Frequently asked questions
About the qualifying test
What is the qualifying test for the graduate programs in physics at
JEST is the qualifying exam for
admissions to the M.Sc. as well as the Ph.D. programs
in physics at HRI. We also consider students who have qualified UGC-CSIR NET examination. We, however, do not consider GATE scores for admissions.
About the cut-off score in JEST 2017
I have appeared in JEST 2017. Do I need to apply separately to be
considered for the graduate programs at HRI?
No, you do not have to apply separately. If you have appeared in JEST 2017
and if you are within our cut-off score, then, you are eligible
for a written test and interview for admissions to our graduate programs.
I have appeared in JEST 2017. Am I eligible to attend the
written test and interview?
Qualifying JEST rank and percentile scores for HRI are put up on the main page. If your percentile score is higher than the cut off then you have automatically qualified for HRI written test and interview.
I am within your cut-off score, but I have not indicated HRI as
an option in my JEST application. Will I be called for the test and interview
If you are within our cut-off score, you will be eligible for the test and
interview at HRI.
About the two rounds of test and interview
Which of the two rounds of test and interview should I attend?
You can attend either round of test and interview, i.e. during April round or
during May round, as is convenient for you.
Will any preference be given to candidates attending the first round of
test and interview?
No. Candidates attending the first or the second round of test and interview
stand the same chance.
Will the second of interviews be held if we select sufficient number of
candidates in the first round?
The second round of test and interviews will be held irrespective of the results
of the first round.
How can I inform you whether I would like to attend the first or the second
round of interviews?
You can inform us by e-mail at the address given below.
What will be the syllabus of the written test?
The test will be on basic Mathematical Physics, Classical Mechanics, Electrodynamics,
Quantum Mechanics and Statistical Mechanics. There is no specific syllabus.
Will the written test and interview for the M.Sc. and the
Ph.D. programs be of different levels of difficulty?
Yes, the written test and interview will be at different level for M.Sc. students and for Ph.D. students.
Will the written test be for all the candidates or will some of the
higher rank candidates be exempted?
All the candidates will have to go through the written test.
About travel support and accommodation to attend the written test and interview
Will you provide me with travel support to attend written test and interview?
You will be paid round trip train fare by AC-3 tier, to appear in the written test
Will you provide me with accommodation during the test and interview?
No, we do not have enough accommodation on campus so please make arrangements
for your own stay at Allahabad. However, we will make all efforts to
accommodate female candidates coming alone, and physically challenged
How many candidates will be selected for the graduate programs?
There is no fixed number.
Should I bring my mark sheets when I attend the test and interview?
Yes, we would advise that you bring your mark-sheets/grade cards when you attend
the test and interview. In addition, students who have qualified for the
CSIR - UGC JRF, should bring some proof of their qualifying the exam.
In case you do not find an answer to your question here, please write to us
at the e-mail address given below with the subject line "QUERY".
For further information, contact
Convener, Physics Graduate Committee
Harish-Chandra Research Institute
Chhatnag Road, Jhunsi, Allahabad 211 019
Phone: (0532) 256-9578, 256-9318, 256-9916,
256-9510, 227-4316, 227-4391
Fax: (0532) 256-9576, 256-7444
E-mail: physjest [at] hri.res.in