IIT JAM Geology Syllabus Download as pdf

IIT JAM Geology (GG) Details syllabus

The Planet Earth: 

Origin of the Solar System and the Earth; Geosphere and the composition of the Earth; Shape and size of the Earth; Earth-Moon system; Dating rocks and age of the Earth; Volcanism and volcanic landforms; Interior of the Earth; Earthquakes; Earth’s magnetism and gravity, Isostasy; Basic elements of Plate Tectonics; Orogenic cycles.


 Weathering and erosion; Soil formation; Transportation and deposition by wind, ice, river, sea and resulting landforms. 

Structural Geology: 

Orientation of planes and lines in space – concept of dip, strike, rake and plunge. Contour lines; Rule of ‘V’s and outcrop patterns; Interpretation of geological maps and cross-section construction; Classification and origin of folds, faults, joints, unconformities, foliations and lineations; Stereographic and equal-area projections of planes and lines; Numerical problems related to outcrop and bore-hole data. 


Major steps in the evolution of life forms; Fossils, their mode of preservation and utility in age determination and paleoenvironmental interpretations; Morphology, major evolutionary trends and ages of important groups of animals – Brachiopoda, Mollusca, Trilobita, Graptolitoidea, Anthozoa, Echinodermata; Gondwana plant fossils; Elementary idea of vertebrate fossils in India.


Principles of stratigraphy; Litho-, Chrono- and biostratigraphic classification; Stratigraphic correlation techniques; Archaean cratons of Peninsular India (Dharwar, Singhbhum and Aravalli); Proterozoic mobile belts; Stratigraphy of Cuddapah and Vindhyan basins; Stratigraphy of Paleozoic – Mesozoic of Spiti and Kashmir, Gondwana Supergroup, Jurassic of Kutch, Cretaceous of Trichinopoly, Tertiary and Quaternary sequences of Assam, Bengal and Siwaliks.


Symmetry and forms in common crystal classes; Physical properties of minerals;
Isomorphism, polymorphism, solid solution and exsolution; Classification of minerals; Structure of silicates; Mineralogy of common rock-forming minerals; Elements of Optical Mineralogy, Optical properties of common rock-forming minerals.


Definition and classification of rocks; Igneous rocks – forms of igneous bodies; Processes of evolution and diversification of magma; Classification, association, and genesis of common igneous rocks. Sedimentary rocks – classification, texture, and structure; Petrology of sandstone and limestone; Elements of sedimentary environments and facies. Metamorphic rocks – classification and texture; Types of
metamorphism; Controls on metamorphism – pressure, temperature and fluids; Concept of projections – ACF, AKF and AFM diagrams; Phase Rule and its applications; Concepts of zones and facies, Characteristic mineral assemblages of pelites in the Barrovian zones and mafic rocks in common facies.

Economic Geology: 

Physical properties of common economic minerals; General processes of formation
of mineral deposits; Mode of occurrence and distribution of metallic and non-metallic mineral deposits in India; Fundamentals of reserve calculation; Elements of coal and hydrocarbon geology, Coal and hydrocarbon occurrences in India.

Applied Geology: 

Groundwater and hydrological cycle, Types of aquifers, porosity and permeability;
Principles of engineering geology; Geological considerations in construction of dams and tunnels.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQ’S) About IIT JAM

  • What is IIT JAM ?

The full form of IIT JAM is Joint Admission Test for Masters which is conducted by one of the participating IITs (Indian Institute of Technology). The aspirants who are interested in pursuing a Master’s Programme from renowned Indian colleges like IITs, NITs, and IISc

  • What is IIT JAM GEOLOGY ?

IIT JAM GEOLOGY is a entrance test for getting admission to various iit’s and iisc’s for M.Sc. and M.Sc – P.hd. Dual degree.

  • What is IIT JAM GEOLOGY ?

IIT JAM GEOLOGY is a entrance test for getting admission to various iit’s and iisc’s for M.Sc. and M.Sc – P.hd. Dual degree.

  • Last date to fill up online application form for IIT JAM ?

Online Application portal is closed on October 14, 2021.

  • Does IIT JAM Biotechnology have Negative mark ?

Yes , 

  • Does IIT JAM Entrance Exam conducted online or offline ?

JAM 2022 Examination will be conducted ONLINE only as a Computer Based Test (CBT) for all Test Papers.

  • What are the different papers for IIT JAM for which the exam is conducted ?

JAM 2022 will have seven Test Papers, namely –  Biotechnology (BT), Chemistry (CY), Economics (EN), Geology (GG), Mathematics (MA), Mathematical Statistics (MS) and Physics (PH).

  • IIT JAM 2022 Exam Pattern ?

All the seven Test Papers of JAM 2022 will be of entirely objective type, with three different patterns of questions, namely (i) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ), (ii) Multiple Select Questions (MSQ), and (iii) Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions.

  • IIT JAM 2022 Exam Date ?

Exam date for IIT JAM 2022 – February 13, 2022 (Sunday)

  • IIT JAM 2022 Admit card release Date ?

Admit card for IIT JAM 2022 will be uploaded on January 04, 2022 (Tuesday)

  • IIT JAM 2022 Date of Announcement of result?

IIT JAM 2022 result will be announced on March 22, 2022 (Tuesday)

  • IIT JAM 2022 Organising Institute ?

IIT JAM 2022 organised by Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, For more Do visit official website

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