Many institutes consider JEST score for selection including IISc Bangalore, TIFR, IISER and many more good institutes.You can check the list of participating institutes in official site.
- JEST(Joint Entrance Screening Test) is conducted in many field and TCS(Theoretical Computer Science) is one of that field.
- This exam is conducted after 1 or 2 weeks of GATE and forms are out in December.Mode of this examination is offline.
- Duration of this exam is 180 minutes out of first 75 minutes are given for PART A and remaining for PART B.
JEST TCS exam is divided into 2 parts.
Part A (Objective)
Part B (Subjective)
1) PART A (Objective)
- Part A consists of 25 questions.Each questions carry +3 marks for correct answer and -1 for incorrect answer.
- Most of the question asked in Part A are from subject like DS,DAA,C prog,TOC, Discrete (P&C, graph theory specially).
- Focus on TCS subject because Exam itself is TCS.
- Difficulty level of questions are same as GATE so no extra preparation required for Part A if you have studied properly for GATE.
- Just revision of your note is enough and if you are aiming for IISc then try to attempt as much as you can. According to me 20–21 questions are good attempt but incorrect questions should be less.
- Because As of now JEST cut off for IISc CSA is just 45 rank so you may get good rank but if you secured above 45 rank then you may not get interview call.
- One more thing you will get a interview call for M.Tech Research (RA) not for M.Tech Coursework(TA) in IISc.
- Even though you qualified this exam in TCS(Theoretical Computer Science) still you can select any other research pool i.e; either TCS or Intelligent system or System software.
- No need to worry about it just qualify and secured a good rank.
Even there are very less students who appeared in this exam but still do not take it lightly if you are aiming for IISc because you will have to be in at least top 45 to get a call and who knows cut off may be increased also so try to secure good rank.
JEST TCS 2019
- 32 Marks-- 19 Rank
- 45 Marks-- 11 Rank
JEST TCS 2020
- 67 Marks-- 1st Rank
- 56 Marks-- 8th Rank
- 53 Marks-- 10th Rank
- 52 Marks-- 11th Rank
- 48 Marks-- 19 Rank
- 46 Marks-- 28 Rank
- 45 Marks-- 31 Rank
- 43 Marks-- 36 Rank
- 39 Marks-- 51 Rank
Now you can observe that how much Rank varies. So try to attempt as many as possible.
- One more important thing is that Rank is given only on the performance of Part A means just secure good marks in part A and you will get a good rank irrespective of your performance in part B.
- Level of questions is also good not too easy not too tough.Just believe in yourself and most of students who could not secure good rank in Gate, gets very good rank in JEST.
2) PART B(Subjective)
Part B itself is divided into 2 parts.
- Part B(i)— 5 questions of 8 Marks each out of which 3 questions is compulsory to attempt.
- Part B(ii)— 3 questions of 12 Marks each out of which 2 questions are compulsory to attempt.
- Part B is the most challenging part.Due to subjective you will have to explain everything. Algorithm , Graph theory and TOC is most important topics for this part specially algorithm.
- You will be asked to write a algorithm for particular questions and in Graph theory I was asked to prove a theorem and one question was to draw a DFA and one question was from Function (Discrete) where I was asked to prove something.
So overall this part is challenging you should have a very good knowledge in the subject.
- Even though if you could not solve a single questions from part B; still you may get a decent rank if you scored good in part A because Rank is assigned on the basis of performance only in part A but still try to solve Part B because after 75 min your OMR sheet(PART A answer sheet) will be submitted and for remaining time you will have to solve only subjective so first solve objective part that is PART A because you have 75 min for PART A.
Only few college(IMSc) consider score of part B as well but for IISc,they just consider only performance in Part A i.e; Rank.
SUBJECTS FOR TCS:
As I said exam itself is TCS so you need to prepare only TCS subject. As far as I know there were questions from following subjects( DS, DAA, C lang, TOC, Discrete Maths especially Graph Theory and P&C, Probability, LA). This is what I remember and I also asked to some other people and they said the same. Apart from these subjects, no need to focus on those subject for JEST like CN, COA, OS, DBMS, Eng Maths(except LA, Probability).
HOW TO PREPARE:
Although for part A, GATE preparation is enough but solve previous year question of GATE, TIFR, CMI and other similar exam. Someone was saying that there were many question from TIFR PYQ. So do not leave TIFR PYQ question.
SOME IMPORTANT LINK FOR YOUR PREPARATION:
GO PDF OF CMI, ISI, TIFR
JEST 2020 MEMORY BASED QUESTION PAPER:
Please go through below link. Here Utkarsh Joshi also shared his experience. He secured AIR 11 rank in JEST 2019.
FEW QUESTION FROM ASPIRANT:
Q1: Which program should I select while filling JEST form?
While filling JEST form you have to select " Integrated PhD" option in Computer Science but don't worry you will still get M.Tech research because while applying for IISc you will have option to choose M.Tech research using JEST scorecard.
Q2: PYQ is available?
PYQ and syllabus is not available anywhere but I posted link for memory based question. Only memory based question paper is available.
I had to struggle a lot just for collecting JEST related information. So I am doing my best so that aspirants will not have to waste their time just for collecting information.If you still have a query, you can comment or ask me directly.
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PS 1: I secured AIR 36 in JEST TCS 2020. This year cut off for IISc was high due to covid-19. This year(2020) cut off was AIR 5 for CDS and AIR 20 for CSA for GEN. This year they filled only 50% seat for MTech(Research) comparison to last year. But from next year it will be lower than this year. So don't follow this year cut off for your reference. Just prepare for JEST and do best.