JEST 2018

JEST 2018 - Joint Entrance Screening Test

Last Date to Apply

16 December 2017

22 December 2017

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About JEST 2018

JEST 2018 will be conducted by Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam for admission to PhD in Theoretical Computer Science or Neuroscience or Computational Biology or PhD / Integrated PhD Programme in Physics in one of the Participating Institutes. Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) is recognized as a National Eligibility Test (NET) by Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB). The score obtained by the candidates in JEST 2018 is valid only for one year. Candidates can go through this article for information regarding the eligibility criteria, schedule, and examination process.

Candidates can appear for the JEST examination in Physics or Theoretical Computer Science but not for both. There are 31 participating institutes that accept JEST score for admission to their courses.

Latest Update: JEST Result is declared on 22 March 2018. JEST Result 2018 Declared! - Download JEST Scorecard Here

Candidates are informed that the last date of JEST application submission is extended from 16 December 2017 to 22 December 2017.

JEST 2018 Schedule

The schedule for the JEST 2018 is given below. The online Application has been started.



JEST 2018 Application Starts

17 November 2017

JEST Application Ends

16 December 2017

22 December 2017

JEST Admit card 

25 January 2018

JEST 2018 Exam 

18 February 2018

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JEST 2018 Eligibility criteria

Interested candidates should check the eligibility criteria before filling the online application form. The eligibility criteria will be different for different participating institutes. Candidates should check the websites/advertisements of the participating institutes for their eligibility criteria in details. Here we are giving the tentative eligibility criteria for M.Sc, Ph.D., and Integrated M.Sc / M.Tech. - Ph.D. programs in the participating institutes.

Age: There is no upper age limit to participate in the exam.  However, due to each institute having their own eligibility criteria, candidates refer to the official sites of these institutes.

No of attempts: There is no restriction on the maximum number of attempts. The candidates can apply as many times as they want.

Academic Qualification: Candidates who have a degree in M.Sc, Integrated Ph.D., B.Sc. in physics/mathematics; Regular Ph.D., M.Sc in physics/ applied-physics; B.Tech./B.E./M.E./M.Tech./4 year B.S./M.C.A. may also be considered for M.Sc and Ph.D. (integrated and regular) programmes in some institutes. Students who are pursuing their final year in these courses are also eligible to appear for JEST 2018. The institute wise academic qualifications are given below.



Ph.D. in Physics

  • M.Sc. in Physics (all participating Institutes)
  • Some institutes accept B.E. / B.Tech. / M.Sc. / M.E. / M.Tech. in disciplines of Applied Physics and Mathematics.
  • 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./ M.Tech in Applied Physics will be considered at NISER.

Theoretical Computer Science at IIMC

  • M.Sc./ M.E. / M.Tech. in Computer Science and related disciplines.

PhD in Neuroscience at NBRC

  • M.Sc (Physics/ Mathematics), B.E/ B.Tech/ M.C.A in Computer Science.


Ph D in Computational Biology at IMSc

  • M.Sc./ M.E. / M.Tech. / MCA  in any engineering or science discipline, with good mathematical skills and a strong interest in biological problems.

Integrated M.Sc. / M.Tech - Ph.D Programme (Physics)

  • B. Sc. (Physics / Mathematics) will be considered at SNBNCBS.
  • B. Sc. (Physics) will be considered at IMSc.
  • B.Sc. (Physics / Mathematics) / B.E. / B.Tech. in Electrical / Instrumentation / Engineering Physics / Electronics and Communications / Computer Science and Engineering / Optics and Photonics will be considered in IIA.
  • B.Sc (Physics) or B.E./B. Tech in Engineering Physics, with a minimum of first class marks, will be considered at NISER.
  • B.Sc. (Physics) will be considered at IISER-Pune, ICTS-TIFR, NCRA-TIFR, and TIFR-TCIS.
  • B. Sc. (Physics / Mathematics) / B.E. / B.Tec. will be considered for Integrated M.Sc - PhD at Bose Institute.

Integrated Ph.D. Programme in Theoretical Computer Science at IMSc

  • B.Sc./B.E./B.Tech./M.C.A. in Computer Science or related disciplines and should be interested in the mathematical aspects of computer science.

Integrated M. Tech – Ph.D. programme at IIA

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

Integrated Ph.D. Programme at IISER IISER. Thiruvananthapuram

  • B. Sc. (Physics) or B.E. / B. Tech. in any discipline
M. Sc. Programme at HRI. 
  • B. Sc. (Physics) or B.E./B.Tech. degree in any discipline
  • 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.


JEST 2018 Application form and Admit Card

The application form will be available online only and must be submitted by the candidates before the last date. The link to apply online will be provided on this page as soon as the application form will be released. The steps to submit the online application form are given below.

STEP 1 – Registration

  • To get themselves registered, candidates need to click on "register to appear for the exam" link in the Homepage of the official site.
  • Here candidates need to provide a valid email id through which further communication will be done.
  • After registration candidates will get a mail regarding resetting the password and further login.

