JEST 2024: Exam Date, Admit Card (Out), Syllabus, Eligibility & Pattern

Joint Entrance Screening Test 2024 ( JEST )

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Updated on Feb 23, 2024 11:53 IST

Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) will conduct the JEST 2024 exam on March 3, 2024, across 38 exam centres in India. After the conclusion of the exam applicants can check the JEST exam analysis which will help them to understand the difficulty level of the exam.

Based on the difficulty level of the exam and the response from students, many coaching institutes will release the JEST cutoff which will help the applicants to know about their chances of getting selection.  

Earlier authorities released the admit card for JEST 2024 online mode on February 12, 2024. Applicants who successfully filled out their application form correctly could download their admit card.To access the JEST hall ticket 2024, applicants are advised to enter their email ID & password as login credentialsIf any candidate is unable to download the admit card by any reason then they immediately contact to the exam conducting authorites and get it rectified. 

Earlier JEST 2024 registration ended on January 31,2024 and after that applicants were given a window of two days from February 2 to 4, 2024 to edit/modify the details in the application form. Successfully registered candidates of the JEST 2024 application form will be able to tentatively download the JEST admit card 2024 from the second week of February 2024.

According to previous year trends the JEST result is likely to be released in the last week of March or the first week of April 2024

Applicants who want to appear in the JEST 2024 exam should note that exam conducting authorities have changed this year. Earlier it was conducted by the Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB) but this year it will be conducted by Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST)  

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The Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) is an entrance examination conducted in India for admission to PhD and Integrated PhD programs in various fields of Physics, Theoretical Computer Science, and Neuroscience. Several renowned institutions in India participate in JEST for admissions to their PhD. and Integrated PhD. programs. Some of these institutions include the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), and various Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).

JEST exam pattern was changed in the academicc session of 2023-2024. The number of questions asked in the examination were same as of previous year but the maximum marks in the question were changed form 100 to 300 marks along with the marking scheme. Also, only two sections were seen in the examination. NAT questions were omitted last year.

Q:   What is JEST 2024 exam date?

A:

Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), the examination conducting body will be conducting JEST 2024 on March 3, 2024 from 10 am to 1 pm at 38 exam centres across the nation. The Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) is an entrance examination conducted in India for admission to PhD. and Integrated PhD. programs in various fields of physics, theoretical computer science, and neuroscience. Several renowned institutions in India participate in JEST for admissions to their PhD. and Integrated PhD. programs. 

 

Q:   What will happen after the declaration of JEST 2024 results?

A:

Once the Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) will declare the result of JEST exam 2024. So only those candidates who have qualified the exam need to further apply in IITs, IISc, IISERs, NISER, etc. It is to be noted that students should apply to multiple institutions in order to take subjects and institutes of their choice.  

Those who are undergraduate can apply for M.Sc and PhD integrated programmes while those who are post graduate can apply directly for PhD programmes

 

Q:   What is the exam analysis of JEST 2024?

A:

The JEST exam analysis comprises the difficulty level of the exam, the average questions attempted by the applicants, whether any question was wrong or mis spelt and expected cutoff etc. It will be out after the conclusion of the exam. By checking the exam analysis, applicants can get to know about the chances of qualifying the exam.

 

 

Q:   What is the best college after qualifying the JEST exam?

A:

There are many good colleges for pursuing further education (PhD or Integrated PhD) after qualifying JEST exam. The list of such colleges is mentioned below:

  1. ICTS-TIFR
  2. IISc
  3. IISERs
  4. NISER
  5. IUCAAA
  6. IIA
  7. HRI
  8. RRI
  9. HBNI
  10. IGCAR
  11. TIFR
  12. IIST
  13. IOP
  14. IPR
  15. IMSc
  16. JNCSAR
  17. PRL
  18. RRCAT
  19. SINP
  20. VECC

Applicants are advised to check separate eligibility criteria regarding age, number of marks, date of birth, qualification etc. before applying for these institutes. As in case of failing these details the candidature of students can be rejected at any stage of the admission process.

 

What is JEST?

Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) is conducted jointly by several premier institutes such as IISc, IISERs, NISER, etc. JEST is a screening test for admission to PhD and Int. PhD programme of different participating institutes (see the list from JEST home page) in Physics or Theoretical Computer Science, Neuroscience or Computational Biology. The JEST examination is conducted for two subjects only, namely, physics and theoretical computer science.  However, the qualifications for admission to the PhD and Int. PhD programme in various participating institutes are different.

