JEST 2025: Application Form, Exam Dates, Eligibility, Syllabus

JEST 2025 Exam will be conducted in first week of March 2025. It is a national level entrance exam conducted by the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB). Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) is conducted for Ph.D and Integrated PhD programmes in Physics, Theoretical Computer Science, Computational Biology. 

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The SERB recognized JEST as a National Eligibility Test (NET). Qualified candidates will get admission in various participating institutes such as NISER, IIST, IISc etc.

JEST 2025 Exam

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JEST Course Offered:

JEST offers admission in Theoretical Computer Science, Integrated Ph.D. in Theoretical Computer Science, Computational Biology, Ph.D in Physics (Astronomy and Astrophysics, Atmospheric Sciences, Computational Biology Condensed Matter Physics, High Energy Physics, Plasma Research, Neurosciences, Quantum Optics, Quantum Information).

JEST 2025 Overview

Exam nameJEST 2025
Full formJoint Entrance Screening Test
Exam levelNational level
Conducting authorityScience and Engineering Research Board (SERB)
Application modeOnline mode
Examination modePen and Paper based mode

JEST 2025 Exam Dates 

Here we have provided tentative dates of JEST 2025 exam:

Events Dates 2025
Registration start date1st week of January 2025
Registration close date4th week of January 2025
Correction window start date1st week of February 2025
Correction window closure date1st week of February 2025
Release of admit card2nd week of February 2025
Examination date1st week of March 2025
Answer key2nd week of March 2025
Announcement of resultMarch/ April 2025
InterviewApril 2025

JEST 2025 Application Form

The following are the details related to JEST 2025 Application Form:

  • The JEST Application Form 2025 will be made available through online mode.
  • Eligible candidates will be able to fill the registration form in the first week of January 2025.
  • Students must fill all details in application form including personal, educational etc.
  • After filling the application form, candidates must upload the scanned images of required documents within a prescribed size and format.
  • To edit mistakes in application form, the authority will provide the correction facility for a limited time period.
  • The last date to fill the application form will be in the fourth week of January 2025.
  • Candidates should take a printout of application form and keep it safe for further use.

Application Fee:

  • The JEST 2025 application fee will be paid through online mode.
  • Candidates will be able to submit the fee using Credit card/ Debit card/ Net banking.
  • The application fee will be non- refundable once paid.

Below we have provided category wise application fee for JEST 2025:

Category Application fee
General Rs. 800/-
SC/ STRs. 400/- 

How to Apply for JEST 2025

Candidates must follow the steps given below to apply for JEST 2025:

  • Step 1: Visit the JEST website (link will be available above).
  • Step 2: Click on “JEST 2025 Application portal” button.
  • Step 3: Now, Login by entering the Email ID and Password and click on “Sign In”.
  • Step 4: Fill the application form by providing details such as personal, academic details etc.
  • Step 5: Upload the scanned images of photograph and signature within specific size and format.
  • Step 6: Preview the details in application form before submission of it.
  • Step 7: Submit the application form using available payment methods.
  • Step 8: Download the confirmation page from the website.
  • Step 9: Take a printout of the registration form for further usage.

JEST 2025 Eligibility Criteria

Below we have given the eligibility criteria of JEST 2025:

For Ph.D Programmes:

  • M.Sc. in Physics: Candidates must have passed B.Tech/ M.Sc./ B.E/ M.Tech in applied physics and mathematics. 
  • Ph.D in Computational Biology at IMSc: Students must complete M.Sc./ M.E./ M.Tech/ MCA in any engineering or science discipline. 
  • Ph.D in Neuroscience: The institute will accept M.Sc. (Physics/ Mathematics), B.E/ B.Tech/ MCA in Computer Science. 
  • Theoretical Computer Science at IMSc: Applicants must pass M.Sc./ M.E/ M.Tech in Computer Science and related disciplines. 

For Integrated Ph.D Programmes:

  • Integrated Ph.D programmes in Theoretical Computer Science at IMCs: Students should have passed B.Sc./ B.E./ B.Tech./ MCA in Computer Science or related disciplines. 
  • Integrated M.Tech- Ph.D.  Programme at IIA: Candidates must have pass M.Sc. (Physics/ Applied Physics)/ Post- B.Sc. (Hons) in Optics and Optoelectronics/ Radio Physics and Electronics.

JEST 2025 Exam Pattern

Students must check JEST exam pattern 2025 in the below section:

  • Examination mode: The test will be held in pen and paper based (offline) mode.
  • Medium: Medium of exam will be English only.
  • Duration: Total 3 hours will be given to solve the papers.
  • Section: There will be a total of 3 sections in question paper.
  • Type of Questions: The question paper will contain Multiple Choice Questions only.
  • Total Questions: There will be 50 questions asked in the exam.

