Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) is conducted jointly by several premier research institutes in the country. JEST 2020 is conducted to offer admission to aspirants in Ph.D. / Integrated Ph.D. courses offered in courses such as Physics, Theoretical Computer Science, Neuroscience and Computational Biology.
JEST 2020 score will be valid for a one-year duration only. There is no cap on taking the JEST exam, aspirants can appear for it any number of times. Aspirants are informed that securing a rank in JEST does not confirm admission in any college accepting the exam scores for admission. After qualifying the JEST exam, candidates need to fulfill the eligibility criteria as listed by individual colleges.
JEST is considered to be a National Eligibility Test (NET) by the Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB). Aspirants who are seeking admission in PhD or Integrated Ph.D. programs in Physics or Theoretical Computer Science or Neuroscience or Computational Biology need to give JEST exam.
JEST 2020 Highlights:
|Exam Name||Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST)|
|Conducting Authority||Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB)|
|Mode of Application||Online|
|Date of Exam||16 Feb 2020|
|Mode of Exam||Offline (PBT)|
|Courses Offered||Ph.D./integrated Ph.D. in Physics, Theoretical Computer Science, Neuroscience and Computational Biology|
JEST 2020 Schedule:
|Availability of Application form||11th Nov 2019|
|JEST 2019 Last date for application form||14th Dec 2019|
|JEST 2019 Admit Card Release||Is Available Now|
|JEST 2019 Exam date||16th Feb 2020|
|The release of provisional Answer Key||21th Feb 2020|
|The release of Final Answer Key||08th Mar 2020|
|Declaration of JEST 2019 Result|| Mar 2020 (Tentative)|
|Declaration of JEST 2019 Result for TCS|| Mar 2020 (Tentative)|
JEST 2020 Admit Card:
Those candidates who've successfully submitted their application form will be able to download their admit cards by visiting the official website of JEST 2019. The candidates should take a print out of the admit card for the entrance exam and further use. The admit card is a mandatory object for the entrance exam. No candidates will be allowed to appear in the entrance exam without the admit card. Note that, the admit card will not be sent to candidates via post or any other medium.
Steps to Download JEST 2020 Admit Card
Aspirants need to download their JEST admit card from the official website of the test. Candidates are informed that no separate admit card for JEST exam would be sent to them via email/post.
Details to Check on JEST Hall Ticket
Candidates need to ensure that all the below mentioned information is correctly present on their Joint Entrance Screening Test 2020 admit card. In case of any errors in the information furnished on JEST admit card aspirants are advised to contact JEST authorities immediately.
Candidates will not be allowed to sit for JEST 2020 if they are not carrying a valid admit card on the day of the entrance test. All candidates need to positively carry a clear print out of their JEST hall ticket on the day of the exam along with any valid photo ID.
JEST 2019 Sample Paper For Physics
JEST 2020 Syllabus:
Those candidates who're appearing for the entrance exam are advised to go through the syllabus released by the authorities before starting their preparation for the exam. JEST 2020 syllabus will contain the chapters and topics from where the questions will be asked in the entrance exam. The syllabus of JEST 2020 prescribed by the authorities will help the aspiring candidates in saving a lot of time along with knowing what to study and what to avoid.
