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August 9, 2019 • 4:09 pm

IIT JAM Exam Pattern 2020 | How Marking is Done in IIT JAM Exam?


IIT JAM Exam Pattern 2020



Attention JAM 2020 Aspirants!


Are you seeking for IIT JAM 2020 Exam Pattern? Eduncle has made it available for you to check the complete IIT JAM Exam pattern in a prescribed format.


Here in this blog, you can also check the marking scheme for IIT JAM 2020 along with the paper pattern.



IIT JAM Exam Pattern [Updated]


The candidates hereby are provided the complete paper pattern of IIT JAM Exam 2020. Please have a look below! 


Sections Section A Section B Section C
Number of Questions 30 10 20
Marks 10 ques. of 1 mark each and 20 ques. of 2 marks each. 2 marks for each question 10 ques. of 1 mark each and 10 ques. of 2 marks each.
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.
Types of Question Multiple Choice Multiple Choice No options will be displayed
Mode of Exam Online Online Online
Total number of Question 60
Total Marks 100



For each test paper, 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 types of questions.

The JAM 2020 Examination for each test papers will be carried out as an ONLINE Computer Based Test (CBT). All the six Test Papers of JAM 2020 will be of fully objective type, with three different patterns of questions as follows:

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

Multiple Select Questions (MSQ): As per the IIT JAM Exam Pattern, 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: As per the IIT JAM Exam Pattern, 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 2020 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.



IIT JAM Exam Pattern 2020 - Papers, Sessions and Timing


As you know, JAM 2020 examination is divided into two sessions. The first session will start at 9:30 am while the second session will begin at 2:30 pm. The list of papers under each session and their timings are given below: -


Papers Session 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 I 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



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Showing 17 comments out of 36
  • Vidya Sree
    Are cut off marks same for all phy, maths, chem papers?
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    Eduncle Team
    Hello Vidya,
    Greeting From Eduncle!
    No, the cut off marks are not the same for Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics in IIT JAM. You can check the IITJAM Cut off marks for all subjects (category wise) here.
    Thank You!!
  • Dineshkumar.b
    Sir, I am studying third year in bsc microbiology.. so, is am eligible for iit jam biotechnology paper
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    Eduncle Team
    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, please visit - IIT JAM Eligibility Criteria 2018. Kind Regards, Eduncle Team
  • Divya
    If i select two correct answers out of three correct options in msq section and i don't select any wrong option. would i get marks?
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    Eduncle Team
    There is no negative marking for MSQ and NAT section.
  • 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....
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    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. Kindly call on our toll-free number - 1800-120-1021 for expert guidance and IIT JAM Study Material. Kind Regards, Eduncle Team
  • Deekxitha G R
    I have scored 26 marks in iit jam chemistry...what is the advantqge of this...can i get a seat
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  • Study
    Kya msc dubara kar sakte h...
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    Eduncle Team
    Hello Vishal,   Greetings from Eduncle!   Yes, you can repeat.   Kind Regards, Eduncle Team
  • Tarang
    Will IIT JAM 2018 question papers will be distributed in sets ?
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  • Kaushal
    What is marks distribution of the topic mathematics syllabus please tell me.
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    Eduncle Team
    The marks distribution is given in the blog.
  • Dhruv
    what are the cutoff marks for various programs in IIT for JAM?
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  • Vidya Vijaykumar
    I completed Bsc (hons) agriculture.Am I eligible for attending IIT JAM in biological science subject?
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    Eduncle Team
    Hello Vidya,   Greetings from Eduncle!   Thanks for asking your query with us!   Yes, you’re eligible!   Kind Regards, Eduncle Team
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