JAM 2021 – Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, has released information brochure for Joint Admission Test for M.Sc 2021. The examination will be held on February 14, 2021, and the online registration is open till October 17, 2020. This year, 1 more subject has been added to JAM. It is Economics and the code for it is EN. Now JAM is held for 7 subjects, rest of which are BT, CY, GG, MA, MS, PH, PL. JAM 2021 is a national level examination. It is conducted by IIT and IISc, for admission of students in M.Sc, Joint M.Sc – Ph.D, M.Sc – Ph.D dual degree, etc. courses. Candidates with bachelor’s degree, who fulfill eligibility criteria, can apply for the exam. Know JAM 2021 dates, eligibility, application process, syllabus, download brochure, and more from this page.
Latest: JAM 2021 Application Form deadline is October 17, 2020. Click here to apply.
JAM is held for a duration of 3 hours and 60 questions of 100 marks are asked. 3 types of questions are asked in the exam – Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), Multiple Select Questions (MSQs), and Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions. Candidates can apply for 1 or 2 papers of JAM. Check all the important dates for JAM 2021 from the table below.
|IIT JAM 2021||Important Dates|
|Notification releases on||12 Aug 2020|
|Online registration at JOAPS starts on||10 Sep 2020|
|Last date to submit application form and upload documents|
17 Oct 2020
|Form correction window||Oct 2020|
|Download JAM admit card from||5 Jan 2021|
|JAM 2021 exam date||14 Feb 2021|
|Release of answer key||Feb 2021|
|Challenging answer key||Feb 2021|
|Final answer key for JAM 2020 released on||Mar 2021|
|Announcement of results||20 Mar 2021|
|Availability of Scorecard||Mar 2021|
|Submission of admission form||15 – 28 Apr 2021|
|First admission list out on||16 Jun 2021|
|Second admission list out on||01 Jul 2021|
|Third admission list out on||16 Jul 2021|
|Closure of admission via JAM 2021||20 Jul 2021|
Admission via JAM 2021 – Apart from the IITs and the IISc, the score of JAM 2021 is used for admission to other institutes like IISER and NITs. Admission in them is done via centralised counselling called Centralized Counselling for M.Sc./M.Sc.(Tech) for NITs (CCMN). For admission in the IITs and IISc, centralised counselling and admission in offered via JAM Online Application Processing System (JOAPS).
- Application Form
- Application Form Correction
- Admit Card
- Opening and Closing Ranks
- Cut Off
JAM 2021 Application Form
The conducting body of JAM releases the application form of JAM in the online mode only. There is no offline facility available to apply for the test. The candidates have to complete the entire application process at JAM Online Application Processing System (JOAPS).
The steps to apply for JAM are:
Step 1: 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.
Step 2: Upon successful registration, an E-mail containing the candidate’s enrolment ID is sent to the E-mail address provided by the candidate. Use it and the password to login to JOAPS.
Step 3: Fill the application form.
Step 4: Upload all the scanned images needed.
Step 5: Pay the application fee.
Step 6: Print the application form and keep it safe for reference.
Application fee for JAM 2021:
|Category||Fee for 1 Paper||Fee for 2 Paper|
|Females / SC / ST / PwD||Rs. 750||Rs. 1050|
|Other Category||Rs. 1500||Rs. 2100|
Mode of payment of the application fee: The candidates can pay the application fee in online mode only. You can use either of the below-given forms of online payments:
- Net -banking account
- Credit card
JAM 2021 Syllabus
JAM syllabus differs for all the 6 papers. Aspirants can check below the syllabus for all the 7 JAM subject papers from the links below:
|JAM Subject Paper Code||JAM Subject Paper Name||Syllabus|
|EN||Economics||Check here – new|
|MS||Mathematical Statistics||Check here|
|BL||Biological Sciences||Check here|
Until 2019, Biological Sciences (BL) was one of the subject paper in JAM, but it has been discontinued since 2020.
