What is IIT JAM?

The Joint Admission Test for MSc (JAM) is a prestigious, all-India level online entrance examination administered by the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) on a rotational basis under the aegis of the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India. This annual examination serves as a gateway for aspiring candidates seeking admission to various postgraduate programs, particularly MSc, at the esteemed IITs. Additionally, successful performance in JAM opens doors to integrated PhD programs at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. Notably, several other renowned institutions such as National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and Centrally Funded Technical Institutes (CFTIs) also consider JAM scores for admissions into their MSc programs. With its rigorous evaluation process, IIT JAM stands as a vital means for individuals to pursue advanced studies in the field of science and technology, fostering academic excellence and research endeavors in India.


Name of the exam


    JAM (Joint Admission Test for MSc programmes)

    Exam Conducting Authority

    IIT Madras

    Mode of application


    Official website


    Level of exam


    Total participating universities

    47 ( 21 IITs, 15 NITs and 11 other institutions)

    Mode of exam

    Computer-based test

    Question type

    Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

    Exam duration

    3 hours

    Medium of exam


    Exam centres

    63 within India


    Exam Date



    IIT JAM application form starts

    September 5, 2023

    JAM  application ends

    October 25, 2023

    JAM  application fee deadline

    October 27, 2023

    JAM 2024 application correction window

    November 20, 2023

    JAM admit card 2024 release date

    January 08, 2024

    IIT JAM 2024 exam date

    February 11, 2024

    JAM 2024 result

    March 22, 2024

    JAM 2024 scorecard

    April 02, 2024

    JAM 2024 admission portal

    April 10, 2024

    Eligibility Criteria

    General/OBC Category:

    • Candidates must pass the qualifying exam with an aggregate of 55% or obtain a CGPA of 5.5 out of 10.
    • In cases where a candidate is promoted in the qualifying exam without a mark sheet, a promotion certificate or an alternative document must be presented. This document should provide evidence of the promotion, including the names of the subjects taken and the marks scored in those subjects during the semester/year.
    • The promotion certificate or document should bear the signature of the head of the institute, substantiating the fulfillment of minimum educational requirements (MEQ).

    SC/ST/PWD Category:

    • Candidates in this category should pass the qualifying exam with an aggregate of 50% or obtain a CGPA of 5 out of 10.
    • Similar to the General/OBC category, if a candidate is promoted without a mark sheet, a promotion certificate or an alternative document is required. This document should specify the promoted subjects and the marks obtained during the semester/year.
    • The promotion certificate or document, in this case as well, needs to be endorsed by the head of the institute as proof of meeting the minimum educational requirements (MEQ).

    Admission Process

    • Notification and Application:IITs release the official notification for JAM, usually around September or October each year.Candidates interested in M.Sc and other postgraduate programs apply online on the JAM official website during the application window. The application process typically includes filling out personal details, educational qualifications, and uploading necessary documents.
    • Admit Card Download:After successful application, candidates can download their admit cards from the official website within the specified timeframe.
    • Examination:IIT JAM is a computer-based test, typically conducted in February. The exam consists of multiple-choice questions (MCQs) as well as numerical answer type questions.
    • Declaration of Results:IITs release the JAM results on the official website in March.The results include the candidate’s scorecard and rank.
    • Submission of Admission Form:Qualified candidates need to submit an admission form on the JAM online application processing system (JOAPS) within a specified period.
    • Counselling and Admission:The admission process includes centralized counseling conducted by the Organizing Institute (OI), which changes every year.Candidates are required to fill their preferences for courses and institutes during the counseling process.Seats are allocated based on merit and choices filled by candidates.
    • Document Verification:Shortlisted candidates are required to appear for document verification at the respective IITs or participating institutions.Original documents supporting educational qualifications, category certificates, and other relevant documents need to be presented during this stage.
    • Payment of Admission Fee:Candidates who are offered a seat need to pay the admission fee to confirm their acceptance.
    • Joining the Institute:Finally, candidates join the allotted institute to pursue their M.Sc or other postgraduate programs.

