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JAM 2018 – Plan & Scheme of Exam

The objective of JAM is to provide admissions to M.Sc. (Two Years), Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D., M.Sc.-Ph.D. Dual Degree, and other Post-Bachelor Degree Programmes at the IITs and the Integrated Ph.D. Degree Programmes at IISc and to consolidate Science as a career option for bright students from across the country. JAM is expected to serve as a benchmark for the undergraduate level science education in the country. The Integrated Ph.D. Programme at IISc was started in the early 1990’s to enable students to directly join for a Ph.D. Degree after their B.Sc. Degree.

Important Dates related to JAM 2018

Commencement of ONLINE Registration and Application on JAM 2018 Website: 05-09-2017
Last Date to apply and Uploading Documents on the Website: 17-10-2017
Last Date to Pay Application Fee through Online process: 17-11-2017

Date of JAM 2018 Examination: 11-02-2018

Announcement of the Results of JAM 2018: 20-03-2018

For detailed instructions download the Brochure here: JAM 2018: Information Brochure

DOWNLOAD Syllabus here

Biological Sciences (BL) Biotechnology (BT) Chemistry (CY) Geology (GG) Mathematics (MA) Mathematical Statistics (MS) Physics (PH)

JAM 2018: Highlights

  • IIT Bombay is the Organizing Institute for JAM 2018.
  • JAM 2018 Examination will be conducted ONLINE only as a Computer Based Test (CBT) for all Test Papers.
  • All the seven Test Papers of JAM 2018 will be of fully objective type, with three different patterns of questions, namely (i) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ), (ii) Multiple Select Questions (MSQ), and (iii) Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions.
  • Applications will be accepted ONLINE only through JAM 2018 website.
  • No hardcopies of documents are to be sent to the Organizing Institute.
  • The applicable documents are to be uploaded to the online application website only.
  • Biometric system of verification (finger-print) will be used for JAM 2018 exam and admission.
  • No hardcopy of JAM 2018 scorecard will be sent to the JAM 2018 qualified candidates by the Organizing Institute.
  • It can only be downloaded from JAM 2018 website within a specified period.
  • No additional requirements, like suitability test or interview, are needed for the programmes for which admission process is through JAM.
  • Integrated Ph.D. programmes in Physical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences & Biological Sciences at IISc Bangalore will use the JAM results to shortlist the candidates for final selection.


(a) JAM 2018 is open to all nationals (Indian/Foreign). Candidates seeking admission to the academic programmes covered under JAM 2018 need to appear in JAM 2018. There is no age restriction.
(b) JAM 2018 Examination will be held on February 11, 2018 (Sunday) as a Computer Based ONLINE Examination.
(c) For admission, foreign nationals are required to satisfy the rules and regulations of the Admitting Institute(s) pertaining to foreign students. For further details, they are advised to contact the concerned Admitting Institute(s).
(d) To apply for admission to a desired programme, a candidate is required to qualify in the relevant Test Paper and also satisfy the Minimum Educational Qualifications (MEQs) and Eligibility Requirements (ERs) of the respective Academic Programme.
(e) The candidates who have either appeared or are due to appear in the final examination of their qualifying degree in 2018 are also eligible to appear in JAM 2018. By qualifying in JAM 2018, candidates can apply for provisional admission subject to the condition that: (a) all parts of their final examination shall be completed by the date of registration of the Admitting Institute, and (b) proof of having passed the qualifying degree with required eligibility, as specified by the Admitting Institute, should be submitted by September 30, 2018.
(f) On the basis of performance in JAM 2018, for each test paper, separate merit lists will be prepared for General (GEN), OBC Non-Creamy Layer (OBC-NCL), SC, ST, and Persons with Disability (PwD) category candidates.
(g) Admission to most of the Academic Programmes at various institutes will be made on the basis of Rank in JAM 2018.
(h) Requests for change of category, if any, with proper documentation, should reach the Organizing Institute latest by May 07, 2018. Requests received after this date will not be accepted under any circumstances.
(i) Candidates should note that mere appearance in JAM 2018 or being in the merit list of any test paper neither guarantees nor provides any automatic entitlement to admission. Qualified candidates will have to apply for admission as per the prescribed procedure. Admissions shall be made in the order of merit in each category and depending on the number of seats available at the Admitting Institute(s).
(j) The list of academic programmes, number of seats, eligibility requirements and minimum educational qualifications of each of the programmes mentioned in this Information Brochure are subject to change, as per the policy of Admitting Institute(s).
(k) In this document, the phrases ‘Un-Reserved’ and ‘General’ are used interchangeably and they mean the same.
(l) With regard to the interpretation of the provisions on any matter not covered in this Information Brochure, the decision of the Organizing Institute shall be final and binding on all the parties concerned.
(m) In all matters concerning JAM 2018, the decision of the Organizing Institute or the Organizing Chairman, JAM 2018 will be final and binding on all the applicants.
(n) Although JAM 2018 is held at different centres across the country, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay is the Organizing Institute, and has the overall responsibility of conducting JAM 2018. In case of any claims or disputes arising in respect of JAM 2018, it is hereby made absolutely clear that the Mumbai High Court alone shall have the exclusive jurisdiction to entertain and settle any such disputes and claims.


