IIT JAM – 2016

IIT JAM 2016
Joint Admission Test for MSc

Organizing Institute: Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, Chennai

Testdate:7th February 2016 (Sunday)

JAM 2016: Highlights

  • IIT Madras is the Organizing Institute for JAM 2016.
  • JAM 2016 Examination will be conducted ONLINE only as a Computer Based Test (CBT) for all Test Papers.
  • All the seven Test Papers of JAM 2016 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 2016 website.
  • No hardcopies of documents are to be sent to the Organizing Institute. The documents (if applicable) are to be uploaded to the online application website only.
  • No hardcopy of JAM 2016 score card will be sent to the JAM 2016 qualified candidates by the Organizing Institute. It can only be downloaded from JAM 2016 website within specified period.
  • No additional requirements, like suitability test or interview, are needed for the programmes for which admission process is through JAM.

The Joint Admission Test is the admission test to Msc programs at the IITs (Indian Institutes of Technology). The IITs have started conducting the Joint Admission Test for the MSc examination. The JAM provides admission to MSc (Two years), Joint MSc-PhD, MSc-PhD Dual course and the other Post Bachelor Degree Program at IITs and to integrated PhD programmes at the Indian Institute of Science. If you talk about the participating IIT’s then they are IIT Bhubaneswar, IIT Delhi, Bombay, IIT Guwahati, IIT Indore, IIT Gandhinagar, IIT Madras, IIT Kanpur, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Roorkee, IIT Ropar, IIT Kharagpur.

Eligibility criteria for JAM:
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS (ERs) FOR ADMISSION The candidates who qualify in JAM 2016 shall have to fulfill the following Eligibility Requirement (ER) for admissions in IISc and IITs.

  • All candidates admitted through JAM should have a Bachelor’s degree.
  • At least 55% aggregate marks, without rounding off, (taking into account all subjects, including Languages and Subsidiaries, all years combined) for General/OBC-NCL Category Candidates and at least 50% aggregate marks, without rounding off, (taking into account all subjects, including Languages and Subsidiaries, all years combined) for SC/ST and PwD Category Candidates in the qualifying degree.

For Candidates with letter grades/CGPA (instead of percentage of marks), the equivalence in percentage of marks will be decided by the Admitting Institute(s).
Proof of having passed the Qualifying Degree with the Minimum Educational Qualifications (MEQ) as specified by the admitting institute should be submitted by September 30, 2016. At the time of admission, all admitted candidates will have to submit a physical fitness certificate from a registered medical practitioner in the prescribed form.
At the time of admission, the admitted candidates may also have to undergo a physical fitness test by a medical board constituted by the Admitting Institute. In case a candidate is not found physically fit to pursue his/her chosen course of study, his/her admission is liable to be cancelled.
Note: (a) It will entirely be the responsibility of the Candidate to prove that he/she satisfies the Minimum Educational Qualifications (MEQs) and Eligibility Requirements (ERs) for Admissions. (b) The Admitting Institute has the right to cancel, at any stage, the admission of a candidate who is found to have been admitted to a course to which he/she is not entitled, being unqualified or ineligible in accordance with the rules and regulations in force.


  • The JAM 2016 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 are of different types as given below:
  • Section–A contains a total of 30 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) carrying one or 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 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 carrying one or 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 type of questions. Candidates have to enter the answer by using a virtual numeric keypad.
  • In all sections, questions not attempted will result in zero mark. In Section – A (MCQ), wrong answer will result in negative marks. For all 1 mark questions, 1/3 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer. For all 2 marks questions, 2/3 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer. 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, 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, and to enter the answer for NAT questions using only a mouse on a virtual numeric keypad (the keyboard of the computer will be disabled). At the end of the 3-hours the computer will automatically close the examination.
  • Use of unfair means by a candidate in JAM 2016, whether detected at the time of examination, or at any other stage, will lead to 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 2016 website for more details on the patterns of questions for JAM 2016, 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.

How to apply for IIT JAM 2016 :
Candidates can apply for JAM 2016 ONLINE only through JOAPS(JAM online Application Processing System).Please click Browser Settings and read the details given before starting the online application process.

Fee structure for JAM :

Group/Category One Test Paper Two Test Paper
SC/ST/PWD and Female (all categories) Rs. 750/- Rs. 1050/-
For all others Rs. 1500/- Rs. 2100/-

Important Dates for JAM 2016

Events Last Date [time*]
Commencement of ONLINE Registration and Application on JAM 2016 Website September 02, 2015 (Wednesday)
Last Date for Payment of Application Fee through e-Challan October 10, 2015 (Saturday)
Last Date for Online Application Submission and Uploading of Documents on the Website October 14, 2015 (Wednesday)
Last Date for Change of examination City/Town maybe permitted,if request with a valid reason for the same is received in the office of the Chairman, JAM 2016, IIT Madras along with a Demand Draft of Rs. 500/- drawn in favour of Chairman JAM-2016, IIT Madras October 31, 2015 (Saturday)
Download of Admit Card from JAM 2016 website December 31, 2015(Thursday)till Examination Date
Date of JAM 2016 Examination February 7, 2016 (Sunday)
Announcement of the Results of JAM 2016 March 23, 2016 (Wednesday)
Submission of Application Form for Admission on the JAM 2016 Website (Wednesday) April 15-27, 2016
Last Date for receipt of request for change of category in proper format/rectification of defective documents at IIT Madras May 10, 2016 (Tuesday)
Declaration of First Admission List June 03, 2016 (Friday)
Declaration of Second Admission List June 20, 2016 (Monday)
Declaration of Third and Final Admission List and the Closure of Admissions through JAM 2016 July 4, 2016 (Monday)

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