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Indian Institute of Technology Joint Admission Test for Masters (IIT JAM)

Indian Institute of Technology Joint Admission Test for Masters (IIT JAM)


IIT JAM 2023 Exam Date

February 12, 2023

Name of the Examination
Indian Institute of Technology Joint Admission Test for Masters
Common Name
IIT JAM
Conducting Body
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati
Frequency of the Exam
Once a Year
Exam Level
National Level Exam

What is IIT JAM Entrance Exam?

Indian Institute of Technology Joint Admission Test for Masters (IIT JAM) is a national-level entrance exam allowing candidates to seek post graduate programs in IITs and IISc, Bangalore. 

IIT, Guwahati is the conducting body of IIT JAM 2023. The entrance exam is conducted for 7 papers:

  1. Biotechnology
  2. Chemistry
  3. Economics
  4. Geology
  5. Mathematics
  6. Mathematical Statistics
  7. Physics

Candidates can enroll for the following programs offered by the IITs: 

  • Master of Science (M.Sc)
  • Master of Science (M.Sc) + Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) (Joint/ Dual Degree Program)
  • Master of Science (M.Sc) + Master of Technology (M.Tech) (Dual Degree Program)

IISc, Bangalore only offers Integrated Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D). It is one of the top colleges in Bangalore for higher education. 

Students can seek admissions in Bangalore and 20 other IITs across India with their IIT JAM 2023 score. 

IIT JAM 2023 was conducted on February 12, 2023

Aspirants must meet the minimum educational qualification in their Bachelor's program while applying for the IIT JAM exam. 

IIT JAM Exam Details:

Registration Mode
Online
Exam Mode 
Online (CBT)
Medium of Exam
English
Exam Duration
3 Hours
Type of Questions

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ), 

Multiple Selection Questions (MSQ), and 

Numerical Answer Type (NAT)

IIT JAM Exam Dates:

Events 
Dates 
Beginning of Registration

September 7 2022

    End of Registration

    October 11, 2022

    Admit Card

    January 2023

    IIT JAM 2023 Exam Date
    February 12, 2023
    Results Declaration

    March 22, 2023

    IIT JAM Exam Schedule on February 12, 2023

    Exam Paper
    Schedule
    • Biotechnology
    • Mathematical Statistics 
    • Physics
    Session I:  9.30 AM to 12.30 PM
    • Chemistry 
    • Economics
    • Geology
    • Mathematics
    Session II: 3 PM to 6 PM

    Candidates can appear in one or more test papers by paying the additional fee. They must ensure that the test papers are not in the same session.

    IIT JAM Application Form:

    Candidates can follow the below-mentioned steps to apply for IIT JAM 2023:

    Basic IIT JAM Registration:

    Step 1: Visit the official website of the IIT Joint Admission Test for Masters.
    Step 2: Click on the registration link.
    Step 3: Enter all the required information in the form.
    Step 4: Confirm all the entered data and register.
    Step 5: Note down the entered Enrollment ID and the Password, as they are used for further admission process.

    How to fill up the IIT JAM application form?

    Step 1: Visit the official website of the JAM Online Application Processing System (JOAPS).
    Step 3: Aspirants need to log in using their credentials, i.e. their Enrollment ID and Password.
    Step 4: After logging in, they can edit their details and add all the required personal and educational specifications. 
    Step 5: Candidates must select the papers they want to appear for and choose their preferred IIT JAM exam centres.
    Step 6: Aspirants need to upload the required scanned documents as per the specification.
    Step 7: Review and confirm all the details and proceed to pay the application fees. 
    Step 8: Follow the online instructions to complete the payment process. Payment should be done through online mode using a debit/ credit card or net banking. 
    Step 9: Aspirants must take a printout of the payment receipt and the application form for future reference.