 

Q:   Is JEST Online or Offline?

A:

Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) is an entrance exam test for admission to PhD and International PhD programme of different participating institutes for two subjects Physics and theoretical Computer Science/Neuroscience.

This exam is conducted in offline mode/ pen-paper mode. This year exam conducting authorities have changed, earlier it used to be Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) but now it has changed to Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST). Hence the final validation will be declared along with releasing of notification but as per previous year JEST exam pattern it will be conducted in offline mode only. 

 

Q:   What is the primary purpose of the Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST)?

A:

The primary purpose of the Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) is to serve as a qualifying examination for candidates seeking admission to various Ph.D. and integrated Ph.D. programs in physics, theoretical computer science, and neuroscience in India.

JEST is an essential examination for students interested in pursuing research careers in these fields, as it helps them gain admission to esteemed research institutions. Successful candidates in the JEST exam can apply for admissions to the participating institutes based on their JEST scores, and they may be called for interviews and other selection processes as per the institute's admission criteria.

In summary, the primary purpose of JEST is to identify and select candidates with strong academic backgrounds and a passion for research in physics, theoretical computer science, and neuroscience, and to facilitate their admission to prestigious research programs in India.

 

Q:   How often is the JEST examination typically conducted in a year?

A:

The Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) is typically conducted once a year as per the previous year trend. It usually took place in the starting month of March. However, it's important to note that examination schedules and frequency can change over time, and it's possible that there have been changes to the examination schedule since then.

To get the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding the frequency and schedule of the JEST examination, candidates are recommended to visit the official JEST website or contacting the organizing authorities of the exam for the latest updates and announcements.

 

JEST 2024 Exam Dates & Schedule

Take a look at the table below for the complete schedule of JEST 2024 exam

DatesUpcoming Exam Dates

12 Feb '24 -

03 Mar '24

JEST 2024

ONGOING

12 Feb '24 -

03 Mar '24

JEST 2024 Admit Card

ONGOING

03 Mar '24

JEST 2024 Exam Date

Mar '24

JEST 2024 Answer Key

TENTATIVE

Mar '24

JEST 2023 Answer Key Objection

TENTATIVE

Apr '24

JEST 2024 Result

TENTATIVE
DatesPast Exam Dates

02 Feb '24 -

04 Feb '24

JEST 2024 Correction Window

05 Jan '24 -

24 Jan '24

JEST 2024 Registration Fee End Date

05 Jan '24 -

31 Jan '24

JEST 2024 Application Window

JEST 2024 Exam Highlights

The following table brings the features and information regarding the JEST exam.

Particulars

Details

Exam Name

Joint Engineering Screening Test

Conducting Body

IIST

Exam Level

PhD level

Exam Frequency

Once a Year

Mode of Exam

Paper-pencil Based Test (PBT) or Offline

Total Number of Test Takers

PhD - 7,263

Integrated MSc-PhD - 6,226

Courses Offered

Integrated MSc / MTech- PhD/ PhD

Exam Fees

INR 800 - General category male candidates

INR 400 - SC/ST/Female candidates

Exam Duration

180 minutes

Sections and Marks

Three sections with total 100 marks

Total Number of Questions

50

Marking Scheme

+3 for each correct answer (Part A)

+9 for each correct answer (Part B)

+9 for each correct answer (Part C)

-1 for each incorrect answer (Part A)

-3 for each incorrect answer (Part B)

 0 for each incorrect answer (Part C)

Language/Mode of Exam

English

Colleges Accepting JEST score

33 institutes in India

Number of Test Cities

38 cities in India

Official Website 

https://www.jest.org.in/

Contact Details info.jest2024@iist.ac.in

Q:   What is the format of the JEST exam, and what types of questions can candidates expect?

A:

The Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) had a standardized format. Here's the general format of the JEST exam:

  1. Examination Type: The JEST exam is a written test, typically conducted in a pen-and-paper format.

  2. Duration: The exam usually spans over a duration of three hours.

  3. Question Types: JEST primarily consists of multiple-choice questions (MCQs). The exact number of questions and distribution across subjects (physics, theoretical computer science, neuroscience) may vary from year to year.

  4. Negative Marking: JEST typically employs negative marking for incorrect answers. This means that for each incorrect answer, a fraction of marks is deducted.

  5. Sections: The exam may be divided into different sections, with each section focusing on specific topics related to the field of study (physics, theoretical computer science, or neuroscience).

 

Q:   Are there any specific syllabus topics that candidates should prepare for the JEST physics exam?

