JEST 2021: Exam Date, Full Form, Official Website, Registration, Syllabus, Admit card, Results

May 14, 2021 | Engineering, Science


Are you aspiring to do a Ph.D. or Integrated Ph.D. Program in Physics or Theoretical Computer Science or Neuroscience or Computational Biology? Then Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) is the apt exam for you. This exam is conducted jointly by several premier institutes like IISc, IISERs, NISER, etc.

Latest Updates:

  • April 16, 2021: JEST 2021 examination has been postponed until further notice for all centres due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation. JEST 2021 postponed dates will be updated on the official website soon.
  • March 22, 2021: The admit card for JEST 2021 has been released today on the official website. For more information, Visit JEST Admit Card.


JEST Exam - Registration, Results, Admit Card

What is the JEST Exam?

The Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB) recognizes JEST as a National Eligibility Test (NET). The students who are working or doing their research in Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB) related programs will get an enhanced fellowship. They must also qualify NET to be eligible for the same. There are around 30 institutions/colleges participating and accepting the JEST 2021 Score.

Level and Frequency: The Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) is conducted at the National level. This examination is conducted once a year in the month of April.

Mode of Paper: The JEST Exam is conducted as a pen and paper-based test (offline). The JEST Question Paper consists of 3 parts, comprising Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)

The eligibility examination holds good for candidates who have qualified the NET examination to be able to avail the benefits of clearing the JEST examination. Candidates who are looking forward to upskilling themselves in the field of Science and Engineering must possess the required eligibility along with the skill set to proceed further in their career. The details such as JEST Full Form and other information relevant to JEST Exam 2021 are tabulated below.

JEST 2021 Highlights
Elements Details
Exam Name Joint Entrance Screening Test
Acronym JEST
Exam Level National Level
Conducted by Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR)
Course Offered Integrated MSc/MTech/Ph.D.
Frequency Once in a Year
Mode of exam Pen and Paper Based test (Offline)
Test Duration 180 minutes

JEST 2021 Important Dates

The JEST 2021 Application Form is expected to be available from #application_from_date and the last date to apply will be on #application_to_date. The JEST exam 2021 is scheduled to be conducted on #from_date. Given below are the official JEST 2021 Exam Dates.

JEST 2021 Important Dates
Events Dates
JEST 2021 Application Form #application_from_date
Application form last date #application_to_date
JEST 2021 Admit Card release date To be announced
JEST Exam 2021 Date Postponed
JEST 2021 Result publication To be announced
JEST 2021 Counselling Dates To be announced

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JEST 2021 Eligibility Criteria

The authority sets certain requirements for the candidates willing to apply for the JEST Exam 2021. Some of them are nationality, age limit, educational qualification, reservation, domicile and many more. If in any of the cases the candidate is not meeting the requirements, then the authority may cancel their application for the academic session. Before registering and appearing for the JEST Exam 2021, candidates must check all the eligibility criteria. The age-wise and education-wise JEST Eligibility Criteria are mentioned below.

Age Limit

There is no age limit for the candidates appearing for JEST. The eligibility criteria for different Integrated Program varies from one institute to the other.

Educational Qualification

The eligibility criteria for academic qualification for the candidates are listed below:

JEST 2021 Eligibility
Courses Eligibility Criteria
Ph.D. (Physics) M.Sc. in Physics is the qualifying degree. Some institutions also accept B.E./B.Tech./M.Sc./M.E./ M.Tech in Applied Physics and Mathematics.
Ph.D. in Theoretical Computer Science at IMSc M.Sc./M.E./M.Tech in Computer Science and related streams.
Ph.D. in Neuroscience at NBRC M.Sc (Physics/Mathematics), B.E/B.Tech/MCA in Computer Science.
Ph.D. in Computational Biology at IMSc M.Sc./M.E./M.Tech/MCA in any discipline or science with some mathematical skills and sound knowledge of biological problems.
Integrated M.Sc./ M.Tech-Ph.D (Physics) B. Sc. (Physics/Mathematics). For NISER, B.Sc (Physics) or B.E./B.Tech in Engineering (Physics) with 60% and above.

For IIA, B.Sc. (Physics/Mathematics) /B.E./ B.Tech in Electrical/ Instrumentation/ Engineering Physics/Electronics and Communications/ Computer Science & Engineering/Optics and Photonics will also be considered.

