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JEST 2020 Exam - Dates, Registration, Eligibility, Syllabus, Exam Pattern

Applicants seeking admission  for a Ph.D / Integrated Ph.D Programme in Physics or Theoretical Computer Science or Neuroscience or Computational Biology in  one  of the Participating Institutes may appear for the Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) at one of the Exam Centers.

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JEST 2020 Conducting Body

The Science and Engineering Research Board

JEST 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Please see the websites / advertisements of the participating institutes for their eligibility criteria in details.

Listed below are tentative eligibility criteria of admission to M.Sc, Ph.D, and Integrated / M.Sc / M.Tech. - Ph.D programs in the participating institutes.

Ph.D. Programme

Physics

  • M.Sc. in Physics (all participating Institutes).

Additionally, some institutes accept B.E. / B.Tech. / M.Sc. / M.E. / M.Tech. in disciplines of Applied Physics and Mathematics, as listed below.

  • M.Sc. in Mathematics / Applied Physics / Applied Mathematics / Optics and Photonics / Instrumentation / Electronics will also be considered at IIA.
  • B.E. or B.Tech. will be considered at IISc, IMSc, ICTS-TIFR, IUCAA, JNCASR, NCRA-TIFR, TIFR-TCIS, RRI, IISER Mohali, IISER Pune, IISER Thiruvananthapuram.
  • M.Sc. in Physics / Electronics / Astronomy / Applied Mathematics will be cnsidered at IUCAA.
  • MSc in Physics, Engineering Physics or Applied Physics will also be considered atIPR.
  • M.Sc. in Physics, Chemistry, Applied Mathematics, Biophysics or Biochemistry will be considered at SNBNCBS.
  • B.Tech Eng. Phys.will be considered at TIFR.
  • M.E./ M.Tech in Applied Physics  will be considered at NISER.

Theoretical Computer Science at IMSc

  • M.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 Neuroscience at NBRC

  • M.Sc (Physics/ Mathematics), B.E/ B.Tech/ M.C.A in Computer Science

Ph D in Computational Biology at IMSc

  • M.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)

  • B. Sc. (Physics / Mathematics) will be considered at SNBNCBS.
  • B. Sc. (Physics) will be considered at IMSc.
  • B.Sc. (Physics / Mathematics) / B.E. / B.Tech. in Electrical / Instrumentation / Engineering Physics / Electronics and Communications / Computer Science and Engineering / Optics and Photonics will be considered in IIA.
  • B.Sc (Physics) or B.E./B. Tech in Engineering Physics , with a minimum of first class marks, will be considered at NISER.
  • B.Sc. (Physics) will be considered at IISER-Pune, ICTS-TIFR, NCRA-TIFR, and TIFR-TCIS.
  • B. Sc. (Physics / Mathematics) / B.E. / B.Tec. will be considered for Integrated M.Sc - PhD at Bose Institute.

Integrated Ph.D Programme in Theoretical Computer Science at IMSc

  • B.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. Programme at IIA

  • M.Sc. (Physics / Applied Physics) / Post-B.Sc. (Hons) in Optics and Optoelectronics / Radio Physics and Electronics.

Integrated Ph.D. Programme at IISER IISER. Thiruvananthapuram.

  • B. Sc. (Physics) or B.E. / B. Tech. in any discipline.

M. Sc. Programme at HRI.

  • B. Sc. (Physics) or B.E./B.Tech. degree in any discipline
  • HRI is starting a new M.Sc. programme in Physics from 2017. The Integrated Ph.D. programme in Physics at HRI is discontinued from 2017.

JEST 2020 Exam Centers

Offline Dates

DateLocation(s)
16/02/2020 Visakhapatnam, Guwahati, Silchar, Kharagpur, Patna, Chandigarh, Raipur, Delhi, Goa, Ahmedabad, Srinagar, Bengaluru, Mangalore, Kochi, Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram, Bhopal, Indore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Bhubaneswar, Sambalpur, Amritsar, Jaipur, Udaipur, Chennai, Madurai, Hyderabad, Aligarh, Allahabad, Kanpur, Nainital, Roorkee, Bardhaman, Kolkata, Siliguri

JEST 2020 Important Dates

EventsStart DateLast Date
Application Form11/11/2019 14/12/2019
Admit Card Release Date22/01/2020 -
JEST 2020 Exam Date Offline Dates
  • 16/02/2020
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    JEST 2020 Prospectus


    More Information


    Participating Institutes have their own eligibility criteria. Applicants who are expected to complete their final examinations by August of each year are also eligible to appear for the JEST exam of that year.

    Participating Institutes: Visit the individual institute pages to view the programmes and subject areas being offered.

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    JEST score is valid for One year.

    The Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB) (statutory body established through an Act of Parliament) recognizes JEST as a National Eligibility Test (NET) 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.