A:

Yes, candidates appearing for the JEST physics exam should prepare for specific topics that are typically covered in the syllabus. While the syllabus may vary slightly from year to year, the following are some common topics that candidates should be familiar with when preparing for the JEST physics exam:

  1. Classical Mechanics: Laws of motion, gravitation, rotational dynamics, and oscillations.

  2. Electromagnetism: Electromagnetic waves, electric and magnetic fields, Maxwell's equations, and electromagnetic radiation.

  3. Quantum Mechanics: Wave-particle duality, Schrödinger equation, quantum states, and quantum mechanical operators.

  4. Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics: Laws of thermodynamics, kinetic theory, statistical mechanics, and entropy.

  5. Relativity: Special and general relativity, time dilation, and space-time curvature.

  6. Mathematical Methods: Complex analysis, linear algebra, differential equations, and Fourier analysis.

  7. Atomic and Molecular Physics: Atomic structure, molecular structure, and spectroscopy.

  8. Nuclear and Particle Physics: Nuclear structure, elementary particles, and nuclear reactions.

  9. Condensed Matter Physics: Crystal structure, semiconductors, and properties of materials.

  10. Optics: Wave optics, ray optics, and interference and diffraction phenomena.

  11. Electronics: Semiconductor devices, operational amplifiers, and digital circuits.

  12. Mathematical Physics: Partial differential equations, vector calculus, and linear algebra.

It's important for candidates to review the specific syllabus provided on the official JEST website or by the participating institutions since the syllabus may be subject to change. Additionally, candidates should focus on their strengths and interests within the field of physics while preparing for the exam.

 

JEST 2024 Admit Card

JEST 2024 admit card will be released on the official website at least 10 days before the commencement of the exam. The admit card of JEST 2024 is to be downloaded from the official website by entering their registration number and password. The admit card or the hall ticket is a mandatory document to be carried to the JEST 2024 exam centre. It would carry information such as candidates' names, roll numbers, contact details, photograph and signature, exam date and time, exam centre address, and exam day instructions. 

Q:   When can I download JEST Admit Card 2024?

A:

Applicants who have successfully filled the application form will be able to download their admit card of JEST 2024. The admit card can be downloaded by entering the login details. Exam conducting authorities release the admit card at least 15 days before the commencement of the exam.  

The JEST 2024 admit card can be downloaded in PDF format. In case of any discrepancy in the admit card students need to raise it to the exam conducting authorities and get it corrected ASAP. If candidates fail to get it rectified before the exam then candidates won't be able to appear in the exam. 

 

Q:   Where can I find the download link for the JEST admit card 2024?

A:

Applicants can find JEST admit card 2024 download link via visiting the official website which is jest.org.in. Sometimes it can happen that the link does not work or the website doesn't open then in that case it is advised to retry after some times as it happens mainly due to heavy load on the website or some server side errors. 

The JEST hall ticket 2024 can be downloaded via entering the login credentials and captcha. After downloading applicants need to carry it to exam centres along with photo copy of one identity proof.  

 

JEST Preparation Tips

The JEST preparation must be done in a systematic and disciplined manner. The preparation process for JEST requires at least six to eight months. Since JEST is a PhD level exam, candidates must have acquired in-depth subject knowledge. Some of the JEST 2024 preparations are given below:

  • Candidates must focus on clearing the concepts.
  • They must refer to the right preparation books and keep it limited to a few otherwise excess knowledge cramming may lead to further confusion. 
  • Aspirants should take as many mock tests as possible along with solving previous years' question papers. 
  • While solving mock tests candidates should develop a solid exam taking strategy which would help them attempt the question paper in a seamless manner. 

Candidates can go through some last-minute preparation tips for JEST below:

  • Revise daily: In the final days before the exam, there is no point in starting any fresh topic now. Revise all the topics daily that you have covered so far.

  • Practice previous year's question papers of JEST: Revision holds the key to success while practising previous year's question papers helps boost confidence level.

  • Work on weak areas: As you revise and solve question papers, you may come across doubts and questions that are difficult to solve. Practice all such questions over and over until you master them.

