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Joint Admission Test to MSc (JAM - 2012) (IITs)

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Exam State Exam Date Last Date
All India 30 Mar 2008 11 Jan 2008

Exam Details:

Joint Admission Test to MSc (JAM - 2008)

For admission to MSc and Other Post-BSc Programmes at


Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT)

[Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Roorkee]


Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee


From the Academic Session 2004-2005, Indian Insti­tutes of Technology have started conducting a Joint Admission Test to M.Sc. (JAM) for admission to M.Sc. and other post-B.Sc. programmes at the IITs. The main objective of JAM is to revive and consoli­date ‘Science’ as a career option for bright students from across the country and provide them a single step opportunity for admission to some of the postgraduate programmes offered at the IITs. In due course, JAM is also expected to become a benchmark for normal­izing undergraduate level science education in the country


Joint Admission Test to MSc (JAM) 2008 will be held on March 30, 2008 (Sunday) for admission to Two year MSc programmes in all IITs,




The following are the full-time M.Sc. and other post-B.Sc. programmes at different IITs to which admissions shall be made on the basis of JAM-2008.


IIT Bombay (IITB)



Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) programmes in: (i) Applied Statistics and Informatics, (ii) Applied Geology, (iii) Applied Geophysics, (iv) Biotechnology, (v) Chemistry, (vi) Mathematics, and (vii) Physics.


M.Sc.-Ph. D. Dual Degree programmes in: (i) Energy, and (ii) Physics.


IIT Delhi (IITD)


Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) programmes in: (i) Chemistry, (ii) Mathematics, and (iii) Physics.


IIT Guwahati (IITG)


Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) programmes in: (i) Chemistry, (ii) Mathematics and Computing, and (iii) Physics.



IIT Kanpur (IITK):


Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) programmes in: (i) Chemistry, (ii) Mathematics, (iii) Physics, and (iv) Statistics.


M.Sc.-Ph.D. Dual Degree programme in Physics (Transfer from M.Sc.-Ph.D. Dual Degree programme to M.Sc. Physics programme is not permitted).


IIT Kharagpur (IITKgp)


Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) programmes in: (i) Chemistry, (ii) Geological Sciences, (iii) Geophysics, (iv) Mathematics, (v) Physics, and (vi) Statistics & Informatics.


IIT Madras (IITM)


Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) programmes in: (i) Chemistry, (ii) Mathematics, and (iii) Physics.


IIT Roorkee (IITR)


Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) programmes in: (i) Applied Geology, (ii) Applied Mathematics, (iii) Biotechnology, (iv) Chemistry, (v) Industrial Mathematics and Informatics, and (vi) Physics.


Three-year Master of Technology (M.Tech.) programme in Applied Geophysics.

Three-year Interdisciplinary Master of Computer Applications (MCA) programme



Test Papers: JAM 2008 will have Eight Test Papers, namely, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Computer Applications, Geology, Geophysics, Mathematical Statistics, Mathematics and Physics each of three hours duration. The Biotechnology and Computer Applications test papers will be fully Objective type while the other papers will be Objective-cum-Subjective type. A candidate can appear at the most in TWO test papers subject to the restrictions of test schedule, with additional fee for the second test paper.


Choice of Examination Centers


Test City / Town






Test City / Town




IIT Bombay Zone


IIT Kharagpur Zone




























IIT Delhi Zone



IIT Madras Zone


























IIT Kanpur Zone










IIT Guwahati Zone



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Syllabi for Test Papers of JAM - 2008

(i)                Syllabus for Biotechnology Test Paper

(ii)              Syllabus for Computer Applications Test Paper

(iii)            Syllabus for Chemistry Test Paper

(iv)            Syllabus for Geology Test Paper

(v)              Syllabus for Geophysics Test Paper

(vi)            Syllabus for Mathematical Statistics Test Paper

(vii)          Syllabus for Mathematics Test Paper

(viii)        Syllabus for Physics Test Paper



a)     The JAM-2008 is open to all nationals (Indian/Foreign). Candidates seeking admission to academic programmes covered under JAM-2008 need to appear in JAM-2008. There is no age restriction.

b)     Foreign nationals will be required to satisfy the prevailing rules on the admission for foreign students of the Admitting Institute(s). For further details, they are advised to contact the Admitting Institute(s) concerned.

c)      To apply for admission to a desired programme, a candidate is required to qualify in the corresponding Test Paper and also satisfy the minimum educational qualifications and eligibility criteria of the academic programme.

d)     The candidates who have either appeared or are due to appear in the final examination of their qualifying degree in 2008 are also eligible to appear in the Test. On qualifying JAM-2008, such candidates can apply for provisional admission subject to the condition that: (i) all parts of their final examination shall be over by the date of registration of the Admitting Institute, and (ii) shall produce the proof of having passed the qualifying degree with required eligibility, as specified by the Admitting Institute, in the form of the final result on or before September 30, 2008.

e)     Admissions to various academic programmes at different institutes will be made on the basis of merit in JAM-2008. On the basis of performance in the Test, for each Test Paper, separate merit lists will be prepared for General, SC, ST and Person with Disability (PD) category candidates.

f)       Request for the change of category, with proper documentation, should reach the Organising Institute by February 01, 2008. Requests received after this date will not be accepted under any circumstances.

g)     Candidates should note that mere appearance in JAM-2008 or being in the merit list of any Test Paper neither guarantees nor provides any automatic entitlement for admission. Qualified candidates shall have to apply for admission as per the prescribed procedure. Admissions shall be made in order of merit and depending on the number of seats available at the Admitting Institute(s).

h)     With regard to the interpretation of the provisions of any matter not covered in this Information Brochure, the decision of the Organising Institute shall be final and binding on all the parties concerned.