• The JAM 2018 Examination for all the seven test papers will be carried out as ONLINE Computer Based Test (CBT) where the candidates will be shown the questions in a random sequence on a computer screen. For all the seven test papers, the duration of the examination will be 3 hours. The medium for all the test papers will be English only. There will be a total of 60 questions carrying 100 marks. The entire paper will be divided into three sections, A, B and C. All sections are compulsory. Questions in each section will be of different types as given below:
• Section–A contains a total of 30 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) involving 10 questions of one mark each and 20 questions of two marks each. Each MCQ type question has four choices out of which only one choice is the correct answer. Candidates can mark the answer by clicking the choice.
• Section–B contains a total of 10 Multiple Select Questions (MSQ) carrying two marks each. 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. The candidate gets full credit only if he/she selects all the correct answers only and no wrong answers. Candidates can mark the answer(s) by clicking the choice(s).
• Section–C contains a total of 20 Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions involving 10 questions of one mark each and 10 questions of two marks each. For these NAT type questions, the answer is a signed real number, which needs to be entered using the virtual numeric keypad on the monitor. No choices will be shown for these types of questions.
• In all sections, questions not attempted will result in zero mark. In Section-A (MCQ), wrong answer will result in negative marks. For each wrong answer of 1 mark questions, 1/3 mark will be deducted and similarly for each wrong answer of 2 marks questions, 2/3 mark will be deducted. In Section-B (MSQ), there are no negative and no partial marking provisions. There is no negative marking in Section-C (NAT) as well.
• There is provision of using online virtual calculator and hence, the candidates should not bring any calculator with them.
• Mobile phones or any other electronic devices are strictly prohibited inside examination hall. Charts, graph sheets, and tables are also NOT allowed inside the examination hall.
• A scribble pad will be provided for rough work and this has to be returned back at the end of the examination.
• The candidates are required to select the answer for MCQ and MSQ type questions using the mouse. The answer for NAT questions can be entered using a virtual numeric keypad (the keyboard of the computer will be disabled). At the end of the 3 hours, the computer will automatically end the examination.
• Use of unfair means by a candidate in JAM 2018, whether detected at the time of examination, or at any other stage, will lead to the cancellation of his/her candidature as well as disqualification of the candidate from appearing in JAM in future.
• The candidates are advised to visit the JAM 2018 website for more details on the patterns of questions for JAM 2018, including examples of the questions. Candidates will also be able to take a mock examination through a ‘Mock Test’ link that will be made available on the website closer to the examination date.

JAM – Previous Year Question Papers

Biological Sciences(BL)



Geology (GG)


Mathematical Statistics(MS)