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Indian Institutes of Technology Joint Admission Test for MSc 2020

Form Date: 10 Sep - 15 Oct 2020

Computer Based Test

Form Date: 10 Sep - 15 Oct 2020

IIT JAM Basic Information

  • Application Fee:₹ 1,500
  • Examination Modes:Computer Based Test
  • Exam Conducting Body:Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT KANPUR)
  • Courses:MSc
  • Streams:Science

IIT JAM 2021(14 Feb): Dates (Announced), Application Form (Started)

Updated On - September 17 2020 by Akriti Maurya

IIT JAM 2021 Application form has been released on 10 September on the portal of  JAM Online Application Processing System(JOAPS). The candidates can apply until 15 October 2020. Indian Institute of Technology Joint Admission Test for M.Sc 2021 is scheduled to be held on 14 February 2021. This Entrance Examination is hosted once a year at the national level in rotation by different IIT and IISc jointly to offer admission in the most Prestigious Institutes of India being IITs, IISc, NITs and a few more. The courses offered are M.Sc (Four Semesters), Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D, M.Sc-PhD Dual Degree, etc at the IITs and Integrated PhD Programmes at IISc. The academic courses offered and all the institutes that participate in IIT JAM 2021 will be discussed in this article further along with all other relevant information including the pattern of exam, syllabus, admit cards and result.

IIT JAM Latest Updates

  • IIT JAM 2021 is scheduled to be held on 14 February 2021 via online (CBT mode).
  • The candidates can apply from 10 September - 15 October 2020 via JOAPS.

IIT JAM 2021 Important Dates

Candidates can apply for 1 or 2 papers of JAM. Check all the important dates for JAM 2021 from the table below.

IIT JAM 2021Important Dates 
Notification releases on12 August 2020
Start date of Online registration at JOAPS 10 September 2020
Last date to submit the application form and upload documents15 October 2020
Form correction windowOctober 2020
Download JAM admit card from05 January 2021
JAM 2021 exam date14 February 2021
Date of Release of Answer keyFebruary 2021
Challenging answer keyFebruary 2021
Final answer key for JAM 2020 released onMarch 2021
Announcement of results20 March 2021
Availability of ScorecardMarch 2021
Submission of admission form15 – 28 April 2021
First admission list out on16 June 2021
Second admission list out on01 July 2021
Third admission list out on16 July 2021
Closure of admission via JAM 202120 July 2021

IIT JAM 2021 Application Form

IIT JAM 2021 Application Form will be available from 10 September 2020 on the official website of the conducting body. The last date to submit the form is 15 October 2020. Below mentioned is the procedure for filling up the IIT JAM 2021 Application Form:
  • Candidates can apply for JAM 2021 only through the JOAPS on the official website.
  • Candidates have to register on JOAPS website, by filling their name, email, mobile number, and a password.
  • The candidates must give valid contact number & email id.
  • Enrollment ID was ent via email and SMS to the candidates.
  • The candidate needs to use their enrollment id along with the password for all JAM 2021 related websites.
  • Candidate must keep their ID along with the password information safe and confidential.
  • The applying candidates provide a chance to correct the registration form after the last date of submission.

IIT JAM 2021 Application Fee 

IIT JAM Application Fee can be paid via online mode. The details (category and gender-wise) are listed below:

IIT JAM 2021 Registration Fee
Category of Candidates
Fee Details
One Test Paper
Two Test Papers

SC/ ST/PwD/ Female (all categories)

Rs 750/-

Rs 1050/-

All Other Categories 

Rs 1500/-

Rs 2100/-

Mode of Payment: Online mode for the fee payment can be availed by paying via Net Banking/Credit card/Debit card.

IIT JAM 2021 Correction Window

The applied candidates can make changes in their application form for a specified period on the official website. The candidates can make changes only in non-editable data in their registration form. The Correction window for Application Form will last till 28 October 2020 (tentative) on the official website.

IIT JAM 2021 Eligibility Criteria

The candidates who qualify in IIT JAM 2021 shall have to fulfil the following  Eligibility Requirements (ERs) for admissions in IITs and other colleges:

  • All candidates admitted through JAM should have a Bachelor’s degree as a Minimum Educational Qualification (MEQ).
  • In the qualifying degree, the aggregate marks or CGPA/CPI without rounding-off 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.
  • For Candidates with letter grades/CGPA, the equivalence in percentage of marks will be decided by the Admitting Institute(s).
  • Proof of having passed the Qualifying Degree with the Minimum Educational Qualifications as specified by the Admitting Institute should be submitted by the 30 September 2021.
  • 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.
Note: The candidates must keep in mind regarding the IIT JAM 2020 Exam:
  • It will entirely be the responsibility of the Candidate to prove that he/she satisfies the Minimum Educational Qualifications and JAM Eligibility for Admission.
  • The Admitting Institute has the right to cancel, at any stage, the admission of a candidate who is found to have been admitted to a course to which he/she is not entitled, being unqualified or ineligible.