Minimum Educational Qualifications for Admission


MSc Applied Geology/MSc Geological Sciences

IITB, IITKgp, IITR: Bachelor's degree with Geology as a subject for three years/six semesters and any two subjects among Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biological Science. The candidate must have Mathematics at (10+2) level.


M.Sc. Applied Geophysics / M.Tech. Applied Geophysics

IITB, IITR: Bachelor's degree with Mathematics and Physics as subjects and any one among the following subjects: Chemistry, Geology, Statistics, Electronics, and Computer Science.


M.Sc. Applied Mathematics / M.Sc. Industrial Mathematics and Informatics / M.Sc. Mathematics / M.Sc. Mathematics and Computing

IITB, IITD, IITG, IITK, IITKgp, IITM, IITR: Bachelor's degree with Mathematics as a subject for at least two years/four semesters.


M.Sc. Applied Statistics and Informatics / M.Sc. Statistics / M.Sc. Statistics and Informatics
Bachelor's degree with either Mathematics or Statistics as a subject for at least two years/four semesters.


M.Sc. Biotechnology

IITB, IITR: Bachelor's degree in any branch of Science/ Agriculture / Pharmacy / Veterinary / Engineering / Medicine (MBBS).


M.Sc. Chemistry

IITB, IITD, IITK, IITG, IITKgp, IITM, IITR: Bachelor's degree with Chemistry as a subject for three years/six semesters and Mathematics at (10+2) level.


M.Sc. Geophysics

IITKgp: Bachelor's degree with two subjects among Physics, Mathematics and Geology for at least two years / four semesters each, and the remaining one for at least one year/two semesters.


M.Sc. Physics / M.Sc.-Ph.D. Dual Degree Programme in Physics

IITB, IITD, IITG, IITK, IITKgp, IITM, IITR: Bachelor's degree with Physics as a subject for at least two years/four semesters and Mathematics for at least one year/two semesters.


M.Sc. -Ph.D. Dual Degree Programme in Energy

IITB: Bachelor's degree with Chemistry or Mathematics or Physics.


Master of Computer Applications (MCA)

IITR: Bachelor's degree with Mathematics as a subject for at least one year for annual system candidates/at least two papers of Mathematics for semester system candidates.


Eligibility Requirements for Admission


JAM-2008 qualified candidates shall have to fulfill the following eligibility criteria for admissions in IITs.


·          At least 55% aggregate marks (taking into account all subjects, including languages and subsidiaries, all years combined) for General category candidates and at least 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 candidates with letter grades/CGPA (instead of percentage of marks), the equivalence in

percentage of marks will be decided by the Admitting Institute(s).


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 registration, the admitted candidates may have to undergo a physical fitness test by a medical board constituted by the Admitting Institute. In case a candidate is not found to be physically fit to pursue his/her chosen course of study, his/her admission may be cancelled.



(i)                  It will entirely be the responsibility of the candidate to prove that he/she satisfies the minimum educational qualifications and eligibility requirements for admissions.

(ii)                The Admitting Institute has the right to cancel, at any stage, the admission of a candidate who is found admitted to a course to which he/she is not entitled, being unqualified or ineligible in accordance with the ordinances and regulations in force.

How To Apply:

Procedure to Apply For Jam-2008


Candidates may apply for JAM-2008 through one of the two different procedures, namely "offline" and "online".


Offline Procedure: The "OMR (Optical Mark Recognition) Application Form" along with the "Information Brochure" and "Acknowledgement Card" will be available from November 12, 2007 to January 04, 2008 on cash payment of application fee of Rs. 1000/- for General Category Male candidates, Rs. 900/- for General Category Female candidates and Rs. 500/- for SC/ST and PD candidates from the following Branches of State Bank of India (SBI):


·          Bombay Zone: Ahmedabad (Bhadra), Baroda (Railway Station) Bhopal (Main Branch), Indore (Near GPO), Mumbai (IIT Powai, Santacruz (W) ), Nagpur (Chhaoni), Pune ( East Street Camp).


·          Delhi Zone: Chandigarh (Sector 17), Delhi (IIT Delhi , Delhi University , South Campus).


·           Guwahati Zone: Bhubaneswar (Main Branch), Guwahati (Fancy Bazar), Jorhat, Patna (Exhibition Road), Ranchi (A.G. Office Complex).


·          Kanpur Zone: Kanpur (IIT Kanpur), Lucknow (Alambagh), Varanasi (Main Branch).


