JEST 2021: Exam Postponed, Syllabus

JEST 2021 – JEST 2021 examination has been postponed due to the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic for all centres till further notice. And a new date will be announced on the JEST website. Earlier, The Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) was conducted on 11 April 2021. The application form submission process is over now.

JEST 2021 is the screening test for admission to M.Sc, PhD, and Integrated / M.Sc / M.Tech- PhD programs of different participating institutes. The exam is held for courses in Physics, Theoretical Sciences (TCS), Neuroscience, Computational Biology. Get here complete details of JEST 2021 including exam date, application form, syllabus, sample paper, and more.

JEST 2021

Latest: JEST 2021 examination has been postponed till further notice. Check here

Related exam: GATE 2021

JEST 2021 Exam Date and Other Important Dates

JEST 2021Important Dates
JEST 2021 application form available from11 Jan 2021
Last date to apply for the exam19 Feb 2021
Last date for online payment of Application Fee22 Feb 2021 up to 5:00 pm
Availability of admit card20 Mar 2021
JEST 2021 exam date11 Apr 2021 Postponed

JEST 2021 Admit Card

Those who apply on time get the admit card of JEST 2021. Important things to know about it are as follows.

  • JEST 2021 admit card is released online at
  • You have to download it by logging in with email or username and password.
  • Check exam center, date, time on it.
  • Also note instructions from exam day.
  • Carry the hall ticket printout and other documents mentioned in it to the exam center, on the exam day.

Check out JEST 2021 Scorecard

JEST 2021 Syllabus

The Joint Entrance Screening Test will have questions on the basis of general syllabi of graduation and post graduation level courses offered in various Indian institutes.

Besides this, no further elaboration is available for the syllabus.

You can check some past year papers to get a better idea.

Sample Papers and Previous Year Papers

For Physics

  • Click here to download the Physics sample paper 2020.
  • Click here to download the Physics syllabus 2020.
  • Click here to download Physics sample paper 2017.


JEST 2021 Test Centre

JEST 2021 will be held in the following cities.

  • Ahmedabad
  • Aligarh
  • Allahabad
  • Amritsar
  • 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 Application Form – Over

There has been a delay of one month in the issuance of JEST application form 2021. However finally the dates for registration are out. See the dates table above for start and end date for registrations.

How to apply for JEST 2021?

  • You have to visit the official website that is to apply.
  • There, you will see the “Create new Account” link (on computer it appears on left hand side).
  • Do JEST 2021 registration by entering all details the form asks for.
  • After that, you get an email with your account information. Check it, and proceed to fill the form by logging.
  • Then click the apply online link to fill the rest of the form.
  • Fill up all details in the JEST 2021 application form and verify email id, mobile number as steps require.
  • Then finally, pay the application fee.
  • You get the Unique Submission Number at the end of the process.

Application Fee for JEST exam: You have to pay the requisite fee amount, as per your category. The fee amount shall appear on the screen once you reach the end of the form. Last year the fee amounts were as folows.

GeneralRs 400
SC / ST / Gen- FemaleRs 200
SC and ST FemalesNo Fee

Eligibility Criteria for JEST 2021

One must check the eligibility criteria before applying. Please note that the criteria varies from program to program, and institute to institute. Please check the official website of the institute to know the final criteria. The eligibility criteria is as follows.

PhD PhysicsAllM.Sc. in Physics
(If you don’t have this, then check other accepted degree below)
IIAM.Sc. in Mathematics / Applied Physics / Applied Mathematics / Optics and Photonics / Instrumentation / Electronics
IISc, IMSc, ICTS-TIFR, IUCAA, JNCASR, NCRA-TIFR, TIFR-TCIS, RRI, IISER (Mohali, Pune, Thiruvananthapuram)B.E. or B.Tech.
IUCAAM.Sc. in Physics / Electronics / Astronomy / Applied Mathematics
IPRMSc in Physics, Engineering Physics or Applied Physics
SNBNCBSM.Sc. in Physics, Chemistry, Applied Mathematics, Biophysics or Biochemistry
TIFRB.Tech Eng. Phys
NISERM.E./ M.Tech in Applied Physics
Theoretical Computer ScienceIMScM.Sc./ M.E. / M.Tech. in Computer Science and related disciplines, and should be interested in the mathematical aspects of computer science
Ph D in NeuroscienceNBRCM.Sc (Physics/ Mathematics), B.E/ B.Tech/ M.C.A in Computer Science
Ph D in Computational BiologyIMScM.Sc./ M.E. / M.Tech. ​/ MCA ​in any engineering or science discipline, with good mathematical skills and strong interest in biological problems
Integrated M.Sc. / M.Tech – Ph.D Programme (Physics)SNBNCBSB. Sc. (Physics / Mathematics)
IMScB. Sc. (Physics)
IIAB.Sc. (Physics / Mathematics) / B.E. / B.Tech. in Electrical / Instrumentation / Engineering Physics / Electronics and Communications / Computer Science and Engineering / Optics and Photonics
NISERB.Sc (Physics) or B.E./B. Tech in Engineering Physics , with a minimum of first class marks
Bose InstituteB. Sc. (Physics / Mathematics) / B.E. / B.Tech will be considered for Integrated M.Sc – PhD
Integrated Ph.D Programme in Theoretical Computer ScienceIMScB.Sc./B.E./B.Tech./M.C.A. in Computer Science or related disciplines and should be interested in the mathematical aspects of computer science
Integrated M.Tech – Ph.D. ProgrammeIIAM.Sc. (Physics / Applied Physics) / Post-B.Sc. (Hons) in Optics and Optoelectronics / Radio Physics and Electronics
Integrated Ph.D. ProgrammeIISER IISER. ThiruvananthapuramB. Sc. (Physics) or B.E. / B. Tech. in any discipline.
M. Sc. ProgrammeHRIB. Sc. (Physics) or B.E./B.Tech. degree in any discipline
HRI is starting a new M.Sc. program in Physics from 2017. The Integrated Ph.D. program in Physics at HRI is discontinued from 2017.

There is no age limit for JEST exam.

Check details of JEST 2021 Answer Key

Participating Institutes

2Bose Institute
9IISER Bhopal
10IISER Kolkata
11IISER Mohali
12IISER Pune
13IISER Thiruvananthapuram
14IISER Tirupathi
33IISER Berhampur

Frequently Asked Questions on JEST 2021

Q1. What is the purpose of JEST exam?

Ans. JEST is the screening test for admission to PhD, M.Sc, and integrated PhD programs in 33 institutes in India.

Q2. Who can apply for JEST exam?

Ans. Candidates who have BE, B.Tech, B.Sc, M.Sc, ME, M.Tech in relevant fields can apply for JEST exam.

Q3. Are calculators allowed during JEST exam?

Ans. As per the sample paper, non-programmable scientific calculators are allowed. However candidates must check the admit card for instructions before taking any item to the exam hall.

Q4. Is JEST equal to NET?

Ans. SERB recognizes JEST as a National Eligibility Test in their office Memo vide OM No.SB/S9/Z-01/2015. Fellows working in SERB programmes and qualified in NET are eligible to get enhanced fellowship.

Q5. How to prepare for JEST?

Ans. It is important to be thorough with your graduation / post graduation level topics. Also practice and solve previous year question papers and sample papers to understand the exam pattern and difficulty level.

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If you have any queries on JEST 2021, then please ask in comments below.

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