Joint Admission Test (JAM)
Exam Date: 14/02/2021 Exam State: All India Last Date: 08/10/2020

Exam Details

Joint Admission Test for M.Sc. (JAM) is being conducted from 2004 to provide admissions to M.Sc. (Four Semesters), Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D., M.Sc.-Ph.D. Dual Degree, etc. Programs at the IITs and Integrated Ph.D. Degree Programs at IISc for consolidating Science as a career option for bright students. These postgraduate programs at IITs and IISc offer excellent quality education in their respective disciplines. The  formal for these programs are designed to provide opportunities to the students to develop academic talent leading to challenging and rewarding professional life.

JAM 2021 is organising by IISc Bangalore.

Participating Institutes

1.IISc Bangalore

2 .IIT Bhilai

3. IIT Bhubaneswar

4. IIT Bombay

5. IIT Delhi

6. IIT (ISM) Dhanbad

7. IIT Gandhinagar

8. IIT Guwahati

9. IIT Hyderabad

10. IIT Indore

11. IIT Jodhpur

12. IIT Kanpur

13. IIT Kharagpur

14. IIT Madras

15. IIT Mandi

16. IIT Palakkad

17. IIT Patna

18. IIT Roorkee

19. IIT Ropar

20. IIT Tirupati

21. IIT (BHU) Varanasi


Institutes and Courses offered by the Institutes

Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (IISc): Integrated Ph.D. Programs in Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, and Physical Sciences.

 IIT Bhilai (IITBH):  Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programs in

(i) Chemistry,

 (ii) Mathematics and Computing, and

(iii) Physics.

 IIT Bhubaneswar (IITBBS): Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D. Programs in

(i) Atmosphere and Ocean Sciences,

(ii) Chemistry,

(iii) Geology,

(iv) Mathematics, and

(v) Physics.

IIT Delhi (IITD):  Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programs in

(i) Chemistry,

(ii) Economics,

(iii) Mathematics and

(iv) Physics.

 IIT (ISM) Dhanbad (ISM):  Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programs in

(i) Chemistry,

(ii) Mathematics and Computing,

(iii) Physics, and three year Master in Science (M.Sc.[Tech]) in (i) Applied Geology, and (ii) Applied Geophysics.

 IIT Gandhinagar (IITGN):  Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programs in

(i) Chemistry,

(ii) Mathematics, and

(iii) Physics.

 IIT Guwahati (IITG):  Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programs in

(i) Chemistry,

(ii) Mathematics and Computing, and

(iii) Physics.

 IIT Hyderabad (IITH): Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programs in

(i) Chemistry,

(ii) Mathematics/Mathematics and Computing, and

(iii) Physics.

 IIT Indore (IITI): Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programs in

 (i) Astronomy ,

(ii) Biotechnology,

(iii) Chemistry,

(iv) Mathematics, and

(v) Physics with an option to convert it to M.Sc.-Ph.D. Dual Degree Program during the second semester.

IIT Jodhpur (IITJ):  Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programs in

(i) Chemistry,

 (ii) Mathematics, and

 (iii) Physics.

M.Sc.-M.Tech. Dual Degree Program in Mathematics – Data & Computational Sciences.

 IIT Kanpur (IITK):  Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programs in

(i) Chemistry,

 (ii) Mathematics,

(iii) Physics, and

(iv) Statistics.

M.Sc.-Ph.D. Dual Degree Program in Physics (Transfer from M.Sc.-Ph.D. Dual Degree Program to M.Sc. Physics Program is not permitted.

 IIT Kharagpur (IITKGP): J oint M.Sc.-Ph.D. Programs in

(i) Chemistry,

 (ii) Geology,

 (iii) Geophysics,

(iv) Mathematics,

 (v) Medical Physics,

 (vi) Molecular Medical Microbiology

 (vii) Nuclear Medicine, and

 (viii) Physics,

 IIT Madras (IITM): Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programs in

(i) Chemistry,

 (ii) Mathematics, and

(iii) Physics.

