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August 13, 2020 • 4:31 pm

IIT JAM Exam Pattern 2021 | How Marking is Done in IIT JAM Exam?



This year, IISc Bangalore has released the IIT JAM 2021 Exam Pattern. The JAM conducting authorities have added a new subject - Economics to increase the scope of exam, making it 7 subjects in which the exam is to be held.

In order to qualify the exam, you must know the IIT JAM Exam Pattern & Syllabus, so that you can plan the best strategy for your exam preparation.

In this blog, you will get the complete idea of IIT JAM exam pattern with the marking scheme for all the sections in an easy to understand format.

Check out the details in this blog:


IIT JAM Exam Pattern 2021

Marking Pattern & Negative Marking

IIT JAM Exam Schedule



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IIT JAM Exam Pattern


Here is the detailed IIT JAM 2021 paper pattern with the number of questions, total marks, negative marking, type of questions, etc for all 3 sections.



Section A

Section B

Section C

Number of Questions




Total Marks




Negative Marking

For 1-mark ques, 1/3 marks will be deducted.

No negative marking

No negative marking

For 2-marks ques, 2/3 marks will be deducted.

Type of Question

Multiple Choice (MCQ)

Multiple Selective (MSQ)

No options will be displayed, answer will be a numerical value (NAT)

Mode of Exam

Online/ CBT

Total number of Question


Total Marks


Exam Duration

3 hours

Medium of Exam



JAM Exam Paper of all 7 subjects will consist of three types of questions.


Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ): As per the IIT JAM Exam Pattern 2021, each MCQ type question will have four choices out of which only one choice will be the correct answer.

Multiple Select Questions (MSQ): Based on Paper Pattern guidelines, each MSQ type question is similar to MCQ.  The only difference is, there may be one or more than one correct choice out of the four given choices. The candidate will get full marks only if he/she selects all the correct options.

Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions: For each NAT type question, the answer is a real number that needs to be entered using the numerical virtual keypad. No choices will be given for these 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 MCQs out of which 10 questions carry 1 mark each and 20 questions carry 2 marks each.

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

Section-C contains a total of 20 NAT Questions out of which 10 questions carry 1 mark each and 10 questions carry 2 marks each.



IIT JAM 2021 Marking Pattern & Negative Marking


Once you know the marking scheme of the exam, you can easily plan How to approach & crack IIT JAM Exam 2021?

The candidates can check the marking scheme below -

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

In Section-A (MCQ), incorrect answers 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.

For Section- B (MSQ) and Section-C (NAT), there is no negative marking.


Pro Tip: To know the exam pattern better, must practice IIT JAM Previous year Question Papers.



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IIT JAM Exam Schedule - Papers, Sessions and Timing


As you know, JAM 2021 examination is divided into two sessions. The first session will start in the morning while the second session will begin at the afternoon. The list of papers under each session is given below: -




Paper and Code



Biotechnology (BT)

Mathematical Statistics (MS)

Physics (PH)



Chemistry (CY)

Economics (EN)

Geology (GG)

Mathematics (MA)


Before filling IIT JAM Application Form for two subjects, a candidate must ensure that both the subjects are being conducted in different sessions. It is clear by the exam conducting authorities that the exam schedule will not be changed under any circumstances.


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After knowing IIT JAM 2021 Paper Pattern and marking scheme, you must know about the following points.

You can only use the online virtual calculator in the exam, no calculator from outside will be allowed.

You can select the answers for MCQs and MSQs using the mouse only, keyboard will be disabled in the exam.

A scribble pad will be provided for rough work that has to be returned at the end of the exam.

At the end of 3 hours, the computer will automatically end the exam.

Candidate must follow the guidelines provided by the IIT JAM 2021 authorities otherwise it can be counted in unfair means. It may lead to cancelation of candidature from JAM Exam at any other stage of exam. The candidate may be disqualified as well to appear further in IIT JAM.



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We hope that the above information will help you to understand the IIT JAM Exam Pattern 2021. If you have any query regarding the blog, then share through the comment box below.

We will solve your queries as soon as possible.


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Showing 26 comments out of 48
  • Priy
    How many papers are there???? Plz tell me? Only 100 marks?
    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 y...
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    Priyanka Mahalle
    Sir I completed my B.Sc. in biology from karanja(lad)
    Priyanka Mahalle
    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?
    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 d...
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  • Fasila Begam
    I'm a B.Ed student, Am I eligible for IIT JAM after completing it?
    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.-P...
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    Fasila Begam
    I've completed B.Sc physics before B.Ed. Amn't I eligible for M.Sc in IIT?
    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. P...
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  • Pranav Kumar
    iit jam is also offline .......?
    Hello Pranav,   Greetings from Eduncle!   No. IIT JAM is conducted online.   Thanks for asking your query with us!   Kind Regards, Eduncle Team
  • Shreeya
    I am a botany student. What should I go for biological science or biotechnology? In which field there is more job opportunity?
    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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  • Firoz
    Sir can graduate in mechanical engineering apply for msc in mathematics??
    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 aski...
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  • Sujata
    Mam I am in bsc 3rd year with botany chemistry and biotechnology as sub combination am I eligible for iit msc biotechnology?
    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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  • Vidya Vijaykumar
    I completed Bsc (hons) agriculture.Am I eligible for attending IIT JAM in biological science subject?
    Hello Vidya,   Greetings from Eduncle!   Thanks for asking your query with us!   Yes, you’re eligible!   Kind Regards, Eduncle Team
  • Kaushal
    What is marks distribution of the topic mathematics syllabus please tell me.
    The marks distribution is given in the blog.
  • Study
    Kya msc dubara kar sakte h...
    Hello Vishal,   Greetings from Eduncle!   Yes, you can repeat.   Kind Regards, Eduncle Team
  • Dineshkumar.b
    Sir, I am studying third year in bsc microbiology.. so, is am eligible for iit jam biotechnology paper
    Hello Dinesh, Greetings! 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, p...
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