Electromagnetism and Optics
Vector Algebra and Vector Calculus
Curvilinear Coordinate Systems
Linear Differential Equations
Elements of Sturm–Liouville Theory
Fourier Series And Fourier Transforms
Elementary Properties of Discrete Groups
Elements of Probability Theory
Conservation Of Energy and Momentum
Principle of Least Action
Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Formulations of Mechanics
Symmetry and Conservation Laws
Central Force Problem
Small Oscillations and Normal Modes
Special Relativity in Classical Mechanics
Electrostatics and Magnetostatics
Boundary Value Problems
Fields in Conducting
Diamagnetic and Paramagnetic Media
Faraday’s Law and Time Varying Fields
Energy and Momentum of Electromagnetic Fields
Propagation of Plane Electromagnetic Waves
Electromagnetic Waves in Dispersive And Conducting Media
|Quantum Mechanics||Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics||Electronics|
Orbital and Spin Angular Momenta
Addition of Angular Momenta
Matrix Formulation of Quantum Theory
Time Independent Perturbation Theory
Time Dependent Perturbation Theory
Laws of Thermodynamics
Work and Heat
Elements of Kinetic Theory
Classical Ideal Gas
Classical and Quantum Statistics
Fermi and Bose Gases
Black Body Radiation
Statistics of Paramagnetism
Basics of Semiconductor
Active Filters and Oscillators
Basics of OPAMPS and their Applications
Basics of Digital Electronics
Click Here To Get the Detailed Physics Syllabus
JEST 2020 Exam Pattern:
|Mode of Application||Online|
|Exam Mode||Offline Mode|
|Question Section||A (45 Marks), B (30 Marks), and C (25 Marks)|
|Negative Marking||(-Ve) marking for A & C Section | No (-Ve) marking for B Section|
JEST 2020 Participating Institutes:
- Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences, Nainital
- Bose Institute, Kolkata
- Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai
- Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad
- International center for theoretical sciences (TIFR), Bangalore
- Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam
- Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore
- Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
- Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhopal
- Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata
- Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali
- Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune
- Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Thiruvananthapuram
- Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Tirupathi
- Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram
- The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai
- Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar
- Institute for Plasma Research, Gandhinagar
- Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune
- Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore
- National Brain Research Centre, Manesar
- National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, TIFR, Pune
- National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneswar
- Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad
- Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore
- Raman Research Institute, Bangalore
- Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata
- Satyendra Nath Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata
- TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Hyderabad
- Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
- UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, Indore
- Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Kolkata
JEST 2020 Cut Off:
JEST cut off marks will publish on the official website and the applicants can check it through online mode. After the result declaration, the cut off marks will release.
The cut-off marks are the minimum qualifying marks, which should score by the candidates in the entrance examination. Candidates will be able to get admission on the basis of their marks scored in the examination.
As per the marks of the candidates, candidates will be called out for the counseling procedure. As per the previous trends, the JEST 2020 Cut off is expected to be between 20 to 25 marks.
Factors Affecting JEST Cut Off
1- Number of candidates applied for the exam
2- Number of candidates appeared in the exam
3- The difficulty level of the paper
4- Number of candidates passed the exam
5- Availability of seats
6- Reservation criteria
7- Previous year trends
JEST 2020 Application Form:
The candidates who are interested in applying for the entrance exam can get the application form by visiting the official website of JEST 2020. The entrance exam is scheduled to be conducted on the 17th of February.
JEST application process has been extended. Earlier, the last date to fill JEST application form was December 14 but now candidates can fill the registration form for this science entrance exam till December 21, 2019. Any candidate who does not meet this application deadline will not be able to appear for JEST 2020.
JEST 2020 application form was released on November 11. The application form for JEST 2020 can be submitted online only on the official website of the science entrance exam. Candidates cannot submit an offline application form for Joint Entrance Screening Test under any circumstance
Steps to Fill JEST 2020 Application Form
Candidates can go through the steps that they need to follow in order to successfully fill and submit the application form for JEST exam. Fill JEST 2020 Application form here.
Step 1: Create Registration ID
In order to fill JEST 2020 application form aspirants need to provide their Email ID, password, name and date of birth. Once, these details are provided, candidates will receive an email containing account information after registering with a valid email-ID. This email would also contain a verification link.
