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September 22, 2020 • 6:38 pm

Can An Average B.Sc. Student Appear in IIT JAM - Must Know Facts!

List of Eligible B.Sc. Degrees

Many B.Sc. students are willing to move ahead of their career in Pure Science with M.Sc. The Master’s in Science Course duration is 2-3 years and depending on the requirement set by different programs.


It is no surprise that around 40% B.Sc. Students opt for M.Sc. Courses after completing their graduation. M.Sc. Courses from prestigious colleges like IITs and IISC are well known & these enhance the research skills and professional knowledge of an average B.Sc. student to many levels.


That’s why IIT JAM Entrance Exam continues to grow in popularity. There are thousands of confused B.Sc. students who want to ask questions regarding JAM Test which have not been answered yet.



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Before we take a look at those questions that will give you the complete idea about B.Sc. Student’s eligibility for IIT JAM Exam there are a few things that you need to understand:


Just like any other IIT entrance exam, Joint Admission Test is conducted by IIT Exam Governing authorities for the admission in their M.Sc. and Ph.D Courses.


The only thing that makes it different from other IIT Exams, is the level of difficulty and the eligibility criteria.


There is no age bar for IIT JAM Exam. Any student who has completed B.Sc. degree with at least 55% can apply for the exam. This gives an opportunity to droppers and candidates who have surpassed the upper age limit for most of the exams.


If you’ve completed your B.Sc. with good marks, no matter what age you are, you can appear in IIT JAM and make your dream come true.



Eligible B.Sc. Degree Holders for IIT JAM Exam


Any B.Sc. Degree with Honours and without Honours(General) both are equally eligible for the exam. Here's the list of B.Sc. Degrees accepted for IIT JAM Exam.


B.Sc. with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics or Biology.

B.Sc. Honours

B.Sc. Nursing

B.Sc. Biotechnology

B.Sc. Aeronautical

B.Sc. Medical

B.Sc. Agriculture

Distance Learning B.Sc.


There are 7 major subjects in JAM Test Papers. JAM Exam Eligibility Criteria states a list of essential subjects in bachelor’s degree along with a minimum duration of the study. These subjects are:







Mathematical Statistics




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However, there are some Courses for which no restriction of essential subjects is mentioned by admitting institutes. These courses can be pursued by any B.Sc. degree holder.


Name of Course Seats Admitting Institute
M.Sc. Biotechnology 12 IIT Indore
M.Sc. Biotechnology 35 IIT Bombay
M.Sc. Biotechnology 38 IIT Roorkee



Discontinued B.Sc. Courses from IIT JAM


Earlier Admission to MCA Courses was also under IIT JAM’s hat. Hence, B.Sc. IT & BCA graduates had a great opportunity to appear in JAM Test for MCA Courses. But in the year 2014, IITs Unanimously decided to discontinue MCA Seat Admission’s via JAM Exam. The MCA course was available at IIT Roorkee only, the MCA Course is abolished now.


So, if you want to pursue MCA in NITs, you can appear in NIMCET Exam.


Engineering candidates are still eligible for IIT JAM Exam, you can check the details of Eligibility Criteria for Engineering Graduates in IIT JAM Exam here.



Smartest Way to Start Preparing for IIT JAM 2021 While Pursuing B.Sc.


You would probably be wondering whether to start your preparation now or wait till you finish your graduation. If you indeed feel ready to start your preparation right away, think no more.


If you are in B.Sc. 1st or 2nd year and want to appear in IIT JAM 2021 Exam, then Eduncle is the right place for you!


Eduncle is a well-known name among IIT JAM aspirants for the exam preparation, study material, and mock tests. Eduncle designed study material has been trusted by thousands of students & they have benefited from our courses (See our 1340+ toppers). Here, we are going to share some tips with B.Sc. students to start their preparation.



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Firstly, if you are interested in Pure Science and Research Field then IITs are the best place for you. Many IIT M.Sc. and Ph.D students have been placed in NASA, Foreign Universities, Research Centres, Silicon Valley, etc.


In the international market, IITs have immense trust value and a good reputation. After completing B.Sc., the zeal to have a great career chews young minds. B.Sc. is shunned down many times because Indian society is greatly obsessed with Engineering and Medical Field. Going for further education is always a preferred option for B.Sc. graduates to improve job prospects.


Here JAM Exam appears as the brightest option available. From first year you can start preparing for the JAM Exam.



You can prepare for the exam with B.Sc. Books. The JAM Syllabus 2021 is mostly constituted of B.Sc. Course Syllabus. The topics covered in JAM are sparsely picked from 1st to final year. During graduation, you are young, in touch with studies, and carry a novel dream of pursuing a research career.


