IIT JAM Geology Syllabus 2023

Kritika Yadav

Kritika Yadav

IIT JAM geology syllabus 2022

The IIT JAM Geology Syllabus 2023 has been released by the exam conducting authorities of JAM. Some of the topics that IIT JAM geology syllabus is consist of are mineralogy, stratigraphy, applied geology etc.

Geology is the science that provides knowledge about materials, history of earth and plants, stucture, processes etc. Every year many students from all over india choose geology as carrer. If you too want to study your masters in geology, then giving IIT JAM geology exam will open many opportunities for you.

IIT JAM Geology Syllabus 2023

IIT JAM Geology syllabus 2023 covers various topics. Take a look at each of these topic discussed below.

The Planet Earth: Origin of the Solar System and theEarth; Geosphere and the composition of the Earth; Shape and size of the earth; Earth-moon system; Formation of continents and oceans; Dating rocks and age of the Earth; Energy in the earth system; Volcanism and volcanic landforms; Interior of earth; Earthquakes; Earth’s magnetism and gravity, Isostasy; Elements of Plate tectonics; Orogenic cycles.

Geomorphology: Weathering and erosion; Transportation and deposition due to wind, ice, river, sea, and resulting landforms, Structurally controlled landforms.

Applied Geology: Ground Water; Mineral exploration, elements of Mining Geology and Environmental Geology; Principles of Engineering Geology.
Structural Geology: Concept of stratum; Contour; Outcrop patterns; Maps and cross sections; Dip and strike; Classification and origin of folds, faults, joints, foliation and lineation, unconformities; shear zones.

Mineralogy: Symmetry and forms in common crystal classes; Physical properties of minerals; Isomorphism and polymorphism, Classification of minerals; Structure of silicates; Mineralogy of common rock-forming minerals; Mode of occurrence of minerals in rocks. Transmitted polarised light microscopy and optical properties of uniaxial and biaxial minerals.

Palaeontology: Major steps in the evolution of life forms; Fossils; their mode of preservation and utility; Morphological characters, major evolutionary trends and ages of important groups of animals – Brachiopoda, Mollusca, Trilobita, Graptolitoidea, Anthozoa, Echinodermata; Gondwana plant fossils; Elementary idea of verterbrate fossils in India.

Stratigraphy: Principles of stratigraphy; Litho-, chronoand biostratigraphic classification; distribution and classification of the stratigraphic horizons of India from Archaean to Recent.

Economic Geology: Properties of common economic minerals; General processes of formation of mineral deposits; Physical characters; Mode of occurrence and distribution in India both of metallic and non-metallic mineral deposits; Coal and petroleum occurrences in India.

Petrology: Definition and classification of rocks; Igneous rocks – forms of igneous bodies; Crystallization from magma; classification, association and genesis of igneous rocks; Sedimentary rocks – classification, texture and structure; size and shape of sedimentary bodies. Metamorphic rocks – classification, facies, texture and properties.

IIT JAM Geology Exam pattern

Take a look at IIT JAM Geology exam pattern for 2023.

Duration of the Test3 hours
Number of questions in total60
Number of Section
3 (Sec A, B and C)
Question Type
Overall Marks100

IIT JAM Geology Syllabus 2023-Section wise marks

SectionTotal number of QuestionsNumber of Marks per QuestionTotal Marks
Negative Marking
Section A
Section B10220
No Negative Marking
Section C
No Negative Marking
No Negative Marking

IIT JAM Geology books for preparation

Name of the List of BooksAuthor Name
Structural GeologyMP Billings
Physical Geography
Savindra Singh
The Geology of Ore deposits
Guilbert, J.M. and Park Jr., C.F
Principals of Engineering GeologyK.M. Bangar
Textbook of Physical Geology
G. B. Mahapatra
Principles of Physical Geology
Arthur Holmes
Principles in Geo-morphologyThornbury
Groundwater ManagementK.R. Karanth
Principles of Metamorphic Petrology
Vernon R. H and Clarke G. L
Davies and De Weist

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