IIT JAM (Joint Admission Test for M.Sc) is a national level examination organized by the IITs and IISc on a rotational basis. Through this exam, students can get admission in M.Sc (Four Semesters), Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D., M.Sc.-M.Tech., M.Sc.-Ph.D. Dual Degree & other courses. Top reputed colleges & institutions like IITs & IISc offer admissions into these courses on the basis of IIT JAM exam. IITs started conducting the JAM in the 2004 – 2005 academic session.
In this article, we are providing details about IIT JAM 2018 exam, including the application form, eligibility, exam date, exam pattern, etc. We’ll also take a look at other crucial aspects of IIT JAM such as the admission procedure, cutoff trends and much more.
IIT JAM 2019 Important Dates
Here we have mentioned the tentative dates of the IIT JAM examination. The official dates will be updated later:
IMPORTANT DATES FOR JAM 2019 | |
Online registration opens | 5th September, 2018 |
Closing of online application | 10th October, 2018 |
Download admit card | 4th January, 2019 |
Date of examination | 10th February, 2019 |
Announcement of result | 20th March, 2019 |
Beginning of admission | 11th April, 2019 |
IIT JAM Application Form 2018
- Students can fill and submit the IIT JAM 2018 application form through the online mode.
- Candidates have to register by entering their name, Email, Mobile Number and Password on the website.
- After successful registration, candidates will receive an Email containing their enrollment ID.
- After login through the ID & Password, candidates have to fill their personal, academic, qualification & other details in the application form.
- Upload the scanned images of photograph, signature and SC/ST/PwD certificates (if applicable).
- Make the application fee payment via online mode.
- Make sure to check all the entries before the final submission.
- Candidates are advised to take a printout of the application form for future references.
IIT JAM Application Fee 2018
- Candidates have to make the fee payment through online mode only.
- The fee payment will be made through debit/credit card or net banking.
- The detailed application fee is given below:
Category | Fee Details | |
One Test Paper | Two Test Papers | |
Female (All Categories), SC, ST, PwD | Rs. 750/- | Rs. 1050/- |
General & OBC | Rs. 1500/- | Rs. 2100/- |
IIT JAM Application Procedure
Candidates need to visit the official site to apply for IIT JAM 2018 after the release of the official notification.
Then you have to register yourself and apply online. You can pay the application fee via two modes. First is the online method and another one is Challan. Additionally, the charge will be made if you pay the fee via Challan. You must pay the fee at any SBI branch latest on or before the declared date of the official notice.
Once the fee is submitted, then it will not be refundable.
Note – Candidate must have submitted the proof of passing the qualifying degree before September. The reservation policy is applicable as per the Indian Government rules.
IIT JAM Admission Procedure 2018
Admission will be given in IISc Bangalore and IITs on the basis of all India merit list of JAM. The candidate who will clear any of the paper of JAM 2018, they will be eligible to take admission. Once the IIT JAM is out, all the qualified candidates will have to apply for the institute, which will organize the IIT JAM 2018.
IIT JAM Eligibility Criteria
Students are suggested to check the eligibility criteria before applying. The detailed eligibility criteria is mentioned below:
- Nationality: Indian & Foreign candidates are eligible to apply.
- Qualifying Exam: Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree in any stream from any recognized college or university.
- Percentage Criteria: Students must have obtained minimum 55% marks for general & OBC-NCL candidates and 50% marks for SC, ST and PwD categories.
- Appearing Candidates: Students appearing in the final year of the qualifying exam are also eligible to apply.
IIT JAM Cut-off
To seek admission, you need to cross the cut-off mark as fixed by the IIT JAM 2017 exam board. The cut-off is generated after the declaration of the results. If you secured the cut-off mark, you need to complete the IIT JAM 2017 admission form.