    IIT JAM Application Fees:

    Category: Female (All Categories)/ SC/ ST/ PwD (Group 1):

    Particular
    Fee (In Rs.)
    Application Fee for 1 Paper
    750
    Application Fee for 2 Papers
    1,050
    Application Fee for Addition of a Paper
    300
    Change in 1 Existing Test Paper
    750
    Change in any 1 of the 2 Existing Test Paper
    300
    Change in Both the Paper
    1,050

    Category: All Other (Group 2):

    Particular
    Fee (In Rs.)
    Application Fee for 1 Paper
    1,500
    Application Fee for 2 Papers
    2,100
    Application Fee for Addition of a Paper
    600
    Change in 1 Existing Test Paper
    1,500
    Change in any 1 of the 2 Existing Test Paper
    600
    Change in Both the Paper
    2,100

    Documents Required:

    Document
    Format
    Recent Coloured Passport Size Photograph
    • File Size: 50KB to 200KB
    • Format: JPEG
    • Dimension (HxW): 4.5 x 3.5 cm
    • Image Size: 240x320 to 480x640 Pixels
    • Main features must be visible 
    Candidate's Scanned Signature
    • File Size: 5KB to 100KB
    • Format: JPEG 
    • Dimension (HxW): 2 x 7 cm
    • Image Size: 80x280 to 160x560 Pixels 
    • Sign with a Black or Blue Pen 

    The following documents will be required to fill up the IIT JAM application form and further processes: 

    • Class 10th or Equivalent Marksheet 
    • 10+2 or Equivalent Marksheet
    • Bachelor's Degree Marksheet
    • Valid Identification Proof
    • Caste Certificate (If Applicable)
    • PwD Certificate (If Applicable)

    IIT JAM Exam Centres:

    The IIT JAM exam will be conducted in all 8 IIT Zones in several cities across India. Here are some of the popular cities:

    Bengaluru
    Hyderabad
    Mumbai 
    Ahmedabad
    Indore
    New Delhi
    Guwahati
    Patna
    Lucknow
    Varanasi
    Bhubaneswar
    Kolkata
    Chennai
    Puducherry
    Dehradun
    Roorkee

    IIT JAM Syllabus and Books:

    Topics to be covered in IIT JAM Syllabus for each paper are as follows: 

    1) Biotechnology:

    General Biology
    Biochemistry 
    Basic Biotechnology
    Molecular Biology
    Cell Biology
    Microbiology
    Chemistry (10+2+3 Level)
    Physiology
    Physics (10+2 Level)
    Mathematics (10+2 Level)

    Books for Biotechnology:

    Book Name
    Author
    Bioinformatics: Sequence and Genome Analysis
    David W. Mount
    Basic Immunology: Functions and Disorders of the Immune
    Abbas and Littmann
    Microbiology
    Michael Pelczar Jr.

    2) Chemistry:

    a) 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

    b) 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
    -

    c) Inorganic Chemistry:

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

    Books for Chemistry:

    Book Name
    Author
    Introduction to Surface Chemistry and Catalysis
    Gabor A. Somorjai
    Organic Chemistry
    Robert Neilson Boyd & Robert Thornton Morrison
    Concise Inorganic Chemistry
    J. D Lee

    3) Economics:

    Microeconomics
    Macroeconomics
    Statistics for Economics
    Indian Economy
    Mathematics for Economics
    -

    Books for Economics:

    Book Name
    Author
    Micro Economics
    Anna Koutsoyiannis, H.L. Ahuja
    Mathematics For Economists
    B.C. Mehta, G.M.K. Madnani
    Indian Economy
    Mishra & Pur

    4) Geology:

    Planet Earth
    Geomorphology
    Structural Geology
    Palaeontology
    Vertebrate Fossils
    Stratigraphy
    Mineralogy
    Petrology
    Economic Geology
    Applied Geology

    Books for Geology:

    Book Name
    Author
    Groundwater Hydrology
    David K. Todd (Author), Larry W. Mays
    Structure Geology
    Prof. Haakon Fasten
    Optical Mineralogy (Four Colour)
    Pramod Kumar Verma

    5) Mathematics:

    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
    -

    Books for Mathematics:

    Book Name
    Author
    Mathematical Analysis
    S.C. Malik
    IIT JAM Mathematics
    Neha Tyagi
    Fundamentals of Real Analysis
    V.K. Krishnan

    6) Mathematical Statistics:

    a) Mathematics

    Sequences and Series
    Differential Calculus
    Integral Calculus
    Matrices

    b) Statistics 

    Probability
    Random Variables
    Standard Distributions
    Joint Distributions
    Sampling Distributions
    Limit Theorems
    Estimation
    Testing of Hypotheses

    Books for Mathematical Statistics:

    Book Name
    Author
    Principles of Mathematical Analysis
    Walter Rudin
    Introduction to the Theory of Statistics
    Alexander M. Mood, Duane C. Boes, and Franklin A. Graybill
    Vector Analysis: Schaum's Outlines Series
    Murray Spiegel, Seymour Lipschutz, Dennis Spellman

