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JEST 2024

JEST 2024
(Joint Entrance Screening Test)
Admission to M.Sc., Integrated Ph.D. and Ph.D. Programmes in
Physics, Theoretical Computer Science, Neuroscience and Computational Biology
organized by:
Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), Thiruvananthapuram

JEST-2024 is being organized by Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST)- Thiruvananthapuram.

The tentative date for the examination in Physics and Theoretical Computer Science (TCS) is
3rd March, 2024, forenoon.

JEST-Physics will be a fully Computer Based Test for a duration of 3 hours.

JEST-TCS will consist of two parts-
i) Computer Based, and
ii) a descriptive part to be answered using pen and paper,
for a total duration of 3 hours.

Candidates must apply online. A non-refundable application fee of Rs. 800 (Rs. 400 for SC/ST Male applicants and Non-SC/ST Female applicants) is required to be paid online in order to complete the application. Application Fee is waived for female applicants belonging to SC/ST category.

    + Eligibility Criteria

    • Please see the websites/advertisements of the participating institutes for their eligibility criteria in details.
    • Listed below are tentative eligibility criteria of admission to M.Sc, Ph.D, and Integrated / M.Sc / M.Tech. - Ph.D programs in the participating institutes.
    Ph.D. Programme Physics
    • M.Sc. in Physics (all participating Institutes).
    Additionally, some institutes accept B.E. / B.Tech. / M.Sc. / M.E. / M.Tech. in disciplines of Applied Physics and Mathematics, as listed below.
    • M.Sc. in Mathematics / Applied Physics / Applied Mathematics / Optics and Photonics / Instrumentation / Electronics will also be considered at IIA.
    • B.E. or B.Tech. will be considered at IISc, IMSc, ICTS-TIFR, IUCAA, JNCASR, NCRA-TIFR, TIFR-TCIS, RRI, IISER Mohali, IISER Pune, IISER Thiruvananthapuram.
    • M.Sc. in Physics / Electronics / Astronomy / Applied Mathematics will be cnsidered at IUCAA and NCRA-TIFR.
    • M.Sc.  in Physics, Engineering Physics or Applied Physics will also be considered at IPR.
    • M.Sc. in Physics, Chemistry, Applied Mathematics, Biophysics or Biochemistry will be considered at SNBNCBS.
    • B.Tech. Eng. Phys. will be considered at TIFR and NCRA-TIFR.
    • M.E./ M.Tech in Applied Physics  will be considered at NISER.
    • M.Sc. in Physics/Astronomy/Optics/Photonics/Biophysics/Mathematics or M.E./M.Tech. in Engineering also will be considered at RRI.
    • M.Sc. in Physics, Chemistry and Bio Physics will be considered at SNBNCBS.
    Theoretical Computer Science at IMSc
    • M.Sc./ M.E. / M.Tech. in Computer Science and related disciplines, and should be interested in the mathematical aspects of computer science.
    Ph.D. in Neuroscience at NBRC
    • M.Sc. (Physics/Mathematics), B.E./B.Tech./MCA in Computer Science
    Ph.D. in Computational Biology at IMSc
    • M.Sc./M.E./M.Tech./MCA in any engineering or science discipline, with good mathematical skills and strong interest in biological problems.
    Integrated M.Sc./M.Tech. - Ph.D. Programme (Physics)
    • B.Sc. in Physics (Major/Hons), or in Physics and Mathematics (Physics cannot be an allied/subsidiary/minor subject) will be considered at SNBNCBS.
    • B.Sc. (Physics) will be considered at IMSc.
    • B.Sc. (Physics/Mathematics)/B.E./B.Tech. in Electrical/Instrumentation/Engineering Physics/Electronics and Communications/Computer Science and Engineering/Optics and Photonics will be considered in IIA.
    • B.Sc (Physics) or B.E./B. Tech in Engineering Physics , with a minimum of first class marks, will be considered at NISER.
    • B.Sc. (Physics) will be considered at IISER-Pune, ICTS-TIFR, NCRA-TIFR, and TIFR-TCIS.
    • B.Sc. (Physics/Mathematics)/B.E./B.Tech. will be considered for Integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D. at Bose Institute.
    • B.Sc. (Physics/Mathematics/Computer Science/Electronics)/B.E./B.Tech. will be considered for Integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D. at Bose Institute.
    Integrated Ph.D Programme in Theoretical Computer Science at IMSc
    • B.Sc./B.E./B.Tech./MCA in Computer Science or related disciplines and should be interested in the mathematical aspects of computer science.
    Integrated M.Tech - Ph.D. Programme at IIA
    • M.Sc. (Physics/Applied Physics)/Post-B.Sc. (Hons) in Optics and Optoelectronics/Radio Physics and Electronics.
    Integrated Ph.D. Programme at IISER Kolkata and IISER. Thiruvananthapuram
    • B.Sc. (Physics) or B.E./B.Tech. in any discipline.
    M. Sc. Programme at HRI
    • B.Sc. (Physics) or B.E./B.Tech. degree in any discipline.
    • HRI is starting a new M.Sc. programme in Physics from 2017. The Integrated Ph.D. programme in Physics at HRI is discontinued from 2017.
    Joint SPPU-IUCAA MSc Physics (Astrophysics) programme
    • B.Sc. (Physics and Mathematics) or B.E./B.Tech. in any branch of engineering, with a minimum of 55% marks.

