Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST)- Thiruvananthapuram notifies Joint Entrance Screening Test 2024 for PhD and Integrated PhD Programs Admission, Apply Now


JEST 2024 – Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) 2024 is being organized by Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST)- Thiruvananthapuram. JEST is conducted by several premier research institutes for admission to PhD and Integrated Ph.D. Program in its different participating institutions. JEST is a national level examination conducted annually in Physics and Theoretical Computer Science. The test scores are used by several institutions to shortlist candidates for PhD and Integrated PhD programs in Theoretical Computer Science and diverse areas related to Physics (Astronomy & Astrophysics, Atmospheric Sciences, Computational Biology, Condensed Matter Physics, High Energy Physics, Neuroscience, Plasma Research, Quantum Optics, Quantum Information, etc.). The examination will be at the level of MSc or an advanced BSc in Physics or Computer Science, respectively. The Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB) recognizes JEST as a National Eligibility Test (NET). NET qualified fellows working in SERB programmes are eligible for an enhanced fellowship. Candidates can check the post below for more details on Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) 2024


Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) 2024

JEST 2024 Exam Summary

JEST 2024 Exam Summary is tabulated below for the aspirants

Exam Name
Joint Engineering Screening Test
Exam Level
PhD level
Exam Frequency
Once a Year
Mode of Exam
Paper-pencil Based Test (PBT) or Offline
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
Marking Scheme
+3 for each correct answer (Part A and Part B)

+1 for each correct answer (Part C)

-1 for each incorrect answer (Part A)

-1/3 for each incorrect answer (Part C)

Language/Mode of Exam
Official Website


Participating Institutes

Following Institutes accept JEST 2024 score for admission

  • Visit the individual institute pages to view the programs and subject areas being offered.


Important Dates

Candidates must keep in mind the important dates given below for JEST 2024 

  • Application Process: Ongoing
  • Last date for submission of online applications and payment of application fee: To be announced soon
  • JEST-2024 Exam: March 3, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00. p.m.


JEST 2024 Eligibility Criteria

It is very essential for students to ensure their eligibility to apply for JEST 2024. Here we have listed down the key eligibility criteria

  • Participating Institutes have their own eligibility criteria for admission in Ph.D / Integrated Ph.D programs. Applicants who are expecting to complete their final examinations of their ongoing course by August 2023 are also eligible to appear for the JEST-2024.
  • Listed below are tentative eligibility criteria of admission to M.Sc, Ph.D, and Integrated / M.Sc / M.Tech. – Ph.D programs in the participating institutes.

PhD 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 and NCRA-TIFR.
  • 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 and NCRA-TIFR..
  • M.E./ M.Tech in Applied Physics  will be considered at NISER.
  • M.Sc. in Astronomy/Optics/Photonics/Biophysics also will be considered at RRI.
  • MSc. in Physics, Chemistry and Biophysics will be considered at SNBNCBS.

PhD in 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.

PhD in Neuroscience at NBRC

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

PhD 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 – PhD Program (Physics)

  • BSc in Physics (Major/Hons), or in Physics and Mathematics (Physics cannot be an allied/subsidiary/minor subject) 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.
  • B. Sc. (Physics / Mathematics/Computer Science/Electronics) / B.E. / B.Tech. will be considered for Integrated M.Sc – PhD at Bose Institute.

Integrated PhD Program 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 – PhD. Program at IIA

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

Integrated PhD Program at IISER Kolkata and IISER. Thiruvananthapuram.

  • B. Sc. (Physics) or B.E. / B. Tech. in any discipline.
  1. Sc. Program 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.

Joint SPPU-IUCAA MSc Physics (Astrophysics) program

  • B. Sc. (Physics and Mathematics) or B.E. / B. Tech. in any branch of engineering, with a minimum of 55% marks. 


JEST 2024 Application Process

The general application process for JEST 2024 includes the following steps

  • Applications for JEST-2024 can be submitted online ONLY ( or


Steps for Registration

  • visit the official website
  • Complete the online registration process. They will be required to provide personal information, contact details, and academic qualifications during registration.
  • Candidates are required to upload scanned copies of documents, including a recent photograph and signature, as specified in the application instructions.
  • Candidates are then required to pay the application fee. Payment can be made online through debit/credit cards or net banking.
  • Candidates should ensure that information filled is accurate and all mandatory fields are completed.
  • After completing the application form and making the payment, candidates must submit the application. 
  • They will receive a confirmation of the successful submission of the application.


Application Fee

  • For General Candidates : Rs. 800/-
  • For SC / ST Male Candidates: Rs. 400/-
  • For SC / ST Females Candidates : None
  • Mode of Payment : Through online net banking / credit card and debit card.


JEST 2024 Exam Pattern

  • JEST-Physics will be a fully Computer Based Test for a duration of 3 hours.
  • Physics: sample paper.
  • Physics Syllabus
  • JEST-TCS will consist of two parts – i) Computer Based, and ii) a descriptive part to be answered using pen and paper, for a total duration of 3 hours.
  • TCS sample paper

Other details

  • 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
  • Language: The JEST 2024 will be 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
  • There is no negative marking.


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


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