Below candidates must go through the marking scheme of JEST 2025:

Sections Correct Answer Incorrect Answer
A3 marks1 mark
B3 marksNo 
C1 mark-⅓ mark

JEST 2025 Syllabus

Some of the important topics of JEST 2025 syllabus is given below:

  • Mathematical Methods: Vector algebra and vector calculus, tensors, curvilinear coordinate systems, linear algebra, Linear differential equations, Elementary properties of discrete groups etc.
  • Classical Mechanics: Newton’s law, conservation of energy and momentum, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of mechanics, Symmetry and conservation laws, etc.
  • Electromagnetism and Optics: Electrostatics and magnetostatics, boundary value problems, multipole expansion, Fields in conducting, Faraday’s law and time varying fields, Maxwell’s Equations etc.
  • Quantum Mechanics: Uncertainty principles, Schrodinger equation, Orbital and spin angular momenta, Matrix formulation of quantum theory, Variational principle etc.
  • Electronic: Basics of semiconductor, diodes, transistors, rectifiers, amplifiers, basics of digital electronics etc.

JEST 2025 Preparation Tips

Students must follow the given preparation tips for JEST 2025 exam:

  • Study according to exam pattern and syllabus of JEST.
  • Prepare short notes and highlight important topics.
  • Make a study schedule and follow it strictly.
  • Take breaks to refresh your mind.
  • Do revision daily to remember the concepts.

JEST 2025 Books

Applicants must refer following books to prepare for JEST 2025 exam:

  • Classical Mechanics by H. Goldstein
  • Electronics Principles by Malvino
  • Digital Principles and Applications by Leach and Malvino
  • Modern Quantum Mechanics by J.J. Sakurai
  • Introductory Quantum Mechanics by Granier
  • Fundamental of Molecular Spectroscopy by C.B. Banwell

JEST 2025 Exam Centre

The JEST exam 2025 will be conducted in the cities mentioned below:

Ahmedabad Raipur 
Aligarh Pune 
Amritsar Siliguri 
Bengaluru Srinagar 
Bhopal Udaipur 
Chandigarh Vijayawada
Delhi Chennai 
Goa Hyderabad 
Nainital Kochi 
Indore Kolkata 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Answer: JEST 2025 application form will be released in first week of January 2025.

Answer: There will be no such limits to apply for JEST 2025 exam.

Answer: The general category candidates will need to pay Rs. 800/- and the SC/ ST category will need to pay Rs. 400/- for JEST 2025 exam.

Answer: The JEST 2025 application form will be submitted through online mode only.

Answer: Yes, the authority will provide a correction facility to edit mistakes in application form.

Answer: Yes, ⅓ mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer.

Answer: The JEST 2025 exam will contain Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) only.

Answer: There will be no age limit to apply for JEST 2025.

Answer: No, only English medium will be applicable in exam.

Answer: The last date to fill JEST 2025 application form will be in the fourth week of January 2025.

JEST 2025 Admit Card

Authority will release JEST admit card 2025 in second week of February 2025. It will be made available through online mode. Candidates will need to enter their login credentials such as application number and date of birth to download JEST hall ticket. No admit card will be sent to the candidates through offline mode.

The hall ticket will be a very important document for students to carry on the day of exam. No candidates will be able to appear for exam without an admit card. Candidates are suggested to keep their hall ticket safe for the day of exam & further admission usage. 

JEST 2025 Answer Key

The JEST Answer Key 2025 will be published through online mode. Candidates will be able to view answer key in second week of March 2025. The authority will release the answer key through online mode. It will consist of correct answers of the questions asked in JEST entrance exam. 

The answer key will be made available in the PDF format to students. If candidates will not be satisfied with the answer key, they may raise objections against it by paying a requisite amount. The authority will release the final answer key after considering all the objections of candidates.

JEST 2025 Result

The JEST Result 2025 will be announced in the month of March/ April 2025. Result will be declared through online mode. The result will be prepared on the basis of students’ performance in exam. Candidates must check all the details carefully printed of their result. In case any error round on result, they must contact to the authority.

Applicants will need to enter their login credentials such as application number and password to download the result. Candidates must take a printout of their result and keep it safe as it will be required for verification process.

JEST 2025 Cut Off

The JEST cut off 2025 will be the minimum mark that should be scored by candidates in entrance exam. The cut off will be published after a few days the declaration of result. Candidates who secure cut off marks will be able to participate in the interview rounds.

The authority will not provide cut off marks to the candidates through offline mode, they will have to view it from the website. The JEST cut off mark will be preparead on the basis of various factors such as availability of seats, reservation criteria, difficulty level of paper etc.

JEST 2025 Counselling

There will be no centralized counselling organized for JEST 2025. The participating institutes will organize their separate counselling. The institute will release the names of shortlisted candidates for interview on the basis of their performance in entrance exam.

Candidates will be able to check out the interview date and venue through email and SMS. After the interview process students will need to attend the counselling procedure to confirm the seats in college. 

Documents Required for JEST 2025 Counselling:

  • JEST 2025 admit card
  • JEST 2025 result 
  • Class 10th marksheet and certificate
  • Class 12th marksheet and certificate
  • Transfer certificate
  • Domicile certificate
  • Passport size photograph
  • Valid ID proof etc.

JEST 2025 Participating Institutes

Here we have listed some participating institutes of JEST 2025:

  • Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru
  • Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali
  • Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences, Nainital
  • Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Tirupati
  • Raman Research Institute, Bengaluru
  • International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, TIFR- Bengaluru
  • Inter- University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune
  • Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Hyderabad
  • National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, TIFR, Pune
  • Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhopal

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