What is IIT JAM exam?

The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are institutions of national importance established through an Act of Parliament in 1956


The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) is a premier research and teaching institute established in 1909. The IISc Bangalore and IITs are well-known, the world over, for quality education in engineering, science, management, and research in frontier areas. 


These institutes aim to build a sound foundation of knowledge, pursue excellence, and enhance creativity in an intellectually stimulating environment.


The current pace of advancement of technology needs a coherent back-up of basic science education and research. 


From the Academic Session 2004-05, IITs started conducting a Joint Admission Test for M.Sc. (JAM). 


There are many MSc entrance exams held across India and IIT JAM is the most popular among them.


The objective of JAM is to provide admissions to M.Sc. (Two Years), Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D., M.Sc.-Ph.D. Dual Degree, and other Post-Bachelor Degree Programmes at the IITs and Integrated Ph.D. Degree Programmes at the IISc and to consolidate Science as a career option for bright students across the country. 


The curricula for these programs are designed to provide the students with opportunities to develop academic talent leading to a challenging and rewarding professional life. 


All programs are open to all eligible students irrespective of their nationality. In this post here is full information about IIT JAM.


Content covered:

1. TEST PAPERS AND MINIMUM EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS (MEQs) FOR ADMISSION

2. ELIGIBILITY FOR IIT JAM ADMISSION

3. PATTERN OF IIT JAM TEST PAPERS 

4. RESERVED SEATS

5. RANK AND MERIT LIST 


TEST PAPERS AND MINIMUM EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS (MEQs) FOR ADMISSION

JAM 2021 Examination will be conducted in six subjects, also referred to as Test Papers; Biotechnology (BT), Chemistry (CY), Geology (GG), Mathematics (MA), Mathematical Statistics (MS) and Physics (PH).


There are various courses run by each IIT and the minimum education qualifications can be found here.



ELIGIBILITY FOR IIT JAM ADMISSION

The candidates who qualify in the IIT JAM exam shall have to fulfill the following Eligibility Requirements (ERs) for admissions to IITs: 

 

1. All candidates admitted through JAM should have a Bachelor’s degree. 

2. In the qualifying degree, the aggregate marks or CGPA/CPI without rounding-off (taking into account all subjects, including languages and subsidiaries, all years combined) should be at least 55% or 5.5 out of 10 for General/OBC (NCL)/EWS category candidates, and 50% or 5.0 out of 10 for SC/ST and PwD category candidates. 

3. If CGPA/CPI is on a different scale, it would be linearly mapped to a scale on 10


PATTERN OF IIT JAM TEST PAPERS 

The IIT JAM 2021 Examination for all the six test papers 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.


For all the six test papers, the duration of the examination will be of 3 hours. 


The medium for all the test papers will be English only. There will be a total of 60 questions carrying a total of 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: It contains a total of 30 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) involving 10 questions of one mark each and 20 questions of two marks each


Each MCQ has four choices out of which only one choice is the correct answer. Candidates can mark the answer by clicking the choice.


Section–B: It contains a total of 10 Multiple Select Questions (MSQs) carrying two marks each. 


Each MSQ is similar to MCQ but with the difference that MSQ may have one or more than one correct choice(s) out of the four given choices.


The candidate gets full credit only if he/she selects all the correct answer(s) only and no wrong answers. Candidates can mark the answer(s) by clicking the choice(s). 


Section–C: It 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 NAT questions. 

Negative Marking in IIT JAM Exam:

  • In all sections, questions not attempted will result in zero marks. 


  • In Section-A (MCQ), the wrong answer will result in negative marks. For each wrong answer to 1 mark questions, 1/3 mark will be deducted and similarly, for each wrong answer to 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. 


  • There is a provision for using an online virtual calculator. The candidates, therefore, should not bring any calculator with them.


  • A scribble pad will be provided for rough work and this has to be returned at the end of the examination. At the end of 3 hours, the computer will automatically end the examination.


Here are some key points to be noted:


1. The exam is held in February. 

2. IIT Kanpur released the IIT JAM 2020 Result on 16th March 2020.

3. The IIT JAM 2021 Exam will be conducted by IIT Guwahati (Expected).

4. IIT JAM 2021 notification will be released in September 2020.

5. IIT Kanpur had removed the Biological Science subject in 2020 as described above. So it is expected that the JAM 2021 Exam will also be conducted only for 6 subjects that are given.

 

RESERVED SEATS:

In each program, a certain number of seats are reserved for candidates belonging to various categories.

 

A candidate who seeks admission under SC/ST/OBC-NCL/EWS category must submit the requisite certificate issued by a competent authority, along with the filled-in Application Form for Admission.


IIT JAM RANK AND MERIT LIST 

 IIT JAM Rank List For each test paper:

An All India Rank (AIR) in IIT JAM will be assigned to all the appeared candidates based on their performance in the test paper in respective subjects.

Tie-Breaking: 

The tie-breaking criterion for awarding the ranks to candidates scoring the same aggregate marks in a test paper will be as follows: 


1. The candidate with a higher ratio of positive marks to negative marks will be given a higher rank. 

2. If this criterion fails to break ties, the concerned candidates will be awarded the same rank.

IIT JAM Cut off marks for each subject

Conclusion:

The IIT JAM exam notification will be released in the last week of September 2020. Keep yourself updated and click here for more information.

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