IIT JAM 2021 – Admit Card (11th Jan), Exam Dates, Eligibility, Syllabus, Exam Pattern


Since 2004-05, the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have been organizing JAM (Joint Admission Test for M.Sc.) to offer admission to various postgraduate (two years) programmes such as M.Sc.-Ph.D, Joint M.Sc-Ph.D., M.Sc., Dual Degree, etc. at IISc and IITs. But this year, the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (IISc Bangalore) will conduct the exam on 14th February 2021, as per the officials. To study at these elite institutions, the best in the country, students need to clear the JAM exam. PG aspirants need to crack the exam to get exposure to the state-of-the-art laboratories, modern libraries and well-equipped campus. For complete details related to the eligibility criteria, important dates, exam pattern, syllabus, preparation tips, mock test, admit card, result, counselling, participating institutes, and more related to the IIT JAM 2021 exam, read the complete article.

JAM 2021 application portal will open to all the eligible students (Indian and Foreign) seeking admission to various academic courses offered by the above-mentioned colleges.

New Changes Introduced –

  • The IIT JAM 2021 Exam will be conducted by the IISc Bangalore.
  • IISc Bangalore has added the Economics subject in 2021. Now the JAM 2021 Exam will be conducted for 7 subjects - Physics, Chemistry, Mathematical Statistics, Geology, Mathematics, Biotechnology and Economics.
  • For the year 2021, IIT JAM will be conducted across 70 Exam Centres, which were 61 earlier.

IIT JAM 2021 Latest Updates –

As per the official updates, the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore has released the IIT JAM 2021 admit cards for the upcoming PG level entrance examination. Candidates registered for the JAM 2021 exam will be able to access their individual hall tickets via the official exam portal jam.iisc.ac.in. The IISc Bangalore has released JAM admit card on JAM Online Application Processing System (JOAPS) portal. To download the IIT JAM 2021 admit card, candidates need to enter their enrolment/ email ID and password on the official website of JAM.

The admit card for IIT JAM is available to candidates as a PDF file. Aspirants need to first download the admit card and thereafter, take a clear printout of the same. They need to preserve their JAM admit card safe. Any candidate carrying a valid IIT JAM 2021 admit card will not be allowed to appear for this science entrance exam.

IIT JAM 2021 is a national-level entrance exam that is held as a screening test for candidates looking to join MSc and other master’s degree programme at premier technology institutes including IITs and IISc.

IIT JAM 2021 Overview -

Exam Name

Joint Admission Test for M.Sc.

Popularly Known As


Conducting Authority

IISc Bangalore


Admission to PG courses at IITs and IISc

Mode of Exam


Mode of Registration


Exam Level


Number of Participating Institutes


Number of Programmes Offered


Number of Seats Available


Official Website


Exam Commencement

14th February 2021


IIT JAM Exam 2021 Important Dates

The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore will be the exam conducting authority for JAM 2021 exam. The institute has released the official schedule for the exam. Here are the important dates:

IIT JAM 2021 Events

IIT JAM 2021 Dates (Announced)

Commencement of application process

10th September 2020

Last date to submit the online application form

17th October 2020 (up to 17:30 Hours)

Last date to pay the exam fee

20th October 2020

Availability of correction window

From 03rd November to 10th November 2020

IIT JAM admit card 2021

11th January 2021

IIT JAM 2021 Exam

14th February 2021

Result declaration

20th March 2021

JAM 2021 Scorecard

22nd March 2021

Admission Form submission

March 2021

Request for change of category for correction of defective documents

April 2021

First admission list announcement

April 2021

Second admission list announcement

May 2021

Third & final admission list announcement

May 2021

JAM 2021 admission closes

May 2021

IIT JAM Exam 2021 Pattern & Syllabus

The IISc Bangalore will conduct the JAM 2021 exam in online mode only. There will be seven papers in total, consisting of 3 sections and 100 marks each. The medium of the JAM exam will be English.

Exam Pattern


Mode of Exam



3 (Section A, Section B & Section C)


Two (9.30 am to 12.30 pm and 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm)

Number of papers


Number of questions


Total marks



180 minutes



Negative marking

Only for Section A. 1/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer

Section-wise Distribution of Questions and Marks




Section A

30 MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions)


Section B

10 MSQs (Multiple Select Questions)


Section C

20 NAT (Numerical Answer Type)



60 Questions

100 Marks

Scroll left or right to view full table

IIT JAM Syllabus 2021

The syllabus of JAM 2021 has been designed by IISc Bangalore. It will mainly comprise the following subjects/topics based on 10+2+3 level.

  • Physics (PH)
  • Mathematics (MA)
  • Chemistry (CY)
  • Biotechnology (BT)
  • Mathematical Statistics (MS)
  • Geology (GG)
  • Economics

Note: The syllabus for economics will be updated soon at the official website.

IIT JAM Exam Syllabus in Detail -

Physics (PH)

Mathematical Methods: Partial Derivatives, Calculus of single and multiple variables, Jacobian, Taylor expansion, imperfect and perfect differentials, Fourier series. Vector algebra, Vector Calculus, Divergence theorem, Multiple integrals, Stokes’ theorem, Green’s theorem. matrices and determinants, algebra of complex numbers, first-order equations, and linear second-order differential equations with constant coefficients.

