Joint Entrance Screening Test 2020

Form Date: 11 Nov - 21 Dec 2020 (Tentative)

Pen & Paper Mode

Form Date: 11 Nov - 21 Dec 2020

JEST Basic Information

  • Application Fee:₹ 400
  • Number Of Attempts:1
  • Examination Modes:Pen & Paper Mode
  • Exam Conducting Body:Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB)
  • Courses:B.Tech, M.Tech, MSc, ME, BE
  • Streams:Engineering, Science

JEST 2021: Application Form, Eligibility Criteria, Admit Card

Updated On - July 28 2020 by Akriti Maurya

JEST 2021 or Joint Entrance Screening Test or also commonly known as the National Eligibility Test (NET) is a National level test and is organized by the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) which is held annually for the candidates who wish to pursue PhD or Integrated PhD. The Domain under which the Aspirants can pursue their PhD or Integrated PhD is stated below:
  1. Physics
  2. Theoretical Computer Science
  3. Neuron Science
  4. Computational Biology Fields
There are a good number of colleges that consider JEST score for the intake of students in the above-mentioned fields. Around 13937 candidates will appear for the examination each year. Aspirants of Physics, Computer Science, and Biological Science who wish to study further and in-depth about these fields must give this article a read as it will give the m a brushed up idea of how to make an appearance in JEST 2020 followed by admission in the colleges. 

JEST 2021 Application Form

Candidates will be able to fill JEST 2021 application form from November 2020 on the official website. Candidates can check all the essential points related to application form mentioned below:

  • The application form will be available in the online mode only on the official website of SERB.
  • Candidates need to register themselves before filling the application form and generate login ID and password by providing valid email ID and mobile number.
  • Candidates must fill every detail carefully.
  • Upload scanned copy of recent photograph and signature in the prescribed format.
  • Candidates have to make payment through online mode.
  • Candidates are advised to take a printout of an application form for future reference.

JEST 2021 Application Fee

Candidates can check the category wise JEST application fees in the mention below table:

JEST 2021 Registration Fees
Category of Candidates

General Category

Rs. 400/-

SC/ST Category

Rs. 200/-

Mode of Payment: Candidates can pay fees through online mode by using Debit card/Credit card/Net banking.
Note: Female SC/ST candidates are not supposed to pay any Fee their application for JEST 2021 is free of cost.

JEST 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must ensure their JEST 2021 eligibility before filling the online application form. Interested candidates must go through the eligibility criteria which can also be found on the official website.

  •  For PhD Physics: Candidates must have M.Sc degree in Physics from any recognized institute. And some the colleges also accept the B.Tech/M.Sc/B.E/M.Tech/M.E in Physics and Mathematics.
  • For PhD in Theoretical Computer science at IMSc: Candidates must complete M.Sc/M.Tech/M.E in Computer science or other stream related to computer science.
  • PhD in Neuroscience at NBRC: Candidates should have B.Tech/B.E/MCA/M.Sc degree in computer science.
  • Integrated M.Tech-Ph.d at IIA: Candidates should possess the degree of M.Sc(Physics and Mathematics), Post B.Sc degree in optoelectronics and optics, Radiophysics & Electronics.

JEST 2021 Exam Pattern

JEST Exam Pattern 2021 is given below which by in large should be followed by all the students to prepare beforehand and develop ways to score well in the examination.

JEST Entrance Exam Pattern 2021
Mode of Examination


Question Type

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)


Single Session

Exam Duration

180 minutes (3 hours)


3 Sections

Examination Medium

English Language

Below stated are the different sections along with their marking scheme:
No. of Questions
Marking (+ve)
Marking (-ve)

Part A




Part B




Part C




JEST 2021 Syllabus

Candidates can check the JEST 2021 Syllabus which is mentioned below so that the candidates can prepare accordingly for the Test:

  • Physics: This section will be carrying various topics such as Mathematical Methods, Classical Mechanics, Electromagnetism & Optics, Quantum Mechanism, Thermodynamics & Statistical Physics, and Electronics.
  • Theoretical Computer Science: This section will consist of topics like Analytical Reasoning & Deduction, Discrete Mathematics, Graph Theory, Combinatorics, Data Structure & Algorithm, and Principle of Programming.

JEST 2021 Preparation Tips

JEST 2021 Preparation Tips are posted below which are useful for all the candidates appearing for Examination:

  • Students must go through the examination syllabus before they start preparing for it.
  • Students should look up for famous books related to the syllabus or if there is a book available for that particular examination which includes practice sets and previous years.
  • It is advisable to start preparing for any examination at least 6 months before the scheduled date.
  • Students must keep extra preparatory months in hand to revise whatever they have studied for the examination.

JEST 2021 Admit Card

Candidates who have successfully submitted their application forms will get their JEST 2021 Admit Card on the official website by the third week of January 2021. Candidates must go through the given below points regarding admit card:

  • Candidates have to log in with their user ID and password to download the admit card.
  • Candidates need to enter the required details.
  • Candidates must check every detail carefully.
  • Admit card contains details such as candidates name and date of birth, exam date and time, exam centre and address.
  • Candidates must keep the print out their admit card for examination and further process.
  • If candidates are found without Admit Card in the examination hall, there are chances that the authorities might not allow them to sit for the examination.

