Joint Admission Test for M.Sc. (JAM) is being conducted from 2004 to provide admissions to M.Sc. (Four Semesters), Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D., M.Sc.-Ph.D. Dual Degree, etc. Programmes at the IITs and Integrated Ph.D. Degree Programmes at IISc for consolidating Science as a career option for bright students. These postgraduate programmes at IITs and IISc offer high-quality education in their respective disciplines, comparable to the best in the world. The curricula for these programmes are designed to provide opportunities to the students to develop academic talent leading to challenging and rewarding professional life. JAM is a Computer Based Online Examination. Admission to most of the Academic Programmes at various institutes will be made on the basis of merit in JAM.

JAM 2018  JAM 2019


Joint Admission Test for M.Sc (JAM) is being organized by IIT Bombay. Since the IITs organize JAM exam, hence it is also referred to as IIT JAM. JAM is a national level entrance exam for admission to M.Sc, Joint M.Sc PhD, M.Sc PhD Dual Degree, and similar programs. Know here all about IIT JAM such as syllabus, application form, dates, exam pattern, eligibility, JOAPS.

Important Dates for JAM or Joint Admission test for M.Sc are as follows.

Event JAM 2018 JAM 2019
Online registration and JAM application on official
05 Sep 2017 1st week of Sep 2018
Closing of online application submission & uploading
of documents
17 Oct 2017 3rd week of Oct 2018
Date of JAM entrance examination 11 Feb 2018 2nd week of Feb 2019

Exam Centres

The JAM examination will be held in 65 cities. The centers will be divided into 8 zones. The zone wise centres are as below:

  • IISc Bangalore – Bengaluru, Hubli, Hyderabad, Kannur, Kozhikode, Mangalore, Palakkad, Trissur
  • IIT Roorkee – Dehradun, Jalandhar, Kurukshetra, NOIDA, Mohali, Moradabad, Roorkee
  • 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 Madras – Chennai, Coimbatore, Ernakulam, Kollam, Kottayam, Madurai, Thiruvananthapuram, Tiruchirapalli, Tirunelveli, Warangal
  • IIT Guwahati – Asansol-Durgapur, Dhanbad, Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Jorhat, Kalyani, Patna, Siliguri
  • IIT Kharagpur – Bhubaneswar, Kharagpur, Kolkata, Raipur, Ranchi, Vijaywada, Visakhapatnam
  • IIT Kanpur – Agra, Allahabad, Bareilly, Bhopal, Kanpur, Lucknow, Varanasi

JAM Exam Pattern

  • Examination Type – Objective type test
  • Number of questions – 60
  • Time Duration – 3 hours
  • Marking Scheme – 60 questions carrying 100 marks
  • Mode – Computer Based Test
  • Negative Marking – There will be no negative marking in Section B and Section C.
Section Type of questions Number of Questions Time allotted
Section -A Multiple Choice Questions 30 3 hours
Section -B Multiple Select Questions 10
Section -C Numerical Answer Type 20
Total 60

IIT JAM Syllabus

The syllabus consists of subjects taught at graduation level such as- Biological Sciences (BL), Biotechnology (BT), Mathematics (MA), Mathematical Statistics (MS) Chemistry (CY), Geology (GC), and Physics (PH). Candidates should have the complete knowledge about the officially prescribed syllabus. The Syllabus for the seven Papers specified as follows:

  • Biological Sciences (BL)– General Biology, Basics of Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Cell Biology and Immunology and Mathematical Sciences
  • Biotechnology (BT)– Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics.
  • Chemistry (CY)- Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry
  • Geology (GG)– Geomorphology, Structural Geology, Palaeontology, Stratigraphy, Mineralogy, Petrology, Economic Geology and Applied Geology
  • Mathematics (MA)-Sequences and Series of Real Numbers, Functions of Two Real Variables, Differential Equations, Vector Calculus, Group Theory, Linear Algebra and Real Analysis
  • Mathematical Statistics (MS)- Sequences and Series, Differential Calculus, Integral Calculus, Matrices, Differential Equations, Statistics, Probability, Random Variables, Standard Distributions, Joint Distributions, Sampling distributions, Estimation and Testing of Hypotheses.
  • Physics (PH)-, Mechanics and General Properties of Matter, Oscillations, Waves and Optics, Electricity and Magnetism, Kinetic theory, Thermodynamics, Modern Physics, Solid State Physics, Devices and Electronics and Simple Oscillators.

Participating Institutes and Courses

Joint Admission Test for M.Sc. has a new participating Institute this year. IIT Dhanbad, earlier called as ISM Dhanbad, will also be grant admission in M.Sc. courses through JAM. Check all the JAM Participating Institutes and Courses Offered by it, from the table below:

Participating Institute Courses Offered
IIT Ropar Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programmes in:
  • Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics
IIT Roorkee Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programmes in:
  • Applied Geology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Economics, Mathematics,
IIT Patna Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programmes in:
  • Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics
IIT Madras Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programmes in:
  • Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics
IIT Kharagpur Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D. Programmes in:
  • Chemistry, Geology, Geophysics, Mathematics, Physics
IIT Kanpur Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programmes in:
  • Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics
IIT Jodhpur Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programmes in:
  • Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics
IIT Indore Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programmes in:
  • Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy, Botechnology
IIT Hyderabad Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programmes in:
  • Chemistry, Mathematics/ Mathematics and Computing, Physics
IIT Guwahati Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programmes in:
  • Chemistry, Mathematics and Computing, Physics
IIT Gandhinagar Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programmes in:
  • Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics
IIT Dhanbad Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.)
IIT Delhi Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programmes in:
  • Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics
IIT Bombay Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programmes in:
  • Applied Geology, Applied Geophysics, Applied Statistics and Informatics, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics

M.Sc.-Ph.D. Dual Degree Programmes in:

  • Environmental Science and Engineering, Operations Research,
IIT Bhubaneswar Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D. Programmes in:
  • Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Atmosphere and Ocean Sciences

Note: Apart from these, various Institutes like IISc Bangalore will also provide admission through JAM Examination.

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