Download IIT JAM Information Brochure 2021

IIT JAM 2021 Exam Pattern

IIT JAM Exam Pattern 2021 sections, subject, the duration for the examination, the medium of examination, marking scheme and more of such important details are mentioned below. Detailed exam pattern must be referred to by the candidates for the preparation and giving the exam point of view.
Paper Pattern for IIT JAM 2021
Mode of Examination

Computer-Based Online Test


180 minutes (3 hours)





Total No. of Questions


Total Marks


Negative marking

Section A: 1/3 marks deducted for one mark question and 2/3 for 2 mark question

Section B: No negative marking

Section C: No negative marking 

Section-wise distribution of JAM 2020 Exam

Below table shows the section-wise distribution of marks & questions for IIT JAM 2020 exam:

Section Number of Questions
Marks Distribution
Section A (MCQ - Multiple Choice Question)30 questions

10 questions one mark each

20 questions two marks each

Section B (MSQ - Multiple Select Question)10 questionsTwo marks each
Section C (Answer Type NAT-Numerical Answer Type)20 question

10 questions one mark each

10 questions two marks each

IIT JAM 2021 Syllabus

The streamwise IIT JAM Syllabus is mentioned below :
  • Biotechnology (BT) - Biology, Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.
  • Chemistry (CY) - Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Inorganic Chemistry.
  • Geology (GG) - Geomorphology, Structural Geology, Palaeontology, Economic & Applied Geology, Petrology, Mineralogy, and Stratigraphy.
  • Mathematics (MA) - Sequence and Series of real numbers, Functions of two real variables, Differential Equations, Group Theory, Vector Calculus, Real Analysis and Linear Algebra.
  • Mathematical Statistics (MS) - Sequence and Series, Differential Calculus, Integral Calculus, Matrices, Estimation and Testing of Hypothesis, Standard, Sampling and Joint Distributions, Differential Equations, Statistics, Probability, and Random Variables.
  • Physics (PY) - Mechanics and General Properties of Matter, Oscillations, Waves and Optics, Simple Oscillators, Electronics and Devices, Modern Physics, Solid-state Physics, KInetic theory, Electricity, and Magnetism.

IIT JAM 2021 Preparation Tips

The Preparation Tips are listed below by the experts and are targeted for the Candidates planning to look for some guidance and moral support for their preparation which might help them in scoring than what they are planning to score:

  • Candidates are requested to go through the Syllabus first of all the things and before even starting their preparation, they must prepare how to go on with each subject which includes the time distribution, management of resources and various other important factors.
  • Make notes of everything, put tags and sticky notes.
  • Daily revision is an important aspect as what the candidate studied becomes faded which needs to be polished time and again.
  • Make stronger points even better and work on weak points as well.

IIT JAM 2021 Admit Card

IIT JAM Admit Card 2021 will be available on the official website by the 05 January 2021 and shall be downloaded by all the applicants who plan on appearing for the examination. Keep a few basic guidelines in mind when it comes to the admit card. The IIT JAM 2021 Admit Card details are given below in the points:
  • Admit card will be available until the examination date.
  • Hall Ticket is not sent by post or email, the candidate has to download it.
  • It is mandatory to carry the admit card to the exam centre along with a valid photo ID proof which will help in verification of identity by the invigilators.
  • If a candidate finds any discrepancy in their hall ticket, get in touch with the officials immediately and get it rectified.

The below table mentioned the session-wise timings for the exam and the corresponding test paper and code.

SessionTimeTest Paper and Code
19:30 AM to 12:30 PMBiotechnology(BT), Mathematical Statistic(MS), and Physics(PH)
22:30 PM to 5:30 PMChemistry(CY), Geology(GG) and Mathematics(MA)

IIT JAM 2021 Answer Key

IIT Kanpur will release the provisional & the final answer key of IIT JAM entrance exam. Candidates can download the answer key & question papers in online mode. Candidates have to visit the IIT JAM official website to check their result and downloading the answer key. Answers key of all the subjects are available in the PDF format. 

IIT JAM 2021 Result

Candidates can check their IIT JAM Result from the official website in online mode.
  • Candidates can check their results from 20 March 2021. For each test paper, all India merit list will be prepared on the basis of All India Rank (AIR).
  • The merit list depends on the number of seats and availability of seats for students from various categories. IIT JAM results are also available in the form of the scorecard.
  • Candidates can check their merit and rank secured from their IIT JAM result.