    + Participating Institutes

    Visit the individual institute pages to view the programmes and subject areas being offered.
    ARIES Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences, Nainital: Astronomy and Astrophysics, and Atmospheric Physics.
    Bose Institute Bose Institute, Kolkata: Atmospheric sciences, Biophysics, Complex systems and networks, Condensed matter physics and materials science, High energy Physics and astroparticle physics, Quantum physics and quantum information, Nuclear and radiation physics
    HBNI Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai
    HRI Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad: Theoretical Physics, Astrophysics
    ICTS International centre for theoretical sciences (TIFR), Bangalore: Astrophysical Relativity, Data Assimilation and Dynamical Systems, Statistical Physics and Turbulence, and String theory and Quantum Gravity.
    IGCAR Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam: Solid State Phase transformations, Superconductivity, Structure and dynamics of soft condensed matter, Band structure studies, Accelerators based Irradiation induced phenomena, Low-dimensional systems, Physics of interfaces, Nano-materials, Thin films technology and Theoretical physics
    IIA Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Astronomical Instrumentation, Optics, and Atomic Physics.
    IISc Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore: Condensed Matter Physics (Experiments and Theory), Astronomy and Astrophysics (Theoretical), Atomic and Optical Physics (Experimental), Biocrystallography and Bio-informatics, and High Energy Physics (Theoretical).
    IISER, Bhopal Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Bhopal: Condensed Matter Physics (Theory and Experiment),
    Soft Matter Physics (Theory), Biophysics, Laser Plasma Interactions, Ultrafast Physics (Experiment),
    Astrophysics and Cosmology, High Energy Physics (Theory, Phenomenology and Experiment), Non-linear Optics
    IISER, Berhampur Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Berhampur: Condensed matter physics (Theory and Experiment),  Electronic Materials & Devices, High energy physics (Theory, Phenomenology,Experiment), Nuclear Structure, Photonics, Quantum Theory,Quantum Information.
    IISER, Kolkata Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata: Condensed Matter Physics, Field Theory, Classical & Quantum Gravity, Cosmology, Solar Science, High Energy Physics, Non-linear dynamics, Statistical Physics, Soft Matter, Optics & Spectroscopy, Atomic physics, Biophotonics, Spintronics, Nanoscience, NMR, Quantum Information
    IISER, Mohali Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali: Quantum Information (Experiment and Theory), Complex systems & Networks, Theoretical Astrophysics & Cosmology, Particle Physics and Field Theory, Statistical physics, Quantum thermodynamics, Condensed Matter (Theory and Experiment), NMR-Methodology, Ultra-fast Physics, low temperature physics.
    IISER, Pune Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune: Field Theory, Theoretical Particle Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Non-linear Dynamics, Complex Systems and Networks, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, Quantum Information Processing, Radio Astrophysics, Atomic Physics and Quantum Optics, Energy Studies, Solar and Plasma Physics, Nanosciences, Scanning Probe Techniques, and Semiconductor Physics and Devices.
    IISER, Thiruvananthapuram Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Thiruvananthapuram: Experimental: Magnetism, Superconductivity, Nanoscience, Photonics, Semiconductor physics, Surface sciences, Nanoscale plasmonics, Ultrafast spectroscopy, Nonlinear Optics. Theory: Cosmology, Quantum information, Statistical physics, Condensed matter, String theory & Nonlinear dynamics.
    IISER, Tirupathi Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Tirupathi: Theoretical Astrophysics, Observational Astronomy, Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, Soft Matter Physics, Nonlinear Physics, Experimental High Energy Physics, Atomic and Molecular Physics
