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March 19, 2019 • 4:40 pm

How Difficult is IIT JAM – Reason Why It's Toughest M.Sc Entrance Exam


Why IIT JAM is a Hard Nut to Crack

IIT JAM 2020 Syllabus


IIT JAM is the dream exam for almost all the candidates who want to pursue master’s degree in India. “How difficult is IIT JAM?” – This question keeps haunting B.Sc Candidates. To help you with this, Eduncle has come up with this blog.


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Number of Candidates Appeared in IIT JAM Yearwise – 2015 to 2018


The competition is huge. And also, the difficulty of IIT JAM Exam and No. of Candidates are increasing exponentially. In this section lets analyses the no. of candidates appeared in IIT JAM Exam in last 3 years.


Year No. of Candidates Appeared (Approx.)
2015 25,000
2016 45,000
2017 54,654
2018 55,498


The above table shows that the no. of candidates is increasing every year which means that chances to crack Joint Admission Test is getting lower year by year.


There are numerous reasons why many aspirants are attracting towards this exam. Many candidates are willing to extend their area of knowledge in Research and Scientific field through the admission into higher education courses in top colleges of India.


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How Difficult is IIT JAM – In Terms of Selection Ratio


JAM is a tough nut to crack, this is not because of the difficulty level of the questions. Of course, the question asked in the JAM Test are not easy. But IIT JAM is tough because the selection ratio is very low.


Let’s take previous year’s data to understand better -


In 2017, 11512 candidates appeared in IIT JAM Chemistry and only 889 seats were available in all the colleges put together (15 IITs, 16 NITs, and 2 CFTIs) which means a Selection Ratio of 7.72%.


As per the given analysis, there is no doubt that the competition as increasing. Despite the increased competition and candidates, the no. of seats remains same every year (more or less around 1500).



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Difficulty Level of the JAM Test Paper – Last Year’s Comparison


According to the IIT JAM Analysis and Expert Reviews, we have found that JAM 2019 was much difficult as compared to the last two years (2018, 2017) because the Exam Pattern was changed.



Year Level of difficult
2016 Moderate
2017 Moderate
2018 Difficult
2019 Moderate



IIT JAM – Last Year Trend of Cutoff


The marks required to qualify IIT JAM Exam is always a topic of speculation. In this post, we have decided to give insights about the last year trend of Cut-Off Marks.


Have a look -


IIT JAM – Last Year Trend of Cutoff




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Difficulty Level of the Questions Asked in Joint Admission Test


From 2019 onwards, conceptual questions are asked in JAM, which makes the paper little different from the previous trends. In 2018 and 2017 exams, formula-based questions held more importance. This made candidates struggled in JAM Exam 2019 onward.


In 2019, the NAT section was quite lengthy & time-consuming and there were some tricky questions in the MSQ’s section, which made paper little harder as compared to 2018.



How Difficult is IIT JAM from Undergraduate Exams?


Generally, for any competitive exam the toughness, as well as competitiveness, decreases as one goes up in the hierarchy i.e. Undergraduate exam being the toughest and the Postgraduate being the easiest out of all.


The reason behind this theory is that no. of candidates scatters into the different field as they progress in life. Just in case, after completion of UG many candidates get a job, they will not prepare for the PG Entrance Exams.


JAM Exam is lesser known exam as compared to JEE, CAT, GATE etc. It is not even as competitive as them. Maybe, because pure sciences don't attract masses as much as other fields do.


Now let’s compare the IIT JAM Exam with other exams through which you can get admission in IIT’s.





Even though IIT JAM and IIT JEE look similar, there are certain key differences between these two exams.  If we talk about the difficulty level, IIT JEE is tougher than IIT JAM.  Unlike JAM, IIT JEE is conducted in two stages involving JEE Mains and JEE Advanced.





GATE and IIT JAM both are the Post Graduate Level Exams for admission in IITs. But if we talk about the difficulty level then we must say, GATE is tougher than IIT JAM.





Both the exams are popular for M.Sc Exams. The basic difference is that after cracking the JEST Exam one cannot get admission in IIT. JEST Exam is easier the JAM.


Know the detail difference between IIT JAM and JEST Exam.




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  • Nikhil
    Sir, i am a 2021 iit jam aspirant for physics which books are helpful for it.
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    Garima Kaushik @Eduncle
    Hello Nikhil, Check the important books for IIT JAM here. Some of These are suggested and recommended by AIR 1 Swarnim Shirke.
  • Kamaji Bachewar
    I want to prepare iit jam maths 2021.Which books are very important ?
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    Eduncle Team @Eduncle
    Hello Bachewar Kamaji,   IIT-JAM exam is a great opportunity for the students who wish to get admitted in IITs or NITs. So it requires a good and dedicated preparation. You have enough time to get prepared for IIT JAM exam. You can download the free notes, theory and question papers for IIT JAM by click here – Download IIT JAM Sample Material FREE PDF.   Thanks for asking!   Kind Regards, Eduncle Team
  • V K Guru
    i am a jam maths 2020 aspirant,will i have enough to study for this xam nd suggest some best books for jam maths
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    Eduncle Team @Eduncle
    Hello V.K. Guru
    Greeting From Eduncle!
    Yes, you have enough time for IIT JAM 2020 Preparation. Ans the best books for JAM Mathematics are: -
    Integral Calculus: F. Ayres (Schaum’s), Gorakh Prasad
    Vector Calculus: Murray R. Spiegel (Schaum’s), A.R.Vasishtha
    Linear Algebra: Seymour Lipschitz (Schaum’s), H. Anton, A.R.Vasishtha.
    Ordinary Differential Equation: Peter J. Collins, G.F. Simmons, M.D. Raisinghania.
    Principle of Real Analysis: S. C. Malik.
    Real Analysis: H. L. Royden.
    Modern Algebra: A. R. Vasishtha 8. University Algebra: N. S. Gopalakrishan.
    Thank You!!
  • Samiksha
    I am preparing for iit jam biotechnology. Please suggest me good books.
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    Eduncle Team @Eduncle
    Hello Samiksha,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    You can check the best books for biotechnology here - IIT JAM Books
    Thank You!
  • Rhitom
    Hello, I am 2022 IIT-JAM Physics aspirant. What books should I study for preparation and what strategy should I follow to get good AIR in exam. Do I have enough time for Preparation?
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    Eduncle Team @Eduncle
    Hello Rhitom,
    Greeting From Eduncle!
    You have much time to prepare for IIT JAM 2022. You can check IIT JAM Physics Books and preparation strategy to clear the exam.
    Thank You!!