Syllabus for IIT JAM (Chemistry)


Physical chemistry, organic chemistry and inorganic chemistry form the syllabus for IIT JAM (Chemistry). Atomic structure, chemical thermodynamics, theory of gases, electrochemistry, chemical kinetics, etc are the main topics included under physical chemistry. Topics like organic reaction mechanism and synthetic applications, heterocyclic chemistry and qualitative organic analysis are important in organic chemistry. Main topics under inorganic chemistry are periodic table, chemical bonding, main group elements, transition elements and analytical chemistry.

Syllabus for IIT JAM (Chemistry)

Physical Chemistry

Basic Mathematics

  • Differential equations
  • Vectors
  • Matrices

Atomic Structure

  • Bohr’s theory of hydrogen atom
  • Hund’s rule
  • Pauli’s exclusion principle
  • Quantum numbers
  • Schrödinger’s wave equation
  • Shapes of orbitals
  • Uncertainty principles
  • Wave-particle duality

Theory of Gases

  • Kinetic theory of gases
  • MaxwellBoltzmann distribution law
  • Equipartition of energy

Chemical Thermodynamics

  • Chemical and Phase Equilibrium
  • Entropy
  • First law and its application to ideal and non ideal gases
  • Hydrolysis
  • Ionic equilibrium in solutions
  • Law of mass action
  • pH and buffer solutions
  • Reversible and irreversible process
  • Thermo-chemistry


  • Concentration cells
  • Conductance
  • EMF and Free energy
  • Galvanic cells
  • Polarography
  • Transport number

Chemical Kinetics

  • Arrhenius equation
  • Collision theory
  • Theory of absolute reaction rate
  • Chain reactions
  • Enzyme kinetics
  • Catalysis

Organic Chemistry

  • Basic Concepts in Organic Chemistry
  • Acetoacetic and malonic ester chemistry
  • Aliphatic nucleophilic substitution and elimination reactions
  • Aromaticity
  • Beckmann rearrangement
  • benzoin condensation
  • Cannizzaro reaction
  • Claisen condensation
  • Claisen rearrangement
  • Diels-Alder reactions
  • Etherification and ester hydrolysis
  • Functional group interconversions
  • Furans
  • Grignard reagents
  • Heterocyclic Chemistry
  • Huckel’s rule
  • Identification of functional groups by chemical tests
  • Isomerism
  • Mechanism and synthetic applications of electrophilic aromatic substitution
  • Mechanism of aldol condensation
  • Optical isomerism
  • Organic Reaction Mechanism and Synthetic Applications
  • Perkin reaction
  • Pyrrols and pyridines
  • Qualitative Organic Analysis
  • Stereochemistry
  • Structural problems using chemical reactions
  • Thiophenes
  • Wagner-Meerwein rearrangement
  • Wittig Reactions

Inorganic Chemistry

  • Acid-base
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Applications of isotopes
  • Characteristics of 3d elements
  • Chemical Bonding and Shapes of Compounds
  • Chemistry with emphasis on group relationship
  • Color and magnetic properties of metal complexes
  • Coordination complexes
  • EDTA and precipitation reactions
  • Hybridization
  • Ionic solids
  • Lattice energy
  • Ligands with back bonding capabilities
  • Main Group Elements (s and p blocks)
  • Molecular orbital theory approaches
  • Nuclear reactions
  • Oxidation-reduction
  • Oxide, hydroxide and salts of first row metals
  • Periodic classification of elements
  • Periodic Table
  • Principles of qualitative and quantitative analysis
  • Radioactivity
  • Structure of electron deficient compounds (of main group elements )
  • Structure of NaCl, CsCl, diamond and graphite
  • Transition Metals (d block)
  • Types of bonding
  • VB and Crystal Field theoretical approaches for structure
  • VSEPR theory and shapes of molecules

Preparation for IIT JAM (Chemistry) can be made with the help of books prescribed under B.Sc (Chemistry) course. Study materials collected from web and other reliable sources can also used for study.



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