JEST - Exam Pattern

Joint Entrance Screening Test

Form Date: 11 Jan - 20 Feb 2022 (Tentative)

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Form Date: 11 Jan - 20 Feb 2022

JEST 2021 Exam Pattern: Paper Pattern, Preparation Tips

Updated On - January 01 2021 by Shweta Ranjan

Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) is conducted by Science and Engineering Board (SERB). This examination will nominate candidates for admissions into Ph.D. and Integrated Ph.D. courses into various institutes that will participate in JEST 2021. The exam would be conducted in a single session. The aspirants must be familiar with the pattern of the exam beforehand to score better. The article gives details and particulars about the Exam Pattern of JEST 2021

JEST 2021 Exam Pattern

Candidates can check all the relevant information related to JEST Exam Pattern 2021 given below:

  • The JEST 2021 exam encourages aspirants to take up research as their field of interest. 
  • The exam focuses mainly on Physics and a majority of the questions can be expected from the same. 
  • Questions from all three parts of the question paper must be duly answered with care keeping in mind the negative marking. 
  • The exam consists of negative marking specific to each section as previously mentioned and candidates are required to observe them clearly before marking the answers. 
  • The answers shall be recorded on an Optical Marking Reader (OMR). 
  • The answers once marked on the OMR cannot be changed since the marking of the answers has to be done with a pen. 
  • Candidates preferring the marking of the answers at the end of the examination must be careful with observing the time duration available. 
  • Last-minute marking of answers can lead to the improper marking of answers or marking inappropriately. 
  • The candidates are advised to check every answer they are marking beforehand whether the question number on the question paper and on the answer sheet match for maintaining efficiency. 

JEST Entrance Paper Pattern Details

The following is the detailed JEST exam pattern 2021:
  • Mode of examination: The exam shall be conducted in the offline mode only. 
  • Language of the exam: The exam will be conducted in the English language. 
  • The number of questions: The question paper would consist of 50 questions in total which would be divided into three sections namely Part-A, Part-B, and Part-C. Part-A would consist of 15 questions, Part-B would consist of 10 questions and Part-C would consist of 25 questions. 
  • Type of questions: The questions would be objective type with Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
  • Marking scheme: The marking scheme for JEST 2021 is as in the table below:
Marks for each correct answer 
Marks for a wrong answer 
Part A 
3 marks 
-1 marks 
Part B
3 marks 
0 marks 
Part C
1 mark 
-1/3 mark 
  • Duration of the Examination: The exam will be conducted for 3 hours that is 180 minutes. 

JEST 2021 Preparation Tips

After knowing the exam pattern, the candidates are advised to prepare accordingly so that scoring in the exam becomes easier. The below mentioned are a few among many preparation tips that would help the candidates:
  • Candidates are advised to start their preparation well in advance as per the candidate’s requirement. 
  • If the candidate requires a lot of time for grasping the concepts, they are advised to make short notes during the preparation process such that it would be sufficient revision at the end. 
  • Dividing the time judicially and preparing a time table according to the requirement would help in the preparation. Also, apart from preparing a time table, sticking to it is very important. 
  • Prerequisites like exam pattern, syllabus, eligibility, etc. must be checked. The textbooks, notes, and other required material as per the prescribed syllabus must be kept ready before starting the preparation. 
  • The preparatory phase is a very important one where the entire subject needs to be consolidated into smaller parts in the form of short notes, keywords, classification of concepts according to importance, etc. 
  • Once the preparation gets completed, the next step the candidate has to take care of is referring to previous papers.
  • The candidates are advised to go through the maximum number of solved previous papers and sample papers to get a proper idea about the level of questions asked in the examination. 
  • Depending on the level of questions, the candidates can change their preparation accordingly. 
  • Study material being used for the examination must be checked before using them for the absence of errors. The errors in the study material would reflect in the examination diminishing the score of the candidate.  

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Form Start Date:

11 Jan 2022

Form End Date:

20 Feb 2022

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