JEST 2204 Exam Centres

The JEST 2024 test centres cities list has been released by the exam conducting authorities along with the notification and information brochure. JEST is expected to be conducted across 38 test cities in the country. Candidates can go through JEST exam centres in the table below:

JEST Exam Centres

Ahmedabad

Aligarh

Allahabad

Amritsar

Bangalore

Bardhaman

Bhopal

Bhubaneswar

Kozhikode

Chandigarh

Chennai

Delhi

Goa

Guwahati

Hyderabad

Indore

Jaipur

Kanpur

Kharagpur

Kochi

Kolkata

Madurai

Mangalore

Mumbai

Nagpur

Nainital

Patna

Pune

Raipur

Roorkee

Sambalpur

Silchar

Siliguri

Srinagar

Trivandrum

Udaipur

 Vishakhapatnam

Vijayawada (subject to availability)

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JEST 2024 Exam Pattern

The Exam pattern for JEST paper consists of 50 questions. The test paper comprises multiple-choice questions and the paper will be divided into two parts. In the JEST exam, candidates are evaluated out of 300 marks.

Section No. of Questions
Part A 25
Part B 25
Total 50

JEST New Marking Scheme

Part

No of questions

Marks for Correct answer

Marks for wrong answer

Part A

25

3

1

Part B

15

9

3

JEST 2024 Courses Offered

Courses in which aspirants can secure admission based on their JEST result are as mentioned below:

PhD in Physics

Integrated PhD in Physics

PhD in Theoretical Computer Science

Integrated PhD in Theoretical Computer Science

PhD in Neuroscience

Integrated PhD in Neuroscience

PhD in Computational Biology

Integrated PhD in Computational Biology

 

Q:   Is there negative marking in JEST examination?

A:

The Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) typically employed negative marking for incorrect answers. Negative marking is a practice where a fraction of marks is deducted for each wrong answer. This policy is meant to discourage random guessing and encourage candidates to answer questions they are reasonably confident about.

-1 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer marked in section A and -3 will be deducted in section B.

However, please note that examination policies and procedures can change over time, and specific details, including whether or not negative marking is applied, may vary from one year to another. To get the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding the examination pattern, including the presence or absence of negative marking, it is recommend checking the official JEST website or referring to the official notification for the specific year's examination.

Candidates should always stay informed about the latest policies and guidelines related to the JEST examination to prepare effectively and make informed decisions during the exam.

 

Q:   What is the duration of JEST Examination?

A:

The Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) examination typically has a duration of three hours. Candidates were allotted this time to complete the exam. However, please keep in mind that the duration of the JEST examination or any other standardized test can change from year to year. Therefore, it's essential to verify the specific duration of the JEST exam for the year in which you plan to appear by referring to the official JEST website or official notifications. Exam duration is an important factor for time management during the test, so candidates should be well-informed about this aspect of the examination.

 

Q:   What is the level of questions in JEST Examination?

A:

The level of questions in the Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) examination is generally designed to assess the candidate's knowledge, understanding, and problem-solving skills in their chosen field of study. The level of questions can vary depending on the subject and sub-discipline within the field.

However, it is estimated that the questions are based on the general syllabi of graduation and post-graduation level courses offered by various Indian universities and institutions. JEST question papers usually are not made available. However, some questions from previous year's examinations are available.

 

JEST 2024 Syllabus

The JEST 2024 syllabus will be released by the exam authorities along with the official notification in the month of January, 2024. Candidates are tested on the basis of subjects such as Mathematical Methods, Classical Methods, Electromagnetism & Optics, Quantum Mechanics, Thermodynamics & Statistical Physics and Electronics. The syllabus has remained the same as in previous years. There is change of marking scheme in JEST exam pattern last year hence students are advised to check the details. 

Q:   Which fields of study are covered by the JEST examination?

A:

The Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) primarily covers the following fields of study:

  1. Physics: JEST is most well-known for its coverage of physics-related programs. It serves as a qualifying exam for Ph.D. and integrated Ph.D. programs in various areas of physics, including but not limited to astrophysics, condensed matter physics, high-energy physics, nuclear physics, and theoretical physics.

  2. Theoretical Computer Science: JEST also includes theoretical computer Science as one of its covered fields. It is used for admission to Ph.D. programs in theoretical computer Science and related areas.

  3. Neuroscience: JEST is applicable to Ph.D. programs in neuroscience, allowing candidates interested in this interdisciplinary field to seek admission to prestigious research institutions.

It's important to note that while JEST primarily covers these fields, the participating institutions and their specific programs may have variations in their eligibility criteria and areas of research. Therefore, candidates should check the official JEST website or the websites of the participating institutes for the most up-to-date information on the programs offered and their eligibility requirements.

 

Q:   What is JEST syllabus 2024?

