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Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) is conducted jointly by several premier research institutes in the country. JEST 2021 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. The JEST 2021 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 Ph.D. or Integrated Ph.D. programs in Physics or Theoretical Computer Science or Neuroscience or Computational Biology need to give the JEST exam.

Latest Updates:

JEST 2020 Admit Card Released, Check Here

JEST 2021 Highlights:

Exam Name Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST)
Conducting Authority Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB)
Mode of Application Online
Date of Exam 16 Feb 2021(Tentatively)
Mode of Exam Offline (PBT)
Courses Offered Ph.D./integrated Ph.D. in Physics, Theoretical Computer Science, Neuroscience and Computational Biology

JEST 2021 Schedule:

Events  Dates
Availability of Application form 11th January 2021
JEST 2021 Last date for the application form 14th February 2021
JEST 2021 Admit Card Release To be announced
JEST 2021 Exam date 11th April 2021
Declaration of JEST 2021 Result  To be announced

JEST 2021 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 2021. 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 2021 Admit Card

Note: Aspirants need to download their JEST admit card from the official website of the test. Candidates are informed that no separate admit card for the 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 2021 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 2021 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 Sample Paper For Physics

JEST 2021 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 2021 syllabus will contain the chapters and topics from where the questions will be asked in the entrance exam. The syllabus of JEST 2021 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.

Mathematical Methods

Classical Mechanics

Electromagnetism and Optics

Vector Algebra and Vector Calculus

Tensors

Curvilinear Coordinate Systems

Linear Algebra

Linear Differential Equations

Elements of Sturm–Liouville Theory

Special Functions

Complex Analysis

Fourier Series And Fourier Transforms

Laplace Transforms

Elementary Properties of Discrete Groups

Elements of Probability Theory

Error Analysis

Newton’s Laws

Conservation Of Energy and Momentum

Collisions

Generalized Coordinates

Principle of Least Action

Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Formulations of Mechanics

Symmetry and Conservation Laws

Central Force Problem

Kepler Problem

Small Oscillations and Normal Modes

Special Relativity in Classical Mechanics

Electrostatics and Magnetostatics

Boundary Value Problems

Multipole Expansion

Fields in Conducting

Dielectric

Diamagnetic and Paramagnetic Media

Faraday’s Law and Time-Varying Fields

Displacement Current

Maxwell’s Equations

Energy and Momentum of Electromagnetic Fields

Propagation of Plane Electromagnetic Waves

Reflection, Refraction

Electromagnetic Waves in Dispersive And Conducting Media

Diffraction

Interference

Polarisation

 

Quantum Mechanics

Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics

Electronics

Uncertainty Principle

Schrodinger Equation

Central Potentials

Hydrogen Atom

Orbital and Spin Angular Momenta

Addition of Angular Momenta

Matrix Formulation of Quantum Theory

Unitary Transformations

Hermitian Operators

Variational Principle

Time Independent Perturbation Theory

Time-Dependent Perturbation Theory

Laws of Thermodynamics

Work and Heat

Thermodynamic Potentials

Elements of Kinetic Theory

Maxwell’s Relations

Statistical Ensembles

Partition Function

Classical Ideal Gas

Harmonic Oscillators

Classical and Quantum Statistics

Fermi and Bose gases

Black Body Radiation

Statistics of Paramagnetism

Basics of Semiconductor

p-n Junctions

Diodes

Transistors

LCR Circuits

Rectifiers

Amplifiers

Active Filters and Oscillators

Basics of OPAMPS and their Applications

Basics of Digital Electronics

Click Here To Get the Detailed Physics Syllabus

JEST 2021 Exam Pattern:

Candidates applying for JEST must go through the JEST 2021 Exam Pattern to get a brief idea about the marking scheme and how the questions will be asked. There are three sections for topics and negative marking is there for two of the section.

Exam Mode Offline Mode
Total Mark 100
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 2021 Marking Scheme:

Section No. Of Questions Marks
Part A 15 45
Part B 10 30
Part C 25 25
Total 40 100

JEST 2021 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 2021 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 2021 Cut off is expected to be between 20 to 25 marks.

