JEST 2020: Dates, Application Form, Pattern, Syllabus, Admit card, Results

Exam Date : February 16, 2020
Result Date : March 11, 2020

Are you aspiring to do a PhD/ Integrated PhD Programme in Physics or Theoretical Computer Science or Neuroscience or Computational Biology, then you can take JEST (Joint Entrance Screening Test). Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) is conducted jointly by several premier institutes like IISc, IISERs, NISER, etc. For the session 2020-2021, it was conducted on February 16, 2020 by the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR). 

Latest Updates:

  • September 8, 2020: JEST 2020 Counselling process are not over and the dates are yet to be announced. Candidates must check the latest updates regarding counselling dates in the exam dates section.
  • March 12, 2020: JEST 2020 Results were announced on March 11, 2020. Candidates can view and download their scorecards for future references. See JEST 2020 Result page for more information and analysis on the JEST 2020 results


JEST Exam - Registration, Results, Admit Card

What is JEST?

About JEST: The Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB) recognizes JEST as a National Eligibility Test (NET). The fellows or 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 it. There are around 30 institutions/colleges participating and accepting the JEST 2020 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 February.

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

JEST 2020 Highlights

The exam details relevant to JEST 2020 are tabulated below.

JEST 2020 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/PhD
Frequency Once in a Year
Mode of exam Pen and Paper Based test (Offline)
Test Duration 180 minutes

JEST 2020 Important Dates

The results for the JEST 2020 has already been announced but the counselling dates are yet to be announced officially. The exam officials will announce the official dates for the JEST 2020 Counselling soon at the official website. Candidates must check the official site of JEST for the latest updates. Given below are the important dates of the JEST 2020 examination.

JEST 2020 Important dates
Events Dates
JEST 2020 application form November 11, 2019
Application form last date December 21, 2019
JEST 2020 admit card release date January 17, 2020
JEST 2020 exam date February 16, 2020
JEST 2020 result publication March 11, 2020 
JEST 2020 Counselling dates To be announced

JEST 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Before registering and appearing for the JEST 2020 examination, candidates must check all the eligibility criteria. The age-wise and education-wise eligibility criteria are mentioned below.


There is no age limit for the Candidate 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 2020 Eligibility
Courses Eligibility Criteria
PhD (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.
PhD in Theoretical Computer Science at IMSc M.Sc./M.E./M.Tech in Computer Science and related streams.
PhD in Neuroscience at NBRC M.Sc (Physics/Mathematics), B.E/B.Tech/MCA in Computer Science.
PhD in Computational Biology at IMSc M.Sc./M.E./M.Tech/MCA in any discipline or science with some mathematical skills and strong 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 PhD 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 PhD 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.

JEST 2020 Application Form


Candidates can register for the JEST 2020 from November 11, 2019 to December 21, 2019 at 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.
Category Application Fee
General Candidates INR 400
SC/ST Candidates INR 200
Female Candidates INR 200
Female Candidates from SC/ST category Nil

Documents Upload

  • Candidates will have to upload the Scanned Copy of 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

Fee once paid will not be refunded again. If the candidate happens to pay 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. It 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 2020 Application Process

The application process for the JEST 2020 exam was held between November 11, 2019 up to December 21, 2019. The application process for this exam is online. Interested candidates can go through the steps given below to register themselves successfully for JEST 2020.

How to fill up the application form of JEST?

The step by step process to complete the JEST 2020 application form is given below.

  • Step 1: Candidates need to visit the official website. On the homepage, click on the JEST 2020 link.
  • Step 2: Register as a new user using a personal email ID and creating a password. Login to the JEST 2020 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 2020 application form fee through debit card/credit card or by net banking. After the payment, an official mail will be sent as an acknowledgement to the candidate. The aspirants can take a printout of the email or save it for future needs.

JEST 2020 Admit Card

The JEST admits card was released on January 17, 2020. All eligible aspirants can download the hall ticket from the official website. Carrying a hardcopy of the admit card to the exam centre is mandatory. Candidates found without an admit card will not be allowed to give the exam. 

Steps to download JEST 2020 Admit Card

Candidates must follow these steps to download the JEST 2020 Admit Card.

  1. Visit the official website.
  2. Search for the JEST 2020 Admit Card on the homepage.
  3. Open the JEST 2020 Admit Card link, enter 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 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.

JEST 2020 Exam Pattern

Before attempting the JEST 2020 exam, candidates should know the exam pattern to crack the paper and score better than other candidates.

  • Number of Questions: The JEST 2020 exam 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 incorrect answer.
    • For Part B: 1 mark will be awarded for the correct answer and no marks will be deducted for incorrect answer.
    • For Part C: 1 mark will be awarded for the correct answer and 1/3 mark will be deducted for incorrect answer.
JEST 2020 Pattern
Total number of questions 50
Maximum marks 100
Number of sections 3 (A, B, and C)
Type Multiple Choice Questions
Medium of question paper English
 Duration 180 Minutes 

Sectional Marking Scheme

Following are the sectional marking scheme for correct and incorrect answers in JEST 2020 examination. There is no negative marking applicable for incorrect response in Part B.

JEST 2020 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

JEST 2020 Syllabus

Candidates aspiring for the JEST 2020 examination must have a clear idea about the syllabus for each programme. JEST 2020 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

JEST 2020 Exam Centres

There are 34 exam centres 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 2020 Exam 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).

Note: Students must carry the admit card to the exam centre. 

MAP Representation of JEST Exam Centres

JEST 2020 Results

The JEST 2020 exam was conducted on February 16, 2020 and the results were announced on March 11, 2020 by the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR). Candidates who appeared for the JEST 2020 can check their result on the official website from March 11, 2020.

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 2020 Results link which appears on the left side menu.
  3. Enter the Username and password of the candidate.
  4. The JEST 2020 result will be displayed on the screen.
  5. Candidates can download the marks sheet and take the print out of the same for future reference.

Candidates are informed that if they have secured the qualifying marks in JEST 2020 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 2020 exam. The interview dates for each institute are different and can be checked on the official website of the JEST. 

JEST 2020 Answer key

The JEST 2020 answer keys were released on the official website on February 18, 2020, by the exam authority. The answer keys were released as per different paper series (A, B, C and D series). Candidates could raise an objection before February 21, 2020, by sending an email along with the correct response, if they found any discrepancy in the JEST 2020 answer key. 

JEST 2020 Results Analysis

Around 13500 candidates appeared for the JEST 2020 Physics exam. Among these, 390 were qualified for MSc/Integrated PhD by scoring the qualifying marks (26). 705 candidates were qualified for PhD by scoring the qualifying marks (32).

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

JEST 2020 Counselling

The JEST 2020 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 2020 exam will be called by the participating college for the counselling and admission process.

Documents required at the time of Counselling

Candidates must bring the following documents to the institute at the time of JEST 2020 counselling.

  • 12 Mark Sheet & Passing Certificate 
  • JEST 2020 Admit card
  • JEST 2020  Scorecard
  • Graduation Mark sheet
  • Passport size photographs
  • Domicile Certificate
  • Category Certificate (If applicable)

Participating Colleges

The JEST 2020 Examination and score is accepted by various institutes as mentioned below. Candidates must note that each institute 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) 

Contact Details

For any information related to JEST 2020, 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]

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

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.

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.

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

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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