Mechanics and General Properties of Matter: Newton’s laws of motion and applications, polar and cylindrical coordinate systems, velocity and acceleration in Cartesian, uniformly rotating frame, centrifugal and coriolis forces, motion under a central force, Kepler’s laws, Gravitational Law and field, System of particles, conservative and non-conservative forces, Center of mass, conservation of linear and angular momentum, equation of motion of the CM, variable mass systems, conservation of energy, Elastic and inelastic collisions, Rigid body motion, rotation and translation, fixed axis rotations, parallel and perpendicular axes theorem, moments of Inertia and products of Inertia. Principal moments and axes. Kinematics of moving fluids, Bernoulli’s theorem, Euler’s equation, equation of continuity.

Oscillations, Waves and Optics: Differential equation for simple harmonic oscillator and its general solution Lissajous figures, Damped and forced oscillators, Superposition of two or more simple harmonic oscillators, resonance. Wave equation, Energy density and energy transmission in waves, travelling and standing waves in one-dimension, Group velocity and phase velocity, Doppler Effect, Sound waves in the media, Fermat’s Principle, General theory of image formation, Interference of light, Thick lens, thin lens and lens combinations, optical path retardation, Diffraction gratings, Fraunhofer diffraction, Double refraction and optical rotation, Rayleigh criterion and resolving power, Polarization: linear, circular and elliptic polarization.

Electricity and Magnetism: Gauss’s law, Coulomb’s law, Electric field and potential, Solution of Laplace’s equation for simple cases, Electrostatic boundary conditions, Conductors, capacitors, dielectric polarization, dielectrics, electrostatic energy, volume and surface charges. Ampere’s law, Biot-Savart law, Self and mutual inductance, Faraday’s law of electromagnetic induction, Simple DC and AC circuits with R, L and C components, Alternating currents. Displacement current, Poynting’s theorem, Maxwell’s equations and plane electromagnetic waves, transmission and reflection coefficients (normal incidence only), reflection and refraction at a dielectric interface. Lorentz Force and motion of charged particles in electric and magnetic fields.

Kinetic theory, Thermodynamics: Velocity distribution and Equipartition of energy, Elements of Kinetic theory of gases, Ideal gas, Specific heat of Mono-, di- and triatomic gases, van-der-Waals gas and equation of state, Laws of thermodynamics, Mean free path, Zeroth law and concept of thermal equilibrium, First law and its consequences, Reversible, irreversible and quasi-static processes, Isothermal and adiabatic processes, Carnot cycle, Second law and entropy, Maxwell’s thermodynamic relations and simple applications, Thermodynamic potentials and their applications, Ideas of ensembles, Phase transitions and Clausius-Clapeyron equation, Maxwell-Boltzmann, Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein distributions.

Modern Physics: Inertial frames and Galilean invariance, Lorentz transformations, Postulates of special relativity, Relativistic velocity addition theorem, Length contraction, time dilation, Blackbody radiation, mass-energy equivalence, Compton effect, photoelectric effect, Bohr’s atomic model, X-rays, Uncertainty principle, Wave-particle duality, the superposition principle, calculation of expectation values, the solution of the Schrödinger equation for the one-dimensional harmonic oscillator, Schrödinger equation and its solution for one, two and three-dimensional boxes, Pauli exclusion principle, reflection and transmission at a step potential, Radioactivity and its applications, Structure of the atomic nucleus, mass and binding energy, Laws of radioactive decay.

Solid State Physics, Devices and Electronics: Bravais lattices and basis, Miller indices, Crystal structure, X-ray diffraction and Bragg's law; Intrinsic and extrinsic semiconductors, a variation of resistivity with temperature, Fermi level, I-V characteristics, p-n junction diode, Zener diode and its applications, Single-stage amplifier, BJT: characteristics in CB, CE, CC modes, two-stage R-C coupled amplifiers, Simple Oscillators: sinusoidal oscillators, Barkhausen condition, Boolean algebra: Binary number systems; binary addition and subtraction, conversion from one system to another system. OP AMP and applications: Inverting and non-inverting amplifier, Logic Gates AND, NOT, OR, NAND, NOR exclusive OR; combination of gates; Truth tables; de Morgan’s theorem.

Mathematics (MA)

Sequences and Series of Real Numbers: Sequence of real numbers, bounded and monotone sequences, convergence of sequences, convergence criteria for sequences of real numbers, subsequences, Cauchy sequences, Bolzano-Weierstrass theorem, absolute convergence, Series of real numbers, tests of convergence for series of positive terms – ratio test, root test, comparison test, Leibniz test for convergence of alternating series.

Linear Algebra: Finite dimensional vector spaces, linear transformations, linear independence of vectors, dimension, basis, matrix representation, null space, range space, rank-nullity theorem. Rank and inverse of a matrix, determinant, consistency conditions, eigenvalues and eigenvectors for matrices, solutions of systems of linear equations, Cayley-Hamilton theorem.

Functions of One Real Variable: Limit, continuity, differentiation, intermediate value property, mean value theorem, Rolle’s Theorem, L'Hospital rule, maxima and minima, Taylor's theorem.

Functions of Two or Three Real Variables: Limit, continuity, differentiability, partial derivatives, maxima and minima.

Differential Equations: Ordinary differential equations of the first order of the form y'=f(x,y), exact differential equations, Bernoulli’s equation, orthogonal trajectories, integrating factor, homogeneous differential equations, linear differential equations of second order with constant coefficients, Method of variation of parameters, variable separable equations, Cauchy-Euler equation.