Step 2: Fill Details in JEST Application Form
After candidates verify their email ID, they are led to the application form for JEST exam. Information that candidates need to provide in the JEST application form is as mentioned below:
Date of birth details
Alternate mobile number
Year of passing
Test centre preference
Details of parents/guardians
Step 3: Upload Important Documents
Aspirants need to upload scanned copies of their photograph and signature with their Joint Entrance Screening Test application form.
|Document||Maximum Size||Format ||Dimension|
Minimum: 100 X 125 pixels
Maximum: 240 x 300 pixels (width x height)
Minimum: 100 X 125 pixels
Maximum: 150 x 30 pixels (width x height)
The official JEST website also informs: “Before uploading your photo and signature files, make sure you have given it a good name. File names should use alphabets, underscores, and numbers only. Special characters such as spaces, (, #, &, punctuation, etc., should not be used in filenames. If you use a logical naming system, like loginname_date_photo.jpg, loginname_date_sig.jpg then it will be printed without any errors. In case the jpeg file of your photo which has been taken with camera exceeds the limit, you should compress the file size using compression softwares available in the websites, such as http://jpeg-optimizer.com, http://www.imageoptimizer.net. Your signature can be scanned with a digital scanner, and saved as jpeg file for uploading. In case this file size produced by scanner also exceeds 100 kB limit, you can compress it using the same tools as explained above”.
Step 4: Pay JEST Application Fee
Aspirants can pay application fee for JEST exam online by means of Debit card/Credit card and Net-banking. Any other payment mode would not be accepted.
Step 5: Submit & Print JEST Application Form
After the candidate completes all the above mentioned steps they need to click on the ‘Submit’ button to complete the registration process for JEST exam. Once candidates successfully submit their registration form online they will receive an email on their registered email address containing their “application data after final submission containing Unique Submission Number and filled in data”, informs the official website. Aspirants are advised to download and keep this information safely for future reference. In a scenario wherein candidates do not receive such an email notification after submission of JEST application form and completing e-payment of JEST application fee then they need to contact JEST authorities and inform the same immediately.
JEST 2020 Application Fee
Candidates are informed that the application fee for JEST 2020 can only be paid only through Credit Card, Debit Card or Net-banking. Aspirants can also pay JEST application fee through SBI Epay. Aspirants can go through category-wise JEST application fee in the table mentioned below:
|Category||JEST Application Fee (in Rs)|
|Female Candidate from SC/ST||Nil|
JEST 2019 Sample Paper For TCS
JEST 2020 Counselling:
After the publication of results, the counseling process will begin. There is no centralized counseling system for admission. The applicants who have qualified in the exam will be invited by the institutions for interview.
The JEST counseling procedure will conduct in the month of April through the authority and those candidates have scored qualified marks in the examination of JEST, they will be able to attend the counseling procedure and through this procedure and interview, candidates will get admission in the Ph.D./Integrated Ph.D. programs. On the schedule and notification through authority, the candidates have to reach the counseling center and it is necessary for the candidates.
|IISER Pune -Integrated PhD||Int. Ph. D.||3rd week of June 2020||Candidates need to apply|
|IISER Pune -PhD||Ph. D.||4th week of June 2020||Candidates need to apply|
|ARIES- Nainital, Regular Ph. D.||Ph. D.||Last week of June 2020||Candidates need to apply|
|HRI first round||M.Sc., Ph.D.||2nd week of April 2020||Visit Institute website|
|HRI second round||M.Sc., Ph.D.||2nd week of May 2020||Visit Institute website|
|IISER Bhopal iPhD||Int. Ph. D.||2nd week of May 2020||Candidates need to apply|
|IISER Bhopal PhD||Ph. D||1st week of May 2020||Candidates need to apply|
|IISER Mohali – Int PhD||Int. Ph. D.||2nd week of May 2020||Candidates need to apply|
|IISER Mohali – PhD||Ph. D.||2nd week of May 2020||Candidates need to apply|
|IISER Tirupati – Int Ph.D||Int. Ph. D||1st week of June 2020||Candidates will be informed|
|IISER Tirupati – Ph.D||Ph. D.||1st week of June 2020||Candidates will be informed|
|Institute of Mathematical Sciences||Ph.D., Int. Ph.D||1st week of April 2020||Candidates will be informed|
|Institute of Physics (IOP)||Ph. D.||4th week of 2020||Candidates need to apply|
|IUCAA, Pune||Ph. D.||3rd week of June 2020||Visit Institute website|
|National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, Pune||Ph.D., Int. Ph.D||4th week of June 2020||Candidates need to apply|
|NISER Integrated Ph.D||Int. Ph.D||4th week of May 2020||Candidates need to apply|
|NISER Regular Ph.D||Ph. D.||4th week of May 2020||Candidates need to apply|
|PRL, Ahmedabad (first round)||Ph. D.||Last week of May 2020||Candidates need to apply|
|PRL, Ahmedabad (second round)||Ph. D.||4th week of June 2020||Candidates need to apply|
|Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics||Ph. D.||Last week of June 2020||Visit Institute website|
|Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai||Int. Ph.D||Last week of June 2020||Candidates need to apply|
|UGC-DAE CSR and RRCAT, Indore||Ph. D.||1st week of May 2020||Candidates need to apply|
JEST 2020 Result:
The result for JEST 2020 (physics) has been declared by the conducting authorities, SERB. The result is available for the candidates on the official website of JEST. Note that, the result will not be sent to the candidates via post or any other medium. The result for JEST 2020 will be valid for 1 year only.
