The most popular question, who will conduct JAM 2018? has been answered. This year, the Joint Admission Test for M.Sc. will be conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay. The IIT will announce the details and dates of the examination in the month of August and by September, the online registration will begin.
The announcement of the conducting body was done two years back in the year 2015 when the GATE and JAM examination Tender was finalized. It clearly stated the names of the bodies which will be conducting these two examinations from 2016 to 2018. The image of the official tender is as below.
This is not the first time when IIT-B will conducting the examination. Even in the year 2012, the exam was held by the IIT Bombay only. The Joint Admission Test for M.Sc. (JAM) is conducted for admission of candidates in Masters of Science courses. Usually, the exam is held in the month of February. It is conducted by IITs, which take turns to carry out the process. The courses offered under it include. M.Sc., Ph.D., M.Sc-Ph.D Dual Degree, M.Sc.-M.Tech Dual Degree, etc course.
In all, 14 IITs participate in JAM and these are IIT Delhi, Bombay, Indore, Bhubaneswar, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Gandhinagar, Ropar, Hyderabad, Patna, Jodhpur, Roorkee, Guwahati, and Madras. Apart from the IITs, IISc Bangalore, IISER Pune, IISER Bhopal, and NITs under CCMN also use the score of JAM for admission.
The examination is held in online or computer based mode. In all, 60 multiple choice questions are given in the exam and candidates get 2 hours and 30 minutes to attempt it. The total marks in the examination are 100 and the exam is held for Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Mathematical Statistics, Geology, Biotechnology, and Biological Sciences subjects.
Last year, the cutoff of the examination for BL, BT, CY, GG, MA, MS, and PH subjects were 33.99, 26.67, 23.35, 33.29, 19.51, 19.04, and 14.79. However, for the reserved category, it went as low as 17, 13.34, 11.68, 16.64, 9.76, 9.52, and 7.39.
The admission through JAM is granted in the counselling , which is also organized by the conducting body. It is held in multiple rounds and the candidates need to register first for it. The registration window begins in the month of April and the allotments are announced in May. Before the seat allocation, the candidates are required to submit the choices for the course and colleges. Then on the basis of JAM Score and submitted preferences, the candidates are allocated seat.
Last year, more than 1600 seats were offered by IIT and IISc Banglore, to JAM qualifiers. Apart from this, CCMN counselling is held separately for admission in National Institute Technology (NITs). 16 NITs, an SLIET and IIEST participate in CCMN counselling to grant admission to JAM qualifiers. CCMN counselling also begins with registration, in the month of May.