IIT JAM Exam Pattern 2023

Kritika Yadav

Kritika Yadav

IIT JAM exam pattern 2023

All seven papers of IIT JAM 2023 will be conducted online, i.e. as a Computer Based Test (CBT).


JAM 2023 has seven test papers out of which a candidate can appear for either one or a maximum of two test papers. There is an additional fee for taking the second test paper. Candidates planning to take two test papers must ensure that the tests’ dates don’t clash.

Each paper will be of 3 hours duration. Each paper carries 100 marks and has 60 questions.

IIT JAM Exam Pattern 2023-Highlights

Exam Mode
Online, Computer Based Test (CBT)
Exam Duration3 hours
Test LanguageEnglish
Type of Questions
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), Multiple Select Questions (MSQs), and Numerical Answer Type (NAT)
Biotechnology (BL), Chemistry (CY), Geology (GG), Mathematics (MA), Mathematical Statistics (MS), Economics (EN), and Physics (PH)
Total Questions60
Total Marks100 marks

Papers in JAM 2023

 1. Biological Sciences (BL)
 2. Biotechnology (BT)
 3. Chemistry (CY)
 4. Geology (GG)
 5. Mathematics (MA)
 6. Mathematical Statistics (MS)
 7. Physics (PH)

IIT JAM Exam Pattern 2023

All these seven papers will be fully objective in nature with the following type of questions in three sections, A, B, C:

i) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ): Such questions have four answer choices out of which only one is correct. Section A of every paper would comprise of 30 MCQs carrying 1 or 2 marks each. Wrong answers would receive one-third negative marking.
ii) Multiple Select Questions (MSQ): These are similar to MCQ but they have one or more than one correct answers out of the four given choices. Section B of every paper would comprise of 10 MSQs carrying 2 marks each. You get full marks if you select all the right answers and no wrong answers. There will be no negative marking and no partial marking.
iii) Numerical Answer Type Questions (NAT): The answer to such questions is a real number which has to be entered using the virtual keypad on the monitor. There are no choices for these type of questions. Section C of every paper would have 20 NATs for 1 or 2 marks each. There is no negative marking for this section. You would also get to use a virtual calculator on the screen.

                                                            IIT JAM Exam Pattern 2023
SectionsSection ASection BSection C
Number of Questions301020
Total Marks in IIT JAM502030
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 QuestionsMultiple Choice (MCQ)Multiple Selective (MSQ)
No options will be displayed, answer will be a numerical value (NAT)
Mode of ExamOnline/ Computer Based Test – CBT
Total number of Questions60
IIT JAM Total Marks100
Exam Duration3 hours
Medium of ExamEnglish

IIT JAM Exam Pattern 2023: Timings and Sessions

The IIT JAM exam will be held in two sessions. The first session will begin at 9:30 am, and the second session will begin at 2:30 pm. We have provided the timing and session for JAM papers.

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 II9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Mathematics (MA)Session II2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Physics (PH)Session I
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Economics (EN)Session II
2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

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