Expected Cutoff for IIT JAM 2019 | |||
Subject | GEN | OBC (NCL) | SC/ST/PwD |
Mathematics | 16.84 – 19.51 | 15.16 – 17.56 | 8.42 – 9.76 |
Chemistry | 23.35 – 28.46 | 21.02 – 25.61 | 11.68 – 14.23 |
Physics | 14.79 – 17.05 | 13.31 – 15.35 | 7.39 – 8.53 |
Biotechnology | 26.67 – 27.67 | 24 -24.9 | 13. 34 – 13.84 |
Biological Sciences | 21.48 – 33.99 | 19.33 – 30.59 | 10.74 – 17 |
Mathematical statistics | 18.97- 19.04 | 17.07- 17.14 | 9.48 – 9.52 |
Geology | 33.29 – 37.47 | 29.96 – 33.72 | 16.64 – 18.73 |
JAM Cut off Trends
S.No. | Programme Code | 2016* | 2015* |
1. | BL | 9 | 44 |
2. | BT | 77 | 52 |
3. | CY | 360 | 258 |
4. | GG | 130 | 97 |
5. | MA | 334 | 288 |
6. | MS | 81 | 56 |
7. | PH | 347 | 335 |
*Cut off rank for General category
IIT JAM 2014 Cut-off
S.No. | JAM Paper | General# | OBC# | SC/ST# |
1. | Biological Sciences (BL) | 32 | 28.80 | 16 |
2. | Biotechnology (BT) | 35 | 31.50 | 17.50 |
3. | Chemistry (CY) | 26 | 23.40 | 13 |
4. | Geology (GG) | 40 | 36 | 20 |
5. | Mathematics (MA) | 12.50 | 11.25 | 6.25 |
6. | Mathematical Statistics (MS) | 5 | 4.5 | 2.5 |
7. | Physics (PH) | 13 | 11.70 | 6.50 |
# Cut-off marks required for admissions
IIT JAM Exam Pattern 2018
- Exam Mode: The exam will be organized through online mode (Computer-Based Test).
- Duration: The total exam duration will be three hours.
- Language: Question paper will be asked in English language only.
- No. of Questions: There will be total 60 questions asked in the examination.
- Sections: The exam has been divided into three sections.
- Total Marks: The question paper will have 60 questions of 100 marks.
- Negative Marking: There is no negative marking for Section B & C.
Section | No. of Question |
Section-A | 30 MCQs (Multiple Choice Question) |
Section-B | 10 MSQs (Multiple Select Question) |
Section-C | 20 NAT (Numerical Answer Type) |
Total | 60 Questions |
IIT JAM 2018 Syllabus
- The syllabus has been divided into three sections, i.e. Section A, B & C.
- The syllabus will comprise of various topics such as BL (Biological Sciences), BT (Biotechnology), GC (Geology), MS (Mathematical Statistics), CY (Chemistry), PH (Physics) and MA (Mathematics).
- Students can prepare for the above-mentioned topics from the examination.PHYSICS
- Mathematical Methods: Calculus of single and multiple variables, partial derivatives, Jacobian, imperfect and perfect differentials, Taylor expansion, Fourier series. Vector algebra, Vector Calculus, Multiple integrals, Divergence theorem, Green’s theorem, Stokes’ theorem. First order equations and linear second order differential equations with constant coefficients. Matrices and determinants, Algebra of complex numbers.
- Mechanics and General Properties of Matter: Newton’s laws of motion and applications, Velocity and acceleration in Cartesian, polar and cylindrical coordinate systems, uniformly rotating the frame, centrifugal and Coriolis forces, Motion under a central force, Kepler’s laws, Gravitational Law and field, Conservative and non-conservative forces. The system of particles, Center of mass, the equation of motion of the CM, conservation of linear and angular momentum, conservation of energy, variable mass systems. Elastic and inelastic collisions. Rigid body motion, fixed axis rotations, rotation and translation, moments of Inertia and products of Inertia, parallel and perpendicular axes theorem. Principal moments and axes. Kinematics of moving fluids, equation of continuity, Euler’s equation, Bernoulli’s theorem.
- Oscillations, Waves and Optics: Differential equation for simple harmonic oscillator and its general solution. Superposition of two or more simple harmonic oscillators. Lissajous figures. Damped and forced oscillators, resonance. Wave equation, traveling and standing waves in one-dimension. Energy density and energy transmission in waves. Group velocity and phase velocity. Sound waves in media. Doppler Effect. Fermat’s Principle. General theory of image formation. Thick lens, thin lens and lens combinations. Interference of light, optical path retardation. Fraunhofer diffraction. Rayleigh criterion and resolving power. Diffraction gratings. Polarization: linear, circular and elliptic polarization. Double refraction and optical rotation.
