JEST 2025: Application Form, Exam Dates, Eligibility, Selection Process

JEST 2025

Joint Entrance Screening Test 2025 (JEST 2025 Exam) is a national level entrance test that is conducted jointly by several premier institutes such as IISc, IISERs, NISER,IIST

This JEST 2025 will be conducted by one of the institute This is a national level entrance examination that is conducted every year.

JEST 2025 Schedule

Tentative Exam Date is February 2025

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Application form is likely to open in January 2025

Admission in the Ph.D / Integrated Ph.D Programme in Physics or Theoretical Computer Science or Neuroscience or Computational Biology is offered in any one of the Participating Institutes.

Candidate must note that participating Institutes have their own eligibility criteria for admission in Ph.D / Integrated Ph.D programs. Applicants who are expecting to complete their final examinations of their ongoing course by August 2023 are also eligible to appear for the JEST-2023

Jest 2025 Application Fee:

CategoryApplication Fee
For general category candidatesRs.800
For SC/ ST/ Rs.400

JEST 2025 Eligibility Criteria

PhD. Programme


  • M.Sc. in Physics (all participating Institutes).

Additionally, for JEST 2025 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 considered at  IUCAA and NCRA-TIFR.
  • MSc 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 Astronomy/Optics/Photonics/Biophysics also will be considered at RRI.
  • MSc. 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/ M.C.A 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.

For JEST 2025 Integrated M.Sc. / M.Tech – Ph.D Programme (Physics)

  • BSc 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.Tec. will be considered for Integrated M.Sc – PhD at Bose Institute.
  • B. Sc. (Physics / Mathematics/Computer Science/Electronics) / B.E. / B.Tech. will be considered for Integrated M.Sc – PhD at Bose Institute.

Integrated PhD Programme in Theoretical Computer Science at IMSc

  • B.Sc./B.E./B.Tech./M.C.A. 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 PhD. 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

·       Aries,

·       Bose Institutes,

·       IGCAR (Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kaplakkam),

·       IIA(Astronomy and Astrophysics, Astronomical Instrumentation, Optics, and Atomic Physics),

·       IISER (Behrampur, Bhopal, Kolkata, Tirupati, Pune,Mohali),

·       IMSc (The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai: Theoretical Physics, Theoretical Computer Science and Computational Biology)

·       ,IUCAA Pune

·       ,JNCACR,

·       NBHR,

·       NCRA

·       TIFR,

·       NISER BHubneshwar,

·       PRL,

·       RRCAT(Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore),

·       RRI (research at the Institute are Astronomy & Astrophysics),

·       SINP Kolkata,

·       SNBNCBS

·       TIFR Mumbai,

·       UGC-DAE CSR Indore,

·       VECC Kolkata

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