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JEST 2023: Application Form, Dates, Syllabus, Counselling, Result

JEST 2023 Application Form will be from January 2023. The exam Date will be released soon. The abbreviation for the Joint Entrance Screening Test is JEST, which is considered by SERB to be the NET (National Eligibility Test) (Science & Engineering Research Board). The Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Science, Kalpakkam, is organizing the joint entrance screening examination. Applicants pursuing an integrated Ph.D. program in Physics or Theoretical Computer Science or Neuroscience or Computational Biology are expected to take a joint admission screening test.

The Joint Entrance Screening Test is a form of mandatory assessment that is good for candidates seeking entry to integrated Ph.D. programs.  In this article, information regarding important JEST 2023 dates, examination pattern, syllabus, admit card, result, application form, etc is listed below.

JEST 2023: The application form as well as the dates for JEST will be Out Soon. Interested Candidates can fill the online form also can check the Exam Dates.

Application Dates will be from January 2023.

For Information Regarding the JEST 2023 Application form, Click Here.

For Information Regarding JEST 2023 Examination Dates, Click Here

For Information Regarding the Eligibility criteria for JEST 2023, Click Here


JEST 2023 Overview

Name of ExaminationJEST 2023
Level of ExaminationPhD level
Examination ModeOffline
Duration of Exam180 minutes
No. of Test Cities36 cities in India
Offered CoursesIntegrated MSc / MTech – PhD/ PhD
Date of RegistrationJanuary 2023
Date of ExaminationApril 2023

JEST 2023 Important Dates

Below are important dates relating to the Joint Entrance Screening Test 2023. Students are expected to go carefully through the dates:

EventsDates 2023
JEST 2023 Application Form Release DateJanuary 2023
JEST 2023 Application Form Last DateFebruary 2023
JEST 2023 Admit Card Release DateMarch/ April 2023
JEST 2023 Exam DateApril 2023
JEST 2023 Answer Key Release Date3rd week of April 2023
Answer Key Objection Last DateApril 2023
Result Announcement DateLast week of April 2023
Interview CommencementMay 2023

JEST 2023 Application Form

The JEST application form will be released online by the Science and Engineering Research Board. No other mode is required for filling out the JEST 2023 application form. Only for a given time can SERB allow the enrollment process. When filling out the JEST 2023 application form, applicants are expected to submit multiple details, including personal, academic, and communication.

Applicants would have to upload documents, including photographs and signatures, in the prescribed ad size format in addition to filling the details. If the applicant does not comply with the requirements for uploading the documents, the application form is subject to rejection.

  • The application form has been released on January 2023.
  • Applicants will use the online mode to fill out their application form. It will not be accepted by any other mode.
  • Fill in the details carefully, including education, personal information, address, contact etc.
  • Upload documents such as a photo of the passport size and a signature in the specified size.
  • Applicants have to complete their application form by January 2023.
  • Applicants must have the application form printed and kept safe for other procedures.

How to fill up the application form of JEST Entrance Exam?

The step-by-step method for completing the application form for JEST 2023 is given below.

  1. Applicants must access the official site. Click on the JEST 2023 link on the homepage.
  2. Register with a personal email ID and generate a password as a new user. Submit the registered mail and password for logging into the JEST 2023 home page.
  3. Fill out all personal information such as the name of the applicant, date of birth, gender, address for contact, program and centre, etc. Applicants must also submit qualification information such as class 10th and 12th marks, passing year, board name, etc.
  4. Submit scanned copies of the student’s photo and signature as defined (size and format) Review and verify all of the student’s information. In the event of any mistakes, before paying the application fee, the student can change them.
  5. Applicants have to pay the JEST 2023 application form fee via credit card or net bank in the final step. Upon payment, an official mail will be sent to the applicant as an acknowledgment. Applicants can download the email or print it for any future requirements.

Registration Fee

  • During the application process, applicants should pay the fixed registration amount.
  • Registration fees must be charged online through debit card/credit card/net banking and no other payment option is approved.
CategoryApplication Fee
General ApplicantsINR 800
SC/ST ApplicantsINR 400
Female ApplicantsINR 400
Female Applicants from SC/ST categoryNil

Documents Upload

  • Applicants would have to upload the Photo and Signature Scanned Copy.
  • Applicants must use a black ball pen for their signature. If a photograph is not printed on the admit card, a passport photo must be posted on the place.
DocumentSizeFormatDimension (Pixels)
Photographless than 100 KbJpeg100*125 to 240*300
Signatureless than 100 KbJpeg100*125 to 50*30 

Refund Policy

The fee paid once is not reimbursed again. If the applicant pays the fee twice unknowingly, the refund is only likely if it is informed to the authorities concerned.

