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JEST 2018 Notification - Eligibility, Exam Dates, Application, Institutes

Joint Entrance Screening Test 2018


JEST 2018 Notification has been released now. Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) is conducted by several premier research institutes for admission to PhD and Integrated PhD Program in its different participating institutions


The JEST Exam is held for two subjects only, namely, Physics and Theoretical Computer Science/Neuroscience/Computational Biology. JEST is recognized as a National Eligibility Test (NET) by the Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB). In this article, we are providing detailed information about JEST 2018


JEST 2018 Exam

The Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB) (statutory body established through an Act of Parliament) recognizes JEST as a National Eligibility Test (NET) in their office Memo vide OM No.SB/S9/Z-01/2015. Fellows working in SERB Programmes and qualified in NET are eligible to get enhanced fellowship

Participating Institutes have their own eligibility criteria. Applicants who are expected to complete their final examinations by August of each year are also eligible to appear for the JEST exam of that year.



Eligibility Criteria for JEST 2018

Listed below are tentative eligibility criteria of admission to M.Sc., PhD, and Integrated / M.Sc. / M. Tech. - PhD Programs in the participating institutes


For PhD Program in Physics:

(a) Candidates should hold an M.Sc in Physics or M.Sc/M.E/M.Tech in related disciplines

(b) Applicants should hold an M.Sc in Mathematics/Applied Physics/Applied Mathematics/Optics & Photonics/Instrumentation/Electronics will also be considered at IIA

(c) BE or B.Tech will also be considered at IISc, IMSc, ICTS-TIFR, IUCAA, JNCASR, NCRA-TIFR, TIFR-TCIS, RRI, IISER Mohali, IISER Pune, IISER Thiruvananthapuram and SNBNCBS

(d) Talented final year B.Sc and first year M.Sc in Physics/Electronics/Astronomy/Applied Mathematics students may also apply to be pre-selected for research scholarship at IUCAA

(e) M.Sc in Physics, Engineering Physics or Applied Physics will also be considered at IPR; at TIFR, only B.Tech Engineering Physics & M.Sc. Physics are eligible


For Theoretical Computer Science/Neuroscience/Computational Biology:

Candidates must have an M.Sc/ME/M.Tech/MCA in Computer Science and related disciplines (visit website of IMSc for further details)
​M.Sc/ME/M.Tech​/MCA in any Engg or Science discipline, with good mathematical skills and strong interest in biological problems for PhD in Computational Biology at IMSc


For Integrated M.Sc/M.Tech-PhD Program:

For at HRI, IISER-Pune, ICTS-TIFR, SNBNCBS, NCRA-TIFR & TIFR-TCIS candidates with a Bachelor's degree will also be considered for the Integrated M.Sc, PhD Program in Physics

At IMSc, graduates with Bachelor’s degree in Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Sci./IT/Engg will also be considered for admission in Physics and in Theoretical Computer Science, as part of an integrated PhD Program; all candidates successful in the course work of this program shall be awarded an M.Sc. degree


For Integrated M.Tech-PhD Program at IIA:

Candidates should hold Graduates with M.Sc (Physics/Applied Physics)/Post-B.Sc (Hons) in Optics and Optoelectronics/Radio Physics and Electronics/BE/B.Tech degree in subjects mentioned above will be considered (visit IIA website for details)


For Integrated PhD Program at IISER, Thiruvananthapuram:

Candidates should hold Graduates with Bachelor’s degree in Physics/Technology/Engineering will be considered for the Integrated PhD Program in Physics


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

No of Attempts: There is no restriction on the number of times one can appear for the JEST examination

Age: There is no restriction on age for appearing in JEST examination; however, each participating institute has its own eligibility criteria


Important Dates for JEST 2018


Registrations Open from 15th November 2017


Online Applications will be Available for Submission from 15th November 2017


Last Date for Submitting Online Applications & Payments is 16th December 2017


JEST 2018 exam will be held on 18th February 2018 (Sunday)


Exam Test

The questions for JEST 2018 will be based on the general syllabi of graduation and post-graduation level courses offered by various Indian universities and institutions; some questions from previous year's examinations are available at www.jest.org.in

Syllabus of Physics and Sample questions of Physics and Theoretical Computer Science are available at the website



Exam Centers

There will be multiple test centres at Ahmedabad, Aligarh, Allahabad, Bangalore, Bardhaman, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Kochi, Kolkata, Madurai, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nainital, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Roorkee, Sambalpur, Silchar, Siliguri, Srinagar, Trivandrum, Udaipur and Vishakhapatnam


JEST 2018 Application - How to Apply for JEST 2018 ?

Candidates for Physics/Theoretical Computer Science/Neuroscience can apply for JEST-2018 Online through Email applications and photocopies of printed applications will not be accepted

Details regarding the on-going programmes at different institutions are available at JEST-2018 website www.jest.org.in

Applications for JEST-2018 can be submitted On-line Only; before filling the online application form, candidate is requested to read the following instructions carefully

For any further details regarding application, eligibility criteria and admission procedure, candidates are requested to visit the university website www.jest.org.in


Application Fee

An Application Fee of Rs.300/- (Rs.150/- for SC/ST applicants only) is required to be paid along with the application which can be paid online using Debit/Credit cards and
Net-banking. Payment by any other mode will not be accepted

For further information, please visit JEST website (http://www.jest.org.in)


JEST 2018 Participating Institutes

Visit the individual institute pages to view the programmes and subject areas being offered

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


NISER Bhubaneswar

NISER Bhubaneswar is the organising institution for JEST 2018. The co-ordinators can be reached at jest2018@niser.ac.in, Phone No.: 044-2254-3100, Email jest2018@iisermohali.ac.in, Website www.jest.org.in