JEST 2018 Application Form - Apply Online Here

STEP 2 – Filling the Application Form

  • Now the candidates can log in to the JEST homepage with username (your email-id) and password. Here they can fill the form and save it or can modify an already saved form.
  • After filling and checking all the mandatory entries of the application form candidates need to press the "Submit Application".

STEP 3 – Uploading Photograph and Signature

  • Now the candidates need to upload their passport size photo and scanned signature in jpg files format.
  • The details of the signature and photograph are given below.





Less than 50 KB

  • Minimum: 100 X 125 pixels (width x height)
  • Maximum: 240 x 300 pixels (width x height)


Less than 100 KB

150 x 30 pixels (width x height)


STEP 4 – Application Fee Payment

  • Now the candidates need to pay the application fee through online mode using SBI Epay.
  • The application fee can be paid using Credit/Debit card or net banking. No other mode of payment will be entertained. Candidates must note that application fee can be paid only through Master and Visa cards.

STEP 5 – Completion of application process

  • After submitting the complete online application form and making successful e-payment of the application fee the submission procedure is complete. Now no modification will be allowed.
  • After the final submission of online application form candidates will receive an E-mail in which their Application data containing Unique Submission Number and filled in data will be provided.
  • Candidates need to save his/her Unique Submission Number for further correspondence with the JEST authority.

JEST Application form submission

JESt Application form has to be submitted online only. Candidates need not send the application form or any other document to the authority. However, it is advisable to keep a  printout of the application form and your Unique Submission Number safe until the time of admission. 

JEST Admit Card 2018

The admit card for the JEST will be released by the official website of JEST after 20 January 2018. Candidates need to bring a printout of the downloaded admit card and one photo Id proof for entry into the examination centre. No, admit cards will be sent by post/email. The link for downloading the admit card will also be available here.

JEST Admit Card 2018 - Download Here

JEST 2018 Fees

The application fee will be different for different category candidates. Candidates can check the application fee from here.


Application fee

General (Males)

Rs 300

General (Females)

Rs 150

SC/ST (Males)

Rs 150

SC/ST (Females)

No application fee

JEST 2018 Result and Counselling

The result for JEST will be declared after the successful conduction of the exam. Candidates can check their result on the official website. The link to check the result will also be available here on this page.

JEST Result 2018 - Download JEST Scorecard

JEST 2018 Exam pattern

  • Mode of exam- Pen and paper-based test
  • Type of Question- Subjective and objective both
  • JEST 2018 Syllabus- The questions will be based on the general syllabi of graduation and post-graduation level courses offered by various Indian universities and institutions. Click here for Complete Syllabus.
  • JEST Sample Question Paper- 

JEST 2018 Exam Pattern and Marking for Physics


Details Part A Part B Part C
No of questions 15 10 25
Total marks 15*3 = 45 10*3 = 30 25*1 = 25
Negative marking per wrong answer 1 no negative marks 1/3


JEST 2018 Important details

The JEST 2018 will be conducted only in the locations provided below. The center is subject availability, the second option will be allotted if the center is not available. 

JEST Test Centers



Aligarh  Allahabad Bangalore Bardhaman  Bhopal


Chandigarh Chennai Delhi Goa Guwahati


Indore Jaipur Kanpur Kharagpur Kochi


Madurai Mangalore Mumbai Nagpur Nainital


Pune Raipur, Roorkee Sambalpur Silchar,


Srinagar Trivandrum Udaipur Vishakhapatnam  --


Institutes accepting JEST Scores 2018

The institutes in which candidates can get admission by appearing in JEST are given here. All the participating institutes have their own eligibility criteria. Candidates need to visit the individual institute pages to view the programmes and subject areas being offered there. Here we are giving the list of these institutes:

Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Science (ARIES), Nainital UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research(CSR), Indore
Bose Institute, Kolkata Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai
Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI), Mumbai TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences (TIFR - TCIS), Hyderabad
Harish-Chandra Research Institute (HRI), Allahabad Satyendra Nath Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences (SNBNCBS),  Kolkata
International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS), Bangalore   Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics (SINP), Kolkata
Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam  Raman Research Institute (RRI), Bangalore
Indian Institute of Astrophysics(IIA), Bangalore Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT), Indore
Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore  Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), Ahmedabad
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Bhopal   National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, TIFR (NCRA- TIFR), Pune
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Kolkata  National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar 
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Mohali National Brain Research Centre (NBRC), Manesar
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research(JNCASR), Bangalore
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Thiruvananthapuram Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics(IUCAA), Pune
Indian Institute of Space Science  and Technology(IIST), Thiruvananthapuram Institute for Plasma Research (IPR), Gandhinagar
The Institute of Mathematical Sciences,(IMSc), Chennai  Institute of Physics (IOP), Bhubaneswar
Institute for Plasma Research (IPR), Gandhinagar  --


JEST 2018 Contact

Indira Gandhi Centre for Automic Research,
Email: jest2018@igcar.gov.in 
Phone number-  (044) 2748 0267, 27480066, 27481179 

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