The Joint Admission Test for M.Sc. (JAM) is an admission test to Master of Science (M.Sc.) and other post-graduate science programs at the Indian Institutes of Technology, Indian Institute of Science, and other institutes. The main objective of JAM is to provide admissions to various M.Sc. (Two Years), Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D., M.Sc.-Ph.D. Dual Degree, M.Sc.-M.Tech., and other Post-Bachelor Degree Programmes at different IITs, and Integrated Ph.D. Programs at IISc to which admission shall be made on the basis of JAM. IIT Bombay is the Organizing Institute for JAM 2018, and there is no age restriction. In this page, the programmes and institutes covered by JAM 2018, the eligibility criteria, admission process and every detail are provided below.
M.Sc. Admission through JAM
JAM 2018 will be held on February 11, 2018. IITs across the nation and IISc will admit candidates who qualify in JAM 2018 to M.Sc. (Two Years), Joint M.Sc. -Ph.D., M.Sc.-Ph.D. Dual Degree, M.Sc.-M.Tech., and other Post-Bachelor’s Degree Programmes at the IITs and Integrated Ph.D. Degree Programmes at IISc.
The following are the Integrated Ph.D. Programmes at IISc to which admissions shall be made on the basis of JAM 2018.
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (IISc)
Programmes: Integrated Ph.D. Programmes in Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, and Physical Sciences
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 to which admissions shall be made on the basis of JAM 2018.
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 is as follows. After completing the third semester of the M.Sc. Programme:
- 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 shortlisting 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.
- Those with CGPA < 8.5 are not allowed to opt for the Ph.D. Programme and will exit with an M.Sc. degree.
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.
IIT Delhi (IITD): Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programmes in (i) Chemistry, (ii) Mathematics, and (iii) Physics
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
IIT Gandhinagar (IITGN): Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programmes in (i) Chemistry, (ii) Mathematics, and (iii) Physics
IIT Guwahati (IITG): Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programmes in (i) Chemistry, (ii) Mathematics and Computing, and (iii) Physics
IIT Hyderabad (IITH): Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programmes in (i) Chemistry, (ii) Mathematics/ Mathematics and Computing, and (iii) Physics
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 the 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 the recognition that it also partially fulfills the requirements of M.Sc. and Ph.D. Dual Degree Programme.
IIT Jodhpur (IITJ): Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programmes in (i) Chemistry, (ii) Mathematics, and (iii) Physics
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 the Ph.D. degree).
IIT Kharagpur (IITKGP): Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D. Programmes in (i) Chemistry, (ii) Geology, (iii) Geophysics, (iv) Mathematics, and (v) Physics
IIT Madras (IITM): Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programmes in (i) Chemistry, (ii) Mathematics, and (iii) Physics
IIT Patna (IITP): Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programmes in (i) Chemistry, (ii) Mathematics, and (iii) Physics
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
IIT Ropar (IITRPR): Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programmes in (i) Chemistry, (ii) Mathematics, and (iii) Physics.
Admission to M.Sc Programme in most National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and some Centrally Funded Technical Institutes (CFTIs) is done through Centralized Counselling process know as CCMN.
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JAM examination is conducted in seven subjects, also referred to as Test Papers, of
- Biological Sciences (BL)
- Biotechnology (BT)
- Chemistry (CY)
- Geology (GG)
- Mathematics (MA)
- Mathematical Statistics (MS)
- Physics (PH)
Applicants 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 are required. 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 for Admission
The Applicants who qualify for JAM 2018 shall have to fulfill the following Eligibility Requirement (ER) for admissions in IISc and IITs.
- All Applicants 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 Applicants and 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 Applicants in the qualifying degree.
For Candidates with letter grades/CGPA (instead of the 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, 2018.
How to Apply?
Applicants can apply for Admission based on JAM only through an online application process at JAM website. The application fee for admission is nonrefundable.
- A candidate has to first register on JOAPS website, by providing his/her name, a valid E-mail address, a working mobile number, and a password.
- Upon successful registration, an E-mail containing candidate’s Enrolment ID will be sent to the E-mail address provided by the candidate. The Enrolment ID will also be sent to the mobile number provided by the candidate. The candidate needs to use this enrolment ID along with the password for all JAM 2018 related communications or website operations.
- Applicants can use their enrollment id and password for log into http://joaps.iitm.ac.in to view their scores and if they are qualified, they can start applying for admission by choosing “Apply for Admission”.
The candidate needs to keep the following documents in the scanned PDF form ready for applying for admission:
Mandatory Documents for all
- XII or HSC Marksheet
- Qualifying degree: Marksheets of all semesters/ years
Document for General Category
- Nationality Certificate: Birth Certificate or Voter ID or First page of Passport or School Transfer Certificate (TC) showing Nationality or Nationality Certificate issued by the authorized government agency (Please note that any other documents viz. Aadhar Card, Ration Card, Driving License, College/ Institute/ School ID, Bank Passbook, PAN card, Marksheets are not considered as Nationality Certificate).
- Category Certificate for OBC(NCL), SC, ST Applicants
- PwD Certificate for PwD Applicants
The photograph and signature uploaded during the time of applying for the JAM examination would be used for admission process. There is no need to re-upload the same.
Irrespective of whether a candidate has qualified in one or two Test Papers, only one duly completed Admission Form should be submitted listing, in the option form, all the programmes at IISc and IITs (along with the order of preferences) where the candidate is seeking admission.
The application fee for admission has to be paid ONLINE only using credit card or debit card or netbanking. No challan payment is accepted. During the time of payment of fee, additional charges pertaining to the mode of payment would be added up.
An Admit Card, bearing the Candidate’s Name, Registration Number, Photograph, Signature, and Name(s) and Code(s) of the Test Paper(s) applied along with the Name and Address of the Test Centre allotted, will be available for download from JOAPS website until the Examination Date. Admit Cards will not be sent by post/E-mail. The Candidate should carefully examine the Admit Card for all the entries made therein.
The Admit Card of JAM 2018 must be carefully preserved by the Candidate and produced at the time of admission if required by the Admitting Institute.
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: 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 IISc and IITs. 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.
Only the candidates who qualify in JAM (whose names appear in the Merit List) will be eligible to apply for admission to any of the corresponding academic programmes available at IISc and IITs. Based on the test paper(s) qualified, a Candidate can apply to one or more academic programmes covered under that test paper(s), subject to fulfillment of the Minimum Educational Qualifications (MEQs) and the Eligibility Requirements (ERs) of the Admitting Institute(s).
After JAM 2018 results are announced, a qualified candidate will have to apply ONLINE only using the prescribed Admission Form available at JAM 2018 website http://jam.iitb.ac.in, irrespective of IITs where the admission is sought.
Official Website: www.jam.iitb.ac.in