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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. 
To provide world class science education to undergraduate students and for cutting edge research in the field of life science / biotechnology IITs has also conducted separate paper (BT) Biotechnology. Currently IIT Bombay, IIT Roorkee, IIT Kharagpur and IIT
Indore take admission through BT paper.

Test Paper code Academic Programs Institutes No. of Seats
BT M.Sc. Biotechnology







BT Integrated Ph.D. in Biological Sciences IISc _
BT Joint M.Sc.- Ph.D. in Molecular Medical
BT M.Sc.- Ph.D. Dual Degree in Environmental
Science and Engineering


Essential Educational Qualifications:
The candidates who qualify in JAM 2020 shall have to fulfill the following Eligibility Requirements (ER) for admissions to IITs.
All candidates admitted through JAM should have a Bachelor’s degree. In the qualifying degree, the aggregate marks or CGPA/CPI without rounding-off (taking into account all subjects, including languages and subsidiaries, all years combined) should be at least 55% or 5.5 out of 10 for General/OBC (NCL)/EWS category candidates and 50% or 5.0 out of 10 for SC/ST and PwD category candidates.
If CGPA/CPI is on a different scale, it would be linearly mapped to a scale on 10.

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.

The Minimum Educational Qualifications (MEQs) for admissions to various Academic Programmes covered under JAM 2020 are given below, along with the names of the Test 
Papers and their Codes and the Institute offering the Academic Programmes. Admission to each of the Academic Programmes shall be offered on the basis of merit in the corresponding Test Paper(s) of JAM 2020.

a. It is entirely the responsibility of the Candidate to prove that he/she satisfies the Minimum Educational Qualifications (MEQs) and Eligibility Requirements (ERs) for Admission.
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.


Mode of Exam
The JAM 2020 Examination for all the six 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 the test paper, the duration of the examination will be 3 hours. The medium for all the test papers will be English only. There is provision of using online virtual calculator. The candidates, therefore, should not bring any calculator with them.
Mobile phones or any other electronic devices are strictly prohibited inside examination hall. Charts, graph sheets, and 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 using the mouse. The answer for NAT questions can be entered using a virtual numeric keypad (the keyboard of the computer will be disabled).
At the end of the 3 hours, the computer will automatically end the examination.

Pattern of Paper
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 will be of different types as given below:

Section – A:
Contains a total of 30 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) involving 10 questions of one mark each and 20 questions of two marks each. Each MCQ 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 (MSQs) carrying two marks each. Each MSQ is similar to MCQ but with the difference that MSQ may have one or more than one correct choice(s) out of the four given choices. The candidate gets full credit only if he/she selects all the correct answer(s) 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 involving 10 questions of one mark each and 10 questions of 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 NAT questions.

Section 1 Mark Questions 2 Marks Questions
A 10 MCQ (Q.1 – Q.10) 20 MCQ (Q.11 – Q.30)
B   10 MSQ (Q.31 – Q.40)
C 10 NAT (Q.41 – Q.50) 10 NAT (Q.51 – Q.60)
Total Marks = 100 20 80

Marking System
In all sections, questions not attempted will result in zero mark. In Section-A (MCQ), wrong answer will result in negative marks. For each wrong answer to 1 mark questions, 1/3 mark will be deducted and similarly for each wrong answer to 2 marks questions, 2/3 mark will be deducted. In Section-B (MSQ), there are no negative and no partial marking provisions. There is no negative marking in Section-C (NAT) as well.


Syllabus of Biotechnology (BT)
The Biotechnology (BT) test paper comprises of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics.
BIOLOGY (10+2+3 level)
General Biology: Taxonomy; Heredity; Genetic variation; Conservation; Principles of ecology; Evolution; Techniques in modern biology.
Biochemistry and Physiology: Carbohydrates; Proteins; Lipids; Nucleic acids; Enzymes; Vitamins; Hormones; Metabolism, Glycolysis, TCA cycle, oxidative
phosphoryation, photosynthesis, nitrogen fixation, fertilization and osmoregulation. Vertebrate’s Nervous system; Endocrine system; Vascular system; Immune system;
Digestive system and Reproductive System.
Basic Biotechnology: Tissue culture; Application of enzymes; Antigen-antibody interaction; Antibody production; Diagnostic aids.
Molecular Biology: DNA; RNA; Replication; Transcription; Translation; Operon model; Gene transfer.
Cell Biology: Membranes; proteins, lipids, cell cycle; cytoskeletal elements; mitochondria; endoplasmic reticulum; chloroplast; golgi apparatus; Signaling.
Microbiology: Isolation; Cultivation; Structural features of virus; Bacteria; Fungi; Protozoa; Pathogenic micro-organisms.

