JEST Physics - Integrated PhD

Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) is a screening test in India conducted to shortlist candidates for admission to Integrated PhD and PhD programmes in Physics at twenty public research institutes all over India. It has been declared as a National Eligibility Test by Science and Engineering Research Board. The rank used for various disciplines in TIFR, IUCAA and also all IISER institutes. The Physics test consists of a single paper of 3 hours duration with three sections. Two of them (first and third) contains multiple choice questions whereas the other section has questions with numeric answers. So making a great score in JEST is very considerable to initiate your career as a scientist as well as for availing ideal research opportunities.

JEST has same syllabus and question paper for those applying for Integrated PhD (B.Sc) and PhD (M.Sc). Don’t worry thinking that you are a B.Sc student and how can you compete with the M.Sc students. The merit lists are separately prepared and as the B.Sc students are eligible for Integrated PhD only, competition with M.Sc students does not occur. Practice those part covered in your B.Sc syllabus, don’t bother about the master level advanced topics, you will learn when your time will come.

You must know that JEST is a very much core physics oriented exam and you need to focus on core subjects only – as the syllabus shows. Read Kleppner for Mechanics, Griffiths for ED, Griffiths, and Zettili for Quantum, Riley Hobson Bence / Arfken for Mathematical Methods, Zemansky / Garg-Banshal for Thermodynamics, Pathria for Stat Mech and Malvino for Electronics.