JEST 2020 Exam: Important Dates, Eligibility, Participating Institutions, Application Form, Syllabus & Admit Card

JEST Exam

The JEST (Joint Entrance Screening Test) can be equated with the NET (National Eligibility Test). By qualifying the JEST exam, students can get admission to the premier institutions/colleges of the country to pursue research in Science and Engineering. The SERB (Science and Engineering Research Board) is responsible for organising the JEST exam. The SERB falls within the purview of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. It was created in 2008 by an act of the Parliament.

Students can get enrolled in the following Ph. D programmes by qualifying the JEST 2020 Exam –

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computational Biology
  • NeuroScience
  • Physics

The Indira Gandhi Centre for Research, Kalkapakkam is responsible for conducting the JEST 2020 Exam.

JEST 2020 Latest Update - JEST 2020 application process is active. The last date for submission of the online application form is 14th December 2019. The exam is scheduled to be conducted on 16th February 2020.

 


JEST Exam 2020 Important Dates

JEST 2020 Events

Important Dates

Online application starts from

11th November 2019

Last date to apply

14th December 2019

Admit Card availability

After 22nd January 2020

JEST 2020 Exam

16th February 2020

Answer Key

February 2020

Last date to raise the objection

First week of March 2020

Result declaration

Fourth week of March 2020

Start of Interview

Third week of April 2020


JEST Exam Previous Years Solved Papers


JEST Exam 2020 Pattern & Syllabus

JEST 2020 Exam Pattern

The JEST 2020 exam will be conducted through offline mode in a single session. The duration of the exam will be 3 hours. And Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) will be asked as per the following pattern:

Parts

Number of Questions

Part A

15

Part B

10

Part C

25

TOTAL

5o

The question paper will be in the English language. There will be negative marking in Part A and Part C of the exam. In Part A, 1 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer and in Part C, 1/3rd marks will be deducted for every wrong answer. There will be no negative marking in Part B.


JEST 2020 Syllabus

The JEST 2020 syllabus for each programme. Some of the topics of Theoretical Computer Science and Physics are as under:

Theoretical Computer Science - Discrete Mathematics, Analytical Reasoning & Deduction, Combinatorics, Graph Theory, Data Structure & Algorithm, and Principle of Programming

Physics - Mathematical Methods, Electromagnetism & Optics, Classical Mechanics, Quantum Mechanism, Thermodynamics & Statistical Physics, and Electronics

Candidates can download the complete syllabus from the official website. Candidates must strictly follow the syllabus prescribed for the exam.



JEST Exam 2020 Eligibility

Applicants should check the eligibility criteria before applying for the exam. Here are the eligibility criteria for different Ph. D programmes –

Eligibility for PhD Programme in Physics

Applicants should have done M. Sc. in Physics from a UGC recognised college/ institution.

However, some institutes accept other qualifications (M. Tech./ M.E/ B. E/ B. Tech./ M. Sc.) also besides M.Sc. (Physics) –

IIA – Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore

  • It accepts M. Sc in Physics/ Applied Physics/ Optics/ Photonics/ Instrumentation/ Electronics.
  • M. Sc. in Mathematics/ Applied Mathematics.

IUCAA - Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune

  • It accepts M. Sc. in Physics/ Astronomy/ Electronics.
  • M. Sc. in Mathematics.

IPR - Institute of Plasma Research, Gandhinagar

  • It accepts M. Sc. in Physics/ Applied Physics/ Engineering Physics.

SNBNCBS - Satyendra Nath Bose National Centre for Basic Science, Kolkata

  • It accepts M. Sc. in Physics/ Bio-Physics/ Chemistry/ Bio-Chemistry/ Applied Mathematics.

TIFR - Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai

  • It accepts M. Sc. in Physics/ B. Tech. in Engineering Physics.

NISER - National Institute of Science Education and Research

  • It accepts M. Sc. in Physics.
  • M.E./ M.Tech in Applied Physics.

JNCASR, IISc, IMSc, ICTS-TIFR, NCRA-TIFR, RRI, IUCAA TIFR-TCIS, IISER Thiruvananthapuram, Mohali, and Pune

  • These institutes also accept B. E/ B. Tech.

Ph. D. in Neuro –Science at NBRC (National Brain Research Centre, Manesar)

  • A candidate should have done M. Tech/ B.E/ B. Tech / MCA/ M. Sc. in Physics/ Mathematics.

Ph. D. in Computational Biology in IMSc (Institute of Mathematical Sciences)

  • A candidate should have done M. Tech/ M. E/ MCA/ M. Sc. in any Science discipline. The candidate should have a curiosity about biological problems that affect human lives and should have excellent mathematical skill.

Eligibility for Physics - Integrated Programmes (M. Sc. / M. Tech + Ph. D)

IIA

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

NCRA-TIFR, TIFR-TCIS, ISER-Pune, and ICTS-TIFR

  • A candidate should have done B. Sc. in Physics.  

