IIT-JAM

JAM (Joint Admission Test For M.Sc.) is conducted for Admission to M.Sc. (Two Years), Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D., M.Sc.-Ph.D. Dual Degree, and other Post-Bachelor Degree Programmes at Indian Institutes of Technologies (IITs) namely: Bhubaneswar, Bombay, Delhi, Dhanbad, Gandhinagar, Guwahati, Hyderabad Indore, Jodhpur, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Patna, Roorkee, Ropar & Integrated Ph.D. Programmes at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. JAM is a Computer Based ONLINE Examination and is conducted on first or second Sunday of February in seven streams namely: Biological Sciences (BL), Biotechnology (BT), Chemistry (CY), Geology (GG), Mathematics (MA), Mathematical Statistics (MS), Physics (PH).

No additional requirements, like suitability test or interview, are needed for the programmes for which admission process is through JAM.

Integrated Ph.D. programmes in Physical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences & Biological Sciences at IISc Bangalore use the JAM results to shortlist the candidates for final selection.

ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES:

The following are the full-time M.Sc. (Two Years), Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D., M.Sc.-Ph.D. Dual Degree, and other Post-Bachelor’s Degree Programmes at different IITs and Integrated Ph.D. Programmes at IISc to which admissions shall be made on the basis of JAM:

  1. Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (IISc): Integrated Ph.D. Programmes in Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, and Physical Sciences.
  2. IIT Bhubaneswar (IITBBS): Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D. Programmes in (i) Chemistry, (ii) Geology, (iii) Mathematics, (iv) Physics, and (v) Atmosphere and Ocean Sciences. The modalities for selection to the Ph.D. programme in the joint M.Sc. – Ph.D. programme are as follows. After completing the third semester of the M.Sc. Programme: (a) Those students securing CGPA > 8.5 and having expressed their desire to continue in writing are eligible to opt for the Ph.D. Programme. Final selection will be based on the written test, interview and other short listing criteria set by the Institute. Those not selected and those who do not opt for the Ph.D. Programme will exit with an M.Sc. Degree. (b) Those with CGPA < 8.5 are not allowed to opt for the Ph.D. Programme and will exit with an M.Sc. degree.
  3. IIT Bombay (IITB): Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programmes in (i) Applied Geology, (ii) Applied Geophysics, (iii) Applied Statistics and Informatics, (iv) Biotechnology, (v) Chemistry, (vi) Mathematics, and (vii) Physics M.Sc.-Ph.D. Dual Degree Programmes in (i) Environmental Science and Engineering, (ii) Operations Research. Both the degrees will be awarded together after the successful completion of the Programmes.
  4. IIT Delhi (IITD): Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programmes in (i) Chemistry, (ii) Mathematics, and (iii) Physics
  5. IIT Dhanbad (ISM): Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programmes in (i) Chemistry, (ii) Mathematics and Computing, (iii) Physics, and Three year Master in Science (M.Sc.[Tech]) in (i) Applied Geology, and (ii) Applied Geophysics
  6. IIT Gandhinagar (IITGN): Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programmes in (i) Chemistry, (ii) Mathematics, and (iii) Physics
  7. IIT Guwahati (IITG): Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programmes in (i) Chemistry, (ii) Mathematics and Computing, and (iii) Physics
  8. IIT Hyderabad (IITH): Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programmes in (i) Chemistry, (ii) Mathematics/ Mathematics and Computing, and (iii) Physics
  9. IIT Indore (IITI): Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programmes in (i) Chemistry, (ii) Mathematics, (iii) Physics, and (iv) Biotechnology, and (v) Astronomy with an option to convert it to M.Sc.-Ph.D. Dual Degree Programme during second semester. Programme conversion of the eligible students is confirmed at the end of the third semester subjected to them qualifying the CSIR/UGC-NET, GATE or any equivalent examination and meeting the short-listing criteria of the concerned discipline. Students continuing M.Sc.-Ph.D. Dual Degree Programme are awarded M.Sc. degree after successful completion of all its prescribed requirements with recognition that it also partially fulfills the requirements of M.Sc. and Ph.D. Dual Degree Programme.
  10. IIT Jodhpur (IITJ): Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programmes in (i) Chemistry, (ii) Mathematics, and (iii) Physics
  11. IIT Kanpur (IITK): Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programmes in (i) Chemistry, (ii) Mathematics, (iii) Physics, and (iv) Statistics M.Sc.-Ph.D. Dual Degree Programme in Physics (Transfer from M.Sc.-Ph.D. Dual Degree Programme to M.Sc. Physics Programme is not permitted. However, for the students admitted to the M.Sc.-Ph.D. Dual Degree Programme, the M.Sc. degree will be given after successful completion of all academic requirements of the first six semesters while working towards Ph.D. degree).
  12. IIT Kharagpur (IITKGP): Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D. Programmes in (i) Chemistry, (ii) Geology, (iii) Geophysics, (iv) Mathematics, and (v) Physics
  13. IIT Madras (IITM): Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programmes in (i) Chemistry, (ii) Mathematics, and (iii) Physics
  14. IIT Patna (IITP): Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programmes in (i) Chemistry, (ii) Mathematics, and (iii) Physics
  15. IIT Roorkee (IITR): Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programmes in (i) Applied Geology, (ii) Biotechnology, (iii) Chemistry, (iv) Economics, (v) Mathematics, and (vi) Physics
  16. IIT Ropar (IITRPR): Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programmes in (i) Chemistry, (ii) Mathematics, and (iii) Physics