    IIST Indian Institute of Space Science  and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Atmospheric Sciences, Applied and Adaptive Optics, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Nanotechnology, Nonlinear Dynamics, Photonics, Quantum Information and Statistical Physics
    IMSc The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai: Theoretical Physics, Theoretical Computer Science, and Computational Biology
    IOP Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar: Physics (Condensed Matter, Nuclear and High Energy Physics) and Accelerator-based Research.
    IPR Institute for Plasma Research, Gandhinagar: Physics (Experimental and Theoretical).
    IUCAA Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune: Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics.
    JNCASR Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore: Experimental and Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, Statistical Mechanics, and Materials Science.
    NBRC National Brain Research Centre, Manesar:Molecular, Computaional and Systems Neuroscience. Sensory & motor systems, learning & memory, language & speech processing, functional neuroimaging: EEG, MEG, fMRI, MRS, stem cells, developmental neurobiology, neurogenetics, neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders, cancer signaling & glial tumor biology.
    NCRA-TIFR National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, TIFR, Pune: Astronomy and Astrophysics.
    NISER National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneswar: Theoretical High Energy Physics and Lattice QCD, Experimental High Energy Physics, Condensed Matter Physics (Theory and Experiment), Optics and Metamaterials.
    PRL Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad: Theoretical Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Solar Physics, Space and Atmospheric Sciences, Planetary Science and Geo-Sciences.
    RRCAT 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.
    RRI Raman Research Institute, Bangalore: Astronomy & Astrophysics, Light & Matter Physics, Soft Condensed Matter and Theoretical Physics. Radio & X-ray Astronomy, Signal Processing, Imaging and Instrumentation. Ultrafast phenomena, Liquid Crystals, Soft Materials & Active Systems, Physics in Biology, Classical and Quantum Gravity, Statistical Physics and Stochastic Processes.
    SINP Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata: Condensed Matter Physics (Theory and Experiments), Nuclear Physics (Theory and Experiments), High Energy Physics (Theory and Experiments), Astroparticle Physics, Quantum Gravity, String Theory, Mathematical Physics, and Materials Science (Surface Science and Plasma Physics).
    SNBNCBS Satyendra Nath Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata: Astrophysics and Cosmology, Chemical and Biological Physics, Condensed Matter Physics and Material Science, High Energy Physics and Quantum Field Theory, Mathematical Physics, Nanosciences, Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, Statistical Physics, and Complex Systems.
    TIFR-TCIS TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Hyderabad: Condensed Matter Physics & Materials Science of Nonequilibrium, Soft & Living matter, Fluid Dynamics, Intense Laser-matter interactions, Computational Physics, Statistical physics, NMR of Biophysical & other systems
    TIFR Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Condensed Matter Physics and Material Science, High Energy Physics, Nuclear and Atomic Physics, Theoretical Physics
    UGC-DAE CSR UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, Indore: Surfaces, Interfaces, Thin Films and Nanomaterials, Physics at Low Temperatures and High Magnetic Fields, X-ray, Optical and Electron Spectroscopic Studies Using Synchrotron and Laboratory Sources; Electrical, Magnetic and Thermal Properties of Condensed Matter; Condensed Matter studies using Magnetic Neutron Diffraction, Nuclear Technique Based Condensed Matter Physics-Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy, Mossbauer Spectroscopy, Experimental Nuclear Physics, Gamma Ray Spectroscopy of Nuclear High Spin States, and Nuclear Reactions.
    VECC Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Kolkata: Accelerator physics, Condensed matter physics & materials science, Nuclear physics (Experiment and Theory), Relativistic heavy ion collisions & QCD Phase transition (Experiment and Theory)

