IIT-JAM – FAQ’s

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How do I apply ONLINE?

Apply by using the JAM Online Application Processing System (JOAPS) link provided in JAM website.

Can I use one E-mail address to fill multiple application forms?

No. One E-mail address can be used to submit only one application form.

For how many JAM papers can I apply?

A candidate can apply for either one or two out of the seven JAM test papers subject to the restriction imposed by the Test Schedule given in the Information Brochure or JAM website. The choice of the appropriate test paper(s) is the responsibility of the candidate. Some guidelines in this respect are suggested below.

a) The candidate is expected to appear in paper(s) appropriate to the discipline of his/her qualifying degree and/or based on the requirements of the academic programme to which he/she desires to seek admission.

b) The candidate is, however, free to choose any paper according to his/her admission plan, keeping in mind the eligibility criteria of the institutions in which he/she wishes to seek admission.

In all cases, the candidate must go through carefully the Information Brochure and/or the link Eligibility Requirements(ER) & Minimum Educational Qualifications (MEQ) in the website and check the ER and MEQ of the programme(s) in which the candidate wishes to seek admission before deciding on the test paper(s).

Why should I choose three examination cities?

Candidate is most likely allotted a centre in the examination city of his/her first choice. Only in cases, where there are too many candidates opting for a certain city as their first choice, the other two choices shall be relevant. A candidate is required to fill his/her primary as well as secondary choices, but should remember that because of operational constraints, the JAM committee reserves the right to add a new city or remove an existing one, and allot a city that may not be any of the choices of a candidate.

My power/internet connection failed during the application process, what do I do?

If you have clicked on the ‘Save’ button during the application process, the data you entered up to that point of time has been stored online. Simply login back to the JOAPS website and continue the application process. If the data is not saved, you have to start the process afresh.

What are the special provisions available for PwD candidates in JAM examination?

For PwD candidates with any category of disability (viz., blindness or low vision, hearing impairment, locomotor disability, and/or cerebral palsy), benefit will be given to only those who have at least 40% permanent physical impairment with respect to a body part/system/extremity/whole body, etc. In order to avail concession under the PwD category, the candidates should upload a recently obtained valid PwD certificate issued by competent authority.
A PwD candidate, if needed, can take the assistance of a Scribe during the JAM examination. Scribe is a person who can assist the PwD candidate by ONLY reading the instructions and the test paper displayed on the computer screen verbatim, and also in mouse-clicks, if the candidate is not able to do so. If the scribe is needed, then a PwD candidate should confirm the requirement of a scribe while filling up the application and must upload the PwD certificate.

Should OBC (non-creamy layer) candidate upload the category certificate at the time of applying?

No. You don’t need to upload your OBC-NCL certificate at the time of applying for JAM examination. Category certificate is required at this stage only to claim the concessional rate for the application fee. The rank list will be prepared based on the category declared by the candidates in the application form.

However, you have to submit the OBC-NCL category certificate in the prescribed format along with other required documents when you submit your application form for admission after the declaration of JAM results. The final seat allotment will be done based on the OBC-NCL certificate submitted along with the application form for admission. Please refer to the Information Brochure for more information.

After submission of application, am I permitted to change my JAM Examination Paper(s) and Examination City?

Requests for change of JAM Examination paper(s) after the submission of Application Form will not be considered under any circumstances. Therefore, you must make clear choice(s) of the test paper(s) that you wish to appear in JAM.
However, requests for change of examination city will be accepted until a deadline against a fee. Please refer to the Information Brochure and JAM web site for more information on this.

How do I make the application fee payment for JAM examination?

There is a link to a payment gateway from the application portal. The candidate can choose from any of the payment options available. The additional charges such as service charges, processing fees or bank charges, have to be borne by the candidate. For details of the fees to be paid, refer to the Information brochure.

After making payment, how should I complete the application process?

After the payment is successful, you will be redirected back to the JOAPS website. You will now be able to download the complete filled in application form with fee payment details in .pdf format. Take a printout of the entire PDF file for your future reference/use.

The power/internet connection failed during my online payment. What do I do?

When you can get back online, first check the status of your payment on the JOAPS website. If the payment was received by JAM, a message to this effect will be displayed and now you can continue the usual process. If the payment was not received by JAM, you have to start with the payment step again, to complete payment.