CHEMISTRY (10+2+3 level)
Atomic Structure: Bohr’s theory and Schrodinger wave equation; Periodicity in properties; Chemical bonding; Properties of s, p, d and f block elements; Complex formation; Coordination compounds; Chemical equilibria; Chemical thermodynamics (first and second law); Chemical kinetics (zero, first, second and third order reactions); Photochemistry; Electrochemistry; Acid-base concepts; Stereochemistry of carbon compounds; Inductive, electromeric, conjugative effects and resonance; Chemistry of Functional Groups: Hydrocarbons, alkyl halides, alcohols, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, amines and their derivatives; Aromatic hydrocarbons, halides, nitro and amino compounds, phenols, diazonium salts, carboxylic and sulphonic acids; Mechanism of organic reactions; Soaps and detergents; Synthe polymers. 

Biomolecules: amino acids, proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and carbohydrates (polysaccharides); Instrumental techniques: chromatography (TLC, HPLC), electrophoresis, UV-Vis, IR and NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry. 

MATHEMATICS (10+2 level) 
Sets, Relations and Functions, Mathematical Induction, Logarithms, Complex numbers, Linear and Quadratic equations, Sequences and Series, Trigonometry, Cartesian System of
Rectangular Coordinates, Straight lines and Family, Circles, Conic Sections, Permutations and Combinations, Binomial Theorem, Exponential and Logarithmic Series, Mathematical
Logic, Statistics, Three Dimensional Geometry, Vectors, Matrices and Determinants, Boolean Algebra, Probability, Functions, limits and Continuity, Differentiation, Application of
Derivatives, Definite and Indefinite Integrals, Differential Equations.

PHYSICS (10+2 level)
Physical World and Measurement, Elementary Statics and Dynamics, Kinematics, Laws of Motion, Work, Energy and Power, Electrostatics, Current electricity, Magnetic
Effects of Current and Magnetism, Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Current, Electromagnetic waves, Optics, Dual Nature of Matter and Radiations, Atomic Nucleus,
Solids and Semiconductor Devices, Principles of Communication.

Motion of System of Particles and Rigid Body, Gravitation, Mechanics of Solids and Fluids, Heat and Thermodynamics, Oscillations, Waves.

Reference Book

Biology Class 11 and 12

Campbell Biology
Pearson, Benjamin Cummings

Principles of Biochemistry

Nelson and Cox
WH Freeman & Company

Cell Biology
Cell and Molecular Biology
(concepts & experiments)

Gerald Karp
John wiley & Sons

Molecular Biology
Principles of Biochemistry

Nelson and Cox
WH Freeman & Company

Gene cloning & DNA analysis

T.A. Brown
John wiley & Sons

Molecular Biotechnology
Glick & Pasternak
ASM Press

Kuby Immunology

RA Goldsby, Thomas J, Kindt

Animal Physiology
Principles of Anatomy &

Gerard J. Tortora, Bryan Derrickson
John Wiley & Sons, Inc

Plant Physiology
The Physiology of Flowering Plants
Helgi O pik, Stephen A. Rolfe
Cambridge University Press

Basic Ecology

Eugene P Odum
Saunders College Publishing


Monroe W. Strickberger
CBS publishers and distributors


E.J. Gardner, M.J. Simmons and D.P.


Prescott & Harley, Madigan & Martinko

Bioinformatics & Functional

Jonathan Pevsner

Handbook of Biological Statistics

John H. Mcdonald
Sparky House Publishing

Principles & Techniques of
Biochemistry and Molecular

Keith Wilson & John Walker
Cambridge University Press



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