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Frequently Asked Questions

About the qualifying test
  • What is the qualifying test for the graduate programs in physics at HRI?

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 2020
  • I have appeared in JEST 2020. 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 2020 and if you are within our cut-off score, then, you are eligible for the interview for admissions to our graduate programs.

  • I have appeared in JEST 2020. Am I eligible to attend the 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 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 interview at HRI?

If you are within our cut-off score, you will be eligible for the interview at HRI.

About the two rounds of interview
  • Which of the two rounds of interview should I attend?

You can attend either round of interview, i.e. during Early July round or during mid-July round, as is convenient for you.

  • Will any preference be given to candidates attending the first round of interview?

No. Candidates attending the first or the second round of interview stand the same chance.

  • Will the second round of interviews be held if we select sufficient number of candidates in the first round?

The second round of 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.

  • Will the interview for the M.Sc. and the Ph.D. programs be of different levels of difficulty?

Yes, the interview will be at different level for M.Sc. students and for Ph.D. students.

  • How many candidates will be selected for the graduate programs?

There is no fixed number.

  • Should I show my mark sheets when I attend the interview?

Yes, we would advise that you keep your mark-sheets/grade cards handy when you appear the interview. In addition, students who have qualified for the CSIR - UGC JRF, should provide 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

E-mail: physjest [at]

Created: 2020-05-30 Sat 06:55