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JEST Exam 2021– Eligibility, Syllabus, Pattern, Exam Date Notification

JEST Exam 2021– Eligibility, Syllabus, Pattern, Exam Date Notification


If you are willing to know about JEST 2021 Exam then you are at the right place. Here you will know about Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Application form and other essential information.


Let’s put forward your first step towards success.


Joint Entrance Screening Test is one of the most popular exams among the graduates. Aspirants who are seeking admission to Ph.D. or Integrated Ph.D. Programme in Physics/Theoretical Computer Science/Neuroscience or Computational Biology can appear in the exam.


JEST is considered as a National Eligibility Test (NET) by SERB (Science and Engineering Research Board) in their office Memo.


Read the entire blog to get all the details about JEST 2021 Examination.



Joint Entrance Screening Test 2021 | Grab the Essential Details First at Eduncle


Before starting your exam preparation, make sure you are well known with the essential details related to exam.


Check out all the updated details regarding eligibility criteria, syllabus, exam pattern and target score only through this article.



JEST Eligibility Criteria 2021 –  Eligibility for All Programmes


Candidates who want to pursue MSc, Ph.D and Integrated/M.Sc./MTech – PhD programmes must check the eligibility criteria.


To qualify the Exam, aspirants mandatorily need to prove his eligibility to take the exam. The Exam convener authorities have set some strict guidelines based on which the applicants know whether they are eligible to appear in the exam or not.


It’s essential for every candidate that he/she must satisfy all the required eligibilities mentioned by the respective participating institutes.


Below we are providing the eligibility criteria for JEST Exam.


S.NO. Programme Eligibility Criteria
1 Ph.D. Programme – Physics M.Sc. in Physics (all participating Institutes).
Masters in Mathematics / Applied Mathematics / Applied Physics / Photonics and Optics / Electronics / Instrumentation will be considered at Indian Institute of Astrophysics.
M.Sc. in Electronics / Physics / Applied Mathematics / Astronomy will be considered at Inter-University Centre of Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA)
B.Tech or B.E. will be considered at IISc, ICTS-TIFR, NCRA-TIFR, IMSc, IUCAA, JNCASR, TIFR-TCIS, IISER Pune, IISER Thiruvananthapuram, IISER Mohali.
M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics, Chemistry, Biophysics or Biochemistry, physics will be considered at SNBNCBS.
B.Tech in Engineering Physics are considered for TIFR.
Engineering Physics or Applied Physics, MSc in Physics will also be considered at IPR.
M.E./ M.Tech in Applied Physics will be considered at NISER.
2 Ph.D Programme –For Theoretical Neuroscience/Computational Biology/Computer Science Theoretical Computer Science at IMSc –M.E./ M.Sc. / M.Tech. in Computer Science and related disciplines, and should be interested in the mathematical aspects of computer science.
Neuroscience at NBRC –M.Sc. (Physics/ Mathematics), B. E/M.C.A./ B.Tech in Computer Science will be eligible
Computational Biology at IMSc –M.E/ M.Sc. / M.Tech. / MCA in Science or any engineering discipline, with good mathematical skills and strong interest in biological problems are eligible.
 3 Integrated M.Sc. / M.Tech - Ph.D Programme. B.Sc. (Physics) will be considered at IMSc.
B.Sc. (Mathematics / Physics) will be considered at SNBNCBS.
B.E. or B.Sc (Physics)/B. Tech in Eng. Phy. , with a minimum of first class marks, will be considered at NISER.
B.Sc. (Mathematics/Physics) / B.Tech. in Electrical / B.E. / Engineering Physics /Instrumentation/ Computer Science and Engineering /Electronics and Communications / Optics and Photonics will be considered in IIA.
B.Sc. (Mathematics /Physics) / B.Tech. / B.E. will be considered for Integrated M.Sc - PhD at Bose Institute.
B.Sc. (Physics) will be considered at IISER-Pune, TIFR-TCIS and NCRA-TIFR, ICTS-TIFR.
4 Integrated Ph.D Programme in Theoretical Computer Science at IMSc B.E. /B.Sc. /B.Tech. /M.C.A. in Computer Science or related disciplines and should be interested in the mathematical aspects of computer science.
5 Integrated M.Tech - Ph.D. Programme at IIA M.Sc. (Physics / Applied Physics) / Post-B.Sc. (Hons) in Optoelectronics and Optics / Electronics & Radio Physics.
6 Integrated Ph.D. Programme at IISER. Thiruvananthapuram. B.E. or B. Sc. (Physics) / B. Tech. in any discipline.
7 M.Sc. Programme at HRI. B.E. or B. Sc. (Physics)/B.Tech. degree in any discipline.
Harishchandra Research Institute (HRI) is starting a new M.Sc. programme in Physics from 2017. The Integrated Ph.D. programme in Physics at HRI is discontinued from 2017.


