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

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


 What is JEST Exam?

Joint Entrance Screening Test is one of the most popular exams among graduates. It is considered as a National Eligibility Test (NET) by SERB (Science and Engineering Research Board) in their office Memo.

JEST Exam 2021 is conducted for MSC, PhD or Integrated programme in Physics/Theoretical Computer Science/Neuroscience or Computational Biology subjects.

So, if you are willing to appear in these courses, then the JEST Exam is perfect for you. Here, you will get the complete details of the JEST 2021 Exam like its eligibility, exam pattern, application form, result, etc.

Check the following information that we have covered in this blog: -

JEST 2021 Exam Date, Notifications

JEST Exam Eligibility Criteria 2021

JEST 2021 Application form

JEST Exam Application Fees

JEST 2021 Exam Centres

JEST Exam Pattern 2021

JEST Syllabus 2021

Preparation Tips and Strategies

JEST Admit Card

JEST Result

JEST Participating Institutes 2021



JEST 2021 Exam Date & Latest Notifications


If you want to get admission in the top renowned colleges of India, then you can apply for Joint Entrance Screening Test. But before appearing, you must know all the JEST 2021 notifications, exam date, & events below.

JEST 2021 Exam has been extended due to the current covid situation. Now, it will be conducted between 18th July to 8th August 2021.

The process of Registration and Submission of the JEST Application Form has been closed on 22nd February 2021.

You will get the detailed information regarding JEST 2021 Exam dates from the below-mentioned table.



JEST Exam Dates (Tentative)

Commencement of JEST Entrance Exam form

19th February 2021(extended)

Last date for submission of application form

22nd February 2021

JEST Admit Cards releasing date

3rd Week of July 2021

JEST 2021 Exam date

July 18 & August 8, 2021 (On any one Sunday)

Answer Key

Last week of August 2021

Declaration of JEST result

Last week of September 2021


Note - We will update you further once the exact date of examination will be released by the officials.



JEST Eligibility Criteria 2021 for All Programmes


JEST Eligibility Criteria are the guidelines set by the exam convener authority for the candidates who want to apply for the exam. To appear for the JEST 2021 Exam, you need to satisfy all the required education qualification released by the officials. It will help you to know whether you are eligible to appear in the exam or not.

Below, we are providing the complete Eligibility Criteria for JEST Exam 2021.




JEST Eligibility Criteria 2021


Ph.D. Programme – Physics

M.Sc. in Physics (all participating Institutes).

M.Sc. in Mathematics / Applied Physics / Applied Mathematics / Optics and Photonics / Instrumentation / Electronics will also be considered at IIA.

B.E. or B.Tech. will be considered at IISc, IMSC, ICTS-TIFR, IUCAA, JNCASR, NCRA-TIFR, TIFR-TCIS, RRI, IISER Mohali, IISER Pune, IISER Thiruvananthapuram.

M.Sc. in Physics / Electronics / Astronomy / Applied Mathematics will be considered at IUCAA.

MSc in Physics, Engineering Physics or Applied Physics will also be considered at IPR.

M.Sc. in Physics, Chemistry, Applied Mathematics, Biophysics or Biochemistry will be considered at SNBNCBS.

B.Tech. Eng. Phys. will be considered at TIFR.

M.E./ MTech.  in Applied Physics will be considered at NISER.


Ph.D. Programme –For Theoretical Computer Science /Neuroscience/Computational Biology

Theoretical Computer Science at IMSC –M.E./ M.Sc. / MTech. 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/ B.Tech. / M.C.A in Computer Science

Computational Biology at IMSc - M.Sc./ M.E. / MTech. ​/ MCA ​in any engineering or science discipline, with good mathematical skills and strong interest in biological problems.


Integrated M.Sc. / MTech - PhD Programme.

B.Sc. (Physics) will be considered at IMSc.

B.Sc. (Mathematics / Physics) will be considered at SNBNCBS.

B.E. or BSc (Physics)/B. Tech in Eng. Phys., 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.


Integrated PhD 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.


Integrated MTech - Ph.D. Programme at IIA

M.Sc. (Physics / Applied Physics) / Post-B.Sc. (Hons) in Optoelectronics and Optics / Electronics & Radio Physics.


Integrated Ph.D. Programme at IISER. Thiruvananthapuram.

B.E. or B. Sc. (Physics) / B. Tech. in any discipline.


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 you can pursue your MSc, PhD programme. But, most of the aspirants prefer to take the JAM Exam and JEST Exam because they have a good placement record.

You can also check our blog to know the difference between Joint Entrance Screening Test and IIT JAM



Steps to Fill Application form for JEST 2021


After knowing all the eligibility criteria, you need to know about the complete process to apply online for JEST Exam 2021. The JEST 2021 Application form will be available through online mode.

Following are the steps to fill the JEST 2021 Application form:-

Step 1 - Go to the JEST official website and click on the link “Register to appear for the exam”

Step 2 - Fill all the required details and click on the “submit” button.

Step 3 - After completing the registration process, you will get a unique ID and password.

Step 4 - Now, login to the homepage with your registration ID and Password.

Step 5 - Fill all the personal details and upload your scanned documents (Passport Size Photo and Signature) as per specification.