- Electricity and Magnetism: Coulomb’s law, Gauss’s law. Electric field and potential. Electrostatic boundary conditions, Solution of Laplace’s equation for simple cases. Conductors, capacitors, dielectrics, dielectric polarization, volume and surface charges, electrostatic energy. Biot-Savart law, Ampere’s law, Faraday’s law of electromagnetic induction, Self and mutual inductance. Alternating currents. Simple DC and AC circuits with R, L and C components. Displacement current, Maxwell’s equations and plane electromagnetic waves, Poynting’s theorem, reflection and refraction at a dielectric interface, transmission and reflection coefficients (normal incidence only). Lorentz Force and motion of charged particles in electric and magnetic fields.
- Kinetic theory, Thermodynamics: Elements of Kinetic theory of gasses. Velocity distribution and Equipartition of energy. Specific heat of Mono-, di- and tri-atomic gasses. Ideal gas, van-der-Waals gas and equation of state. Mean free path. Laws of thermodynamics. Zeroth law and concept of thermal equilibrium. First law and its consequences. Isothermal and adiabatic processes. Reversible, irreversible and quasi-static processes. Second law and entropy. Carnot cycle. Maxwell’s thermodynamic relations and simple applications. Thermodynamic potentials and their applications. Phase transitions and Clausius-Clapeyron equation. Ideas of ensembles, Maxwell-Boltzmann, Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein distributions.
- Modern Physics: Inertial frames and Galilean invariance. Postulates of special relativity. Lorentz transformations. Length contraction, time dilation. Relativistic velocity addition theorem, mass energy equivalence. Blackbody radiation, photoelectric effect, Compton effect, Bohr’s atomic model, X-rays. Wave-particle duality, Uncertainty principle, the superposition principle, calculation of expectation values, Schrödinger equation and its solution for one, two and Wave-particle duality, Uncertainty principle, the superposition principle, calculation of expectation values, Schrödinger equation and its solution for one, two and three-dimensional boxes. Solution of Schrödinger equation for the one-dimensional harmonic oscillator. Reflection and transmission at a step potential, Pauli exclusion principle. Structure of atomic nucleus, mass and binding energy. Radioactivity and its applications. Laws of radioactive decay.
- Solid State Physics, Devices and Electronics: Crystal structure, Bravais lattices and basis. Miller indices. X-ray diffraction and Bragg’s law; Intrinsic and extrinsic semiconductors, variation of resistivity with temperature. Fermi level. p-n junction diode, I-V characteristics, Zener diode and its applications.
- BJT: characteristics in CB, CE, CC modes. Single stage amplifier, two stage R-C coupled amplifiers.
- Simple Oscillators: Barkhausen condition, sinusoidal oscillators. OPAMP and applications: Inverting and non-inverting amplifier.
- Boolean algebra: Binary number systems; conversion from one system to another system; binary addition and subtraction. Logic Gates AND, OR, NOT, NAND, NOR exclusive OR; Truth tables; combination of gates; de Morgan’s theorem.
Basic Mathematical Concepts: Functions; maxima and minima; integrals; ordinary differential equations; vectors and matrices; determinants; elementary statistics and probability theory.
Atomic and Molecular Structure: Fundamental particles; Bohr’s theory of hydrogen-like atom; wave particle duality; uncertainty principle; Schrödinger’s wave equation; quantum numbers; shapes of orbitals; Hund’s rule and Pauli’s exclusion principle; electronic configuration of simple homonuclear diatomic molecules.
Theory of Gasses: Equation of state for ideal and non-ideal (van der Waals) gasses; Kinetic theory of gasses; Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution law; equipartition of energy.
Solid state: Crystals and crystal systems; X-rays; NaCl and KCl structures; close packing; atomic and ionic radii; radius ratio rules; lattice energy; Born-Haber cycle; isomorphism; heat capacity of solids.
Chemical Thermodynamics: Reversible and irreversible processes; first law and its application to ideal and non-ideal gasses; thermochemistry; 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.
Electrochemistry: Conductance and its applications; transport number; galvanic cells; EMF and free energy; concentration cells with and without transport; polarography; concentration cells with and without transport; Debey-Huckel-Onsagar theory of strong electrolytes.
Chemical Kinetics: Reactions of various order; Arrhenius equation; collision theory; transition state theory; chain reactions – normal and branched; enzyme kinetics; photochemical processes; catalysis.
Adsorption: Gibbs adsorption equation; adsorption isotherm; types of adsorption; surface area of adsorbents; surface films on liquids.
Spectroscopy: Beer-Lambert law; fundamental concepts of rotational, vibrational, electronic and magnetic resonance spectroscopy.
