Joint Admission Test (JAM) is an all India admission test conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institute of Science (IISC), Bangalore on behalf of the Ministry of Human Resources Development. This test enables a candidate to get admission into M.Sc programme, joint PhD dual degree, and other post B.Sc programmes at various IITs. The first JAM was conducted in 2004. The seven IITs and IISC conduct the exam on a rotational basis. The institute that conducts the exam in a particular year is termed as the organising institute.
Salient features are…..
Indian Institutes of Technology are conducted a Joint Admission Test for M.Sc. (JAM). The objective of JAM is to provide admissions to various M.Sc., Joint M.Sc.PhD, M.Sc.PhD Dual Degree and other postbachelor degree programmes at the IITs based on the performance in a single test and to consolidate Science as a career option for bright students from across the country. In due course, JAM is also expected to become a benchmark for normalizing undergraduate level science education in the country.
In order to fulfill IIT JAM eligibility criteria, candidates should hold a bachelor’s degree with at least 55% aggregate marks (50% for SC/ ST/ PwD category candidates). It may be noted that the aggregate marks should be without rounding off and take into account all subjects, including languages and subsidiaries, all years combined, informs the official website.
Candidates who have appeared or will appear for their last year graduation exams are also eligible to apply.
For candidates who have been given letter grades/ CGPA as a substitute for percentage of marks, the equivalence in percentage of marks will be decided by the admitting college/ institute. Besides the proof for minimum educational qualification, candidates also need to submit a physical fitness certificate at the time of admissions. Candidates found unfit to pursue his/her Science course can be denied admission by the admitting institute.
Age criteria: There is no age limit to appear for IIT JAM exam.
IIT JAM Eligibility Criteria: Minimum Educational Qualification
Test Paper Name & Code 
Course 
Subjects Required in Graduation along with Minimum Duration 
Subjects Required in Class XII 
Biotechnology (BT) 
MSc Biotechnology 
Any Branch/ Subject 
Mathematics 
MSc PhD Dual Degree in Environmental Science and Engineering 
Any one subject 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) 
MSc Chemistry 
Chemistry for three years/ six semesters 
Mathematics 
Joint MSc PhD in Chemistry 

MSc PhD Dual Degree in Environmental Science and Engineering 
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 

Joint MSc PhD in Atmosphere and Ocean Sciences 
Mathematics and Physics with any one of these subjects among Chemistry, Computer Science, Computer Application, Geology and Statistics 
No Restrictions 

Geology (GG) 
MSc Applied Geology 
Geology for three years/ six semesters and any two subjects among Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Biological Science 
Mathematics 
Joint MSc PhD in Geophysics 
Geology as a subject for three years/six semesters and any two subjects among Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry 

Joint MSc PhD in Geology 

Joint MSc PhD in Atmosphere and Ocean Sciences 
Mathematics and Physics and any one of these subjects among Chemistry, Computer Science, Computer Application, Geology, and Statistics 
No Restrictions 

MSc (Tech) in Applied Geology 
BSc degree (3 year) with Geology as Honours/ Major/ Main/ Equivalent subject and any 2 subsidiary subjects from Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry 
Mathematics 

Mathematics (MA) 
MSc in Economics 
Mathematics as one of the core subjects 
No Restrictions 
MSc Mathematics 
Mathematics for at least two years/ four semesters 

MSc Mathematics/ Mathematics and Computing 

MSc Mathematics and Computing 

Joint MSc PhD in Mathematics 
Mathematics/ Statistics as a subject for at least two years/four semesters 

MSc PhD Dual Degree in Operations Research 

MSc PhD Dual Degree in Environmental Science and Engineering 
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 MSc PhD in Atmosphere and Ocean Sciences 
Mathematics and Physics and any one of these subjects among Chemistry, Computer Science, Computer Application, Geology and Statistics 
No Restrictions 

Mathematical Statistics (MS) 
MSc Applied Statistics and Informatics 
Mathematics or Statistics for at least two years/ four semesters 
No Restrictions 
MSc PhD Dual Degree in Operations Research 

MSc Statistics 
Statistics for at least two years/ four semesters 

Joint MSc PhD in Atmosphere and Ocean Sciences 
Mathematics and Physics and any one of these subjects among Chemistry, Computer Science, Computer Application, Geology, and Statistics 

Physics (PH) 
MSc Physics 
Physics for at least two years/ four semesters and Mathematics for at least one year/two semesters 
No Restrictions 
Joint MSc PhD in Physics 

MSc PhD Dual Degree in Physics 

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

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

Joint MSc PhD in Atmosphere and Ocean Sciences 
Mathematics and Physics and any one of these subjects among Chemistry, Computer Science, Computer Application, Geology and Statistics 

