JEST 2020 – Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) is conducted for admission in Ph.D and Integrated Ph.D programme, offered by 32 participating institutes. The exam is held offline, for Physics and Theoretical Computer Science (TCS). JEST is held at national level. Candidates who qualify the exam are called for the interview round. The interview is held individually by the participating institutes. Selected candidates get admission in Ph.D in physics, theoretical computer science, neuroscience, or computational biology. Check details on JEST 2020 from this page.
Latest: JEST 2020 official answer key is now available. Download it here
JEST is a prestigious entrance examination, which has bee recognized as National Eligibility Test (NET) by Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB). Check all the important dates for JEST 2020 from the table below.
|JEST 2020||Important Dates|
|Start date of the application process||11 Nov 2019|
|Last date to apply|
|Modifications in form||Upto end of December|
|Issuance of Admit card|
|JEST 2020 Exam Date||16 Feb 2020|
|Release of Answer Key||19 Feb 2020|
|Last date to challenge answer key||21 Feb 2020, by 5 PM|
|Declaration of result||1st week of March 2020|
JEST 2020 Answer Key
The official answer key of JEST 2020 has been released online, on jest.org.in. It is available as pdf, for question booklet series A, B, C, and D. Candidates can download it from the link above and then use the answer key to calculate score.
- The answer key of JEST is only available for Physics paper.
How to challenge JEST 2020 answer key?
The candidates can also challenge the answer key if they think the answers on it are wrong. To do so candidates have to follow the instructions below:
- Draft and send an email to [email protected] with a credible reason for the challenge
- The email must have a detailed worked-out solution to the question, only then the challenges are accepted.
- All challenges must reach before the last date of the challenge.
JEST 2020 Result
Result for Joint Entrance Screening Test is released online at jest.org.in. The candidates can check their respective result at user id / e-mail id and password. The JEST result is announced as scorecard and the result of JEST is only valid for one year.
JEST 2020 Participating Institutes
The 32 participating institutes for JEST 2020 are as follows:
JEST 2020 Interview Round and Admission
After the announcement of the result, the candidates are called for the interview view round. The dates for interview are out and the candidates can check it from below.
|Participating Institutes||Date of Interview|
|ARIES PhD Interview schedule||26 May – 29 May 2020|
|HRI first round||17 Apr – 19 Apr 2020|
|HRI second round||13 May – 15 May 2020|
|IISER Bhopal Integrated PhD Interview||09 May 2020|
|IISER Bhopal PhD||07 May & 08 May 2020|
|IISER Mohali Int. PhD Interview||13 & 14 May 2020|
|IISER Pune PhD Interview||18 & 20 May 2020|
|IISER Pune Int PhD Interview||10 May – 12 May 2020|
|IISERTVM||01 Jun – 02 Jun 2020|
|IISERTVM Int. Phd||04 – 05 Jun 2020|
|IIST||03 Jun – 04 Jun 2020|
|IIMSc ( Second round)||15 Jun – 17 Jun 2020|
|Institute of Mathematical Sciences||06 Apr – 10 Apr 2020|
|National Centre for Radio Astrophysics||16 Jun – 18 Jun 2020|
|NISER Bhubaneshwar||22 Jun – 23 Jun 2020|
|NISER Bhubaneshwar (Int Ph.D)||01 & 02 Jun 2020|
|PRL Ahmedabad||04, 05, 08 and 09 Jun 2020|
|RRCAT, UG-DAE CSR Indore (1st phase)||04 May – 07 May 2020|
|RRCAT, UG-DAE CSR Indore (2nd phase)||10 Jun – 13 Jun 2020|
|SINP Ph.d dates||18 May – 21 May 2020|
|TIFR Mumbai||16 Jun – 18 Jun 2020|
|VECC PhD Interview||24 Jun – 26 Jun 2020|
|IISER Bhopal Ph.d Interview||07 – 08 May 2020|
JEST 2020 Sample Paper and Syllabus
SERB has officially provided the following documents to help candidates understand the exam structure, level, and syllabus.
- 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.
- Click here to download the TCS sample paper.
