IIT JAM 2018 Exam Pattern | IIT JAM Paper Pattern 2018
IIT JAM 2018 examination for all the seven test papers will be carried out as Online Computer Based Test (CBT) where the applicants will be shown the questions in a random sequence on a computer screen. For all the seven test papers, the duration of the examination will be 3 hours. The medium for all the test papers will be English only. 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 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) involving 10 questions of one mark each and 20 questions of 2 marks each. Each MCQ type question has four choices out of which only one choice is the correct answer. Applicants can mark the answer by clicking the choice.
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Section–B contains a total of 10 Multiple Select Questions (MSQ) carrying two marks each. 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 applicant gets full credit if he/she selects all the correct answers only and no wrong answers. Applicants can mark the answer(s) by clicking the choice(s).
Section–C contains a total of 20 Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions involving 10 questions of one mark each and 10 questions of 2 marks each. For these NAT type questions, the answer is a signed real number, which needs to be entered using the virtual numeric keypad on the monitor. No choices will be shown for these types of questions. Applicants have to enter the answer by using a virtual numeric keypad.
In all sections, questions not attempted will result in zero marks. In Section – A (MCQ), the wrong answer will result in negative marks. For each wrong answer 1 mark questions, 1/3 marks will be deducted and similarly, for each wrong answer of 2 marks questions, 2/3 marks will be deducted. In Section – B (MSQ), there are no negative and no partial marking provisions. There is no negative marking in Section – C (NAT) as well.
There is the provision of using the online virtual calculator and hence, the applicants should not bring any calculator with them.
Mobile phones or any other electronic devices are strictly prohibited inside the examination hall. Charts, graph sheets, tables, are also NOT allowed inside the examination hall.
A scribble pad will be provided for rough work and this has to be returned back at the end of the examination.
The applicants are required to select the answer for MCQ and MSQ type questions, and to enter the answer for NAT questions using only a mouse on a virtual numeric keypad (the keyboard of the computer will be disabled). At the end of the 3-hours, the computer will automatically close the examination.
Use of unfair means by the applicant in JAM 2018, whether detected at the time of examination, or at any other stage, will lead to cancellation of his/her candidature as well as disqualification of the applicant from appearing in JAM in future.
The applicants are advised to visit the JAM 2018 website for more details on the patterns of questions for JAM 2018, including examples of the questions. Applicants will also be able to take a mock examination through a ‘Mock Test‘ link that will be made available on the website closer to the examination date.