How to Prepare for JAM 2020
Bachan Thakur, 17 Aug 2019, #JAM

How to Prepare for JAM 2020 – The Joint Admission Test for admissions into MSc and related postgraduate science programmes across the respective IITs will be conducted this year by the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur on February 9, 2020. With JAM approaching fast, aspiring candidates must be troubled taking pain for this basic question - ‘how to prepare for JAM 2020’. Thus, science graduates, looking forward to pursue the postgraduate science programmes, integrated and dual degree courses through JAM 2020 need to know beforehand that the preparation for JAM 2020 is possible only through a well-planned strategy for each subject. JAM 2020 will be conducted for admissions to different postgraduate programmes offered for a varied number of courses including Physics, Chemistry, Biotechnology, Biological Sciences, Mathematics, Geology and Mathematical Statistics along with integrated PhD courses and Dual degree programmes. Therefore, for the sake of the future aspirants, this article on ‘how to prepare for JAM 2020’ comes as a ready-made preparation source. Through how to prepare for JAM, candidates will get to know the preparation strategy, need of sample papers or previous years question papers, mock test, best books, and tips to prepare for the test.

How to Prepare for JAM 2020 using proper syllabus

Before beginning the study plan candidates need to first make themselves aware of the JAM 2020 Syllabus. The syllabus will give candidates an exact idea of how much has to be prepared and what are the important topics from different subjects. The syllabus reflects in details the different topics that candidates need to prepare in order to take the examination successfully. Another advantage of starting with and knowing the syllabus is to have clarity clarity about the topics to study. One can have basic understanding as what needs to be studied and on which topics one has a strong hold on. A lot of time can be saved by only knowing the syllabus completely, and the preparation time can be used more efficiently.

How to Prepare for JAM 2020 using best books

To prepare for JAM 2020 referring the right books is important. Each subject has specific books which you can refer for better preparation. Candidates can start by referring to their graduation books. Apart from those, candidates can also refer to books and guides specially prepared for candidates attempting JAM 2020. These best books for JAM have been written and compiled by the learned people, who are subject-matter experts with a proven track record. In other words, many toppers over the years have been cracking JAM exam by referring and reading to the JAM best books.

How to Prepare for JAM 2020 using proper time-table

Preparing a time-table is always helpful while preparing for any examination. JAM being one of the toughest examinations it is necessary that aspirants have a time table in place to refer to and to follow. By following the time table, it can be planned that which subjects are to be studied on which days. The hours of study for different topics are also determined by the time table. Further, this helps in maintaining a certain target or discipline of a daily routine (not to miss), so that at the end of the day, we know that we are getting closer to the reality of completing the syllabus within the given time. While making an apt time-table, the JAM aspirants must make sure that they allot more time for the units and topics, they find more difficult and tough to grasp. Make the time table in a way that the last couple of months are left for revision.

How to Prepare for JAM 2020 using sample papers

It’s said that any exam preparation is incomplete without practising the sample papers or previous years question papers. While preparing for the exam, solving JAM sample papers is one of the key aspects to ascertain breakthrough in the examination. The benefits of practising the previous years question papers/model papers include developing speed and accuracy, learning time management, knowing different ways of solving questions, and solving a vast question bank of varied nature. Candidates can find these sample papers online for all the subjects. Solving sample papers will also help candidates familiarize with the exam paper pattern, along with giving the candidates an idea about the types of questions asked during the exam.

How to Prepare for JAM 2020 using mock tests

JAM 2020 Mock Tests are real time tests or online tests which are available online. Preparing for the exam, using mock tests will help candidates to attempt the real examination, as all functionality and features of the mock test are just like the ones in the actual examination. With a time limit to it, candidates will learn how to save time and attempt all the given questions in the given time, as they would know the usage of all features in the mock test or actual test before it takes place. Through mock test candidates will be able to manage time and it also gives them idea about their ability to solve the question paper efficiently.

How to Prepare for JAM 2020 – Tips & Tricks

It’s not simply the preparation alone which does the work for you. Rather you need to cautiously take care of the dos and don’ts. By keeping the dos and don’ts in your mind, your preparation becomes more efficient, at the same time, you are able to stay healthy and make the best use of any obstacle that comes your way during the entire preparation period.

Here you go with the tips:

1. The most important thing candidates need to take care of while prepare for JAM 2020 is maintaining a composed mind and keeping calm. Generally before examinations, candidates tent to stress out due to which the whole preparation goes for a toss.