    + Exam Centers

    JEST will be held at the locations indicated below.
    • Ahmedabad
    • Aligarh
    • Allahabad
    • Amritsar
    • Bangalore
    • Bardhaman
    • Bhopal
    • Bhubaneswar
    • Chandigarh
    • Chennai
    • Delhi
    • Goa
    • Guwhati
    • Hyderabad
    • Indore
    • Jaipur
    • Kanpur
    • Kharagpur
    • Kochi
    • Kolkata
    • Kozhikode
    • Madurai
    • Mangalore
    • Mumbai
    • Nagpur
    • Nainital
    • Patna
    • Pune
    • Raipur
    • Roorkee
    • Sambalpur
    • Silchar
    • Siliguri
    • Srinagar
    • Trivandrum
    • Udaipur
    • Vijayawada
    • Vishakhapatnam

    + Syllabus

    • Mathematical Methods
      Vector algebra and vector calculus, tensors, curvilinear coordinate systems, linear algebra;
      Linear differential equations, elements of Sturm–Liouville theory;
      Special functions; Complex analysis; Fourier series and Fourier transforms, Laplace transforms;
      Elementary properties of discrete groups; Elements of probability theory, error analysis.
    • Classical Mechanics
      Newton’s laws, conservation of energy and momentum, collisions;
      generalized coordinates, principle of least action, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of mechanics;
      Symmetry and conservation laws; central force problem, Kepler problem;
      Small oscillations and normal modes; special relativity in classical mechanics.
    • Electromagnetism & Optics
      Electrostatics and magnetostatics, boundary value problems, multipole expansion;
      Fields in conducting, dielectric, diamagnetic and paramagnetic media;
      Faraday’s law and time varying fields; displacement current;
      Maxwell’s equations; energy and momentum of electromagnetic fields;
      Propagation of plane electromagnetic waves, reflection, refraction;
      Electromagnetic waves in dispersive and conducting media;
      diffraction, interference, polarization.
    • Quantum Mechanics
      Uncertainty principle; Schrodinger equation; central potentials, hydrogen atom;
      Orbital and spin angular momenta, addition of angular momenta;
      Matrix formulation of quantum theory, unitary transformations, Hermitian operators;
      Variational principle, time independent perturbation theory, time dependent perturbation theory.
    • Thermodynamics & Statistical Physics
      Laws of thermodynamics, work and heat, thermodynamic potentials;
      Elements of kinetic theory; Maxwell’s relations;
      Statistical ensembles; partition function; classical ideal gas, harmonic oscillators;
      Classical and quantum statistics; Fermi and Bose gases;
      black body radiation; statistics of paramagnetism
    • Electronics
      Basics of semiconductor; p-n junctions, diodes, transistors;
      LCR circuits, rectifiers, amplifiers, active filters and oscillators;
      basics of OPAMPs and their applications; basics of digital electronics.

    + Sample Question Papers

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