JAM 2016 Exam Pattern
Prabha Dhavala, 07 Aug 2015, #JAM

JAM 2016 Exam Pattern - Candidates appearing for the Joint Admission Test for M.Sc (JAM 2016) organized by IIT Madras can check the Exam Pattern for JAM 2016 to get an idea of the question paper. The JAM Exam Pattern 2016 elaborates the types of questions asked, marking scheme and other details about the question paper.

LatestIIT-JAM 2017 Notification has been announced, also check exam pattern of JAM 2017.

Important: There will be the provision of online calculator in the JAM 2016 exam. Candidates will not be allowed to carry their own calculators to the exam hall.


Candidates must note that JAM 2016 will be held in seven papers namely:

  • Biological Sciences

  • Biotechnology

  • Chemistry

  • Geology

  • Mathematics

  • Mathematical Statistics

  • Physics

The JAM Paper Pattern 2016 will be as follows:

  • The question Paper will be computer based with objective type of questions.

  • The total duration of the exam will be 180 minutes. The system will stop automatically at the end of 180 minutes.

  • The JAM 2016 Question Paper will have a total of 60 questions carrying 100 marks.

The detailed JAM 2016 Exam Pattern:

  • The JAM 2016 Question Paper is divided into three sections, A, B and C.

  • All sections are compulsory with questions in each section of different types as detailed below.

Section – A

  • This section will contain Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) with four choices out of which only one choice is the correct answer.

  • There will be 30 Questions carrying a total of 50 marks.

  • There is negative marking for this section

  • Q.1 – Q.10 will be for 1 mark each. A wrong answer will result in deduction of 1/3 marks

  • Q.11 – Q.30 will be for 2 marks each. A wrong answer will result in deduction of 2/3 marks

Section – B

  • This section contains Multiple Select Questions (MSQ) with one or more than one choice(s) being correct out of the four given choices.

  • There will be 10 Questions carrying a total of 20 marks.

  • There is NO NEGATIVE and NO PARTIAL marking provisions in this section

Section – C:

  • This section contains Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions where the answer is a real number that needs to be entered using the virtual numerical keypad on the monitor.

  • No choices will be given for these type of questions. Candidates have to calculate the answer.

  • There is no negative marking for this section

  • This section will have 20 Questions for a total of 30 marks.

  • Q.1 – Q.10 carry 1 mark each and Questions Q.11 – Q.20 carry 2 marks each.

Useful Common Data:

Some Useful Common data may be required for answering the questions. In case the paper has the need for this, candidates will be provided the same through the Useful Common Data button that will display the needed information on clicking it.


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iit jam 2016 question papers with solution

Pachigolla Hemanth 9th Dec, 2019

Hello  Sayyedrukhsana,
you asked for the iit jam 2016 question paper but you didnot tell which subject do you want,there are six different subjects in iit jam.so i am providing a link which is useful for you to download which subject do you want.And also by learning Previous year papers it will help you to understand the types of questions which are asked in exam, this will help you to covered the important topics for the exam.


Hope this help you..



iit jam 2016 question papers with solution

Aditya kumar Student Expert 9th Dec, 2019
Hello !

Greetings !

You can easily download previous year question papers of iit jam with solutions by going through our page for which link is provided below :-


Previous year papers will help you to understand the types of questions which are asked in exam, you will understand the important topics which are covered in the exam by practising previous year papers and you will also get to know your preparation level by solving previous year papers. Good luck for your examination.


iit jam 2016 question papers with solution

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 9th Dec, 2019


you did not mention from which subject you have applied for iit jam 2020. however iit jam 2016 was conduct by iit madras, you may follow the below link to know about the answer key.


you may also follow arihant iitjam previous years question bank which has stream wise solution book.


can i participate in JAM exam after Bsc physics?

Kanupriya Gupta 8th Dec, 2019

Dear Aspirant,

Yes, you can definitely participate in the JAM exam after BSC physics.

IIT JAM is a national level examination, that offers admission into the following degree programmes at the IITs and IISC : M.Sc. (four semesters), M.Sc. Ph.D., and M.Sc. Ph.D. dual degree etc. Students that qualify this entrance examination are given admission to the reputed colleges of the country. Admissions are offered to both National and International Students.

The paper is a 3 hour online examination with 60 questions having a total of 100 marks.

There are  seven test papers, namely for the following, Biotechnology (BT), Chemistry (CY), Geology (GG), Mathematical Statistics (MS), Biological Sciences (BL), Mathematics (MA) and Physics (PH). The syllabus will be based on the studied graduation topics.

The Basic Eligibility Criteria for the examination are:

1)All candidates should have a Bachelor's degree

2)In the qualifying degree, the total marks without rounding off or CGPA/CPI inclusive of all main subjects, languages and subsidiaries of all years combined) should be at least 55% or 5.5 out of 10 for General/OBC (NCL)/EWS category candidates and 50% or 5.0 out of 10 for SC/ST and PwD category candidates.

If the CGPA is on a different scale, it would be converted to the ten point scale. It is the candidate's responsibility to show proof of meeting the eligibility criteria, which in your case would be the documentation of your BSC physics.

Since you have done your BSC in physics, pay keen attention to the following topics: Thermodynamics, Electricity and Magnetism,Mathematical Methods, Kinetic theory, , Oscillations, Waves and Optics, Devices and Electronics.

Hope this helps! All the best!

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Hi, Im pursuing my 2nd bsc in biotechnology, can I write jam exams only for biotechnology or should I learn all the syllabus given as "Biology" to write exams on biotechnology?

Hi aspirant,

Preparing the syllabus given in the IIT JAM exam for biotechnology is enough to crack the JAM exam. If you study the whole biology as a syllabus, you can attend most of the exams conducted in life sciences field for the higher studies and jobs. In JAM exam they will check your critical thinking and your subject knowledge depth. So prepare well.

All the best.

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