JEST 2024: Scorecard (Out), Cut Off, Counselling

Hafsha Qureshi
Hafsha Qureshi

Updated on - Mar 27, 2024

JEST 2024 results has been released by the authority on Mar 26, 2024. The result has been released in form of scorecard for the Physics paper. Applicants must enter the required login credentials to download their scorecard for Physics. Moreover, the JEST result 2024 will comprise a list of individuals who will be chosen for the interview phase for admission to other courses.

JEST test 2024 has been commenced for admission into various PhD and International PhD programs. JEST was previously organized by the Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB). However, this year, the exam was hosted by the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) in Thiruvananthapuram.

The joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) is the aptitude exam for candidates who aspire to pursue higher education in Physics, Theoretical Computer Science, Neuroscience, and Computational Biology. This exam is conducted jointly by several premier institutes like IISc, IISERs, NISER, etc.

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JEST 2024 Result

JEST result 2024 has been released on Mar 26, 2024. JEST 2024 results has been announced by the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR). Candidates who will appear for the exam can check their JEST Results on the official website.

The result has been re;eased in the form of scorecard and students will have to enter the login credentials required to downlaod their socrecard for Physics.

How to Check the JEST 2024 Results?

The steps to check the JEST 2024 results are mentioned below.

  • Step 1: Candidates must visit the Official website of JEST.
  • Step 2: Applicants must check for the JEST 2024 Results link, which appears on the left side menu.
  • Step 3: They must enter the Username and password of the candidate.
  • Step 4: The JEST 2024 Result will be displayed on the screen.
  • Step 5: Candidates can download the mark 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 2024 exam. They must complete the admission process, as mentioned by the participating institutes.

Students should contact the respective institute of their choice to get more details about the interview procedure if they have qualified JEST Exam 2024. The interview dates for each institute are different and can be checked on the official website of the JEST.

JEST Cutoff 2024

JEST cutoff 2024 is set by the exam conducting body. It is the minimum mark candidates must obtain to get admission to the participating institute. The cut off varies based on various factors like a total number of candidates who appeared, the difficulty level of the exam, and seat intake.

However, students must check the JEST 2024 cutoff for the Physics paper released by the authority shared in the table below.

Paper Opted Courses Applied For Cut Off Marks Cut Off Percentile
JEST Physics Integrated PhD 30.33 88.17
JEST Physics PhD 36 90.08

JEST 2024 Answer Key

JEST 2024 final answer key was made available on the official website on Mar 18, 2024. The conducting body released JEST physics final answer key. Candidates must not need to enter the login credentials such as the username/ email ID and password to access the JEST 2024 final answer key.

JEST Answer Key 2024 Links
JEST 2024 Physics Final Answer Key Download PDF
JEST Provisional Answer Key 2024  Download PDF

JEST provisional answer key was made available on the official website on Mar 6, 2024, and the last date to object was Mar 6, 2024, up to 11:59 PM. After considering the objection raised by the candidates the JEST final answer key 2024 has been released on the official portal.

Steps to Download JEST Answer Key 2024

Candidates must check the steps-wise detail to download the answer key for JEST 2024 shared in the pointers below.

  • Step 1: Candidates must visit the official website.
  • Step 2: Click on the answer key tab from the homepage.
  • Step 3: The page will be redirected to a new window showing the PDF.
  • Step 4: Students must view the JEST Answer Key 2024 PDF and download the same for reference.

About JEST Exam

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) released the official notification for JEST 2024 on the official website. 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.

Applicants must also qualify NET to be eligible for the same. There are around 30 institutions/colleges participating and accepting the JEST 2024 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).

JEST Exam - Registration, Results, Admit Card

The eligibility examination holds good for candidates who have qualified for the NET examination to be able to avail the benefits of clearing the JEST 2024 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 careers.

The details such as JEST Full Form and other information relevant to JEST Exam 2024 are tabulated below.

Particulars Details
Exam Name JEST
Full Form Joint Entrance Screening Test
Exam Level National Level
Conducted by Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR)
Application Mode Online
Languages English
Exam Mode Offline
Exam Duration 180 Minutes
Official Website
Helpdesk 022 2278 2000

JEST 2024 Exam Dates

JEST 2024 exam has been commenced on Mar 3, 2024, from 10 AM to 1 PM in pen and paper mode. JEST provisional answer key is out on Mar 6, 2024. Candidates can refer to the given below are the tentative JEST 2024 Exam Dates

Events Dates (Tentative)
Upcoming Events

JEST 2024 Counselling Date

Apr 2024
Past Events
Start Date of the Application Process Jan 5, 2024
Application Form Last Date Jan 31, 2024 (Extended)
Date of release of the JEST Admit Card Feb 12, 2024 (Out)
JEST 2024 Exam Date Mar 3, 2024
JEST Provisional Answer Key Release Date Mar 6, 2024
JEST Answer Key Objection Deadline Mar 6, 2024 (11:59 PM)
JEST Final Answer Key Release Date  Mar 18, 2024
JEST 2024 Result Mar 26, 2024 (Out)

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JEST Eligibility Criteria 2024

The authority sets certain requirements for the candidates willing to apply for the JEST Exam 2024. 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 2024, 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 2024. The JEST Eligibility Criteria for different Integrated Programs varies from one institute to the other.

Educational Qualification

The eligibility criteria for academic qualification for the candidates appearing for JEST 2024 are listed below.

  • 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 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 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.

JEST 2024 Application Form

JEST 2024 application form submission concluded on Jan 31, 2024. Application form was released on Jan 5, 2024, for the candidates. Once assured that they meet the eligibility criteria, candidates proceeded to fill out the JEST 2024 application form.

The entire application process for JEST 2024 is detailed below for their reference.