Basic Concepts in Organic Chemistry and Stereochemistry: Electronic effects (resonance, inductive, hyper conjugation) and steric effects and its applications (acid/base property); optical isomerism in compounds with and without any stereocenters (allenes, biphenyls); conformation of acyclic systems (substituted ethane/n-propane/n-butane) and cyclic systems (mono- and di-substituted cyclohexanes).
Organic Reaction Mechanism and Synthetic Applications: Chemistry of reactive intermediates (carbocations, carbanions, free radicals, carbenes, nitrenes, benzynes etc.); Hofmann-Curtius-Lossen rearrangement, Wolff rearrangement, Simmons-Smith reaction, Reimer-Tiemann reaction, Michael reaction, Darzens reaction, Wittig reaction and McMurry reaction; Pinacol-pinacolone, Favorskii, benzylic acid rearrangement, dienone-phenol rearrangement, Baeyer-Villeger reaction; oxidation and reduction reactions in organic chemistry; organometallic reagents in organic synthesis (Grignard and organocopper); Diels-Alder, electro cyclic and sigma tropic reactions; 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, steroids, terpenes, carbohydrates, amino acids, peptides 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; VSEPR theory and shapes of molecules; hybridization; dipole moment; ionic solids; 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; 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; VB, MO and Crystal Field theoretical approaches for structure, color and magnetic properties of metal complexes; organometallic compounds having ligands with back bonding capabilities such as metal carbonyls, carbenes, nitrosyls 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 hemoglobin and myoglobin and carbonic anhydrase
Instrumental Methods of Analysis: Basic principles; instrumentations and simple applications of conductometry, potentiometry and UV-vis spectrophotometry; analysis of water, air and soil samples
Analytical Chemistry: Principles of qualitative and quantitative analysis; acid-base, oxidation-reduction and complexometric titrations using EDTA; precipitation reactions; use of indicators; use of organic reagents in inorganic analysis; radioactivity; nuclear reactions; applications of isotopes.
MATHEMATICS SYLLABUS
Sequences and Series of Real Numbers: Sequence of real numbers, convergence of sequences, bounded and monotone sequences, convergence criteria for sequences of real numbers, Cauchy sequences, subsequences, Bolzano-Weierstrass theorem. Series of real numbers, absolute convergence, tests of convergence for series of positive terms – comparison test, ratio test, root test; Leibniz test for convergence of alternating series.
Functions of One Real Variable: Limit, continuity, intermediate value property, differentiation, Rolle’s Theorem, mean value theorem, L’Hospital rule, Taylor’s theorem, maxima and minima.
Functions of Two or Three Real Variables: Limit, continuity, partial derivatives, differentiability, maxima and minima.
Integral Calculus: Integration as the inverse process of differentiation, definite integrals and their properties, fundamental theorem of calculus. Double and triple integrals, change of order of integration, calculating surface areas and volumes using double integrals, calculating volumes using triple integrals.
Differential Equations: Ordinary differential equations of the first order of the form y’=f(x,y), Bernoulli’s equation, exact differential equations, integrating factor, orthogonal trajectories, homogeneous differential equations, variable separable equations, linear differential equations of second order with constant coefficients, method of variation of parameters, Cauchy-Euler equation.
Vector Calculus: Scalar and vector fields, gradient, divergence, curl, line integrals, surface integrals, Green, Stokes and Gauss theorems.
Group Theory: Groups, subgroups, Abelian groups, non-Abelian groups, cyclic groups, permutation groups, normal subgroups, Lagrange’s Theorem for finite groups, group homomorphisms and basic concepts of quotient groups.
Linear Algebra: Finite dimensional vector spaces, linear independence of vectors, basis, dimension, linear transformations, matrix representation, range space, null space, rank-nullity theorem. Rank and inverse of a matrix, determinant, solutions of systems of linear equations, consistency conditions, eigen values and eigenvectors for matrices, Cayley-Hamilton theorem.
Real Analysis: Interior points, limit points, open sets, closed sets, bounded sets, connected sets, compact sets, completeness of R. Power series (of real variable), Taylor’s series, radius and interval of convergence, term-wise differentiation and integration of power series.
Mathematical Statistics Syllabus
The Mathematical Statistics (MS) test paper comprises of Mathematics (40% weightage) and Statistics (60% weightage).
MATHEMATICS
Sequences and Series: Convergence of sequences of real numbers, Comparison, root and ratio tests for convergence of series of real numbers.