IISER-Pune, ICTS-TIFR, NCRA-TIFR, and TIFR-TCIS, B.Sc. (Physics) will be considered.
Integrated Ph.D. in Theoretical Computer Science at IMSc B.Sc./B.E./B.Tech./M.C.A. in Computer Science or related discipline.
Integrated M.Tech-Ph.D. at IIA M.Sc. (Physics/Applied Physics)/Post-B.Sc. (Hons.) in Optics and Optoelectronics/Radio Physics & Electronics.
Integrated Ph.D. at IISER, Thiruvananthapuram B. Sc. (Physics) or B.E./B. Tech. in any discipline.

Students can also visit the official website to know more about the eligibility of JEST.

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JEST 2021 Application Form

The JEST 2021 exam is scheduled to be held on #from_date, as per the official notification. Once assured that they meet the eligibility criteria, candidates must proceed to fill the JEST 2021 application form. The entire application process for JEST 2021 is detailed below for your reference:


As per the official notification, the candidates can register for JEST 2021 from #application_from_date to #application_to_date on the official website.

Registration Fee

  • Candidates should pay the fixed registration amount during the application process.
  • Registration fee is to be paid online through Debit Card/Credit Card/Net Banking and no other mode of fee payment will be accepted.
JEST Registration Fee
Category Application Fee
General Candidates INR 400
SC/ST Candidates INR 200
Female Candidates INR 200
Female Candidates from SC/ST category Nil

Documents to upload

  • Candidates will have to upload a scanned copy of the photograph and signature.
  • For signature, candidates must use a Black ball pen. If the photograph on the admit card is not printed then you have to stick a passport-size photo on the place.
Document Size
Document Size Format Dimension (Pixels)
Photograph less than 100 Kb Jpeg 100*125 to 240*300
Signature less than 100 Kb Jpeg 100*125 to 50*30

Refund Policy

The fee once paid will not be refunded again. If the candidate pays the fee two times unknowingly, the refund is possible only if it is brought to the notice of the concerned authorities.

Even if the amount is refunded, the processing fee will be deducted and given to the candidate. If the amount did not reach the candidate's account it will automatically be refunded to the Payment Gateway provider if the provided is made known about this.

JEST 2021 Application Process

Candidates can fill the application form for the JEST Exam 2021 from #application_from_date up to #application_to_date. The application process for this exam is online. Interested candidates can go through the steps given below to register themselves successfully for JEST 2021.

How to fill up the application form of JEST Entrance Exam?

The step-by-step process to complete the JEST 2021 Application Form is given below.

  • Step 1: Candidates need to visit the official website. On the homepage, click on the JEST 2021 Llnk.
  • Step 2: Register as a new user using a personal email ID and creating a password. Login to the JEST 2021 home page by entering the registered mail ID and password.
  • Step 3: Fill all the personal details such as candidate's name, date of birth, gender, communication address, programme and test centre preference etc. Candidates should also enter his/her education qualification details such as class 10th and 12th marks, year of passing, board name etc.
  • Step 4: Upload the scanned copy of the candidate's photograph and signature as per the specifications(format and size) Review and verify all the details mentioned by the candidate. In case of any errors, the candidate must modify them before paying the application fee.
  • Step 5: In the final step, candidates need to pay the JEST 2021 Application Form fee through debit card/credit card or by net banking. After the payment, an official mail will be sent as an acknowledgment to the candidate. The aspirants can take a printout of the email or save it for future needs.

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JEST 2021 Admit Card

The JEST Admit Card is released on #admit_card_date. All eligible aspirants can download the hall ticket from the official website. Carrying a hardcopy of the admit card to the exam center is mandatory. Candidates found without an admit card will not be allowed to give the exam.

Steps to download JEST 2021 Admit Card

The process of downloading the admit card has been made easy by following the steps given below. The JEST 2021 admit card will be available on the admit card release date which is set by the Board. Candidates must follow these steps to download the JEST 2021 Admit Card.

  1. Visit the official website.
  2. Search for the JEST 2021 Admit Card on the homepage.
  3. Open the JEST 2021 Admit Card link, enter your username and password.
  4. By entering the correct details, the admit card will be visible.
  5. Download it and take a printout. Check all the details on the Admit Card. If any changes are required, contact the JEST authorities immediately.

Admit Card contains the candidate's details like name, roll number, father's name, signature, photograph, date of birth, test centre address, examination date, reporting time, examination duration, do’s & don’ts of the exam.

