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  1. About JAM
  2. Important Dates
  3. Eligibility Criteria
  4. Courses Offered
  5. How to Apply
  6. Application Fee
  7. Exam Cities
  8. Accepting College
  9. Syllabus
  10. Paper Pattern
  11. Admit Card
  12. Results
  13. Contact Details

About JAM

The Master of Science and other post-B.Sc. programmes at the IITs offer high quality post-graduate education in respective disciplines, comparable to the best in the world. The current pace of advance­ment of technology needs a coherent back up of ba­sic science education and research. The vibrant aca­demic ambience and research infrastructure of the IITs motivate the students to pursue R&D careers in fron­tier areas of basic sciences as well as interdiscipli­nary areas of science and technology.

From the Academic Session 2004-2005, Indian Insti­tutes of Technology have started conducting a Joint Admission Test to M.Sc. (JAM) for admission to M.Sc. and other post-B.Sc. programmes at the IITs. The main objective of JAM is to revive and consoli­date ‘Science’ as a career option for bright students from across the country and provide them a single step opportunity for admission to some of the postgraduate programmes offered at the IITs. In due course, JAM is also expected to become a benchmark for normal­izing undergraduate level science education in the country.

Important Dates

JAM 2017 Important dates section aims to list all important dates such as date of availability of form, last submission date, result date, counselling date, etc.

The beginning date for online application for IIT JAM 2017 1st September 2016
Dead line for fee payment through e-challan 4th October 2016
Closing date for online application 6th October 2016
Download Admit Card December 2016
Date of JAM 2017 Examination 12th February 2017
Announcement of Result of JAM 2017 March 2017
Submission of application form for admission on JAM 2017 website April 2017
Declaration of admission list June 2017

Eligibility Criteria

The Applicants who qualify in JAM 2017 shall have to fulfill the following Eligibility Requirement (ER) for admissions in IISc and IITs.
- JAM 2017 is open to all Nationals.

- All Applicants admitted through JAM should have a Bachelor’s degree.

- At least 55% aggregate marks, without rounding off, (taking into account all subjects, including Languages and Subsidiaries, all years combined) for General/OBC-NCL Category Applicants and at least 50% aggregate marks, without rounding off, (taking into account all subjects, including Languages and Subsidiaries, all years combined) for SC/ST and PwD Category Applicants in the qualifying degree.

- For Applicants with letter grades/CGPA (instead of percentage of marks), the equivalence in percentage of marks will be decided by the Admitting Institute(s).

- Proof of having passed the Qualifying Degree with the Minimum Educational Qualifications (MEQ) as specified by the admitting institute should be submitted by September 30 2017.

Courses Offered

1 Integrated Ph.D. in Chemical Sciences IISc BL, CY, PH
2 Integrated Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences IISc MA, MS
3 Integrated Ph.D. in Physical Sciences IISc PH
4 M. Sc. - Ph.D. Dual Degree in Energy IITB CY, MA, PH
5 M.Sc. Chemistry IITJ CY
6 M.Sc. Mathematics IITJ MA
7 M.Sc. Physics IITJ PH

How to Apply

Candidates can apply for the JAM 2017 Application Form only through online process. The application form will be provided through the official site on 1st September 2016. The application form will be filled and submitted through online mode. Before filling the application form, candidates are advised to keep ready their scanned photographs, signature and caste certificate (SC/ST/PwD). The last date to submit the application form will be 4th October 2016. There is no need to send the application form or any other documents through offline mode.

