JEST 2021 Notification, Eligibility, Exam Dates, Application, Institutes

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Joint Entrance Screening Test 2021 [JEST 2021 Exam]

JEST 2021 – The National Centre for Radio Astrophysics and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research has released the notification for Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) 2021. 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.
Applicants seeking admission for a PhD/Integrated PhD Program in Physics or Theoretical Computer Science or Neuroscience or Computational Biology in one of the Participating Institutes may appear for the Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) 2021.


See Also : JEST 2021 exam date announced


JEST 2021 Exam

  • The JEST Exam is held for two subjects, 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 2021
  • Participating Institutes have their own eligibility criteria. Applicants who are expected to complete their final exams by August of each year are also eligible to appear for the JEST exam of that year
  • Students can get enrolled in the following PhD Programs by qualifying the JEST 2021 Exam


Theoretical Computer Science


Computational Biology





JEST 2021 Important Dates



Release of Application Form

11th January 2021

Last Date to Apply

14th February 2021

Application Form Correction

To be notified

Release of Admit Card

To be notified

Exam Date JEST 2021

11th April 2021

Release of Answer Key

To be notified

Last Date to Challenge Answer Key

To be notified

Date of Result

To be notified

Eligibility Criteria for JEST 2021

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

PhD Program in Physics

  • M.Sc. in Physics (all participating Institutes) – Additionally, some institutes accept B.E. / B.Tech. / M.Sc. / M.E. / M.Tech. in disciplines of Applied Physics and Mathematics, as listed below.
  • 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 IMSc

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

Ph D 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 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.

No of Attempts

  • There is no restriction on the number of times one can appear for the JEST examination

Age Criteria

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

JEST 2021 Application Process

  • Candidates for Physics/Theoretical Computer Science/Neuroscience can apply for JEST-2021 Online through Email applications and photocopies of printed applications will not be accepted
  • Details regarding the on-going programs at different institutions are available at JEST-2021 website
  • Applications for JEST-2021 can be submitted online Only; before filling the online application form, the candidate is requested to read the following instructions carefully
  • In case the jpeg file of your photo which has been taken with camera exceeds the limit, you should compress the file size using compression softwares available in the websites, such as,
  • For any further details regarding application, eligibility criteria and admission procedure, candidates are requested to visit the university website

Application Fee

Candidates can pay the fee for JEST 2021 application form with the help of online payment modes like net banking / credit card and debit card.


Rs. 400/-

SC / ST / Gen-Female

Rs. 100/-

SC / ST Females


Selection Procedure

The official authority has levied the following selection procedure for JEST 2021 Admission in the 32 participating institutes.

Stage 1

JEST 2021 i.e a common entrance test held in the pen and paper mode. The applicants must note that the JEST question papers are normally not made available.

Stage 2

Selected candidates are then called for the interview session at the participating institutes.

JEST 2021 Exam Pattern

Candidates, who want to ace the examination with flying colors, must read and understand the JEST 2021 Exam Pattern from below.

For Physics Paper

Type of Questions

There are MCQ types of questions.

Number of alternatives

There are 4 alternatives.

Number of Sections

The question paper is divided into 3 sections i.e Part A and Part B and C


The JEST 2021 is held in English language

Marking Scheme

The official authority has prescribed the following marking scheme

For correct answers

3 marks are allotted in Section A

For Section

There is no negative marking.

Paper Pattern


Number of Questions


Part A



Part B



Part C




Test Centres

Candidates can check out the list of all the test centres for JEST 2021. They are as follows.






































Jest 2021 Admit Card

  • SERB, releases the admit card on the official website i.e
  • Candidates need to login with their username and password to download the same. No candidate is allowed to enter the test centre without their JEST 2021 hall ticket and a valid identity proof
  • The JEST 2021 Admit Card comprises important information like name of candidates, test centre name and address, timings, roll number etc.

For more details and to apply online, please visit the official website