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JEST 2021 Exam Pattern

Candidates should know the JEST 2021 Exam Pattern, before attempting the exam to crack the paper and score better than other candidates.

  • Number of Questions: The JEST Exam 2021 paper will consist of 50 questions divided into 3 parts.
  • Type of Questions: The questions comprise Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) in all three parts. 15, 10 and 25 questions are asked from Part A, part B and Part C respectively.
  • Marking Scheme: The marking scheme for all the papers are listed below:
    • For Part A: 1 mark will be awarded for the correct answer and 1 mark will be deducted for the incorrect answer.
    • For Part B: 1 mark will be awarded for the correct answer and no marks will be deducted for the incorrect answer.
    • For Part C: 1 mark will be awarded for the correct answer and 1/3 mark will be deducted for the incorrect answer.
JEST 2021 Pattern
Total number of questions 50
Maximum marks 100
Number of sections 3 (A, B, and C)
Type Multiple Choice Questions
The medium of question paper English
Duration 180 Minutes

Sectional Marking Scheme

Following are the sectional marking scheme for correct and incorrect answers in JEST Exam 2021. There is no negative marking applicable for incorrect response in Part B.

JEST 2021 Mark Distribution
Section No. of questions Marks for each correct answer Marks for each incorrect answer
Part A 15 +3 -1
Part B 10 +3 No negative marking
Part C 25 +1 -1/3
Maximum marks 100 Marks

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JEST 2021 Syllabus

Candidates aspiring for the JEST Exam 2021 must have a clear idea about the syllabus for each programme. JEST 2021 Syllabus varies for different programs from institute to institute. The topic-wise syllabus is given below.

Mathematical Methods

  • Elements of probability theory
  • Curvilinear coordinate systems
  • Vector algebra and vector calculus,
  • Tensors and linear algebra
  • Elements of Sturm–Liouville theory
  • Special functions
  • Complex analysis
  • Fourier series and Fourier transform
  • Linear differential equations
  • Laplace transforms
  • Elementary properties of discrete groups and error analysis.

Classical Mechanics

  • Symmetry and conservation laws
  • Newton’s laws
  • Generalized coordinates
  • Conservation of energy, momentum and collisions
  • Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of mechanics
  • Small oscillations and normal modes
  • Central force problem
  • Kepler problem
  • Special relativity in classical mechanics.

Electromagnetism & Optics

  • Polarization
  • Electrostatics and magnetostatics
  • Multipole expansion
  • Fields in conducting and boundary value problems
  • Faraday’s law and time-varying fields,
  • Diamagnetic and paramagnetic media
  • Displacement current and Maxwell’s equations
  • Energy and momentum of electromagnetic fields
  • Reflection, refraction, diffraction and interference
  • Propagation of plane electromagnetic waves
  • Electromagnetic waves in dispersive and conducting media

Quantum Mechanics

  • The variational principle
  • Schrodinger equation
  • The uncertainty principle and central potentials
  • The hydrogen atom and Orbital and spin angular momenta
  • Addition of angular momenta
  • Hermitian operators
  • Matrix formulation of quantum theory
  • Unitary transformations
  • Time-independent and dependent perturbation theory

Thermodynamics & Statistical Physics

  • Elements of kinetic theory
  • Work and heat
  • Thermodynamic potentials
  • Laws of thermodynamics
  • Statistical ensembles
  • Maxwell’s relations
  • Partition function
  • Harmonic oscillators
  • Classical and quantum statistics
  • Classical ideal gas
  • Fermi and Bose gases
  • Black body radiation
  • Statistics of paramagnetism


  • Basics of semiconductor
  • p-n junctions
  • Diodes
  • Active filters and oscillators
  • Transistors
  • LCR circuits
  • Rectifiers
  • Amplifiers
  • Basics of OPAMPs and their applications
  • Basics of digital electronics

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JEST Exam Centres 2021

There are 34 exam centers for the JEST Exam. The list is presented in the table below. Candidates can choose the most convenient test city while applying for the exam.

JEST Exam 2021 Centres
Allahabad Ahmedabad Aligarh Bardhaman Bhopal Bhubaneswar
Bangalore Chandigarh Chennai Delhi Goa Guwahati
Hyderabad Indore Jaipur Kanpur Kharagpur Kochi
Kolkata Madurai Mumbai Nagpur Nainital Patna
Pune Raipur Roorkee Sambalpur Silchar Siliguri
Srinagar Trivandrum Udaipur Vishakhapatnam
  • For Kozhikode (If this centre has no sufficient applications, then the Second option will be allotted).
  • For Mangalore (If this centre has no sufficient applications, then the Second option will be allotted).