Integral Calculus: Integration as the inverse process of differentiation, fundamental theorem of calculus, definite integrals and their properties. Double and triple integrals, calculating surface areas and volumes using double integrals, change of order of integration, calculating volumes using triple integrals.

Vector Calculus: Scalar and vector fields, divergence, gradient, curl, surface integrals, line integrals, Green, Stokes and Gauss theorems.

Group Theory: Groups, subgroups, normal subgroups, Abelian groups, non-Abelian groups, permutation groups, cyclic groups, Lagrange's Theorem for finite groups, group homomorphisms and basic concepts of quotient groups.

Real Analysis: Interior points, limit points, closed sets, open sets, bounded sets, compact sets, connected sets, completeness of R, Taylor’s series, Power series (of real variable), radius and interval of convergence, term-wise differentiation and integration of power series.

Chemistry (CY)


Basic Mathematical Concepts: Functions; integrals; ordinary differential equations; maxima and minima; vectors and matrices; determinants; elementary statistics and probability theory.

Atomic and Molecular Structure: Fundamental particles; wave-particle duality; uncertainty principle; Bohr’s theory of hydrogen-like atom; Schrödinger’s wave equation; quantum numbers; Hund’s rule and Pauli’s exclusion principle; shapes of orbitals; electronic configuration of simple homonuclear diatomic molecules.

Solid State: Crystals and crystal systems; NaCl and KCl structures; X-rays; close packing; atomic and ionic radii; lattice energy; radius ratio rules; isomorphism; Born-Haber cycle; heat capacity of solids.

Theory of Gases: Equation of state for ideal and non-ideal (van der Waals) gases; Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution law; Kinetic theory of gases; equipartition of energy.

Electrochemistry: Conductance and its applications; Galvanic cells; Transport number; EMF and free energy; polarography; concentration cells with and without transport; Debye-Huckel-Onsager theory of strong electrolytes.

Chemical Thermodynamics: Reversible and irreversible processes; thermochemistry; first law and its application to ideal and nonideal gases; second law; entropy and free energy; criteria for spontaneity.

Chemical and Phase Equilibria: Law of mass action; Kp, Kc, Kx and Kn; effect of temperature on K; ionic equilibria in solutions; pH and buffer solutions; hydrolysis; solubility product; phase equilibria–phase rule and its application to one-component and two-component systems; colligative properties.

Chemical Kinetics: Reactions of various order; Arrhenius equation; chain reactions – normal and branched; collision theory; enzyme kinetics; transition state theory; photochemical processes; catalysis.

Adsorption: Gibbs adsorption equation; types of adsorption; adsorption isotherm; surface area of adsorbents; surface films on liquids.

Spectroscopy: Fundamental concepts of rotational, Beer-Lambert law; vibrational, electronic and magnetic resonance spectroscopy.


Basic Concepts in Organic Chemistry and Stereochemistry: Electronic effects (inductive, resonance, hyperconjugation) and steric effects and its applications (acid/base property); the conformation of acyclic systems (substituted ethane/n-propane/n-butane) and cyclic systems (mono- and di-substituted cyclohexanes), optical isomerism in compounds with and without any stereocenters (allenes, biphenyls).

Organic Reaction Mechanism and Synthetic Applications: Chemistry of reactive intermediates (carbanions, carbocations, free radicals, nitrenes, carbenes, benzynes etc.); Wolff rearrangement, Hofmann-Curtius-Lossen rearrangement, Reimer-Tiemann reaction, Simmons-Smith reaction, Michael reaction, Wittig reaction and McMurry reaction; Darzens reaction, dienone-phenol rearrangement, Pinacol-pinacolone, Favorskii, benzilic acid rearrangement, Baeyer-Villeger reaction; oxidation and reduction reactions in organic chemistry; Diels-Alder, electrocyclic and sigmatropic reactions; organometallic reagents in organic synthesis (Grignard, organolithium and organocopper); functional group inter-conversions and structural problems using chemical reactions.

Qualitative Organic Analysis: Identification of functional groups by chemical tests; elementary UV, IR and 1H NMR spectroscopic techniques as tools for structural elucidation.

Natural Products Chemistry: Chemistry of alkaloids, terpenes, steroids, carbohydrates, peptides, amino acids, and nucleic acids.

Aromatic and Heterocyclic Chemistry: Monocyclic, bicyclic and tricyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and monocyclic compounds with one hetero atom: synthesis, reactivity and properties.


Periodic Table: Periodic classification of elements and periodicity in properties; general methods of isolation and purification of elements.

Chemical Bonding and Shapes of Compounds: Types of bonding; hybridization; VSEPR theory and shapes of molecules; ionic solids; dipole moment; the structure of NaCl, CsCl, diamond and graphite; lattice energy.

Main Group Elements (s and p blocks): General concepts on group relationships and gradation in properties; the structure of electron-deficient compounds involving main group elements.

Transition Metals (d block): Characteristics of 3d elements; oxide, hydroxide and salts of first row metals; coordination complexes: structure, isomerism, reaction mechanism and electronic spectra; colour and magnetic properties of metal complexes; VB, MO and Crystal Field theoretical approaches for structure, organometallic compounds having ligands with back bonding capabilities such as metal carbonyls, nitrosyls, carbenes, and metallocenes; homogenous catalysis.