JEST result is declared on the official website of the exam. Joint Entrance Screening Test is conducted in February and result for JEST exam is declared in March. Once JEST 2020 results are declared the official website of the exam releases the names of the candidates who have been shortlisted for admission.
Steps to Check JEST 2020 Result
As part of the result aspirants will also be issued JEST scorecard. Candidates are advised to keep the print of their JEST result and scorecard securely with themselves. JEST score is valid for a duration of a year from the date of declaration of the result.
Steps to Download JEST 2020 Scorecard
Step 1: Visit official website of Joint Entrance Screening Test 2020.
Step 2: Click on ‘JEST 2020 Scorecard’ link.
Step 3: Enter Email ID/Username and Password.
Step 4: View JEST scorecard.
Step 5: Download and take print of scorecard for JEST exam.
Details Mentioned in Scorecard:
JEST 2020 Answer Key:
The answer key for the JEST 2020 entrance exam will be released by the authorities on the official website. The candidates will be able to get the answer key by logging in to the official website of JEST. However, the answer key for Physics has been released by the authorities. The candidates can access the answer keys for set A, B, D, and D below.
Applicants those featured in the examination can confirm the JEST Answer key 2020 through online method. The Answer Key is out after some days of the exam. The authority issues answer Key for all sets of the examination.
The JEST 2020 Answer Key shows on the website in February. The Answer Key is of assistance to candidates to forecast their marks in the written examination. The Answer Key will be distributed in an online manner.
The Answer key has been available through online mode. The provisional answer key has been available from February 2020. The authority will also come up with the provision to submit objections regarding answer Key till the first week of March 2020. The final answer key will be out together with the Result.
The official answer key will be out by the exam expert in a week after the examination.
Applicants who are enthusiastic to come for the answer Key can follow these below steps to download the official answer key.
1- Go to the official website
2- Tick on the link of Answer Key’.
3- Applicants have got to offer their Registration ID and Date of Birth and tick on the download button.
4- The Answer Key will be produced in PDF format.
5- Download the Answer Key to estimate credible scores.
How to Challenge the Answer Key JEST 2020:
In the event, any applicants are experiencing any uncertainty in the answer keys they can object to the answer keys by sending a letter before the scheduled date.
Emails / Mails concerning answer keys will be taken into deliberation only if they are together with thoroughly worked out answers.
JEST Marking Scheme
After downloading the key answer, the candidate must know the scoring scheme to calculate his score. The scoring scheme for the JEST exam is shown below:
Part A: Candidates will receive 1 point for each correct answer. 1 point will be deducted for a wrong answer.
Part B: The candidate will receive 3 points for a correct answer. There will be no negative marking in this section.
