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Who all are eligible to apply for IIT-JAM?

Updated: Mar 8, 2020

When it comes to PG courses in Chemistry, getting admission to most of the reputed institutes like IIT, IIST, ISCER depend on your IIT-JAM scores. This is the reason why IIT-JAM is considered one of the most reputed exams for the PG course admissions.

For those who are preparing for IIT-JAM as well as for those who are planning to prepare, it is important to understand the eligibility criteria for the Exam.

For a candidates to qualify in JAM Exam, he/she shall have to fulfil 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.

In addition to the above mentioned Eligibility criteria, 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. And depending on the Institute you are applying to and there policy, the admitted candidates may also have to undergo a Physical Fitness test by a medical board constituted by the Admitting Institute.

As per the rules of IIT-JAM, if a candidate is not found physically fit to pursue his/her chosen course of study, his/her admission is liable to be cancelled. Even though this is true, the chance of a candidate not being physically fit is very rare. Unless you have some medical condition or some infectious decease that stops you from pursuing your study , this will not be much of a problem.

In addition to the above mentioned Eligibility Requirements (ERs) depending on the course of study and the institute you chose, there are Minimum Educational Qualifications (MEQs) that a student have to achieve before applying for IIT-JAM.

The below Table (from IIT-JAM website) will help you understand the Institute wise Minimum Educational Qualifications better, but this is something that may change each year. We will try our maximum to keep this up-to-date, but please do refer to the current JAM website for more informations.

Institute wise Minimum Educational Eligibility for IIT JAM admission
IIT JAM Admission Educational Eligibility

As per the rules of IIT-JAM, the responsibility to prove that a Candidate satisfies the Eligibility Requirements (ERs) and Minimum Educational Qualifications (MEQs) entirely lies with the candidate himself/herself.
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.
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