A:

Applicants who want to appear in the exam can check the list of subjects from JEST 2024 syllabus given below:  

  • Classical Mechanics
  • Mechanical Methods
  • Electromagnetism and Optics
  • Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics
  • Electronics
  • Quantum Mechanics
 

JEST 2024 Question Paper

Since JEST is a paper-pencil-based test (PBT), the JEST Question Paper will be released by the exam authorities on the day of the exam. After the exam is over, candidates will be allowed to bring the JEST question paper out of the test centre. Aspirants planning to appear for the JEST exam next year can collect previous years' question papers from those who have appeared for the exam earlier, or the participating institutes' students for practice purposes. Solving previous years' question papers is important for succeeding in the exam. 

JEST 2024 Mock Test

JEST 2024 mock test or demo test is released by the exam authorities after the online applications are filled out, along with the admit card. The official mock test carries a total of nine questions, three questions each in three sections. The official JEST mock test is meant to get exposure to the exam format and navigation system. To get an understanding of the types of questions to expect, they have to solve the sample papers released by the exam officials.

Practicing the JEST 2024 mock test is one of the important aspects of exam preparation. Candidates were advised to take mock tests offered by unofficial sources such as coaching institutes. Aspirants could also solve the JEST questions papers for previous year. JEST mock tests would give students an overview of the types of questions, topics, difficulty level, etc. After solving and analysing the JEST 2024 mock tests, candidates would be able to gain an idea of their strengths and weaknesses, areas of improvement and develop an exam-taking strategy based on this

JEST 2024 Exam Analysis

JEST 2024 examination is yet to commence, therefore students who want to appear in the exam this year can check the JEST 2023 exam analysis to prepare better for the exam. 

JEST 2023 examination was found to be easy to moderate by some of the candidates who have appeared in the examination, while many found it moderate to difficult. The majority of the candidates found the examination level to be moderate. It was observed that the maximum number of questions that were asked in the examination was of master's or post-graduate level. The JEST 2023 examination had many questions that were asked from quantum mechanics and wave optics. Other domains from which the questions were asked are the hamiltonian air perturbation matrix, lagrangian concept, magnetic field, electric field, and flux. Some direct questions were also asked from the virtual ground concept.

 

JEST 2024 Answer Key

JEST 2024 answer key will be released in the first week of April, 2024, by the examination conducting body. Candidates can go through the official JEST answer key 2024 and calculate their estimated scores. Candidates have to download the answer keys of JEST 2024 by logging in to the official website by entering their registration credentials. After downloading the answer key if there is any concern or issue then applicants have to raise it to the exam conducting authorities. After checking the proof and supporting document the authorities will release the revised answer key. 

JEST 2024 Result

The JEST 2024 scorecard will be released in the fourth week of April 2024. Candidates who will appear in the JEST 2024 examination can download their results from the official website. Candidates will also be able to check their JEST 2024 result by filling in details, such as their roll number and date of birth on the official website of the exam. The result or scorecard of JEST 2024 would carry information such as section-wise and overall scores and the All India Rank (AIR) of candidates.  

Q:   Where can I check the JEST result 2024?

A:

Applicants who will be qualified by securing the minimum passing marks will be considered passing as per JEST results. It is to be noted that exam conducting authorities SERB, sent an email last year to the registered email id of the candidates by informing them that they are qualified students. 

Those who have not received the email could not secure the JEST cut off marks. This was done by the authorities last year though it may change this year as exam conducting authorities have changed from SERB to IIST. 

This year authorities may release the list of successful candidates on the official website. 

 

 

Q:   What will happen after the declaration of JEST 2024 results?

A:

Once the Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) will declare the result of JEST exam 2024. So only those candidates who have qualified the exam need to further apply in IITs, IISc, IISERs, NISER, etc. It is to be noted that students should apply to multiple institutions in order to take subjects and institutes of their choice.  

Those who are undergraduate can apply for M.Sc and PhD integrated programmes while those who are post graduate can apply directly for PhD programmes

 

JEST 2024 Cutoff

JEST 2024 Examination is yet to commence, therefore candidates can visit the JEST 2023 cut off mentioned in the below given table. The JEST 2023 cutoff refers to the minimum marks one has to score in order to qualify for the further rounds of the admission process. The following table brings the programme-wise JEST cutoff scores for last year. It is expected that the JEST 2023 cutoff remained on the same lines. The official JEST 2023 Cut off will be mentioned here, once it is released on the official website.