JAM 2021 Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible to apply for JAM 2021, the candidates must fulfil the following criteria:
- Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree
- Should posses the minimum qualifying marks in aggregate in UG as given in the table below:
|General / OBC (NCL) / EWS||55%||5.5 / 10|
|SC / ST and PwD||50%||5.0 / 10|
- To check Test Papers and their Codes, corresponding Academic Programs offered by the Admitting Institutes and their Minimum Educational Qualifications for Admission – click here
Note: At the time of admission, the admitted candidates may also have to undergo a physical fitness test by a medical board of the admitting institute.
JAM 2021 Exam Pattern
The exam pattern of JAM is the same for all the 6 subject papers in terms of the following:
- Mode: The exam is an online test (Computer-Based Test)
- Number of questions: The total number of questions asked in the exam is 60
- Time Duration: Candidates are given 3 hours to complete the full test
- Maximum Marks: The total marks in the exam is 100
The distribution of questions in each of the 6 JAM papers are as follows:
|Section||Type of questions||No. of 1 marks Qs||No. of 2 marks Qs|
|Section -A||Multiple Choice Questions||10||20|
|Section -B||Multiple Select Questions||NA||10|
|Section -C||Numerical Answer Type||10||10|
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 is disabled).
Marking scheme of the exam is:
- There is no negative marking in sections B and C.
- In section A, for attempting the wrong answer of 1 marks, 1/3 marks are deducted and for wrong 2 marks answer 2/3 marks is deducted.
JAM 2021 Mock Test
To prepare for the exam and to understand the exam pattern, students can access the JAM mock test from last year.
|Subject paper||JAM mock test|
|MS: Mathematical Statistics||Start|
Good Books for JAM 2021 Preparation
Here is a list of some good books that are really helpful in JAM preparation.
|Book||Link for online purchase|
|STUDY MATERIAL FOR IIT JAM MATHEMATICAL STATISTICS||Buy here|
|IIt-Jam Joint Admission Test for M Sc Physics 15 Year’s Solved Papers||Buy here|
|IIT-JAM Joint Admission Test for M.Sc. from IITs Biotechnology|
15 Year’s Solved Papers
|Solved Papers & Practice Sets IIT JAM – Physics||Buy here|
JAM 2021 Application Form Correction
All registered candidates are given a one time opportunity to correct any mistake in the submitted online JAM form. To access the form correction window candidates gave to login using their email id / enrolment number and password at JOAPS.
The candidates can edit the below-given details in the JAM 2020 Application Form:
- PwD Status
- Exam City Choice
- Paper Choice
Fee for correction: A correction fee is applicable for making changes in the details above. The fee for change is to be paid using online modes like net banking / credit / debit card.
What is JOAPS?
JOAPS is a dedicated portal for the aspirants of JAM. It provides an online interface to the candidate to interact with the JAM administration. With this interface, a candidate can:
1. Apply for the examination online.
2. Check the status of the application form
3. Download the admit card
4. View answer key
5. Challenge answer keys
6. Check JAM result and download scorecard
7. Participate in the JAM admission process
JAM 2021 Admit Card
Under the respective logins of the registered JAM aspirants, admit card is issued. The admit card can be accessed in the online mode only using JAM email id / enrolment number and password. The JAM admit card is not sent to any candidate via post or personal emails.
Details on JAM 2021 admit card:
- Candidate’s Name
- Registration Number
- Name(s) and Code(s) of the Test Paper(s) applied
- Name and address of the allotted test centre
How to carry JAM 20201 admit card: On the day of the exam, candidates have to carry the printed copy of the admit card with a valid and original ID.
What to do id unable to download JAM 2021 admit card?
If a candidate is not able to download the admit card, then the Chairman JAM 2020 of the respective IISc / IITs, under which the first choice Test City/Town of the candidate falls may be contacted through Phone / Fax / E-mail. The candidates have to provide the enrolment ID, Name, E-mail ID, Mobile Number, Mailing Address, and City Code of the desired Test Centre (first choice) while communicating.
JAM 2021 Exam Schedule
JAM is held in one single day and there are usually 2 shifts. The shifts are as follows:
|Session 1||9.30 AM – 12.30 PM||Biotechnology (BT)|
Mathematical Statistics (MS)
|Session 2||2.30 PM – 5.30 PM||Chemistry (CY)|
JAM 2021 Exam Centres
JAM 2021 exam shall be held across the following cities. The aspirants have mention 3 choices of exam city for the exam in order of preference.