Differential Calculus: Limits, continuity and differentiability of functions of one and two variables.
Rolle’s theorem, mean value theorems, Taylor’s theorem, indeterminate forms, maxima and minima of functions of one and two variables.
Integral Calculus: Fundamental theorems of integral calculus. Double and triple integrals, applications of definite integrals, arc lengths, areas and volumes.
Matrices: Rank, inverse of a matrix. Systems of linear equations. Linear transformations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Cayley-Hamilton theorem, symmetric, skew-symmetric and orthogonal matrices.
STATISTICS
Probability: Axiomatic definition of probability and properties, conditional probability, multiplication rule.
Theorem of total probability. Bayes’ theorem and independence of events.
Random Variables: Probability mass function, probability density function, and cumulative distribution functions, distribution of a function of a random variable. Mathematical expectation, moments and moment generating function. Chebyshev’s inequality.
Standard Distributions: Binomial, negative binomial, geometric, Poisson, hypergeometric, uniform, exponential, gamma, beta and normal distributions. Poisson and normal approximations of a binomial distribution.
Joint Distributions: Joint, marginal and conditional distributions. Distribution of functions of random variables. Joint moment generating function. 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, consistency and efficiency of estimators, method of moments and method of maximum likelihood. 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 normal, 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.
Biotechnology Syllabus
The Biotechnology (BT) test paper comprises of Biology (44% weightage), Chemistry (20% weightage), Mathematics (18% weightage) and Physics (18% weightage).
BIOLOGY (10+2+3 level)
General Biology: Taxonomy; Heredity; Genetic variation; Conservation; Principles of ecology; Evolution; Techniques in modern biology.
Biochemistry and Physiology: Carbohydrates; Proteins; Lipids; Nucleic acids; Enzymes; Vitamins; Hormones; Metabolism – Glycolysis, TCA cycle, Oxidative Phosphoryation; Photosynthesis. Nitrogen Fixation, Fertilization and Osmoregulation; Vertebrates-Nervous system; Endocrine system; Vascular system; Immune system; Digestive system and Reproductive System.
Basic Biotechnology: Tissue culture; Application of enzymes; Antigen-antibody interaction; Antibody production; Diagnostic aids.
Molecular Biology: DNA; RNA; Replication; Transcription; Translation; Proteins; Lipids and Membranes; Operon model; Gene transfer.
Cell Biology: Cell cycle; Cytoskeletal elements; Mitochondria; Endoplasmic reticulum; Chloroplast; Golgi apparatus; Signaling.
Microbiology: Isolation; Cultivation; Structural features of virus; Bacteria; Fungi; Protozoa; Pathogenic micro-organisms.
CHEMISTRY (10+2+3 level)
Atomic Structure: Bohr’s theory and Schrodinger wave equation; Periodicity in properties; Chemical bonding; Properties of s, p, d and f block elements; Complex formation; Coordination compounds; Chemical equilibria; Chemical thermodynamics (first and second law); Chemical kinetics (zero, first, second and third order reactions); Photochemistry; Electrochemistry; Acid-base concepts; Stereochemistry of carbon compounds; Inductive, electromeric, conjugative effects and resonance; Chemistry of Functional Groups: Hydrocarbons, alkyl halides, alcohols, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, amines and their derivatives; Aromatic hydrocarbons, halides, nitro and amino compounds, phenols, diazonium salts, carboxylic and sulphonic acids; Mechanism of organic reactions; Soaps and detergents; Synthetic polymers; Biomolecules – amino acids, proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and carbohydrates (polysaccharides); Instrumental techniques – chromatography (TLC, HPLC), electrophoresis, UV-Vis, IR and NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry.
MATHEMATICS (10+2 level)
Sets, Relations and Functions, Mathematical Induction, Logarithms, Complex numbers, Linear and Quadratic equations, Sequences and Series, Trigonometry, Cartesian System of Rectangular Coordinates, Straight lines and Family, Circles, Conic Sections, Permutations and Combinations, Binomial Theorem, Exponential and Logarithmic Series, Mathematical Logic, Statistics, Three Dimensional Geometry, Vectors, Matrices and Determinants, Boolean Algebra, Probability, Functions, limits and Continuity, Differentiation, Application of Derivatives, Definite and Indefinite Integrals, Differential Equations.