Part C: The candidate will receive 1 point for the correct answer. 1/3 point will be deducted for an incorrect answer
JEST 2020 Eligibility:
Those candidates who're applying for the JEST 2020 entrance exam are advised to go through the eligibility criteria set by the authorities before applying for the entrance exam. The candidates have to qualify all the eligibility criteria to be eligible for the exam.
|Ph.D. Programme Physics||M.Sc. in Physics is the prescribed qualification to apply for this course. However, some institutions also accept B.E. / B.Tech. / M.Sc. / M.E. / M.Tech. In disciplines of Applied Physics and Mathematics.|
|Ph.D. in Theoretical Computer Science at IMSc||M.Sc. / M.E. / M.Tech. In Computer Science and related disciplines and should be interested in the mathematical aspects of computer science.|
|Ph.D. in Neuroscience at NBRC||M.Sc. (Physics/Mathematics), B.E/ B.Tech/ M.C.An in Computer Science|
|Ph.D. in Computational Biology at IMSc||M.Sc./ M.E./M.Tech./MCA in any engineering or science discipline, with good mathematical skills and a strong interest in biological problems.|
|Integrated M.Sc./ M.Tech – Ph.D. Programme (Physics)|
B. Sc. (Physics / Mathematics).
At NISER, B.Sc. (Physics) Or B.E. /B. Tech in Engineering
Physics, with a minimum of first-class marks, will be the minimum
For admission to IIA, the qualification required is B.Sc.
(Physics/Mathematics)/B.E./B.Tech. In Electrical/Instrumentation/Engineering
Physics/Electronics and Communications/ Computer, Science and
Engineering/Optics and Photonics will be considered.
B.Sc. (Physics) will be considered at IISER-Pune, ICTS-TIFR,
NCRA-TIFR, and TIFR-TCIS
|Integrated Ph.D. Programme in Theoretical Computer Science at IMSc||B.Sc. /B.E. /B.Tech. /M.C.A. in Computer Science or related disciplines|
|Integrated M.Tech – Ph.D. Programme at IIA||M.Sc. (Physics/Applied Physics)/Post-B.Sc. (Hons) in Optics and Optoelectronics/Radio Physics and Electronics.|
|Integrated Ph.D. Programme at IISER. Thiruvananthapuram.||B. Sc. (Physics) or B.E. /B. Tech. In any discipline|
Check The Detailed Eligibility Criteria
JEST 2020 Exam Center:
|Bardhaman||Bhopal||Bhubaneswar||Kozhikode (Centre is subject availability. Second option will be allotted if center is not available)|
|Madurai||Mangalore (Centre is subject availability. Second option will be allotted if the center is not available)||Mumbai||Nagpur|
JEST 2020 FAQs:
Q: Where can I get the syllabus for Theoretical Computer Science?
A: The syllabus for Theoretical Computer Science has not been declared by the authorities. Once released, the details will be updated in the syllabus section above.
Q: Is there negative marking in the entrance exam?
A: For section A & C, there will be negative marking. However, there will be no such thing as section B.
Q: What is the exam mode of JEST 2020?
A: The JEST 2020 is conducted in offline mode i.e. paper-based.
Q: How many times can a candidate appear for JEST?
A: There is no such restriction on the number of times one can appear for the JEST examination.
Q: Is there any age limit to appear for JEST 2020?
A: No, there is no such age limit to appear for JEST 2020.
Q: What is the application fee for JEST 2020?
A: The application fee for JEST 2020 is mentioned below:
- General: Rs 400
- SC/ST: Rs 200
- Female: Rs 200
Q: Will the application fee refunded if I do not appear for the JEST 2020?
A: No, the application fee once paid can not be refunded under any circumstance.
Q: What is the validity of the JEST 2020 score?
A: The JEST 2020 score will be valid for one academic year.
Q: How can I download my JEST 2020 admit card?
A: Steps to download the JEST 2020 admit card:
- Go to the official website of JEST
- Enter Login details like Email ID or Username and Password
- The admit card will be shown
- Download and take a print out of the admit card