    JEST 2020 Application Form

    Application Form Fee

    • An Application Fee of Rs. 400 (Rs 200 for SC/ST, Female applicants ONLY) is required to be paid along with the application which can be paid online using Debit/Credit cards and Net-banking. Payment by any other mode will NOT be accepted. Please check the Available Payment Options and Transaction Charges
    • Application Fee is waived for FEMALE applicants belonging to SC/ST. They need not pay the application fee.
    • Please go through the refund policy (new tab) before paying the application fee.
    • Payment of the fee will imply your agreement to the stated refund policies.

    Application Form Filling Instructions

    Apply ON-LINE Application

    To apply online, applicants must create an account using a valid email-id. This account will remain valid from the time of account creation till one month after the date of declaration of results, for that year. Email-ids are linked to the created account as well as  to the application, and will be used for all communications with the applicants. Therefore, the email-id should be active and must not be changed during this period. To submit application online,  applicants must login to the created account and complete the application form. After submission, an unique submission number will be sent to your email-id. Please save all the emails sent to you and the unique submission number must be quoted by the applicant for any communication with the JEST authority.

    The steps for submission of ON-LINE application form are

    • Register yourself before you login. It is assumed that you already have an email-id.
    • To register, the candidate has to click on the "register to appear for the exam" link in the Homepage. You will receive an email with  your account information after registering with a valid email-id. Follow the instructions given in the email for resetting your password and further login.
    • Login to the JEST homepage with your username (your email-id) and password. Fill the form and save it, or, modify an already saved form.  Press the "Submit Application" button ONLY when you have inserted and checked all the mandatory entries.
    • Upload jpg files of your Passport size photo and scanned signature.
    • Pay the application fee online using SBI Epay. Please check the FAQ for details of the payment process.
    • After ON-LINE submission of the application form and successful e-payment of the application fee, your submission procedure will be considered complete. NO modification will be allowed after this.

    E-Photo and E-Signature

    Photo - Signature

    •  While filling up the form, you will be asked to upload jpeg files of your passport size photograph and your signature. The size of the individual files should not exceed 50 Kilobytes. Crop out the extra white portion from the background surrounding the image to retain clarity.
    • Before uploading your photo and signature files, make sure you have given it a good name.  File names should use  alphabets, underscores, and numbers only.  Special characters such as spaces,  (, #, &,  punctuation, etc., should not be used in filenames.  If you use a logical naming system, like loginname_date_photo.jpg, loginname_date_sig.jpg then it will be printed without any errors.
    • In case the jpeg file of your photo which has been taken with camera exceeds the limit, you should compress the file size using compression softwares available in the websites, such as http://jpeg-optimizer.comhttp://www.imageoptimizer.net.
    • Your signature can be scanned with a digital scanner, and saved as jpeg file for uploading. In case this file size produced by scanner also exceeds 100 kB limit, you can compress it using the same tools as explained above.
    • Please make sure the image type is jpeg. For checking, right click and go to the properties of the file being uploaded.
    • Dimension of the image files should be the following
      • Minimum of 100 X 125 pixels or maximum of 240 x 300 pixels (width x height) for photo and 150 x 30 pixels (width x height) for signature
    • Please check ALL the properties of these image files before uploading.

    Application Fee

    • An Application Fee of Rs. 300 (Rs 150 for SC/ST, Female applicants ONLY) is required to be paid along with the application which can be paid online using Debit/Credit cards and Net-banking. Payment by any other mode will NOT be accepted. Please check the Available Payment Options and Transaction Charges
    • Application Fee is waived for FEMALE applicants belonging to SC/ST.  They need not pay the application fee.
    • Please go through the refund policy (new tab) before paying the application fee.
    • Payment of the fee will imply your agreement to the stated refund policies.

    Post-Submission of Application form

    • On successful submission of ON-LINE application form you will receive an E-mail with following information from JEST Website.
      •  Application data after final submission containing  Unique Submission Number and filled in data.
    • Please save this e-mail for further correspondence with the JEST authority.
    • If you do not receive the above-mentioned e-mail after submission of application form and the successful e-payment of the application fee, contact JEST authority.
    • Admit card will be available in the JEST webpage after 20th of January, 2020. Bring a printout of the downloaded admit card and one of your photo-ids for entry into the examination centre. Admit cards will NOT be sent by post / email.


    JEST 2020 Syllabus

    Joint Entrance Screening Test

    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 Mechanics  

    Newton’s laws, conservation of energy and momentum, collisions; generalized coordinates, 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 mechanics.

    Electromagnetism & Optics 

    Electrostatics and magnetostatics, boundary value problems, multipole expansion; 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 Mechanics 

    Uncertainty principle; Schrodinger equation; central potentials, hydrogen atom; Orbital and spin angular momenta, addition of angular momenta; Matrix formulation of quantum theory, unitary transformations, Hermitian operators; 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 oscillators; 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.


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    JEST 2020 Admit Card

    Admit Card Download Start Date

    22/01/2020

    Admit Card Download Url

    JEST 2020 Exam Day Instructions

    Offline Dates

    • 16/02/2020

    More Information

    • Admit card will be available in the JEST webpage after 22nd of January, 2020. Bring a printout of the downloaded admit card and one of your photo-ids for entry into the examination centre. Admit cards will NOT be sent by post/email.
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