JEST Exam 2018 –Eligibility, Syllabus, Pattern, Exam Date Notification

JEST Exam 2018 –Eligibility, Syllabus, Pattern, Exam Date Notification



If you are willing to know about JEST 2018 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 2018 Examination.




JEST Eligibility Criteria 2018 –  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 IIT JAM and JEST Exam.



Suggested Reading -



 Career Scope after qualifying M.Sc. & PhD

 Admission in IIT/IISC



JEST 2018 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 2018.


Keep visiting Eduncle to stay updated with the latest information regarding JEST 2018 Examination.




Tentative Dates

Commencement of online application form

3rd week of November 2017

Last date of submission of application form

4th week of December 2017

Admit Cards releasing date

4th week of January 2018

JEST Exam date

4th week of February 2018

Announcement of results

March 2018




How to Fill Application form for JEST 2018 – 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.


Following are the steps to fill Application form:


 Go to the official website. –


 Find the notification for JEST 2018 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 Pattern 2018 – 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 (There will be two sections with 25 questions in each)
Questions Type Objective Type with multiple choice questions
Marking Scheme

Section I –  1 mark will be rewarded

Section II – 3 marks will be rewarded

Duration of Time

180 minutes




JEST Exam Syllabus 2018 – 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 2018 Participating Institutes – Check Here



There are following institutes/college accepting the score card of the JEST 2018 for admission.



S.No. Institute
1. Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences, Nainita (ARIES)
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. Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata (IISER Kolkata)
9. Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Bhopal (IISER Bhopal)
10. Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune (IISER Pune)
11. Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali (IISER Mohali)
12. Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram (IIST)
13. Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar (IOP)
14. Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Thiruvananthapuram (IISER Thiruvananthapuram)
15. The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai (IMSc)
16. Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune (IUCAA)
17. Institute for Plasma Research, Gandhinagar (IPR)
18. National Brain Research Centre, Manesar (NBRC)
19. Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore (JNCASR)
20. National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneswar (NISER)
21. Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad (PRL)
22. TIFR – National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, TIFR, Pune (NCRA)
23. Raman Research Institute, Bangalore (RRI)
24. Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore (RRCAT)
25. UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, Indore (UGC-DAE CSR)
26. Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Kolkata (VECC)
27. TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Hyderabad (TIFR-TCIS)
28. Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai (TIFR)
29. Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata (SINP)
30. Satyendra Nath Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata (SNBNCBS)




How to Prepare for JEST 2018 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 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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