How to prepare for JAM 2020 Geology
Updated on Aug 17, 2019 - 10:28 a.m. IST by Vishwas Garia

How to prepare for JAM 2020 Geology – As the exam conducting body of JAM 2020, IIT Kanpur has released the entrance exam dates, candidates aspiring for pursuing M.Sc Geology programmes from IIT's and IISc Bangalore must start their preparation. With the exam inching closer everyday candidates will have a question as to how to prepare for JAM 2020 Geology exam . ‘How to prepare for JAM 2020 Geology’ provides candidates with all the tips they need to prepare for the entrance exam. To prepare for JAM 2020 Geology exam, candidates need to have with them the right books to refer, a properly set time-table and a whole lot of sample papers from the previous year to give them an idea about the types of questions that could be asked. The entrance exam of JAM will be conducted on February 9, 2020 in the second session between 2:30 pm to 5: 30 pm. JAM 2020 will be conducted in the computer based mode which mean candidates will need to learn how to manage their time between sections. Read more to understand the tips to prepare for the exam.


Practice IIT JAM Mock Test 2020 for Geology to enhance your preparation for JAM 2020

IIT JAM 2020 Application Form to be released on September 5

How to prepare for JAM 2020 Geology – Syllabus

The Planet Earth: Origin of the Solar System and the Earth; Geosphere and the composition of the Earth; Shape and size of the earth; Earth-moon system; Formation of continents and oceans; Dating rocks and age of the Earth; Volcanism and volcanic landforms; Interior of earth; Earthquakes; Earth’s Magnetism and Gravity, Isostasy; Elements of Plate tectonics; Orogenic cycles. Geomorphology: Weathering and Erosion; Transportation and deposition due to wind, ice, river, sea, and resulting landforms, Structurally controlled landforms.

Palaeontology: Major steps in the evolution of life forms; Fossils; their mode of preservation and utility; Morphological characters, major evolutionary trends and ages of important groups of animals – Brachiopoda, Mollusca, Trilobita, Graptolitoidea, Anthozoa, Echinodermata; Gondwana plant fossils; Elementary idea of verterbrate fossils in India.

Structural Geology: Concept of stratum; Contour; Outcrop patterns; Maps and cross sections; Dip and strike; Classification and origin of folds, faults, joints, unconformities, foliations and lineations,; shear zones. Stereographic and equal area projections of planes and lines; computation of true thickness of beds from outcrops and bore-holes.

Mineralogy: Symmetry and forms in common crystal classes; Physical properties of minerals; Isomorphism and polymorphism, Classification of minerals; Structure of silicates; Mineralogy of common rock-forming minerals; Mode of occurrence of minerals in rocks. Transmitted polarised light microscopy and optical properties of uniaxial and biaxial minerals.

Stratigraphy: Principles of stratigraphy; Litho-, chrono- and biostratigraphic classification; distribution and classification of the stratigraphic horizons of India from Archaean to Recent.

Economic Geology: Properties of common economic minerals; General processes of formation of mineral deposits; Physical characters; Mode of occurrence and distribution in India both of metallic and non-metallic mineral deposits; Coal and petroleum occurrences in India. Applied Geology: Ground Water; Principles of Engineering Geology

Petrology: Definition and classification of rocks; Igneous rocks-forms of igneous bodies; Crystallization from magma; classification, Association and genesis of igneous rocks; Sedimentary rocks – classification, texture and structure; size and shape of sedimentary bodies. Metamorphic rocks – classification, facies, zones and texture. Characteristic mineral assemblages of pelites in the Barrovian zones and mafic rocks in common facies.

How to prepare for JAM Geology 2020 – Important Books

Preparation for any exam starts with the right books. To prepare for JAM 2020 geology exam candidates need to prepare themselves topic wise in detail. The list of books given here are some of the important books that candidates need to refer to while preparing for the exam.

Best Books of IIT JAM 2020 Geology


Books and Authors


Physical Geology – Mukherjee
Geodynamic Evolution of India - K S Valdiya


Palaeoecology: Ecosystems, Environments and Evolution by Brenchley, P. J., and Harper, D. A. T

Introduction to Palaeontology by Arnold


Mineralogy - Dexter Perkins/ Cornelis Klein

Optical Mineralogy by Paul F. Kerr

Optical mineralogy by P. K. Verma

Structural Geology

Structural Geology - Prof. Haakon Fossen

Structural Geology - S.K. Ghosh/ Billings/ Davis


Geomorphology- M. J. Selby
Introduction to Geomorphology by Kale, VS and Gupta, A
Remote Sensing Geology by Gupta R.P


Fundamentals of Historical Geology and Stratigraphy of India by Ravindra Kumar

Stratigraphic principles and practice by Weller, J.M

Economic Geology

Industrial minerals and rocks of India by Deb

Economic Mineral Deposits by Bateman, A.M. and Jensen, M.L

Ore deposits of India their distribution and processing by Gokhale, K.V.G.K. and Rao


