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IIT JAM 2020 : Admission Process Begins for M.Sc., Ph.D Courses

IIT Kanpur has started the JAM 2020 admission process for MSc and PhD courses.


  • The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are institutions of national importance established through an Act of Parliament in 1956. The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) is a premier research and teaching institute established in 1909. The IISc Bangalore and IITs are well-known, the world over, for quality education in engineering, science, management and research in frontier areas. The aim of these institutes is to build a sound foundation of knowledge, pursue excellence and enhance creativity in an intellectually stimulating environment. The current pace of advancement of technology needs a coherent back-up of basic science education and research. The vibrant academic ambience and research infrastructure at IISc Bangalore and IITs motivate students to pursue Research and Development careers in frontier areas of basic sciences as well as interdisciplinary areas of science and technology. Further, IISc and IITs have well-equipped modern laboratories, efficient computer networks and state-of-the-art libraries. The teaching process is structured to promote close and continuous interface between the faculty and the students. A number of financial assistantships are available to SC/ST and other deserving and meritorious students at individual institutes.
  • From the Academic Session 2004-05, IITs started conducting a Joint Admission Test for M.Sc. (JAM). 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 Integrated Ph.D. Degree Programmes at the IISc and to consolidate Science as a career option for bright students across the country. JAM has been established as a benchmark for the undergraduate level science education in the country. The Integrated Ph.D. Programme at IISc, started in the early 1990s to enable students to directly join a Ph.D. Programme after their B.Sc. Degree, has flourished under JAM.
  • The M.Sc. (Two Years), Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D., M.Sc.-Ph.D. Dual Degree, and other Post-Bachelor’s Degree Programmes at the IITs and the Integrated Ph.D. Programmes at the IISc offer quality education in their respective disciplines, comparable to the best in the world. The curricula for these programmes are designed to provide the students with opportunities to develop academic talent leading to challenging and rewarding professional life. The curricula are regularly updated at the IISc and IITs. The interdisciplinary content of the curricula equips the students with the ability to utilize scientific knowledge for practical applications. The medium of instruction is English for all the above mentioned programmes. All programmes are open to all eligible students irrespective of their nationality.


  • JAM 2020 is open to all nationals (Indian/Foreign). Candidates seeking admission to the academic programmes for the academic year 2020-21 covered under JAM 2020 need to appear in JAM 2020. There is no age restriction.
  • JAM 2020 Examination will be held on February 9, 2020 (Sunday) as a Computer Based ONLINE Examination.
  • 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).
  • 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 concerned Academic Programme.
  • The candidates who have either appeared or are due to appear in the final examination of their qualifying degree in 2020 are also eligible to appear in JAM 2020. By qualifying in JAM 2020, candidates can apply for a 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, 2020.
  • On the basis of performance in JAM 2020, 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. No separate merit list will be prepared for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS).
  • Admission to most of the Academic Programmes at various institutes will be made on the basis of Rank in JAM 2020
  • Requests for change of category, if any, with proper documentation, should be made latest by May 04, 2020. Requests received after this date will not be accepted under any circumstances.
  • Candidates should note that mere appearance in JAM 2020 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 order of merit in each category and the number of seats available at the Admitting Institute(s).
  • The list of academic programmes, number of seats, eligibility requirement 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).
  • In this document, the phrases ‘Un-Reserved’ and ‘General’ are used interchangeably and they mean the same.
  • With regard to the interpretation of the provisions on any matter not covered in this Information Brochure, the decision of the Organizing Institute, JAM 2020 shall be final and applicable to all the parties concerned.
  • In all matters concerning JAM 2020, the decision of the Organizing Institute, JAM 2020 will be final and binding on all the applicants.
  • Although JAM 2020 is held at different centres across the country, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur is the Organizing Institute, and has the overall responsibility of conducting JAM 2020. In case of any claims or disputes related to JAM 2020, it is hereby made absolutely clear that the Allahabad High Court (Prayagraj, UP) alone shall have the exclusive jurisdiction to entertain and settle any such disputes and claims.

Important Dates

The dates have been extended in the wake of the COVID-19 lockdown. The extended dates are tentative and could be modified in the future as per the prevailing situation and Government directives.

Events Date(s) Extended Date(s)
Submission of Application Form for Admission on the JAM 2020 Website April 09 - 22, 2020 April 20 - May 10, 2020
Last Date for Receipt of Request for Change of Category in Proper Format
and Rectification of Defective Documents
May 04, 2020 May 15, 2020
Declaration of First Admission List June 01, 2020 June 15, 2020
Declaration of Second Admission List June 16, 2020 June 30, 2020
Declaration of Third and Final Admission List June 29, 2020 July 15, 2020
Closure of Admissions through JAM 2020 July 03, 2020 July 20, 2020
Note: For any information regarding JAM 2020 you will be informed by SMS also. So, you are advised to keep JAM 2020 Sender Id unblocked.

Application Procedure

  • Candidates can apply for JAM 2020 only through JAM Online Application Processing System (JOAPS). The facility for Online Registration and Application will be available through the website from September 05, 2019. A candidate has to first register on JOAPS website, by providing his/her name, a valid E-mail address, a working mobile number and a password. The candidate must give an E-mail address that he/she uses and checks frequently, as all communication to the candidate from JAM 2020 will be sent to this E-mail address. The candidate must not use somebody else's E-mail address and only one candidate can be registered with one E-mail address. Similarly, the candidate should provide his/her personal mobile number because most of the communication may also be sent via SMS. The password that the candidate provides should be chosen such that it cannot be guessed easily by others and this password must not be forgotten by the candidate as he/she will require it to login to the online application website. Upon successful registration, an E-mail containing candidates Enrolment ID will be sent to the E-mail address provided by the candidate. The Enrolment ID will also be sent to the mobile number provided by the candidate. The candidate needs to use this enrolment ID along with the password for all JAM 2020 related communications or website operations. Candidates are advised to keep the ID along with the password information safe and confidential.
  • JOAPS website provides an online interface to the candidate for interacting with the JAM Administration. With this interface, a candidate can:
    • Apply for the examination online.
    • Upload photograph, signature and other documents like category certificate (if applicable), PwD certificate (if applicable), etc.
    • Pay the application fee through any of the electronic payment modes.
    • Check the status of the application form: Received, Under scrutiny, Accepted, Defect status, Status after rectification, Rejected with valid reasons, Admit card ready for download, etc.
    • Download Admit Card.
    • View answers, marks and JAM score.
    • Download JAM scorecard.
    • Submission of application for Admission.
  • Candidates are discouraged from making application through a third person. If someone else (friend or Internet café person) is filling the application on behalf of the candidate, the candidate must ensure that the data submitted are correct. It has been noticed during earlier occasions that the information filled by another person on behalf of the candidate was wrong, as they did not have correct information about the candidate. We, therefore, strongly discourage such practice while filling the online application form.

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