IIT JAM 2021 Rank and Merit List

Read the points given below for the Rank and Merit List:

  • For each test paper of JAM 2021, candidates will be assigned All India Rank (AIR) which is based on their performance in the examination.
  • In the case of tie-breaker, those candidates who had more positive mark than negative given the higher rank. 
  • If this criterion fails to break tie than candidates will give the same rank.
  • For qualified candidates, the scorecard will be available on the JAM 2020 official website from 27 March 2021 to 31 July 2021.

IIT JAM 2021 Admission 

As the JAM result has been announced, now the candidates need to apply online, for respective IITs. Candidates can apply from JOAPS. The process for the same is as follows:

Step 1: First, they need to check their name in the JAM 2021 merit list.
Step 2: If the name is included in the merit list, then apply online only using the prescribed Admission Form available at JOAPS website, irrespective of IITs where the admission is sought.
Step 3: To access the admission form login at JOAPS, using the login credential received at the time of JAM registration.
Step 4: In the admission form qualified candidates will have to enter all the programmes at IITs, in order of preferences, where the candidate is seeking admission.
Step 5: To submit the form the candidates are then needed to make the payment of Rs. 600/-
Step 6: Check the Admission Lists for each programme under JAM 2020 which are prepared by the Organizing Institute and are announced on the JAM 2020 website.
Step 7: The admission lists are announced until the seats are filled in the respective courses in the IITs. 3 admission lists are released.
Step 8: If a candidate’s name appears in any of the admission lists then the candidate is intimated of the same via an offer letter.
To accept the seat: The candidates intimated about the allotment have to submit the acceptance form online at JOAPS with an online payment of the following amounts:
  • Rs. 10000/- for General/OBC-NCL/EWS category candidates
  • Rs. 5000/- for SC/ST/PwD category candidates

Documents to be Uploaded for JAM 2020 M.Sc Admission

The applicants must keep scanned copies of following documents in pdf format ready before filling the admission form on JOAPS.

  • Class 10th Certificate
  • Class 12th Mark sheet
  • Qualifying Degree Mark sheets of all semesters/ years
  • For General Category, Nationality Certificate is required. It can be a Birth Certificate/ Voter ID/ 1st page of Passport/ School Transfer Certificate/ Nationality Certificate issued by the Government/ Aadhaar Card.
  • For OBC-NCL, EWS, SC and ST candidates, category certificate is required.
  • PwD Certificate is required for PwD category applicants.

IIT JAM 2021 Test Centres

The list of the test centre is given below for various IITs:

IIT JAM 2021 Exam centres
IISc Bangalore 









IIT Bombay









IIT Delhi



Greater Noida








New Delhi

IIT Guwahati











IIT Kanpur








IIT Kharagpur








IIT Madras












IIT Roorkee









IIT JAM Test Campuses and Courses

Admitting and participating institutes of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) JAM for M.Sc are listed below:

IIT Bhubaneswar
Joint M.Sc - PhD 
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Geology
  • The atmosphere and Ocean Sciences
IIT Bombay
M.Sc (4 Semesters)           
  • Applied Geology
  • Applied Geophysics
  • Applied Statistics and Informatics
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
M.Sc – PhD dual degree 
  • Environmental Science and Engineering
  • Operations Research
IIT Delhi
M.Sc (4 Semesters)
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
IIT Gandhinagar
M.Sc (4 Semesters)           
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
IIT Guwahati
M.Sc (4 Semesters)           
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics and Computing
  • Physics
IIT Hyderabad
M.Sc (4 Semesters)           
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics / Applied Mathematics and Computing
  • Physics
IIT Indore
M.Sc (4 Semesters)           
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Biotechnology
  • Astronomy
IIT Jodhpur
M.Sc (4 Semesters)           
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
Dual Degree M.Sc - MTech        
  • Mathematics-Data and Computational Sciences
IIT Kanpur
M.Sc (4 Semesters)           
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Statistics
M.Sc- PhD dual degree   
  • Physics
IIT Kharagpur
Joint M.Sc - PhD 
  • Chemistry
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Geophysics
  • Medical Physics
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Molecular Medical Microbiology
IIT Madras
M.Sc (4 Semesters)           
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
IIT Patna


M.Sc (4 Semesters)           
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
IIT Roorkee
M.Sc (4 Semesters)           
  • Applied Geology
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Economics
IIT Ropar
M.Sc (4 Semesters)           
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
IIT (BHU) Varanasi
M.Sc (4 Semesters)                       
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
IIT Bhilai
M.Sc (4 Semesters)           
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics and Computing
  • Physics
IIT (ISM) Dhanbad
M.Sc (4 Semesters)           
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics and Computing
  • Physics
M.Sc(Tech) (6 Semesters)
  • Applied Geology
  • Applied Geophysics
IIT Palakkad
M.Sc (4 Semesters)                       
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
IIT Tirupati
M.Sc (4 Semesters)           
  • Mathematics and Statistics
IIT Mandi
M.Sc (4 Semesters)                       
  • Chemistry

