Application Procedure

Candidates can apply for JAM 2018 only through JAM Online Application Processing System (JOAPS) link available at website The facility for Online Registration and Application will be available through the website from September 05, 2017. A candidate has to first register on JOAPS website, by providing his/her name, a valid E-mail address, a working mobile number and a password. The candidate must give an E-mail address that he/she uses and checks frequently, as all communications to the candidate from JAM 2018 will be sent to this E-mail address. The candidate must not use somebody else's E-mail address and only one candidate can be registered with one E-mail address. Similarly, the candidate should provide his/her personal mobile number because most of the communications may also be sent via SMS. The password that the candidate provides should be chosen so that it cannot be guessed easily by others and this password must not be forgotten by the candidate as he/she will require it to login to the online application website. Upon successful registration, an E-mail containing candidate's Enrolment ID will be sent to the E-mail address provided by the candidate. The Enrolment ID will also be sent to the mobile number provided by the candidate. The candidate needs to use this enrolment ID along with the password for all JAM 2018 related communications or website operations. Keep your ID along with the password information safe, and confidential.

JOAPS also provides an online interface to the candidate for interacting with the JAM Administration. With this interface, a candidate can:

o    Apply for the examination online.

o    Upload photograph, signature and other documents like category certificate (if applicable), PwD certificate (if applicable), etc.

o    Pay the application fee through any of the electronic payment modes.

o    Check the Status of the application form: Received, Under scrutiny, Accepted, Defect status, Status after rectification, Rejected with valid reasons, Admit card ready for download, etc.

o    Download Admit Card.

o    View your answers, marks and JAM score.

o    Download JAM scorecard.

o    Submission of application for Admission

Candidates are discouraged from making application through a third person. If someone else (friend or Internet cafe person) is filling the application on behalf of the candidate, the candidate must ensure that the data submitted are correct. It has been noticed during earlier occasions that the information filled by other person on behalf of the candidate was wrong, since they did not have correct information about the candidate. Hence, we strongly discourage such practice while filling the online application form.

Data Requirement for Filling the Application form: The following data will be required while filling the form at JOAPS:

o    Personal information (name, date of birth, personal mobile number, parent's name, parent's mobile number, etc.). Please note that the name of the candidate in the application form must exactly be the same as per the qualifying degree certificate. JAM 2018 Score Card will be issued as per the name entered in the application form. Prefix/title such as Mr/Shri/Dr/Mrs/Smt, etc. should NOT be used before name.

o    Address for Communication (including PIN code)

o    Eligibility degree details

o    College name and address with PIN code

o    JAM paper/s

o    Choice of JAM Examination cities

o    High-quality image of candidate's photograph conforming to the requirements specified

o    Good-quality image of candidate's signature conforming to the requirements specified

o    Scanned copy of Category (SC/ST) Certificate (if applicable) in pdf format

o    Scanned copy of PwD Certificate (if applicable) in pdf format

o    Details of the valid Identity Document (ID) (This ID proof, in original, should be carried by the candidate to the examination hall)

o    Net-banking/debit card/credit card details for fee payment

The JOAPS allows you to enter the data, "Save" partially filled form, "Logout", and "Resume Filling" by logging in again. The JOAPS portal is self-explanatory and user-friendly. Additional help information required in filling various fields in the JOAPS portal will be made available.

Upon logging into the JAM 2018 application processing website, the candidate needs to fill in information, such as parent/guardian's name and mobile number, city choices, the number and choice of test paper(s) that he/she wishes to appear, date of birth, gender, address for communication, category and PwD status. The candidate's application fee will get determined based on this information. The candidate should also fill his/her other details, such as information on qualifying degree, percentage of marks/CGPA, details of valid personal ID information, etc. It may be noted that the candidate can specify any one of the following photo ID cards for the personal ID information: Aadhaar ID, College ID, Driving License, Employee ID, PAN Card, Passport, or Voter ID.

The JAM 2018 application requires that your photograph and signature are uploaded electronically at JOAPS. Uploading photograph and signature that does not meet the specifications can result in disqualification of the application without any refund of the application fee.

