JEST 2020: Phd Entrance Exam, Notification, Application Form


JEST 2020 Notification has been released on 11 November 2019. The Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) for PhD and Integrated PhD courses. The entrance examination is conducted by the Department of Atomic Research, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Chennai. IGCAR is the second largest organization of the Atomic Energy Department after Bhabha Atomic Research Centre. To apply for JEST 2020 Exam, the admission seekers should apply on the official website link given below. Also, the list of participating institutes is mention here in the article.

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Aspiring candidates must prepare themselves for the exam as the date of the exam is announced. The JEST exam will be conducted on 16 February 2020 (Sunday). Also, the admit cards of the entrance exam will be released soon. They should be downloaded as soon as they are out (i.e; January 2020). Candidates without the hall ticket/admit card will not be eligible for the exam. The eligibility criteria of every Institute participating is different from one another. It should be confirmed beforehand. To do so, go to the official website of JEST. Also, one can view the individual criteria of every institute. The link to the official website of JEST is given below.

  • To apply for PhD Entrance Exam, Valid Email Id is required.
  • Also, candidates need to upload their photograph and signature in jpg format.
  • Whereas application would be considered successful, only after successful e-payment of application fees.
  • Finally, a confirmation mail will be received by candidates for their successful application submission.

Latest Update: JEST 2020 Application Form has been commenced from 11 November 2019.

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JEST 2020 Important Dates

Events Dates (Announced)
Application process starts 11 November 2019
Last date to submit the application form 14 December 2019
Admit card availability 22 January 2020
Exam Date 16 February 2020
Release of Answer Key February 2020
Last date for the objection against the answer key 1st week of March 2020
Result declaration 4th week of March 2020
Interview dates 3rd week of April 2020

JEST 2020 PhD Entrance Exam Application Fee:

The JEST 2020 application fee can be submitted through online (Debit card/Credit card/Net-banking) payment gateway. The application fee for different categories is mentioned below in this table:

Category Application Fee
General & OBC Rs. 400/-
SC/ST & female candidates Rs. 200/-
Female applicants belonging to SC/ST No Fee

How to Apply for the Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST)?

The steps to apply for the Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) is given below.

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  1. Click on the official website of JEST. Applicant enters email Id and password to register.
  2. On successful registration, an email will be sent to the applicant’s registered email-id with a confirmation link for verification.
  3.  Fill all the necessary details carefully.
  4.   Upload the scanned photograph and signature of the applicant.
  5.  Click on ‘Fee Payment’ and submit the application fee.
  6.  After confirming your account, use the ‘Apply’ link for submitting the application form.
  7.  After successful submission of the application form, an ‘Application form ID” along with application number will be sent by the authority.
  8.  On successful submission of the application form, take the printout for future reference.

JEST Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for the Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST), A PhD and Integrated PhD entrance exam conducted by IGCAR. The participating institutes have their eligibility criteria and tentative eligibility criteria of particular institute and course are listed below. for final criteria keep visiting the institute websites and a newspaper advertisement for detailed eligibility requirement by the participating institutes.

The list of courses is given below and eligibility pdf is attached here.

PhD Programme Physics, Theoretical Computer Science at IMSc, Ph D in Neuroscience at NBRC, Ph D in Computational Biology at IMSc, Integrated M.Sc. / M.Tech – PhD Programme (Physics), Integrated PhD Programme in Theoretical Computer Science at IMSc, Integrated M.Tech – PhD Programme at IIA, Integrated PhD Programme at IISER IISER. Thiruvananthapuram, M. Sc. Programme at HRI.

Programmes Eligibility Criteria
Ph. D (Physics) M.Sc. in Physics. (Some institutions accept B.E./B.Tech. /M.Sc./M.E./ M. Tech in Applied Physics and Mathematics).
Ph. D in Theoretical Computer Science at IMSc M.Sc./M.E./M.Tech in Computer Science or a related area.
PhD in Neuroscience at NBRC M.Sc (Physics/Mathematics), B.E/B.Tech/MCA in Computer Science.
PhD in Computational Biology at IMSc M.Sc./M.E./M.Tech/MCA in any discipline
Integrated M.Sc./ M. Tech-Ph. D (Physics) B. Sc. (Physics/Mathematics).

