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Joint Admission Test for M.Sc. (JAM)

Joint Admission Test for M.Sc. (JAM) is an all-India examination conducted across the country jointly by Indian Institutes of Technology and Indian Institute of Science. JAM is an all India Entrance examination for admission to M.Sc. (Two Year), Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D., M.Sc.-Ph.D. Dual Degree and other Post-Bachelor’s Degree programmes at the IITs and to the Integrated Ph.D. programmes at IISc.

IIT JAM Chemistry Syllabus

Chemistry is the branch of science concerned with the substances of which matter is composed, the investigation of their properties and reactions, and the use of such reactions to form new substances. For this session, the important topics for chemistry paper are as follows:


Syllabus for Physical Chemistry

Chapter Topic
Basic Mathematical Concepts Functions, maxima and minima, integrals, ordinary differential equations, vectors and matrices, determinants, elementary statistics, and probability theory.
Atomic and Molecular Structure Fundamental particles, Bohr’s theory of the hydrogen-like atom, wave-particle duality, uncertainty principle, Schrödinger’s wave equation, quantum numbers, shapes of orbitals, Hund’s rule and Pauli’s exclusion principle, electronic configuration of simple homonuclear diatomic molecules.
Theory of Gases Equation of state for ideal and non-ideal (van der Waals) gases, Kinetic theory of gases, Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution law, equipartition of energy.
Solid-state Crystals and crystal systems, X-rays, NaCl and KCl structures, close packing, atomic and ionic radii, radius ratio rules, lattice energy, Born-Haber cycle, isomorphism, the heat capacity of solids.
Chemical Thermodynamics Reversible and irreversible processes, first law and its application to ideal and no ideal gases, thermochemistry, second law, entropy, and free energy, Criteria for spontaneity.
Chemical and Phase Equilibria Law of mass action, Kp, Kc, Kx and Kn, the effect of temperature on K, ionic equilibria in solutions, pH and buffer solutions, hydrolysis, solubility product, phase equilibria–phase rule and its application to one-component and two-component systems, colligative properties.
Electrochemistry Conductance and its applications, transport number, galvanic cells, EMF and free energy, concentration cells with and without transport, polarography, concentration cells with and without transport, Debey-Huckel-Onsager theory of strong electrolytes.
Chemical Kinetics Reactions of various order, Arrhenius equation, collision theory, transition state theory, chain reactions – normal and branched, enzyme kinetics, photochemical processes, catalysis.
Adsorption Gibbs adsorption equation, adsorption isotherm, types of adsorption, the surface area of adsorbents, surface films on liquids.
Spectroscopy Beer-Lambert law, fundamental concepts of rotational, vibrational, electronic and magnetic resonance spectroscopy

Syllabus for Organic Chemistry

Chapter Topic
Basic Concepts in Organic Chemistry and Stereochemistry Electronic effects (resonance, inductive, hyperconjugation) and steric effects and its applications (acid/base property), optical isomerism in compounds with and without any stereo Centres (allenes, biphenyls), conformation of acyclic systems (substituted ethane/n-propane/n-butane) and cyclic systems (mono- and di-substituted cyclohexanes).
Organic Reaction Mechanism and Synthetic Applications Chemistry of reactive intermediates (carbocations, carbanions, free radicals, carbenes, nitrenes, benzynes etc…), Hofmann-Curtius-Lossen rearrangement, Wolff rearrangement, Simmons-Smith reaction, Reimer-Tiemann reaction, Michael reaction, Darzens reaction, Wittig reaction and McMurry reaction, Pinacol-pinacolone, Favorskii, benzilic acid rearrangement, dienone-phenol rearrangement, Baeyer-Villeger reaction; oxidation and reduction reactions in organic chemistry, organometallic reagents in organic synthesis (Grignard, organolithium and organocopper), Diels-Alder, electrocyclic and sigmatropic reactions, functional group inter-conversions and structural problems using chemical reactions.
Qualitative Organic Analysis Identification of functional groups by chemical tests; elementary UV, IR and 1H NMR spectroscopic techniques as tools for structural elucidation.
Natural Products Chemistry Chemistry of alkaloids, steroids, terpenes, carbohydrates, amino acids, peptides, and nucleic acids.
Aromatic and Heterocyclic Chemistry Monocyclic, bicyclic and tricyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and monocyclic compounds with one hetero atom: synthesis, reactivity, and properties.

Syllabus for Inorganic Chemistry

Chapter Topic
Periodic Table Periodic classification of elements and periodicity in properties, general methods of isolation and purification of elements
Chemical Bonding and Shapes of Compounds Types of bonding, VSEPR theory, and shapes of molecules, hybridization, dipole moment, ionic solids, the structure of NaCl, CsCl, diamond and graphite, lattice energy
Main Group Elements (s and p blocks) General concepts on group relationships and gradation in properties, the structure of electron-deficient compounds involving main group elements
Transition Metals (d block) Characteristics of 3d elements, oxide, hydroxide, and salts of first row metals
Coordination complexes structure, isomerism, reaction mechanism, and electronic spectra, VB, MO and Crystal Field theoretical approaches for structure, color and magnetic properties of metal complexes, organometallic compounds having legends with back bonding capabilities such as metal carbonyls, carbenes, nitrosyls and metallocenes, homogenous catalysis
Bioinorganic Chemistry Essentials and trace elements of life, basic reactions in the biological systems and the role of metal ions, especially Fe2+, Fe3+, Cu2+ and Zn2+, structure and function of Haemoglobin and myoglobin and carbonic anhydrase
Instrumental Methods of Analysis Basic principles, instrumentations and simple applications of conductometry, potentiometry and UV-vis spectrophotometry; analysis of water, air and soil samples
Analytical Chemistry Principles of qualitative and quantitative analysis, acid-base, oxidation-reduction and complexometric titrations using EDTA, precipitation reactions, use of indicators, use of organic reagents in inorganic analysis, radioactivity, nuclear reactions, applications of isotopes

IIT JAM Recommended Books

IIT JAM Recommended Books

Book Name Author/ Publisher
Chemistry Higher Level Catrin Brown and Mike Ford
Inorganic Chemistry R.L. Dutta and GS De.
Organic Chemistry Jonathan Clyden and Nick Greeves