JEST 2020: Result, Cut Off Marks, Merit List & Admission Dates

Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) is basically a national level entrance exam that has been conducted by the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB). This entrance test is mainly held for offering admission in PhD / integrated PhD in the following stream of Physics, theoretical computer science, neuroscience or else in the computational biology. In order to know more about JEST 2020 Dates, fee, eligibility, among many in details, then read this article till the end.

JEST 2020: Application Form

The application form of JEST 2020 was available from 11th November 2019 through online mode and the last date for the submission was till 21st December 2019. Candidates were asked to fill the details that were asked in the question paper which included their personal as well as educational details. Candidates were asked to upload their passport size photograph along with their signature in the suggested format. In the end, candidates were asked to pay the fees for successful registration.

Eligibility Criteria

For the applicants of Integrated PhD Programme in Theoretical Computer Science at IMSc, candidates must have cleared B.E., B.Sc., B.Tech and MCA in computer science or else in any other respective stream from any recognized university. For the applicants of PhD in Computational Biology at IMSc, candidates must have cleared the M.E., M.Sc., M.Tech and MCA from any recognized university. for the Theoretical Computer Science at IMSc and PhD in Neuroscience at NBRC, candidates must have qualified M.E., M.Sc. or M.Tech in computer science and must have clear M.E., M.Sc. or M.Tech in computer science respectively.

Exam Date

The exam date of JEST 2020 was set to be held on 16th February 2020 and other important dates regarding this entrance test are mentioned below:

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Events Dates
Online Application Start 11th November 2019
Application submission Last date 21st December 2019
Exam Date 16th February 2020
Result Declaration 11th March 2020
Merit List 23rd April 2020
Interview 3rd week of April 2020

Exam Pattern

The JEST 2020 entrance test was conducted through offline (OMR) mode and it was held in a single session. The questions were asked in multiple-choice questions (MCQ’S) in the paper. In order to solve this paper, candidates got three hours of duration. The Physics question paper has been divided into a total of three sections such as Part A, Part B, and Part C. The candidates were asked to give the examination in English language only.

There were 15 questions in Part A and for each correct answer three marks were allotted and one mark was deducted for wrong answers. Same implies with Part B as well, however, there were only 10 questions and no negative marking. For Part C, there were a total of 25 questions and 1 mark were for the right answer and 1/3 was deducted for the wrong ones.


The syllabus of JEST 2020 has been different for every offered programme and they were asked to prepare only as per to the prescribed Syllabus offered by the authorities. Applicants were asked to prepare from the topics that they have studied at their graduation & post-graduation level. The detailed syllabus has been made available online for the candidates to get easy access.

Preparation Tips

First of all, candidates must note down their entire syllabus and divide it for the preparation by making a schedule for each topic as per to your preference. Make sure to follow your schedule properly and cover each and every topic in your syllabus. Try to solve sample papers, mock test and previous years question paper within the scheduled time, this will help you to analyses your preparation as well.

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Answer Key

The answer key of JEST 2020 has been declared on 19th February 2020 online at the official site. Candidates were asked to check the answer key through online mode where applicants can check all the correct answers of the entire questions asked in the examination. The concerned authority released the JEST answer key for every set and in case of any issue, candidates were asked to put objection against the answer key.

Cut-Off Marks

Candidates who will successfully secure minimum qualifying marks or Cut-Off Marks in the entrance examination are eligible to pursue in various courses of PhD/Integrated PhD in the premier institutes, which includes IISc, IISERs, NISER, among many. JEST 2020 Cut Off has been released online along with the declaration of the results. The JEST cut-off marks are approved on the basis of a total number of students appearing in the examination, in addition to the difficulty level of exam, availability of seat, prior cut-off trends, among many.

Application Fee

If candidates want to successfully register themselves to the JEST 2020 entrance test then the applicant must have to pay a certain amount of fees which has been previously fixed by the concerned authorities. The fee was asked to be paid through online mode with the help of debit card, credit card or net banking. Here are the JEST 2020 Application Fee details:

Category Application Fee
All categories Rs. 400
For SC/ST /Female candidates Rs. 200

Admit Card

The admit card of JEST 2020 has been released on 16th January 2020 via online mode on the official site. The hall ticket includes the details of the candidate, examination centre, exam date and time, among many. In order to get the admit card, candidates have to log-in to the official online portal by entering the credentials such as username and password and after checking the admit card, candidates can download the admit card as well.

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The Science & Engineering Research Board declared the results of JEST 2020 online at the official site on 11th March 2020. In order to attain the result, candidates have to key in their credentials such as their username and password. The JEST result includes all the details regarding the aspirant such as candidates name, roll no, overall rank along with overall marks and so much more. One must take note that the scorecard of JEST 2020 is going to be valid for 1 year only.


Candidates who have qualified the JEST 2020 examination got a call for JEST 2020 Counselling or Interview procedure. Selected candidates were asked to contact and report to the partaking institution for the interview process where they are seeking admission. There was no centralized admission procedure conducted for the admission in the institutes.

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