Joint Entrance Screening Test

Joint Entrance Screening Test

Mode of ExamOffline
Level of ExamNational Level

What is JEST?

Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) is conducted jointly by several premier institutes such as IISc, IISERs, NISER, etc. The organising authority, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), conducted JEST 2021 across 37 exam centre spread across the country. The official dates for JEST 2021 have been released online and the national-level entrance exam was scheduled to be conducted on April 11, 2021, but has been postponed until further notice. Candidates are informed that if they wanted to pursue PhD or Integrated PhD course in one of the participating institutes in the below-mentioned streams they had to qualify JEST 2021 exam.

JEST Exam Highlights

Exam Name

JEST (Joint Entrance Screening Test) 2021

Exam for Course Level

PhD level



Test Duration

180 minutes

No. of Test Cities

37 cities in India

Courses Offered

Integrated MSc / MTech- PhD/ PhD

Registration Dates

11-Jan-2021 to 14-Feb-2021

Exam Date



Exam Website


JEST 2021 Admission Process

Candidates need to go through the below-mentioned steps to take part in JEST admission process successfully.

Step 1: Fill JEST Application Form

Candidates had to fill JEST 2021 application form online. Once they had duly filled the application form they needed to pay the application fee which could be done online using a credit/debit card or even net banking. Application fee payment was also accepted online only. No other mode was accepted.

Step 2: Get JEST Admit Card

Aspirants needed to download JEST 2021 admit card from the official website of the exam. The official website informed: “Admit cards will not be sent by post/email. Bring a print-out of the downloaded Admit Card and one of your photo-ids to the examination centre”.

Step 3: Give Joint Entrance Screening Test

Aspirants had to appear for the JEST 2021 exam according to the date, time and venue mentioned on their admit card. JEST exam will be of three hours duration and was conducted on the exam date from 10 am to 1 pm.

Step 4: Check JEST Result

Candidates can check their JEST 2021 result by filling in details, such as their roll number and date of birth on the official website of the exam.

Step 5: Contact Colleges Accepting JEST Scores

After aspirants qualify JEST 2021 exam they need to contact colleges that accept JEST scores for admission and further fulfil the admission criteria as listed by them.


JEST 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Listed below is general JEST 2021 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 2021 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 Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore.
  • BE or BTech will be considered at IIScIMSc, ICTS-TIFR, IUCAAJNCASR, 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 2021 Eligibility Criteria for PhD programme in Theoretical Computer Science at IMSc

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

JEST 2021 Eligibility Criteria for PhD in Neuroscience at NBRC

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

JEST 2021 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 2021 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 2021 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 2021 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 2021 Eligibility Criteria for Integrated PhD Programme at IISER Thiruvananthapuram

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

JEST 2021 Eligibility Criteria for MSc Programme at HRI

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

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

JEST 2021 Syllabus for Mathematical Methods

  • Vector Algebra and Vector Calculus
  • Tensors
  • Curvilinear Coordinate Systems
  • Linear Algebra
  • Linear Differential Equations
  • Elements of Sturm–Liouville Theory
  • Special Functions
  • Complex Analysis
  • Fourier Series And Fourier Transforms
  • Laplace Transforms
  • Elementary Properties of Discrete Groups
  • Elements of Probability Theory
  • Error Analysis

JEST 2021 Syllabus for Classical Mechanics

  • Newton’s Laws
  • Conservation Of Energy and Momentum
  • Collisions
  • Generalised Coordinates
  • Principle of Least Action
  • Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Formulations of Mechanics
  • Symmetry and Conservation Laws
  • Central Force Problem
  • Kepler Problem
  • Small Oscillations and Normal Modes
  • Special Relativity in Classical Mechanics

JEST 2021 Syllabus for Electromagnetism & Optics

  • Electrostatics and Magnetostatics
  • Boundary Value Problems
  • Multipole Expansion
  • Fields in Conducting
  • Dielectric
  • Diamagnetic and Paramagnetic Media
  • Faraday’s Law and Time Varying Fields
  • Displacement Current
  • Maxwell’s Equations
  • Energy and Momentum of Electromagnetic Fields
  • Propagation of Plane Electromagnetic Waves
  • Reflection, Refraction
  • Electromagnetic Waves in Dispersive And Conducting Media
  • Diffraction
  • Interference
  • Polarisation

JEST 2021 Syllabus for Quantum Mechanics

  • Uncertainty Principle
  • Schrodinger Equation
  • Central Potentials
  • Hydrogen Atom
  • Orbital and Spin Angular Momenta
  • Addition of Angular Momenta
  • Matrix Formulation of Quantum Theory
  • Unitary Transformations
  • Hermitian Operators
  • Variational Principle
  • Time Independent Perturbation Theory
  • Time Dependent Perturbation Theory

JEST 2021 Syllabus for Thermodynamics & Statistical Physics

  • Laws of Thermodynamics
  • Work and Heat
  • Thermodynamic Potentials
  • Elements of Kinetic Theory
  • Maxwell’s Relations
  • Statistical Ensembles
  • Partition Function
  • Classical Ideal Gas
  • Harmonic Oscillators
  • Classical and Quantum Statistics
  • Fermi and Bose Gases
  • Black Body Radiation
  • Statistics of Paramagnetism

JEST 2021 Syllabus for Electronics

  • Basics of Semiconductor
  • p-n Junctions
  • Diodes
  • Transistors
  • LCR Circuits
  • Rectifiers
  • Amplifiers
  • Active Filters and Oscillators
  • Basics of OPAMPS and their Applications
  • Basics of Digital Electronics


Application Start Date :

11th January 2021

Application End Date :

14th February 2021

Exam Date :

11th April 2021

Result Date :
Conducted By :

Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB)

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