Applicants seeking admission  for a Ph.D / Integrated Ph.D Programme in Physics or Theoretical Computer Science or Neuroscience or Computational Biology in  one  of the Participating Institutes may appear for the Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) at one of the Exam Centers.

Participating Institutes have their own eligibility criteria. Applicants who are expected to complete their final examinations by August of each year are also eligible to appear for the JEST exam of that year.

Applicants must pay an application fee and register to appear for the exam.

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Situated adjacent to the picturesque hill town of Nainital, ARIES (an acronym of Aryabhatta Research Institute of observational sciencES ) is one of the leading research institutes which specializes in observational Astronomy & Astrophysics and Atmospheric Sciences.


Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai


Astronomy and Astrophysics, Astronomical Instrumentation, Optics, and Atomic Physics

IISER Bhopal

IISER Bhopal

IISER Kolkata

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata


A research-intensive teaching institution, with active research programmes in all areas of contemporary physics


Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Mohali


The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai: Theoretical Physics, Theoretical Computer Science and Computational Biology



Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) is a multidisciplinary research institute situated in Jakkur, a locality north of Bangalore, India. It is relatively young yet well-known around the Globe. Our mandate is to pursue and promote world-class research and training at the frontiers of Science and Engineering covering broad areas ranging from Materials to Genetics. It provides a vibrant academic ambience hosting more than 200 Researchers. The Centre is funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India and is a deemed university. Details of the admission procedure may be found here:


National Brain Research Centre offers PhD in Neuroscience. The research areas span molecular, computational and systems neuroscience.


National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneswar


Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad: Theoretical Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Solar Physics, Space and Atmospheric Sciences, Planetary Science and Geo-Sciences.


Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore: Lasers and their Applications, Laser Plasma Interaction, Cold Atom Physics, Condensed Matter Physics (Superconductivity and Magnetism, Crystals and Thin Films), Nanomaterials and Applications, Non-linear and Ultrafast Optical Studies, Beam Physics, and Free Electron Laser.


Main areas of research at the Institute are Astronomy & Astrophysics, Light & Matter Physics, Soft Condensed Matter and Theoretical Physics. The research activities include work in Chemistry, Liquid Crystals, Physics in Biology, and Signal Processing, Imaging & Instrumentation.


Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata: Condensed Matter Physics, Nuclear Physics, High Energy Physics, Astroparticle Physics, Quantum Gravity, String Theory, Mathematical Physics, Surface Science and Plasma Physics


Major Research Areas: Astrophysics & Cosmology; Chemical, Biological & Macro-Molecular Sciences; Condensed Matter Physics and Material Sciences; Theoretical Sciences -- Please visit our website for details

TIFR Mumbai

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai




Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Kolkata: Accelerator Physics, Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science, Nuclear Physics (Experiments and Theory), Relativistic Heavy Ion Collisions (Experiments, Theory, QCD and QGP), and Physics of Neutrinos (Experiments).
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