An Entrance Exam is the mode for getting admission into various undergraduate, post graduate and professional degree courses. These exams has now become mandatory to conduct for every institution to check the eligibility of a candidate for their chosen course. Below is the difference between two entrance exams, IIT JAM and JEST. IIT JAM exam is conducted for the candidates who want to pursue MSc/PhD degree programmes and JEST is conducted for the MSc, Integrated PhD and PhD programmes. IIT JAM is Joint Admission test for MSc. It is an entrance exam for the candidates who want to get admitted in IITs, NITs, or IISc to pursue: M.Sc (Four Semesters) Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D M.Sc.-M.Tech. M.Sc.-Ph.D Dual Degree IIT JAM exam is conducted every year in the month of February. In 2018, JAM exam will be conducted in the third week of February. To appear in the exam, you must satisfy the eligibility criteria for JAM Examination. JAM Exam is conducted in seven subjects: Physics Chemistry Mathematics Biological Science Biotechnology Mathematical Statistics Geology JEST is Joint Entrance Screening Test. It is a screening test conducted for the candidates who want to pursue MSc, Integrated PhD and PhD programmes in Physics, Theoretical Computer Science, Neuroscience and Computational Biology. JEST has been declared as a National Eligibility Test by Science and Engineering Research Board. Aspirants are informed that securing a rank in JEST does not confirm admission in any college accepting the exam scores for admission. After qualifying JEST exam, candidates need to fulfill the eligibility criteria mentioned by the institutes.