 IIT Mandi (IITMandi): Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programs in

(i) Applied Mathematics,

(ii) Chemistry, and

 (iii) Physics.

 IIT Palakkad (IITPKD): Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programs in

 (i) Chemistry,

 (ii) Mathematics, and

(iii) Physics.

 IIT Patna (IITP): Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programs in

 (i) Chemistry,

(ii) Mathematics, and

 (iii) Physics.

 IIT Roorkee (IITR): Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Program in

(i) Applied Geology,

(ii) Chemistry,

 (iii) Economics,

(iv) Mathematics, and

(v) Physics.

 IIT Ropar (IITRPR): Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programs in

(i) Chemistry,

 (ii) Mathematics, and

(iii) Physics.

 IIT Tirupati (IITTP): Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programs in

(i) Chemistry,

(ii) Mathematics and Statistics, and

(iii) Physics.

 IIT (BHU) Varanasi (IITBHU): Master of Science (M.Sc.) Programs in

 (i) Chemistry, and

 (ii) Physics.

Change of Exam center

An examination city may have one or more examination centres. A centre once allotted will not normally be changed. A request for change of a centre within the same city/town will NOT be permitted.

In exceptional circumstances, a change of examination city/town may be permitted, if a request with a valid reason for the same is received by the office of the Organizing Chair, JAM 2021 through

an e-mail (, on or before 10 November  2020.

The request for city change should be made after an online payment of  Rs. 500/- on JAM-2021 portal ( under the specific link of “Payment for city change request”. Proof of this payment should be attached to the request mail for city change.

Please note that payment of Rs. 500/- is non-refundable and does not necessarily guarantee the change of the centre.

The decision of the Organizing Institute, JAM 2021 will be final.

Pattern of Paper

The JAM 2021 Examination for all the seven test papers will be held Online Computer Based Test (CBT).

Candidates will be shown the questions in a random sequence on a computer screen.

Duration of the examination  for all seven papers will be of 3 hours.

Medium for all the test papers will be English only.

Total questions are 60  carrying a total of 100 marks.

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: 


 In section a there is 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.


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).


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.

General Information

To apply for admission to a desired program, a candidate has to full fill the Minimum Educational Qualifications (MEQs) and Eligibility Requirements (ERs) of the concerned Academic Program.

On the basis of performance in JAM 2021, for each test paper, separate merit lists will be prepared for General (GEN), OBC Non-Creamy Layer (OBC-NCL), Economically Weaker Section (EWS), SC, ST, and Persons with Disability (PwD) category candidates.

At the time of admission, all admitted candidates will have to submit a Physical Fitness certificate from a registered medical practitioner in the prescribed form. At the time of admission, the admitted candidates may also have to undergo a Physical Fitness test by a medical board constituted by the Admitting Institute. In case a candidate is not found physically fit to pursue his/her chosen course of study, his/her admission is liable to be cancelled.

Requests for change of category latest by May 04, 2021

Admissions shall be made in order of merit in each category and the number of seats available at the Admitting Institute(s).

In all matters concerning JAM 2021, the decision of the Organizing Institute, JAM 2021 will be final and binding on all the applicants.



JAM 2021 Online Examination will be held on 14 February  2021 (Sunday) in two sessions as a Computer Based Test (CBT). 

Session 1- Morning: Biotechnology (BT), Mathematical Statistics (MS) and Physics (PH)

Session II- Afternoon: Chemistry (CY), Economics (EN), Geology (GG), and Mathematics (MA)


Candidate must pass Bachelor’s Degree with minimum 55% for General/OBC (NCL) category candidates and 50%  for SC/ST and PwD category candidates.

There is no age limit.

Foreign nationals with Indian degree are eligible to apply, subject to the admitting institute’s policy.


