Ph.D. programme in Physics and Theoretical Computer Science
The normal route to the IMSc graduate research program is through an interview, and JEST (Joint Entrance Screening Test) is one of the means by which we screen students and select them for interview. JEST is conducted for the PhD and Integrated PhD programmes for Physics and Theoretical Computer Science every year.
What is JEST?
The Joint Entrance Screening Test is a test conducted across the country each year in the month of February.
Who is eligible?
For admission into Ph D programme of Theoretical Computer Science:
M.Sc./ M.E. / M.Tech. / M.C.A. in Computer Science and related disciplines, interested in the mathematical aspects of computer science, will be considered for the Ph.D. programme. Students who expect to complete their final examination by August 2010 are also eligible to apply.
Talented B.Sc. / B.E. / B.Tech. graduates will be considered for the Integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D. programme. This means that they pick up a Masters' degree after two years in the graduate school. There is an option to exit the programme with the Masters' degree, though this is rarely exercised.
For admission into Ph D programme of Physics
M.Sc. Degree in Physics or M.Sc. / M.E. / M.Tech. degree in related disciplines.
Talented B.Sc. / B.E. / B.Tech. graduates in Physics / Mathematics / Computer Science will also be considered for the Integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D. programme. This means that they pick up a Masters' degree after two years in the graduate school. There is an option to exit the programme with the Masters' degree, though this is rarely exercised. .
Where can I write the JEST exam?
JEST will be conducted at major cities across the country. JEST 2010 was conducted at Ahmedabad, Aligarh, Allahabad, Bangalore, Bardhaman, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Kochi, Kolkata, Madurai, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nainital, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Roorkee, Sambalpur, Silchar, Siliguri, Thiruvananthapuram, Udaipur and Visakhapatnam.
Can I do a PhD part-time with my job?
No, we only admit full-time students at IMSc. However, if you register for PhD with some university, there are possibilities of research collaboration with IMSc. Please see our page on the Graduate Visitor Programme.
Can I use a GATE score instead of writing JEST in Theoretical Computer Science?
No. GATE score is used as additional information.
Can I use a GATE score instead of writing JEST in Theoretical Physics?
Yes. GATE score is used for shortlisting candiates for direct interview for Ph D programme.