List of Participating Institutes for IIT JAM 2021

  1. IISc Bangalore
  2. Integrated PhD in Biological Sciences
  3. Integrated PhD in Chemical Sciences
  4. Integrated PhD in Mathematical Sciences
  5. Integrated PhD in Physical Sciences
  6. NIT Agartala
  7. MNNIT Allahabad
  8. NIT Arunachal Pradesh
  9. NIT Calicut
  10. NIT Durgapur
  11. MNIT Jaipur
  12. NIT Jalandhar
  13. NIT Jamshedpur
  14. NIT Manipur
  15. NIT Nagaland
  16. VNIT Nagpur
  17. NIT Rourkela
  18. NIT Silchar
  19. NIT Srinagar, J&K
  20. NIT Warangal
  21. NIT Hamirpur
  22. NIT Meghalaya
  23. NIT Sikkim
  24. NIT Surathkal
  25. NIT Tiruchirappalli
  26. IIEST Shibpur
  27. SLIET Punjab
  28. IISER Pune
  29. IISER Bhopal
  30. IISER Tirupati

Contact Details of Zonal Exam Offices

The participating institute contact detail is mention in the given table:

InstituteWebsite Email
IISc Bangalore


[email protected] 
IIT Bombay


[email protected] 
IIT Delhi


[email protected] 
IIT Guwahatihttp://iitg.ac.in/gate-jam[email protected] 
IIT Kanpur


[email protected] 
IIT Kharagpurhttp://jam.iitkgp.ac.in[email protected] 
IIT Madras 


[email protected] 
IIT Roorkeehttp://iitr.ac.in/jam [email protected] 

IIT JAM 2021 Highlights 

The vital points for IIT JAM are mentioned in the table below:

Exam Name
IIT JAM 2021 - Indian Institute of Technology Joint Admission Test for M.Sc 
Conducting Body

IIT, Kanpur

Exam Level

National Level


 Postgraduate Courses in IITs

IIT JAM 2020 Official website


Exam Mode

Online (CBT)

Exam Purpose

 M.Sc Programmes in IITs across India 

About Indian Institute Technology

The IITs are autonomous public institutes of higher education, situated in India. All the IITs are governed by the Indian  Institutes of Technology Act, 1961 which has declared them as institutions of National Importance and lays down their powers, duties & framework for governance. The IITs were established on 15 September 1956 by the IIT Act 1956. The institutes are located in 23  cities in the land of India. As of 2018, the total number of seats for undergraduate programs in all IITs is 11,279. IIT Kanpur will be conducting the IIT JAM 2020. The institute is located in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. 

About Indian Institute of Technology Joint Admission Test for M.Sc.

The IIT JAM is an admission test organized every year for M.Sc. & other Post Graduate Science programs at the IITs, IISc, IISERs & other top Indian Institutes like NITs, NISER, etc.  The exam is being conducted for the year 2004 to provide admission to M.Sc. Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D., M.Sc.-Ph.D. Dual Degree, etc. Programmes at the IITs & Integrated PhD Degree Programmes at IISc for consolidating Science as a career option for the deserving candidates.

  • The IIT JAM for the year 2020 will be conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur situated in Uttar Pradesh, India.


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IIT JAM Important Dates

IIT JAM 2020 Form Date10 Sep - 15 Oct 2020
IIT JAM 2020 Exam Date14 Feb 2021

Indian Institutes of Technology Joint Admission Test for MSc 2020 Exam Pattern

Paper 1
Exam Duration:

3 hours

Total Marks:


Question Paper Type :

Multiple Choice Questions

Negative Marking:



Instructions:The questions will be asked in three different patterns such as Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ), Multiple Select Questions (MSQ), and Numerical Answer Type Questions (NAT).Total 60 questions will be asked in the examination. The question paper will be of 100 marks. There will be negative marking only in Section A.

Frequently Asked Questions


Form Start Date:

10 Sep 2020

Form End Date:

15 Oct 2020

Number of days left to submit the form:



Examination Date (Online):

14 Feb 2021

Application Fees:

₹ 1,500

Admissions open for

KIIT University Admission 2020

16 Nov 2019-20 Jul 2020

MIT ADT University Pune Admission 2020

11 Sep 2019-31 Aug 2020

DIT University Admission 2020

19 Sep 2019-15 Jul 2020

GNIOT, Noida Admission 2020

01 Jan 2020-17 Sep 2020

Acharya Institutes, Bangalore Admission 2020

01 Jun 2020-30 Sep 2020