Syllabi for test papers

1. Biotechnology (BT)

The Biotechnology (BT) test paper comprises Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics.

Biology: General Biology, Biochemistry and Physiology, Basic Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Microbiology.




2. Chemistry (CY)

Physical Chemistry: Basic Mathematical Concepts, Atomic and Molecular Structure, Theory of Gases, Solid State, Chemical Thermodynamics, Chemical and Phase Equilibria, Electrochemistry, Chemical Kinetics, Adsorption, Spectroscopy.

Organic Chemistry: Basic Concepts in Organic Chemistry and Stereochemistry, Organic Reaction Mechanism and Synthetic Applications, Qualitative Organic Analysis, Natural Products Chemistry, Aromatic and Heterocyclic Chemistry.

Inorganic Chemistry: Periodic Table, Chemical Bonding and Shapes of Compounds, Main Group Elements (s and p blocks), Transition Metals (d block), Bioinorganic Chemistry, Instrumental Methods of Analysis:, Analytical Chemistry.

3. Economics (ES)

Microeconomics: Consumer theory, Production, costs with perfectly competitive markets, General equilibrium and welfare, Market structure, Game theory, Public goods and market failure

Macroeconomics: National Income Accounting, Behavioural and Technological Functions, Business Cycles and Economic Models, Business Cycles and Economic Models (Open Economy), Inflation and Unemployment, Growth Models.

Statistics for Economics 

Indian Economy: Indian economy before 1950, Planning and Indian development, Indian economy after 1991, Banking, finance and macroeconomic policies, Inequalities in social development, Poverty, India’s labour market.

Mathematics for Economics: Preliminaries and Functions of one real variable, Single-variable optimization, Functions of several real variables, Multivariate optimization, Integration, differential equations, and difference equations. 

4. Geology (GG)

The Planet Earth, Structural Geology, Palaeontology, Stratigraphy, Mineralogy, Petrology, Economic Geology, Applied Geology.

5. Mathematics (MA)

Sequences and Series of Real Numbers, Functions of One Real Variable, Functions of Two or Three Real Variables, Integral Calculus, Differential Equations, Vector Calculus, Group Theory, Linear Algebra, Real Analysis. 

6. Mathematical Statistics (MS)

The Mathematical Statistics (MS) test paper comprises Mathematics (40% weightage) and Statistics

(60% weightage).

Mathematics: Sequences and Series, Differential Calculus, Integral Calculus, Matrices.

Statistics: Probability, Random Variables, Standard Distributions, Joint Distributions, Sampling Distributions, Limit Theorems, Estimation, Testing of Hypotheses.  

7. 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 Electronic.

Past Question Papers

JAM 2020

Biotechnology (BT)


Chemistry (CY) 


Geology (GG)


Mathematics (MA)


Mathematical Statistics (MS)


Physics (PH)





JAM 2019

Biotechnology (BT)



Chemistry (CY) 



Geology (GG)



Mathematics (MA)



Mathematical Statistics (MS)



Physics (PH)




Fee for One Test Paper:

  1. Female candidates (All Categories)/SC/ST/PwD): Rs.750/-
  2. Male & Others candidates (General /OBC): Rs.1500/-
  3. Male candidates (SC/ST/PD): Rs.750/-

Fee for Two Test Papers:

  1. Female candidates (all categories): Rs.1050/-
  2. Male & Others candidates (General /OBC): Rs.2100/-
  3. Male candidates (SC/ST/PD): Rs.1050/-

Admission process

Interested applicant can apply for JAM 2021 only through JAM Online Application Processing System (JOAPS).

A candidate has to first register on JOAPS website, by providing his/her name, a valid E-mail address, a working mobile number and a password.

The candidate must give valid E-mail address an phone number to received update about admission.

Upon successful registration, an E-mail containing candidate’s Enrolment ID will be sent to the E-mail address provided by the candidate.

