Understanding the difference between IIT JEE & JAM

Before understanding the differences between IIT JEE and JAM; it is important to find out more about the pattern and scope of the exams. IIT JEE or Joint Entrance Exam is conducted to screen students for admission into the IITs to pursue B. Tech. and B. Arch. This exam is conducted in two phases that is JEE Mains and JEE Advanced.

On the other hand IIT JAM or Joint Admission Test is an entrance examination that is conducted to get admission into IITs as well as IISc or NITs to pursue M.Sc, M.Sc.-Ph.D Dual Degree, Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D, M.Sc.-M.Tech and other courses.

No. of candidates that appear for IIT JEE and JAM

Almost close to 12 lakh students have appeared for JEE Main in 2017. Candidates who have cleared JEE Main can appear for JEE Advanced. More than 2 lakh students are selected each year for this exam. On the other hand, when it comes to JAM, the number of applicants becomes way lesser as not all opt to go for a master degree program after completion of B.Tech.

IIT JEE and JAM Participating Institutes

The participating institutes for JEE include IIT Kharagpur, Roorkee, Varanasi, Delhi, Bombay, Madras, Guwahati, Kanpur, Indore, Bhabaneswar, Patna, Hyderabad, Ropar, Gandhinagar, Palakkad, Mandi, Bhilai, Jodhpur, Dharwad, Tirupati, Jammu and Goa and ISM Dhanbad. Total 10957 seats are offered in these institutes.

While in case of JAM there are total of 31 participating institutes which include 1 IISc, 13 IITs, 2 CFTIs and 15 NITs.

IIT JEE and JAM Subjects

JEE is conducted based on three subjects, which include mathematics, physics and chemistry; so candidates need to study all these subjects. On the other hand, JAM is conducted based on seven subjects such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological science, mathematical statistics, geology and biotechnology. Out of these seven subjects, candidates only have to answer the paper for maximum of two subjects and they are conducted in different sessions.

Which one is more difficult, JEE or JAM?

Both IIT JEE and JAM are entrance exams that are conducted to get admission into the IITs. But both these entrance exams are meant to for different courses available at IITs. While IIT JEE is for admission into B. Tech and B. Arch course, JAM is for M. Sc. courses in IIT. If you compare the syllabus of both these courses; then IIT JEE is very large compared to JAM. In case of JEE, candidates have to study all the three subjects which cover nearly 100 chapters. However, in case of JAM, candidates need to study either one or maximum two subjects, but in greater detail as the exam is meant to screen students for a master degree program.

In case of JEE, candidates need at least one year for preparation, while 4–5 months of preparation is enough for JAM as the candidate already has prior knowledge about his/her domain in which he/she wants to obtain a master degree. At least 75% marks is required in class 12 to apply for JEE and to apply for JAM a minimum of 55% marks is required in Bachelor’s degree. In case of SC/ST/PwD categories, a minimum of 50% marks is required in Bachelor’s degree.

Thus getting into the IITs, either through JEE for the B.Tech program or through JAM for the M.Tech program is equally difficult and requires a systematic learning approach in order to ace the respective exams.

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