JAM stands for Joint Admission Test for M.Sc. . The Joint Admission Test for M.Sc. (JAM) is an admission test conducted every year for admission into Master of Science (M.Sc.) and other post-graduate science programs at the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Indian Institute of Science (IISc, Bangalore)Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs) and other top Indian institutes like National Institutes of Technology etc etc.

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. Programmes at the IITs and Integrated Ph.D. Degree Programmes at IISc for consolidating Science as a career option for bright students. These postgraduate programmes at IITs and IISc offer high quality education in their respective disciplines, comparable to the best in the world.


  • Candidates from any nation can apply for JAM Exam and there is no age limit to appear in the exam.
  • Candidates should have minimum 55% aggregate marks in graduation if belongs to General or OBC-NCL category or if they are from SC/ST/PWD category then they should have minimum 50% marks in graduation without rounding-off.
  • Each IIT and IIsc has their own guidelines for different courses on which basis they give the admissions in the institutes.

IIT JAM Exam Pattern

  • Mode of Exam : Computer Based Exam
  • Medium of Exam : English
  • Duration of Exam : 3 hours
  • Number of Questions : 60
  • Type of Questions : 30 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ), 10 Multiple Select Questions (MSQ), 20 Numerical Answer Type (NAT)
  • Total Marks : 100 Marks [50 (MCQ) + 20 (MSQ) + 30 (NAT)]
  • Negative Marking : Only for MCQ
  • Number of Papers : Seven Papers are conducted for each respective subject i.e. Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematical Statistics, Geology, Biological Science, Biotechnology



  • Validity of JAM IIT score: One year