If you start preparing for IIT JAM from the first year, you can focus on NCERT Books as a very first step. NCERT Books are the best resource to build solid conceptual knowledge of the subject. You must start your JAM Exam preparation as postponement will only put you behind other motivated graduates.


If you set yourself up for the exam in earlier phase with a Smart IIT JAM Study Plan, most likely you’d score better even in your first attempt and you’d need not to reappear in the exam.



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Second, not many understand the importance of right study material and mock tests for IIT JAM Preparation during their B.Sc. We have met many graduate students who wished they had spent more time & money getting the right study material for their JAM Test Preparation.


Whether you must join coaching or study at your own?


The applicants often ask this question on online forums, and even to their mentors and peers – Is classroom coaching necessary for IIT JAM or should they instead self-study and maybe get a Mock Test Series at a later stage of their preparation.


Do not join the coaching institute just because your peers are doing so. If you join classroom coaching, it is quite time-consuming, and you might feel too caught up in classroom coaching. Sometimes it may take a toll on your graduation studies, which is probably the worst thing you’d like to happen.


On the other hand, the study material is the best solution for B.Sc. Students. As they can study at their home with comfort and flexible timing. The relaxed approach to the exam helps you to eliminate pressure and perform well in B.Sc. and JAM both.


In B.Sc. Second-year or final year, students face dual pressure of scoring well in the graduation and Joint Admission Test for M.Sc. both. The earlier you start, the better results you get. With Eduncle's Study Material, you can focus on your JAM preparation without affecting your B.Sc. Preparation.


Whenever you’ll interact with any IIT JAM Topper, they stress more on the importance of self-study. It is important to take regular tests and assess your preparation level and make necessary changes if required.  So, Kick-start Your Preparation with Eduncle’s Study Material, Free IIT JAM Solved Question Papers and Mock Tests.



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These tips on how to start preparing for IIT JAM during graduation will help you understand the exam properly. Once you have the right study material, what are you waiting for? Get on with it! Plunge yourself into it and achieve your dream.


Drop your comment below to ask your queries related to JAM Exam Preparation during B.Sc.


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Best of luck!




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  • Sakshi Goyal
    Sir I am in first year of bsc Chemistry honors then can you help me in syllabus of it jam . That means which subjects are required for preparation of iit jam exam
    Hello Sakshi,   Check the JAM Syllabus for Chemistry here in details - IIT JA...
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  • Udhaya
    Can Below 50% student study iit?
    Hello Udhaya   For eligibility visit - IIT JAM Eligibility   Thanks for asking...
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  • Debjit
    Sir , I'm a B.Sc general student , so can I appear in TIFR Physics exam ...? Plz reply .
    Yes, you can appear in TIFR Physics.
  • Manthan
    Sir, I will be in Bsc agri final year in 2018-19 . But, I want to go for Msc life science . So, please tell me that is agriculture graduate are eligible for Msc biological sciences...
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    Hello Manthan,   Yes! you can apply for IIT JAM Exam. There are total 15 IITs, 33 NITs and 3 CFTIs offering JAM Admission. You can apply in these institutes.   Thanks for...
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  • Mohan kumar G
    Sir, I had two subjects backlog in my 2nd year bsc and cleared it in my 3rd year bsc Do I am eligible for IIT jam ??
    Hello Mohan,   Yes, You are eligible for IIT JAM Exam.   Thanks for asking!   Kind Regards, Eduncle Team
  • Raja
    Sir, i am 2nd yr bsc physics honours student .I want to give jam examination this year ,just for a trial .So, Can i apply this year?????(without completing my graduation)
    Yes Raja Das, you can apply for IIT JAM Exam for trial.
  • Ami kachhi
    How do I start preparing for IIT JAM right from first year? Which subject ncert books did you mention in the article? I just completed my 12th std and also don't know which BSc to ...
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    Hello Ami, Greetings from Eduncle! If you have completed 12th class and want to appear in IIT JAM then you can choose BSc course in physics, mathematics, chemistry. You can check t...
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  • Vijaya
    Hello sir I'm microbiology student can I apply for iit jam
    Hello Vijaya
    Greeting From Eduncle!
    You can check IIT JAM Eligibility for the IIT JAM subject in...
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  • Jatin choudhary
    Actually my will complete in 4 years in 2020. So, am i eligible for JAM??
    Hello Jatin,
    Greeting From Eduncle!
    Yes, you are eligible for IIT JAM 2020 Exam.
    Thank You!!
  • Prateek
    can a 12th repeater eligible for iit jam after completing his bsc?
    Hello Prateek,
    Greeting From Eduncle!
    Yes, you are eligible for IIT JAM 2020.
    Thank You!!
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