JEST 2021: Exam has been postponed due to the spread of the Coronavirus. Students can download their admit card from the official website. Only those students will be allowed to appear in the exam who successfully download their JEST 2021 Admit Card. Direct link to download the admit card is available here. JEST is the acronym for Joint Entrance Screening Test. It is conducted by the Science and Engineering Research Board. However, the candidates aspiring to take admission in the courses of Ph.D. and integrated Ph.D. will have to take the test. Further, after one qualifies for the exam, he/ she will get admission in the fields of Physics or Theoretical Computer Science/ Neuron Science/ Computational Biology fields. However, the first step, which will be mandatory in the procedure of applying for JEST 2021 will be filling the application form.

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The procedure of submission of the application form of JEST 2021 will be leading to the next step which will be the payment of the application fee. The step of fee payment is mandatory. Furthermore, the candidates, while preparation, must make sure that they doing it as per the prescribed syllabus and exam pattern. All the information related to JEST 2021 is mentioned in the article below.

Latest Updates

  • It is hereby notified that due to the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, the JEST 2021 examination scheduled for April 11, 2021 is postponed for ALL centres till further notice. Once the situation becomes normal, new examination date will be announced on JEST website. The examination will be held within 10-14 days of the announcement.
  • Admit Card has been released. Click Here to download the Admit Card.

JEST 2021 Important Dates

The candidates are required to keep themselves updated related to the important dates of the events which will be involved in the procedure of admission. The official dates of JEST 2021 have been announced. However, the same has been mentioned below:

Release of Application Form11th January 2021
Last Date to Submit Application Form14th February 2021
Issuance of Admit CardMarch 2021
JEST 2021 Exam DatePostponed
Release of Answer KeyApril 2021
Last Date to Object upon Answer KeyApril 2021
The result will be released inApril 2021
Interview Starts fromMarch 2021

JEST Application Form 2021

The application form of JEST 2021 was released on the 11th of January 2021. However, the candidates will be able to fill the application form in an online mode only. Furthermore, the candidates need to make sure that the JEST Application Form 2021 is filled with precise information. However, in order to fill the application form, one has to head towards the official website of JEST and then click on the link of the application form which will be provided therein. Additionally, the candidates then will be asked to enter the required credentials following which the upload of documents will take place.

While one is uploading the documents, he/ she must make sure that the same is of the documents as per the prescribed size. However, after that, the candidates submit the application form successfully, one will be receiving the confirmation message on his/ her registered e-mail id.

JEST Application Fee 2021

The payment of the JEST 2021 application fee will be mandatory. The fee has to be paid in an online mode. Therefore, the candidate can pay the fee through Credit Card/ Debit Card/ Net Banking. However, the fee criteria are tabulated below:


JEST Eligibility Criteria 2021

Before the candidate fills the application form, he/ she must make sure that he/ she satisfies the JEST 2021 eligibility criteria. However, the criteria are decided by the authority itself. The eligibility criteria are tabulated below:

CoursesEligibility Criteria
Ph.D. Programme in PhysicsM.Sc. in Physics
Ph.D. in Theoretical Computer ScienceM.Sc./ M.E./ M.Tech. In Computer Science
Ph.D. in Neuroscience
  • M.Sc. in Physics/ Mathematics
  • B.E/ B.Tech/ M.C.An in Computer Science
Ph.D. in Computational Biology
  • M.Sc./ M.E./M.Tech./ MCA  in Engineering/ Science
  • Must be good at Mathematics
  • Must have a strong interest in Biology
Integrated M.Sc./ M.Tech – PhD Programme in Physics
  • B. Sc. in Physics/ Mathematics
  • B.Sc. in Physics


  • B.E./ B. Tech in Engineering Physics
  • If one aspires to take admission in IIA, the minimum required qualification is B.Sc in Physics/ Mathematics


