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April 23, 2022 • 20:40 pm

Can An Average BSc Student Appear in IIT JAM - Must Know Facts!

List of Eligible B.Sc. Degrees

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Many BSc students are willing to move ahead of their career in Pure Science with MSc. The Master’s in Science Course is 2-3 years duration.

Every year, around 40% BSc students opt for MSc courses after completing their graduation. MSc courses from prestigious colleges like IITs and IISc enhance the research skills and professional knowledge of an average BSc student to many levels.

That’s why IIT JAM Entrance Exam continues to grow in popularity. Joint Admission Test is conducted by authorities for admission in MSc and PhD Courses. Hence in this blog, we will answer some of the questions BSc students want to ask regarding the JAM Test which has not been answered yet.

BSc Degrees accepted for IIT JAM

Discontinued BSc Courses from JAM Exam

How to prepare for IIT JAM with BSc?

When you should Join Coaching for IIT JAM?



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Eligible BSc Degree Holders for IIT JAM Exam


Any B.Sc. degree with Honours and without Honours(General) both are equally eligible for the exam.

There is no age bar for IIT JAM Exam. Any student who has completed B.Sc. degree 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.

Here's the list of B.Sc. Degrees accepted for IIT JAM Exam.

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

B.Sc. Honors

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 15 IIT Indore
M.Sc. Biotechnology 35 IIT Bombay
M.Sc. Biotechnology - IIT Roorkee


Discontinued BSc 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 Admissions 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.



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Smartest Way to Start Preparing for IIT JAM 2023 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 2023 Exam, then Eduncle is the right place for you!

Eduncle is a well-known name among IIT JAM aspirants for 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 1845+ 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.

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

Engineering and Medical Field. Going for further education is always a preferred option for B.Sc. graduates to improve job prospects.

You can prepare for the exam with B.Sc. Books. The JAM Syllabus 2023 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 an 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 the 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 on 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.

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.

Many times students ask - is coaching necessary for IIT JAM? Whenever you’ll interact with any IIT JAM Topper, they stress more 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 to understand the exam properly. Once you have the right study material, you can stat preparing for the exam.

If you have any query, then share it with us trough the comment box below.

If you want to give an extra edge to your preparation for IIT JAM then download the Eduncle App, where you can get answers to all your doubts from a pan-India community of students and experts. 


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Showing 10 comments out of 52
  • Akshita jangir

    A student have 45% persent in second year and 70%in final year....can she is eligible for IIT JAM mathematics,?


    Hello Akshita,
    Greeting From Eduncle!
    The official has removed the percentage criteria to appear for the IIT JAM Exam. Now you must have a graduation degree to appear. You can check our blog of IIT JAM Eligibility to know the complete criteria to apply for the exam.
    Thank You!

  • Vishesh sharma

    Can i give IIT JAM exam in mathematicsas i am pursuing BSc(hon) Agriculture


    Hello Vishesh,
    Greeting From Eduncle!
    You can check our blog of IIT JAM Eligibility to know the complete criteria to apply for the exam.
    Thank You!!

  • D varun teja

    Hello sir ihave completed my graduation course bsc chemistry and i want to interested in studying for analytical chemistry can i eligible to apply for IIT JAM EXAM please tell me sir ....


    Hello D Varun,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    Yes, you can apply for the IIT JAM exam with a minimum of 55% aggregate marks or 5.5 out of 10 in BSc Chemistry.
    Thank You!!

  • Prasanth

    I'm in final year of bsc physics graduation.can I apply for iit jam 2022?


    Hello Prasanth
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    Yes, you can appear for the IIT JAM 2022 in the final year of your graduation if you fulfil the eligibility criteria for the same.
    Thank You!!

  • Meena verma

    sir please tell me if i crack the iit jam chemistry exam then what is the probability too get a job with msc because i dont want too stop my study and i need a job also so please tell me about that


    Hello Meena,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    Once you will qualify for the IIT JAM exam, you can apply for placement in top IITs. And you can also continue your studies with job.
    Thank You!!

  • Mansi

    Sir ..i am a bsc...cbz...student ... Is there any problem regarding the ...iit jam biotech exam for me. As syllabus will be different for exam

  • Venki

    Venkidesh I'm studying through Distance education is i am eligible for IIT JAM


    Hello Venkidesh,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    You will be eligible to apply for IIT JAM after competing the graduation degree.
    Thanks for asking your query with us!

  • Swahi

    Sir I want to go into the research fields so.. I should prefer plain bsc or bsc Honours?


    Hello Swahi,
    Greeting From Eduncle!
    You can complete your graduation from anyone BSc or BSc Honours. After completing your BSc, you can appear in IIT JAM Exam.
    Thank You!!

  • Ashu yadav

    Sir, I am pursuing bsc 1st year in math and want to clear iit jam.How to start preparation?


    Hello Ashu,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    You can get the experts suggested preparation tips to get success in the JAM exam in the above blog.
    Thank You.

  • Dattashivaprasad

    Hi , I have completed Bsc(MSCs), as i want to continue my higher studies, so i want do MSc(Statistics) , If i crack IIT JAM , can i get seat in MSc( Statistics).


    Hello Shivprasad,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    You are eligible to apply for IIT JAM. If you score good marks, you will get a seat in MSc .
    Thanks for asking your query with us!


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