Programme JEST 2023 Cutoff Score (Expected)
PhD 80 - 90
Integrated MSc-PhD 80 - 90

 

Q:   What will be the JEST 2024 cut off?

A:

The JEST cut off for 2024 will be decided on the difficulty level of the exam, and number of applicants who appeared in the exam. Though previous year cut off also helps to expect the actual JEST cut off marks. While comparing JEST 2023 exam, it is to be noted that JEST previous year cut off used to vary from 28 to 40 out of total 100 marks but since this year there is change in marking scheme and total marks hence accordingly the JEST cut off marks will vary accordingly.

According to some coaching institutes, JEST cut off 2023 was in the range of 80 to 110 since total marks allotted to exam changed from 100 to 300 hence cut off marks also multiplied around 3 times in comparison to previous year.  

 

Q:   What is JEST exam cut off?

A:

Applicants who want to know about the JEST cutoff should note that the cut off is the minimum passing marks one must secure to qualify for taking admission. The JEST cut off is calculated on the basis of total number of seats, difficulty level of exam, marking scheme of exam and the total number of candidates securing that passing marks. 

Since this year there is a change in marking scheme compared to previous year hence the JEST 2024 cut off will be different than previous years. 

 

JEST 2024 Counselling

The JEST 2024 Counselling process will be conducted by the participating institutes separately. Each JEST 2024 participating institute will release the list shortlisted  candidates for interview on the basis of cutoff marks and then they had to appear for the interview rounds. The participating institutes will release the interview dates and venue along with the shortlisted candidates and communicate the details via email and SMS.

In the interview rounds, the institute authorities analysed candidates' subject knowledge, academic rigor and aspirations.

JEST 2024: List of Colleges accepting Scores (Expected)

JEST exam is a means through which aspirants can secure admission in PhD and integrated PhD programmes. Go through the list of JEST participating colleges below.

Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES), Nainital

Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), Bangalore

Bose Institute, Kolkata

Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore

Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI), Mumbai

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

Harish-Chandra Research Institute (HRI), Allahabad

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

International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS)-TIFR, Bangalore

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

Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam

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

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

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

The Institute of Mathematical Sciences (IMSc), Chennai

National Brain Research Centre (NBRC), Manesar

Institute of Physics (IOP), Bhubaneswar

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

Institute for Plasma Research (IPR), Gandhinagar

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

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

Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), Ahmedabad

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

Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT), Indore

Raman Research Institute (RRI), Bangalore

TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences (TCIS), Hyderabad

Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics (SINP), Kolkata

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai

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

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

Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC), Kolkata

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

Also Read: List of colleges & courses for JEST admission

JEST 2024 Application Process

The official link for JEST 2024 examination has been generated. Candidates can fill JEST 2024 application form online. After filling out the application form they needed to pay the application fee which can be done online using a credit/debit card or net banking. Application fee payment will be accepted online only.

The first step of JEST application form 2024 is to register by entering the basic personal and contact details. After that, candidates have to log in through the registration credentials and then fill up the application form with educational details, preference of exam cities, courses and colleges and uploading documents, photograph and signature. The last step is to pay the application fee.

JEST 2024 Eligibility Criteria

Listed below are general JEST 2024 eligibility criteria for MSc, PhD and Integrated/MSc/MTech - PhD programmes. To view detailed eligibility criteria for admission in programmes offered at colleges accepting JEST scores for admission, candidates are advised to visit the official website of the respective colleges/institutes.

JEST 2024 Eligibility Criteria for PhD programme in Physics

The eligibility criteria to take the JEST exam for the PhD course in Physics varies from college to college.

  • MSc in Physics (in all participating Institutes).
  • MSc in Mathematics / Applied Physics / Applied Mathematics / Optics and Photonics / Instrumentation / Electronics will also be considered at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore.
  • BE or BTech will be considered at IISc, IMSc, ICTS-TIFR, IUCAA, JNCASR, NCRA-TIFR, TIFR-TCIS, RRI, IISER Mohali, IISER Pune, IISER Thiruvananthapuram.
  • MSc 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.
  • MSc in Physics, Chemistry, Applied Mathematics, Biophysics or Biochemistry will be considered at SNBNCBS.
  • BTech Eng Phys will be considered at TIFR.
  • ME/MTech in Applied Physics will be considered at NISER.

JEST 2024 Eligibility Criteria for PhD programme in Theoretical Computer Science at IMSc

  • MSc/ME/MTech.in Computer Science and related disciplines, and should be interested in the mathematical aspects of computer science.

