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What is the JEST Exam?

Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) is a national-level entrance exam conducted by the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) once every year. 

The exam is recognized by the Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB) as National Eligibility Test (NET). 

The exam is conducted for M.Sc, Ph.D, and Integrated M.Sc/ M.Tech- Ph.D Program in Physics, Theoretical Computer Science, Neuroscience and Computational Biology in 33 Participating institutes. 

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The JEST exam date is March 13, 2022. The registration process ended on December 13, 2021. The admit card for the exam will be available on February 1, 2022.

Aspirants should check the JEST exam eligibility for the courses and apply accordingly at their preferred institute for admissions.

JEST Exam Details:

JEST Exam Date 
March 13, 2022
Name of the Examination
Joint Entrance Screening Test
Common Name
Conducting Body
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR)
Frequency of the Exam
Once a Year
Exam Level
National Level Exam
Registration Mode
Exam Mode 
Offline (PBT)
Medium of Exam
JEST Exam Duration
3 Hours
Type of Questions
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)

JEST Exam Dates:

Beginning of Registration
December 18, 2021
End of Registration
February 1, 2022
Last Date for Online Payment
February 1, 2022
JEST Admit Card
March 1, 2022
JEST Exam Date
March 13, 2022
April 14, 2022

JEST Application Form:

Candidates can follow the below-mentioned steps for JEST admission: 

Initial Registration:

Step 1: Visit the official website of the Joint Entrance Screening Test.

Step 2: Click on "Create New Account" on the homepage.

Step 3: Enter all the required information in the registration form and hit the submit button.

Step 4: Candidates will receive an email with their login credentials for the further application process.

How to fill up the JEST Exam Form?

Step 1: Visit the official website of Joint Entrance Screening Test.

Step 2: Aspirants need to log in using their credentials.

Step 3: They can edit their details and add all the required personal & educational details.

Step 4: They must also select the exam centres from the list of cities. 

Step 6: Aspirants need to upload the required scanned documents as per the specifications.

Step 7: Review and confirm all the details and proceed to pay the application fees through Debit Card, Credit Card or Net Banking. 

Step 8: Aspirants must take a printout of the same for future reference.

JEST Application Fees:

Application Fee (In Rupees) 
General Female
SC/ ST Female

Documents Required:

Recent Coloured Passport Size Photograph
  • File Size: Less than 50KB
  • Format: JPEG 
  • Dimension (H x W): Between 100x125 to 240x300 pixels
Scanned Signature
  • File Size: Less than 50KB
  • Format: JPEG 
  • Dimension (H x W): 30x150 pixels

The following documents will be required to fill up the application form and further processes: 

  • Class 10th Marksheet or Equivalent
  • Class 12th Marksheet
  • Marksheet of Undergraduate or Postgraduate (According to Course Requirement) 
  • Identification Proof (Aadhaar Number/ Voter Card/ Pan Card/ Driving License/ School Identity Card)
  • Caste Certificate (If Applicable)
  • PwD Certificate (If Applicable)

JEST Exam Centres:

The exam will be conducted in 31 cities in India. Here are some of the popular exam cities: 


JEST Syllabus and Books:

Topics to be covered in JEST Syllabus are as follows: 

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

Classical Mechanics:

Newton's Laws, Conservation of Energy and Momentum, & Collisions
Generalized Coordinates
Principle of Least Action
Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Formulations of Mechanics
Symmetry and Conservation Laws
Central Force Problem & Kepler Problem
Special Relativity in Classical Mechanics
Small Oscillations and Normal Modes

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
Energy and Momentum of Electromagnetic Fields
Displacement Current
Maxwell's Equations
Propagation of Plane Electromagnetic Waves, Reflection, & Refraction
Electromagnetic Waves in Dispersive and Conducting Media

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 
Time Independent Perturbation Theory & Time Dependent Perturbation Theory
Variational Principle
Hermitian Operators

Thermodynamics & Statistical Physics: 

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


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

Books for JEST:

Book Name
Classical Mechanics
J.C. Upadhyaya
Digital Principles and Applications
Leach and Malvino
Quantum Mechanics
L.I. Schiff
Fundamentals of Molecular Spectroscopy
C.B. Banwell
Foundations of Electromagnetic Theory
Reitz & Milford
Programming Languages, Concepts and Constructs 
Ravi Sethi
Statistics Mechanics
K. Huang

JEST Exam Pattern:

The JEST exam pattern is mentioned below:

Test Duration
3 Hours
Total Number of Questions
Total Marks
Number of Sections
Question Type
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
Questions in Each Section

Part A: 15

Part B: 10

Part C: 25

Marking Scheme

Part A: +3 for Every Right Answer

Part B: +3 for Every Right Answer

Part C: +1 for Every Right Answer

Negative Marking 

Part A: -1 for Every Wrong Answer

Part B: No Negative Marking

Part C: -1/3 for Every Wrong Answer

JEST Preparation Tips:

Candidates can follow these tips while preparing for Joint Entrance Screening Test:

  • JEST stick to the schedule: Students must maintain and strictly follow a study schedule. They must dedicate a minimum of 8 to 10 hours for studies per day.    

  • Explore multiple study resources: Referring to multiple sources is one of the best strategies to gain broader knowledge about the subjects.     