An Introduction to Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology by John D. Winter

Igneous Petrology by Bose M.K

Applied Geology

Hydrogeology - Todd and Karanth

Ground water by H.M.Ragunath

Other books

Engineering Geology - Krynine and Judd

Engineering Geology - K.M.Bhangar

How to prepare for JAM 2020 Geology – Time-table

It is most evident that preparing for an exam requires a time-table with which candidates will be able to use their time in the right way. While preparing a time-table for preparation candidates must make sure to a lot the time as per the topics to be covered. An equally divided timing will help candidates to cover the portion at the right time. Also, while preparing the time-table candidates must also make sure to incorporate time for solving of sample papers and attempting mock tests.

How to prepare for JAM 2020 Geology – Solving Sample Papers

While solving sample papers of JAM 2020 should be a weekly exercise during the starting months of preparation, candidates must make it a point to solve more and more sample papers towards the last few weeks before the exam. Solving JAM 2020 sample papers will help in understand how the questions will be asked and the types of questions that will be asked in each of the sections. Through sample papers of IIT JAM 2020, candidates will be able to sharpen their memory in case of a repetition. Sample papers from the previous years also give candidates an idea about how much of preparation is needed and how it can be made better.

IIT JAM Geology Sample Papers


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How to prepare for JAM 2020 Geology – Mock Tests

Towards the last month before the exam candidates will be able to appear for IIT JAM 2020 mock test for Geology which will be available on the website of JAM. Candidates must make sure to attempt as many mock tests as possible because this test will be conducted just like the main exam which will give candidates a chance to practice how to manage their time during the exam. Attempting JAM 2020 mock tests and solving sample papers will help candidates analyse as to where they stand.

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Jam msc chemistry book is provided plz

ayush mishra 15th Jan, 2020

Hey aspirant!

IITJAM Chemistry paper consists question from three basic sections of chemistry that is, Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry. Although few other subjects like analytical chemistry also contain some weightage but it can be grouped into the above three subjects also. Now, the books for IITJAM Chemistry which you should refer are given below although I would advise to study some of them only if you have your basics clear as they are quite descriptive and you have to be clever enough to understand the important topics and the not-so important ones. The books which you should refer are:-

Inorganic Chemistry:- JD Lee, Meissler-Tarr, James E.Huheey. These are the authors of the books and the names of the books are different but are commonly known by these names only. Also you must refer to Vogel's Qualitative Inorganic Analysis book as in my opinion it is the best for inorganic analysis.

Organic Chemistry:- You can refer the books by these authors IL Finar , PS Kalsi and also Mehta and Mehta is good in clearing the basics and reaction mechanisms.

Physical Chemistry:- You can refer these books (these are the commonly known authors of the books) Peter Atkins, Samuel Glasstone, Thomas Engel-Phillip Reid, Keith Laidler etc. These are the books for different topics such as Chemical Thermodynamics, Chemical Kinetics etc.

These were some of the books which you can refer to but these are not necessary as you can have your own reference books based on difficulty level of some of these books.

Hope this helps.


what are my options after clearing JAM?

Raj Aryan Sharma 10th Jan, 2020

Hello Anindita. After clearing IIT JAM, you will have many career options like-

a)Pursuing Research and Teaching or opting for good Ph.D programs from Europe and the USA ,

b)Civil Services,

c)Public Sector Government Jobs,

d)Defense Jobs,

e)Jobs in the private sector in companies like WIPRO, TCS, Infosys etc.

All the best!


Can Msc geology students from IIT Kharagpur through JAM can apply for non core jobs or msc geology students selected only through IIT jee are allowed to apply for campus placement in non core jobs in programming ,data analysis etc?

Naufal Mohamed 9th Jan, 2020
Oh no you have definitely got the wrong idea here. Whether you got into IIT through JEE or JAM doesn't matter. Every student of the institution is allowed to apply for campus placements regardless of his methos of admission. You should have the minimum required GPA set by your college and you are good to go.

how much are the chances of getting into IIT Indore through IIT jam 2020 if we get 60 marks for general category?

Saloni Singh 8th Jan, 2020

Hello Shaifali,

Hope you are doing well.

Look, IIT-JAM cutoffs vary year by year. There was a sudden change in the cutoffs of different IITs last year which changed the whole pattern.

That was due to the level of Difficulty was low compared to previous years and hence the cutoff went very hight and even at 60 Score in IIT-JAM, one could not get IIT- Indore.

But, the cut-offs are suppose to go down and this time it's IIT Kanpur conducting JAM, and the level of difficulty is also going to increase. So, don't just think of a number as benchmark and attempt. You will get the idea of the paper in the exam hall itself and attempt accordingly.

This year, you have decent chances of getting  IIT Indore if you score better which is appropriate at 60.

So, All the best!

Hope it is helpful to you !

Thank-you !

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