- Greater NOIDA
- New Delhi
- Asansol – Durgapur
- Prayagraj (Allahabad)
JAM 2021 Answer Key
After the exam is over, a few days later, the conducting body releases the answer key of JAM. The answer key is uploaded in PDF format and there is no login required at JOAPS to download them. The official JAM 2021 answer key is released for all 6 papers separately and has the correct answer to all questions asked in the exam. Using the answer key candidates can get an estimate of their JAM score even before the result is out.
In case a candidates finds a answer to be wrong as per them, they can challenge the answer key by logging into JOAPS. Per challenge a fee is charged, which is refunded if the corresponding challnege is accepted.
Fee for challenge: Rs. 500, as per last year.
If the challenges are accepted, a final answer key is published with the freezed answers. This key is used as reference for calculation of JAM 2021 result. Final answer key cannot be challeneged further.
To calculate score using JAM 2021 answer key use the marking scheme below:
If answer is correct
- For 1 marks MCQ – add 1 marks
- For 2 marks MCQ – add 2 marks
- For 1 mark NAT – add 1 marks
- For 2 mark NAT – add 2 marks
If the answer is wrong:
- For 1 mark MCQ – deduct 1/3 marks
- For 2 marks MCQ – deduct 2/3 marks
- There is no negative marking for the NAT. So, no need to deduct marks.
JAM 2021 Result
JAM 2021 result is declared online on JOAPS portal. The following elements of JAM 2021 result is important to know:
- JAM result
- JAM scorecard
- JAM AIR
- Merit List
JAM Result: The result is declared for all the candidates who appear for the exam. The result is made available under the respective login of the candidates and contains the score of the candidates in the subject paper and the category wise qualifying marks in the respective subject paper.
If a candidate scores more than the qualifying marks in the subject paper in their category, then AIR is assigned to them and the JAM scorecard is issued.
JAM Scorecard: The scorecard is the valid document that is used for admission. The candidates who pass the JAM cutoff marks have to login in JOAPS and download the scorecard. The scorecard shall have the below given details:
- Name of thee candidate
- Registration number
- AIR of JAM in the attempted subject paper
- Marks scored out of 100
- Number of candidates who appeared in the paper
- Category wise qualifying marks in the paper
- Photo and signature of the candidate
- Other instructions
JAM All India Rank (AIR): The candidates are allotted AIR in the subject paper, on the basis of their performance in the exam. The AIR indicates the rank of the candidate in their subject paper and category.
JAM Merit list: For each test paper, an All India Merit list is 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, EWS, SC, ST, and PwD) in a given subject. The students who get place in the merit list are eligible for admission in the IITs and IISc.
JAM 2021 Cutoff Marks
Cutoff is the minimum marks needed to be able to pass JAM 2021. JAM 2021 cutoff is declared with the result, thus for reference here is JAM cutoff marks from last year:
JAM 2021 Admission Process
The candidaes whose name appear in JAM 2021 merit list have to follow the below given process next:
Step 1: First, check your name in the JAM merit list.
Step 2: If your name is included in it, then apply online only using the prescribed Admission Form available at JOAPS website, irrespective of IITs where the admission is sought.
Step 3: To access the admission form login at JOAPS, using the login credential received at the time of JAM registration.
Step 4: In the admission form the candidates have to enter all the programmes at IITs, in order of preferences, where the candidate is seeking admission.
Step 5: To submit the form the candidates are then needed to make the payment of the admission fee.
Step 6: Check the admission Lists for each programme under JAM 2021 which are prepared by the Organizing Institute and are announced on the JAM 2021 website.
Step 7: The admission lists are announced until the seats are filled in the respective courses in the IITs. 3 admission lists are released.
Step 8: If a candidate’s name appears in any of the admission lists then the candidate is intimated of the same via an offer letter.
Step 9: The candidates intimated about the allotment have to submit the acceptance form online at JOAPS with online fee payment.
