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JEST 2021 Syllabus: Subject wise Syllabus, Book Recommendation

Updated On - December 09 2020 by Ganesh Wankhede

Joint Entrance Screening Test or JEST 2021 is a national level entrance examination that will be conducted by the SERB (Science and Engineering Research Board) for admissions into PhD and Integrated PhD into various institutions participating in JEST. The syllabus plays an important role in the preparation of the examinations. JEST 2021 Syllabus focuses mainly on physics and its subparts. All the candidates must go through below article to know more about JEST 2021 Syllabus

JEST 2021 Syllabus

The subject wise syllabus for JEST 2021 is as below: 
Mathematical Methods Vector algebra and vector calculus, tensors, curvilinear coordinate
systems, linear algebra;
Linear differential equations, elements of Sturm–Liouville theory;
Special functions; Complex analysis; Fourier series and Fourier transforms,
Laplace transforms;
Elementary properties of discrete groups; Elements of probability theory,
error analysis
Classical MechanicsNewton’s laws, conservation of energy and momentum, collisions;
generalized coordinates, the principle of least action,
Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of mechanics;
Symmetry and conservation laws; central force problem, Kepler problem;
Small oscillations and normal modes; special relativity in classical
Electromagnetism & Optics Electrostatics and magnetostatics, boundary value problems, multipole
Fields in conducting, dielectric, diamagnetic and paramagnetic media;
Faraday’s law and time-varying fields; displacement current;
Maxwell’s equations; energy and momentum of electromagnetic fields;
Propagation of plane electromagnetic waves, reflection, refraction;
Electromagnetic waves in dispersive and conducting media;
diffraction, interference, polarization. 
Quantum MechanicsUncertainty principle; Schrodinger equation; central potentials, hydrogen
Orbital and spin angular momenta, addition of angular momenta;
Matrix formulation of quantum theory, unitary transformations, Hermitian
Variational principle, time independent perturbation theory, time dependent
perturbation theory. 
Thermodynamics & Statistical Physics Laws of thermodynamics, work and heat, thermodynamic potentials;
Elements of kinetic theory; Maxwell’s relations;
Statistical ensembles; partition function; classical ideal gas, harmonic
Classical and quantum statistics; Fermi and Bose gases;
black body radiation; statistics of paramagnetism 
Electronics Basics of semiconductor; p-n junctions, diodes, transistors;
LCR circuits, rectifiers, amplifiers, active filters and oscillators;
basics of OPAMPs and their applications; basics of digital electronics.
There are a few points to be noted about the syllabus with respect to the exam paper. The candidates are advised to go through them so as to get a short note on the points to be focused:
  • The JEST examination will have different syllabus for each stream. Depending on the basic eligibility criteria and the subjects, the papers are set for each course opted. 
  • The question paper for physics would consist of questions from Classical Mechanics, Mathematical Mechanics, Electromagnetics and Optics, Quantum Mechanics and Thermodynamics. 
  • The question paper for theoretical computer science would consist of questions from Analytical Reasoning and Deduction, Data Algorithms and Structures, Discrete Mathematics etc. 
The recommended textbooks for JEST 2021 are as mentioned below:
Subject Books
Classical Mechanics
  • H.Goldstein
  • Marion and Thomtron
  • P.V.Panat
  • N.C.Rana and P.S.Joag
  • R.G.Takawale and P.S.Puranik
  • J.C.Upadhyaya
Electromagnetism & Optics 
  • Panofsky and Phillips
  • Reitz & Milford
  • J.D.Jackson
  • B.B.Laud
  • A. W. Joshi
  • Li boff
Quantum Mechanics
  • David J.Griffiths
  • L.I.Schiff
  • A.Ghatak and S.Lokanathan
  • J.J.Sakurai
  • R. Eisberg and R.Resnick
  • Granier
  • Leach and Malvino
  • Gayakwad (Prentice Hall)
  • Malvino
  • Botkar
  • D.Roy Choudhury, Shail Jain
  • Subrahmanyam
  • G.B.Clayton
  • P.C.Sen
  • Gottlib


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