JAM Exam Pattern 2020
Updated on Oct 10, 2019 - 12:50 p.m. IST by Vishwas Garia

JAM Exam Pattern 2020 - IIT Kanpur has released JAM 2020 exam pattern on July 12, 2019 in online mode. JAM exam pattern 2020 mentions the number of questions, marking scheme, types of questions and the mode of exam. Candidates who were willing to appear in Joint Admission Test 2020 could check JAM 2020 exam pattern to prepare better and score good marks in the entrance examination. According to the JAM exam pattern 2020, the exam paper is divided into three sections containing 30, 10 and 20 questions respectively. The question paper of JAM consist of 60 questions carrying total 100 marks. JAM 2020 was conducted on February 9, 2020 in the online mode. Read the article below to know more details on JAM 2020 exam pattern including the format of the question paper, duration of exam, mode of examination and more.

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JAM Exam Pattern 2020

Aspirants can check the exam pattern of IIT JAM 2020 to get an understanding of the structure and format of the question paper so that the things do not come up as a surprise to them on the day of examination. Candidates are advised to check the important aspects of JAM 2020 exam pattern including section-wise division, papers, session and timings of the entrance test given below.

JAM Exam Pattern 2020 – Section-Wise Division


Section A

Section B

Section C

Number of Questions





Three hours


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

Types of Question

Multiple Choice

Multiple Choice

No options will be displayed

Mode of Exam




Total number of Question


Total Marks


JAM Exam Pattern 2020 - Papers, Session and Timings

JAM examination is divided into two sessions. The first session started at 9:30 am while the second session begun at 2: 30 pm. Candidates could check here the list of papers under which falls under these two sessions and their respective timings.

JAM 2020 Exam Pattern - Subject Sessions and Timings




Biotechnology (BT)

Session I

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Chemistry (CY)

Session II

2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Geology (GG)

Session II

2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Mathematical Statistics (MS)

Session II

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Mathematics (MA)

Session II

2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Physics (PH)

Session I

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

JAM Exam Pattern 2020 - Important Points

  • Candidates were given the provision of online calculator during the entrance examination of JAM 2020.

  • The medium of JAM 2020 was English only.

  • IIT Kanpur opened the JAM 2020 mock test on November 21, 2019. To get a better idea of JAM exam pattern, candidates can appear in the mock test.

  • Candidates appearing for JAM 2020 must carry the admit card in the examination centre.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - JAM Exam Pattern 2020

Question: How many questions are there in IIT JAM 2020?


The JAM 2020 exam carries 60 questions carrying 100 marks in total.

Question: Is there any negative marking in IIT JAM?


For section A, 1/3rd marks are deducted for every wrong answer. However, for section B and C, there are no negative markings.

Question: What are the types of questions asked in IIT JAM 2020?


The IIT JAM 2020 contains all objective type questions.

Question: What is the total marks of IIT JAM?


The JAM 2020 exam consists of 100 marks in total.

Question: What is the mode of IIT JAM exam?


The JAM exam was held in a computer-based mode.

Question: Who is the conducting body of IIT JAM 2020?


For the academic year 2020-2021, IIT Kanpur is conducting IIT JAM examination.

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what is opening and closing ranks and on what basis the candidates will be selected in a particular range of opening and closing ranks in IIT JAM ?

Hrisheekesh Singh 25th Feb, 2020

Hi Sudheer,

The criteria through which the opening and closing ranks of IIT JAM Examination are decided is as follows:-

  • Number of seats.
  • Number of students appearing in the exam
  • Difficulty level of exam
  • Previous year cutoff trends

You should refer to this article for opening and closing ranks in IIT JAM of every single IIT.

I hope this information helps you.

Good Luck!



I am reading in BSc 2nd semester department of Mathematics in Vidyasagar University. I prepare for JAM exam. please suggest book least for this exam.....

Sarthak Dhiman 25th Feb, 2020

Hello Aspirant.

You currently have a lot of time to prepare well for your JAM examination. Some of the books best for this examination are.

1. Integral Calculus by F. Ayres

2. Linear algebra by Seymour Lipschitz

3. Real Analysis by HL Roden

You can also buy for revision mathematics book by Arihant publication. It'll help you a lot.

Best of luck !


I got 19 in iit jam biotechnology. I belong to Sc category. do I have any chances of getting a seat in IISc or in any other institute.

lubhan cherwoo 23rd Feb, 2020
It is quite uncertain and difficult to evaluate the rank for the marks right now but according to past year trends you will surpass the cutoff,but that does not guarantee an addmission, and according to past year trends the cutoff for IISC and IITs goes quite high ,so would suggest you to wait for the actual result.

how much fees required for msc who clear jam exam and admission for iits

Md Azmer 23rd Feb, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

I am providing you the link of an article where you can get all the information about JAM. The fee for a year is 5000 +19000 Hostel and Mess charge for a candidate.

Link: https://university.careers360.com/articles/jam

Good luck


i got 43 marks in iit-jam biotecnology general category. what are the chances of selection in various instititions /university?

Suryashis Chakraborty 23rd Feb, 2020

Hello Maroof,

Congratulations on your performance!

The conducting body of Joint Admission Test for M.Sc programmes declares the cutoff of JAM for each test subject individually. Candidates will be allotted a scorecard based on the cut off scores which will be required for further admission processes.

The cut off scores are usually determined by various factors, such as number of applicants, categories of caste and difficulty of the question papers.

The expected cut off score for IIT JAM Biotechnology 2020 are as follows:

General : 20.93-24.93

OBC : 18.64-22.64

SC/ST/PwD : 9.46-13.46

Based on the above data, you have a really high probability of getting selected.

Hope this helps you. We wish you the best for your future endeavours!


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