PHYSICS (10+2 level)
Physical World and Measurement, Elementary Statics and Dynamics, Kinematics, Laws of Motion, Work, Energy and Power, Electrostatics, Current electricity, Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism, Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Current, Electromagnetic waves, Optics, Dual Nature of Matter and Radiations, Atomic Nucleus, Solids and Semiconductor Devices, Principles of Communication, Motion of System of Particles and Rigid Body, Gravitation, Mechanics of Solids and Fluids, Heat and Thermodynamics, Oscillations, Waves.
Biological Science Syllabus
General Biology: Taxonomy of plants and animals; pro-and eukaryotic organisms; cell organelles and their function; multicellular organization; general physiology; energy transformations; internal transport systems of plants and animals; photosynthesis; respiration; regulation of body fluids and excretory mechanisms; reproductive biology; plant and animal hormones and their action; nervous systems; animal behavior; plant and animal diseases; Mendelian genetics and heredity; basics of developmental biology; biology of populations and communities; evolution; basic principles of ecology; genesis and diversity of organisms.
Basics of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biophysics: Buffers; trace elements in biological systems; enzymes and proteins; vitamins; biological oxidations, photosynthesis; carbohydrates and lipids and their metabolism; digestion and absorption; detoxifying mechanisms; nucleic acids; nucleic acid metabolism; nature of gene and its function; genetic code; synthesis of nucleic acids and proteins; regulation of gene expression; operons.
Structure of biomolecules; Intra and intermolecular forces; thermodynamics and kinetics of biological systems; enzyme mechanisms and kinetics; principles of X-ray diffraction; IR- and UV- spectroscopy; analytical and biochemical techniques.
Microbiology, Cell Biology and Immunology: Classification of microorganisms and their characterization; nutrient requirement for growth; laboratory techniques in microbiology; pathogenic microorganisms and disease; applied microbiology; viruses and fungi; microbial genetics; cell theory; cell architecture; cell division; types of chromosome structure; biochemical genetics- inborn errors of metabolisms; innate and adaptive immunity, antigen antibodies; principles of processes of development.
Mathematical Sciences: Mathematical functions (algebraic, exponential, trigonometric) and their derivatives (derivatives and integrals of simple functions); Permutations and combinations; basic probability and volumetric calculations.
Geology Syllabus
The Planet Earth: Origin of the Solar System and the Earth; Geosphere and the composition of the Earth; Shape and size of the earth; Earth-moon system; Formation of continents and oceans; Dating rocks and age of the Earth; Volcanism and volcanic landforms; Interior of earth; Earthquakes; Earth’s magnetism and gravity, Isostasy; Elements of Plate tectonics; Orogenic cycles.
Geomorphology: Weathering and erosion; Transportation and deposition due to wind, ice, river, sea, and resulting landforms, Structurally controlled landforms.
Structural Geology: Concept of stratum; Contour; Outcrop patterns; Maps and cross sections; Dip and strike; Classification and origin of folds, faults, joints, unconformities, foliations and lineations; shear zones. Stereographic and equal area projections of planes and lines; computation of true thickness of beds from outcrops and bore-holes.
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 – Brachiopoda, Mollusca, Trilobita, Graptolitoidea, Anthozoa, Echinodermata; Gondwana plant fossils; Elementary idea of verterbrate fossils in India.
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; Physical properties of minerals; Isomorphism and polymorphism, Classification of minerals; Structure of silicates; Mineralogy of common rock-forming minerals; Mode of occurrence of minerals in rocks. Transmitted polarised light microscopy and optical properties of uniaxial and biaxial minerals.
Petrology: Definition and classification of rocks; Igneous rocks-forms of igneous bodies; Crystallization from magma; classification, association and genesis of igneous rocks; Sedimentary rocks – classification, texture and structure; size and shape of sedimentary bodies. 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; General processes of formation of mineral deposits; Physical characters; 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.
What’s New with IIT JAM 2018?
- Either IIT Bombay or IIT Guwahati will conduct the IIT JAM 2018 Exam.
- JAM 2018 Examination will be conducted online only as a Computer-Based Test (CBT) for all the 7 test papers.
- All the seven test papers of JAM 2018 will be of fully objective type with three different patterns of questions, namely – Multiple Choice Question (MCQ), Multiple Select Question (MSQ) and Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions.
- All candidates have to apply online.
- No hardcopies of any documents are to be sent to the Organizing Institute. If the payment is by E-Challan then the scanned copy on the JOAPS site by logging in your application account. The documents are to be uploaded to the onlinapplication website.
