The joint entrance screening test is a test that qualifies you to for admission to research programs in physics at more than twenty premier institutes in India. The JEST or joint entrance screening test is conducted to shortlist candidates for applying in PhD programs in physics and theoretical computer science at the institute of mathematical sciences. Like most other entrance exams the joint entrance screening test does not guarantee you an admission into research fellowship.
Based on the result each of the candidates who have come out of the entrance screening test with good percentage will receive calls from respective institutes with offers for its own selection procedure solely depending on its requirements.
The eligibility for these PhD programs are as follows:
Physics: M.Sc. degree in physics or M.Sc. / ME/ M.Tech. in accompanying disciplines. IIA also considers candidates with M.Sc degree in mathematics, applied physics, applied mathematics, optics and photonics, instrumentation and electronics. The minimum requirement however is over fifty five percentage of marks.
There are options to apply online and for people with difficulty in applying online can also apply offline, however it is always preferred that you apply online to make things easier for the institute that you are applying with.
The questions that are asked for this entrance exam are objective type, however along with the right answer there are three other wrong answers which will be startlingly similar. The candidate will have to consider the options before he or she chooses the right one and shade the appropriate bubble with black pencil. Multiple answers to the same question if shaded will not be considered for marks and the wrong answer to each question will have a negative marking, which means there will be marks reduced per wrong answer. It is also widely known that there are lots of institutes as well as coaching centers which specialize in training candidates for the JEST admission exams. There is also loads of websites which offer training material at cost or at no cost too. This essentially helps each individual to obtain the necessary exposure before he or she applies and attends the JEST examinations.
For people who have come out as successfully as they have have often confirmed that if the candidate is strong on the basics of the subject he is appearing for, he or she should not have any trouble in getting through with the desired results. So it is always better to be prepared on your basics as well as obtain general knowledge in the latest developments to the pertaining subject that you are attending for.