JEST Exam

Joint Entrance Screening Test Exam

What is JEST Exam?

 Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) is a national-level entrance examination conducted for admission to a PhD/Integrated PhD programme in Physics or Theoretical Computer Science or Neuroscience or Computational Biology in one of the participating institutes. The statutory body established through an Act of Parliament, Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB) recognises the JEST as a National Eligibility Test (NET). 

JEST Participating Institutes 

  • Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES) 
  • Bose Institute
  • Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI)
  • Harish-Chandra Research Institute (HRI) 
  • International centre for theoretical sciences (ICTS) 
  • Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR)
  • Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA) 
  • Indian Institute of Science (IISc) 
  • Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Bhopal 
  • Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Kolkata 
  • Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Mohali 
  • Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune
  • Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Thiruvananthapuram
  • Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) 
  • The Institute of Mathematical Sciences (IMSc) 
  • Institute of Physics (IOP) 
  • Institute for Plasma Research (IPR) 
  • Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA)
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) 
  • National Brain Research Centre (NBRC) 
  • National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, TIFR (NCRA-TIFR) 
  • National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) 
  • Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) 
  • Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT) 
  • Raman Research Institute (RRI) 
  • Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics (SINP)
  • Satyendra Nath Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences (SNBNCBS)
  • TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences (TIFR-TCIS)
  • Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) 
  • UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research (UGC-DAE CSR) 
  • Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC) 

JEST Eligibility Criteria 

To appear for the Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) conducted by the Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB), candidates should meet all the prerequisites set by the participating institutes, which have their own eligibility criteria. Applicants who are expected to complete their final examinations by August of each year are also eligible to appear for the JEST exam of that year.

Candidates are advised to visit the official websites/advertisements of the participating institutes for the detailed eligibility criteria. For admission to PhD programme in Physics, candidates should possess M.Sc. in Physics from any of the participating institutes. Some institutes even accept BE/B.Tech/M.Sc/ME/MTech in disciplines of Applied Physics and Mathematics. Click here to know more about the JEST eligibility criteria. 

JEST Exam Pattern

Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) is a pen and paper based test and conducted in a single session. The official website has released the sample paper for Physics, which is divided into three parts. The distribution of questions will be 15, 10 and 25 for Part A, B and C, respectively. The maximum number of marks is 100. 

Candidates are also advised to be aware of the marking scheme prior to JEST preparation. The JEST exam is conducted at 36 test locations spread across the country. 

JEST Application Procedure 

The registrations for the JEST 2020 will take place between November 10 and December 15. Aspirants have to start filling up and submitting applications for JEST 2020 via online mode only. One should create an account using a valid email-id and the same email-id should be used to apply online. 

Candidates have to submit the application form through the created account. After submission, a unique submission number will be sent to the email-id. Use the same number to register for the JEST examination. Once the online application form is submitted, no further changes will be accepted. 

JEST Application Fee

Candidates should pay an application fee of INR 300. The application fee for SC/ ST/ female applicants is INR 150. However, the application fee is waived for female applicants belonging to SC/ST. One should pay the application fee using debit/credit cards and net-banking. 

JEST Admit Card 

Candidates who registered for the Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) 2020 can download their admit card from the official site. Candidates can download the admit card by providing the details such as email ID, username and password. 

Candidates need to know that the JEST admit card 2020 will be available only on the official website. The official website reads that no separate JEST admit card 2020 would be sent to candidates via email/post. 

JEST Question Papers

Candidates should start their preparation by exploring the sample papers available on the official website. We have published the sample papers for both Physics and Theoretical Computer Science (TCS). The sample question papers will assist aspirants in familiarising with the test format besides knowing the weightage of the topics. 

JEST 2020 Result 

The Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), the organising institution for JEST 2020, is responsible for releasing the JEST 2019 result. The organising body has released the JEST 2020 result on March 11, 2020. Candidates who have appeared for the JEST entrance exam, which is conducted for admission to PhD and Integrated PhD programme at various participating institutions spread across the country, can check their result on the official website.The JEST 2020 entrance exam was held on February 16, 2020.

Steps To Check JEST 2020 Result 

Step 1: Visit the official website of JEST - www.jest.org.in 

Step 2: On the homepage, candidates will find the result link. 

Step 3: Click on the link to visit the result page. 

Step 4: Submit the login credentials such as username and password. 

Step 5: Check and result and take a printout for the future reference. 

Click here to check JEST 2020 result

JEST 2020 Cutoff 

In order to qualify in the JEST examination, candidates should obtain the minimum marks in the written examination. The cutoff score is used to shortlist the candidates for the next phase of the selection process, i.e., interview.

JEST Answer Key 2020

Candidates who have appeared the entrance examination can check the JEST 2019 answer key, which will be available on the official website. The conducting body will release the answer key for all the sets of Physics paper in the month of March. After accessing the JEST answer key, candidates can raise their objections on the same. Candidates can raise their objections on the official website. Aspirants can reach the co-ordinators at – jest.tifr@gmail.com.