JEST Registration 2024

As per the official notification for the JEST 2024 exam, the candidates were able to register for JEST 2024 on the official website. The application form was released on Jan 5, 2024.

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

Documents to Upload

To formalise their candidature, applicants are expected to upload important documents. These files will aid students in verifying their application:

  • Candidates will have to upload a scanned copy of the photograph and signature in Jpeg format. The file size must not exceed 100 KB.
  • For signature, candidates must use a Black ball pen. If the photograph on the admit card is not printed then they have to stick a passport-size photo on the place.
Document Dimension (Pixels)
Photograph 100*125 to 240*300
Signature 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.

JEST Application Process 2024

Candidates were able to fill out the application form for the JEST Exam 2024 on the official website. The application process for this exam was online. Interested candidates can go through the steps given below to register themselves successfully for JEST 2024.

How to Fill Up the Application Form for JEST Entrance Exam?

The step-by-step process to complete the JEST 2024 Application Form is given below.

  • Step 1: Candidates need to visit the official website. On the homepage, click on the 'JEST 2024' Link.
  • Step 2: Applicants must register as a new user using a personal email ID and create a password, followed by logging in to the JEST 2024 home page with the registered mail ID and password.
  • Step 3: Students must fill in all the personal details such as the candidate's name, date of birth, gender, communication address, programme 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: Candidates must 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 2024 application fee through a 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 Admit Card 2024

JEST admit card 2024 was released on the official website on Feb 12, 2024. All eligible aspirants can download the hall ticket from the official website. Carrying a hard copy of the admit card to the exam centre is mandatory. Candidates found without an admit card will not be allowed to take the exam.

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, and do’s & don’ts of the exam.

Steps to Download JEST 2024 Admit Card

The process of downloading the admit card is made easy by following the steps given below. JEST admit card 2024 was made available on the admit card release date which is set by the Board. Candidates must follow these steps to download the JEST hall ticket 2024.

  • Step 1: Students must visit the official website.
  • Step 2: They need to search for the JEST 2024 Admit Card on the homepage.
  • Step 3: Students must open the JEST 2024 Admit Card link, and enter their username and password.
  • Step 4: By entering the correct details, the admit card will be visible.
  • Step 5: Applicants must download it and take a printout after checking all the details on the Admit Card. If any changes are required, they must contact the JEST authorities immediately.

JEST Exam Centres 2024

Candidates can choose the most convenient test city while applying for the exam. There will be 38 exam centers for the JEST 2024 Exam. The list is presented in the table below for student’s reference.

JEST Exam Centres 2024
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 2024 Exam Pattern

Candidates should know the JEST 2024 Exam Pattern before attempting the exam to crack the paper and score better than other candidates.

  • Number of Questions: JEST Exam 2024 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 is 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 Exam 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

JEST 2024 Sectional Marking Scheme

Following is the sectional marking scheme for correct and incorrect answers in JEST Exam 2024. There is no negative marking applicable for incorrect responses in Part B.

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 Syllabus 2024

Candidates aspiring for the JEST Exam 2024 must have a clear idea about the syllabus for each programme. JEST 2024 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

Read More: JEST 2024 Syllabus

JEST 2024 Mock Test

JEST mock test 2024 was released by the exam conducting body after the completion of the registration process. The registered candidates can take up the mock test. JEST mock test comprises a total of 9 questions, 3 questions from three questions.

The test takers must practice mock tests and JEST sample papers to understand the questions asked in the exam and get exposure to the exam patterns. Apart from these, candidates' confidence and time management skills will be improved.

JEST Preparation Tips 2024

For scoring well in the qualifying examination, candidates must prepare some strategies to crack the JEST 2024 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's 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.

JEST Question Paper 2024

JEST 2024 exam is conducted in pen and paper format hence, the JEST question paper 2024 will be issued to the candidates on the exam day. The test takers are allowed to carry the question paper along with them. They can analyze their performance using the question paper.

On the other hand, for candidates who are willing to take the JEST exam in the future, the question paper serves as an excellent source for preparation. Students can understand the exam pattern and difficulty level of the paper.

JEST Exam Analysis

JEST 2024 exam analysis was provided soon after the exam was completed on Mar 3, 2024, by collecting feedback from the test takers. As per the reviews received it is expected that the JEST 2024 exam was of a Moderate to Difficult level.

The questions were mainly asked from these topics, quantum mechanics and wave optics. Other domains from which the questions were asked are the Hamiltonian air perturbation matrix, lagrangian concept, magnetic field, electric field, and flux questions were asked.

JEST 2024 Counselling

JEST 2024 counselling will commence 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 2024 will be called by the JEST Colleges for the counselling and admission process.

Documents Required for JEST 2024 Counselling

Candidates must bring the following documents to the college or institute at the time of JEST 2024 Counselling

  • 12 Mark Sheet & Passing Certificate
  • JEST 2024 Admit card
  • JEST 2024 Scorecard
  • Graduation Mark sheet
  • Passport size photographs
  • Domicile Certificate
  • Category Certificate (If applicable)

Participating JEST Colleges

JEST Exam 2024 and score are accepted by various institutes as mentioned below. Candidates must note that each JEST participating college has its own eligibility criteria for admission.

Contact Details

For any information related to JEST Entrance Exam 2024, candidates can contact the address.

Address: Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai

Dr Homi Bhabha Road, Navy Nagar,

Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra

Phone: 022 2278 2000

Email ID:


What does the JEST 2024 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 2024 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 2024 Exam?

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

Can students currently pursuing B.Tech degree in Mechanical/ Aeronautical Engineering be eligible for appearing in the JEST examination?

JEST 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.

When will JEST 2024 exam be held?

JEST exam 2024 has been commenced on Mar 3, 2024 in pen and paper mode.



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