  • Analyze your learning with MOCKS: Taking mocks at regular intervals will help the students comprehend the JEST syllabus. They can analyse their progress and focus on topics that need more understanding.    

  • Maintain your Health: While candidates prepare for the exam, they must not overlook their health. Students should maintain a good diet and exercise regularly.    

JEST Admit Card:

Candidates can download the admit card by following the below steps:

Step 1: Visit the official website of the Joint Entrance Screening Test.

Step 2: Candidates have to log in using their credentials and enter the captcha.

Step 3: They must click on the JEST Admit Card link.

Step 4: The admit card will be displayed on the screen. 

Step 5: Confirm all the details, download, and take a printout of the same.

JEST Results:

JEST Results can be viewed by following the steps below:

Step 1: Visit the official website of the Joint Entrance Screening Test. 

Step 2: Log in using valid credentials such as email ID and password. Enter the captcha. 

Step 3: Click on the link for results.

Step 4: View and print the results for future reference.

JEST Cut-Offs:

Each participating institution has a different cut-off and candidates must check the same at their desired institute: 

Deciding Factors for JEST Cut-off:  

  • Number of candidates who appeared in the Joint Entrance Screening Test
  • Total numbers of candidates qualifying for the exam
  • Total number of seats
  • Difficulty level of the exam 
  • Reservation norms

Admissions in JEST Colleges:     

There is no centralized admission process for the JEST exam. Each institute has a different cut-off for the courses. 

Candidates who have qualified by securing the minimum percentage marks in the JEST entrance exam can take part in the admission/ selection process carried out by the respective institute. 

Candidates must check the official website regularly for updates on the counselling dates.

They have to apply with their JEST scores to various participating Institutes. The college will call them for further selection rounds based on their scores.  

Documents Required: 

  • Passport Size Photographs
  • Class 10th Marksheet and Certificate
  • Class 12th Marksheet and Certificate
  • Marksheet of Undergraduate or Postgraduate (According to Course Requirement) 
  • Admit Card
  • Scorecard
  • Caste Certificate (If Applicable)
  • PwD Certificate (If Applicable)


- JEST Exam is conducted by the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR).

- JEST is an offline examination conducted in PBT mode.

- The eligibility criteria for the courses offered under the JEST exam vary in each participating institution. Candidates should check the eligibility in their preferred institute for admissions into a program.

- The marking scheme for the exam is different for each part: Part A: +3 for every right answer and -1 for every wrong answer. Part B: +3 for every right answer. There is no negative marking. Part C: +1 for every right answer and -1/3 for every wrong answer.

- The exam is conducted for admissions in M.Sc, Ph.D, and Integrated/ M.Sc/ M.Tech- Ph.D Programs in Physics, Theoretical Computer Science, Neuroscience and Computational Biology.

- Students can modify their data up to the last date of submission of the application form.

- Yes, it is recognized by the Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB) as a National Eligibility Test.

- The question type for the exam is Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) for all the parts.

- There is no restriction on the number of attempts.

- The scores of the exam are valid only for the admissions in that particular academic year.
Eligibility Criteria

JEST Exam Eligibility Criteria:

Following are the course-wise eligibility criteria, which are required to be fulfilled while applying in JEST Colleges. 

Required Courses under JEST Exam Eligibility (Any 1)
Ph.D in Physics

  • Candidates have to pursue M.Sc in Physics for admissions.
  • Some institutes also consider BE/ B.Tech/ M.Sc/ ME/ M.Tech in disciplines of Applied Physics and Mathematics
Theoretical Computer Science
  • M.Sc/ ME/ M.Tech in Computer Science or related disciplines.
  • Candidates should have interests in mathematical aspects of Computer Science.
Ph.D in Neuroscience
  • M.Sc (Physics/ Mathematics)/ MCA
  • BE/ B.Tech in Computer Science
Ph D in Computational Biology
  • M.Sc in any discipline/ MCA
  • ME/ M.Tech in any engineering discipline.
  • Candidates should have strong mathematical skills and interest in biological problems.
Integrated M.Sc/ M.Tech- Ph.D (Physics)
  • SNBNCBS: B.Sc (Physics / Mathematics) 
  • IMSc: B.Sc in Physics
  • IIA: B.Sc (Physics/ Mathematics) or BE/ B.Tech in Electrical/ Instrumentation/ Engineering Physics/ Electronics and Communications/ Computer Science and Engineering/ Optics and Photonics
  • NISER: B.Sc in Physics or BE/ B.Tech in Engineering Physics
  • IISER- Pune, ICTS- TIFR, NCRA- TIFR, and TIFR- TCIS: B.Sc Physics
  • Bose Institute: B.Sc (Physics/ Mathematics) or BE/ B.Tech
Integrated Ph.D in Theoretical Computer Science
  • B.Sc/ BE/ B.Tech in Computer Science or related stream.
  • MCA
  • Candidates should interest themselves in mathematical aspects of computer science.
Integrated M.Tech- Ph.D
  • M.Sc (Physics/ Applied Physics)
  • Post B.Sc (Hons.) in Optics and Optoelectronics/ Radio Physics and Electronics.
Integrated Ph.D /M.Sc in Physics
  • B.Sc (Physics)
  • BE/ B.Tech in any discipline

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