The processing fee is collected and charged to the applicant even though the amount is refunded. If the amount has not entered the student’s account, it will be automatically refunded to the provider of the Payment Portal if the provided information is available.


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JEST 2023 Eligibility Criteria

For applicants who are eligible to apply for the 2023 JEST Test, the authority sets certain conditions. Some of them are ethnicity, age limit, qualification for education, reservation, domicile and many others. If the applicant does not meet the criteria of any of the cases, then the organization has the right to cancel the application for the entrance examination. Applicants must review all the eligibility requirements before registering and applying for the JEST Exam 2023.

Before filling out the application form for JEST 2023, applicants can read and verify the eligibility requirements. It’s as follows.

Theoretical Computer Science at IMSc

  • Candidate must have done M.Sc./ M.E. / M.Tech. in Computer Science and related disciplines.

M.Sc. in Physics (all participating Institutes)

  • The candidate should have done M.Sc. in Mathematics / Applied Physics / Applied Mathematics / Optics and Photonics / Instrumentation / Electronics for admission in IIA.
  • The applicant must have completed B.E. or B.Tech for admission in IISc, IMSc, ICTS-TIFR, IUCAA, JNCASR, NCRA-TIFR, TIFR-TCIS, RRI, IISER Mohali, IISER Pune, IISER Thiruvananthapuram.
  • For admission in IUCAA, candidate should have done M.Sc. in Physics / Electronics / Astronomy / Applied Mathematics.
  • For admission in IPR, the applicant must have done MSc in Physics, Engineering Physics or Applied Physics.
  • For admission in SNBNCBS, the applicant should have done M.Sc. in Physics, Chemistry, Applied Mathematics, Biophysics or Biochemistry.
  • For TIFR, B.Tech Eng. Phys. Must be completed.
  • M.E./ M.Tech in Applied Physics will be considered at NISER.

Ph D in Computational Biology at IMSc

  • The applicant must have completed M.Sc./ M.E. / M.Tech. ​/ MCA ​in any engineering or science discipline.

Ph D in Neuroscience at NBRC

  • The applicant must have completed M.Sc (Physics/ Mathematics), B.E/ B.Tech/ M.C.A in Computer Science.

For 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 is considered.

Integrated M.Sc. / M.Tech – Ph.D Programme (Physics)

  • For admission at SNBNCBS, the applicant must have completed B. Sc. (Physics / Mathematics).
  • For IMSc, the candidate must have completed B. Sc. (Physics).
  • For IIA, the applicant must have completed B.Sc. (Physics / Mathematics) / B.E. / B.Tech. in Electrical / Instrumentation / Engineering Physics / Electronics and Communications / Computer Science and Engineering / Optics and Photonics.
  • B.Sc (Physics) or B.E./B. Tech in Engineering Physics , with a minimum of first class marks, are considered at NISER.
  • For admission into IISER-Pune, ICTS-TIFR, NCRA-TIFR, and TIFR-TCIS, the applicant must have completed B.Sc. (Physics).
  • B. Sc. (Physics / Mathematics) / B.E. / B.Tec. is considered for Integrated M.Sc – PhD at Bose Institute.

Integrated Ph.D. Programme at IISER IISER. Thiruvananthapuram

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

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 2018. The Integrated Ph.D. programme in Physics at HRI is discontinued from 2018.

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 are considered.

JEST 2023 Exam Pattern

Applicants planning for JEST 2023 need to have full awareness of the pattern of the exam. Knowledge of the pattern of the JEST exam may assist the applicant in preparing for the entry exam. As follows, the examination pattern is

  1. Exam Mode: Pen and paper mode (Offline)
  2. Question Types: Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ), also known as, Objective type
  3. Exam Language: English only
  4. Total Sections: Three, divided as Part A, B and C
  5. Exam Duration: Three hours (180 minutes)
  6. Marking Scheme: Correct response in Part A and B derive +3 marks. Whereas part C will lead to awarding of +1 mark for each correct response
  7. Negative Marking: 1 mark deduction in Part A, – 1/3 mark in part C will be noticed for every incorrect response. Part B will have no negative response 

Part Wise Distribution of Questions

SectionNumber of Question
Part A15
Part B10
Part C25

Sectional Marking Scheme

In JEST Exam 2023, the sectional marking scheme for correct and incorrect responses is given below. For incorrect answers in Part B, there is no negative marking applicable.

