JEST: Joint Entrance Screening Test

The Joint Entrance Screening Test commonly known as JEST is conducted by the Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB) for admission to various M.Sc, Ph.D, and Integrated / M.Sc / M.Tech. - Ph.D programs. JEST score is valid for one year.

Candidates who wish to pursue a Ph.D / Integrated Ph.D Programme in Physics or Theoretical Computer Science or Neuroscience or Computational Biology in any one of the Participating Institutes are required to appear for the Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) at the Exam Centers of their choice.

JEST Eligibility Criteria

Ph.D. Programme

Physics
  1. Candidates are required to successfully complete their M.Sc. in Physics from a recognized university. (for all participating Institutes).

  2. Additionally, some institutes may accept B.E. / B.Tech. / M.Sc. / M.E. / M.Tech. invarious disciplines of Mathematics and Applied Physics, as listed below -
  • M.Sc. in Mathematics / Applied Physics / Applied Mathematics / Optics and Photonics / Instrumentation / Electronics will also be considered at IIA.

  • B.E. or B.Tech. will be considered at IISc, IMSc, ICTS-TIFR, IUCAA, JNCASR, NCRA-TIFR, TIFR-TCIS, RRI, IISER Mohali, IISER Pune, IISER Thiruvananthapuram.

  • M.Sc. in Physics / Electronics / Astronomy / Applied Mathematics will be considered at IUCAA.

  • MSc  in Physics, Engineering Physics or Applied Physics will also be considered at IPR.

  • M.Sc. in Physics, Chemistry, Applied Mathematics, Biophysics or Biochemistry will be considered at SNBNCBS.

  • B.Tech Eng. Phys.will be considered at TIFR.

  • M.E./M.Tech in Applied Physics  will be considered at NISER.

Theoretical Computer Science at IMSc
  1. Candidates should have successfully completed their M.Sc./ M.E. / M.Tech. in Computer Science and related disciplines from a recognized university. They should be interested in the mathematical aspects of computer science.
Neuroscience at NBRC
  1. Candidates should have successfully completed their M.Sc (Physics/ Mathematics), B.E/ B.Tech/ M.C.A in Computer Science from a recognized university.

Computational Biology at IMSc
  1. Candidates should have successfully completed their M.Sc./ M.E. / M.Tech. / MCA  in any engineering or science discipline, with good mathematical skills and strong interest in biological problems.

Integrated M.Sc. / M.Tech - Ph.D Programme (Physics)

  1. Candidates are required to successfully complete their B. Sc. (Physics / Mathematics) for admission in SNBNCBS.

  2. Candidates are required to successfully complete their B. Sc. (Physics) for admission in SNBNCBS in IMSc.

  3. Candidates are required to successfully complete their B.Sc. (Physics / Mathematics) / B.E. / B.Tech. in Electrical / Instrumentation / Engineering Physics / Electronics and Communications / Computer Science and Engineering / Optics and Photonics for admission in IIA.

  4. Candidates are required to successfully complete theirB.Sc (Physics) or B.E./B. Tech in Engineering Physics , with a minimum of first class marks, for admission at NISER.

  5. Candidates are required to successfully complete their B.Sc. (Physics) for admission at IISER-Pune, ICTS-TIFR, NCRA-TIFR, and TIFR-TCIS.

  6. Candidates are required to successfully complete their B. Sc. (Physics / Mathematics) / B.E. / B.Tec. for Integrated M.Sc - PhD program at Bose Institute.

Integrated Ph.D Programme in Theoretical Computer Science at IMSc

  1. Candidates are required to successfully complete their B.Sc./B.E./B.Tech./M.C.A. in Computer Science or related disciplines and should be interested in the mathematical aspects of computer science.

Integrated M.Tech - Ph.D. Programme at IIA

  1. Candidates are required to successfully complete their M.Sc. (Physics / Applied Physics) / Post-B.Sc. (Hons) in Optics and Optoelectronics / Radio Physics and Electronics.

Integrated Ph.D. Programme at IISER Thiruvananthapuram

  1. Candidates are required to successfully complete their B. Sc. (Physics) or B.E. / B. Tech. in any discipline.

M. Sc. Programme at HRI

  1. Candidates are required to successfully complete their B. Sc. (Physics) or B.E./B.Tech. degree in any discipline
P.S.: The Integrated Ph.D. programme in Physics at HRI has been discontinued from 2017.

JEST Exam Dates

  • Last date for submitting JEST online applications: December.
  • JEST Exam Dates: February.
  • JEST Admit card will be available for Download: Starting Mid January 

JEST Application Process

  1. Candidates are required to apply online by visiting the official website www.jest.org.in
  2. They should upload their latest passport size photograph and signature as per the prescribed specifications. The size of the individual files for photo and signature should not exceed 100 KB each.

JEST Application Fees

The application process is finally complete with the payment of the application fees.An Application Fee of Rs. 800 (Rs 400 for SC/ST male candidates and non SC/ST female applicants) is required to be paid along with the application. Payment will be accepted using SBI Epay online payment service using debit card/credit card/Net-banking/UPI only. Payment by any other mode will not be accepted. The application fee once paid will NOT be refunded. Application fee is waived for female applicants belonging to SC/ST category, however they need to complete the payment process by selecting the '0" option.

JEST Participating Institutes

Find below the list of participating institutes in JEST
  1. ARIES - Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences, Nainital

  2. Bose Institute - Bose Institute, Kolkata

  3. HRI - Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad

  4. ICTS - International centre for theoretical sciences, Bangalore

  5. IGCAR-Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam

  6. IIA- Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore

  7. IISc- Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

  8. IISER BHOPAL - Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Bhopal

  9. IISER KOLKATA-Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata

  10. IISER MOHALI - Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali

  11. IISER PUNE - Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune

  12. IISER THIRUVANANTHAPURAM - Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Thiruvananthapuram

  13. IIST - Indian Institute of Space Science  and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram

  14. IMSc - The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai

  15. IOP- Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar

  16. IPR - Institute for Plasma Research, Gandhinagar

  17. IUCAA - Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune

  18. JNCASR - Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore

  19. NBRC -National Brain Research Centre, Manesar:Molecular, Computaional and Systems Neuroscience.

  20. NCRA-TIFR - National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, TIFR, Pune

  21. NISER- National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneswar

  22. PRL - Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad

  23. RRCAT - Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore

  24. HBNI - Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai

  25. RRI - Raman Research Institute, Bangalore

  26. SINP - Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata

  27. SNBNCBS - SatyendraNath Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata

  28. TIFR-TCIS - TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Hyderabad

  29. TIFR - Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai

  30. UGC-DAE CSR - UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, Indore

  31. VECC - Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Kolkata

JEST Exam Centers

JEST will be held at the locations listed below
  1. Ahmedabad
  2. Aligarh
  3. Allahabad
  4. Bangalore
  5. Bardhaman
  6. Bhopal
  7. Bhubaneswar
  8. Chandigarh
  9. Chennai
  10. Delhi
  11. Goa
  12. Guwahati
  13. Hyderabad
  14. Indore
  15. Jaipur
  16. Kanpur
  17. Kharagpur
  18. Kochi
  19. Kolkata
  20. Madurai
  21. Mangalore (Centre is subject availability.  Second option will be allotted if centre is not available)
  22. Mumbai
  23. Nagpur
  24. Nainital
  25. Patna
  26. Pune
  27. Raipur
  28. Roorkee
  29. Sambalpur
  30. Silchar
  31. Siliguri
  32. Srinagar
  33. Trivandrum
  34.  Udaipur
  35. Vishakhapatnam

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