JEST 2020 Important Books
A good book can make all the difference. The list of best books for JEST 2020 are given below.
|Principles of Physics||Buy Here|
|The Physics of God: Unifying Quantum Physics, Consciousness, M-Thoery, Neuroscienceand Transcendence||Buy Here|
|Barron’s AP Physics||Buy Here|
|Re-mapping your mind: The Neuroscience of Self – Transformation through story||Buy Here|
|Problems and Solutions on Mechanics||Buy Here|
|Fundamentals of Nuclear Reactors Physics||Buy Here|
|Problems and Solutions on Physics||Buy Here|
|Problems and Solutions on Electromagnetism||Buy Here|
JEST 2020 Exam Pattern
The exam pattern of JEST is not disclosed. However, the level of questions in the exam is suitable for post-graduate candidates. Candidates have to solve the questions,
- Exam is only held offline
- It is a 3 hour examination
JEST 2020 TCS exam pattern: The questions in the exam are asked from:
- Analytical Reasoning and Deduction
- Data Structures and Algorithms
- Discrete Mathematics
- Graph Theory
- Principles of Programming
JEST 2020 physics exam pattern is as follows:
|Section||Total Qs||Marks per Qs|
Negative marking in:
Section A: – 3 marks
Section B: no negative marking
Section C: – 1/3 marks
JEST 2020 Admit Card
The admit card of JEST 2020 released online, on jest.org.in. Candidates can download it from the login, by entering:
- Email id or username.
JEST admit card is an important document, which has to be carried on the exam day. Candidates have to carry it as a hard copy on the exam day. Along with it candidates also need to carry one photo-id to the exam hall. The photo id can be voter id card, pan card, passport, etc.
JEST 2020 Exam Center
This year, JEST is being held in 37 states. The exam center of the candidates is mentioned in the admit card. The list of JEST 2020 exam centers is as follows:
JEST 2020 Application Form
The score of JEST is only valid for 1 year.
The amount of JEST 2020 application fee was as follows:
|SC / ST / Gen-Female||Rs. 200|
|SC / ST Females||N / A|
JEST 2020 Eligibility Criteria
Check the minimum eligibility requirements that candidates must have before appearing in JEST 2020. Check the course wise eligibility criteria given below for JEST 2020.
For Theoretical Computer Science at IMSc
For pursuing this course, the candidates must have M.Sc. / M.E. / M.Tech in Computer Science and related disciplines. Also, the candidates must be interested in the mathematical aspects of computer science.
Ph D in Neuroscience at NBRC
For pursuing this specialization, the candidates must have M.Sc. (Physics / Mathematics), B.E. / B.Tech / MCA in Computer Science.
Ph D in Computational Biology at IMSc
- The candidates must have M.Sc / M.E. / M.Tech / MCA in any engineering or science discipline.
- Also, the interested candidates must also have good mathematical skills and strong interest in biological problems.
Integrated PhD programme in Theoretical Computer Science at IMSc
- The candidates must have B.Sc / B.E. / B.Tech / MCA in Computer Science or related disciplines.
- Also, the candidates must be interested in the mathematical aspects of Computer Science.
Integrated M.Tech – Ph.D programme at IIA
- The candidates must have M.Sc (Physics / Applied Physics) / Post B.Sc (Hons.) in Optics and Optoelectronics / Radio Physics and Electronics.
Integrated Ph.D. Programme at IISER Thiruvananthapuram
- For pursuing the course, the candidates must have done B.Sc (Physics) / B.E. / B.Tech in any discipline.
M.Sc programme at HRI
- The candidates must have B.Sc (Physics) or B.E. / B.Tech degree.
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JEST 2020 Exam Frequently Asked Questions
Ans : Candidate can appear for the exam in computer science or theoretical computer science but not for both.
Ans : There is no such age limit for JEST 2020.
Ans : No such limitation is on the number of times a person appearing for the test.
Ans : JEST scorecard will only be valid for one year from the date of declaration of result.
Ans : IMSc Chennai is the only institute which offers PhD in theoretical computer science.
Official website: jest.org.in
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