- No hardcopy of JAM 2018 Score card will be sent to the JAM 2018 qualified candidates by the Organizing Institute. It can only be downloaded from the JAM 2018 website.
- No additional requirements, like suitability test or interview, are needed for the programs for which admission process is through JAM.
- Integrated Ph.D. programs in Physical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences & Biological Sciences at IISc Bangalore will use the JAM results to short list the candidates for the final selection.
IIT JAM 2019 eligibility criteria
Category | Minimum aggregate marks required |
General/ OBC | 55 per cent |
SC/ST/PwD | 50 per cent |
IIT JAM Admit Card 2018
IIT JAM Admit Card is compulsory for each aspirant to carry in the examination hall, otherwise they won’t be allowed to appear in the exam.
As soon as the online application form submission is closed, the official website releases the IIT JAM Admit Card for those candidates who have successfully applied for the exam.
Admitting Institutes for JAM
As per the JAM Brochure details, there are total 15 IITs that offer admissions to various M.Sc. programs based on the IIT JAM 2017 Scores.
Apart from these IITs, 15 National Institute of Technologies (NITs) and 02 Centrally-Funded Technical Institutes are also participating as JAM 2017 Admitting Institutes.
Below, we have mentioned the list of all the institutes that participate in IIT JAM. Please check it out! –
S.No. | Admitting Institutes Name |
1. | IISc Bangalore |
2. | IIT Bhubaneswar |
3. | IIT Bombay |
4. | IIT Delhi |
5. | IIT Gandhinagar |
6. | IIT Guwahati |
7. | IIT Hyderabad |
8. | IIT Indore |
9. | IIT Jodhpur |
10. | IIT Kanpur |
11. | IIT Kharagpur |
12. | IIT Madras |
13. | IIT Patna |
14. | IIT Roorkee |
15. | IIT Ropar |
16. | IIEST Shibpur |
17. | NIT Agartala |
18. | MNNIT Allahabad |
19. | NIT Arunachal Pradesh |
20. | NIT Calicut |
21. | NIT Durgapur |
22. | MNIT Jaipur |
23. | NIT Jalandhar |
24. | NIT Jamshedpur |
25. | NIT Manipur |
26. | NIT Nagaland |
27. | VNIT Nagpur |
28. | NIT Rourkela |
29. | NIT Silchar |
30. | NIT Srinagar, J&K |
31. | NIT Warangal |
32. | SLIET Punjab |
IIT JAM QUESTION PAPER PATTERN 2018
IIT JAM 2018 examination will be conducted for the seven test papers, namely-
Biological Sciences (BL)
Biotechnology (BT)
Chemistry (CY)
Geology (GG)
Mathematics (MA)
Mathematical Statistics (MS)
Physics (PH)
All seven test papers will be of fully objective type, with three different patterns of questions as follows:
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
Each MCQ type question has four choices out of which only one choice is the correct answer.
Multiple Select Questions (MSQ)
Each MSQ type question is similar to MCQ but with a difference that there may be one or more than one choice(s) that are correct out of the four given choices.
Numerical Answer Type (NAT)
Questions For each NAT type question, the answer is a signed real number which needs to be entered using the virtual keypad on the monitor. No choices will be shown for these type of questions.
IIT JAM Result
The IIT JAM Result 2018 will be released in the last week of March 2018. The result will be provided to students via online mode through the website. Students can check the scores by entering the required details to view their results. An AIR (All India Rank) rank list will be prepared for each paper. The merit list will be prepared as per the marks obtained in the examination.
IIT JAM 2018 Counselling
Candidates who have their names appear in the IIT JAM merit list are eligible to apply for admission. Students have to apply for the admission by filling the application form through the website. In the application form, candidates have to fill their preferences, education details, marks obtained, etc. Seats will be allotted to students as per the preferences filled, rank and availability of seats. A admission list will be published through the website for admission. After seat allotment, candidates have to visit to the allotted college to complete admission.
IIT JAM Courses Offered by Each IIT
JAM aspirants can either opt for M.Sc., Phd or M.Sc.-Phd Dual degree professional courses offered by the IITs and IISc. Although each IIT institute offers specialized courses, you can check the list of courses offered by each IIT and the IISc below, which can help you select your preferred institute.