My net-banking account/debit card/credit card has been debited (money taken out) more than once. How do I get the money back?

This can happen if your bank account/debit card/credit card was used more than once or you pressed refresh or back/forward button of your internet browser. Any unaccounted or excess money that was received on behalf of JAM will automatically be returned (credited) to the bank account. Similarly, any unaccounted or excess money received from debit card/credit card account will be credited back to the same account.

My bank account has been debited (money taken out), but JOAPS website says that the payment has not been received. What do I do?

This happens because of some failure in internet transactions (including failure of internet connection at your end). Please login back to JOAPS after one hour and check the status of the payment. Even then, if JOAPS does not acknowledge any fee payment, you MUST initiate a fresh payment process on the JOAPS website, and make the payment again, even without waiting or the money to be credited back to your account, so that your application submission is on time. The money that was debited (taken out) from your account in the first attempt, will be credited (put back) to the bank account. You will be charged only once. Any excess/unaccounted debits will be returned to you.

Do I have to send the printout of the application form?

No. You do not have to send the printout of the application form to the Organizing Institute (IIT Bombay) or any other JAM zonal Offices. This is to kept with you for records..

When and how will I know the status of my application?

You can check the status of your application by logging in to the JOAPS website.

After completing the ONLINE application process and generating a .pdf file, will I be able to change my application data?

No. After completing all the steps up to .pdf application form generation in the ONLINE application process, you can only download the application form and CANNOT modify the data. Hence you need to be very careful while entering the data.

I have missed to take a printout of my ONLINE application at the end of my application process. How will I get access to it?

You can login using your JOAPS Enrolment ID and JOAPS password and take a printout from the JOAPS website.

Which Identity Document (ID)’s shall be accepted in the application form?

For Indian candidates, only following identification cards shall be accepted: Passport, PAN card, Voter ID, Aadhar-UID, College ID, Employee ID and Driving Licence. For International candidates, only valid Passport/ Government Issued ID/College/Employee ID shall be accepted as the recognized identification.

I have not yet graduated the qualifying degree. Do I still need to fill the ‘Percentage of Marks/CGPA’ field ?

Yes. Enter your latest Percentage of Marks/CGPA in the field.

When will I receive my admit card?

Admit Card can only be downloaded from the JOAPS website after January first week. Admit Cards will NOT be sent by post or as e-mail attachment.

Is the Admit card alone sufficient to gain entry to the examination centre?

No. The Admit Card has to be brought to the examination centre along with at least one original (not photocopied/scanned copy) and valid (not expired) Identity Document (ID), whose details have been entered while filling the application. For Indian candidates, only following identification cards shall be accepted: Passport, PAN card, Voter ID, Aadhaar-UID, College ID, Employee ID and Driving License. For International candidates, ONLY a valid Passport/Government issued ID/College ID/Employee ID shall be accepted as the recognized identification. Candidates will not be permitted to take the examination if the original and valid ID is not presented.

Can I bring soft copy of the Admit card (in mobile phone/ tablet/ laptop) to gain entry to the examination hall?

No. Hard copy (printed in colour) of the Admit Card should be brought to the examination centre along with at least one original (not photocopied/scanned copy) and valid (not expired) Identity Document (ID), whose details have been entered while filling the application.

What is the pattern of JAM examination?

The JAM examination will be conducted as Computer based ONLINE examination.

Why should I appear for JAM Examination ?

JAM Examination is conducted for admission to various academic programmes (as listed in the Information Brochure) in IISc and IITs In all cases, you must go through carefully the Information Brochure and/or the link Eligibility Requirements & Minimum Educational Qualifications at JAM website and check the Eligibility Requirements and Minimum Educational Qualifications (MEQ) of the programme(s) in which you wish to seek admission before deciding on applying for JAM examination. If you have not yet graduated in the qualifying degree, you are still eligible to appear in JAM examination. However, on qualifying in JAM examination, you can apply for provisional admission subject to the condition that: (a) all parts of your final examination shall be completed by the date of registration of the Admitting Institute, and (b) proof of having passed the qualifying degree with required eligibility, as specified by the Admitting Institute, will be submitted by September 30.

Will I be provided the paper sheets for rough work and calculations during the test?

