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Registrations and online application for JEST 2022 is will be opened soon.

Applicants seeking admission for a Ph.D / Integrated Ph.D Program in Physics or Theoretical Computer Science or Neuroscience or Computational Biology in one of the Participating Institutes may appear for the Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) at one of the Exam Centers.

The Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB) (statutory body established through an Act of Parliament) recognizes JEST as a National Eligibility Test (NET) in their office Memo Vide OM No.SB/S9/Z-01/2015. Fellows working in SERB program and qualified in NET are eligible to get enhanced fellowship.

Participating Institutes have their own eligibility criteria. Applicants who are expected to complete their final examinations by August of each year are also eligible to appear for the JEST exam of that year.

Applicants must pay an application fee and register to appear for the exam.

Joint Entrance Screening Test Physics Syllabus

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 magneto statics, 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
Variation 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 para magnetism


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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