ABOUT IIT-JAM-2020

About JAM-2020
Organizing Institute:INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY KANPUR

The Indian Institute of Science Bangalore (IISc) and Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) conduct the Joint Admission Test for M.Sc. (JAM) for admission to Integrated Ph.D. Degree Programmes at IISc Bangalore and M.Sc. (Two Years), Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D., M.Sc.-Ph.D. Dual Degree, M.Sc.-M.Tech., M.Sc.-M.S.(Research)/Ph.D. Dual Degree and other Post-Bachelor's Degree Programmes at IITs. The main objective of JAM is to consolidate Science as a career option for bright students across the country. It is expected that the research infrastructure, the inter-disciplinary interaction and the vibrant academic environment of IISc Bangalore and IITs will motivate these students to pursue R&D careers in frontier areas of basic sciences as well as inter-disciplinary areas of science and technology.

What is New?
JAM 2020 Examination will be conducted ONLINE only as a Computer Based Test (CBT) for all Test Papers.
All the seven Test Papers of JAM 2020 will be of fully objective type, with three different patterns of questions as follows:

1. Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) : Each MCQ type question has four choices out of which only one choice is the correct answer.

2. 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.

3. 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.
All candidates have to apply only ONLINE.
NO hardcopies of documents (except challan) 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 2020 score card will be sent to the JAM 2020 qualified candidates by the Organizing Institute. It can only be downloaded from JAM 2020 website.
Important Dates
September 05, 2019 Commencement of ONLINE Registration and Application on JAM 2020 Website
October 08, 2019Last Date for Online Application Submission and Uploading of Documents on the Website
October 08, 2019 Last Date for Payment of Application Fee through Online process
February 09, 2020 (Sunday)Date of JAM 2020 Examination
March 20, 2020 Announcement of the Results of JAM 2020
Question Pattern - JAM 2020

JAM 2020 examination will be conducted for the seven test papers, namely: Biological Sciences (BL), Biotechnology (BT), Chemistry (CY), Geology (GG), Mathematics (MA), Mathematical Statistics (MS) and 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 types of questions.
PATTERN OF TEST PAPERS
The JAM 2020 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 keyboard on the monitor. No choices will be shown for these types of questions.

Candidates have to enter the answer by using a virtual numeric keypad.
Marking Scheme
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 that is for NAT questions.
Online Test Rules

An on-screen virtual scientific calculator will be available for the candidates to do the calculations. Physical calculators, charts, graph sheets, tables, cellular phone or any other electronic gadgets are NOT allowed in 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 keypad (the keyboard of the computer will be disabled). At the end of the 3-hour window, the computer will automatically close the screen from further actions.