A scribble pad will be provided to the candidate that can be used to do the rough work. The candidate has to return the scribble pad after the examination.

Am I allowed to leave the examination hall during the test?

No. Candidates will not be allowed to leave the examination hall for any reason during the test. Candidates are allowed to leave the examination hall only after the closure of the test at the scheduled end of examination in a session.

What items are not permitted to be brought with me inside the examination venue?

Only admit card, identification card and a pen shall be permitted to be taken inside the examination hall. Mobile phones, physical calculators, wristwatches, or any other electronic items are NOT permitted inside the examination hall. If a candidate brings any of these items, they have to be kept outside the examination hall at the candidate’s own risk. If the candidate is found to be in possession of these items (even if not using them), he/she shall be disqualified and the result shall not be declared for the candidate.

Can I bring a physical calculator during the examination?

No. During the online JAM examination, all candidates will be provided with a virtual scientific calculator which has to be used to answer the questions. Mobile phones, physical calculators, smart watches, or any other electronic items are NOT permitted inside the examination hall.

What happens if a physical calculator (even on an electronic watch) or a mobile phone (even in switched off mode) is found in my possession in the examination hall?

Such cases will naturally constitute violation of JAM code of conduct and will lead to disqualification of the candidature.

Will the facility of scribe and/or additional time be given to all PwD candidates?

Please refer to http://www.ccdisabilities.nic.in/content/en/docs/CCDLetters.pdf (in particular to the fifth page of the document) for the clarification issued by CCPD on 18.03.2013. ‘The facility of scribe is meant for only those PwD candidates who have physical limitation to write including that of speed. The additional time would be applicable only to such candidates.’

Will there be a ‘magnified question paper’ for visually challenged PwD candidates?

Yes. Once you reach the examination hall please contact the JAM Institute Representative through the invigilator in your examination hall and he/she will do the needful.

What are the eligibility requirements for admission in Integrated Ph.D at IISc, Bangalore?

First class marks (as declared by the university) for General/OBC category candidates and at least second class or 50% aggregate marks for SC and ST category candidates in the qualifying degree.

Is it compulsory to have studied Mathematics subject for admission in Chemistry (CY).

Yes, for admission in Chemistry, candidate should have passed Mathematics at the Higher Secondary (10+2) level.

Why is JAM cut off required?

The IIT administered Joint Admission Test for M.Sc programmes (JAM) attract thousands of applications every year against a limited number of seats, i.e., around 1800 across 16 Institutions offering postgraduate science programmes. Further, many of the JAM applicants are screened out with the entrance examination. Yet, the number of test takers qualifying the M.Sc entrance examination is quite huge in comparison to the number of offered seats. Therefore, JAM cut off is determined to shortlist candidates for admissions into the M.Sc programmes and it becomes easy for the institutes to call the JAM cutoff qualifying candidates for counselling process.

What is the Minimum Educational Qualification required for admission to Biological Sciences (BL), Biotechnology (BT), Chemistry (CY), Geology (GG), Mathematics (MA), Mathematical Statistics (MS), Physics (PH) at IITs, IISc?


Test Paper

Academic Programme(s)

Institute(s)

Minimum Educational Qualification(s) for Admission

Essential subjects in Bachelor’s Degree along with minimum duration

Essential subjects at (10+2) level

Biotechnology
(BT)

M.Sc. Biotechnology

IITB, IITI, IITR

Any Branch/ Subject

Mathematics

M.Sc.- Ph.D. Dual Degree in Environmental Science and Engineering

IITB

Any one of Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics for two years/four semesters, and any one of the other four subjects for at least one year/two semesters

 

Chemistry
(CY)

M.Sc. Chemistry

IITB, IITD, IITG, IITGN, IITH, IITI, IITJ, IITK, IITM, IITP, IITR, IITRPR, IITISM

Chemistry for three years/six semesters

Mathematics

Joint M.Sc.- Ph.D. in Chemistry

IITBBS, IITKGP

M.Sc.- Ph.D. Dual Degree in Environmental Science and Engineering

IITB

Any one of Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics for two years/four semesters, and any one of the other four subjects for at least one year/two semesters