JEST Exam Centres 2021

Candidates must check the JEST 2021 Exam centres list:

  • Ahemdabad
  • Aligarh
  • Allahabad
  • Bangalore
  • Bardhaman
  • Bhopal
  • Bhubaneswar
  • Kozhikode
  • Chandigarh
  • Chennai
  • Delhi
  • Goa
  • Guwahati
  • Hyderabad
  • Indore
  • Jaipur
  • Kanpur
  • Kharagpur
  • Kochi
  • Kolkata
  • Madurai
  • Mangalore
  • Mumbai
  • Nagpur
  • Nainital
  • Patna
  • Pune
  • Raipur
  • Roorkee
  • Sambalpur
  • Silchar
  • Siliguri
  • Srinagar
  • Trivandrum
  • Udaipur
  • Vishakhapatnam

JEST 2021 Answer Key

JEST Answer Key 2020 will be available on the official website by February 2021 after the commencement of the examination. Students can cross-check their response with the answer key and if they have any objection regarding the posted answer key then they can put it up to the officials but for that, the last date is the first week of March 2021.

JEST 2021 Result

JEST Results 2021 will be disclosed online on the official website. It is uploaded in the candidates login and candidates can check it by entering e-mail id / username and password. It is important to note that JEST score is only valid for 1 year. Hence, on the basis of JEST 2021, the candidates will get admission only in session 2020-21. The result will contain information like: 

  • Candidates Name
  • Roll number
  • Overall Rank
  • Overall Marks scored etc.
  • A copy of Scorecard would be beneficial in future as it will be referred at almost all times during the admission procedure.

JEST 2021 Counselling

JEST 2021 Counselling will start soon after the exam. The essential documents students are supposed to carry for their counselling is stated below:

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

Participating Institute List

Name of InstituteFull Name
ARIESAryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences, Nainital: Astronomy and Astrophysics, and Atmospheric Physics.
BOSE InstituteBose 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
HBNIHomi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai
HRIHarish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad: Theoretical Physics, Astrophysics
ICTSInternational Centre for theoretical sciences (TIFR), Bangalore: Astrophysical Relativity, Data Assimilation and Dynamical Systems, Statistical Physics and Turbulence, and String theory and Quantum Gravity.
IGCARIndira 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
IIAIndian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Astronomical Instrumentation, Optics, and Atomic Physics.
IIScIndian 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).
IISER BhopalIndian 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
IISER KolkataIndian 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
IISER MohaliIndian 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.
IISER PuneIndian 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.
IISER ThiruvananthapuramIndian 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.
IISER TirupathiIndian 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
IISTIndian 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
IIMScThe Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai: Theoretical Physics, Theoretical Computer Science, and Computational Biology
IOPInstitute of Physics, Bhubaneswar: Physics (Condensed Matter, Nuclear and High Energy Physics) and Accelerator-based Research.
IPRInstitute for Plasma Research, Gandhinagar: Physics (Experimental and Theoretical).
IUCAAInstitute for Plasma Research, Gandhinagar: Physics (Experimental and Theoretical).
JNCASRJawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore: Experimental and Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, Statistical Mechanics, and Materials Science.
NBRCNational 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.
NCRA-TIFRNational Centre for Radio Astrophysics, TIFR, Pune: Astronomy and Astrophysics.
NISERNational 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.
PRLPhysical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad: Theoretical Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Solar Physics, Space and Atmospheric Sciences, Planetary Science and Geo-Sciences.
RRCATRaja 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.
RRIRaman Research Institute, Bangalore: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Light and Matter Physics, Soft Condensed Matter Physics (Liquid Crystals, Physics in Biology), and Theoretical Physics.
SINPSaha 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).
SNBNCBSSatyendra 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-TCISTIFR 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
TIFRTata 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 CSRUGC-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.
VECCVariable 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 Highlights

Candidates can check the given mentioned table regarding the JEST 2021 basic information:

Exam nameJEST(Joint Entrance Screening Test)
Conducting BodyScience and Engineering Research Board (SERB)
LevelNational Level
Frequency Once a year
JEST official website
Purpose of JESTTo pursue PhD or Integrated PhD

Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB)

Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) is established in 2009 under the government of India by an act of Parliament of India. SERB is chaired by the Secretary to the Government of India in the Department of Science & Technology and other senior government officers and respected scientist. Prof. Sandeep Verma is the secretary of the Science and Engineering Research Board. SERB is affiliated by Department of Science & Technology and its headquarters is in New Delhi.

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JEST Important Dates

JEST 2020 Form Date11 Nov - 21 Dec 2020 (Tentative)
JEST 2020 Exam Date16 Feb 2021 (Tentative)

Joint Entrance Screening Test 2020 Exam Pattern

Paper 1
Exam Duration:

3 hours

Total Marks:


Question Paper Type :

Multiple Choice Questions

Negative Marking:


NOTE:1 mark will be deducted for every wrong response in section 1 and 0.33 mark will be deducted for every wrong response in section 3. No negative marking is available for section 2.


Frequently Asked Questions


Form Start Date:

11 Nov 2020

Form End Date:

21 Dec 2020

The forms will open on 11 Nov 2020



Examination Date (Online):

16 Feb 2021

Application Fees:

₹ 400

Admissions open for

Acharya Institutes, Bangalore Admission 2020

01 Jun 2020-30 Sep 2020

Shoolini University Admission 2020

19 Sep 2019-30 Sep 2020

KIIT University Admission 2020

16 Nov 2019-20 Jul 2020

MIT ADT University Pune Admission 2020

11 Sep 2019-31 Aug 2020

GNIOT, Noida Admission 2020

01 Jan 2020-17 Sep 2020