Joint MSc PhD in Geophysics 
Geology as a subject for three years/six semesters and any two subjects among Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry 
Mathematics 

MSc PhD Dual Degree in Environmental Science and Engineering 
Any one subject 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 

MSc (Tech) in Applied Geophysics 
BSc Degree (3 year) 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 
IIT JAM exam is scheduled to be conducted as an online Computer Based Test (CBT). IIT JAM exam pattern is such that there are seven test papers in the exam. Candidates need to complete their respective test paper in three hours duration. These seven test papers along with their codes include:
Biological Sciences (BL) 
Chemistry (CY) 
Mathematics (MA) 
Geology (GG) 
Physics (PH) 
Biotechnology (BT) 
Mathematical Statistics (MS) 
The medium of instruction for test papers is English. There are a total of 60 questions of 100 marks. These 60 questions are divided into three sections – A, B, and C. Candidates need to attempt questions in all sections.
To understand the pattern of questions in each section, candidates can refer the table below:
Section 
Type of Questions 
Number of Questions 
Marks 
A 
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ): Each question has four choices with one correct answer. 
30 
50 
B 
Multiple Select Questions (MSQ): Each question has four choices with one or more correct answers. 
10 
20 
C 
Numerical Answer Type (NAT): The answer for each question is a signed real number. No choices will be shown for these questions. 
20 
30 
Total 
 
60 
100 
Marking Scheme
Section A: Out of a total of 30 questions, 10 questions are of one mark each and 20 questions are of two marks each. There is negative marking of 1/3 mark for each question (that holds one mark weightage) answered incorrectly. Also, 2/3 marks are deducted for each incorrect question which carries two marks weightage. There is no negative marking for any question left unanswered.
Section B: Each correct answer in this section is awarded two marks. There is no negative marking in this section.
Section C: Out of the total 20 questions, first 10 questions are of one mark each and other 10 questions are of two marks each. There is no negative marking in this section as well.
Note: Candidates need to select the answer for MCQ and MSQ type questions. To enter the answer for NAT questions candidates can only use a mouse on a virtual numeric keypad. At the end of three hours the computer will automatically close the examination, informs the official website.
It may also be noted that candidates are allowed to use the online virtual calculator in the IIT JAM exam. Therefore, candidates are recommended not to carry any calculators with them to their IIT JAM exam centre.
About the Exam
The Combined Biotechnology Entrance Examination (CBEE) is conducted by Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on behalf of various participating universities for admission to M.Sc. (Biotechnology); M.Sc. (AGRI.)/M.V.Sc (Biotechnology) & M.Tech (Biotechnology). The entrance examination is held usually in the month of May at 51 centers spread all over the country.
Eligibility for M.Sc. (Biotechnology) Programme
Candidates with Bachelor's degree under 10+2+3 pattern of education in Physical, Biological, Agricultural, Veterinary & Fishery Sciences, Pharmacy, Engineering / Technology, 4Years B.S. (Physician Assistant Course); OR Medicine (MBBS) OR BDS with at least 55% marks are eligible to apply for M.Sc. (Biotechnology) programme.
Eligibility for M.Tech (Biotechnology) Programme
Minimum 60% marks or equivalent grade in any one: B.Tech/B.E. in Chemical Engineering/Biochemical Engineering, Industrial Biotechnology, Leather Technology, Biotechnology, Biomedical Engineering, B. Pharma, Chemical Technology, OR M.Sc. in Biotechnology, Life Sciences, Botany, Zoology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Genetics, Biophysics, Microbial Genetics and Bioinformatics. (Also B.Tech/B.E in Electrochemistry, Bioengineering and M.Sc. in Chemistry & Physics in case of Anna University and M.Sc. in Bioengineering in case of West Bengal University of Technology).
M.Tech Biotechnology programme being offered by the following participating Universities:
1. Anna University, Chennai
2. Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi, Kerala
3. West Bengal University of Technology, Kolkata
Important Dates
Issue of application forms: Jan/Feb
Submission of Forms: March
Date of Entrance Exam: May
Result: June/July
IITs Accepting JAM 2018 Scores
Institute 
Course 
Total Seats 

