What is JEST ?
A number of reputed institutes in the country have come together to conduct a Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) for enrolment of students in Ph.D. / Integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D. programs in physics (including various inter-disciplinary research areas in physics) and Theoretical Computer Science.
JEST is conducted for selecting candidates to be interviewed for admission to Ph. D. Programmes in Physics/ Theoretical Computer Science in these institutions in the country.
Applications are invited from motivated students, with consistently good academic record, for appearing in JEST leading to enrolment in a Ph. D. Programme in Physics (including various inter-disciplinary research areas in Physics)/ Theoretical Computer Science, at any of the 21 premier participating institutions.
JEST score forms an important component in the selection of candidates for the Ph.D. programmes in these institutions.
JEST 2009 Participating Institutes
IISER MOHALI, Mohali
IISER PUNE, Pune
UGC-DAE CSR, Indore
Minimum Qualifications & Selection Procedures
Ph.D. Programme (PHYSICS)
M.Sc. in Physics or M.Sc. / M.E. / M.Tech. in related disciplines. Candidates with M.Sc. in Mathematics and B.Tech (in Engg Physics/Applied Physics/Post B.Sc. Hons only) will also be considered at IIA. Graduates with a B.E. or B.Tech. will also be considered at IISc, IMSc, IUCAA, JNCASR, NCRA, RRI, IISER Mohali, IISER Pune and SNBNCBS. At IPR candidates should have a Masters degree in Physics, Engineering Physics, Applied Physics, etc. with at least 55% aggregate. Talented final year B. Sc. Graduates will also be considered for pre-selection at IUCAA.
Ph.D. Programme (Theoretical Computer Science)
M.Sc./ M.E. / M.Tech. / M.C.A. in Computer Science and related disciplines, and should be interested in the mathematical aspects of computer science. Talented B.Sc. / B.E. / B.Tech. graduates will also be considered for integrated M.Sc.- Ph.D. programme.
Integrated M.Sc. - Ph.D. Programme
At HRI, candidates with a Bachelor's degree will also be considered for the integrated M.Sc. - Ph.D. programme in Physics.
At IMSc, graduates with B.Sc. / B.E. / B. Tech. degree will also be considered for admission to M.Sc. (by Research) programme in Physics and Theoretical Computer Science, as part of an integrated Ph.D. programme.
At SNBNCBS, graduates with B.Sc. (Physics) / B.E. / B.Tech. degree will be considered for the integrated Post-B.Sc.-Ph.D. programme in subject areas mentioned above.
At IIA, graduates with B.Sc. (Physics/Mathematics) / B.E. / B.Tech. degree will be considered for the integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D. programme in subject areas mentioned above.
Integrated M.Tech - Ph.D. Programme at IIA
At IIA, graduates with M.Sc. (Physics / Applied Physics) / B.E. / B.Tech. degree will be considered for the integrated M.Tech-Ph.D. programme in subject areas mentioned above. Details of the programme can be found on the IIA webpages.
Mere qualifying in JEST does not entitle one to get a Research Fellowship. Using the JEST results, each institute will call a limited number of candidates for its further selection procedure depending on its requirements. All candidates selected after interview will receive Research Fellowship from the respective institutes.
JEST 2009 I M P O R T A N T D A T E S
15 November, 2008
On-line submission of applications starts on this site.
10 December, 2008
Last date for request of printed application forms from "Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre & Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata".
31 December, 2008
Last date for receipt of the filled applications, and for ON-LINE submission of applications.
15 January, 2009
# Hall tickets/ Admit cards will be available to be downloaded for on-line candidates.
15 February, 2009
Joint Entrance Screening Test-JEST 2009, 10.00 am to 1.00 pm.
JEST 2009 results will be out on this site.
H O W T O A P P L Y
Candidates for Physics / Theoretical Computer Science can apply for JEST-2008 ON-LINE by first registering themselves.
Following registration, one can Login and fill in details in the ON-LINE application form.
Although ON-LINE application is preferred, those who have difficulty in accessing internet may submit OFF-LINE (printed) application forms as follows:
For Physics as well as Theoretical Computer Science, Application forms can be obtained by writing to:
Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre,
Kolkata - 700 064
along with postage stamps of Rs. 60/- affixed on a self-addressed slip of approximate size of 20 cm x 15 cm. (This will be used to mail the application form)
The filled application form should be sent back by Speed Post/Courier to the above address. E-MAIL APPLICATIONS AND XEROX COPIES OF PRINTED APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
Examination fees - NIL.
Last Date for requesting printed application forms: 10 December, 2008.
Last Date for submission of application forms (online & Offline): 31 December, 2008.
JEST 2009 Results
JEST 2009 results are scheduled to be declared in March 2009. The actual dates for Physics as well as Theoretical Computer Science will be announced later in this page.
# Admit cards will have to be downloaded after login (for online applicants) and will be sent by post (for offline applicants) from 15 January, 2009.
for more details download JEST 2009 Brochure