Science As A Career: Joint Admission Test For MSc 2019

By Aakash Adlakha

Joint Admission Test for MSc (JAM) is being conducted from 2004 to provide admissions to MSc (four semesters), joint MSc-PhD, MSc-PhD dual degree, etc. programmes at the IITs and integrated PhD 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.

The curricula for these programmes are designed to provide opportunities to the students to develop academic talent leading to a challenging and rewarding professional life.

Joint Admission Test For MSc 2019


Application Timeline

ONLINE Registration and Application ProcessSeptember 01, 2018
Closure of ONLINE Application Process October 10, 2018
Announcement of JAM 2019 Result March 20, 2019

Test Schedule: February 10, 2019

Session Time Test Papers and Codes
I 9.00 am to 12.00 pm
  • Biological Sciences (BL)
  • Mathematics (MA)
  • Physics (PH)
II 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm
  • Biotechnology (BT)
  • Chemistry (CY)
  • Geology (GG)
  • Mathematical Statistics (MS)

A candidate can apply for either one or two out of the seven JAM test papers subject to the restriction imposed by the test schedule. The choice of the appropriate test paper(s) is the responsibility of the candidate. Requests for change of JAM examination paper(s) after the submission of application form will not be considered under any circumstances.

Pattern Of Test Paper

The JAM 2019 Examination for all the seven test papers will be carried out as an ONLINE Computer-Based Test (CBT) where the candidates will be shown the questions in a random sequence on a computer screen.

For all the seven test papers, the duration of the examination will be 3 hours. The medium for all the test papers will be English only. There will be a total of 60 questions carrying 100 marks.

Eligibility Criteria

The candidates who qualify in JAM 2019 shall have to fulfil the following eligibility requirements (ER) for admissions in IITs.

  • All candidates admitted through JAM should have a bachelor's degree.
  • In the qualifying degree, the aggregate marks or CGPA/CPI without rounding-off (taking into account all subjects, including languages and subsidiaries, all years combined) should be at least 55% or 5.5 out of 10 for General/OBC (NCL) category candidates and 50% or 5.0 out of 10 for SC/ST and PwD category candidates.

IIT JAM Participating Institutes and Seats

S.No. Institutes Seats
1 Indian Institute of Science Bangalore 20
2 IIT Bombay 264
3 IIT Delhi 162
4 IIT Guwahati 144
5 IIT Kanpur 175

IIT Kharagpur 176 7 IIT Madras 152 8 IIT Roorkee 162 9 IIT Bhubaneswar 100 10 IIT Gandhinagar 80 11 IIT Hyderabad 65 12 IIT Indore 60 13 IIT Ropar 32 14 IIT Patna 42 15 IIT Jodhpur 30 16 ISM Dhanbad 128 17 IIT Bhilai 30 18 IIT (BHU) Varanasi 20 19 IIT Palakkad 40 Total 1888

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