·          Kharagpur Zone: Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur), Kolkata (College Street, Baghbazar), Siliguri (Hill Cart Road), Vijayawada (Governorpet), Vishakapatnam (Industrial Estate).


·          Madras Zone: Bangalore (Main Branch), Chennai (IIT Campus, Rajaji Salai), Coimbatore (Oppanakara) , Hyderabad (Abid Road), Cochin (Main Branch) , Mangalore (Commercial Branch), Thiruvananthapuram (Statue Branch), Tiruchirapalli (Palkalai Perur).


·          Roorkee Zone: Agra (Raja ki Mandi), Amritsar , Bareilly (Civil Lines), Jaipur (PBB Vaishali Nagar), Kurukshetra (Mini Sectt.), Nainital , Noida (PBB Noida), Roorkee (IIT Roorkee).


The "OMR Application Form" and the "Information Brochure" can also be obtained by Post from the JAM Office of IIT Kanpur by making a written request along w ith the Demand Draft of Rs. 1050/- for General category Male candidates, Rs. 950/- for General category Female candidates and Rs. 550/- for SC/ST and PD candidates, drawn in favour of "Organising Chairman, JAM-2008", IIT Kanpur, payable at SBI, IIT Kanpur (Branch Code: 1161), and a self-addressed slip (11.0 cm x 6.0 cm). This fee includes Rs. 50/- as postal charges. Such requests must reach the JAM office, IIT Kanpur, latest by December 26, 2007. The application material shall be dispatched by Registered Post. IIT Kanpur, however, does not take any responsibility for the late delivery of application material, due to postal delay or loss of documents in transit. Once an Application Form has been purchased either from the Bank or by post from the JAM Office, any claim for refund of the fee, for any reason whatsoever, will not be entertained nor can this fee be held in reserve for future.


The OMR Application Form enclosed in the envelope provided with the Information Brochure is to be completed by the candidate in all respects. After reading the instructions given in Section-13, carefully fill in all the items of the form. Fold the form only where it was originally folded. Also write the code(s) of the Test Paper(s) applied, and the first choice of city/town of test on the left-top portion of the envelope.


The candidates desiring to appear for a second Test Paper must clearly mention their option in the OMR Application Form. Such candidates are required to pay an additional fee of Rs. 300/- (Rs. 150/- for SC/ST and PD candidates) through a demand draft in favour of "Organising Chairman, JAM-2008", payable at SBI, IIT Kanpur (Branch Code: 1161). This demand draft is to be sent along with the OMR Application Form.


Online Procedure: The facility for Online Registration will be available through the website e www.iitk.ac.in/jam from 12 November 2007.


The last date for submission of Online Application Forms on website is 07 January 2008.


·          To know more about Admission Process Click here


·          To know more about Registration Process (JAM) Click here



For Downloading Information Brochure Click below link


Download Information Brochure (PDF)



Important Dates:

Important Dates for JAM-2008


(i)                Issue of Application Form and Information Brochure at Bank Counters / by Post only from IIT Kanpur / Commencement of Online Registration

November 12, 2007

(ii)              Last date for receipt of requests at IIT Kanpur for issue of application material by Post

December 26, 2007

(iii)            Last date for issue of Application Form and Information Brochure at Bank Counters

January 04, 2008

(iv)            Last date for Online Registration on the website

January 07, 2008

(v)              Last date for receipt of completed Application Form along with Pay-in-slip and Demand Draft (if any) / Online Registration Form along with Demand Draft at the Organising Institute ( IIT Kanpur)

January 11, 2008

(vi)            Date of JAM-2008 Test

March 30, 2008

(vii)             Announcement of the Result of JAM-2008 Test


At 0900 hrs on April 29, 2008 (Tuesday)

(viii)        Issue of Admission Form by JAM Office of the Organising Institute / downloading from the Website of Organising Institute starts

April 29, 2008 (Tuesday)

(ix)            Last date for receipt of completed Admission Form at Organising Institute along with Demand Draft of Rs. 300/- only

May 14, 2008


Reserved Seats


Sl. No.



Seats Reserved


Scheduled Caste (SC)




Scheduled Tribe (ST)



Person with Disability (PD) (including leprosy-cured)

3% (Horizontal Reservation)


For more Info about Reservation Scheme Click here


Contact Addresses of Chairmen, JAM-2008



Phone / Fax

IIT Bombay , Powai, Mumbai-400 076

IIT Delhi , Hauz Khas, New Delhi-110 016

IIT Guwahati, Guwahati-781 039

IIT Kanpur , Kanpur-208 016

IIT Kharagpur, Kharagpur-721 302

IIT Madras , Chennai-600 036

IIT Roorkee, Roorkee-247 667


(022) 25767022 / 25722674

(011) 26591749 / 26581579

(0361) 2582752 / 2690789

(0512) 2597412 / 2590932

(03222) 282096 / 282097

(044) 22578200 / 22578204

(01332) 284531 / 285707





E - mail


IIT Bombay






IIT Delhi




IIT Guwahati




IIT Kanpur




IIT Kharagpur




IIT Madras



IIT Roorkee






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