JEST 2024 Eligibility Criteria for PhD in Neuroscience at NBRC

  • MSc (Physics/ Mathematics), BE/BTech/MCA in Computer Science

JEST 2024 Eligibility Criteria for PhD in Computational Biology at IMSc

  • MSc/ME/MTech?/MCA in any engineering or science discipline, with good mathematical skills and a strong interest in biological problems.

JEST 2024 Eligibility Criteria for Integrated MSc/MTech - PhD Programme (Physics)

  • BSc (Physics/Mathematics) will be considered at SNBNCBS.
  • BSc (Physics) will be considered at IMSc.
  • BSc (Physics/Mathematics/BE/BTech in Electrical/Instrumentation/Engineering Physics/Electronics and Communications/Computer Science and Engineering/Optics and Photonics will be considered in IIA.
  • BSc (Physics) or BE/BTech in Engineering Physics, with a minimum of first-class marks, will be considered at NISER.
  • BSc (Physics) will be considered at IISER-Pune, ICTS-TIFR, NCRA-TIFR, and TIFR-TCIS.

JEST 2024 Eligibility Criteria for Integrated PhD Programme in Theoretical Computer Science at IMSc

  • BSc/BE/BTech/MCA in Computer Science or related disciplines and should be interested in the mathematical aspects of computer science.

JEST 2024 Eligibility Criteria for Integrated MTech - PhD Programme at IIA

  • MSc (Physics/Applied Physics/Post-BSc (Hons) in Optics and Optoelectronics / Radio Physics and Electronics.

JEST 2024 Eligibility Criteria for Integrated PhD Programme at IISER Thiruvananthapuram

  • BSc (Physics) or BE/BTech in any discipline.

JEST 2024 Eligibility Criteria for MSc Programme at HRI

  • BSc (Physics) or BE/BTech degree in any discipline.
  • HRI has started a new MSc programme in Physics in 2021. The Integrated PhD programme in Physics at HRI is discontinued in 2021.

Age Limit: There is no age restriction for appearing in the JEST exam.

Q:   What is the typical application process for JEST, and where can candidates apply?

A:

The application process for the Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) typically involves several steps. Please note that the process and requirements may change, so it's essential to refer to the official JEST website or the websites of participating institutions for the most up-to-date information. Here is a general overview of the application process:

  1. Online Registration: Candidates need to visit the official JEST website and complete the online registration process. They will be required to provide personal information, contact details, and academic qualifications during registration.

  2. Payment of Application Fee: After registering online, candidates are usually required to pay the application fee. The fee amount may vary from year to year and can depend on factors such as the category of the candidate (General, SC/ST, etc.). Payment can be made online through various methods such as debit/credit cards or net banking.

  3. Selection of Exam Centers: Candidates can select their preferred exam center (s) from the available options. It's important to choose an exam center that is convenient and accessible to you.

  4. Uploading Documents: Candidates may be required to upload scanned copies of documents, including a recent photograph and signature, as specified in the application instructions.

  5. Completing the Application Form: Candidates should carefully fill out the application form, providing accurate information and ensuring that all mandatory fields are completed.

  6. Submission of Application: After completing the application form and making the payment, candidates must submit the application online. They will receive a confirmation of the successful submission of the application.

  7. Admit Card Download: Subsequently, candidates can download their admit cards from the official website. The admit card contains important information such as the exam date, time, and venue.

Candidates can apply for JEST through the official JEST website. The website typically provides detailed instructions, including the specific documents required, important dates, and any changes to the application process for that particular year.

It's crucial for candidates to keep track of important dates, adhere to the guidelines provided, and regularly check the official JEST website for updates and announcements related to the application process and examination details.

 

Q:   What is the application fee for JEST Examination?

A:

Here are the typical application fee details for JEST:

  1. General and OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) Candidates: The application fee for General and OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) candidates was around INR 400 to INR 500. Please note that this fee amount may vary from year to year.

  2. SC/ST and Physically Challenged (PH) Candidates: SC/ST and Physically Challenged (PH) candidates usually received a reduced application fee, which was typically around INR 200 to INR 250. Again, the fee amount can change, so it's essential to check the latest fee details on the official JEST website.

  3. Female Candidates: In some years, there were concessions for female candidates, with a reduced application fee similar to SC/ST and PH candidates.

 

Q:   Is JEST Application fee refundable?

A:

The application fee for the Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) is non-refundable in nature. Once a candidate paid the application fee and submitted the application, it was generally not refunded under normal circumstances, even if the candidate did not appear for the exam or if they did not qualify for admission.