Photograph Requirements

o    Please pay attention to upload only good quality photograph. The JAM Score Card will be printed with the photograph you submit.

o    The photograph must match with your appearance on the day of the examination.

o    A passport size (3.5 cm Width x 4.5 cm Height) photograph of the face of the candidate is required for application form.

o    The photograph must be in COLOR and taken after 01 August 2017 in a professional studio. Photographs taken using a mobile phone and other self-composed portraits may result in the rejection of application.

o    Request photo studio to provide the image of your photo in a JPEG format and also on a standard 3.5 cm X 4.5 cm (Width X Height) print.

o    Maximum size of the JPEG image can be 480640 in pixels (0.3 Mega pixel) (Request photo studio to reduce it to this size if it is larger). Minimum pixel size of the JPEG image can be 240 X 320. File size of the image should be in the range of 5KB to 200KB.

o    Background of the photograph must be white or a very light colour.

o    The face should occupy at least 50% of the area of the photograph with a full-face view looking into the camera directly.

o    The main features of the face must not be covered by hair of the head, any cloth or any shadow. Forehead, eyes, nose and chin should be clearly visible.

o    If you normally wear spectacles, a photograph with glare on glasses is not acceptable in your photo. While you may wear spectacles for the photo shoot, if glare cannot be avoided, then remove the spectacles.

o    You must not wear spectacles with dark or tinted glasses, only clear glasses are permitted.

o    Poor quality of the photograph submitted will lead to rejection of your JAM application, without any refund of the application fee.

Table 1 shows samples of acceptable good quality photographs and poor quality unacceptable photographs


Signature Requirements

o    Please draw a rectangular box of size 2 cm X 7 cm (Height X Width) on an A4 white paper. Sign with black or dark blue ink pen within this box.

o    The signature with all CAPITAL LETTERS, Initials or in any other colour (other than black and blue) shall NOT be accepted.

o    Get the digital image of the rectangular box (with your signature inside) scanned by using a professional scanner. Crop it to the border of the box. Table 2 shows sample signatures that are acceptable and unacceptable.

o    Only JPEG image format will be accepted.

o    The maximum image size of the signature can be 160 X 560 in pixels.

o    The minimum image size of the signature can be 80 X 280 in pixels.

o    File size of the image should be in the range of 5KB to 100KB.


Table 1: Sample Photographs

A: Sample Photographs - Accepted

B. Sample Photographs - Rejected

Blurred Image

Not looking into camera

Improper Background


Sample Photographs - Rejected






Smaller in Size (Standard size is 3.5 cm x 4.5 cm)

Shadow on the face

Photo taken from mobile

Face covered with cloth

Glare on spectacles

Wearing Colored glasses

Side view

Cropped from other Photo

Face not covering 50% area



Table 2: Sample Signatures

Acceptable Signatures





Unacceptable Signatures


Signature in Initial


Signature in ALL CAPITAL


Signature outside the rectangle


Signature in other than blue or black ink


Signature outside the rectangle


Signature is too small to view

Category Certificate

Candidates who belong to SC or ST category have to upload a valid documentary proof for concession in application fees. Certificate issued ONLY by authorized officials (Appendix-IV of the JAM 2018 Brochure) shall be valid. Necessary actions shall be initiated for any wrong doing and misinformation. The same document shall be required to be submitted to the Admitting Institute at the time of admission. The onus of verifying SC/ST certificate lies with the Admitting Institute. The JAM Committee will not be responsible for any incorrect declaration of the SC/ST status of candidates.

Person with Disability (PwD) Certificate: In order to avail application fee concession under the Person with Disability (PwD) category, the candidates should attach a recently obtained valid PwD certificate issued by the competent authority. The same document shall be required to be submitted to the Admitting Institution at the time of admission. The onus of verifying PwD certificate lies with the Admitting Institute. The JAM Committee will not be responsible for any incorrect declaration of the PwD status of candidates.

NOTE to OBC-NCL Candidates: OBC-NCL candidates are NOT required to submit/upload any category certificate along with the filled online application form. However, they are required to submit this certificate in the prescribed format (Appendix-V) at a later date.

After filling in the required fields in the application form and uploading the required documents, the candidate must review his/her complete application form before final submission and making payment.

The last date to complete and submit the application form is October 10, 2017 (Tuesday).

Any application that is incomplete in any respect and does not have the required valid applicable documents will be summarily rejected. The candidates must take care to fill in the details in the application form correctly and must upload the correct and valid documents, including signatures and photographs.

The candidates are advised to visit the 'FAQ' section as well for additional queries.

Application Fee Payment Procedure

The application fee as shown in Table 3 is to be paid online only. The candidate will be able to make the payment using his/her net-banking account, debit or credit card until October 10, 2017. Additional bank charges may apply for the transaction depending on the payment option. Details about transaction charges is given in Table 4 Before proceeding for making any payment applicant should view his application by clicking the "Save and Preview" button. They should go through the application and ensure that there is no error in the application form and all the relevant and valid documents are uploaded. If there any corrections, they can go back and do the correction. After this they should click on "Proceed for Payment" button. Once a candidate presses "Proceed for Payment" button, NO FURTHER CHANGES in the application form can be made and the candidate will be directed to the payment portal. On the fee payment portal, the fee amount and bank charges will be shown and the candidate has to confirm that the payment is for JAM 2018. Once confirmed and payment is successful, the candidate will be redirected back to the JAM Online Application Website, where it shows confirmation of the fee payment. If you had selected only ONE Paper there will be an option to choose a second paper. If you desire to do so, you can proceed by paying the additional amount as indicated.

