Joint Entrance Screening Test

Admit card: 05 Apr 2021 (Tentative)

Pen & Paper Mode

Admit card: 05 Apr 2021

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: Admit Card, Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Result

Updated On - February 20 2021 by Bhumika Singh

JEST 2021 Application form has been available till 19 February 2021. JEST 2021 will be conducted by the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB). 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. 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 them a brushed up idea of how to make an appearance in JEST 2021 followed by admission in the colleges. 
Latest Update:
  • JEST 2021 last date to apply for the exam was 19 February 2021(Extended).
  • SERP has released the exam date, JEST 2021 entrance exam will be held on 11 April 2021.

JEST 2021 Important Dates

Candidates can note all the important dates for JEST 2021 from the table below.

EventsDates 2021 
Starting of application form11 January 2021
Last date to submit application forms19 February 2021 
Last date for online payment22 February 2021 (17:00)
Availability of admit cardMarch/ April 2021
JEST 2021 exam date11 April 2021 
Release of answer key3rd week of April 2021
Last date to submit objections against the answer keyApril 2021
Announcement of resultLast week of April 2021
Interview startsMay 2021

JEST 2021 Application Form

Candidates will be able to fill JEST 2021 application form from 11 January 2021 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.

How to apply for JEST 2021?

The candidates can follow below given steps to fill the online application form of JEST:

  1. Visit the official website & register and enter email id and then submit it.
  2. Thereafter a username and password is sent to the candidate.
  3. Now login with the sent username and password and fill form with personal details, academic records.
  4. Then, Select the discipline of JEST exam, select the test centre.
  5. Thereafter, upload documents and pay the requisite application fee.

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 2021 Answer Key

JEST Answer Key 2021 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 candidate's 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. Those who will qualify the exam will only be called for counselling process. 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

  • Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences, Nainital: Astronomy and Astrophysics, and Atmospheric Physics.
  • Bose Institute, Kolkata
  • Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai
  • Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad
  • International Centre for theoretical sciences (TIFR), Bangalore
  • Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam
  • Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Bhopal
  • Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata
  • Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali
  • Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune
  • Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Tirupathi
  • Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata
  • Satyendra Nath Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata
  • TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Hyderabad
  • Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
  • UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, Indore
  • Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Kolkata
  • The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai
  • Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar
  • Institute for Plasma Research, Gandhinagar
  • Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore
  • National Brain Research Centre, Manesar
  • National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, TIFR, Pune
  • National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneswar
  • Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad
  • Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore
  • Raman Research Institute, Bangalore

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 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 a 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 2021 Form Date11 Jan - 19 Feb 2021
Admit Card Downloading Date05 Apr 2021 (Tentative)
JEST 2021 Exam Date11 Apr 2021
Result Date15 May 2021 (Tentative)

Joint Entrance Screening Test 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 Jan 2021

Form End Date:

19 Feb 2021

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