Bioinorganic Chemistry: Essentials and trace elements of life; basic reactions in the biological systems and the role of metal ions, especially Fe2+, Fe3+, Cu2+ and Zn2+; structure and function of haemoglobin and myoglobin and carbonic anhydrase.

Instrumental Methods of Analysis: Basic principles; potentiometry and UV-vis spectrophotometry; instrumentations and simple applications of conductometry, analysis of water, air and soil samples.

Analytical Chemistry: Principles of qualitative and quantitative analysis; precipitation reactions; acid-base, oxidation-reduction and complexometric titrations using EDTA; use of indicators; radioactivity; use of organic reagents in inorganic analysis; applications of isotopes, nuclear reactions.

Biotechnology (BT)

The Biotechnology paper comprises Biology, Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics. The syllabus for all is provided below:

BIOLOGY (10+2+3) level

General Biology: Taxonomy; Genetic variation; Heredity; Conservation; Evolution; Principles of ecology; Techniques in modern biology.

Biochemistry and Physiology: Carbohydrates; Lipids; Proteins; Nucleic acids; Vitamins; Hormones; Enzymes; Metabolism – Glycolysis, TCA cycle, Oxidative Phosphorylation; Photosynthesis,Fertilization and Osmoregulation;  Nitrogen Fixation, Vertebrates-Nervous system; Vascular system; Immune system; Endocrine system; Digestive system and Reproductive System.

Basic Biotechnology: Tissue culture; Antigen-antibody interaction; Application of enzymes; Antibody production; Diagnostic aids.

Molecular Biology: DNA; RNA; Transcription; Replication; Translation; Lipids and Membranes; Proteins; Operon model; Gene transfer.

Cell Biology: Cell cycle; Mitochondria; Cytoskeletal elements; Endoplasmic reticulum; Golgi apparatus; Chloroplast; Signaling.

Microbiology: Isolation; Cultivation; Bacteria; Protozoa; Structural features of a virus; Fungi; Pathogenic microorganisms.

PHYSICS (10+2 level)

Physical World and Measurement, Kinematics, Laws of Motion, Elementary Statics and Dynamics, Electrostatics, Work, Energy and Power, Current electricity, Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Current, Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism, Electromagnetic waves, Optics, Atomic Nucleus, Solids and Semiconductor Devices, Dual Nature of Matter and Radiations, Principles of Communication, Gravitation, Motion of System of Particles and Rigid Body, Mechanics of Solids and Fluids, Oscillations, Heat and Thermodynamics, Waves.

CHEMISTRY (10+2+3 level)

Atomic Structure: Bohr’s theory and Schrodinger wave equation; Chemical bonding; Periodicity in properties; Properties of s, p, d and f block elements; Coordination compounds; Complex formation; Chemical equilibria; Chemical kinetics (zero, first, second and third-order reactions); Chemical thermodynamics (first and second law); Electrochemistry; Photochemistry; Acid-base concepts; Inductive, electromeric, conjugative effects and resonance; Stereochemistry of carbon compounds; Chemistry of Functional Groups: Hydrocarbons, alcohols, alkyl halides, aldehydes, carboxylic acids, ketones, amines and their derivatives; Aromatic hydrocarbons, nitro and amino compounds, halides, phenols, diazonium salts, carboxylic and sulphonic acids; Mechanism of organic reactions; Synthetic polymers; Soaps and detergents; Biomolecules – amino acids, proteins, lipids and carbohydrates (polysaccharides); nucleic acids, Instrumental techniques – chromatography (TLC, HPLC), UV-Vis, IR and NMR spectroscopy, electrophoresis, mass spectrometry.

MATHEMATICS (10+2 level)

Sets, Relations and Functions, Mathematical Induction, Complex numbers, Logarithms, Linear and Quadratic Equations, Trigonometry, Sequences and Series, Cartesian System of Rectangular Coordinates, Circles, Conic Sections, Straight lines and Family, Permutations and Combinations, Binomial Theorem, Mathematical Logic, Exponential and Logarithmic Series, Statistics, Vectors, Three Dimensional Geometry, Boolean Algebra, Matrices and Determinants, Probability, Functions, Differentiation, Limits and Continuity, Definite and Indefinite Integrals, Application of Derivatives, Differential Equations.

Mathematical Statistics (MS)

The following weightage is provided to Mathematics and Statistics:

  • Mathematics - 40% weightage
  • Statistics - 60% weightage


Sequences and Series: Convergence of sequences of real numbers, Comparison, root and ratio tests for convergence of series of real numbers.

Integral Calculus: Fundamental theorems of integral calculus, applications of definite integrals, Double and triple integrals, arc lengths, areas and volumes.

Differential Calculus: Limits, continuity and differentiability of functions of one and two variables, Rolle's theorem, Taylor's theorem, mean value theorems, indeterminate forms, maxima and minima of functions of one and two variables.

Matrices: Rank, the inverse of a matrix, Systems of linear equations, Linear transformations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, Cayley-Hamilton theorem, symmetric, skew-symmetric and orthogonal matrices.


Probability: Axiomatic definition of probability and properties, conditional probability, multiplication rule, Bayes’ theorem and independence of events, The theorem of total probability.

Random Variables: Probability mass function, distribution of a function of a random variable, probability density function and cumulative distribution functions, moments and moment generating function, Mathematical expectation, Chebyshev's inequality.

