JEST 2021(Postponed): Application Form, Eligibility, Exam Pattern


JEST 2021 is also known as Joint Entrance Screening Test has been postponed. This entrance exam is conducted by the Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB) at the national level once a year. This exam offer admission into Ph.D./Integrated PhD courses in Physics or Theoretical Computer Science or Neuro-Science or Computational Biology. The exam will be conducted in offline mode. Interested candidate can go through the following article for the detailed information regarding the JEST 2021 exam.

JEST 2021 Status

Exam Date 11 April 2021


Latest Update

  • JEST 2021 has been postponed till further notice, due to COVID-19.
  • Applicants may need to download FRESH ADMIT CARD after the announcement of new date of examination. 

JEST 2021 Important Dates

Joint Entrance Screening Test 2021 important dates are mentioned in the table below.

Events Dates 2021 
Starting of application form 11 January 2021
Last date to submit application forms 22 February 2021
Availability of admit card 1st week of May 2021 (tentative)
JEST 2021 exam date 11 April 2021 2nd week of May 2021 (tentative)

JEST 2021 Admit Card

The important details of the JEST Admit card are given below.

  • Joint Entrance Screening Test Admit Card will be released in the month of May 2012(tentative)
  • Hall ticket has been released online mode on the official website.
  • Candidates have to log-in by entering a username and password to download the admit card.
  • Candidates are required to carry admit card along with valid ID proof at the examination centre.
  • No candidate will be allowed to give an examination without having admit card and id proof.
  • Students are advised to keep the hard copy safe till the counselling process.

JEST 2021 Exam Pattern

Vital information regarding the JEST Exam Pattern is given below.

JEST Exam Pattern
Exam Mode Offline mode(PBT)
Questions Type Multiple Choice Question(MCQs)
Sessions Single
Exam Duration 3 hours
Medium English only
Sections 3 section

The marking scheme of each section is given below.

JEST Marking Scheme
Section No. of questions Marking Negative Marking
Section A 15 3 1
Section B 10 3 0
Section C 25 1 1/3

JEST 2021 Syllabus

The detailed information regarding JEST Syllabus is given below.

  • Students can prepare from the topics studied at graduation & post-graduation level.
  • Some of the topics from Physics & Theoretical Computer Science are discussed below.


  • Mathematical Methods
  • Classical Mechanics
  • Electromagnetism & Optics
  • Quantum Mechanism
  • Thermodynamics & Statistical Physics
  • Electronics.

Theoretical Computer Science:

  • Analytical Reasoning & Deduction
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Graph Theory
  • Combinatorics
  • Data Structure & Algorithm
  • Principle of Programming

Preparation Tips

The tips to prepare for the JEST 2021 Exam are given below:

  • Prepare according to the exam pattern and syllabus.
  • Make a study schedule and follow it for the preparation.
  • Make short notes and revise them weekly.
  • Solve Previous year papers and evaluate the performance.
  • Give mock tests to understand the timing for each question.

JEST Sample Papers

The sample paper for Physics and TCS (Theoretical Computer Science) is provided by jest 2021 organizing institute.

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

JEST 2021 Answer key

The detailed information regarding the JEST Answer key is given below.

  • The official answer key will be released in the first week of March 2021
  • Answer key will be released through online mode on the official website.
  • The last date for the objection against the answer key in the second week of March 2021.
  • The final answer key will be released in the third week of March 2021.

How to check JEST Official Answer?

The procedure of checking the JEST official answer is given below.

JEST official answer key
  • Official answer key will be displayed on the screen

JEST 2021 Result

The detailed information regarding JEST Result is given below.

  • Joint Entrance Screening Test Result will be declared in the last week of March 2020.
  • Scorecard will declare through online mode on the official website.
  • Candidate has to login through their application form to view scorecard.

How to check JEST Result?

The procedure of checking the JEST Result is given below.

  • Visit the official website. i.e.
  • Enter Email or username and password.
  • The result will be display on the screen.
  • Take the print of the result for the counselling round.

JEST 2021 Counselling

The detailed information regarding JEST Counselling is given below.

  • Candidates who will qualify the exam will get a call for Counselling / Interview process.
  • Qualified candidates have to contact and report to the participating institution for an interview.
  • No centralized admission process will be conducted for admission in the institutes.

Candidates have to bring following original documents at the time of admission for verification:

  • 12th mark sheet & passing certificate
  • Graduation Mark sheet
  • JEST 2021 Admit card
  • JEST 2021 Scorecard
  • Passport size photographs
  • Domicile Certificate
  • Category Certificate, etc.

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

Participating Institutes

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

List of Participating Institutes in JEST 
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).

JEST 2021 Application Form

The detailed information regarding JEST Application form is given below.

  • Joint Entrance Screening Test application form window is closed now.
  • Candidates can fill their form through online mode on the official website.
  • Aspirants have to submit their registration form before the last date.
  • Applicants have to fill the registration form carefully because there is no provision of JEST application correction window.
  • Applicants have to fill the valid and working information in the form.

JEST 2021 Application Fee

The application fee of JEST exam is given below.

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

Mode of Payment: Candidate can pay the fee through online mode by credit card, debit card or net banking.

NOTE: Fee will be not refunded by the conducting body in any circumstances.

How to fill the Application form of JEST?

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

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

JEST 2021 Eligibility Criteria

The detailed information regarding JEST Eligibility Criteria is given below.

JEST Eligibility Criteria
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

NOTE: Click here to check and download JEST course wise eligibility.

JEST 2021 Highlights

The detailed information regarding the JEST exam is given below

Exam Name JEST 2021
Full Name Joint Entrance Screening Test 2021
Conducting Body Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB)
Level National Level
Course PhD & Integrated PhD
Official website
Exam Purpose To offer admission in various PhD and Integrated PhD Courses Offered by the Most Prestigious Institutions across India

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How to obtain the JEST admit card?

Admit card will be available in JEST webpage. Admit cards will NOT be sent by post/email. Bring a print-out of the downloaded Admit Card and one of your photo-ids to the examination centre.

What is the level of questions in the examination ?

The questions are based on the general syllabi of graduation and post-graduation level courses offered by various Indian universities and institutions. JEST question papers are normally not made available. However, some questions from previous year's examinations are available on this page (see above).

To apply do I need to have an email-id?

Candidates must have a valid email-id prior to registering themselves with JEST.

What is the validity period of JEST score?

JEST score is valid for only one year.

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