Introduction to IIT-JAM-2019

Joint Admission Test (JAM) is an all India admission test conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institute of Science (IISC), Bangalore on behalf of the Ministry of Human Resources Development. This test enables a candidate to get admission into M.Sc programme, joint PhD dual degree, and other post B.Sc programmes at various IITs. The first JAM was conducted in 2004. The seven IITs and IISC conduct the exam on a rotational basis. The institute that conducts the exam in a particular year is termed as the organising institute.

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About IIT-JAM

Indian Institutes of Technology are conducted a Joint Admission Test for M.Sc. (JAM). The objective of JAM is to provide admissions to various M.Sc., Joint M.Sc.-PhD, M.Sc.-PhD Dual Degree and other post-bachelor degree programmes at the IITs based on the performance in a single test and to consolidate Science as a career option for bright students from across the country. In due course, JAM is also expected to become a benchmark for normalizing undergraduate level science education in the country.

Eligibility Criteria

For IISc Bangalore: First class (as declared by the university) for General/OBC category candidates and second class (as declared by the university) or 50% aggregate marks, without rounding off, for SC/ST and PD category candidates in the qualifying degree.

For IIT Guwahati: At least (a) 55%marks in Major/Honors and pass in all other subjects, including languages and subsidiaries Or (b) 55% aggregate marks (taking into account all subjects, including languages and subsidiaries, all years combined) for General/OBC category candidates; and at least (a) 50%marks in Major/Honors and pass in all other subjects, including languages and subsidiaries Or (b) 50% aggregate marks (taking into account all subjects, including languages and subsidiaries, all years combined) for SC, ST and PD category candidates in the qualifying degree.

For all other IITs: At least 55% aggregate marks, without rounding off, (taking into account all subjects, including languages and subsidiaries, all years combined) for General/OBC Category candidates and at least 50% aggregate marks, without rounding off, (taking into account all subjects, including languages and subsidiaries, all years combined) for SC/ST and PD Category candidates in the qualifying degree.

For candidates with letter grades/CGPA (instead of percentage of marks) the equivalence in percentage of marks will be decided by the admitting institute(s).

Proof of having passed the qualifying degree with the required eligibility, as specified by the admitting institute should be submitted by 30thSeptember, 2015.

Exam Pattern

Subjects offered:

  • Mathematical Statistics
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Geophysics
  • Geology
  • Physics
  • Biotechnology
  • Computer Applications

The candidate can appear for not more than two of the above-mentioned papers. Biotechnology and Computer Applications are objective in nature whereas the other subjects are descriptive in nature.

The objective type papers consist of 100 questions of one mark each and every wrong answer will fetch the candidate a negative mark of 1/3rd.

The descriptive type papers on the other hand comprise of two sections: Part I and Part II.

Part I consists of one-mark and two-mark multiple choice questions, which make up 60 per cent of the marks.  A negative marking of 1/3rd and 2/3rd is applicable for every wrong answer for the one marker and two marker questions respectively.

Part II is subjective in nature and makes up 40 per cent of the marks and has no negative marking.

Important Dates:
Issue of application forms: Last week of September
Submission of Forms: Last week of October
Date of Entrance Exam: Second Sunday of February
Result: Second week of April

Tips & Tricks to Crack IIT-JAM

  • Try and solve as many past year question papers as you can. It will give you an insight into the kind of questions which are generally asked.
  • Solve mock test papers available online as it will help you strategies your time management techniques.
  • Try referring to IIT JAM books by various authors.
  • Make short memory cards to help in last minute revision.
  • Devote more time towards revising topics which have more weightage in comparison to others.
  • Do not start a new topic at the last minute! Instead revise the topics you have already completed.
  • Most importantly keep you calm and don't panic.

JNU M.Sc / M.Tech Entrance (Biotech)

About the Exam--

The Combined Biotechnology Entrance Examination (CBEE) is conducted by Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on behalf of various participating universities for admission to M.Sc. (Biotechnology); M.Sc. (AGRI.)/M.V.Sc (Biotechnology) & M.Tech (Biotechnology). The entrance examination is held usually in the month of May at 51 centers spread all over the country.

Eligibility for M.Sc. (Biotechnology) Programme--

Candidates with Bachelor's degree under 10+2+3 pattern of education in Physical, Biological, Agricultural, Veterinary & Fishery Sciences, Pharmacy, Engineering / Technology, 4-Years B.S. (Physician Assistant Course); OR Medicine (MBBS) OR BDS with at least 55% marks are eligible to apply for M.Sc. (Biotechnology) programme.

Eligibility for M.Tech (Biotechnology) Programme--

Minimum 60% marks or equivalent grade in any one: B.Tech/B.E. in Chemical Engineering/Biochemical Engineering, Industrial Biotechnology, Leather Technology, Biotechnology, Biomedical Engineering, B. Pharma, Chemical Technology, OR M.Sc. in Biotechnology, Life Sciences, Botany, Zoology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Genetics, Biophysics, Microbial Genetics and Bioinformatics. (Also B.Tech/B.E in Electrochemistry, Bioengineering and M.Sc. in Chemistry & Physics in case of Anna University and M.Sc. in Bioengineering in case of West Bengal University of Technology).

M.Tech Biotechnology programme being offered by the following participating Universities:

1. Anna University, Chennai

2. Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi, Kerala

3. West Bengal University of Technology, Kolkata

Important Dates--

Issue of application forms: Jan/Feb

Submission of Forms: March

Date of Entrance Exam: May

Result: June/July

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