If a candidate has difficulty making the payment (due to internet connection or power failure, for example) or is not sure whether payment has been processed or not, then they should login back to JOAPS website after one-hour and check the status of the payment. If status is "Fee Pending/Not Paid" then initiate a fresh online payment through JOAPS fee payment portal. Otherwise the application will be rejected due to non-payment of the application fee in time. In case, the fee amount has been debited from your bank account, but JOAPS does not acknowledge any fee payment, then the money will be credited back to your account within seven working days.

Table 3: Application Fee Details for JAM 2018


One Test Paper

Two Test Papers

Female (All Categories)/ SC/ST/PwD

Rs. 750/-

Rs. 1050/-

All Others

Rs. 1500/-

Rs. 2100/-


Table 4:Transaction Processing Fees


Mode of Payment

Transaction Processing Fees*

Credit Cards (Visa/Master)

1.0% of fee amount

Net Banking

Rs. 15/-

Debit cards


0.75% of fee amount (up to Rs. 2000/-)

1.00% of fee amount (above Rs. 2000/-)


1.00% of fee amount

* GST on the Transaction Processing Fee @ 18% on transaction charges will be added


Important Points to be Noted

o    An application once submitted Can Not be changed/rectified. Therefore, before submitting the JAM 2018 application, please ensure that all the details and all the necessary supporting documents are filled/uploaded and there is NO error.

o    Please, also ensure to pay the application fee as per the gender/category and test paper option. If the fee paid is NOT as per the Gender and Category, and the number of Test Paper(s), entered in the Application Form, then the filled in form will be rejected without any intimation to the candidate.

o    Multiple applications submitted by a candidate are liable for rejection. Hence, DO NOT submit multiple application forms. After submitting an application, if a candidate decided to appear in other test paper or to change test paper(s), he/she can ADD THE ADDITIONAL TEST PAPER or can change the TEST PAPER(S) before the closing date in the earlier submitted application form. In such cases the candidate has to pay an additional fee online before closing date as per the Table 5.

Table 5: Additional Fee for Addition or Change of Test Paper(s)




Wishes to Change

Wishes to Add


Additional Fee(Rs.)


Additional Fee (Rs.)

Female (All Categories)/ SC/ST/PwD

One Test Paper

One Test Paper

Rs. 750/-

One Test Paper

Rs. 300/-

Two Test Papers

Any One Test Paper

Rs. 300/-

Not Applicable

Both Papers

Rs. 1050/-

All Others

One Test Paper

One Test Paper

Rs. 1500/-

One Test Paper

Rs. 600/-

Two Test Papers

Any One Test Paper

Rs. 600/-

Not Applicable

Both Papers

Rs. 2100/-

o    The current status of an application will be updated after the scrutiny of the application. The status of an application can be checked anytime by logging into JOAPS.


Table 6: Additional Fee for Changing Category or Gender

Existing Gender/ Category



Additional Fee

Female (All Categories)/SC/


(Group - 1)

Within Group-1

One or Two Test Paper(s)


To Group-2

One Test Paper

Rs. 750/-

Both Papers

Rs. 1050/-

All Others

(Group - 2)

To Group-1

One or Two Test Paper(s)


* No fee will be refunded in this case


o    Candidates, who have wrongly entered the Category or Gender will be allowed to change the Category or Gender with an additional fee as per the Table 6. All these candidates are requested to pay the additional fee by Demand Draft (DD) drawn in favour of "The Registrar IIT Bombay", on any nationalized bank, payable at Mumbai. The DD must be sent along with a request letter to "The Chairperson, JAM-2018, GATE-JAM Office, IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai-400076, on or before October 30, 2017.

o    Please, contact JAM office in case of any queries/problems in filling application form and making fee payment online.

Application Scrutiny and Rectification

All the applications submitted for JAM 2018 Examination shall be scrutinized to verify the accuracy of the data entered by the candidate with the submitted supporting documents and clarity of the photograph, signature, and relevant supporting documents. If everything is found to be in order, the application will be accepted. Otherwise, defects in the application will be marked and intimated to the candidate for rectification within a stipulated time period. The status of the application and defects marked in the application will be intimated to the candidates by E-mail and/or SMS. The current status of an application will be updated after the receipt and scrutiny of the application. The status of your application can be checked anytime by logging into JOAPS.

Candidates should act quickly in rectifying marked defects in the application at the earliest and definitely before the stipulated deadline. Failing to rectify the defects within the stipulated time can lead to the application being rejected and no further communication will be entertained in this regard.