A common question that arises is, ‘Can I give IIT JAM after BCA’?
A BCA or Bachelors in Computer Application student is eligible to give IIT JAM. In fact, all types of graduates can apply for IIT JAM if they are eligible to the particular exam criteria specifically.
IIT JAM is the Joint Admission Test for Masters that is conducted by one of the IITs or Indian Institute of Technology. Students who wish to pursue a Master’s Programme from renowned Indian institutes like IITs, IISc, and NITs, apply for this exam. Students need to fulfill some criteria to be eligible for this exam.
IIT JAM Eligibility Criteria
- Nationality: Indian/ Foreign
- Should have Bachelor’s degree
- Must be appearing or have already appeared for the final examination of the qualifying degree.
The aggregate marks or CGPA/CPI of the qualifying degree must be at least 55% or 5.5 out of 10 for General and OBC (NCL) category candidates. For the Scheduled caste, Scheduled tribe, and the physically disabled category it must be 50% or 5.0 out of 10.
IIT JAM Courses Available
- M.Sc. Economics: Mathematics as one of the core subjects
- M.Sc. Mathematics: Mathematics for at least two years i.e. four semesters
- M.Sc. Mathematics / Mathematics and Computing: Mathematics or Statistics as a subject for minimum of two years i.e. four semesters.
- M.Sc. Mathematics and Computing: Mathematics/ Statistics as a subject for a minimum of two years/ four semesters.
- Joint M.Sc. – Ph.D. in Mathematics: Mathematics and Statistics as a subject for at least two years/ four semesters.
- M.Sc.- Ph.D.: Dual Degree in Operations Research
- M.Sc.- Ph.D. : Dual Degree in Environmental Science and Engineering Any one of Biology, Chemistry Biotechnology, Mathematics and Physics for two years/ four semesters, and any one of the other four subjects for a minimum of one year i.e. for two semesters.
- Joint M.Sc.- Ph.D. in Atmosphere and Ocean Sciences: Mathematics and Physics and minimum one of these subjects among Computer Application, Computer Science, Chemistry, Geology and Statistics.
A BCA student must have Mathematics in their 10+2 and in their first 2 years i.e. four semesters during bachelor’s degree.
Make sure that the aggregate marks or CGPA/CPI is in the first-class marks or min, 55% aggregate marks or 5.5 out of 10. This is without rounding off for General and OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) Candidates in the qualifying degree.
For Second class or min. 50% aggregate marks or 5.0 out of 10 without rounding off for SC, ST, or PwD students, in qualifying degrees.
IIT JAM Paper Overview
|Sections/Types||Section A||Section B||Section C|
|Number of Questions||30||10||20|
|Marks||10 questions – 1 mark 20 questions – 2 marks||2 marks for each question||10 questions – 1 mark 10 questions – 2 marks|
|Negative Marking||1/3rd marks will be deducted for each question carrying one mark 2/3rd marks will be deducted for each questions carrying two marks||No negative marking||No negative marking|
|Types of Question||Multiple Choice||Multiple Choice||No options will be displayed|
|Mode of Exam||Online||Online||Online|
|Total number of Question||60|
How hard is IIT JAM for BCA students?
The difficulty of the exam depends from person to person. According to the IIT JAM Exam analysis based on previous papers, tricky, and conceptual questions come in the exam, making the exam a little different from other entrance exams.
There were primarily formula-based questions in the IIT JAM paper in the past two years. But if you look at the 2021 paper, the NAT section was very lengthy and time-consuming. The MCQ portion had tricky and conceptual questions, which made the paper a little difficult.
|Year||Level of difficult|
With each passing year, the number of appeared candidates in the IIT JAM exam is also increasing, and the seat number is becoming more limited. Therefore, the competition is growing more.
This is why the difficulty level increases every year of the IIT JAM exam. In 2021, about 73,360 candidates registered for the IIT JAM examination last year. Out of that 62,654 students appeared for the exam. Only 23% of the students qualified for the JAM exam.
Cut-offs of IIT JAM 2021
|Test Paper(s)||Number of Appeared Candidates||IIT JAM 2021 Cut Off Marks|
|GEN||OBC (NCL), EWS||SC/ST/PwD|
|Mathematical Statistics (MS)||3535||22.08||19.87||11.04|
Tips to prepare for IIT JAM
1. Know your syllabus
At first, you need to have proper knowledge of the syllabus completely to get a proper idea of the exam. You prioritize the subjects you need to focus on and study accordingly. It would be helpful for you if you have adequate clarity of all the topics.
2. Preparatory material
You can refer to books or find the preparation materials online for the exam. Referring to previous years’ questions papers is a good method to prepare yourself for the exam. There are also several online sites that provide materials and mock tests for preparation.
3. Exam pattern and marking scheme
Next, follow their question paper pattern and how they mark. Refer to previous years’ question papers. This will help to understand the nature of the questions.
4. Make a timetable
It is important to manage time during preparation. You should make a proper timetable for that. As soon as you start working on time management you can focus better. Start working on each subject separately. As you finish the syllabus, start revising together.
5. Attempt mock tests
Mock tests are the most essential factor no matter what exam you are sitting for. After you complete your syllabus for IIT JAM, start taking up a mock test. It can be through online or offline mode. A mock test will help you discover your strengths and weaknesses in each of the topics.
IIT JAM is not much popular as other exams JEE, CAT, GATE, etc. Hence, it is lesser competitive than the other entrance exams. This is because many people do not opt for pure science as much masses go for other fields.
As for the question, ‘Can I give IIT JAM after BCA’? The answer is yes, you can. IIT JAM opens more opportunities for students. Once qualified, you have several renowned Universities to complete your higher studies.