JEST 2021: Eligibility, Syllabus, Exam Pattern

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JEST 2021 is organized every year to enable the candidates to get admission into PhD/Integrated PhD course in Neuroscience or Physics or Computational Biology or Theoretical Computer Science. This national level entrance test is conducted so that the students can get admitted in institutes that accept JEST score

The exam will be conducted on 11th April in different centres across India. The exam will be held in the offline mode. The last date for submission of the online applications is 14th February. There is no age limit for appearing in this exam. 


JEST Exam highlights, 

Exam Name  Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST)
Conducting Body Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TISF)
Exam for Course Level PhD
Mode of Exam Offline 
Exam Duration  180 minutes 
No. of Exam Centres  37 cities
Courses Offered  Integrated MSc / MTech- PhD/ PhD
Registration Starts  11th Jan, 2021 
Registration Ends  19th Jan, 2021
Admit Card Two weeks Before Exam 
Exam Date  To be Announced 
Official Website

JEST Exam Pattern

JEST Question paper consists of the three Sections. Part A consists of 15 Questions, Part B consists of 10 Questions, 25 Questions. Total of 50 Questions are present in the question paper for which 3 hours is allotted to the students to complete the exam.

Exam Name  Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST)
Mode of Exam Offline 
Medium of Language  English
Exam Duration  3 Hours 
Total Sections in the Question Paper

3 Sections; 

  • Part A- 15 Questions 
  • Part B- 10 Questions 
  • Part C- 25 Questions 
Total Questions 50 Questions 
Marking Scheme
  • Part A: +3 marks for every correct answer, -1 for every wrong answer.
  • Part B: +3 marks for every correct answer, No Negetive Marking 
  • Part C: +1 or every correct answer, -1/3 for every wrong answer.  
Total Marks 100 Marks

Detailed Syllabus for JEST 2021

The detailed syllabus for JEST 2021 is mentioned below.

Syllabus for Classical Mechanics

  • Central Force Problem
  • Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Formulations of Mechanics
  • Small Oscillations and Normal Modes
  • Kepler Problem
  • Special Relativity in Classical Mechanics
  • Principle of Least Action
  • Symmetry and Conservation Laws
  • Generalized Coordinates
  • Conservation Of Energy and Momentum
  • Collisions
  • Newton’s Laws

Syllabus for Mathematical Methods

  • Error Analysis
  • Elements of Probability Theory
  • Complex Analysis
  • Laplace Transforms
  • Vector Algebra and Vector Calculus
  • Elementary Properties of Discrete Groups
  • Fourier Series And Fourier Transforms
  • Linear Algebra
  • Special Functions
  • Curvilinear Coordinate Systems
  • Linear Differential Equations
  • Elements of Sturm–Liouville Theory
  • Tensors

Syllabus for Electromagnetism & Optics

  • Multipole Expansion
  • Electromagnetic Waves in Dispersive And Conducting Media
  • Displacement Current
  • Reflection, Refraction
  • Diffraction
  • Polarisation
  • Propagation of Plane Electromagnetic Waves
  • Maxwell’s Equations
  • Energy and Momentum of Electromagnetic Fields
  • Faraday’s Law and Time-Varying Fields
  • Fields in Conducting
  • Diamagnetic and Paramagnetic Media
  • Interference
  • Dielectric
  • Boundary Value Problems19
  • Electrostatics and Magnetostatics

Syllabus for Quantum Mechanics

  • Unitary Transformations
  • Uncertainty Principle
  • Hermitian Operators
  • Central Potentials
  • Orbital and Spin Angular Momenta
  • Time-Dependent Perturbation Theory
  • Addition of Angular Momenta
  • Variational Principle
  • Schrodinger Equation
  • Hydrogen Atom
  • Time Independent Perturbation Theory
  • Matrix Formulation of Quantum Theory

Syllabus for Electronics

  • Active Filters and Oscillators
  • LCR Circuits
  • Transistors
  • Basics of OPAMPS and their Applications
  • Amplifiers
  • Basics of Digital Electronics
  • Diodes
  • Rectifiers
  • Basics of Semiconductor
  • p-n Junctions

Syllabus for Thermodynamics & Statistical Physics

  • Harmonic Oscillators
  • Statistics of Paramagnetism
  • Classical and Quantum Statistics
  • Classical Ideal Gas
  • Thermodynamic Potentials
  • Fermi and Bose gases
  • Laws of Thermodynamics
  • Black Body Radiation
  • Statistical Ensembles
  • Partition Function
  • Work and Heat
  • Elements of Kinetic Theory
  • Maxwell’s Relations

JEST Exam Eligibility

Check the JEST eligibility criteria to check the eligibility requirements to appear for the entrance exam.

Course-Wise Eligibility for JEST 2021

Ph.D. (Physics) M.Sc. in Physics is the qualifying degree. Some educational 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
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 scores.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 be accepted.

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.

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