JEST Exam

JEST 2022: Result(Released), Application Form, Exam Dates, Admit Card, Participating Institutions, Syllabus

Last Modified on : 26 Sep 2022

The Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) can be equated with the NET (National Eligibility Test) exam. By qualifying for the JEST exam, students can get admission to the premier institutions/colleges of the country to pursue research in Science and Engineering. 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. JEST is a national-level exam that is conducted every year for admission to Ph.D and Integrated Ph.D courses. Read the complete article for JEST 2022 details related to the application process, pattern, syllabus, eligibility, etc.

Students can get enrolled in the following Ph. D programmes by qualifying the JEST 2022 Exam –

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computational Biology
  • NeuroScience
  • Physics

The exam is conducted by the participating institutes on a rotational basis. The exam conducting authority for JEST 2022 is Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB).

JEST 2022 Latest Update -

  • The Admit card was released on 1st March 2022.
  • The last date for submission of the online application form and application fee payment is extended till 1st February 2022.
  • SERB has released the JEST 2022 Application Form on 15th December 2021.
  • JEST-2022 is scheduled to be held on 13th March 2022 (Sunday).

JEST 2022 - Quick Highlights

Exam Name

Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST)

Exam Mode

Offline

Application Mode

Online

Course Level

Ph.D

Exam Duration

180 minutes

Language of Question Paper

English

Negative Marking

Not Applicable

Official website

www.jest.org.in

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JEST Exam Previous Years Solved Papers

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JEST Exam 2022 Important Dates

The important dates for the JEST 2022 exam are official now. Here is the complete exam schedule.

JEST 2022 Events

Important Dates

Online application starts from

15th December 2021

Last date to apply

1st February 2022

Admit Card availability

1st March 2022

JEST 2022 Exam Date

13th March 2022

Answer Key

24th March 2022

Revised Answer Key

4th April 2022

Result declaration

14th April 2022

Start of Interview

May 2022

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JEST Exam 2022 Pattern & Syllabus

JEST 2022 Exam Pattern

The JEST 2022 exam will be conducted 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

50

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The question paper will be in the English language. There will be a 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 Syllabus 2022

The JEST syllabus for some programs is as under:

Theoretical Computer Science - Elements of Discrete Mathematics, Introduction to Algorithms, Discrete Mathematical Structures with Applications to Computer Science,  An Introduction to Data Structures with Applications, The Design and Analysis of Computer Algorithms, Compilers: Principle, Techniques, and Tools, Fundamentals of Computer Algorithms, Fundamentals of Data Structures, Programming Languages, Concepts and Constructs. The test will focus on the 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 2022 Eligibility

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

Eligibility for Ph.D. Program 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 skills.

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 Ph.D. Program 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 Ph.D. program in Physics at HRI is discontinued from 2017.
  • B. Sc. (Physics) or B.E./B. Tech. degree in any discipline

JEST Exam 2022 Application Process

Students can apply for the JEST 2022 exam online through the official website. The application process has started on 15th December 2021. It is advised to submit your filled-in application form before the last date of the application submission.

How to Apply for JEST Exam 2022 -

  • 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 in 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 online mode.

JEST Exam 2022 Other Details

List of Participating Institutes

Here is the list of participating institutes and respective programs offered:

S.No.

Institute Name

Programs Offered

1.

ARIES - Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences, Nainital

Astronomy and Astrophysics, and Atmospheric Physics

2.

BOSE Institute – Bose Institute Kolkata

Atmospheric sciences, Biophysics, Complex systems and networks, Condensed matter physics and materials science, High energy physics and astroparticle physics, Quantum physics and quantum information, Nuclear and radiation physics

3.

HBNI – Homi Bhaba National Institute, Mumbai

Chemical Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Medical & Health Sciences, Physical Sciences and Applied Systems Analysis

4.

HRI – Harish Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad

Theoretical Physics, Astrophysics

5.

ICTS – International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Bangalore

Astrophysical Relativity, Data Assimilation and Dynamical Systems, Statistical Physics and Turbulence, and String theory and Quantum Gravity

6.

IGCAR – Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam

Solid-State Phase transformations, Superconductivity, Structure and dynamics of soft condensed matter, Band structure studies, Accelerators based Irradiation induced phenomena, Low-dimensional systems, Physics of interfaces, Nano-materials, Thin films technology and Theoretical physics

7.

IIA – Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore

Astronomy and Astrophysics, Astronomical Instrumentation, Optics, and Atomic Physics.

8.

IISc. – Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

Condensed Matter Physics (Experiments and Theory), Astronomy and Astrophysics (Theoretical), Atomic and Optical Physics (Experimental), Biocrystallography and Bio-informatics, and High Energy Physics (Theoretical)

9.