    Application Form

    • Online Registration:Visit the official website of IIT JAM.Look for the registration link and create an account by providing basic details like name, email ID, and mobile number.
    • Fill in Application Form:Log in using the credentials created during registration.Complete the application form by entering personal details, educational qualifications, and other required information.
    • Upload Documents:Upload scanned copies of documents, including a recent photograph and signature, in the prescribed format.
    • Application Fee Payment:Pay the application fee through the available online payment modes. The fee amount may vary for different categories.
    • Submit Application:After completing the form and payment, submit the application online.
    • Download Admit Card:Once the application process is complete and the application is accepted, candidates can download their admit cards from the official website.


    Biological Sciences (BL):

    • General Biology
    • Basics of Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology
    • Microbiology, Cell Biology, and Immunology
    • Mathematical Sciences
    • Mathematics
    • Statistics
    • Computer Science and Applications
    • Computer Science
    • Data Structures
    • Programming in C
    • Physics
    • Mathematical Methods
    • Mechanics and General Properties of Matter
    • Oscillations, Waves, and Optics
    • Electricity and Magnetism
    • Kinetic theory, Thermodynamics
    • Modern Physics
    • Solid State Physics, Devices, and Electronics
    • Atomic and Molecular Physics
    • Nuclear Physics

    Chemistry (CY):

    • Physical Chemistry
    • Inorganic Chemistry
    • Organic Chemistry

    Geology (GG):

    • The Planet Earth
    • Geomorphology
    • Structural Geology
    • Paleontology
    • Stratigraphy
    • Mineralogy
    • Petrology
    • Economic Geology
    • Applied Geology

    Mathematics (MA):

    • Sequences and Series of Real Numbers
    • Functions of One Real Variable
    • Functions of Two or Three Real Variables
    • Ordinary Differential Equations
    • Algebra
    • Linear Algebra
    • Real Analysis
    • Complex Analysis
    • Vector Calculus
    • Group Theory
    • Linear Programming

    Physics (PH):

    • Mathematical Methods
    • Mechanics and General Properties of Matter
    • Oscillations, Waves, and Optics
    • Electricity and Magnetism
    • Kinetic theory, Thermodynamics
    • Modern Physics
    • Solid State Physics, Devices, and Electronics
    • Atomic and Molecular Physics
    • Nuclear Physics

    Exam Pattern





    Number of Questions





    3 Hours



    IIT JAM negative marking

    1/3 rd marks will be deducted for each question carrying one mark

    2/3 rd marks will be deducted for each question carrying two marks

    No negative marking

    No negative marking


    10 questions – 1 mark

    20 questions – 2 marks

    2 marks for each question

    10 questions – 1 marks

    10 questions – 2 marks

    Types of Question

    Multiple Choice

    Multiple Choice

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    Documents Required For JAM Counselling

    • JAM Admit Card:The admit card is a crucial document that you should carry to the counseling venue.
    • JAM Scorecard:The official JAM scorecard that reflects your performance in the examination.
    • Class 10th Mark Sheet and Certificate:Proof of date of birth and the completion of the 10th standard.
    • Class 12th Mark Sheet:Mark sheet of the qualifying examination.
    • Bachelor’s Degree Mark Sheet (if applicable):For candidates applying to integrated Ph.D. programs or those with a bachelor’s degree as the qualifying examination.
    • Caste Certificate (if applicable):For candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC categories, a valid caste certificate may be required.
    • PWD Certificate (if applicable):If you belong to the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) category, you may need to provide a PWD certificate.
    • Nationality Certificate/Valid Passport:Proof of nationality, such as a valid passport or a nationality certificate.
    • Transfer Certificate:Transfer certificate from the institution last attended.
    • Conduct Certificate:A conduct certificate from the institution last attended.
    • Migration Certificate:Migration certificate from the university/board of the qualifying examination.
    • Two Passport Size Photographs:Recent passport-size photographs.
    • Proof of Admission Fee Payment:Receipt or proof of payment of the admission fee.
    • Photo Identity Proof:Any government-issued photo identity proof, such as Aadhar card, voter ID, or passport.

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