Mathematics

Joint M.Sc.- Ph.D. in Atmosphere and Ocean Sciences

IITBBS

Mathematics and Physics with any one of these subjects among Chemistry, Computer Science, Computer Application, Geology and Statistics

No Restrictions

Geology
(GG)

M.Sc. Applied Geology

IITB, IITR

Geology for three years/six semesters and any two subjects among Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biological Science

Mathematics

Joint M.Sc.- Ph.D. in Geophysics

IITKGP

Geology as a subject for three years/six semesters and any two subjects among Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry

Joint M.Sc.- Ph.D. in Geology

IITKGP, IITBBS

Joint M.Sc.- Ph.D. in Atmosphere and Ocean Sciences

IITBBS

Mathematics and Physics and any one of these subjects among Chemistry, Computer Science, Computer Application, Geology and Statistics

No Restrictions

M.Sc.(Tech) in
Applied Geology *

IITISM

B.Sc degree (3 year) with Geology as Honours/ Major/ Main/Equivalent
subject and any 2 subsidiary subjects from Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.

Mathematics

Mathematics
(MA)

M.Sc. in Economics

IITR

Mathematics as one of the core subjects

No Restrictions

M.Sc. Mathematics

IITB, IITD, IITGN, IITI, IITJ,IITK, IITM, IITP, IITR, IITRPR

Mathematics for at least two years/four semesters

M.Sc. Mathematics/ Mathematics and Computing

IITH, IITISM

M.Sc. Mathematics and Computing

IITG

Joint M.Sc.- Ph.D. in Mathematics

IITBBS, IITKGP

Mathematics/ Statistics as a subject for at least two years/four semesters.

M.Sc.- Ph.D. Dual Degree in Operations Research

IITB

M.Sc.- Ph.D. Dual Degree in Environmental Science and Engineering

IITB

Any one of Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics for two years/four semesters, and any one of the other four subjects for at least one year/two semesters.

Mathematics

Joint M.Sc.- Ph.D. in Atmosphere and Ocean Sciences

IITBBS

Mathematics and Physics and any one of these subjects among Chemistry, Computer Science, Computer Application, Geology and Statistics

No Restrictions

Mathematical Statistics
(MS)

M.Sc. Applied Statistics and Informatics

IITB

Mathematics or Statistics for at least two years/ four semesters

No Restrictions

M.Sc.- Ph.D. Dual Degree in Operations Research

IITB

M.Sc. Statistics

IITK

Statistics for at least two years/ four semesters

Joint M.Sc.- Ph.D. in Atmosphere and Ocean Sciences

IITBBS

Mathematics and Physics and any one of these subjects among Chemistry, Computer Science, Computer Application, Geology and Statistics

Physics
(PH)

M.Sc. Physics

IITB, IITD, IITG, IITGN, IITH, IITI,IITJ,IITK, IITM, IITP, IITR, IITRPR, IITISM

Physics for at least two years/four semesters and Mathematics for at least one year/two semesters

No Restrictions

Joint M.Sc.- Ph.D. in Physics

IITBBS, IITKGP

M.Sc.- Ph.D. Dual Degree in Physics

IITK

M.Sc. Applied Geophysics

IITB

Physics and Mathematics/Mathematical Physics for two years/four semesters and at least one of them as subject for three years/six semesters

M.Sc. Astronomy

IITI

Physics/ Mathematics / Computer Science Engineering, Electrical Engineering/ Mechanical Engineering

Joint M.Sc.- Ph.D. in Atmosphere and Ocean Sciences

IITBBS

Mathematics and Physics and any one of these subjects among Chemistry, Computer Science, Computer Application, Geology and Statistics

Joint M.Sc.- Ph.D. in Geophysics

IITKGP

Geology as a subject for three years/six semesters and any two subjects among Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry

Mathematics

M.Sc.- Ph.D. Dual Degree in Environmental Science and
Engineering

IITB

Any one of Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics for two years/four semesters, and any one of the other four subjects for at least one year/two semesters

M.Sc.(Tech) in Applied Geophysics

IITISM

B.Sc Degree (3 yr.) with Physics as Honours/ Major/ Main/ Equivalent subject, Mathematics as a subsidiary subject for 2 years/4 semesters and another subsidiary subject from Chemistry, Geology, Electronics, and Statistics for 1 year/ 2 semesters.

No Restriction

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