Subjects | Academic Programs | Institutes |
Physics | M.Sc. (Physics) – M-Tech. (Materials Sciences with specialization in Nano-Science & Tech.) | IITB |
M.Sc. Applied Geophysics | IITB | |
Joint M.Sc.- PhD in Atmosphere and Ocean Sciences | IITBBS | |
Joint M.Sc.-PhD in Geophysics | IITKGP | |
M.Sc.- PhD Dual Degree in Environmental Science and Engineering | IITB | |
Chemistry | M.Sc. Chemistry | IITB, IITD, IITG, IITGN, IITH, IITI, IITJ, IITK, IITM, IITP, IITR, IITRPR |
Joint M.Sc.- Ph.D. in Chemistry |
IITBBS, IITKGP | |
M.Sc.- Ph.D. Dual Degree in Environmental Science and Engineering | IITB | |
Joint M.Sc.- Ph.D in Atmosphere and Ocean Sciences | IITBBS | |
Mathematics | M.Sc. in Economics | IITR |
M.Sc. Mathematics | IITB, IITD, IITGN, IITI, IITJ, IITK, IITM, IITP, IITR, IITRPR | |
M.Sc. Mathematics / Mathematics and Computing | IITH | |
M.Sc. Mathematics and Computing | IITG | |
Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D. in Mathematics | IITBBS, IITKGP | |
M.Sc.- Ph.D. Dual Degree in Operations Research | IITB | |
M.Sc.- Ph.D. Dual Degree in Environmental Science and Engineering | IITB | |
Joint M.Sc.- Ph.D in Atmosphere and Ocean Sciences | IITBBS | |
Mathematical Statistics | M.Sc. in Economics | IITR |
M.Sc. Applied Statistics and Informatics | IITB | |
M.Sc.- Ph.D. Dual Degree in Operations Research | IITB | |
M.Sc. Statistics | IITK | |
Joint M.Sc.- Ph.D in Atmosphere and Ocean Sciences | IITBBS | |
Biotechnology | Integrated Ph.D. in Biological Sciences | IISc |
M.Sc. Biotechnology | IITB,IITR | |
M.Sc.- Ph.D. Dual Degree in Environmental Science | IITB | |
and Engineering | ||
Biological Sciences | Integrated Ph.D.in Biological Sciences | IISc |
Geology | Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D. Programs | IITBBS |
Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Program | IITB | |
Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D. Program | IITKGP | |
Two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) Program | IITR |
How to Use a Virtual Calculator for the IIT JAM Exam?
To perform the mathematical calculations with ease during the IIT JAM Exam, JAM Authorities have introduced the use of Virtual Calculator.
With the help of a Virtual Calculator, complex numerical questions can be solved quickly. A JAM Aspirant must be well-versed with the various functionalities and shortcuts for making fast calculations and getting the final solution.
Preparation Tips
We hope that these preparation tips will benefit you and help ease out your exam worries.
- Candidates have to prepare as early as possible so that they will get enough time for exam preparations.
- Understand and analyze the syllabus before preparing.
- Study from the best study materials and also practice previous years’ question papers & sample papers.
- Make short notes of the topics and revise them in the end of preparation.
- Take care of your health, do exercise and yoga as it will help you concentrate on your studies.
- It is recommended to make a list of subjects and prioritize them based on the marks allotted to them. Now, create a timetable with the distribution of subjects. It will help you to study the different subjects according to the marks. If the distribution is not prepared, then you usually end up learning random topics, which may lead to confusion at the end.
- Don’t take any stress, eat well & try to sleep at fixed time and for at least 6 to 7 hours a day during your preparation.
Read about why maintaining good health during exam preparation is important.
What’s New with IIT JAM 2019?
The JAM 2019, previously organized by one of the older IITs, will be conducted by IIT Kharagpur this time, a first for the institute. Apart from all the institutes which regularly accept JAM scores, three more colleges will use these scores for admitting students from 2019: IIT Varanasi (BHU), IIT Bhilai and IIT Palakkad. Thus, the year 2019 will see 18 institutes taking in students qualified through JAM, as compared to only 15 institutes using these scores till 2018. With the involvement of these 3 new IITs, there has been a whooping increase in the number of seats by 112. This is indeed thrilling for the candidates, and will enable more competent students to pursue science in some of the most eminent educational institutes across the country.
The IIT is a prestigious institution in India. It is not easy to secure admission since the exam and the whole admission process is very tough. However, with dedication and hard work you will be able to easily pass with flying colours and secure admission. We wish you all the best.
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