IIT JAM Paper Pattern | How Marking is Done in IIT JAM Exam?

IIT Jam Paper Pattern and Marking Scheme


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Here in this blog, you can also check the marking scheme for IIT JAM 2019 along with the paper pattern.



IIT JAM Paper Pattern [Updated]


The candidates hereby are provided the complete paper pattern of IIT JAM Exam 2019. Please have a look below! 



For all each test papers, the duration of the examination will be 3 hours. The medium for all the test papers will be English only. IIT JAM Paper Pattern consists of three type of questions.


The JAM 2019 Examination for each test papers will be carried out as ONLINE Computer Based Test (CBT). All the seven Test Papers of JAM 2019 will be of fully objective type, with three different patterns of questions as follows:



Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ): Each MCQ type question has four choices out of which only one choice is the correct answer.



Multiple Select Questions (MSQ): Each MSQ type question is similar to MCQ but with a difference that there may be one or more than one choice(s) that are correct out of the four given choices. The candidate gets full credit if he/she selects all the correct answers only and no wrong answers. Candidates can mark the answer(s) by clicking the choice(s).



Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions: For each NAT type question, the answer is a signed real number which needs to be entered using the virtual keypad on the monitor. No choices will be shown for these type of questions.




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There will be a total of 60 questions carrying 100 marks. The entire paper will be divided into three sections, A, B and C. All sections are compulsory. Questions in each section are of different types as given below:



Section-A contains a total of 30 MCQ carrying one or two marks each.


Section-B contains a total of 10 MSQ carrying two marks each.


Section-C contains a total of 20 NAT questions carrying one or two marks each.




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IIT JAM 2019 Marking Pattern & Negative Marking



The candidates can check the marking scheme below-



In all sections, questions not attempted will result in zero mark.



In Section-A (MCQ), incorrect answer will result in negative marks. For all 1 mark questions, 1/3 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer. For all 2 marks questions, 2/3 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.



In Section-B (MSQ), there is no negative and no partial marking provisions.



There is no negative marking in Section-C (NAT) as well.




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31 thoughts on “IIT JAM Paper Pattern | How Marking is Done in IIT JAM Exam?

  1. priy

    How many papers are there???? Plz tell me? Only 100 marks?

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello, Priyanala, Greetings from Eduncle! JAM exam in a Computer Based Test (CBT) consisting of all objective type of questions, with each question having 4 options, out of which you have to select the correct answer. For all the 7 subjects for which JAM is conducted, each subject question paper consists of a total of 60 questions of 100 Marks (in Total). I hope you have found a justified answer to your query. Thanks and Good Luck for your learning endeavours.

    • Priyanka

      Sir I completed my B.Sc. in biology from karanja(lad)

    • Priyanka

      I already completed my graduation and now I am completing my M.Sc in zoology can I solve the paper biological sciences. Is this possible Sir?

      • Eduncle Team

        Hello Priyanka,
        You are eligible for IIT JAM Biological Paper 2019. As IIT JAM do not have any upper age cap, any B.Sc. candidate can apply for the exam. You can check the detailed JAM Eligibility criteria here.
        Thanks for asking!
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  2. dhruv

    what are the cutoff marks for various programs in IIT for JAM?

  3. Rosalina

    Sweet site, super design and style, really clean and utilize friendly.

  4. Niharika

    As iam a mathematic statistical student.. Can I apply for both mathematics (MA) and mathematical statistics (MS) papers?? Is this possible ?? Can I attend the both subject papers in same year? Plzzz…reply me as soon as possible….

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Niharika,

      Greetings from Eduncle!

      Thanks for sharing your query with us!

      Yes, you are eligible to take Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics Papers together in IIT JAM Exam. Just make sure at the time of applying online that both these papers fall under different Test Schedule, so that you can attempt them differently.

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  5. fasila

    I’m a B.Ed student, Am I eligible for IIT JAM after completing it?

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Fasila,

      Greetings from Eduncle!

      Thanks for sharing your query with us!

      IIT JAM Exam is the entrance and eligibility test for aspirants who wish to pursue M.Sc. and M.Sc.-PhD Dual Degree Courses from IITs and IISc Bangalore. You are not eligible to take this test as you have your Graduation Degree in Education.

      Instead you can pursue your Masters Degree like M.Ed. and then take the CBSE UGC NET Exam. get complete details about UGC NET Exam at Eduncle!

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    • fasila begam

      I’ve completed B.Sc physics before B.Ed. Amn’t I eligible for M.Sc in IIT?

      • Eduncle Team

        Hello Fasila,

        Greetings from Eduncle!

        Thanks for sharing your query with us!

        Yes you are eligible to appear for IIT JAM Exam in this scenario, as you have completed your B.Sc. Physics.

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  6. Dinesh

    Sir, I am studying third year in bsc microbiology.. so, is am eligible for iit jam biotechnology paper

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Dinesh,


      Thanks for sharing your query with us!

      Yes, you can apply for IIT JAM Exam if your final year result can be declared soon. For more information, please visit – IIT JAM Eligibility Criteria 2018.

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  7. Sujata

    Mam I am in bsc 3rd year with botany chemistry and biotechnology as sub combination am I eligible for iit msc biotechnology?

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Sujata,
      Greetings from Eduncle!
      If you meet the required percentage criteria, then yes you’re eligible for IIT JAM Exam 2018.
      Thanks for asking us!
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  8. Pranav

    iit jam is also offline …….?

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Pranav,
      Greetings from Eduncle!
      No. IIT JAM is conducted online.
      Thanks for asking your query with us!
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  9. Vidya

    I completed Bsc (hons) agriculture.Am I eligible for attending IIT JAM in biological science subject?

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Vidya,
      Greetings from Eduncle!
      Thanks for asking your query with us!
      Yes, you’re eligible!
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      Eduncle Team

  10. Shreeya

    I am a botany student. What should I go for biological science or biotechnology? In which field there is more job opportunity?

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Shreeya,
      Greetings from Eduncle!
      As you’re a botany student, you can go for IIT JAM Biological Sciences Exam.
      Thanks for asking your query with us!
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      Eduncle Team

  11. Study

    Kya msc dubara kar sakte h…

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Vishal,
      Greetings from Eduncle!
      Yes, you can repeat.
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      Eduncle Team

  12. Firoz

    Sir can graduate in mechanical engineering apply for msc in mathematics??

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Firoz,
      Greetings from Eduncle!
      Yes, you can do M.Sc. after pursuing B-Tech. You can either go for IIT JAM Physics or IIT JAM Mathematics.
      Thanks for asking your query with us!
      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team


    Will IIT JAM 2018 question papers will be distributed in sets ?


    What is marks distribution of the topic mathematics syllabus please tell me.

    • Eduncle Team

      The marks distribution is given in the blog.

  15. Deekshitha

    I have scored 26 marks in iit jam chemistry…what is the advantqge of this…can i get a seat

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