    7) Physics:

    Mathematical Methods
    Electricity and Magnetism
    Mechanics and General Properties of Matter
    Solid State Physics, Devices and Electronics
    Kinetic Theory
    Thermodynamics
    Oscillations, Waves and Optics
    Modern Physics

    Books for Physics:

    Book Name
    Author

    Molecular and Atomic Physics

    Rajkumar
    Mathematical Models for Physics and Engineering
    Riley, Hobson and Bence
    Classic mechanics
    Herbert Goldstein

    IIT JAM Exam Pattern:

    Medium
    English
    Test Duration
    3 Hours
    Total Number of Questions
    60
    Total Marks
    100
    Number of Sections
    3
    Questions in Each Section

    Section A: 30

    Section B: 10

    Section C: 20

    Question Type

    Section A: Multiple Choice QuestionsType (MCQ)

    Section B: Multiple Selection Questions (MSQ)

    Section C: Numerical Answer Type (NAT) 

    Marks for Each Section

    Section A: 50 Marks

    Section B: 20 Marks

    Section C: 30 Marks

    Marking Scheme

    Section A: 

    Question No. 1 to 10: 1 Mark

    Question No. 11 to 30: 2 Marks

    Section B: 

    Question No. 31 to 40: 2 Marks

    Section A: 

    Question No. 41 to 50: 1 Mark

    Question No. 51 to 60: 2 Marks

    Negative Marking 

    Section A:
    1) 0.3 Mark will be Deducted for Every Wrong 1 Mark Question
    2) 0.67 Mark will be Dedicated for Every Wrong 2 Marks Question

    No Negative Marking for Section B & Section C

    IIT JAM Preparation Tips:

    Candidates can follow these tips while preparing for IIT JAM Exam:

    • Candidates must maintain a study schedule to manage their time and efforts efficiently. They must strictly dedicate a minimum of 8 hours for studies every day.

    • To broaden their knowledge on the subjects, candidates should refer to multiple study resources to ace the IIT JAM syllabus. 

    • One of the best ways to evaluate learning and get perfect scores is to solve mock papers. It helps them assess their learning and focus on the subjects that need more understanding.

    • Exam stress can take a toll on the mind and body during IIT JAM preparation. Candidates must ensure to maintain a good diet and exercise regularly

    • Candidates must keep their spirits high and study positively and believe in themselves. They must not panic and trust their hard work for the best IIT JAM result.

    IIT JAM Admit Card:

    Candidates can download the admit card by following the below mentioned steps:

    Step 1: Visit the official website of IIT JAM entrance exam.
    Step 2: Click on the Admit Card link.
    Step 3: Candidates have to log in using their credentials.
    Step 4: The admit card will be displayed on the screen. 
    Step 5: Confirm all the details and take a printout of the Admit Card for reference.

    IIT JAM Results:

    The result/ merit list is based on the All India Rank (AIR) of JAM. IIT JAM Results can be viewed by following the steps below:

    Step 1: Visit the official website of the IIT JAM entrance exam and click on the results link.  
    Step 2: Log in using valid credentials such as Enrollment ID and password. Enter the security code. 
    Step 3: Results will be displayed on the screen. 
    Step 4: View and print the results for further IIT JAM admission process.

    IIT JAM Cut Offs:

    IISc, Bangalore will release the cut-off based on the respective subject papers and categories. Candidates must visit the official website of IIT JAM 2023 for cut offs.

    Deciding Factors for IIT JAM Cut off: 

    • Number of candidates who appeared in the exam
    • Total numbers of candidates qualifying for the exam.
    • Total number of seats
    • Difficulty level of the exam 
    • Reservation norms

    IIT JAM Admission Process:

    The names of the candidates mentioned in the merit list will be eligible for the admission process to their preferred program in IISc and IITs: 

    • The admission process will be conducted online.
    • Before signing up for the IIT JAM admission process, candidates must go through the information bulletin on its official website.
    • Candidates must regularly check the website and emails for announcements and information regarding the admission lists.

    Admission Process:

    Step 1: Application Process

    Students can apply by filling the online admissions form on the official website of JOAPS. 

    They must provide all the required information, like their choice of programs based on their preference, educational qualification, category information, etc.

    Aspirants must choose one or more institutes based on their interest and the papers answered.