However, it's important to note that policies and procedures can change, and different examination authorities may have varying rules regarding fee refunds.

 

FAQs Regarding JEST Exam 2024

Here are some important frequently asked questions listed for JEST 2024 Examination.

Q:   Is JEST Online or Offline?

A:

Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) is an entrance exam test for admission to PhD and International PhD programme of different participating institutes for two subjects Physics and theoretical Computer Science/Neuroscience.

This exam is conducted in offline mode/ pen-paper mode. This year exam conducting authorities have changed, earlier it used to be Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) but now it has changed to Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST). Hence the final validation will be declared along with releasing of notification but as per previous year JEST exam pattern it will be conducted in offline mode only. 

 

Q:   Is there any limit to apply for the JEST examination?

A:

No, there is no limit to apply for the JEST exam. There is no restriction on age for appearing in the JEST examination according to information available till now. Though, each participating institute has its own eligibility criteria which applicants need to check before applying for the JEST exam.

It is to be noted that even if you have qualified the JEST exam successfully and you fail in the eligibility criteria decided by participating institutes then you won't be able to take admission.

 

Q:   When will JEST 2024 notification be out?

A:

The JEST 2024 notification as well as the application form was released in online mode on January 5, 2024. Applicants who want to fill out the form till January 31, 2024. Earlier the last date to register for JEST 2024 was January 24, 2024.

Candidates are advised to check their eligibility before filling the form. Students before filling the application form must check the application fees. The fees vary for different categories UG, SC/ST and Female applicants. 

The JEST 2024 exam will be conducted on March 3, 2024 in online mode.

 

Q:   When did JEST 2024 registration start?

A:

Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), the examination conducting body for JEST 2024 examination, released the JEST 2024 online application form on January 5, 2024. Aspiring preaparing for JEST 2024 examination must check their eligibility criteria before applying for JEST 2024 application form.

It is important to note that specific dates for the release of the application form and other important deadlines can change from year to year. Therefore, it is highly recommended to visit the official JEST website or regularly checking official notifications and announcements related to the JEST examination for the most up-to-date information regarding the application process and schedule for the year you plan to apply.

 

Q:   What are the participating universities for the JEST 2024 examination?

A:

JEST 2024 exam is conducted for admission to PhD and Int. PhD programmes in Physics, Theoretical Computer Science and Neuroscience or Computational Biology. Several renowned institutions in India participate in JEST for admissions to their PhD. and Integrated PhD programs. The list of participating university is mentioned below:

Participating Institute

Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES), Nainital

Bose Institute, Kolkata

Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI), Mumbai

Harish-Chandra Research Institute (HRI), Allahabad

International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS)-TIFR, Bangalore

Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam

Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), Bangalore

Jawaharlal Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Institute of Mathematical Sciences (IMSc), Chennai

Institute of Physics (IOP), Bhubaneswar

Institute for Plasma Research (IPR), Gandhinagar

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

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

National Brain Research Centre (NBRC), Manesar

 

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JEST exam is conducted to shortlist applicants for PhD and Int. PhD courses. The syllabus of the PhD Physics and Computer Science is vast. Applicants who want to appear in the JEST exam must note that this preparation requires study along with doing PG. Normally applicants who qualify the exam takes

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The exact number of JEST cutoff marks will be out after the conclusion of the exam. But by observing previous year trends of JEST exam it can be said that cut off will be different for PhD and Integrated PhD. 

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Since this year Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) is conducting the exam, hence the cutoff marks of JEST 2024 will be released by the same authorities. It will be released in online mode. Previously Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) used to conduct the exam and rele

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The JEST cut off marks for the different subjects will be different and it will be released by the authorities after declaration of the result. The JEST cutoff will be prepared on the basis of correct answer key. 

The JEST cutoff mark varies for both Ph.D and Integrated Ph.D courses. It will not be s

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JEST cut off marks are the minimum marks that applicants need to secure to pass the JEST exam. The cutoff marks will be same for all the categories, hence the cutoff marks would not differ. 

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The authorities have provided two days time to modify/update the JEST application 2024. Applicants could do that from February 2 to 4, 2024 in online mode.  

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Yes, candidates are allowed to challenge the answer keys within the stipulated date and by paying the requisite amount. There is a certain format that students have to follow, otherwise their submitted challenges will not be considered.

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Applicants who are unable to check their results need to check their email id as the login credentials are sent to the official email as well as on the registered phone number. 

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