Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) 2012:

The Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) is a common qualifying test for admissions to Ph.D. programmes in Physics at premier Indian research institutions (see Participating Institutes) and a Ph.D. programme in Theoretical Computer Science at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences.
Using JEST results, each institute will call a limited number of candidates for its own selection procedure depending, on its requirements.
All selected candidates will receive Research Fellowships from the respective institutes.
The JEST exam is used to shortlist candidates and does not automatically entitle an applicant to get a Research Fellowship.
Applicants must have a valid e-mail ID, which is used for log in to the website to submit online Application form. Please create a valid e-mail ID This ID should be kept active at least during the period from submission of JEST2012 application form, right up to the declaration of JEST2012 results.
Important change for JEST-2012: Application Fee of Rs. 100 (and Rs. 50 for SC/ST) is payable.
Important Dates:
  • Last date for ON-LINE submission is December 15,  2011.
  • Last date to request printed application form December 5, 2011..
  • Last date for receipt of the filled applications is December 15, 2011.
  • JEST – 2012 written test will be held on February 19, 2012.
Candidates seeking admission  for a Ph. D. Programme in Physics or Theoretical Computer Science in the Participating Institutes may appear for JEST-2012 at one of the Exam Centers.
Participating Institutes have their own eligibility criteria, as described below. Students who are expected to complete their final examinations by August 2012 are also eligible to apply.
A PDF copy of the POSTER will be uploaded here

Programmes and Eligibility Criteria

Ph.D. Programme

  • M.Sc. in Physics or M.Sc. / M.E. / M.Tech. in related disciplines.
  • Candidates with M.Sc. in Mathematics / Applied Physics / Applied Mathematics / Optics and Photonics / Instrumentation / Electronics will also be considered at IIA.
  • Graduates with a B.E. or B.Tech. will also be considered at IISc, IMSc, IUCAA, JNCASR, NCRA-TIFR 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.
  • At IPR, candidates should have a Master’s degree in Physics, Engineering Physics or Applied Physics.
Theoretical Computer Science:
  • 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.

Integrated M.Sc. / M.Tech – Ph.D Programme 

  • At HRI, IISER-Pune,  SNBNCBS, and NCRA-TIFR 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 an 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.

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.

Instructions for filling up of the ON-LINE form:

Please make sure you have read carefully the eligibility criteria of each of the institutes for various programmes by visiting their respective websites before filling up the forms.

Please make sure you have the payment details of Application Fee of Rs. 100 (and Rs. 50 for SC/ST) such as Transaction/Challan No., Bank.

    1. While filling up the form you will be asked to upload jpeg files of your passport size photograph and your signature. The size of the individual files should not exceed 100 Kilo bytes. In case the jpeg file of your photo taken with camera exceeds the limit, you should compress the file size using compression softwares available. There are websites, such as,, through which you can compress the jpeg file. Your 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 100 kB limit, you can compress it using the same tools as above. Please make sure the image type is of JPEG by right click –> properties of the file being uploaded.
    2. You are strictly advised to retain an identical photograph to be pasted on the admit card in case if it is not printed for some reason.
    3. Please use black ball pen / sketch pen to do the signature which is to be uploaded.
    4. You can save and edit an incomplete form by clicking on “Save Draft” but no changes can be made after final submission (when you click on “Submit”).
    5. Use your email address to login.
    6. You will receive an email with submitted data of your form at given email address. Please keep this email for communication purposes.
    7. Please make sure all data, photograph, signature are entered by LAST DATE.
    8. Please re-visit the site for downloading your Admit Card.


    How to apply

  • Register with a valid email address by clicking on Create new account (Registrations will open shortly). Upon successful registration, one can login to apply for JEST-2012 online.
  • Although online applications are preferred, for those who have difficulty in accessing the internet, a hard copy of the application form can be requested by writing to
The JEST Coordinator,
Department of Physics,
Indian Institute of Science,
Bangalore 560 012
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