Joint Entrance Screening Test

Joint Entrance Screening Test

Mode of ExamOffline
Level of ExamNational Level

Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) is conducted jointly by several premier institutes such as IISc, IISERs, NISER, etc. The organising authority, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), conducted the JEST 2020 exam on February 16, 2020 across 37 exam centres spread across the country.

Candidates are informed that if they wanted to pursue PhD or Integrated PhD course in one of the participating institutes in the below mentioned streams then they had to qualify the JEST 2020 exam.


Theoretical Computer Science


Computational Biology

Exam Highlights:

Exam Name

JEST (Joint Entrance Screening Test) 2020



Test Duration

180 minutes

Courses Offered

Integrated MSc / MTech- PhD/ PhD

Exam Website


Application Process and Fees:

Candidates can read below details regarding JEST 2020 Application Form:

  • Candidates have to fill the JEST 2020 Application Form through online mode.

  • Candidates can fill the application form from 11th November 2019 till the 21st December 2019.

  • To register, students must enter their working email ID and phone number to get login credentials.

  • Candidates have to upload passport size photograph & signature in the prescribed format.

  • After successfully submitting the application form, candidates have to keep the print out till the completion of the admission process.

  • The application form fee will be Rs. 400 for general candidates.

  • For SC/ ST /Female category candidates, it will be Rs. 200.

  • Female candidates of SC/ ST category do not have to pay a fee.

  • Mode of Payment: The Application Fee can be submitted through online mode. It can be paid using debit card, credit card or net-banking.


Exam Pattern:

Candidates can check below the JEST 2020 Exam Pattern before starting the exam preparation:

  • Exam Mode: JEST 2020 will be conducted through offline (OMR) mode.

  • Questions Type: There will be multiple choice questions (MCQ’S) in the paper.

  • Sessions: The exam will be held in a single session.

  • Exam Duration: 3 hours will be given to complete the exam.

  • Sections: Physics question paper will be divided in three sections – Part A, Part B, and Part C.

  • Medium Language: The exam will be conducted in English language.

Check below the no. of questions from each parts & their marking scheme:


No. of questions

Marking (+)

Negative Marking (-)

Part A




Part B




Part C





  • For Ph.D. Physics: Candidate must hold M.Sc. degree in Physics from a recognized board. Some Institutions also accept B.Tech/ M.Sc./ B.E/ M.Tech/ M.E in Physics & Mathematics.

  • For Ph.D. in Theoretical Computer Science at IMSc: Applying candidate must have done M.Sc. /M.Tech/ M.E. in Computer Science or in other related streams.

  • For Ph.D. in Neuroscience at NBRC: Candidates must possess B.E/ B.Tech / MCA or M.Sc. (Physics/ Mathematics) degree in Computer Science.

  • For Ph.D. in Computational Biology at IIMSc: Applying candidate must have done M.E. /MCA/ M.Tech. /M.Sc. in science or in any discipline with good Mathematical skills & interest in Biological problems.

  • Integrated Ph.D. in Theoretical Computer Science at IIMSc: Student must hold B.Sc. / B.E/ MCA/ B.Tech degree in Computer Science or related field.

  • Integrated M.Tech-Ph.D at IIA: Applying students must have completed M.Sc (Physics/ Applied Physics), Post-B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in Optoelectronics & Optics, Radio Physics & Electronics.

Candidates must prepare according to the prescribed JEST 2020 Syllabus. The syllabus will be different for each offered programme. Candidates can prepare from the topics studied at graduation & post-graduation level. Some of the topics from Physics & Theoretical Computer Science are discussed below:


This section will be carrying various topics such as Mathematical Methods, Classical Mechanics, Electromagnetism & Optics, Quantum Mechanism, Thermodynamics & Statistical Physics, and Electronics.

Theoretical Computer Science:

This section will consist of topics like Analytical Reasoning & Deduction, Discrete Mathematics, Graph Theory, Combinatorics, Data Structure & Algorithm, and Principle of Programming.


Application Start Date :

11th November 2019

Application End Date :

21st December 2019

Exam Date :

16th February 2020

Result Date :

11th March 2020

Conducted By :

Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB)

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