2. It’s vital to take small and intermittent breaks during preparation to avoid overload of information. Divide you strategy to incorporate time for relaxation which will later help candidates develop a calm mind before the examination.

3. As they say, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, do contrary to this idiom. Do not completely shun away from sports or games. Keep playing your favourite sport or game, taking some break during your long hours of study, as a healthy mind resides in a healthy body.

4. Rest is best for health, they say. To an extent, the statement holds true, however, may not be 100 percent applicable. For instance, you may have a habit of sleeping for 9 hours, but if you sleep for 9 hours during preparation, then you will not be left with much of the time in a day. You may curtain that sleep to 6 or 7 hours, without compromising on quality sleep. This will keep your mind fresh and capacitate it to function at its best. However, if you keep on digging the prep books all day and night, without having the minimum required sleep, then the mind will exhaust at a given point in time and you will be left with no other option but to get frustrate.

5. Eat healthy and stay fit with some exercises. To be able to take the test in a good shape, you must ensure that you are maintaining a healthy body till the day of the exam. Avoid consuming anything which you feel is unhealthy or can react badly to your stomach. It’s also advisable not to overeat, so that digestion doesn’t appear as a hurdle in preparation. To stay fit, some light or regular, easy exercises are a must. Yoga or meditation can be the other options.

All the best!

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Hi, Im pursuing my 2nd bsc in biotechnology, can I write jam exams only for biotechnology or should I learn all the syllabus given as "Biology" to write exams on biotechnology?

Hi aspirant,

Preparing the syllabus given in the IIT JAM exam for biotechnology is enough to crack the JAM exam. If you study the whole biology as a syllabus, you can attend most of the exams conducted in life sciences field for the higher studies and jobs. In JAM exam they will check your critical thinking and your subject knowledge depth. So prepare well.

All the best.


I have only two months for the preparation of IIT JAM examination how would I prepare

Avishek Dutta 2nd Dec, 2019
Two months are a enough for someone to get a good rank in JAM .
Download the syllabus of IITJAM from their official website.
And stick to it.You won't be asked any questions out of the syllabus.
Now make a Doomsday notes please.
You would find it quite handy.Otherwise you have to open those large books again and again.
Compactness of the notes always helps.
Download all of the previous years questions from the website and try to solve them all,even two times if you have enough time.
Also give mocy tests.
Learn from your mistakes.
Learn to use the jam calculator which is not same as the normal calculator we use .
Get enough sleep.
You would be fine

can a B tech student can apply for IIT jam physics exam and what are the requirements that are needed ?

Shivam bhardwaj Student Expert 2nd Dec, 2019

Hello Sai,

Hope you are doing well.

IIT JAM Eligibility Criteria mandates candidates to hold a Bachelor’s Degree . Candidates belonging to General/OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) category must have at least 55% aggregate in Bachelor’s. The marks secured include all the subjects studied at the graduation level, without rounding off the marks.

So you obviously appears for the IIT JAM.

Good luck


I am currently studying bsc third year. I want to do MSc. but I didnt apply for any entrance exam like JAM till now. where can I study? is that any college opened their admission process?

Karvannan sevugamurthi 29th Nov, 2019

Hi aspirant

Yes you can still apply for your M.Sc degree. Because still you have one semester remaining. JAM application, TIFR application portals may get closed, but you can apply for upcoming notifications regarding admission. Universities call for admission, colleges also nearly in the month of March. So be ready to apply for them.

All the best.


can I eligible for MSc chemistry in IIT jam with bsc chemistry and additional subject of mathes and computer science

Avishek Dutta 28th Nov, 2019
I am giving the eligibility for different courses of chemistry provided by IITS below
M.Sc. Chemistry
Chemistry for three years/six    semesters
Same as above
Joint MSc PhD in Chemistry
Same as above
Joint M.Sc phD in Nuclear Medicine
B.Sc./B.S. degree (three years/six semesters) with Chemistry as Honours/Major/Main Subject, Mathematics as compulsory one subsidiary subject and Physics/ Biology as another subsidiary subject for at least two years/four semesters
M.Sc.- Ph.D. Dual Degree in Environmental Science and Engineering
Any one of Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics for two years/four semesters, and any one of the other four subjects for at least one year/two semesters
Joint M.Sc.- Ph.D. in     Atmosphere and    Ocean Sciences
Mathematics and Physics with any one of these subjects among Chemistry, Computer Science, Computer Application, Geology and Statistic
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