JEST 2021: Application Form, Exam Dates & Other Information


JEST means Joint Entrance Screening Test. The Science and Engineering Research Board will administer the test (SERB).

It is a national entrance test that takes place once a year. Ph.D. and integrated Ph.D. courses in physics, theoretical computer science, neuroscience, and computational biology will be available for admission. 

Joint Entrance Screening Test all applications submitted for the only online mode.

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Application Form

The following are the full information regarding the JEST 2021 application form for candidates to review:

  • Candidates can complete their application forms online. Every other mode will be ignored.
  • Fill in all of the requested information carefully, including schooling, personal information, address, communication, and so on.
  • Upload the necessary documents, such as a passport-size photo and signature.
  • Candidates must print the application form and keep it safe for the rest of the process.

Application Fee

  • General & OBC Candidates: Rs.400/- (Male), Rs.200/- (Female).
  • SC/ST Candidates: Rs.200/- (Male), No application fee (Female).

Payment Option

  • Debit Card
  • Credit Card
  • Net Banking

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must read the JEST 2021 Eligibility Criteria before filling out the application form:

  • Candidates must have earned an M.Sc. in physics from a recognized institution to be considered for a Ph.D. in physics.
  • M.Tech/ B.Tech/ M.Sc./ M.E. in applied physics and mathematics are also accepted by several institutes.
  • Candidates for the Ph.D. in Neuroscience at NBRC must have a B.E. / B.Tech. / BCA in computer science.
  • Candidates for the Ph.D. in Theoretical Computer Science at IMSc must have completed an M.Tech/ M.E./ MCA/ M/Sc. in science and have a strong interest in biological problems.
  • Candidates for the Ph.D. in Computational Biology at IMSc must have an M.Sc., M.Tech., M.E., or MCA degree, as well as good mathematical skills and a strong interest in biological problems.
  • Candidates for the IMSc’s Integrated Ph.D. Program in Theoretical Computer Science must have completed a B.Tech/ B.E/ B.Sc/ MCA in computer science or a similar discipline.
  • Candidates must have completed an M.Sc. (physics/ applied physics) or a post-B.Sc. (Hons.) in optics and optoelectronics/ radiophysics and electronics to be qualified for the Integrated M.Tech Ph.D. at IIA.

Exam Pattern

Candidates must read the following information about the JEST Exam Pattern:

  • Exam Mode: The exam will be administered in an offline (pen and paper) format.
  • The test will consist of multiple-choice questions.
  • Language: Only English will be used to ask questions.
  • Part A, part B, and Part C will be the three parts of the paper.
  • Time allotted: A total of 3 hours will be allotted to complete the question paper.
  • Parts A and B will receive three marks each, while part C will receive one mark for each correct answer.
  • Negative Marking: For each incorrect answer in part A, one mark will be deducted, and for each incorrect answer in part C, one-third of a mark will be deducted. In part B, there will be no negative labeling.

Tips for Preparation

Candidates can use the following tips and tricks to help them prepare for the JEST exam:

  • Make a research routine and stick to it every day.
  • Make a list of relevant issues and review it every day.
  • If you have a full understanding of the exam pattern and syllabus, you can begin your training.
  • Examine sample articles and previous year’s query papers.
  • Candidates will also take practice tests.
  • Consume nutritious foods and maintain a balanced lifestyle.

Admit Card

Following the announcement of new dates, candidates would be expected to download a new admit card. The admit card for JEST 2021 will be available online.

From April/May onwards, candidates can download their admit cards. Candidates can access their admit cards by providing information such as their application number and password.

Examine all of the relevant information on the admit card. Candidates will notify officials if they find any discrepancies in the information. On the day of the test, bring your JEST to admit slip.

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Answer Key

Authorities will issue the JEST Response key in May/June 2021. Candidates can access the JEST response key through the internet.

Candidates will get a rough picture of their grades by looking at the response key. The correct answers to the questions will be included in the answer key.

Objections to the solution key may also be submitted by candidates. The authorities would then issue the final response key.


The results of the JEST will be released in June/July 2021. Candidates can view their results by entering their login information, such as their user ID and password.

Only the online mode will be used to announce the results. Relevant information such as your name, grades, received grades, and roll number should all be double-checked.

Candidates can obtain a copy of their score card by visiting the website. Candidates are encouraged to print their results for future reference.

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Cut Off

The JEST cutoff will be made available online. Authorities will release the cut-off after a few days of the test. To be considered for entry, candidates must meet the cutoff points.

The cutoff will be determined based on the total number of seats available, the difficulty level of the test, and other factors. Candidates will be called for counseling based on their cut-off scores.


Different participating institutes will organize JEST counseling. The authorities would not provide centralized counseling.

Candidates must report to the institute where they wish to be admitted separately. For the verification process, candidates must carry their original papers. Candidates will not be given a seat until their documents are checked.

Candidates must bring the following documents to be verified:

  • Obtaining and submitting mark sheets and certificates
  • Admit card for JEST 2021
  • Scorecard for JEST 2021
  • A certificate of migration
  • Certificate of classification
  • Photographs the size of passports, etc.

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