Standard Distributions: Binomial, geometric, negative binomial, Poisson, exponential, hypergeometric, uniform, gamma, beta and normal distributions. Poisson and normal approximations of a binomial distribution.

Joint Distributions: Joint, marginal and conditional distributions. Joint moment generating function. Distribution of functions of random variables. Product moments, correlation, simple linear regression. Independence of random variables.

Sampling distributions: Chi-square, t and F distributions, and their properties.

Limit Theorems: Weak law of large numbers. Central limit theorem (i.i.d.with finite variance case only).

Estimation: Unbiasedness, method of moments and method of maximum likelihood, consistency and efficiency of estimators. Sufficiency, factorization theorem. Completeness, Rao-Blackwell and Lehmann-Scheffe theorems, uniformly minimum variance unbiased estimators. Rao-Cramer inequality. Confidence intervals for the parameters of univariate normal, two independent normals, and one parameter exponential distributions.

Testing of Hypotheses: Basic concepts, applications of Neyman-Pearson Lemma for testing simple and composite hypotheses. Likelihood ratio tests for parameters of univariate normal distribution.

Geology (GG)

The Planet Earth: Origin of the Solar System and the Earth; Shape and size of the earth; Geosphere and the composition of the Earth; Earth-moon system; Dating rocks and age of the Earth; Formation of continents and oceans; Volcanism and volcanic landforms; Interior of the earth; Earthquakes; Isostasy; Earth’s magnetism and gravity, Elements of Plate tectonics; Orogenic cycles.

Geomorphology: Weathering and erosion; Transportation and deposition due to ice, wind, river, sea, and resulting landforms, Structurally controlled landforms.

Palaeontology: Major steps in the evolution of life forms; Fossils; their mode of preservation and utility; Morphological characters, major evolutionary trends and ages of important groups of animals – Mollusca, Brachiopoda, Trilobita, Anthozoa, Echinodermata, Graptoloidea; Gondwana plant fossils; Elementary idea of vertebrate fossils in India.

Structural Geology: Concept of stratum; Outcrop patterns; Contour; Maps and cross-sections; Dip and strike; Classification and origin of folds, joints, faults, foliations, unconformities, and lineations; shear zones. Stereographic and equal-area projections of planes and lines; computation of true thickness of beds from outcrops and bore-holes.

Stratigraphy: Principles of stratigraphy; Litho-, Chrono- and biostratigraphic classification; distribution and classification of the stratigraphic horizons of India from Archaean to Recent.

Mineralogy: Symmetry and forms in common crystal classes; Isomorphism and polymorphism,  Physical properties of minerals; Structure of silicates; Classification of minerals; Mineralogy of common rock-forming minerals; Mode of occurrence of minerals in rocks. Transmitted polarized light microscopy and optical properties of uniaxial and biaxial minerals.

Petrology: Definition and classification of rocks; Crystallization from magma; Igneous rocks-forms of igneous bodies; classification, association and genesis of igneous rocks; Sedimentary rocks – classification, size and shape of sedimentary bodies, texture and structure. Metamorphic rocks – classification, facies, zones and texture. Characteristic mineral assemblages of pelites in the Barrovian zones and mafic rocks in common facies.

Economic Geology: Properties of common economic minerals; Physical characters; General processes of formation of mineral deposits; Mode of occurrence and distribution in India both of metallic and non-metallic mineral deposits; Coal and petroleum occurrences in India.

Applied Geology: Ground Water; Principles of Engineering Geology

Candidates can download the complete JAM 2020 syllabus from the ‘Syllabi’ section on the official website - jam.iitk.ac.in.

IIT JAM 2020 Preparation Tips

Candidates must have a good preparation strategy to get through the IIT JAM exam. Here are some tips to be followed strictly:

Understanding the Syllabus: The IIT JAM syllabus is vast and it is necessary for the candidates to analyze the syllabus properly and prepare for the exam only as per the syllabus. It is advised to avoid studying irrelevant topics. Just stick to the syllabus.

Time Management with Effective Time-Table: After analyzing the syllabus, make a study-plan/ time-table. Keep more time for the difficult topics. Also, keep a break between the study sessions.

Understand the Concepts: Understanding the concepts and logic behind them. It will help in solving any type of questions from simple to complex. Mugging up topics do not help in the long run. You can consider mugging up if you find any topic too difficult to understand.

Practice Previous Year Question Papers and Mock Tests: Solving previous years’ question papers help in understanding the pattern, type of questions, difficulty level, etc. Previous years’ question papers also help in analysing the preparation level. Candidates must also appear for mock tests to work on their accuracy and time management skills.

Revision: Revision is the key to remember things. If you won’t revise the topics studied yesterday, you will forget them. So, revise daily and also make notes of important things while studying. These notes help in the last-minute revision.

IIT JAM Exam 2021 Eligibility

Only the best of the best get through IIT JAM. To filter out the most intelligent students, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore will conduct the Joint Admission Test for M.Sc. on 14th February 2021. If you satisfy the following eligibility requirements, submit the online application form before 15th October 2020. However, it is the sole responsibility of the students to provide accurate information. At any stage, the Admitting Institute can cancel the admission procedure of a student if he is found ineligible for the course. Hence, fill the admission form only if you satisfy the Eligibility Requirements (E₹) and Minimum Educational Qualifications (MEQs) for Admission.

Nationality –

Both Indian and foreign students can apply for JAM 2021.

