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 are willing to appear in Joint Admission Test 2020 can 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 will be divided into three sections containing 30, 10 and 20 questions respectively. The question paper of JAM will consist of 60 questions carrying total 100 marks. JAM 2020 will be 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.

LATEST: JAM Admit Card 2020 released on January 7

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

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Mode of Exam




Total number of Question


Total Marks


JAM Exam Pattern 2020 - Papers, Session and Timings

JAM 2020 will be divided into two sessions. The first session will start at 9:30 am while the second session will begin at 2: 30 pm. Candidates can 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 will get the provision of online calculator during the entrance examination of JAM 2020.

  • The medium of JAM 2020 will be English only.

  • IIT Kanpur will open the JAM 2020 mock test link anytime soon before the commencement of the entrance examination. To get a better idea of JAM exam pattern 2020, 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 will be 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 will be 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 the cutoff score of Jam physics

L RESHMASREE 18th Jan, 2020

The qualifying mark of IIT JAM Physics according to previous years analysis is 15.

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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.
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