SectionNo. of questionsMarks for each correct answer Marks for each incorrect answer 
Part A15+3-1
Part B10+3No negative marking
Part C25+1-1/3

JEST 2023 Syllabus

In addition to the test pattern, the applicants must have full JEST syllabus information before preparation begins. A variety of test patterns and curriculum will enable the applicants to obtain a good score in JEST 2023. The curriculum for admission to physics is as follows:

Mathematical Methods

  • Elements of probability theory
  • Curvilinear coordinate systems
  • Vector algebra and vector calculus,
  • Tensors and linear algebra
  • Elements of Sturm–Liouville theory
  • Special functions
  • Complex analysis
  • Fourier series and Fourier transform
  • Linear differential equations
  • Laplace transforms
  • Elementary properties of discrete groups and error analysis.

Classical Mechanics

  • Symmetry and conservation laws
  • Newton’s laws
  • Generalized coordinates
  • Conservation of energy, momentum and collisions
  • Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of mechanics
  • Small oscillations and normal modes
  • Central force problem
  • Kepler problem
  • Special relativity in classical mechanics.

Electromagnetism & Optics

  • Polarization
  • Electrostatics and magnetostatics
  • Multipole expansion
  • Fields in conducting and boundary value problems
  • Faraday’s law and time-varying fields,
  • Diamagnetic and paramagnetic media
  • Displacement current and Maxwell’s equations
  • Energy and momentum of electromagnetic fields
  • Reflection, refraction, diffraction and interference
  • Propagation of plane electromagnetic waves
  • Electromagnetic waves in dispersive and conducting media

Quantum Mechanics

  • The variational principle
  • Schrodinger equation
  • The uncertainty principle and central potentials
  • The hydrogen atom and Orbital and spin angular momenta
  • Addition of angular momenta
  • Hermitian operators
  • Matrix formulation of quantum theory
  • Unitary transformations
  • Time-independent and dependent perturbation theory

Thermodynamics & Statistical Physics

  • Elements of kinetic theory
  • Work and heat
  • Thermodynamic potentials
  • Laws of thermodynamics
  • Statistical ensembles
  • Maxwell’s relations
  • Partition function
  • Harmonic oscillators
  • Classical and quantum statistics
  • Classical ideal gas
  • Fermi and Bose gases
  • Black body radiation
  • Statistics of paramagnetism

Electronics

  • Basics of semiconductor
  • p-n junctions
  • Diodes
  • Active filters and oscillators
  • Transistors
  • LCR circuits
  • Rectifiers
  • Amplifiers
  • Basics of OPAMPs and their applications
  • Basics of digital electronics

JEST 2023 Preparation Tips

As a vast number of applicants appear to compete for a small number of seats, a good degree of planning is expected for JEST 2023. Any planning tips for JEST 2023 can be reviewed here.

  • You need a good examination syllabus and pattern knowledge.
  • Create a timetable.
  • Try to solve as many papers of the prior year.
  • Concentrate more on main issues
  • Prepare brief notes according to the subjects specified in the curriculum.
  • Try to handle time effectively in mock tests.
  • Study for a minimum of 10 hours daily.
  • Review it effectively.

Important Books for JEST 2023 Exam

With the aid of the following books, applicants may prepare for the JEST 2023 test.

Name of Books
Introduction to Algorithms
Mathematics Methods in Physics
Quantum Mechanics
Physics of Atom and Molecules
Classical Mechanics

JEST 2023 Admit Card

The admit card will be released by SERB on the official site jest.org.in. Applicants have to log in to access the same with their username and password. Without the JEST 2023 admit card and clear proof of identity, no candidate is allowed to enter the test centre. The JEST 2023 Admit Card contains essential details such as applicant names, name and address of the test center, timings, roll number, etc.

How to download JEST 2023 Admit Card ?

To download the JEST 2023 admit card, applicants must follow these instructions.

  • Go to the official page.
  • On the homepage, check for the JEST 2023 Admit Card.
  • Enter your username and password by opening the JEST 2023 Admit Card page.
  • The admit card will be visible by providing genuine data.
  • Take a printout and download it. On the Admit Card, check all the information. Contact JEST authorities urgently if any changes are necessary.

The Admit Card includes information of the applicant such as name, roll number, name of the parent, signature, photograph, date of birth, address of the test center, exam date, reporting time, exam period, exam do’s & don’ts.


JEST 2023 Answer Key

After the end of the JEST 2023 exam, the official authority publishes on the official website the preliminary response key for JEST 2023. Applicants will download it for their respective sets in pdf format. If you are not happy with any answers, you can submit a draft objection and send an email to [email protected] In support of their arguments, applicants should also present evidence.


JEST 2023 Result

The JEST 2023 result is released by the authority on the official site. In order to verify the same, applicants have to login with their username and password. The JUST 2023 result is valid for a period of one year. The chosen candidates must arrive at the participating institutions for the interview session. Candidates are told via e-mail about the specifics of the interview.

How can the JEST results be checked?

The steps for checking the results are listed below.

