JEST 2018 Exam: Important Dates; Eligibility Criteria; Participating Institutions; Application Procedure; Admit Card; and Result

JEST Exam

The JEST (Joint Entrance Screening Test) can be equated with the NET (National Eligibility Test). By qualifying JEST exam, students can get admission in 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 2018 Exam –

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computational Biology
  • NeuroScience
  • Physics

The Indira Gandhi Centre for Research, Kalkapakkam is responsible for conducting the JEST 2018 Exam.

 


JEST Exam 2018 Important Dates

JEST 2018 Events

Important Dates

JEST 2018 Exam Date

18th February 2018

Online application starts from

15th November 2017

Last date to apply

16th December 2017

The release of Admit Card

24th January 2018

Answer Key

27th February 2018

Start of Interview

20th April 2018

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. IIST – Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram
  15. IMSc – Institute of Mathematical Science, Chennai
  16. IOP – Institute of Physics, Bhubaneshwar
  17. IPR – Institute of Plasma Research, Gandhinagar
  18. IUCAA – Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune  
  19. JNCAR – Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore
  20. NBRC – National Brain Research Centre, Manesar
  21. NCRA – TIFR – National Institute for Radio Astrophysics, Pune
  22. NISER – National Institute of Science Education and Research
  23. PRL – Physics Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad
  24. RRCAT – Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore
  25. RRI – Raman Research Institute
  26. SINP – Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata
  27. SNBNCBS – Satyendra Nath Bose National Centre for Basic Science, Kolkata
  28. TIFR –TCIS – TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Science, Hyderabad
  29. TIFR – Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
  30. UGC-DAE- CSR - UGC-DAE Consortium of Scientific Research, Indore  
  31. VECC – Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Kolkata

JEST Exam Previous Years Solved Papers



JEST Exam 2018 Eligibility

Applicants should check the eligibility criteria before applying for the exam. Here are 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

PhD 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.

PhD in Computational Biology in IMSc (Institute of Mathematical Science)

  • 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 an 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 2018 Application Process

Students can apply for the JEST 2018 Exam online.

How to Apply for JEST Exam 2018

  • 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 by providing their 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 confirmation on their registered Email ID.
  • Candidates should pay the required application fee.

Application Fee

  • General candidates should pay the application fee of ₹ 300.
  • The reserved category candidates and female candidates should pay application fee of ₹ 150 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.

 JEST 2018: Admit Card

Candidates can get their admit card online from the official website of the JEST. They can download admit card from 24th January 2018 by entering their Registration Number, and Name. 

JEST 2018: Result

The JEST 2018 result has been declared on 22nd March 2018. Students can get their Score Card soon after the publication of the result. It will remain valid for a year. Students can use their Score Card for admission in the participating institutions.


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FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q. What is the JEST Exam?

The JEST stands for Joint Entrance Screening Test. It is equivalent to the NET exam that paves the way for admission in the Ph. D programmes of the premier Science and Tech institutions of the country.

Q. Who conducts the JEST Exam?

The SERB (Science and Engineering Research Board) conducts the JEST  Exam.

Q. When will the JEST 2018 Exam be held?

The JEST 2018 Exam was held on 22nd February 2018.

Q. How many participating institutions are there in the JEST 2018 Exam?

31 institutions are participating in the JEST 2018 Exam.

Q. What is the application fee for the exam?

The General Candidate should pay ₹ 300 and Reserved Category candidates and female candidates should pay ₹ 150. The female candidates belonging to the SC/ST category are exempted from paying any application fee.

Q. What are the eligibility criteria for the exam?

A candidate should have done M. Sc. in Physics/ Mathematics and other related subjects to apply for the exam. Some institutions accept B.E/ B. Tech/M. Tech also.

Q. How to apply for the exam?

Students can apply for the exam online. They should visit the official website of the JEST to apply. It is a 4 stage process. The candidates should get registered to apply for the exam. Then they should fill the application form, upload the scanned copies of Photo and Signature, and pay the application fee. Upon successful submission of the JEST application form, students will receive an email confirmation.

Q. When will the JEST 2018 result get published?

The JEST 2018 result has been declared on 22nd March 2018.

Q. How to get the JEST Score Card and use it?

Soon after the publication of the result, the scorecards will be issued. It will remain valid for a year. Students can apply for admission in the participating institutions with their scorecards.

Q. Which institution organises JEST 2018 Exam?

The exam was conducted by the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam.


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