SNBNCBS – B. Sc. in Physics/ Mathematics

NISER - National Institute of Science Education and Research

  • A candidate should have done B. Sc. (Physics) or B.E/B. Tech in Engineering Physics with at least 60% marks or first-class grade.

 IMSc - Institute of Mathematical Science

  • A candidate should have a degree in B. Sc. in Physics.

Bose Institute

  • A candidate should have earned a degree in B. Sc. (Physics/ Mathematics) / B. E/ B. Tech

IIA

  • A candidate should have completed B. Sc. in Physics/ Mathematics/ B. E/ B. Tech in Electricals/ Computer Science and Engineering / Electronics and Communication/ Engineering Physics/ Instrumentation/ Optics/ Photonics.

IISER Thiruvananthapuram

  • A candidate should have completed B. Sc. (Physics) or B.E. / B. Tech in any discipline.

Eligibility for Integrated PhD Programme in Theoretical Computer Science

 IMSc.

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

M. Sc. Programme at HRI (Harish Chandra Research Institute)

  • The Integrated PhD programme in Physics at HRI is discontinued from 2017.
  • B. Sc. (Physics) or B.E./B. Tech. degree in any discipline

JEST Exam 2020 Application Process

Students can apply for the JEST 2020 exam online through the official website. The application process has started on the official website on 11th November 2019. Please submit your filled-in application form before the last date of the application submission i.e. 14th December 2019.

How to Apply for JEST Exam 2020 -

  • Candidates should visit the official website of the JEST - www.jest.org.in/joint-entrance-screening-test
  • It is a 4 stage process, namely – Registration; Filling the Application Form; Paying the Application Fee and Submitting the application form.
  • Students should get registered first. Under the ‘User Login’ section, click on the ‘Create a new account’ link. Enter your email ID and answer the captcha question to register.
  • Provide necessary details like Name, Age, Address, Phone No. and a valid Email ID.
  • The login credentials are sent to the candidate's registered email id.
  • Candidates should fill the login details to get access to the Application Form.
  • They should fill all specified columns of the application with valid details.
  • After that, they should upload the scanned copies of their Photo and Signature.
  • Before submitting the application form, candidates should check it properly. Upon successful submission of the application form, students will receive a confirmation on their registered Email ID.
  • Candidates should pay the required application fee.

JEST Exam Application Fee

  • General candidates should pay the application fee of ₹ 400.
  • The reserved category candidates and female candidates should pay the application fee of ₹ 200 only.
  • The female candidates belonging to SC/ ST category are exempted from paying the application fee.
  • Candidates can pay the application fee through online mode.

Other Details

List of Participating Institutes -

  1. ARIES – Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences
  2. BOSE Institute – Bose Institute Kolkata
  3. HBNI – Homi Bhaba National Institute, Mumbai
  4. HRI – Harish Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad
  5. ICTS – International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Bangalore
  6. IGCAR – Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam
  7. IIA – Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore
  8. IISc. – Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  9. IISER Bhopal – Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhopal
  10. IISER Kolkata - Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata
  11. IISER Pune - Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune
  12. IISER Mohali - Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali
  13. IISER Thiruvananthapuram - Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Thiruvananthapuram
  14. IISER Tirupathi - Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Tirupathi
  15. IIST – Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram
  16. IMSc – Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai
  17. IOP – Institute of Physics, Bhubaneshwar
  18. IPR – Institute of Plasma Research, Gandhinagar
  19. IUCAA – Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune 
  20. JNCAR – Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore
  21. NBRC – National Brain Research Centre, Manesar
  22. NCRA – TIFR – National Institute for Radio Astrophysics, Pune
  23. NISER – National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneswar
  24. PRL – Physics Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad
  25. RRCAT – Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore
  26. RRI – Raman Research Institute, Bangalore
  27. SINP – Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata
  28. SNBNCBS – Satyendra Nath Bose National Centre for Basic Science, Kolkata
  29. TIFR –TCIS – TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Science, Hyderabad
  30. TIFR – Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
  31. UGC-DAE- CSR - UGC-DAE Consortium of Scientific Research, Indore 
  32. VECC – Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Kolkata

JEST 2020 Admit Card

Candidates can get their admit card online from the official website of the JEST after 22nd January 2020. They can download admit card from by entering their Registration Number and password.   Examination center name, exam timing, and shift will be mentioned on the admit card along with some important instructions for the examination day. Carry the admit card with a valid ID proof to the examination center. Candidates are advised to keep the admit card safe till the admission process gets over.

JEST 2020 Result

The JEST 2020 result will be declared in the fourth week of March 2020. The result can be checked on the official website. Students can get their Scorecards soon after the publication of the result. It will remain valid for a year. Students can use their Scorecard for admission in the participating institutions.

JEST 2020 Counselling/ Interview

Qualified candidates are called for the counselling/ interview process. Candidates are required to report at the participating institutions for admission. Candidates must carry the original documents for verification.


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