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Check the syllabus for JEST Exam

JEST is Joint Entrance Screening Test. It is a screening test conducted for the candidates who wants to pursue M.Sc., Integrated Ph.D. and Ph.D. programmes. Joint Entrance Screening Test 2018 will be conducted in second week of February. JEST Exam is conducted for the following subjects:

  • Physics
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Neuroscience and Computational Biology.

Check out the latest syllabus for JEST Exam - JEST Exam 2018 Syllabus.

A candidate can appear in either Physics or Theoretical Computer Science subject, but not both.

JEST 2018 Exam will be conducted on 18th February 2018.

There are 20 public research institutes that accept score card of JEST Exam for admission of candidates in MSc, Integrated PhD and Ph.D. programmes.

JEST has been declared as a National Eligibility Test by Science and Engineering Research Board. 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 qualification criteria mentioned by the participating institutes. JEST Score card is valid for one year.


  • Joint Entrance Screening Test
    Mathematical Methods
    Vector algebra and vector calculus, tensors, curvilinear coordinate
    systems, linear algebra;
    Linear differential equations, elements of Sturm–Liouville theory;
    Special functions; Complex analysis; Fourier series and Fourier transforms,
    Laplace transforms;
    Elementary properties of discrete groups; Elements of probability theory,
    error analysis.
    Classical Mechanics
    Newton’s laws, conservation of energy and momentum, collisions;
    generalized coordinates, principle of least action,
    Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of mechanics;
    Symmetry and conservation laws; central force problem, Kepler problem;
    Small oscillations and normal modes; special relativity in classical
    Electromagnetism & Optics
    Electrostatics and magnetostatics, boundary value problems, multipole
    Fields in conducting, dielectric, diamagnetic and paramagnetic media;
    Faraday’s law and time varying fields; displacement current;
    Maxwell’s equations; energy and momentum of electromagnetic fields;
    Propagation of plane electromagnetic waves, reflection, refraction;
    Electromagnetic waves in dispersive and conducting media;
    diffraction, interference, polarization.
    Quantum Mechanics
    Uncertainty principle; Schrodinger equation; central potentials, hydrogen
    Orbital and spin angular momenta, addition of angular momenta;
    Matrix formulation of quantum theory, unitary transformations, Hermitian
    Variational principle, time independent perturbation theory, time dependent
    perturbation theory.
    Thermodynamics & Statistical Physics
    Laws of thermodynamics, work and heat, thermodynamic potentials;
    Elements of kinetic theory; Maxwell’s relations;
    Statistical ensembles; partition function; classical ideal gas, harmonic
    Classical and quantum statistics; Fermi and Bose gases;
    black body radiation; statistics of paramagnetism
    Basics of semiconductor; p-n junctions, diodes, transistors;
    LCR circuits, rectifiers, amplifiers, active filters and oscillators;
    basics of OPAMPs and their applications; basics of digital electronics.

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