IISER Bhopal – Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhopal

Condensed Matter Physics (Theory and Experiment),

Soft Matter Physics (Theory), Biophysics, Laser-Plasma Interactions, Ultrafast Physics (Experiment),

Astrophysics and Cosmology, High Energy Physics (Theory, Phenomenology and Experiment), Non-linear Optics

10.

IISER Kolkata - Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata

Condensed Matter Physics, Field Theory, Classical & Quantum Gravity, Cosmology, Solar Science, High Energy Physics, Non-linear dynamics, Statistical Physics, Soft Matter, Optics & Spectroscopy, Atomic physics, Biophotonics, Spintronics, Nanoscience, NMR, Quantum Information

11.

IISER Pune - Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune

Field Theory, Theoretical Particle Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Non-linear Dynamics, Complex Systems and Networks, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, Quantum Information Processing, Radio Astrophysics, Atomic Physics and Quantum Optics, Energy Studies, Solar and Plasma Physics, Nanosciences, Scanning Probe Techniques, and Semiconductor Physics and Devices

12.

IISER Mohali - Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali

Quantum Theory, Quantum Information Processing, NMR-Methodology, Optics, Statistical Mechanics, Quantum Thermodynamics, Non-linear Dynamics, String Theory, Ultrafast Physics, and Low-Temperature Mesoscopic Physics

13.

IISER Thiruvananthapuram - Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Thiruvananthapuram

Experimental: Magnetism, Superconductivity, Nanoscience, Photonics, Semiconductor physics, Surface sciences, Nanoscale plasmonics, Ultrafast spectroscopy, Nonlinear Optics. Theory: Cosmology, Quantum information, Statistical physics, Condensed matter, String theory & Nonlinear dynamics

14.

IISER Tirupathi - Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Tirupathi

Theoretical Astrophysics, Observational Astronomy, Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, Soft Matter Physics, Nonlinear Physics, Experimental High Energy Physics, Atomic and Molecular Physics

15.

IIST – Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram

Astronomy and Astrophysics, Atmospheric Sciences, Applied and Adaptive Optics, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Nanotechnology, Nonlinear Dynamics, Photonics, Quantum Information and Statistical Physics

16.

IMSc – Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai

Theoretical Physics, Theoretical Computer Science, and Computational Biology

17.

IOP – Institute of Physics, Bhubaneshwar

Physics (Condensed Matter, Nuclear and High Energy Physics) and Accelerator-based Research

18.

IPR – Institute of Plasma Research, Gandhinagar

Institute for Plasma Research, Gandhinagar: Physics (Experimental and Theoretical)

19.

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

Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics

20.

JNCASR – Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore

Experimental and Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, Statistical Mechanics, and Materials Science

21.

NBRC – National Brain Research Centre, Manesar

Molecular, Computational and Systems Neuroscience. Sensory & motor systems, learning & memory, language & speech processing, functional neuroimaging: EEG, MEG, fMRI, MRS, stem cells, developmental neurobiology, neurogenetics, neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders, cancer signaling & glial tumor biology

22.

NCRA – TIFR – National Institute for Radio Astrophysics, Pune

Astronomy and Astrophysics

23.

NISER – National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneswar

Theoretical High Energy Physics and Lattice QCD, Experimental High Energy Physics, Condensed Matter Physics (Theory and Experiment), Optics and Metamaterials

24.

PRL – Physics Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad

Theoretical Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Solar Physics, Space and Atmospheric Sciences, Planetary Science and Geo-Sciences

25.

RRCAT – Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore

Lasers and their Applications, Laser Plasma Interaction, Cold Atom Physics, Condensed Matter Physics (Superconductivity and Magnetism, Crystals and Thin Films), Nanomaterials and Applications, Non-linear and Ultrafast Optical Studies, Beam Physics, and Free Electron Laser.

26.

RRI – Raman Research Institute, Bangalore

Astronomy and Astrophysics, Light and Matter Physics, Soft Condensed Matter Physics (Liquid Crystals, Physics in Biology), and Theoretical Physics

27.

SINP – Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata

Condensed Matter Physics (Theory and Experiments), Nuclear Physics (Theory and Experiments), High Energy Physics (Theory and Experiments), Astroparticle Physics, Quantum Gravity, String Theory, Mathematical Physics, and Materials Science (Surface Science and Plasma Physics)

28.

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

Astrophysics and Cosmology, Chemical and Biological Physics, Condensed Matter Physics and Material Science, High Energy Physics and Quantum Field Theory, Mathematical Physics, Nanosciences, Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, Statistical Physics, and Complex Systems

29.

TIFR –TCIS – TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Science, Hyderabad

Condensed Matter Physics & Materials Science of Nonequilibrium, Soft & Living matter, Fluid Dynamics, Intense Laser-matter interactions, Computational Physics, Statistical physics, NMR of Biophysical & other systems

30.