TEST PAPERS AND MINIMUM EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS (MEQs) FOR ADMISSION: JAM Examination is conducted in seven subjects, also referred to as Test Papers; Biological Sciences (BL), Biotechnology (BT), Chemistry (CY), Geology (GG), Mathematics (MA), Mathematical Statistics (MS) and Physics (PH). Candidates are advised to become familiar with the code(s) of the test paper(s) that they wish to appear as this information is required at the time of application form submission, at the time of examination, and later at the time of admission process. The Minimum Educational Qualifications (MEQs) for admissions to various Academic Programmes covered under JAM. Admission to each of the Academic Programmes shall be offered on the basis of merit in the corresponding Test Paper(s) of JAM.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS (ERs) FOR ADMISSION
The candidates who have either appeared or are due to appear in the final examination of their qualifying degree are also eligible to appear in the test. Admission to most of the Academic Programmes at various institutes will be made on the basis of merit in JAM. There is no age restriction.

The candidates who qualify in JAM shall have to fulfill the following Eligibility Requirement (ER) for admissions in IITs.

  • All candidates admitted through JAM should have a Bachelor’s degree.
  • At least 55% aggregate marks, without rounding off, (taking into account all subjects, including Languages and Subsidiaries, all years combined) for General/OBC-NCL category Candidates and Foreign Nationals; at least 50% aggregate marks, without rounding off, (taking into account all subjects, including Languages and Subsidiaries, all years combined) for SC/ST and PwD Category Candidates in the qualifying degree.
  • For Candidates with letter grades/CGPA (instead of percentage of marks), the equivalence in percentage of marks will be decided by the Admitting Institute(s).
  • Proof of having passed the Qualifying Degree with the Minimum Educational Qualifications (MEQ) as specified by the admitting institute should be submitted by September 30.

At the time of admission, all admitted candidates will have to submit a physical fitness certificate from a registered medical practitioner in the prescribed form. At the time of admission, the admitted candidates may also have to undergo a physical fitness test by a medical board constituted by the Admitting Institute. In case a candidate is not found physically fit to pursue his/her chosen course of study, his/her admission is liable to be cancelled.

Test Papers, corresponding Academic Programmes offered by the Admitting Institutes and their Minimum Educational Qualifications for Admission:

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

* Medical Criteria: a) Applicants with color blindness and/or Uni-ocularity are not eligible. b) To do fieldwork, persons with disability (PwD) category candidates should be able to walk in the field without assistance /escort (on-road and/or off-road conditions.)

PATTERN OF TEST PAPERS

The JAM Examination for all the seven test papers will be carried out as ONLINE Computer Based Test (CBT) where the candidates 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 will be 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 two marks each. Each MCQ type question has four choices out of which only one choice is the correct answer. Candidates can mark the answer by clicking the choice.

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 candidate gets full credit only if he/she selects all the correct answers only and no wrong answers. Candidates 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 two 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. In all sections, questions not attempted will result in zero mark. In Section-A (MCQ), wrong answer will result in negative marks. For each wrong answer of 1 mark questions, 1/3 mark will be deducted and similarly for each wrong answer of 2 marks questions, 2/3 mark 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 provision of using online virtual calculator and hence, the candidates should not bring any calculator with them.
• Mobile phones or any other electronic devices are strictly prohibited inside examination hall. Charts, graph sheets, and 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 candidates are required to select the answer for MCQ and MSQ type questions using the mouse.
• The answer for NAT questions can be entered using a virtual numeric keypad (the keyboard of the computer will be disabled).
• At the end of the 3 hours, the computer will automatically end the examination. Use of unfair means by a candidate in JAM, whether detected at the time of examination, or at any other stage, will lead to the cancellation of his/her candidature as well as disqualification of the candidate from appearing in JAM in future. The candidates are advised to visit the JAM website for more details on the patterns of questions for JAM, including examples of the questions. Candidates 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.

EXAMINATION CITIES:

INSTITUTE

CITIES

IISc Bangalore

Bengaluru, Hubli, Hyderabad, Kannur, Kozhikode, Mangalore, Palakkad, Trissur

IIT Bombay

Ahmedabad, Goa, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nasik, Pune, Vadodara

IIT Delhi

Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Gurugram, Hisar, Indore, Jaipur, Jammu, Jodhpur, New Delhi

IIT Guwahati

Asansol-Durgapur, Dhanbad, Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Jorhat, Kalyani, Patna, Siliguri

IIT Kanpur

Agra, Allahabad, Bareilly, Bhopal, Kanpur, Lucknow, Varanasi

IIT Kharagpur

Bhubaneswar, Kharagpur, Kolkata, Raipur, Ranchi, Vijaywada, Visakhapatnam

IIT Madras

Chennai, Coimbatore, Ernakulam, Kollam, Kottayam, Madurai, Thiruvananthapuram, Tiruchirapalli, Tirunelveli, Warangal

IIT Roorkee

Dehradun, Jalandhar, Kurukshetra, NOIDA, Mohali, Moradabad, Roorkee

RANK AND MERIT LIST

Rank List: For each test paper in JAM, an All India Rank (AIR) will be assigned to all the appeared candidates based on the performance of the candidates in the test paper.