JEST Interviews 2020

After the announcement of JEST 2020 result, candidates who qualify in the examination are only eligible for the interview. The organising of the interviews will be taken care of the participating institutes. The interview round is conducted to test the candidates on the fundamental level. Check the JEST 2020 interview dates below. 

Institute Course Interview Dates Selection
IISER Pune -Integrated PhD Int. Ph. D. June 10 to 12, 2020 Candidates need to apply
IISER Pune -PhD Ph. D. June 18 to 20, 2020 Candidates need to apply
ARIES- Nainital, Regular Ph. D. Ph. D. May 26 to 29, 2020  Candidates need to apply
HRI first round M.Sc., Ph.D. April 17 to 19, 2020  Visit Institute website
HRI second round M.Sc., Ph.D. May 13 to 15, 2020  Visit Institute website
IISER Bhopal Integrated PhD Int. Ph. D. May 9, 2020  Candidates need to apply 
IISER Bhopal PhD Ph. D. May 7 to 8, 2020 Candidates need to apply 
IISER Mohali - Integrated PhD Int. Ph. D. May 13 to 14, 2020 Candidates need to apply 
IISER Mohali - PhD Ph. D. May 11 to 12, 2020  Candidates need to apply 
IISERTVM - Integrated Ph.D Int. Ph. D. June 4 to 5, 2020  Candidates will be informed
IISERTVM - Ph.D Ph. D. June 1 to 2, 2020  Candidates will be informed
Institute of Mathematical Sciences Ph.D., Int. Ph.D April 2 to 8, 2020  Candidates will be informed
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai Ph. D., Int. PhD June 16 to 18, 2020  Visit Institute website
NISER Integrated Ph.D Int. Ph. D. June 1 to 2, 2020  Candidates need to apply 
NISER Regular Ph.D Ph. D. May 22 to 23, 2020  Candidates need to apply 
PRL, Ahmedabad (first round) Ph. D.  June 4 to 5, 2020  Candidates need to apply 
PRL, Ahmedabad (second round) Ph. D.  June 8 to 9, 2020  Candidates need to apply 
Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics Ph. D.  May 18 to 21, 2020  Visit Institute website
UGC-DAE CSR and RRCAT, Indore (1st Phase) Ph. D.  May 4 to 7, 2020  Candidates need to apply 
UGC-DAE CSR and RRCAT, Indore (2nd Phase) Ph. D.  June 10 to 13, 2020  Candidates need to apply 
JEST Result 2020 Declared

The organising authority, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), has released the JEST result 2020. Candidates who have appeared for the written test held on February 16 can visit the official website to check their result. One should use their login credential to download the JEST result 2020. Earlier, JEST answer key 2020 was released and provided an option to challenge it.  

A total of 717 candidates have appeared for Computer Science examination and 196 candidates stand out. A total of 13,489 candidates have appeared in the JEST 2020 Physics exam. 390 out of 6226 candidates have obtained qualifying marks (26) for MSc/Integrated Ph D. 705 out of 7263 candidates have obtained qualifying marks (32) for PhD.

11 March 2020
JEST 2020 Online Application Process Started

The online registration process started for JEST 2020 examination from November 11. Interested candidates can apply online for the JEST exam until December 14, 2019. Aspirants should have a valid email ID to start the registration process. 

Candidates should pay the application fee amount of Rs 400 to complete the registration process. The application fee is Rs 200 for female and SC/ST candidates. The JEST 2020 exam will be held on February 16. 

11 November 2019
How To Download JEST 2019 Admit Card

The admit cards for the Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) 2019 examination have been released on the official website. Candidates who have registered for the JEST 2019 examination can download the admit card from the website – jest.org.in. The JEST exam will be conducted on February 17, 2019.

Aspirants should visit the official website of JEST to access their admit card. One should use their email or username and password to download the JEST admit card. After logging in, candidates can download the JEST admit card and take a printout of the same. 

Click here to download JEST admit card 2019

The JEST is an entrance examination conducted for admission to PhD and integrated PhD programmes in physics, theoretical computer science, neuroscience, and computational biology. The JEST score will be valid for one year. The examination will be conducted across 36 test centres in the country. 

22 January 2019
Online Registration Starts For JEST 2019

The registration for Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) 2019 has started. Candidates who are seeking admission to a PhD/Integrated PhD programme in Physics or Theoretical Computer Science or Neuroscience or Computational Biology in one of the participating institutes can apply for the same until December 15, 2018. 

Candidates who are working in SERB (Science & Engineering Research Board) programmes and have qualified the National Eligibility Test (NET) can also apply for the enhanced fellowship. However, the eligibility criteria can vary from one institute to another. To check the detailed eligibility requirements, click here

Only online applications are accepted for the JEST 2019. To apply online, candidates must create an account using a valid email-id and the same email-id will be used for all communications with the candidates. Check the steps to apply online for the JEST 2019 here

The JEST is going to be conducted on February 17, 2019. The admit cards for the exam will be available from January 20, 2019. However, the results will be declared in the month of March. To know more about the JEST 2019 important dates, click here

12 November 2018
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