Question:What is JEST?
Ansewer:The Joint Entrance Screening Test in Theoretical Computer Science is a test conducted across the country each year, usually on one day in the month of February. For JEST 2011 TCS on 20 February 2011 there were approximately 2000 applicants.
Question:Who is eligible?
Ansewer: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 the following July are also eligible to apply.
Talented graduates with Bachelor's degree in science/ mathematics/ statistics/ computer science/ information technology/ Engineering will be considered for the Integrated M.Sc.-
Question:Where can I write the JEST exam?
Ansewer: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.
Question: What are the examination disciplines ?
Ansewer: You can appear for the JEST exam in Physics or Theoretical Computer Science, but not both.
Question: What is the level of questions in the examination ?
Ansewer: The questions are based on the general syllabus of graduation and post-
Question: Which institutes offer a Ph.D. Degree in Theoretical Computer Science ?
Ansewer: The Institute of Mathematical Sciences (IMSc), Chennai is the only institution which currently offers a Ph.D. in Theoretical Computer Science. Please visit their webpage for more information.
Question: Where can I get more information about JEST?
Ansewer: For more information on the Jest examination in Theoretical Computer Science, click here
Please mail at the contact address for any specific information that you may need about JEST-
Question: Where can I get sample question papers?
Can I do a PhD part-
Question:Can I use a GATE score instead of writing JEST in Theoretical Computer Science?
No. We use the GATE score as additional information.
Question:What is the structure of the JEST examination for TCS?
It is a three-
Part A is multiple-
Part B requires short answers to be written on the space provided in the paper.
Question: How is the evaluation done?
Ansewer:Part A is evaluated mechanically. Part A scores will be available at the JEST website. IMSc decides a first cutoff. Only for students who meet this first cutoff, Part B of the answerbook will be evaluated.
The Part B scores are not declared. IMSc decides a second cutoff based on the performance in both parts.
Students meeting this second cutoff are called for an interview to Chennai.
Interview dates are usually during the last week of April and the first week of May.
Question: What should I do to increase my chances of getting selected?
Ansewer:Here are some criteria which were followed by the TCS JEST examiners in recent years.
The first cutoff selects the top students among the Part A scores. IMSc chooses the cutoff depending on the number of students taking the examination and the number of answerbooks for which Part B is to be evaluated (manually). In 2010 we chose this cutoff to get the top 250 in Part A.
Among the top students with Part A scores, those who get low Part B scores are rejected.
The top few among the Part B scores are selected. IMSc chooses this second cutoff depending on the number of students to be called to the interviews (to be done in a limited amount of time).
Apart from this, we look at answers of candidates who top-
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