For NISER, B. Sc (Physics) or B.E./B.Tech in Engineering (Physics) with 60% and above.

For IIA, B.Sc. (Physics/Mathematics)

/B.E./ B. Tech in Electrical/ Instrumentation/ Engineering Physics/Electronics and Communications/ Computer Science & Engineering/Optics and Photonics.

For IISER-Pune, ICTS-TIFR, NCRA-TIFR, and TIFR-TCIS, B.Sc. (Physics).

Integrated PhD in Theoretical Computer Science at IMSc B.Sc./B.E./B.Tech. /M.C.A. in Computer Science or a related stream.


Integrated M. Tech-Ph.D. at IIA M.Sc. (Physics/Applied Physics)/Post-B.Sc. (Hons.) in Optics and Optoelectronics/Radio Physics & Electronics.


Integrated PhD at IISER, Thiruvananthapuram B. Sc. (Physics) or B.E./B. Tech. in any discipline

JEST Course wise Eligibility

JEST 2020 – PhD and Integrated PhD entrance exam

The JEST is for the Ph.D./Integrated PhD programme in Physics/Theoretical Computer Science /Neuroscience. The validity of the JEST score is One year.  The JEST is recognized as National Eligibility Test by a statutory body called The Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB) vide notification no. OM No.SB/S9/Z-01/2015. (List of Government-Funded Research Fellowship Programs PDF.)

JEST Sample Papers

The sample paper for Physics and TCS (Theoretical Computer Science) is provided by jest 2020 organizing institute.

JEST TCS Sample Paper Click Here
JEST Physics Sample Paper Click Here

JEST 2020 official website:

The IGCAR the examination conducting body for Joint Entrance Screening Test for Ph.D.and Integrated PhD admission in participating institutes.

Also, the official website link is given here.

Participating Institutes

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

Participating Institute



(Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences, Nainital)

Astronomy and Astrophysics, and Atmospheric Physics.

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

HBNI Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai

(Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad)

Theoretical Physics, Astrophysics

(International Centre for theoretical sciences (TIFR), Bangalore)

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


(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


(Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore)

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

(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).


(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

(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

(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.


(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.


(Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Thiruvananthapuram)

Experimental Condensed Matter: Magnetic and Superconducting Materials, Nanoscience and Energy materials, Photonics, Soft Condensed Matter, Semiconductor Physics and Devices, Surface Sciences and Nano-scale Plasmonics, Terahertz and Ultrafast Spectroscopy; Theory: Cosmology, Classical and Quantum Gravity, Gravitational Wave Physics, Quantum Information Theory, Quantum Field Theory, and Statistical Physics.

(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

(The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai)

 Theoretical Physics, Theoretical Computer Science, and Computational Biology

(Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar)

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

(Institute for Plasma Research, Gandhinagar)

Physics (Experimental and Theoretical).

(Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune)

Physics, Astronomy, and Astrophysics.

(Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore)

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


(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 signalling & glial tumour biology.


(National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, TIFR, Pune)

 Astronomy and Astrophysics.

(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.


(Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad)

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


(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.


(Raman Research Institute, Bangalore)

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


(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).


(Satyendra Nath Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, 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.


(TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences, 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


(Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai)

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

(UGC-DAE Consortium for 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.


(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).


Exam Centers

JEST  will be held at the locations indicated below.

  • Ahmedabad
  • Aligarh
  • Allahabad
  • Bangalore
  • Bardhaman
  • Bhopal
  • Bhubaneswar
  • Calicut (Centre is subject availability. the Second option will be allotted if the centre is not available)
  • Chandigarh
  • Chennai
  • Delhi
  • Goa
  • Guwahati
  • Hyderabad
  • Indore
  • Jaipur
  • Kanpur
  • Kharagpur
  • Kochi
  • Kolkata
  • Madurai
  • Mangalore (Centre is subject availability. The Second option will be allotted if the centre is not available)
  • Mumbai
  • Nagpur
  • Nainital
  • Patna
  • Pune
  • Raipur
  • Roorkee
  • Sambalpur
  • Silchar
  • Siliguri
  • Srinagar
  • Trivandrum
  • Udaipur
  • Vishakhapatnam
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