  • B.E./ B.Tech in Electrical/ Instrumentation/ Engineering Physics/ Electronics and Communications/ Computer, Science and Engineering/ Optics and Photonics
  • In order to take admission in IISER (Pune), ICTS-TIFR, NCRA-TIFR and TIFR-TCIS, one must possess minimum education in B.Sc in Physics.
Integrated Ph.D. Programme in Theoretical Computer ScienceB.Sc./ B.E./ B.Tech./ M.C.A. in Computer Science
Integrated M.Tech – PhD ProgrammeM.Sc. in Physics/ Applied Physics


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

Integrated Ph.D. ProgrammeB.Sc. in Physics


B.E./ B.Tech. in any field.

JEST Admit Card 2021

The admit card of JEST 2021 will be from the month of March 2021 (Tentative). Furthermore, the candidates could grab the hall tickets from the official website of JEST. However, one had to bring the JEST admit card 2021 to the examination centre. Therefore, if the candidate did not bring the admit card of JEST 2021 to the examination hall, then one would not be allowed to sit in the examination. Furthermore, it was mandatory for one to bring at least 1 ID Proof to the examination centre along with the JEST 2021 Admit Card. However, after he/ she downloaded the hall ticket, one had to make sure that the details mentioned in the admit card are correct. Therefore, one finds any kind of error in the admit card, then he/ she must approach the examination authorities.

JEST Exam Centres 2021

The Joint Entrance Screening Test will be conducted all over India. However, the list of the exam centres is mentioned below:

  • Ahmedabad
  • Aligarh
  • Allahabad
  • Bangalore
  • Bardhhaman
  • Bhopal
  • Bhubaneshwar
  • Chennai
  • Chandigarh
  • Delhi
  • Guwahati
  • Hyderabad
  • Goa
  • Kanpur
  • Indore
  • Jaipur
  • Kolkata
  • Mumbai
  • Kanpur
  • Kharagpur
  • Kochi
  • Madurai
  • Nagpur
  • Nainital
  • Patna
  • Pune
  • Raipur
  • Roorkie
  • Sambalpur
  • Silchar
  • Siliguri
  • Srinagar
  • Trivandrum
  • Udaipur
  • Vishakhapatnam

Institutes Participating in JEST 2021

The following institutes will be participating in JEST 2021:

  • ARIES (Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences, Nainital)
  • HBNI (Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai)
  • HRI (Harish Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad)
  • ICTS (Internation Centre for Theoretical Science, Bangalore
  • IGCAR (Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalapakkam)
  • IIA (Indian Institute of Astrophysics)
  • IISC Bangalore
  • IISER Kolkata
  • IMSC Chennai
  • Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar
  • Institute for Plasma Research, Gandhinagar
  • IISER Pune
  • Indian Institute of Astrophysics
  • Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • IISER Mohali
  • National Botanical Research Institute, Manesar
  • JNCASR, Bangalore
  • IISER Thiruvananthapuram
  • Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad
  • Raja Raman Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore
  • Raman Research Institute, Bangalore
  • The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai
  • Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics
  • Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Kolkata
  • Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai

JEST Syllabus 2021

The candidates will have to make sure that they are preparing for the test as per the prescribed syllabus. Therefore, the syllabus of JEST 2021 is mentioned below:


  • Mathematical Methods
  • Classical Mechanics
  • Electromagnetism and Optics
  • Quantum Mechanics Thermodynamics & Statistical Physics
  • Electronics

Theoretical Computer Science:

  • Analytical Reasoning and Deduction
  • Combinatorics
  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Graph Theory
  • Principles of Programming.

