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Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) 2016 Exam Notification


IISER Mohali invites applications for admissions to Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) for the academic year 2016.

JEST is a yearly exam conducted for admissions to Ph.D. / Integrated Ph.D. Programme in Physics or Theoretical Computer Science or Neuroscience or Computational Biology in the Participating Institutes.

Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) 2016 is conducted by IISER Mohali

Eligibility Criteria:

Interested candidates should fulfill following eligibility criteria:

Ph.D. Programme
=> M.Sc. in Physics or M.Sc. / M.E. / M.Tech. in related disciplines.

=> 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 also be considered at IISc, IMSc, ICTS-TIFR, IUCAA, JNCASR, NCRA-TIFR, TIFR-TCIS, RRI, IISER Mohali, IISER Pune, IISER Thiruvananthapuram and SNBNCBS.

=> Talented final year B.Sc. and the first year M.Sc. in Physics / Electronics / Astronomy / Applied Mathematics students may also apply to be pre-selected for research scholarship at IUCAA.

=> MSc in Physics, Engineering Physics or Applied Physics will also be considered at IPR. At TIFR, only B.Tech Eng. Phys. and M.Sc. Physics is eligible.

Theoretical Computer Science/Neuroscience/Computational Biology:

=> 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. Visit website of IMSc for further details. M.Sc (Physics/ Mathematics), B.E/ B.Tech/ M.C.A in Computer Science for Ph.D. in Neuroscience at NBRC.

=> M.Sc./ M.E. / M.Tech. ​/ MCA ​ in any engineering or science discipline, with good mathematical skills and a strong interest in biological problems for Ph.D. in Computational Biology at IMSc.

Integrated M.Sc. / M.Tech - Ph.D Programme
=> At HRI, IISER-Pune, ICTS-TIFR, SNBNCBS, NCRA-TIFR, and TIFR-TCIS candidates with a Bachelor's degree will also be considered for the integrated M.Sc., Ph.D. programme in Physics.

=> At IMSc, graduates with Bachelor’s degree in science/ mathematics/ /statistics /computer science/information technology/Engineering will also be considered for admission in Physics and in Theoretical Computer Science, as part of an integrated Ph.D. programme. All candidates successful in the coursework of this programme shall be awarded an M.Sc. degree.

=> At SNBNCBS, graduates with B.Sc. (Physics) / B.E. / B.Tech. the 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. in Electrical / Instrumentation / Engineering Physics / Electronics and Communications / Computer Science and Engineering / Optics and Photonics will be considered.

=> At NBRC, B.Sc. (Physics/ Mathematics) & B.E./ B.Techi (Computer Science) will be considered for integrated M.Sc-Ph.D in Neuroscience.

Integrated M.Tech - Ph.D. Programme at IIA
Graduates with M.Sc. (Physics / Applied Physics) / Post-B.Sc. (Hons) in Optics and Optoelectronics / Radio Physics and Electronics / B.E. / B.Tech. degree in subjects mentioned above will be considered. Visit IIA website for details.

Integrated Ph.D. Programme at IISER, Thiruvananthapuram.
=> Graduates with Bachelor’s degree in Physics/Technology/Engineering will be considered for the Int. Ph.D. programme in Physics.

Application Procedure:

Candidates are advised to refer to official notifications /documents for detailed application procedure. published details for informational purpose.

=> To apply online, applicants must create an account using a valid email-id. This account will remain valid from the time of account creation till one month after the date of declaration of results, for that year

Online Application form can be downloaded from official website of IISER Mohali: Click here to download application form

Fee Details:

An Application Fee of Rs. 300 (Rs 150 for SC/ST applicants ONLY) is required to be paid along with the application which can be paid online.

Important Dates:

JEST Important dates section aims to list all important dates such as date of availability of form, last submission date, result date, counselling date, etc.

  • Online registration starts: 01st November, 2015
  • Last Date for Online Registration: 10th December, 2015
  • Date of Examination JEST 2015: 21st February, 2016

Test Cities:

List of cities where JEST will be conducted in 2016
=> Ahmedabad, Aligarh, Allahabad
=> Bangalore, Bardhaman, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar
=> Chandigarh, Chennai
=> Delhi
=> Goa, Guwhati
=> Hyderabad
=> Indore
=> Jaipur
=> Kanpur, Kharagpur, Kochi, Kolkata
=> Madurai, Mumbai,
=> Nagpur, Nainital
=> Patna, Pune
=> Raipur, Roorkee
=> Sambalpur, Silchar, Siliguri, Srinagar
=> Trivandrum
=> Udaipur
=> Vishakhapatnam

Participating Institutes:

=> Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences, Nainital (ARIES)
=> Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai (HBNI)
=> Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad (HRI)
=> International centre for theoretical sciences (TIFR), Bangalore (ICTS)
=> Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam (IGCAR)
=> Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore (IIA)
=> Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (IISc)
=> Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Bhopal (IISER BHOPAL)
=> Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata (IISER KOLKATA)
=> Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali (IISER MOHALI)
=> Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune (IISER PUNE)
=> Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Thiruvananthapuram (IISER THIRUVANANTHAPURAM)
=> The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai (IMSc)
=> Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar (IOP)
=> Institute for Plasma Research, Gandhinagar (IPR)
=> Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune (IUCAA)
=> Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore (JNCASR)
=> National Brain Research Centre, Manesar (NBRC)
=> National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, TIFR, Pune (NCRA-TIFR)
=> National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneswar (NISER)
=> Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad (PRL)
=> Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore (RRCAT)
=> Raman Research Institute, Bangalore (RRI)
=> Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata (SINP)
=> Satyendra Nath Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata (SNBNCBS)
=> TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Hyderabad (TIFR-TCIS)
=> Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai (TIFR)
=> UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, Indore (UGC-DAE CSR)
=> Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Kolkata (VECC)

Contact Details

For more details please contact
IISER Mohali is the organising institution for JEST 2016. The coordinators​ can be reached at [email protected]


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