Academic Requirements –

  • The candidates must have a Bachelor’s Degree.
  • The minimum passing marks in the qualifying degree should be 55% (5.5 CGPA out of 10) for General/OBC category students and 50% (5 CGPA out of 10) for the SC/ST/PWD category students .
  • Candidates must submit the Bachelor’s Degree certificates along with meeting the Minimum Eligibility Qualifications.
  • They must submit a physical fitness certificate at the time of admission. The fitness certificate should be drawn in a prescribed form from a registered medical practitioner.
  • The Admitting Institute will make the aspirants undergo a medical test, which will basically be a physical fitness test. This activity will be carried out by a medical board appointed by AI.
  • Physically unfit students will be denied admission.

Age Limit –

  • There is no upper age limit prescribed by the Institute.

IIT JAM Exam 2021 Application Process

The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore has activated the online application process for IIT JAM 2021 entrance exam from all the eligible applicants. The candidates need to complete the IIT JAM 2021 application process formalities before 17th October 2020. This is how they are going to complete the application procedure –

Important Points

  • Candidates must submit only one application form. Multiple applications will be rejected.
  • Please ensure to pay the fee as per your category, gender, and test paper option. If the fee is not paid as per criteria, the application form will be rejected.
  • After final submission, no changes will be allowed in the application form. Thus, candidates must check the JAM application form carefully before final submission.
  • If candidates decide to change the test paper after submission of the application but before the last date of application submission, they can change the test paper/ add additional paper. In such cases, additional fee is charged. The details of additional fee is provided under the ‘Application Fee’ section.
  • Visit at - http://jam.iitk.ac.in.
  • Look for the JAM Online Application Processing System.
  • Register on JOAPS website by entering details like the name of the candidate, active mobile number, valid email ID and password.
  • Upon successful registration, a system-generated Enrolment ID will be sent to the registered email ID and mobile number.
  • Preserve the Enrolment ID and password for future communications related to JAM 2021.
  • Upload the scanned copies of documents such as signature, photograph, category certificates and PWD certificate (if applicable), etc.
  • Release the exam fee through credit card, debit card and net banking.
  • Check the status of the online JAM application form (Defect Status, Under Scrutiny, Received, Admit Card Ready for Download, Rejected with Valid Reasons, Status after Rectification, etc.)

Note: “Candidates are discouraged from making the application through a third person.”

Prerequisite Data for Filling Application Form –

  • Personal Information (DOB, name, parents’ name, mobile number, parents’ mobile number, etc. Don’t use Title/Prefix like Mr/Mrs/Dr, etc.)
  • Eligibility details
  • Name of college and address with the correct PIN
  • Home address for communication with the correct PIN
  • Photograph with the right size and  dimension (5kb to 200kb and 3.5cm x 4.5cm in JPEG)
  • Signature with the right size and dimension (5kb to 100kb and 2cm x 7cm in JPEG)
  • Choice of the exam cities
  • JAM papers
  • Category and PWD certificates conforming to the correct format
  • Credit card, debit card and net banking details for hassle-free payment
  • Valid ID proof

IIT JAM 2020 Application Fee Details -

The exam fee is non-refundable.


One Test Paper (INR)

Two Test Paper (INR)




Female (All Categories)









Scroll left or right to view full table

Note: Candidates must remember that the submitted applications cannot be rectified or changed under any circumstance. Therefore, applicants are advised to enter correct details and necessary documents. In case of multiple application forms submitted by a particular applicant will be liable for rejection.

Additional Fee for Changing/ Adding Test Papers


Existing Papers

Want to Change

Want to Add


Additional Fee


Additional Fee


Female (all categories)/ SC/ ST/ PwD

One Test Paper

One Test Paper

₹ 750/-

One Test Paper

₹ 300/-

Two Test Papers

One Test Paper

₹ 300/-

Not Applicable


Both Papers

₹ 1050/-


All Others

One Test Paper

One Test Paper

₹ 1500/-

One Test Paper

₹ 600/-

Two Test Papers

One Test Paper

₹ 600/-

Not Applicable


Both Papers

₹ 2100/-

Scroll left or right to view full table

Application Scrutiny and Rectification

After the final submission, all the applications are scrutinized to verify the details entered, and photograph, signature, and documents uploaded. If all the details are in order, the application is accepted. However, if any defects/ errors are found in the application, they are marked and intimated to the candidates through email or SMS. Candidates are required to make the necessary changes within the given time period. After rectification, the applications are re-scrutinized and the status of the application is updated. Candidates can check the status of their application anytime by logging in to JOAPS. If any candidate fails to rectify the errors within the given time, his application will be rejected. No further requests will be entertained in this regard.

JAM 2021 Application Correction Window

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore – the JAM 2021 organising institute – has allowed candidates to make changes in the application forms. The window to make edits is open till 10th November 2020. As a one-time facility, candidates who have already registered themselves successfully for JAM 2021 exam will be allowed to make some changes to their application form to ensure that there is no discrepancy in official documents later on. As part of the application correction process, candidates will be able to make changes to the test city or exam city preference options, completely free of charge. Apart from this, candidates will be able to add an extra test paper, change their gender, category and PWD status to their application form, by paying a certain amount of fee.