TIFR – Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai

Astronomy and Astrophysics, Condensed Matter Physics and Material Science, High Energy Physics, Nuclear and Atomic Physics, Theoretical Physics

31.

UGC-DAE- CSR - UGC-DAE Consortium of Scientific Research, Indore

Surfaces, Interfaces, Thin Films and Nanomaterials, Physics at Low Temperatures and High Magnetic Fields, X-ray, Optical and Electron Spectroscopic Studies Using Synchrotron and Laboratory Sources; Electrical, Magnetic and Thermal Properties of Condensed Matter; Condensed Matter studies using Magnetic Neutron Diffraction, Nuclear Technique Based Condensed Matter Physics-Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy, Mossbauer Spectroscopy, Experimental Nuclear Physics, Gamma-Ray Spectroscopy of Nuclear High Spin States, and Nuclear Reactions

32.

VECC – Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Kolkata

Accelerator Physics, Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science, Nuclear Physics (Experiments and Theory), Relativistic Heavy Ion Collisions (Experiments, Theory, QCD and QGP), and Physics of Neutrinos (Experiments)

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JEST 2022 Exam Centres

JEST 2022 exam will be held at the following exam centers:

S.No.

Exam Centre

S.No.

Exam Centre

1.

Ahmedabad

20.

Kochi

2.

Aligarh

21.

Kolkata

3.

Allahabad

22.

Madurai

4.

Amritsar

23.

Mangalore

5.

Bangalore

24.

Mumbai

6.

Bardhaman

25.

Nagpur

7.

Bhopal

26.

Nainital

8.

Bhubaneswar

27.

Patna

9.

Kozhikode

28.

Pune

10.

Chandigarh

29.

Raipur

11.

Chennai

30.

Roorkee

12.

Delhi

31.

Sambalpur

13.

Goa

32.

Silchar

14.

Guwahati

33.

Siliguri

15.

Hyderabad

34.

Srinagar

16.

Indore

35.

Trivandrum

17.

Jaipur

36.

Udaipur

18.

Kanpur

37.

Vishakhapatnam

19.

Kharagpur

 

 

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JEST Admit Card 2022

  • Candidates can get their admit card online from the official website of the JEST.
  • They can download admit cards 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.

Steps to Download JEST Admit Card -

  1. Visit the official website of Joint Entrance Screening Test 2022.
  2. Enter login details like Email ID or Username and Password.
  3. View JEST Admit Card.
  4. Download and take clear print of hall ticket for JEST exam.

Aspirants need to download their JEST admit card from the official website of the test. Candidates are informed that no admit card would be sent to them via email/post.

JEST Result 2022 -

  • The JEST 2022 result will be declared in the month of May 2022.
  • 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 Scorecards for admission to the participating institutions.

Steps to Check JEST Result

  1. Visit the official website of Joint Entrance Screening Test 2022.
  2. Navigate to 'User Login' section.
  3. Enter Email/ User Name and Password.
  4. Click on 'Login' button.
  5. Download and take print of result for JEST exam.

As part of the result, aspirants will also be issued a JEST scorecard. Candidates are advised to keep the print of their JEST result and scorecard securely with themselves. JEST score is valid for a duration of a year from the date of declaration of the result.

Steps to Download JEST Scorecard

  1. Visit the official website of Joint Entrance Screening Test 2022.
  2. Click on Navigate to the 'User Login' section.
  3. Enter Email/ User Name and Password.
  4. View JEST scorecard.
  5. Download and take print of scorecard for JEST exam.

JEST 2022 Counselling/ Interview

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

JEST Exam Frequently Asked Questions can be found here - Click here.

JEST Exam Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, female candidates of the General category will be entitled to a concession of Rs.200. In other words, female candidates have to pay Rs.200 as application fee. However, female candidates belonging to SC/ST category are exempted from paying the application fee for the exam.

JEST 2020 answer key helps candidates determine their score in the science entrance exam.

JEST answer key for 2022 was released on 4th April 2022.

No, there is a common examination for both PhD and integrated PhD programmes.

There is no restriction on the number of attempts for appearing in JEST examination.

The Board has set no age restriction for appearing in JEST examination. However, each participating institute has set its own eligibility criteria.

There are two disciplines on which the entrance exam is based, which are Physics or Theoretical Computer Science. You cannot appear for both the disciplines at once.

The science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) is the exam conducting authority for the JEST 2022.

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.

The JEST 2022 result was declared on 14th April 2022.

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.

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.

The General Candidate should pay Rs 400 and Reserved Category candidates and female candidates should pay Rs 200. The female candidates belonging to the SC/ST category are exempted from paying any application fee.

32 institutions are participating in the JEST 2022 Exam.

The JEST 2022 exam was held on 13th March 2022, as per the official announcement.

The SERB (Science and Engineering Research Board) conducts 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 programs of the premier Science and Tech institutions of the country.

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