Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the disciplines on which JEST examination is conducted?

  • You can appear for the JEST examination in Physics or Theoretical Computer Science but not for both.

2. Are there different tests for admission in Integrated Ph. D & Ph. D. programmes?

  • No. A common examination is conducted both for Ph. D. and integrated Ph. D. programmes.

3. Is there any limit to the number of times one can apply for JEST examination?

  • No, there is no such restriction on the number of times one can appear for the JEST examination. 

4. Is there any age limit for taking JEST examination?

  • There is no restriction on age for appearing in JEST examination. However, each participating institute has its own eligibility criteria. For details on the eligibility criteria of the participating institutes candidates are advised to visit their websites. 

5. Is application fee of JEST examination refundable?

  • An Application Fee of Rs. 800 (Rs 400 for SC/ST male candidates and non SC/ST female applicants) is required to be paid along with the application. Payment will be accepted using SBI Epay online payment service using debit card/credit card/Net-banking/UPI only. Payment by any other mode will not be accepted. The application fee once paid will NOT be refunded.
  • Application fee is waived for female applicants belonging to SC/ST category, however they need to complete the payment process by selecting the '0" option.

 6. What is the level of questions in the examination ?

  • The questions are based on the general syllabii of graduation and post-graduation level courses offered by various Indian universities and institutions. JEST question papers are normally not made available. However, some questions from previous year's examinations are available Physics Sample paper TCS preparation material and sample paper.

7. Which institutes offer a Ph.D. Degree in Theoretical Computer Science ?

  • Institute of Mathematical Sciences (IMSc), Chennai is the only institution which currently offers a Ph. D. in Theoretical Computer Science. Please visit IMSc webpage for more information.

8. Which institutes offer a Ph.D. Degree in Neuroscience or Computational Biology?

  • National Brain Research Centre (NBRC), Gurgaon is the only institution which currently offers a Ph. D. in Neuroscience. Institute of Mathematical Sciences (IMSc) Chennai offers a PhD in  Computational Biology. Please note that JEST is meant as a means for students from a Physics background to take up research in Neuroscience or Computational Biology, and interested students have to take the PHYSICS JEST examination. Please visit the NBRC webpage  or the IMSc webpage for more information.

9. Where can I get sample question papers?

10. What degrees does one receive in the Integrated PhD program in Theoretical Computer Science?

  • Candidates receive a M. Sc. degree on completing the course requirements in the first two years of the graduate school, and a PhD degree on completing the graduate school.

11. To apply do I need to have an email-id?

  • Candidates must have a valid email-id prior to registering themselves with JEST.     

12. What is the validity period of JEST score?

  • JEST score is valid for only one year.

14. I am pursuing B. Tech degree in Mechanical / Civil Engineering, am I eligible for appearing in the JEST examination?

  • JEST is a screening test for admission to PhD and Int. PhD programme of different participating institutes (see the list from JEST home page) in physics and theorertical computer science / neuroscience. The JEST examination is conducted for two subjects only, namely, physics and theoretical computer science.  However, the qualifications for admission to the PhD and Int. PhD programme in various participating institutes are different. So the candidate is reqfrequently-asked-questionsuested to visit the websites of the participating institutes of their interest to know more about the qualification requirement.

Sample Papers and Syllabus