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 2019 will take place between November 10 and December 15. Aspirants have to start filling up and submitting applications for JEST 2019 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) 2019 can download their admit card from January 20, 2019. 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 2019 will be available only on the official website. The official website reads that no separate JEST admit card 2019 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. 

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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