Application Fee

Group/Category One Test Paper Two Test Paper
Female (All Category) SC/ST/PWD Rs. 750/- Rs. 1050/-
General & OBC Rs. 1500/- Rs. 2100/-

Exam Cities



IISc Bangalore

Bengaluru,Hubli, Hyderabad, Kozhikode, Mangalore, Palakkad, Trissur

IIT Bombay

Ahmedabad, Goa, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nasik, Pune, Vadodara

IIT Delhi

Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Gurgaon, Hisar, Indore, Jaipur, Jammu, Jodhpur, New Delhi

IIT Guwahati

Asansol- Durgapur, Dhanbad, Guwahati, Jorhat, Kalyani, Patna, Siliguri

IIT Kanpur

Agra, Allahabad, Bareilly, Bhopal, Kanpur, Lucknow, Varanasi

IIT Kharagpur

Bhubaneswar, Kharagpur, Kolkata, Raipur, Ranchi, Vijaywada, Visakhapatnam

IIT Madras

Chennai, Coimbatore, Ernakulam, Kollam, Kottayam, Madurai, Thiruvananthapuram, Tiruchirapalli, Tirunelveli, Warangal,

IIT Roorkee

Dehradun, Jalandhar, Kurukshetra, NOIDA, Mohali, Moradabad, Roorkee

Accepting College

The following are the full-time M.Sc. (Two Years), Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D., M.Sc.-Ph.D. Dual Degree, M.Sc.-M.Tech., and other Post-Bachelor’s Degree Programmes at different IITs and Integrated Ph.D. Programmes at IISc to which admissions shall be made on the basis of JAM 2017.

Indian Institute of Science Bangalore (IISc): Integrated Ph.D. Programmes in Biological Sciences

IIT Bhubaneswar (IITBBS): Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D. Programmes in (i) Chemistry, (ii) Geology, (iii) Mathematics, (iv) Physics, and (v) Atmosphere and Ocean Sciences The modalities for selection to the Ph. D. programme in the joint M. Sc. - Ph. D. programme are as follows.

After completing the third semester of the M. Sc. Programme:
(a) Those students securing CGPA > 8.5 and having expressed their desire to continue in writing are eligible to opt for the Ph. D. programme. Final selection will be based on written test, interview and other shortlisting criteria set by the School. Those not selected and those who do not opt for the Ph.D. program will exit with anM.Sc. degree.

(b) Those with CGPA < 8.5 are not allowed to opt for the Ph. D. programme and shall exit with the M.Sc. degree.

IIT Bombay (IITB): Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programmes in (i) Applied Geology, (ii) Applied Geophysics, (iii) Applied Statistics and Informatics, (iv) Biotechnology, (v) Chemistry, (vi) Mathematics, and (vii) Physics Four-year Dual Degree Programme in M.Sc.(Physics)-M.Tech.(Materials Science) with specialization in Nano-Science and Technology M.Sc.-Ph.D. Dual Degree Programmes in (i) Environmental Science and Engineering, (ii) Operations Research, Both the degrees will be awarded together after the successful completion of the Programmes

IIT Delhi (IITD): Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programmes in (i) Chemistry, (ii) Mathematics, and (iii) Physics

IIT Gandhinagar (IITGN): Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programmes in (i) Chemistry, (ii) Mathematics, and (iii) Physics

IIT Guwahati (IITG): Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programmes in (i) Chemistry, (ii) Mathematics and Computing, and (iii) Physics

IIT Hyderabad (IITH): Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programmes in (i) Chemistry, (ii) Mathematics/ Mathematics and Computing, and (iii) Physics VIII.

IIT Indore (IITI): Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programmes in (i) Chemistry, (ii) Mathematics, and (iii) Physics, with an option to convert it to M.Sc.-Ph.D. dual degree programme during second semester. Programme conversion of the eligible students is confirmed at the end of the third semester subjected to them qualifying the CSIR/UGC-NET, GATE or any equivalent and meeting the short-listing criteria of the concerned discipline. Students continuing M.Sc.-Ph.D. dual degree programme are awarded M.Sc. degree after successful completion of all its prescribed requirements with recognition that it also partially fulfills the requirements of M.Sc. and PhD Dual Degree Program.