  • Applicants should visit JEST’s official site.
  • Find the JEST 2023 Results link that appears on the menu on the left side.
  • Submit the student’s username and password.
  • On the screen, the JEST 2023 result will be visible.
  • Applicants should download and print the marks sheet for reference in the future.

 As mentioned by the participating institutions, they must complete the admission procedure. Applicants may contact the relevant institute of their choosing if they have qualified for the JEST Exam to obtain more information about the interview session. On every institute, the interview dates are unique and can be reviewed on the official JEST website.


JEST 2023 Cut Off

Shortly after publication, applicants will be able to verify the JEST cutoff 2023. The JEST 2023 qualification will be considered for the admission procedure. In deciding on the JEST cut-off 2023, SERB will take into account many factors. The variables to decide the cut-off would include seating availability, examination complexity, cut-off patterns of the previous year, and so on. On the basis of the cut-off points, applicants are called for counselling.

Applicants should check the following table to see the cut-off for the last two years:

JEST 2021 Cutoff

SubjectCutoffNumber of candidates clearing the cutoff
MSc / Integrated Ph.D26390 out of 6226
Ph D.32705 out of 7263

JEST 2019 Cutoff

SubjectCutoffNumber of candidates clearing the cutoff
MSc / Integrated Ph.D35398 out of 6654
Ph D.32692 out of 7283

JEST 2023 Counselling

After the results are announced, the JEST 2023 counseling begins. Applicants must remember that no centralized admission procedure for admission by any specific institute will take place. The JEST Colleges will call those applicants who successfully qualified for the JEST examination 2023 for the counselling and admission procedure.

Documents Required for JEST 2023 Counselling

At the time of JEST counseling, applicants shall carry the following documents to the JEST College or institute.

  • 12 Mark Sheet & Passing Certificate 
  • JEST 2023 Admit card
  • JEST 2023  Scorecard
  • Graduation Mark sheet
  • Passport size photographs
  • Domicile Certificate
  • Category Certificate (If applicable)

JEST 2023 Participating Institutes

The JEST score is approved by the following participating institutions for admission to different courses. Applicants should look at the list below.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

JEST 2023 Test Centres

Applicants can look at the list of all JEST 2023 test centers. They are as mentioned.

  • Ahmedabad
  • Aligarh
  • Allahabad
  • Amritsar
  • Bangalore
  • Bardhaman
  • Bhopal
  • Bhubaneswar
  • Kozhikode
  • Chandigarh
  • Chennai
  • Delhi
  • Goa
  • Guwhati
  • Hyderabad
  • Indore
  • Jaipur
  • Kanpur
  • Kharagpur
  • Kochi
  • Kolkata
  • Madurai
  • Mangalore
  • Mumbai
  • Nagpur
  • Nainital
  • Patna
  • Pune
  • Raipur
  • Roorkee
  • Sambalpur
  • Silchar
  • Siliguri
  • Srinagar
  • Trivandrum
  • Udaipur
  • Vishakhapatnam

Contact Details

For any details relating to the JEST Entrance Exam 2023, applicants may contact the address listed below.

Address: Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai

Dr Homi Bhabha Road, Navy Nagar,

Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra

Phone: 022 2278 2000

Email ID: [email protected]


JEST 2023 FAQs

What are the age limit conditions for qualifying for the exam?

For JEST 2023, there are no age limit requirements prescribed to apply.

What is the negative marking in part C going to be?

For each wrong answer, a 1/3 mark will be deducted in Part C.

Which mode will the test be conducted in?

The examination will only be carried out in offline (OMR) mode.

What’s the last date for filling an application form?

It is possible to fill the JEST 2023 application form by 18 January 2023.

Are different tests available for different courses?

No for different courses, same test will be performed.

How many times will I be able to sit in the JEST exam? Am I eligible to apply?

Applicants can be appear in the JEST test at any number of occasions.

Does JEST 2023 take place offline?

Yes, JEST 2023 is held in pen and paper mode.

Can I edit my application after it is submitted?

Yeah, modifications will be necessary after the application has been finally submitted.

Is JEST performing the interview round?

No, the participating institutes are conducting it.

How do I download the result of JEST 2023?

By logging with the username and password, students can download JEST 2023 result.

I am currently completing a Mechanical/ Aeronautical Engineering B.Tech degree. Will I be able to participate in the JEST 2023 test?

The JEST 2023 exam is a screening examination for the admission of various participating institutes to the Ph.D and Integrated Ph.D programme. At each institute, the educational requirements needed for admission to these courses are different. Applicants are asked to check the official site of the college/institution concerned in order to learn more about their qualification criteria.

What is the maximum number of times an applicant can apply for the exam?

Applicants may apply for the JEST 2023 Exam any number of times, as there are no limitations on it.

For any queries regarding JEST 2023, please comment below.