IIT Joint Admission Test (JAM 2020)

IIT Joint Admission Test (JAM 2020)

Mode of ExamOnline
Level of ExamNational Level

Joint Admission Test for MSc (JAM) is an all-India level online entrance exam conducted by Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) every year on a rotational basis on behalf of the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India. Candidates are informed that the biometric system of identity verification (finger-print) will be used for the JAM 2020 exam as well as admission.


Till last year, IIT JAM exam was conducted in seven Science subjects (also mentioned as test papers) so as to supply admission to candidates in MSc and other post-bachelor courses offered at IITs and integrated PhD courses offered at Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. However, in 2020 JAM was conducted for six subjects only. Several National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and Centrally Funded Technical Institutes (CFTIs) also accept JAM scores for MSc admissions.


Exam Highlights:

Exam- Indian Institutes of Technology Joint Admission Test for M.Sc.

Conducting Body- Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

Mode of Exam    - CBT (Computer-Based Test)

Official Website- jam.iitk.ac.in

Exam Type- National Level


Exam Dates:


16 Mar '20

Declaration of IIT JAM Result

9 Feb '20

JAM 2020 Exam Day

7 Jan '20

Release of IIT JAM Admit Card

4 Sep '19 - 9 Oct '19

Availability of IIT JAM 2020 Application Forms


Application Process:

Candidates need to follow the below-mentioned steps as part of the IIT JAM selection process:

Step 1: Fill IIT JAM Application Form

For IIT JAM 2020 registrations, candidates need to apply for the exam in the online mode. Candidates need to visit the JAM Online Application Processing System (JOAPS) link present on the official website of the exam and fill the IIT JAM 2020 application form there.


IIT JAM 2020 application fee also needs to be paid in the online mode only via net banking/ debit card/ credit card. It may be noted that candidates can apply for a maximum two test papers at a time. But for appearing for the second test paper, candidates need to pay an additional application fee.


Step 2: Download IIT JAM Admit Card

Candidates could download their IIT JAM 2020 admit cards from the official website of the exam. After downloading the admit card, candidates had to take a print out of it and carry it to the allotted exam centre along with valid ID proof (original).

Candidates not carrying the admit card and ID proof were be allowed to appear for JAM 2020 exam.


Step 3: Appear for IIT JAM

Next, candidates had to appear for IIT JAM 2020 exam at the allotted exam centre. Candidates could take one or two IIT JAM test papers. However, candidates appearing for two test papers had to ensure that both exams were being conducted in different sessions.


Step 4: Check IIT JAM Result


IIT JAM 2020 result was declared on the official website of the exam. For each test paper in IIT JAM 2020, candidates were given an All India Rank (AIR). Based on AIR, an All India Merit List will be prepared. Candidates whose names/ roll numbers appeared in the merit list were considered eligible for admission in MSc courses offered at IITs and integrated PhD programmes offered at IISc.


Step 5: Fill Admission Form for IIT JAM Counselling


Qualifying candidates are required to fill the admission form available on the official website of JAM 2020. Note that irrespective of whether a candidate qualifies in one or two test papers, only one duly-completed admission form needs to be submitted, informs the official website.

After filling the admission form, candidates need to pay a processing fee of Rs 600 in the online mode through JOAPS.


Step 6: Check Admission List

After the submission of admission form along with the processing fee, an admission list will be declared on the official website of the exam. After the declaration of the list, offer letters will be sent by the respective admitting college/ institute(s) to candidates.

After receiving the offer letter, candidates need to submit an acceptance form along with an advance seat booking fee in the online mode through JOAPS.


Category- Acceptance Fee

General/ OBC – Non-Creamy Layer- Rs 10,000

SC/ ST/ PwD- Rs 5,000


After this, candidates will be allotted seats and their IIT JAM 2020 admission process will be complete.If seats remain vacant after the first admission list, two more admission lists will be declared for candidates.


Exam Pattern:


Exam Mode

Online, Computer Based Test (CBT)

Exam Duration

3 hours

Test Language


Type of Questions

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), Multiple Select Questions (MSQs) and Numerical Answer Type (NAT)


Biotechnology (BL), Chemistry (CY), Geology (GG), Mathematics (MA), Mathematical Statistics (MS) and Physics (PH)

Total Questions


Total Marks

100 marks


  • Nationality: Citizens from Indian states and foreign nationals are eligible.

  • Age Limit: There is no age restriction. 

  • Educational Qualifications: Must have a degree in Bachelor’s in Science in any one of the following subjects – Geology, Biotechnology, Mathematics, Mathematical Statistics, Physics, Chemistry. Final year candidates are also eligible to apply.

  • Minimum Marks: At least 55% or 5.5 CGPA out of 10 for General/OBC (NCL) category candidates and 50% or 5.0 CGPA for SC/ST and PwD category candidates.

No new additions have been made to the JAM paper pattern and syllabus in the past years. IIT JAM is set on a 10+2+3 level and comprises the following subject’s topics & chapters:

  • Biotechnology (BT)- Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics

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

  • Geology (GG)- Planet Earth, Geomorphology, Structural Geology, Palaeontology, Stratigraphy, Mineralogy, Petrology, Economic Geology, Applied Geology

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

  • Mathematical Statistics (MS)- Sequences and Series, Differential Calculus, Integral Calculus, Matrices, Differential Equations, Statistics, Probability, Random Variables, Standard Distributions, Joint Distributions, Sampling distributions, Estimation, Testing of Hypotheses

  • 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 Electronics, Simple Oscillators

Application Start Date :

4th September 2019

Application End Date :

9th October 2019

Exam Date :

9th February 2020

Result Date :

16th March 2020

Conducted By :

IIT Kanpur

Official Website : https://jam.iitk.ac.in/