JEST Exam: Everything You Need To Know!

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Just finished B.Sc. Want to pursue M.Sc? Not decided yet? Confused about what to do? We might have an excellent suggestion for you. Try JEST, also known as Joint Entrance Screening Test. Why? JEST is one of the top-rated and beneficial options students opt for after completing B.Sc. The Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB) recognizes JEST as a National Eligibility Test (NET). Therefore Students working in SERB Programs and qualified in NET are eligible to get the enhanced fellowship. It also gives you the advantage of getting admission to the top colleges throughout the country and have a brighter future ahead. So if you are interested and want to know how to prepare for the JEST exam, this blog is just for you. 

JEST Exam 2021

Here are a few important dates you must keep in mind regarding the JEST exam 2021. 

Registration and Application  11th January 2021
Last Date for Online Application 19th February 2021
Last Date for Online Payment 22nd February 2021
Admit Cards 25th March 2021
Scheduled Date for JEST  11th April 2021

Application Fees

The application fee is to be paid along with the online application for JEST exam 2021.

Application Fees INR 400
Fees for SC/ST Applicants INR 200
Fees for Female Applicants  INR 200
Fees for Female Applicants belonging to SC/ST Category  FREE

Eligibility Criteria 

Students seeking admission for Ph.D or integrated Ph.D programs in Physics or Theoretical Computer Science or Neuroscience or Computational Biology generally appear for the JEST Exam.

  • Minimum education qualification for most of courses is B.Sc
  • B.Tech, B.E.,M.E.,M.Tech,4 year B.S., M.C.A are also considered in some institutes for M.Sc and Ph.D (Integrated and regular)
  • MSc in Physics, Astronomy, Electronics and Applied Mathematics is considered at IUCAA.
  •  Students who finish their finals by August of each year are also eligible for JEST Exam of that year.
  •  JEST Exam has no age limit but is valid for 1 year after the result of the exam is declared.
  • There is no limit to how many times you give the exam.

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The Joint Entrance Screening Test Syllabus according to the official website of JEST exam at  is as follows:

Mathematical Methods:Vector algebra and vector calculus, tensors, curvilinear coordinate systems, linear algebra; Linear differential equations, elements of Sturm–Liouville theory; Special functions; Complex analysis; Fourier series and Fourier transforms, Laplace transforms; Elementary properties of discrete groups; Elements of probability theory, error analysis.

Classical Mechanics: Newton’s laws, conservation of energy and momentum, collisions; generalized coordinates, principle of least action, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of mechanics; Symmetry and conservation laws; central force problem, Kepler problem; Small oscillations and normal modes; special relativity in classical mechanics.

 Electromagnetism & Optics: Electrostatics and magnetostatics, boundary value problems, multipole expansion; Fields in conducting, dielectric, diamagnetic and paramagnetic media; Faraday’s law and time varying fields; displacement current; Maxwell’s equations; energy and momentum of electromagnetic fields; Propagation of plane electromagnetic waves, reflection, refraction; Electromagnetic waves in dispersive and conducting media; diffraction, interference, polarization.

Quantum Mechanics: Uncertainty principle; Schrodinger equation; central potentials, hydrogen atom; Orbital and spin angular momenta, addition of angular momenta; Matrix formulation of quantum theory, unitary transformations, Hermitian operators; Variational principle, time independent perturbation theory, time dependent perturbation theory.

Thermodynamics & Statistical Physics: Laws of thermodynamics, work and heat, thermodynamic potentials; Elements of kinetic theory; Maxwell’s relations; Statistical ensembles; partition function; classical ideal gas, harmonic oscillators; Classical and quantum statistics; Fermi and Bose gases; black body radiation; statistics of paramagnetism

Electronics: Basics of semiconductor; p-n junctions, diodes, transistors; LCR circuits, rectifiers, amplifiers, active filters and oscillators; basics of OPAMPs and their applications; basics of digital electronics. 

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According to the sample papers on the official JEST website the physics question paper is divided into 3 parts with a score of 100 as maximum marks. The pattern for the JEST exam is as given below:

  • Part A contains 15 questions, + 3 marks per right answer and  -1 for each wrong answer
  • Part B contains 10 questions, +3 for each right answer,  No negative marking
  • Part C contains 25 questions, +1 for every right answer and  -1/3 for every wrong answer

The sample papers for the JEST exam can be viewed on the official website – 

Exam Centers

Centers for JEST Exam are available in the places given below: 

Ahmedabad  Aligarh Allahabad Amritsar Bangalore
Bardhaman Bhopal Bhubaneshwar   Kozhikode    Chandigarh 
Chennai Delhi Goa Guwhati Hyderabad
Indore Jaipur Kanpur Kharagpur Kochi
Kolkata Madurai Mangalore Mumbai Nagpur
Nainital Patna Pune Raipur Roorkee
Sambhalpur Silchar Siligudi Srinagar Trivundrum
Udaipur Vijayawada (Subject to availability) Vishakhapatnam    

JEST Colleges and Institutes 

Mentioned below are the colleges which use JEST exam as a mode of selection of the candidates

  • ARIES –  Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences, Nainital
  • BOSE INSTITUTE – Bose Institute, Kolkata
  • HBNI – Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai
  • HRI – Harish Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad
  • ICTS – International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (TIFR), Bangalore
  • IGCAR – Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Reasearch, Kalpakkam
  • IIA – Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore
  • IISC – Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • IISER BHOPAL –  Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhopal
  • IISER BERHAMPUR- Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Behrampur
  • IISER KOLKATA – Indian Inatitute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata
  • IISER MOHALI – Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali
  • IISER PUNE- Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune
  • IISER THIRUVANANTHAPURAM – Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Thiruvananthapuram
  • IISER TIRUPATHI – Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Tirupathi
  • IIST- Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram
  • IMSc – The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai
  • IOP- Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar
  • IPR- Institute for Plasma Research, Gandhinagar
  • IUCAA- Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune
  • JNCASR- Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore
  • NBRC- National Brain Research Centre, Manesar
  • NCRA-TIFR- National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, TIFR, Pune
  • NISET- National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneswar
  • PRL- Physics Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad
  • RRCAT- Raja Ramanna Centre for Advance Technology, Indore
  •  RRI- Raman Research Institute, Bangalore
  • SINP- Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata
  • SNBNCNS- Satyendra Nath Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata
  • TIFR-TCIS- TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Hyderabad
  • TIFR- Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
  • UGC-DAE CSR – UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, Indore
  • VECC- Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Kolkata

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