JEST 2018: Joint Entrance Screening Test

Joint Entrance Screening Test JEST
Joint Entrance Screening Test JEST

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The Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB) (statutory body established through an Act of Parliament) recognizes JEST. Last date for submitting online applications and payments is December 16, 2017. JEST 2018 will be held on Sunday, February 18, 2018.

Name of ExamJoint Entrance Screening Test – JEST
Organising BodyThe Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB)
SubjectsPhysics & Computer Science
Last date to Apply16th Dec 2017
Exam Date18th Feb 2018
 Mode of ExamOnline
Mode of ApplicationOnline
Negative MarkingYes
Level of QuestionsPost Graduate


Eligibility criteria for the various institutes participating in the JESE Exam 2018 for the PhD Courses. Candidates are further advised to visit the official website before applying online.

  • 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.


  • 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.

Important Dates (Exam Date)

Various Important Dates for JEST 2018: Joint Entrance Screening Test

Start of Application Form15th Nov 2017
Last Date to Apply Online for JEST15th Dec 2017
Date of Exam18th February 2018

List of Participating Institutes

List of Institutes taking admission on the basis of the performance in JEST 2018 (Joint Entrance Screening Test 2018 for PhD).

  1. Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences, Nainital
  2. Bose Institute, Kolkata
  3. Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai
  4. Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad
  5. International centre for theoretical sciences (TIFR), Bangalore
  6. Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam
  7. Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore
  8. Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  9. Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Bhopal
  10. Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata
  11. Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali
  12. Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune
  13. Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Thiruvananthapuram
  14. IIST Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram
  15. The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai
  16. Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar
  17. Institute for Plasma Research, Gandhinagar
  18. Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune
  19. Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore
  20. National Brain Research Centre, Manesar
  21. National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, TIFR, Pune
  22. National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneswar
  23. Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad
  24. Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore
  25. Raman Research Institute, Bangalore
  26. Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata
  27. Satyendra Nath Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata
  28. TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Hyderabad
  29. Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
  30. UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, Indore
  31. Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Kolkata

Exam Centers

List of Exam centers for the JEST 2018 Exam. Candidates can choose the centers of their own choice. Below we have provided the list of JEST 2018 Exam Centers.

  • Ahmedabad
  • Aligarh
  • Allahabad
  • Bangalore
  • Bardhaman
  • Bhopal
  • Bhubaneswar
  • Chandigarh
  • Chennai
  • Delhi
  • Goa
  • Guwhati
  • Hyderabad
  • Indore
  • Jaipur
  • Kanpur
  • Kharagpur
  • Kochi
  • Kolkata
  • Madurai
  • Mangalore (Centre is subject availability.  Second option will be allotted if centre is not available)
  • Mumbai
  • Nagpur
  • Nainital
  • Patna
  • Pune
  • Raipur
  • Roorkee
  • Sambalpur
  • Silchar
  • Siliguri
  • Srinagar
  • Trivandrum
  • Udaipur
  • Vishakhapatnam
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