JEST Exam Pattern 2021

No. of Questions
  • Part-1:15
  • Part-2:10
  • Part-3:25
Duration of Examination3 Hours
Marking Scheme
  • Part-1:3 Marks (for each correct answer)
  • Part-2:3 Marks (for each correct answer)
  • Part-3:1 Mark (for each correct answer)
Language of ExaminationEnglish

JEST Answer Key 2021

The answer key of JEST 2021 will be released just a few days after the exam. Furthermore, the candidates can grab the answer key of JEST 2021 in the online mode only. However, the authority will provide the candidates with the chance to raise objections against the JEST 2021 answer key. Furthermore, if he/ she is not satisfied with the released answer key, then one can raise the objections against the same. However, he/ she has to raise the challenges within the stipulated time. Through the answer key, one can get a rough idea about his/ her marks.

JEST Result 2021

The JEST Result 2021 will be declared in the month of May 2021. Further, the candidates will be able to check the JEST 2021 result in an online mode only. Therefore, in order to check the result, one has to hop to the official website of JEST and then click on the link of the results. Further, after that, the aspirants will be asked to enter the required credentials. The scorecard will be valid throughout 1 Year. The interview dates of the different institutes will be scheduled after declaration of the result.

JEST Cut Off 2021

After the authority has released the results, it will declare the cut-off. However, the cut-off will be structured as per the number of candidates sitting in the examination. Further, the authority will be releasing the cut off on the basis of the difficulty level of exam, seat availability, previous year cut-off trends, etc

JEST Admission Procedure 2021

The candidates, who will qualify for the result must approach the respective university in which one aspires to take admission. Therefore, the university will not be conducting any independent admission procedure other than the authority. The candidates need to bring some documents for verification along with the result. Further, the documents, which are to be brought to the university for document verification are:

  • Mark sheet of 12th standard
  • Passing Certificate of 12th Standard
  • Mark Sheet of Graduation
  • Admit Card
  • Result of JEST
  • Passport Size photographs
  • Domicile Certificate (if needed)
  • Category Certificate (if needed).

Institute-wise Interview Schedule 2020:

Name of the InstituteDates of InterviewName of the courseSelection
1st Round of IMSc2nd to 8th April 2020PhD, Int. PhDCandidates will be informed
1st Round of HRI17th to 19th April 2020M.Sc, PhDVisit the Website of Institute
IISER Bhopal7th, 8th and 9th May 2020PhD, Int. PhDCandidates will have to apply
IISER Pune10th to 12th June 2020Int PhDCandidates will have to apply
IISER Mohali11th and 12th May 2020PhDCandidates will have to apply
2nd Round for HRI13th to 15th May 2020M.Sc, PhDVisit the Website of the Institute
IISER Mohali13th and 14th May 2020Int PhDCandidates will have to apply
SINP18th to 21st May 2020PhDCandidates will be informed
IISER Pune18th to 20th June 2020PhDCandidates will have to apply
Aries26th to 29th May 2020PhDCandidates will have to apply
NISER Bhubaneswar1st and 2nd June 2020Int. PhDCandidates will have to apply
IISERTVM1st and 2nd June 2020PhDCandidates will have to apply
IIST3rd and 4th June 2020PhDVisit the website of the institute
PRL, Ahmedabad4th and 6th June 2020PhDCandidates will have to apply
IISERTVM4th and 5th June 2020Int. PhDCandidates will have to apply
1st Phase of RRCAT & UGC-DAE CSR Indore4th to 7th May 2020PhDVisit the website of the institute
PRL, Ahmedabad8th and 9th June 2020PhDCandidates will have to apply
2nd Phase of RRCAT & UGC-DAE CSR Indore10th to 13th June 2020PhDVisit the website of the institute
2nd Round IMSc15th to 17th June 2020PhDCandidates will be informed
NCRA, Pune16th to 18th June 2020PhD, Int. PhDCandidates will have to apply
TIFR Mumbai16th to 18th June 2020PhD, Int. PhDCandidates will have to apply
NISER Bhubaneswar22nd and 23rd May 2020PhDCandidates will have to apply
VECC PhD Interview24th to 26th June 2020PhDCandidates will be informed
IPR PhD interview date25th to 29th May 2020PhDVisit the website of the institute


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