MSc Applied Geology 
32 
MSc Applied Geophysics 
17 

MSc Applied Statistics and Informatics 
38 

MSc Biotechnology 
29 

MSc Chemistry 
47 

MSc Mathematics 
32 

MSc Physics 
50 

MSc – PhD dual degree in Environmental Science and Engineering 
11 

MSc – PhD dual degree in Operations Research 
13 


MSc Chemistry 
56 
MSc Mathematics 
57 

MSc Physics 
57 


MSc Chemistry 
50 
MSc Mathematics and Computing 
51 

MSc Physics 
50 


MSc Chemistry 
42 
MSc Mathematics 
42 

MSc Physics 
32 

MSc Statistics 
52 

MSc  PhD dual degree in Physics 
16 


Joint MSc  PhD in Chemistry 
48 
Joint MSc  PhD in Geology 
32 

Joint MSc  PhD in Mathematics 
32 

Joint MSc  PhD in Physics 
48 

Joint MSc  PhD in Geophysics 
12 (Paper Code: GG) 13 (Paper Code: PH) 


MSc Chemistry 
57 
MSc Mathematics 
57 

MSc Physics 
46 


MSc Applied Geology 
15 
MSc Biotechnology 
40 

MSc Chemistry 
48 

MSc Mathematics 
31 

MSc Physics 
26 

MSc Economics 
31 


Joint MSc  PhD in Chemistry 
21 
Joint MSc  PhD in Mathematics 
21 

Joint MSc  PhD in Physics 
21 

Joint MSc  PhD in Geology 
21 

Joint MSc  PhD in Atmosphere and Ocean Sciences 
5 (Paper Code: CY) 4 (Paper Code: GG) 4 (Paper Code: MA) 4 (Paper Code: MS) 4 (Paper Code: PH) 


MSc Chemistry 
22 
MSc Mathematics 
31 

MSc Physics 
32 


MSc Chemistry 
41 
MSc Mathematics/ Mathematics and Computing 
16 

MSc Physics 
22 


MSc Chemistry 
25 
MSc Physics 
25 

MSc Mathematics 
13 

MSc Biotechnology 
13 

MSc Astronomy 
12 


MSc Mathematics 
25 
MSc Chemistry 
25 

MSc Physics 
25 


MSc Chemistry 
15 
MSc Mathematics 
15 

MSc Physics 
15 


MSc Chemistry 
20 
MSc Mathematics 
20 

MSc Physics 
20 


MSc Chemistry 
57 
MSc Mathematics and Computing 
46 

MSc Physics 
46 

MSc (Tech) Applied Geology 
57 

MSc (Tech) Applied Geophysics 
46 
NITs, CFTIs Accepting IIT JAM 2018 Scores through CCMN
Institute 
Course 
Total Seats 
Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur 
MSc in Physics 
16 
MSc in Chemistry 
16 

MSc in Applied Geology 
16 

MSc in Applied Mathematics 
16 

MSc in Food Processing and Nutrition Science 
16 

MSc in Mathematics 
10 

MSc in Physics 
10 

MSc in Chemistry 
10 

MSc in Mathematics and Scientific Computing 
23 

MSc in Mathematical Physics 
21 

MSc in Physics 
20 

MSc in Chemistry 
20 

MSc in Mathematics 
20 

MSc in Chemistry 
20 

MSc in Physics 
20 

MSc in Mathematics 
20 

MSc in Physics 
20 

MSc in Chemistry 
20 

MSc in Mathematics & Computing 
20 

MSc in Physics 
32 

MSc in Chemistry 
32 

MSc in Mathematics 
32 

MSc in Physics 
31 

MSc in Chemistry 
31 

MSc in Mathematics 
31 

MSc in Physics 
30 

MSc in Chemistry 
30 

MSc in Mathematics 
30 

MSc in Mathematics 
15 

MSc in Physics 
15 

MSc in Chemistry 
15 

MSc in Mathematics 
16 

MSc in Physics 
16 

MSc in Chemistry 
16 

MSc in Physics 
10 

Information not available 
 


MSc in Chemistry 
30 
MSc in Applied Geology 
30 

MSc in Atmospheric Sciences 
15 

MSc in Life Science 
30 

MSc in Mathematics 
30 

MSc in Physics 
30 

MSc in Chemistry 
15 

MSc in Applied Physics 
20 

MSc in Applied Chemistry 
20 

MSc in Mathematics 
20 

MSc in Physics 
25 


MSc in Applied Mathematics 
24 
MSc in Mathematics and Scientific Computing 
24 

MSc (Tech) in Engineering Physics 
48 

MSc in Organic Chemistry 
24 

MSc in Analytical Chemistry 
24 

Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology, Punjab 
MSc in Chemistry 
21 
MSc in Mathematics 
19 

MSc in Physics 
20 

MSc in Chemistry 
28 

MSc in Physics 
28 

MSc in Chemistry 
26 

MSc in Physics 
26 
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