IIT Kanpur (IITK): Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programmes in (i) Chemistry, (ii) Mathematics, (iii) Physics, and (iv) Statistics
M.Sc.-Ph.D. Dual Degree Programme in Physics (Transfer from M.Sc.-Ph.D. Dual Degree Programme to M.Sc. Physics Programme is not permitted. However, for the students admitted to the M.Sc.-Ph.D. Dual Degree Programme, the M.Sc. degree will be given after successful completion of all academic requirements of the first six semesters while working towards Ph.D. degree)

IIT Kharagpur (IITKGP): Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D. Programmes in (i) Chemistry, (ii) Geology, (iii) Geophysics, (iv) Mathematics, and (v) Physics

IIT Madras (IITM): Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programmes in (i) Chemistry, (ii) Mathematics, and (iii) Physics

IIT Patna (IITP): Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programmes in (i) Chemistry, (ii) Mathematics, and (iii) Physics

IIT Roorkee (IITR): Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programmes in (i) Applied Geology, (ii) Biotechnology, (iii) Chemistry, (iv) Economics, (v) Mathematics, and (vi) Physics

IIT Ropar (IITRPR): Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programmes in (i) Chemistry, (ii) Mathematics, and (iii) Physics.


The appearing candidates for JAM 2017 should check the syllabus thoroughly to get well prepared for the examination. There will be 7 papers in the JAM 2017 for numerous M.Sc, Dual Degree courses and Ph.D in Science.

Geology (GG)
- Applied Geology
- Economic Geology
- Petrology
- Mineralogy
- Stratigraphy
- Palaeontology
- Structural Geology
- Geomorphology
- The Planet Earth
- Biological Sciences (BL)

Mathematical Sciences
- General Biology
- Microbiology, Cell Biology and Immunology
- Basics of Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

Mathematics (MA)
- Real Analysis
- Linear Algebra
- Group Theory
- Vector Calculus
- Differential Equations
- Functions of Two Real Variables
- Sequences and Series of Real Numbers

Biotechnology (BT)
- This paper consists of Physics (18% weightage), Mathematics (18% weightage), Chemistry (20% weightage) and Biology (44% weightage).
- The syllabus for BT will be of 10+2+3 level.

Mathematical Statistics (MS)
This paper consists of Statistics (60% weightage) and Mathematics (40% weightage).
- Statistics- Testing of Hypotheses, Estimation, Sampling distribution, Joint distribution, Standard distributions, Random variables, Probability.

- Mathematics- Differential Equations, Matrices, Integral Calculus, Differential Calculus, Sequences and Series.

Chemistry (CY)
- Organic Chemistry
- Physical Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry

Physics (PH)
- Simple Oscillators
- Solid state physics, devices and electronics
- Modern physics
- Kinetic theory, Thermodynamics
- Electricity and Magnetism
- Oscillations, Waves and Optics
- Mechanics and General Properties of Matter
- Mathematical Methods

Paper Pattern

IIT JAM Exam Pattern: The examination pattern for JAM 2017 helps the appearing candidates to get an idea about the pattern of the question paper. The examination pattern of JAM gives you an idea about the type of questions, distribution of marks, penalty for wrong answers and many other important details.

Paper of JAM
- Physics
- Geology
- Chemistry
- Mathematics
- Biotechnology
- Biological Science
- Mathematical Statistics

Question paper pattern for JAM
- There will be MCQ type question and the examination will be online.
- The duration of the examination will be 3 hours.
- There will be 60 questions carrying total 100 marks for the JAM question paper.

The question paper of JAM 2017 will have 3 sections namely A, B and C. All the 3 section are mandatory. The detail information of the sections is as follows.

Admit Card

Candidates can download the JAM 2017 admit card through the official portal. The admit card will be available from the last week of December 2016 till Examination date (tentative). The admit card will not be sent via post or E-mail. The admit card will contain information such as examination center and timing, candidates name & roll number and other exam related instructions.


The JAM 2017 result will be declared on last week of March 2017(tentative) in the official site. No score card will be sent to the candidates through offline mode. On the basis of performance in JAM 2017, for each test paper, separate merit list will be prepared for GEN, OBC-NCL, SC, ST and PwD candidates.

Contact Details

Chairman, JAM,
Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi,
Hauz Khas,
New Delhi 110 016.

Phone: 011-2659 1749
Fax: 011-2658 1579

List of suggested books for JAM exam preparations.

  • Mathematics for Higher Level Competitive Exams (English) 3rd  Edition by Santanu Roy


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