Kochi: The Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST)-2016 for admission to the Ph. D. Programmes in Physics / Theoretical Computer Science / Neuroscience/ Computational Biology in participating institutions, will be held on February 21, 2016 (Sunday), from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m at Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Aligarh, Bangalore, Bardhaman, Bhubaneswar, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Indore, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Kolkata, Kochi, Madurai, Mumbai, Nainital, Nagpur, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Roorkee, Sambalpur, Silchar, Siliguri, Srinagar, Thiruvananthapuram, Udaipur and Visakhapatnam.
An applicant can appear for the JEST examination in Physics or Theoretical Computer Science but not for both. A common examination is conducted both for Ph. D. and integrated Ph. D. programmes. The participating Institutions with the areas of specialisations are as follows.
(i) ARIES: Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences, Nainital: Astronomy and Astrophysics and Atmospheric Physics.
(ii) HBNI: Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai
(iii) HRI: Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad: Theoretical Physics, Astrophysics
(iv) 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
(v) 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
(vi) IIA: Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Astronomical Instrumentation, Optics, and Atomic Physics.
(vii) 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).
(viii) 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
(ix) 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
(x) IISER MOHALI: Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali: Quantum Theory, Quantum Information Processing, NMR-Methodology, Optics, Statistical Mechanics, Quantum Thermodynamics, Non-linear Dynamics, String Theory, Ultrafast Physics, and Low Temperature Mesoscopic Physics
(xi) 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
(xii) IISER THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Thiruvananthapuram: Experimental Condensed Matter: Magnetic and Superconducting materials, Nanoscience and Energy materials, Photonics, Soft Condensed Matter, Semiconductor Physics and Devices, Surface Sciences and Nano-scale Plasmonics, Terahertz and Ultrafast Spectroscopy; Theory: Cosmology, Classical and Quantum Gravity, Gravitational Wave Physics, Quantum Information Theory, Quantum Field Theory, and Statistical Physics.
(xiii) IMSc: The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai: Theoretical Physics, Theoretical Computer Science, and Computational Biology
(xiv) IOP: Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar: Physics (Condensed Matter, Nuclear and High Energy Physics) and Accelerator-based Research
(xv) IPR: Institute for Plasma Research, Gandhinagar: Physics (Experimental and Theoretical)
(xvi) IUCAA: Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune: Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics
(xvii) JNCASR: Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore: Experimental and Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, Statistical Mechanics, and Materials Science
(xviii) 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
(xix) NCRA-TIFR: National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, TIFR, Pune: Astronomy and Astrophysics
(xx) 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
(xxi) PRL: Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad: Theoretical Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Solar Physics, Space and Atmospheric Sciences, Planetary Science and Geo-Sciences
(xxii) 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
(xxiii) RRI: Raman Research Institute, Bangalore: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Light and Matter Physics, Soft Condensed Matter Physics (Liquid Crystals, Physics in Biology), and Theoretical Physics.
(xxiv) 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)
(xxv) 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
(xxvi) 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
(xxvii) 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
(xxviii) 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
(xxix) VECC: 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).
Eligibility is BSc. for Integrated Phd. and MSc. for Phd. programmes. Students in the final year of these courses are also eligible to appear for JEST 2016. Additionally in some institutions, B.Tech./ B.E/ M.E/ M.Tech/ 4 year B.S. may also be eligible for Phd/Integrated Phd programmes. Applicants must check the websites of individual institutions for further details. Specific eligibility is as follows.
Ph.D. Programme- Physics: Applicant should hold a 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 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 Engineering Physics and M.Sc. Physics are eligible.
Theoretical Computer Science/Neuroscience/Computational Biology: Applicant should have 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. Applicant may visit website of IMSc for further details.
Applicant should hold 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 strong interest in biological problems is needed 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 course work of this programme shall be awarded a M.Sc. degree.
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. 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 may be seen 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.
No of attempts: There is no restriction on the number of times one can appear for the JEST examination.
Age: 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.
Test: The questions for JEST 2016 will be based on the general syllabii of graduation and post-graduation level courses offered by various Indian universities and institutions. Some questions from previous year's examinations are available at https://www.jest.org.in/. Syllabus of Physics and Sample questions of Physics and Theoretical Computer Science are available at the website.
Applications: Applications can be submitted online through http://www.jest.org.in from November 02, 2015 to December 10, 2015. The application submission has to be completed in a few steps. To apply online, applicants must create an account and register 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. Email-ids are linked to the created account as well as to the application, and will be used for all communications with the applicants. The email-id should be active and must not be changed during this period. Applicant will receive an email with his/her account information after registering with a valid email-id. Applicant should follow the instructions given in the email for resetting his/her password and further login.
To submit application online, applicants must login to the created account and complete the application form. Applicant has to login to the JEST homepage with the username (email-id) and password. He/she should fill the form and save it, or, modify an already saved form. It is possible to fill up the form in fragments. Even one can save the form after filling the mandatory fields in the first page and enter other data in the next login. However, it is advised to do it in one go whenever one is ready with all the details.
Applicant should upload jpg files of his/her Passport size photo and scanned signature. The size of the individual files should not exceed 50 Kilo bytes. Before uploading the photo and signature files, they should be given good names using alphabets, underscores, and numbers only. If possible, applicant should use a logical naming system, like loginname_date_photo.jpg, loginname_date_sig.jpg to ensure printing without any errors. In case the jpeg file of photo which has been taken with camera exceeds the limit, applicant should compress the file size using compression software available in the websites, such as http://jpeg-optimizer.com, http://www.imageoptimizer.net.
The signature can be scanned with a digital scanner, and saved as jpeg file for uploading. In case this file size produced by scanner also exceeds 50 kB limit, it should be compressed using the same tools as explained above.
Image files should be of a minimum of 100 X 125 pixels or maximum of 240 x 300 pixels (width x height) for photo and 150 x 30 pixels (width x height) for signature.
Fee: An Application Fee of Rs. 300/- (Rs 150/- for SC/ST applicants) is required to be paid along with the application which can be paid online using Debit/Credit cards or Net-banking. Application fee can be paid online using the State Bank of India i-collect facility.
After online submission of the application form and successful e-payment of the application fee, the submission procedure will be considered complete. No modification will be allowed after this. After submission, a unique submission number will be sent to the email-id of the applicant. Applicant should save all the emails sent to him/her and the unique submission number must be quoted by the applicant for any communication with the JEST authority. If the above-mentioned e-mail is not received after submission of application form and the successful e-payment of the application fee, applicant should contact JEST authority.
Modification is possible provided the final submission of the online application form has not been made. Once the application form is submitted by clicking the ‘Submit Application’ button, no further modification will be allowed. Applicant should press the ‘Submit Application’ button only after all the mandatory entries have been inserted and checked.
Admit card will be available in the JEST webpage after 15th January, 2016. A printout of the downloaded admit card and one photo-id is to be brought for entry into the examination centre. Admit cards will not be sent by post/email.
JEST score is valid for only one year.
The Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB) (statutory body established through an Act of Parliament) has recognized JEST as a National Eligibility Test for their sponsored programmes/projects. However, qualifying in JEST does not entitle an applicant to get a Research Fellowship. Using the JEST results, each institute will call a limited number of candidates for further selection depending on their requirements.