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Difference between IIT JAM and JEST Exam

An Entrance Exam is the mode for getting
admission into various undergraduate, post graduate and professional degree

Below I have provided the difference between two entrance exams: IIT JAM and JEST Exam.

These two exams are very competitive in nature which
teach students to deal with competition they are about to face in their future.

JAM exam is Joint Admission test for MSc. It is an entrance exam conducted for admission in IITs, NITs, or IISc to pursue M.Sc (Four Semesters), Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D, M.Sc.-M.Tech., M.Sc.-Ph.D Dual Degree.

JAM exam is conducted in seven subjects:
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematical Statistics
  • Biological Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Geology

JEST is Joint Entrance Screening Test. It is a screening test
conducted for the candidates who want to pursue MSc, Integrated PhD and PhD
programmes in Physics, Theoretical Computer Science, Neuroscience and
Computational Biology.

JEST exam is conducted in three subjects:

  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Theoretical Computer Science

JEST has been declared as a National Eligibility Test by Science
and Engineering Research Board. Aspirants are informed that securing a rank in
JEST does not confirm admission in any college accepting the exam scores for
admission. After qualifying JEST exam, candidates need to fulfill the eligibility
criteria mentioned by the institutes.


  • IIT JAM stands for Indian Institute of Technology - Joint Admission test for Masters. Although the score/rank is being used by NITs and IISc too. Moreover the score is used to offer not only MSc but also MSc-PhD and MSc-Mtech. It remains one of the most popular exam for BSc graduates in India and a way to fulfill their IIT dream. 

    JEST stands for Joint Entrance Screening Test. It is meant for admission to PhD or integrated PhD programs in Physics, theoretical computer science and neuroscience at research institutes like HRI, TIFR, ARIES etc. What really makes JEST more challenging is the interview part. It is very rigorous. Even if you are rank 1 in JEST, it is not sure you will get an admission. 

    As a thumb rule, you should 
    • Opt for JAM If you are not sure of doing PhD or PhD in India
    • Opt for JEST if you are keen on getting PhD !

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