JEST 2020 Exam Application – Exam Dates, Syllabus,Eligibility Criteria, Results

JEST 2020: PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) is a distinctive research-based programme that prepares you to become a competent researcher to carry out research in any of the specialities like Cosmetology, Computer Science, Commerce, Law, Economics, Linguistics, Management, and so on. The doctorate degree is granted by various universities in India and abroad. It is a programme that involves the presentation of the thesis and substantial research work in addition to open defence viva-voice.

If you want to apply in PhD, check all the details about the Ph.D admission process of the year 2020 below in addition with JEST PhD eligibility criteria, PhD entrance exams, the application process, and list of colleges/universities offering a PhD.

PhD Common Entrance Exams

  • TIFR Graduate School (GS) Admissions – Announced
  • JEST (Joint Entrance Screening Test ) 2020 – Announced
  • Indian Agricultural Research Institute PhD Entrance Exam

JEST 2020: PhD Entrance Exam Dates 2020

JEST (Joint Entrance Screening Test) offer admissions to PhD and Integrated PhD courses of the year 2020 that have been extended until 21 December 2019 (Saturday). The entrance examination is conducted by IGCAR, Chennai and will be conducted on 16 February 2020 (Sunday).

JEST is considered to be a National Eligibility Test (NET) by SERB (Science & Engineering Research Board). JEST exam is given by aspirants who are seeking admission in PhD or Integrated PhD programmes in Physics or Neuroscience or Theoretical Computer Science or Computational Biology.

Check the table below for more details:

Particulars Dates Announced
Application process starts 11 November 2019
Last date to submit the application form 21 December 2019
Admit card availability 22 January 2020
Exam Date 16 February 2020
Release of Answer Key February 2020
Last date for the objection against the answer key 1st week of March 2020
Result declaration 4th week of March 2020
Interview dates 3rd week of April 2020


JEST 2020 Sample Papers

Click the link below to download the JEST 2020 sample papers

Important Points To Keep In Mind For JEST 2020

  • The JEST score validity is one year and one can appear for it any number of times.
  • Without the hall ticket and admit card, the applicant will not be allowed to sit for the exam.
  • The eligibility criteria for PhD courses are different from one institute to another. The applicant can check the individual criteria for every institute.
  • The applicant can apply for JEST examination in Theoretical Computer Science or Physics but not for both.

How To Apply for JEST2020?

The steps to how to apply for the Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) is stated below:

  1. The applicant shall enter email Id and password to register on the official website of JEST.

JEST2020 official website:

2. The applicant will receive a confirmation link on their registered email ID. Click the link to confirm.

3.  Fill the necessary details carefully.

4. Upload the scanned photograph and signature in jpg format.

5. Submit the application fee by clicking on ‘Fee Payment’ which can be submitted through online Debit or Credit card or Net banking payment gateway.

Category Application Fee
General & OBC Rs. 400/-
SC/ST & female candidates Rs. 200/-
Female applicants belonging to SC/ST No Fee

6. After submission of application fee, click on the ‘Apply’ link for submitting the application form.

7. An ‘Application form ID” along with application number will be sent to the applicant by the authorized authority.

8. Take the printout of the application form for future reference.

JEST 2020 Examination Details

Check the table below to know about the JEST examination details of the year 2020

Particulars JEST 2020
Exam for Course Level PhD level
Test Duration 180 minutes
Mode Offline
No. of Test Cities 36 cities in India
Courses offered Integrated MSc / MTech- PhD/ PhD


JEST 2020: List of Colleges

  • Bose Institute, Kolkata
  • Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai
  • Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad
  • Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore
  • Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • IISER (Kolkata, Pune, Mohali, Bhopal, Thiruvananthapuram)
  • Institute for Plasma Research, Gandhinagar
  • National Brain Research Centre, Manesar
  • Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar
  • Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai (TIFR)
  • Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Kolkata

JEST 2020 Exam Centers

JEST 2020 will be held at the locations stated below:

Ahmedabad Calicut Indore
Aligarh Chandigarh Jaipur
Allahabad Chennai Kanpur
Bangalore Delhi Kharagpur
Bardhaman Goa Kochi
Bhopal Guwahati Kolkata
Bhubaneswar Hyderabad Madurai
Mangalore Pune Siliguri
Mumbai Raipur Srinagar
Nagpur Roorkee Trivandrum
Nainital Sambalpur Udaipur
Patna Silchar Vishakhapatnam


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