Note - There are many other entrance exams through which aspirants can pursue their Ph.D. But most of the aspirants prefer to take JAM 2021 and JEST Exam.


Suggested Reading -

 Career Scope after qualifying M.Sc. & PhD

 Admission in IIT/IISC



JEST 2021 Notification – Here is the Latest information


Candidates who are interested in the Ph.D. and Theoretical Computer Science programmes can apply for Joint Entrance Screening Test 2021.


Keep visiting Eduncle to stay updated with the latest information regarding JEST 2021 Examination.


Activities Tentative Dates
Commencement of online application form Second week of November 2020
Last date for submission of application form Fourth week of December 2020
Admit Cards releasing date 3rd Week of January 2021
JEST Exam date 16th February 2021
Answer Key Last week of February 2021
Last date to submit objection regarding answer key 1st week of March 2021
Declaration of result Last week of March 2021
Interview Process starts 3rd week of April 2021



How to Fill Application form for JEST 2021 – Step by Step Procedure!


Aspirants who want to appear in the examination need to know about the complete process to apply online for JEST Exam. The JEST application form will be available through online mode.


Following are the steps to fill Application form:


 Go to the official website.

 Find the notification for JEST 2021 and read it carefully.

 Click on the link “Register to appear for the exam

 Fill the required details for registration.

 After completing your process, you will get a registration ID and password.

 Log in to the homepage with your registration ID and Password.

 Fill all the required details and upload your scanned documents (Passport Size Photo and Signature) as per specification.

 After completion submit your application form.

 Application Fee is required to be paid along with the application form. Candidates can submit their fee using Debit/Credit cards and Net-Banking.

 After submission of payment, your application procedure will be considered as completed.

 After successful fee payment, you must download a hard copy of your JEST Application form.



JEST Exam Application Fees:


The JEST application fee will be INR 300/- and INR 150 for SC/ST.

The application fee is relinquish for female candidates belonging to SC/ST.

The application fee can be deposited through an online payment gateway.



JEST Exam Pattern 2021 – Understand the Paper Format


An aspirant needs to keep in mind the pattern of exam they are preparing for. It’s essential to know the exam pattern for JEST to ensure the way of attempting questions in exam.



Mode of Exam



Total Questions 50 Question divided into three parts -Part A - 15 Questions, Part B - 10 Questions, Part C - 25 Questions
Questions Type Objective Type with multiple choice questions
Marking Scheme

Part A –  3 marks will be rewarded for the correct answer and -1 for each incorrect answer.

Part B – 3 marks will be rewarded for the correct answer and No negative marking.

Part C – 1 marks will be rewarded for the correct answer and -1/3 for each incorrect answer.

