IIT JAM vs JEST – What’s the difference?
If you go through the list of popular M.Sc. Entrance Exams, you’ll find that the number of candidates appearing in the Joint Admission Test for Masters in IIT (JAM Exam) & Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) are highest among these all.
Both the exams test the eligibility of a science graduate to get admission in pioneer science & research institutes of India for Master’s degree & Ph.D.
There are some differences between JEST & IIT JAM in terms of exam pattern, eligibility criteria, syllabus, career opportunities and preparation strategy to crack the Exam.
Enlisted below are the major differences between the M.Sc. Entrance Exams, IIT JAM & JEST.
Difference Between IIT JAM and JEST
These two exams are very competitive in nature which teach students to deal with the competitions they are about to face in their future. So, before you get to know the difference between IIT JAM and JEST, you must read these details about both exams.
What is IIT JAM Exam?
IIT JAM is Joint Admission test for MSc. It is an entrance exam for the candidates, who want to get admission in IITs, NITs, or IISc to pursue:
M.Sc. (Four Semesters)
M.Sc.-Ph.D. Dual Degree
IIT JAM Exam is conducted every year in the month of February. This year, it was conducted on 11th February 2018.
In 2019, JAM Exam will be conducted in the month of February 2019. The admitting institutes accepting the score card of IIT JAM Exam are IITs, IISC & NITs. JAM Exam is conducted in following seven subjects:
What is JEST?
JEST is Joint Entrance Screening Test. It is a screening test conducted for the candidates who wants to pursue M.Sc., Integrated Ph.D. and Ph.D. programmes. Joint Entrance Screening Test 2019 will be conducted in the month of February 2019. JEST Exam is conducted for the following subjects:
Theoretical Computer Science
Neuroscience and Computational Biology.
Note: A candidate can appear in either Physics or Theoretical Computer Science subject, but not both.
There are 20 public research institutes that accept score card of JEST Exam for admission of candidates in MSc, Integrated PhD and Ph.D. programmes.
JEST has been declared as a National Eligibility Test by Science and Engineering Research Board. Securing a rank in JEST does not confirm admission in any college accepting the exam scores for admission. After qualifying JEST Exam, candidates need to fulfill the qualification criteria mentioned by the participating institutes. JEST Score card is valid for one year.
What are the Career Options After IIT JAM?
There are many IIT JAM career options available after pursuing MSc and PhD degree. Below are some of the options that you can opt for after doing your MSc/PhD degree:
Jobs in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, agriculture, food, dairy like industries.
Scientist Post in Research Institute.
Study in abroad.
What are the Career Options After JEST?
Below are some of the career options that you can choose after pursuing MSc/PhD degree through JEST Exam:
Universities jobs as faculty or research associate in physics department.
Work as a technology expert in reputed organization.
Become a writer and publish your scientific journals
Research and development jobs.
Who is Eligible for IIT JAM Exam?
Below are the common IIT JAM eligibility criteria, that you must satisfy to appear in the JAM Examination:
You must have a Bachelor’s degree from any stream from any recognized university.
Both Indian as well as Foreign candidates are eligible.
There is no age limit for IIT-JAM Exam.
If you are appearing for your final year exams, then also you are eligible for JAM Exam.
You must have minimum of 55% marks for General & OBC and 50% marks for SC, ST categories in your Bachelor’s degree.
You also need to submit a physical fitness certificate at the time of admissions. If you found unfit to pursue your chosen Science course then, you will not be admitted to the institutes.
Who is Eligible for JEST Exam?
Below is the eligibility criteria for JEST Exam that you must satisfy to appear in the examination.
|Courses Offered Through JEST Exam
|Ph.D Programme Physics||M.Sc. in Physics, however some institutions also accept B.E. / B.Tech. / M.Sc. / M.E. / M.Tech. for Applied Physics and Mathematics.|
|Ph.D in Theoretical Computer Science at IMSc||M.Sc./ M.E./ M.Tech. in Computer Science and related disciplines.|
|Ph D in Neuroscience at NBRC||M.Sc (Physics/Mathematics), B.E./ B.Tech/ M.C.A in Computer Science|
|Ph D in Computational Biology at IMSc||M.Sc./ M.E./M.Tech. /MCA in any engineering or science discipline.|
|Integrated M.Sc./ M.Tech – Ph.D Programme (Physics)||M.Sc. (Physics / Mathematics) for SNBSCBS.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 IISER. Thiruvananthapuram.||M.Sc. (Physics) or B.E./B. Tech. in any discipline|
Exam Pattern for IIT JAM
Exam will be organized in online mode.
Exam will be in English language only.
There are total of 60 questions of 100 marks.
Duration will be of 3 hours.
The exam is divided into three sections:
Section A- 30 MCQs of 50 marks: Out of a total of 30 questions, 10 questions are of one mark each and 20 questions are of two marks each. There is negative marking of 1/3 mark for each question answered incorrectly out of the one-mark question and 2/3 marks are deducted for each incorrect question which is of two marks each. There is no negative marking for any question left unanswered.
Section B- 10 MSQs of 20 marks: Each correct answer in this section is awarded two marks. There is no negative marking in this section.
Section C- 20 NAT of 30 marks: Out of the total 20 questions, first 10 questions are of one mark each and other 10 questions are of two marks each. There is no negative marking in this section as well.
Exam Pattern for JEST Exam
Exam will be conducted through offline mode in OMR answer sheet.
There are total of 50 questions of 100 marks. The exam duration is 3 hours.
Exam will consist of 2 sections; the first section has 25 questions each of 1 mark and the second section has 25 questions of 3 marks each.
The question paper of Theoretical Computer Science has questions of both types – some requiring short answers and some involving detailed problem solving. Physics question paper will be based on objective type questions.
IIT JAM Vs. JEST – Preparation Strategy
IIT JAM Preparation strategy is different for all 7 subjects. If you are appearing for two subjects then you’ll need to prepare with more focus & dedication. Read this blog for detailed study tips to crack IIT JAM Exam in the first attempt.
JEST Exam is mainly for Physics, Theoretical Computer Science, Neuroscience and Computational Biology subjects. Candidate’s good mathematical skills & strong interest in research aspect is desirable. Hence candidates willing to crack JEST Exam must focus on following:
Cover all the important topics like mathematical physics, classical physics, quantum physics, statistical physics, solid state physics, electrodynamics etc.
If you’ve not joined any coaching classes & you are relying on self-study, then it is important to stay motivated & on time with your preparation. Once you start procrastinating, you’ll lose the pace of preparation.
Online video lectures can help you to substantiate your preparation material. Read online from the best resources.
Buying a lot of books for each topic will make your studies clumsy. Purchasing a good study material for JEST Exam can help you to cover all important topics.
Revision is the key to success. It is important to revise whatever you’ve learned.
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