    Candidates belonging to OBC NCL/ EWS categories must mandatorily upload their category certificate in the prescribed format for the admission process. 

    After filling in the details and uploading the documents, candidates must pay the non-refundable fee of Rs. 600 through online payment mode and submit the form.

    Irrespective of the number of papers answered, applicants must duly fill in only one application form.

    Step 2: First Admission List:

    Based on the order of preference in the admission form and the rank in the merit list, the first admission list for each program will be published on the official website of JAM 2023.

    An intimation will be sent to the candidates and the organizing institute regarding the concerned candidate.

    Students must log into JOAPS and choose any of the following options as a response to the offered seat:

    (i) Accept and Freeze:

    By choosing this option, they accept the offered seat and do not wish to participate in the upcoming admission process. 

    Students must submit the acceptance letter and pay the seat booking fee through the online portal on the official website of JOAPS. The fee will be adjusted against the admitting institute at the time of registration.

    (ii) Accept and Upgrade:

    By choosing this option, they accept the offered seat but wish to participate in the following admission process for upgradation to higher preferences. 

    They must also pay the seat booking fee as acceptance of the seat within the given time.

    (iii) Reject and Quit:

    By choosing this option, they reject the offer and quit the following admission process conducted by IIT JAM 2023.

    After selecting the option, the candidate will get an OTP on their registered mobile number. They must enter the same as a confirmation of their decision.

    Step 3: Second Admission List:

    If seats remain vacant after the first list, a second admission list will be published by the organizing institution. 

    Candidates must choose any of the 3 options as mentioned in Step 1. Then, based on their selected option, they must pay the seat booking fee and submit the acceptance letter and enter the OTP to quit.

    Step 4: Third and Final Admission List:

    If the seats further remain vacant after the first and second list, the organizing institute prepares a third and final admission list to admit students.

    Students will follow a similar procedure of choosing an option and acting accordingly.

    After the completion of this round, the admission procedure for IIT JAM 2023 comes to closure.

    Seat Booking/ Acceptance Fee:

    Category
    Acceptance Fee (In Rs.)
    General/ OBC- NCL/ EWS 
    10,000
    SC/ ST/ PwD
    5,000

    Documents Required:

    • Passport Size Photographs
    • Class 10th Marksheet and Certificate.
    • Class 10+2 Marksheet and Certificate.
    • Bachelor Degree Marksheet and Certificate.
    • Valid ID Proof
    • Application Form
    • Admit Card
    • Scorecard
    • Caste Certificate (If Applicable)
    • PwD Certificate (If Applicable)

    FAQs

    - Indian Institute of Science (IISc) is the conducting body for IIT JAM 2023.

    - The exam is a Computer-Based Test (CBT).

    - The exam is conducted for M.Sc, M.Sc + Ph.D, Integrated Ph.D Programs, and M.Sc + M.Tech programs.

    - Aspirants applying for the exam must have a Bachelor's degree with Minimum Educational Qualifications (MEQ) as specified by the admitting Institute.

    - The marking scheme is the same for all the 7 papers. Here is the pattern as per the sections for IIT JAM preparations: Section A: Question No. 1 to 10: 1 Mark & Question No. 11 to 30: 2 Marks. 0.33 mark will be deducted for every wrong 1 Mark Question and 0.67 mark will be deducted for every wrong 2 marks question. Section B: Question No. 31 to 40: 2 Marks. No Negative Marking Section C: Question No. 41 to 50: 1 Mark & Question No. 51 to 60: 2. No Negative Marking

    - Marks of Section C will be considered as a tie-breaker. Date of Birth will be considered as the next tie-breaking criteria if marks remain the same. If these criteria fail to break the tie, the candidates will be awarded the same rank.

    - The types of questions for the exam are Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ), Multiple Selection Questions (MSQ), and Numerical Answer Types (NAT).

    - With the addition of Economics in 2023 IIT JAM is conducted for 7 subjects: Biotechnology, Chemistry, Economics, Geology, Mathematics, Mathematical Statistics, Physics.

    - IISc, Bangalore and 20 IITs across India accept IIT JAM scores.

    - The scores of the exam are valid only for that particular academic year.
    Eligibility Criteria

    The aspirants have to meet the following eligibility criteria of IIT JAM 2023 for admission : 

    • Aspirants should have graduated from Bachelors and match the Minimum Educational Qualifications (MEQ) as specified by the admitting Institute. 





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