Steps to make changes to JAM 2021 Application Form

The JAM 2021 application correction window has been opened by exam organizing institute i.e. IISc Bengaluru, for all candidates who have completed the application registration process. Candidates can make changes to their application form, by logging onto official website and by following the step-by-step process provided below:

  1. Open the official site link i.e. jam.iisc.ac.in.
  2. Find and Click on the link JOAPS portal.
  3. Log onto the JOAPS portal using your registered login credentials.
  4. Make the necessary changes to your JAM 2021 application form as required.
  5. Make the requisite payment for the changes made.
  6. Pay the requisite amount of application fee using online modes.
  7. Verify and Submit the revised application form on the website.

Other Details

JAM 2021 Participating Institutes

The participating institutes for JAM 2021 are 21 IITs and IISc Bangalore. Other non-IIT institutes use the JAM result for providing admission to the courses they offer. The lists of both the participating institutes and those who share the IIT JAM result are provided below. Check out the list for JAM 2021 admission.

JAM 2021 Participating Institutes – Indian Institutes of Technology

  • IISc Bangalore
  • IIT Bombay
  • IIT Delhi
  • IIT Bhubaneswar
  • IIT Bhilai
  • IIT (ISM) Dhanbad
  • IIT Guwahati
  • IIT Gandhinagar
  • IIT Hyderabad
  • IIT Jodhpur
  • IIT Indore
  • IIT Kharagpur
  • IIT Kanpur
  • IIT Mandi
  • IIT Madras
  • IIT Patna
  • IIT Palakkad
  • IIT Ropar
  • IIT Roorkee
  • IIT (BHU) Varanasi
  • IIT Tirupati

JAM 2021 Result Accepting Institutes – Non-IITs

  • IISER Bhopal
  • IIEST Shibpur
  • IISER Tirupati
  • IISER Pune
  • MNNIT Allahabad
  • MNIT Jaipur
  • SLIET Punjab
  • VNIT Nagpur
  • NIT Arunachal Pradesh
  • NIT Agartala
  • NIT Durgapur
  • NIT Calicut
  • NIT Jalandhar
  • NIT Hamirpur
  • NIT Jamshedpur
  • NIT Nagaland
  • NIT Manipur
  • NIT Meghalaya
  • NIT Rourkela
  • NIT Silchar
  • NIT Sikkim
  • NIT Surathkal
  • NIT Srinagar
  • NIT Warangal
  • NIT Tiruchirappalli

JAM 2021 Exam Centers

The JAM examination is conducted in eight zones. Candidates are provided with the choice of selecting three exam center choices at the time of filling the application form. As per the official website; “Candidates must specify their first, second and third choice cities at the time of applying for JAM 2021 examination. When the choice of first city is made, then the zone gets determined and the candidates will be able to choose the second choice city from the same zone. The third choice city can be chosen from anywhere in India including from the same zone.” Here is the list of zone-wise exam centers for JAM 2021:

IISC Bangalore Zone

  • Bengaluru
  • Hubballi (Hubli)
  • Hyderabad
  • Kannur
  • Kozhikode
  • Mangaluru (Maglore)
  • Palakkad
  • Thrissur

IIT Bombay Zone

  • Ahmedabad
  • Goa Mumbai
  • Nagpur
  • Nanded
  • Nashik
  • Pune
  • Vadodara

IIT Delhi Zone

  • Faridabad
  • Greater Noida
  • Gurugram (Gurgaon)
  • Hisar
  • Indore
  • Jaipur
  • Jammu
  • Jind
  • Jodhpur
  • New Delhi

IIT Kanpur Zone

  • Agra
  • Bareilly
  • Bhopal
  • Kanpur
  • Lucknow
  • Prayagraj (Allahabad)
  • Varanasi

IIT Guwahati Zone

  • Agartala
  • Asansol - Durgapur
  • Dhanbad
  • Dibrugarh
  • Guwahati
  • Jorhat
  • Kalyani
  • Patna
  • Shilong
  • Siliguri

IIT Kharagpur Zone

  • Bhubaneswar
  • Kharagpur
  • Kolkata
  • Raipur
  • Ranchi
  • Vijayawada
  • Visakhapatnam

IIT Madras Zone

  • Chennai
  • Coimbatore
  • Ernakulam
  • Kollam
  • Kottayam
  • Madurai
  • Thiruvananthapuram
  • Tiruchirapalli
  • Tirunelveli
  • Tirupati
  • Warangal

IIT Roorkee Zone

  • Dehradun
  • Ghaziabad
  • Jalandhar
  • Kurukshetra
  • Mohali
  • Moradabad
  • Noida
  • Roorkee

JAM 2021 Admit Card

Candidates can access the IIT JAM admit card 2021 from 11th January 2021. It will be available in online mode. To download the hall ticket, they must use the given Enrolment ID or Email ID and Password. Carry the hard copy of the hall ticket along with a valid Photo ID proof (original) at the time of appearing for the exam.

Note: Use login credentials to obtain and download the released admit card. The admit cards will not be sent by email or post to any candidate. Do check all the entries in the admit card for discrepancies. In case of any discrepancies, candidates must inform the same to the Organising Chairman, the IISc Bangalore.

How to Download IIT JAM Admit Card 2021 online?

The IIT JAM 2021 admit cards can be downloaded easily by the candidates, by following the detailed downloading instructions listed below:

Step 1: Visit official exam portal i.e. jam.iisc.ac.in.

Step 2: Click on Link for JOAPS Portal from the home page – ‘JAM 2021 Admit Card are now available for download from JOAPS portal’.

