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JAM 2021: What and How to Prepare?

Updated: Feb 6

About JAM: JAM, Joint Admission Test for Masters, is conducted once a year by IIT on rotation bases.

This year, JAM 2021 will be conducted by IISc, Bangalore. It is a national level examination to M.Sc., M.Sc. Ph.D., and M.Sc. Ph.D. dual degree, and other post-graduate programmes at IITs. The admission to these programmes will be based on the candidate’s JAM score.




Candidates should complete their Bachelor’s degree and have a minimum of 55%. Candidates completing their Bachelor’s degree in 2021 can also apply. There is no age limit.

The admit card for JAM 2021 has been released on 11th January, and the examination will be conducted on 14thFebruary 2021. The exam will be held in Online CBT mode for 3 hours, only in the English language. There are 60 questions, which include Multiple Choice (MCQs), Multiple Select (MSQ), and Numerical answer type (NAT). The total mark of the question paper is set at 100. The results will be announced on 20th March 2021.


On clearing the examination, candidates can complete admission to Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, IIT Bhilai, IIT Bhubaneswar, IIT Mumbai, IIT Delhi, IIT Dhanbad, IIT Gandhinagar, IIT Guwahati, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Indore, IIT Jodhpur, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras, IIT Mandi, IIT Palakkad, IIT Patna, IIT Roorkee, IIT Ropar, IIT Tirupati, or IIT Varanasi.


New changes in JAM 2021. Economics Paper (EN) has been added. The Biological Science paper was removed last year. Otherwise, there is no syllabus change for the 2021 JAM paper.


IITs JAM includes 7 subject papers: Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Geology, Biotechnology, Mathematical Statistic, and Economics. Candidates can apply for one or two papers that are not scheduled at the same time.


How to Prepare?

  • Practice Mock Tests and previous years’ question papers. The JAM mock tests are now available for candidates to attempt and prepare accordingly. Candidates can find out their weak and strong points while practicing.

  • Know the exam paper pattern. The paper will be divided into two sections – A, B, and C. Section A will have 30 MCQs, which carry 1 or 2 marks each. Section B will have 10 MSQs, which hold 2 marks each. Here, more than 1 answer can be correct. Section C will have 20 NAT questions for 1 or 2 marks each.

  • Keep a proper study plan. Accordingly, prepare for the examination and practice time management.

  • Analyse the JAM syllabus before starting preparation. Candidates can get clear knowledge on the subject weightage and marking schemes.

  • Keep relevant books and notes. It is always better to write down notes and keep relevant books. Students can find books online and in the market. Books can contain previous years’ papers and the syllabus.

  • Maintain Health and eat well. Sleep for a minimum of 7 hours and keep a proper diet for complete concentration.

Candidates should note that the applications will be accepted only online through the JAM 2021 website. A Biometric system of identification will be used for the JAM 2021 examination.

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