000-1500.

if you have combo  reservation category like OBC-NCL -PwD or ST-PWD or SC-PWD then maximum rank cutoff will go upto 5k.

in terms of marks, you have to score 90% of total marks to get top 100 rank and get into best campus.

do study hard and practice well. Don't worry about marks. if you give your best in practice, you can make out to best.

for previous year cutoff for different IIT campus, please visit the link :- https://cache.careers360.mobi/media/uploads/froala_editor/files/JAM2020_cutoffRound1_DXckvvO.pdf

Hope it helps!


i am a student of BA(arts) geography hons.and had don emy 12th from pcm stream. i want to do masters in geology through iit jam.i have read eligliblity criteria and they are asking for a bsc. degree.i want to know is there any other provision through which i can be allowed to the masters from iit

ambika7ashok 23rd Sep, 2020

Hello Vinod,

Unfortunately since you are a BA student and the institute you are talking about is IIT, as you have already seen the eligibility is Geology for three years/six semesters and any two subjects amongst Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biological Science. Hence I am afraid there is no other way to join the course ,you may have to do BSc degree in Geology.Most of the other universities like Jadavpur University, Andhra University, Anna University etc have mentioned eligibility criteria as BSc in Geology or equivalent.Hence you may have to check with the respective department whether BA in Geography is accepted for the MSc programme. However there is one option for you which is integrated MSc Geology in IIT. Its a 5 year course though.

Hope it helps.


suggest me some of the books for iit jam for bsc physics

Prashant Chaudhary 23rd Sep, 2020


To prepare for IIT JAM, you can go through these books:

Introduction to Mathematical Methods in Physics – Mary L. Boas

Concepts of Physics by H.C. Verma

Physics of Waves and Oscillations by N.K. Bajaj

Introduction to Electrodynamics by David J. Griffiths

Fundamentals of Statistical Mechanics and Thermal Physics by F. Reif.

Electronic devices and circuit theory by Boylestad and Nashelsky.

Thank you.


suggest me some of the best book for iit jam

anirudha vats 23rd Sep, 2020


You need to be more specific regarding your concern as in for which course subject you are applying for. As far as Biotechnology is concerned, you can go through the Pathfinder book for life sciences. It's an amazing set of books that are highly good for competitive.

If you want to know for sone other course do let me know.

All the best.

Thank you.


Chem academy study material is enough for iit jam chemistry? Can someone please review it??

Raychel 24th Sep, 2020

Dear Applicant,

Yes, is is more than enough, ie. If you are applying for masters degree in chemistry the full portion from semester 1 till semester 6 of bachelor's is enough but if needed based on those topic you can go more in depth by reading more books. This will help you to get a grab alot of knowledge

Best wishes ans answere well !!

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