Duration of Time

180 minutes



JEST Exam Syllabus 2021 – Grab it from here


As per the latest information brochure released by official website, the syllabus of JEST Exam will be as follows:


 Mathematical Methods


 Classical Mechanics

 Quantum Mechanics

 Electromagnetism & Optics


Thermodynamics & Statistical Physics: -


The question paper of Theoretical Computer Science will contain topics like



 Data Structures and Algorithms

 Analytical Reasoning and Deduction

 Graph Theory

 Discrete Mathematics and Principal of Programming


Check out the difference between JEST and IIT JAM.



JEST 2021 Participating Institutes - Check Here


There are following institutes/college accepting the score card of the JEST 2021 for admission.


S.No. Institute
1. Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences, Nainita
2. Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai (HBNI)
3. Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad (HRI)
4. Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam (IGCAR)
5. Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore (IIA)
6. International centre for theoretical sciences (TIFR), Bangalore (ICTS)
7. Bose Institute, Kolkata
8. IISc Bangalore
9. Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata (IISER Kolkata)
10. Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Bhopal (IISER Bhopal)
11. Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune (IISER Pune)
12. Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali (IISER Mohali)
13. Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram (IIST)
14. Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar (IOP)
15. Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Thiruvananthapuram (IISER Thiruvananthapuram)
16. The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai (IMSc)
17. Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune (IUCAA)
18. Institute for Plasma Research, Gandhinagar (IPR)
19. National Brain Research Centre, Manesar (NBRC)
20. Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore (JNCASR)
21. National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneswar (NISER)
22. Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad (PRL)
23. TIFR - National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, TIFR, Pune (NCRA)
24. Raman Research Institute, Bangalore (RRI)
25. Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore (RRCAT)
26. UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, Indore (UGC-DAE CSR)
27. Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Kolkata (VECC)
28. TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Hyderabad (TIFR-TCIS)
29. Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai (TIFR)
30. Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata (SINP)
31. Satyendra Nath Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata (SNBNCBS)



JEST 2021 Exam Centers


Candidates can check JEST 2021 exam centres are listed below:


JEST 2021 Exam Centres


Bangalore Bhubaneswar


Bardhaman Kozhikode
Allahabad Bhopal



Guwhati Jaipur
Delhi Hyderabad



Indore Kharagpur
Kochi Mangalore



Mumbai Patna
Madurai Nagpur



Silchar Trivandrum
Roorkee Siliguri


Sambalpur Srinagar





How to Prepare for JEST 2021 Exam – Strategies & Tips


You must be rigid with the preparation of Exam. Cracking the examination needs very well -structured study strategies and plans. You must have skills like time management, situational intelligence and others. Read JEST Exam Preparation Tips below.


It’s essential for the aspirants to understand and analyse the exam pattern before starting up preparation. Understanding the exam pattern will help to know the weightage of marks, marking scheme and for the type of questions that will come in Exam.


Aspirants need to brush up their basic concepts. This will help them to score well in the exam.

 Make diligent practice through solving practice papers regularly. You should also take a mock test to improve your speed and accuracy. Attempting mock test will also give you an idea about the difficulty level and paper pattern of the exam. This practice will help you to evaluate that how much you have prepared for the exam.

 You must learn a proper time management to solve questions. You have to manage your time in such a way that you will able to go through all the questions asked in exam, so that don’t miss any question.

 Revision is necessary part of preparation. It helps to revise what you have learned the entire day long. You must keep a revision schedule one month before the exam date.

 During preparation of JEST, aspirants should make notes for the important topics. It will be helpful in last minute preparation.

 For a good preparation keep some time for exercise and fun activities which will help you to reduce your stress and it will also help you to be relaxed.


In this blog, we summarised the information of the JEST Exam. If you have any doubt or query drop in the comment section below.




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  • Vinod
    Hello Sir, I have score 26 marks in JEST with rank 75, I don't know whether I m eligible for admission or not. My preferred subject was theoretical computer science, please help ...
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  • Harisankar
    i am a b tech final year student , can i apply for jest this year (2018) ?
    Hello Harishankar,   Greetings from Eduncle!   The Eligibility criteria for various participating institutes are different with regard to candidates. You can check...
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