Courses Offered by IISc and IITs via JAM 2021 Scores
The following courses are available in each of the IITs and IISc where admission is based on JAM 2021 scores.
|IITs / IISc||Courses|
|Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (IISc)||Integrated Ph.D. Programs in|
|IIT Bhilai (IITBH)||Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programs in|
Mathematics and Computing
|IIT Bhubaneswar (IITBBS)||Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D. Programs in|
Atmosphere and Ocean Sciences
|IIT Bombay (IITB)||Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programs in|
Applied Statistics and Informatics
M.Sc.-Ph.D. Dual Degree Programs in
Environmental Science and Engineering
|IIT Delhi (IITD||Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programs in|
|IIT (ISM) Dhanbad (ISM)||Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programs in|
Mathematics and Computing
3 year Master in Science (M.Sc. [Tech]) in
|IIT Gandhinagar (IITGN)||Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programs in|
|IIT Guwahati (IITG)||Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programs in|
Maths and computing
|IIT Hyderabad (IITH)||Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programs in|
Maths and computing / Maths
|IIT Indore (IITI)||Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programs in|
|IIT Jodhpur (IITJ)||Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programs in|
M.Sc.-M.Tech. Dual Degree Programs in
Mathematics – Data & Computational Sciences
Physics and Materials Engineering.
|IIT Kharagpur (IITKGP)||Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D. Programs in|
Molecular Medical Microbiology
|IIT Madras (IITM)||Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programs in|
|IIT Mandi (IITMandi)||Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programs in|
|IIT Palakkad (IITPKD)||Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programs in|
|IIT Patna (IITP)||Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programs in|
|IIT Roorkee (IITR)||Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programs in|
|IIT Ropar (IITRPR)||Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programs in|
|IIT Tirupati (IITTP)||Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programs in|
Maths and Statistics
|IIT (BHU) Varanasi (IITBHU)||Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programs in|
JAM 2020 Participating Institutes
The participating institutes of JAM 2021 are divided into “admitting institutes” and “result Sharing Institutes”. The admitting institutes are IIT, IISc Bangalore. Whereas, result sharing institutes are those which uses the result of JAM but are not IITs.
You can check the list of JAM 2021 admitting institutes and result sharing Institutes from below. This is as per last year:
JAM 2021 Admitting Institutes – Indian Institutes of Technology
- IISc Bangalore
- IIT Bhilai
- IIT Bhubaneswar
- IIT Bombay
- IIT Delhi
- IIT (ISM) Dhanbad
- IIT Gandhinagar
- IIT Guwahati
- IIT Hyderabad
- IIT Indore
- IIT Jodhpur
- IIT Kanpur
- IIT Kharagpur
- IIT Madras
- IIT Mandi
- IIT Palakkad
- IIT Patna
- IIT Roorkee
- IIT Ropar
- IIT Tirupati
- IIT (BHU) Varanasi
JAM 2021 Result Sharing Institutes – Non-IITs
- IIEST Shibpur
- IISER Bhopal
- IISER Pune
- IISER Tirupati
- MNIT Jaipur
- MNNIT Allahabad
- NIT Agartala
- NIT Arunachal Pradesh
- NIT Calicut
- NIT Durgapur
- NIT Hamirpur
- NIT Jalandhar
- NIT Jamshedpur
- NIT Manipur
- NIT Meghalaya
- NIT Nagaland
- NIT Rourkela
- NIT Sikkim
- NIT Silchar
- NIT Srinagar
- NIT Surathkal
- NIT Tiruchirappalli
- NIT Warangal
- SLIET Punjab
- VNIT Nagpur
JAM 2021 Conducting Body
This year, IISc Bengaluru is conducting JAM 2021and IIT Bombay will hold GATE 2021. This is the first time in 11 years that IISc Bengaluru is conducting JAM. Until now since 2011, the IITs were taking turns to hold the exam. Below is the year-wise conducting bodies of JAM:
For more information on JAM 2021, download information brochure from last year.
Official Website: jam.iisc.ac.in
JAM 2021 FAQs
Who will conduct IIT JAM 2021?
IIT JAM 2021 will be held by IISc Bengaluru.
Who is eligible for JAM?
Students having UG degree can apply for JAM 2021.
Does IIT JAM syllabus change every year?
No, the syllabus remain the same every year for JAM.
How do I apply for JAM 2020?
The online application form is released to apply for the exam. Candidates can apply in the online mode at JOAPS for the exam.
What is the mode of JAM exam?
JAM 2021 will be held in computer based test format only.
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