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JEST 2021 Results

The JEST Exam 2021 will be conducted on #from_date and the results are expected to be announced by #result_date, by the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR). Candidates who appeared for the exam can check their JEST Results on the official website from #result_date.

How to check the JEST Results?

The steps to check the results are mentioned below.

  1. Candidates must visit the Official website of JEST.
  2. Check for the JEST 2021 Results link, which appears on the left side menu.
  3. Enter the Username and password of the candidate.
  4. The JEST 2021 Result will be displayed on the screen.
  5. Candidates can download the mark's sheet and take the printout of the same for future reference.

Candidates are informed that if they have secured the qualifying marks in JEST Entrance Exam 2021 Physics exam. They must complete the admission process, as mentioned by the participating institutes. Candidates should contact the respective institute of their choice to get more details about the interview procedure if they have qualified JEST Exam 2021. The interview dates for each institute are different and can be checked on the official website of the JEST.

JEST 2020 Results Analysis

Around 13500 candidates appeared for the JEST 2021 Physics exam. Among these, 390 were qualified for MSc/Integrated Ph.D. by scoring the qualifying marks (26). 705 candidates were qualified for Ph.D. by scoring the qualifying marks (32).

For TCS Graduate Program, 717 candidates had appeared in the examination, out of which 196 candidates were qualified and cleared Part A.

Read More: JEST Results

JEST 2021 Counselling

The JEST 2021 Counselling begins after the results are declared. Candidates must note that there will not be any centralized admission process for admission by any particular institute. Those candidates who have successfully qualified JEST Exam 2021 will be called by the JEST Colleges for the counselling and admission process.

Documents required at the time of Counselling

Candidates must bring the following documents to the JEST College or institute at the time of JEST 2021 Counselling.

  • 12 Mark Sheet & Passing Certificate
  • JEST 2021 Admit card
  • JEST 2021 Scorecard
  • Graduation Mark sheet
  • Passport size photographs
  • Domicile Certificate
  • Category Certificate (If applicable)

Participating JEST Colleges

The JEST Exam 2021 and score is accepted by various institutes as mentioned below. Candidates must note that each JEST College has its own eligibility criteria for admission.

  • 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)

Read More: JEST 2021 Counselling

JEST Preparation Tips

For scoring well in the qualifying examination, candidates must have some strategies to crack the JEST Entrance Exam. Some preparation tips that should be followed to secure good marks are listed below. Candidates can refer them and prepare accordingly for the exam.

  • Make a proper schedule.
  • Must have a good knowledge of the exam syllabus & pattern.
  • Solve previous year papers as much as possible.
  • Attempt mock tests to manage time efficiently.
  • Focus more on important topics
  • Prepare short notes as per the topics listed in the syllabus.
  • Do a quick revision.
  • Study at least 8-10 hours per day.

Above all candidates must have the self-confidence that will help them to crack the exam.

Contact Details

For any information related to JEST Entrance Exam 2021, candidates can contact the below-mentioned address.

Address: Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai

Dr Homi Bhabha Road, Navy Nagar,

Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra

Phone: 022 2278 2000

Email ID: [email protected]


What does the JEST exam stand for?

JEST full form is the Joint Entrance Screening Test. The Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB) recognizes JEST as a National Eligibility Test (NET).

What is the age boundary to be eligible for applying for the JEST exam?

There is no age boundary for the candidate appearing for JEST. The Eligibility Criteria for different Integrated Program varies from one institute to the other.

What is the difficulty level of the JEST Exam?

The difficulty level of JEST lies in between that of IITJAM and CSIR NET physical sciences examination. But JEST is considered to be quiet difficult because of the reason that JEST qualification alone doesn\'t guarantee any admission.

What is the maximum times a candidate can apply for the exam?

The candidates can apply any number of times for the JEST 2020 Exam as there are no restrictions for it.

 I am currently pursuing B. Tech degree in Mechanical/ Aeronautical Engineering. Will I be eligible for appearing in the JEST 2020 examination?

JEST 2020 exam is a screening test for admission to Ph.D and Integrated Ph.D programme of various participating institutes. The educational qualifications required for admission to these courses are different in each institute. Candidates are requested to check with the official website of the concerned college/institution to know more about their qualification requirement.




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