JEST 2021 Cut-Off:

Subject No. of candidates clearing cut-off Cut-Off
Ph.D. 705 out of 7263 32
M.Sc./Integrated Ph.D. 390 out of 6226 26

Factors Affecting JEST Cut Off

  • Number of candidates applied for the exam
  • Number of candidates appeared in the exam
  • The difficulty level of the paper
  • Number of candidates passed the exam
  • Availability of seats
  • Reservation criteria
  • Previous year trends

JEST 2021 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 2021. The entrance exam is scheduled to be conducted on the 11th of April. 
Candidates can fill the registration form from anuary to February 2021.
The application form for JEST 2021 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 2021 Application Form

Candidates can go through the steps that they need to follow in order to successfully fill and submit the application form for the JEST exam. Fill JEST 2021 Application form here.

Step 1: Create a Registration ID

In order to fill the JEST 2021 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 the JEST exam. Information that candidates need to provide in the JEST application form is as mentioned below:
  • Candidate’s name

  • Date of birth details

  • Alternate mobile number

  • Gender

  • Qualifying exam

  • Year of passing

  • Address

  • Programme preference

  • College preference

  • Test centre preference

  • Educational qualification

  • 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
Photograph 100 kb JPEG

Minimum: 100 X 125 pixels

Maximum: 240 x 300 pixels (width x height)

Signature 100 Kb JPEG

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 software available on the websites, such as http://jpeg-optimizer.com, http://www.imageoptimizer.net. Your signature can be scanned with a digital scanner and saved as a 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 the application fees for the 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 the 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 the JEST application form and completing the e-payment of the JEST application fee then they need to contact JEST authorities and inform the same immediately. 

JEST 2021 Application Fee

Candidates are informed that the application fee for JEST 2021 can only be paid only through Credit Card, Debit Card, or Net-banking. Aspirants can also pay the 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)
general 400
SC/ST 200
Female  200
Female Candidate from SC/ST Nil

JEST 2021 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 interviews. 
The JEST counseling procedure will be conducted for those candidates who 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.

JEST 2021 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 2021 Result:

The result for JEST 2021 (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 2021 will be valid for 1 year only.

Steps to Check JEST 2021 Result
As part of the result, aspirants will also be issued a JEST scorecard. Candidates are advised to keep the print of their JEST results 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 2021 Scorecard:

  • Visit the official website of the Joint Entrance Screening Test 2021.
  • Click on the ‘JEST 2021 Scorecard’ link.
  • Enter Email ID/Username and Password.
  • View the JEST scorecard.
  • Download and take print of scorecard for the JEST exam.

Details Mentioned in Scorecard:

JEST 2021 Answer Key:

The answer key for the JEST 2021 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. Applicants those featured in the examination can confirm the JEST Answer key 2021 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.

Steps to Download JEST 2021 Answer Key:

  • Go to the official website
  • Click on the Answer Key Notification
  • Check the Series that the Candidate needs to Download
  •  Download the Answer key for future use

 How to Challenge the Answer Key JEST 2021: 

  • 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.

Steps to Calculate Score Using JEST 2021 Answer Key:

To calculate the Joint Entrance Screening Test score using the answer key, candidates can follow the steps below:

  • First and foremost, download the answer key pdf for your paper series.
  • Then, cross-check each answer in the key with what you marked in the exam.
  • For every correct answer, add marks. For each incorrect answer, deduct marks. Add and deduct marks as per the marking scheme below.
  • The total marks after adding and deducting is your probable score.

JEST 2021 Eligibility:

Those candidates who're applying for the JEST 2021 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.

Courses

Eligibility

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 qualification.

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 2021 Exam Center:

Ahmedabad

Aligarh

Allahabad

Bangalore

Bardhaman

Bhopal

Bhubaneswar

Kozhikode (Centre is subject availability. the Second option will be allotted if the center is not available)

Chandigarh

Chennai

Delhi

Goa

Guwahati

Hyderabad

Indore

Jaipur

Kanpur

Kharagpur

Kochi

Kolkata

Madurai

Mangalore (Centre is subject availability. the Second option will be allotted if the center is not available)

Mumbai

Nagpur

Nainital

Patna

Pune

Raipur

Roorkee

Sambalpur

Silchar

Siliguri

Srinagar

Trivandrum

Udaipur

Vishakhapatnam

JEST 2021 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 2021?
A: The JEST 2021 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 2021?
A: No, there is no such age limit to appear for JEST 2021.

Q: What is the application fee for JEST 2021?
A: The application fee for JEST 2021 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 2021 score?
A: The JEST 2021 score will be valid for one academic year.

Q: How can I download my JEST 2021 admit card?
A: Steps to download the JEST 2021 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

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