Step 3: Log onto the portal using your registered credentials - your Enrolment ID/ Email ID, Password (case sensitive), and answering the arithmetic expression.

Step 4: Click on the “Submit” button. Your IIT JAM admit card 2021 will be displayed on the screen.

Step 5: Download the hall ticket in the PDF format and save it on your device.

Step 6: Take a printout of the admit card for future reference.

After downloading, candidates need to take a printout of the IIT JAM admit card and carry it to the allotted exam centre along with an original copy of the valid ID proof. It may be noted that candidates not carrying their admit card or ID proof at the time of exam might not be allowed to appear for the exam.

In case a candidate is not able to download his/ her admit card, he/ she needs to contact the Chairman JAM of the IIT/ IISc – under which the first choice of test city falls – through phone/ fax/ email. While contacting, the candidate should provide his/ her “online enrolment ID, name, email ID, mobile number, mailing address, and city code of the desired test centre (first choice) to get information about the registration number and the name of the test centre allotted.

IIT JAM Mock Test 2021

The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore has activated the link for mock test of IIT JAM 2021. Candidates who had successfully registered for the Indian Institute of Technology Joint Admission Test can now practice for the same by visiting the official website i.e. jam.iisc.ac.in. Candidates can practice for the national level entrance examination conducted by IISc Bangalore as many times as required. The default login facility for IIT JAM Mock Test 2021 enables the test takers to attempt the mock test as many times as they want. The IIT JAM mock test 2021 window has pre-filled login credentials, candidates are not required to enter login ID and password and can take the test by simply clicking on the ‘Sign in’ tab.

What is the need of taking up IIT JAM Mock Test?

Practising IIT JAM mock test will provide the candidates with an insight about the type of questions asked in the entrance examination. Moreover, candidates will be able to familiarise themselves with the online exam pattern and learn time management skills, which are very crucial to the exam. Candidates solving IIT JAM mock test 2021 are likely to be better prepared for the actual day of examination. The exam duration of IIT JAM is three hours. The question papers of IIT JAM will be divided into three sections - Section A, Section B and Section C.

IIT JAM 2021 Answer Key

The IIT JAM answer key is released after the completion of the exam. Candidates can make an estimate of their scores using the answer key and the question papers. The provision to challenge the answer key was also provided via online mode. If the candidates find any discrepancies in the provisional answer key, they can raise an objection along with the right answer. Candidates must support their answer with proof. Online payment of ₹ 500/- has to be made per challenge. The challenges can be submitted through the candidate’s profile.

JAM Result 2021

Use the login ID and password to access the IIT JAM result 2021. The result was released online on 20th March 2021. Category-wise merit lists will be prepared by the Institute for each test paper.

IIT JAM Scorecard 2021

The IIT JAM scorecard 2021 can be downloaded from the authorized website of JAM Online Application Processing System (JOAPS). Candidates are required to use their login credentials for accessing the admit card. The candidates will not be sent a hard copy of the scorecard by post or any other offline mode.

JAM Cut-off 2021

The cut-off marks will be declared after considering a variety of factors such as marking scheme, the category of the candidate, difficulty level, availability of seats, etc.

Find the complete IIT JAM Cut-off 2020:

Subject of JAM Paper 2021

IIT JAM Cut-off 2021

Gen/ Gen-EWS



Chemistry (CY)




Mathematics (MA)




Biotechnology (BT)




Geology (GG)




Physics (PH)




Mathematical Statistics (MS)




IIT JAM Counselling 2021

Students who have qualified the IIT JAM 2021 exam, will require to submit their applications for the IIT JAM counselling 2021. Those whose names appear in the merit list (only the qualifying students) will be considered eligible to fill the online JAM admission form. The admission fee that needs to be paid is ₹ 600/-. The complete IIT JAM 2021 admission process will be commenced via online mode at the official portal of JOAPS.

How to apply for IIT JAM 2021 Centralised Admission Process?

  • Visit the authorized site of JOAPS - joaps.iitk.ac.in.
  • Apply for CAP 2020 application and fill the application form for IIT JAM 2021 admissions.
  • Enter all the asked details including choice of college and courses and pay ₹ 600 as the application fee.
  • Finally, upload all the important documents and submit your admission form. The list of documents is provided below.

The list of documents required for IIT JAM Admission Form 2020 –

Candidates are required to make a pdf file of the scanned images of the following documents for filling up the admission form:

  1. Class 10th and 12th mark sheets
  2. Qualifying degree mark sheets of all semesters
  3. Nationality certificates - Date of Birth certificate or Voter ID or First page of Passport or School Transfer Certificate or Aadhaar Card as issued.
  4. Category certificates - respective certificates as issued for OBC-NCL/ EWS/ SC/ ST category
  5. PWD certificate for Persons with Disability

Counselling Process

  • After taking into consideration the choices filled by the candidates and their merit rank, the First Admission list will release on April 2021. Candidates are required to submit the acceptance form along with seat booking fee (₹ 10,000/- for General/ OBC-NCL/EWS and ₹ 5000/- for SC/ST/PwD) online.
  • If the seats remain vacant after the first round, the second admission list is prepared and released by the organising institute. Candidates are again required to submit the acceptance letter and make fee payment.
  • The third and final round of counselling is conducted only if the seats are still vacant. The third admission list will be released in the month of May 2021 on the official website. The advance seat booking fee is to be submitted to confirm the seat.

Click Here to check IIT JAM Frequently Asked Questions.