Step 6 - Verify all the details and click on the “submit” button to complete your JEST 2021 application form process.

Step 7 – Once you submit the form, you will be redirected on fee payment procedure.

Step 8 – Pay all the exam fee in a described format and download a hard copy of your JEST Application form 2021.


Note – JEST Exam Application Fee is required to be paid along with the application form. You can submit your fee by using Debit/Credit cards and Net-Banking.



JEST Exam Application Fees


The JEST Exam fees will be INR 400/- and INR 200 for SC/ST.

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

The fee can be deposited through an online payment gateway.

Before paying the application fees for Joint Entrance Screening Test, first go through the refund policy



JEST 2021 Exam Centres


While filling the JEST Exam form, you need to fill the exam centres as per your preferences. The official authority will conduct the upcoming exam in 36 cities. You can check the complete list of the JEST 2021 Exam Centre below: - 


JEST Exam Centres 2021 







































JEST Exam Pattern 2021


It is essential for you to understand and analyze the paper pattern for JEST before starting your exam preparation. Understanding the complete exam pattern will help you to know the weightage of marks, marking scheme and the type of questions that will come in the exam.

In the below-mentioned table, you will find the Exam Pattern for Joint Entrance Screening Test to ensure the way of attempting questions in the exam.


Mode of Exam

Online mode (only)



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 mark will be rewarded for the correct answer and -1/3 for each incorrect answer.

Duration of Time

180 minutes



JEST Syllabus 2021


Before starting your 2021 preparation, you must know the syllabus of JEST 2021 Exam to understand the weightage of the topics.

JEST Exam is conducted into 3 subjects.


Theoretical Computer Science


You can check the complete JEST Syllabus 2021 Exam here.



JEST Exam 2021 Preparation Tips and Strategies


Once you gathered all the information of the JEST Exam, you should start preparing for it. You can follow the below-mentioned Joint Entrance Screening Test Preparation tips to crack the exam.

Check the complete JEST Exam Syllabus and brush up all the basic concepts. This will help you to score well in the exam.

Take mock test for Joint Entrance Screening Test to improve your speed and accuracy. Attempting mock papers will give you an idea about the difficulty level and paper pattern of the exam. It will help you to evaluate that how much you have prepared for the exam.

You must learn proper time management to solve questions. You have to manage your time so that you can attempt all the questions asked in the exam.

Revision is a 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 the preparation of JEST Exam 2021, you should make notes for the important topics. It will be helpful in last-minute preparation.

For good preparation, keep some time for exercise and fun activities to reduce your stress. 



JEST Admit Card 2021


JEST 2021 Admit Card is compulsory for all the aspirants that you need to carry in the examination hall. Otherwise, the examiner will not allow you to appear in the exam. As you all know that the JEST 2021 exam has been postponed now till mid of July 2021. So, you can download the New JEST Admit Card 2021 from the official website in July.



JEST Result 2021


The JEST 2021 Result is the outcome of your performance which you have given in the exam. The result will be released after the examination, you can make your preparation up to the mark so that, you’ll able to score well in the exam.



JEST Participating Institutes 2021


This year, total 31 institutes are participating in the JEST 2021 Exam. If you qualify for the exam, then you can apply for these institutes through the Joint Entrance Screening Test counselling process.

In the below-mentioned table, you can get the complete list of colleges in which admissions are offered through JEST 2021.



JEST Participating Institutes 2021


Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences, Nainita


Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai (HBNI)


Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad (HRI)


Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam (IGCAR)


Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore (IIA)


International centre for theoretical sciences (TIFR), Bangalore (ICTS)


Bose Institute, Kolkata


IISc Bangalore


Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata (IISER Kolkata)


Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Bhopal (IISER Bhopal)


Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune (IISER Pune)


Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali (IISER Mohali)


Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram (IIST)


Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar (IOP)


Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Thiruvananthapuram (IISER Thiruvananthapuram)


The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai (IMSc)


Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune (IUCAA)


Institute for Plasma Research, Gandhinagar (IPR)


National Brain Research Centre, Manesar (NBRC)


Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore (JNCASR)


National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneswar (NISER)


Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad (PRL)


TIFR - National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, TIFR, Pune (NCRA)


Raman Research Institute, Bangalore (RRI)


Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore (RRCAT)


UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, Indore (UGC-DAE CSR)


Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Kolkata (VECC)


TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Hyderabad (TIFR-TCIS)


Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai (TIFR)


Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata (SINP)


Satyendra Nath Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata (SNBNCBS)



If you want to know more about what you can opt for master’s, then you can check the following blogs: -

Career Scope after qualifying M.Sc. & PhD

Admission in IIT/IISC


Hope, this article will help you to know the complete information about the JEST Exam 2021.  

If you still have any queries/doubts, please feel free to ask us through the comments box below. We will solve your queries as soon as possible.


Thank you!!



Showing 2 comments out of 3
  • 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 me in understanding my result

  • 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 the official website of the desired institute to check whether you are eligible or not.   Hope the above information will be helpful to you. For more queries, please stay tuned!   Thanks for asking!   Kind Regards, Eduncle Team


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