About IIT JAM?

JAM stands for Joint Admission Test for M.Sc. is an all-India level online entrance exam conducted by the Indian Institution of Technology (IITs) every year on a rotational basis on behalf of the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India for the admission in Ph.D. Degree programs at IISc, Bangalore, and M.Sc. (Two Years), Joint M. Sc. -Ph.D. Dual Degree, Joint M.Sc. –Ph.D., M. Sc. -M. tech, M.Sc. – M.S. (Research) /Ph.D. Dual Degree and other Post-Bachelor’s Degree Programs at IITs.

Exam Name

      Indian Institute of Technology Joint Admission Test for MSc
        Exam Frequency             Once a year
Exam Mode Online
Exam Duration 3 hours
Official Website



New Updates in IIT JAM

From the year 2017, IIT JAM Examination conducted online for all Test Papers as a Computer-based Test (CBT). All of the papers of JAM will be of Objective Type with 3 different patterns of questions which are given below:

1. Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ): Under this MCQ section, each question has four choices out of which only one choice is correct.

2. Multiple Select Questions (MSQ): MSQ section is more or less common with an upper section with the only difference that in this type of question more than one option may be correct.

3. Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Question: In this type of question you have to type answers with the help of a virtual keypad on the monitor.


Subject Under IIT JAM

  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematic
  • Biotechnology
  • Applied Statistics and Informatics
  • Applied Geology
  • Applied Geophysics
  • Operations Research


Age Limit For IIT JAM

  • There is no age limit to appear for IIT JAM Exam.


Eligibility Criteria

In order to fulfill the 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.


Examination Centers For IIT JAM


Agra Ahmedabad
Asansol – Durgapur Bareilly
Bengaluru Bhopal
Bhubaneswar Chennai
Coimbatore Dehradun
Dhanbad Dibrugarh
Faridabad Ghaziabad
Ernakulum Greater Noida
Gurugram Goa


Exam Structure

                           Exam Mode                           Online i.e. computer-based mode
Session            Two sessions, i.e. 9:30 AM to 12:30 Noon & 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM.
Sections                              3 Different sections such as MCQ, MSQ, NAT
No. of Papers 7
Marks 100
Negative Marking Only in Section A


Syllabus of IIT JAM

The JAM Examination will be carried out as an ONLINE Computer Based Test (CBT) where the candidates will be shown the questions in a random sequence on a computer screen. The duration of the examination will be 3 hours. The medium for the test paper will be English only. There will be a total of 60 questions carrying 100 marks. The entire paper will be divided into three sections, A, B, and C. All sections are compulsory. Questions in each section will be of different types as given below:

  • Section – A: Contains a total of 30 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) involving 10 questions of one mark each and 20 questions of two marks each. Each MCQ type question has four choices out of which only one choice is the correct answer. Candidates can mark the answer by clicking the choice.
  • Section – B: Contains a total of 10 Multiple Select Questions (MSQ) carrying two marks each. Each MSQ type question is similar to MCQ but with a difference that there may be one or more than one choice(s) that are correct out of the four given choices. The candidate gets full credit only if he/she selects all the correct answers only and no wrong answers. Candidates can mark the answer(s) by clicking the choice(s).
  • Section – C: Contains a total of 20 Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions involving 10 questions of one mark each and 10 questions of two marks each. For these NAT type questions, the answer is a signed real number, which needs to be entered using the virtual numeric keypad on the monitor. No choices will be shown for these types of questions.


Marking Scheme

In all sections, questions not attempted will result in zero marks. In section-A (MCQ), the wrong answer will result in negative. For each wrong answer of 1 mark questions, 1/3 mark will be deducted and similarly, for each wrong answer of 2 marks questions, 2/3 mark will be deducted. In Section – B (MSQ), there are no negative and no partial marking provisions. There is no negative marking in Section – C (NAT) as well.


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