The Enrolment ID will also be sent to the mobile number provided by the candidate.

The candidate needs to use this enrolment ID along with the password for all JAM 2021 related communications or website operations.

Candidates are advised to keep the ID along with the password information safe and confidential. 

Data Required for Filling the Application Form

1. Address for communication (including PIN code)

2. Eligibility degree details

3. College name and address with PIN code

4. JAM paper(s)

5. Choice of JAM examination cities

6. Candidate’s photograph

7.  Candidate’s signature on white paper

8. Scanned copy of the Category (SC/ST) Certificate (if applicable) in pdf format, Scanned copy of PwD Certificate (if applicable) in pdf format.

9. Details of the valid Identity Document (ID) (This ID proof, in original, should be carried by the candidate to the examination hall)

10. Net-banking/debit card/credit card details for fee payment

Application payment related detail

Candidates have to pay Application fee through online mode only.

Online payment of Application fee can be made using the following modes only:

  • Net Banking
  • Debit Card
  • Credit Card
  • UPI

For making online payment of Application fee, login at the JAM Online Application Processing System (JOAPS) Portal and follow the payment instructions after verifying the filled application form.

From the JOAPS portal, the candidate will be redirected to the payment gateway webpage, which provides the payment options.

After successful completion of the payment, the system will be directed back to the JOAPS portal, where you can download the completed application form containing the payment details.

Admit Card

Admit Card will be availabe from 05 January 2021  until the Examination Date. 

Test Centres

Examination Cities/ Towns for JAM 2021

1. IISc Bangalore Zone

  • Bengaluru
  • Hubballi
  • Hyderabad
  • Kannur
  • Kozhikode
  • Mangaluru
  • Mysuru (Mysore)
  • Palakkad
  • Thrissur

2. IIT Bombay Zone

  • Ahmedabad
  • Goa
  • Mumbai
  • Nagpur
  • Nanded
  • Nashik
  • Pune
  • Vadodara

3. IIT Delhi Zone

  • Faridabad
  • Greater NOIDA
  • Gurugram
  • Hisar
  • Indore
  • Jaipur
  • Jammu
  • Jind
  • Jodhpur
  • New Delhi
  • Srinagar

4. IIT Guwahati Zone

  • Agartala
  • Asansol - Durgapur
  • Dhanbad
  • Dibrugarh
  • Guwahati
  • Imphal
  • Jorhat
  • Kalyani
  • Patna
  • Shillong
  • Siliguri

5. IIT Kanpur Zone

  • Agra
  • Bareilly
  • Bhopal
  • Kanpur
  • Lucknow
  • Prayagraj (Allahabad)
  • Varanasi

6. IIT Kharagpur Zone

  • Bhubaneswar
  • Kharagpur
  • Kolkata
  • Raipur
  • Ranchi
  • Rourkela
  • Vijayawada
  • Visakhapatnam

7. IIT Madras Zone

  • Chennai
  • Coimbatore
  • Ernakulam
  • Kollam
  • Kottayam
  • Madurai
  • Thiruvananthapuram
  • Tiruchirapalli
  • Tirunelveli
  • Tirupati
  • Warangal

8. IIT Roorkee Zone

  • Dehradun
  • Ghaziabad
  • Jalandhar
  • Kurukshetra
  • Mohali
  • Moradabad
  • Roorkee

Important Dates

JAM 2021  Dates

JAM 2021

14 February 2021

Online application form starts

10 September 2020

Online application ends

08 October  2020

Admit card download

05 January 2021

Announcement of result

20 March 2021

Submission of application form for admission on the JAM 2021 website

15-28April 2021

Declaration of first admission list

16 June 2021

Declaration of second admission list

01 July  2021

Declaration of third admission list

16 July 2021

Closure of Admissions through JAM 2021

20 July 2021


Organizing Chair JAM 2021

JAM Office

Indian Institute of Science


Bengaluru - 560012