Tie-Breaking: The tie-breaking criterion for awarding the ranks to candidates scoring the same aggregate marks in a test paper will be as follows:
The candidate with a higher ratio of positive marks to negative marks will be given a higher rank. If this criterion fails to break ties, the candidates concerned will be awarded the same rank.
Merit List: The results (merit lists) is declared around March 20. For each test paper, an All India Merit list will be prepared based on AIR. The number of candidates included in the All India Merit List will depend on the total number of seats available in each category(OBC-NCL, SC,ST, and PwD) in a given subject. These candidates (henceforth called Qualified Candidates) are eligible to apply for admission to any of the corresponding academic programmes available at IITs and IISc. Please note that the number of category-wise (OBC-NCL, SC, ST, and PwD) candidates included in the All India Merit List will be based on the category declared by the candidates in their application.

HOW TO APPLY

Candidates can apply for JAM only through JAM Online Application Processing System (JOAPS) link.The facility for OnlineRegistration and Application is usually available fromfirst week of September.
Data Requirement for Filling the Application form:The following data will be required while filling the form at JOAPS:

  • Personal information (name, date of birth, personal mobile number, parent’s name, parent’s mobile number, etc.). Please note that the name of the candidate in the application form must exactly be the same as per the qualifying degree certificate. JAM 2018 Score Card will be issued as per the name entered in the application form. Prefix/title such as Mr/Shri/Dr/Mrs/Smt, etc. should NOT be used before name.
  • Address for Communication (including PIN code)
  • Eligibility degree details
  • College name and address with PIN code
  • JAM paper/s
  • Choice of JAM Examination cities
  • High-quality image of candidate’s photograph conforming to the requirements specified
  • Good-quality image of candidate’s signature conforming to the requirements specified
  • Scanned copy of Category (SC/ST) Certificate (if applicable) in pdf format
  • Scanned copy of PwD Certificate (if applicable) in pdf format
  • Details of the valid Identity Document (ID) (This ID proof, in original, should be carried by the candidate to the examination hall)
  • Net-banking/debit card/credit card details for fee payment

The JAM application requires that your photograph and signature are uploaded electronically at JOAPS.Uploading photograph and signature that does not meet the specifications can result in disqualification of the application without any refund of the application fee.

Photograph Requirements

  • Please pay attention to upload only good quality photograph. The JAM Score Card will be printed with the photograph you submit.
  • The photograph must match with your appearance on the day of the examination.
  • A passport size (3.5 cm Width x 4.5 cm Height) photograph of the face of the candidate is required for application form.
  • The photograph must be inCOLORand takenafter 01 August 2017in a professional studio. Photographs taken using a mobile phone and other self-composed portraits may result in the rejection of application.
  • Request photo studio to provide the image of your photo in a JPEG format and also on a standard 3.5 cm X 4.5 cm (Width X Height) print.
  • Maximum size of the JPEG image can be 480*640 in pixels (0.3 Mega pixel) (Request photo studio to reduce it to this size if it is larger).Minimum pixel size of the JPEG image can be 240 X 320. File size of the image should be in the range of 5KB to 200KB.
  • Background of the photograph must bewhiteor avery light colour.
  • The face should occupy at least 50% of the area of the photograph with a full-face view looking into the camera directly.
  • The main features of the face must not be covered by hair of the head, any cloth or any shadow. Forehead, eyes, nose and chin should be clearly visible.
  • If you normally wear spectacles, a photograph with glare on glasses is not acceptable in your photo. While you may wear spectacles for the photo shoot,if glare cannot be avoided, then remove the spectacles.
  • You must not wear spectacles with dark or tinted glasses, only clear glasses are permitted.
  • Poor quality of the photograph submitted will lead to rejection of your JAM application, without any refund of the application fee.

IMPORTANT POINTS:

  • An application once submitted Can Not be changed/rectified. Therefore, before submitting the JAM application, please ensure that all the details and all the necessary supporting documents are filled/uploaded and there is NO error.
  • Please, also ensure to pay the application fee as per the gender/category and test paper option. If the fee paid is NOT as per the Gender and Category, and the number of Test Paper(s), entered in the Application Form, then the filled in form will be rejected without any intimation to the candidate.
  • Multiple applications submitted by a candidate are liable for rejection. Hence, DO NOT submit multiple application forms. After submitting an application, if a candidate decided to appear in other test paper or to change test paper(s), he/she can ADD THE ADDITIONAL TEST PAPER or can change the TEST PAPER(S) before the closing date in the earlier submitted application form. In such cases the candidate has to pay an additional fee online before closing date.
  • Candidates, who have wrongly entered the Category or Gender will be allowed to change the Category or Gender with an additional fee.

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