National Entrance Screening Test commonly known as NEST is a national-level computer-based exam for admission to the five years integrated MSc Programme in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics at National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar and University of Mumbai - Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences(UM-DAE CEBS), Mumbai.
Application Process for Nest Exam 2020 will start from January 8, 2020 to April 3, 2020.
- What is NEST Exam?
- Exam Date
- Application Form
- Application Process
- Exam Pattern
- Admit Card
- Exam Centres
- Exam FAQs
What is NEST Exam?
National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar and University of Mumbai - Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CEBS), Mumbai jointly conducts NEST Exam once a year for admission to the five years integrated MSc Programme in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics.
It is a computer-based test. The question paper will be available in English and Hindi language. The difficulty of the exam is perceived from moderate to difficult.
|Name of Exam||National Entrance Screening Test(NEST)|
|Organizing Body||NISER Bhubaneshwar and UM-DAE CBS Mumbai|
|NEST 2020||June 6, 2020|
Session 1: 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Session 2: 2:00 PM to 5:30 PM
|Exam Mode||Online i.e. Computer-Based Test (CBT)|
|Course Offered||Master of Science (M.Sc)|
NEST exam eligibility condition includes factors like educational qualification, XII passing year, age limit and nationality. Candidates must have marks above a certain cut off in the XII class. Also, an advantage is there for the candidates belonging to certain states. The various eligibility conditions to attend the NEST exam are:
- Educational Qualification: All test-takers should have passed 10+2 or its equivalent examination in the science domain i.e. Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics/ Biology as their mandatory subjects from a recognized board or university.
Passing Year: Aspirants must have passed Class XII board examination or its equivalent in the years 2018 or 2019 from any recognised Higher Secondary Education Board in India. Candidates who will attend the 10+2 board exam in 2020 are also eligible to attend the NEST exam.
Minimum Marks: Candidates must have minimum aggregate marks of 60% in the qualifying exam (+2). For SC/ST and Divyangjan candidates, the minimum qualifying marks is 55%.
Age Limit: Candidates should be born on or after 1st August 2000 to be eligible to write this exam. For students belonging to SC/ ST/ PWD category, age relaxation of 5 years is allowed.
Nationality: Only Indian citizens are allowed to give this exam. NRIs and PIOs cannot appear for this exam.
State Quota: Candidates from J & K, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana state have a quota of 15%.
|Nationality||Indian Nationals only (NRI PIO/OCI candidates not eligible)|
|Education||10+2 or Equivalent|
|Minimum Marks||General Category: 60% Aggregate SC/ST Category: 55% Aggregate|
|Passing Year||Should have passed 12th in 2017/2018 or 2020|
|Age Limit||Born after 1st August 1999 (5 years relaxation for SC/ST candidates)|
|State Quota||15 % reservation for candidates from J & K, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana|
NEST Exam Date
Notification for the NEST exam 2020 has been released on the official website. Candidates can check NEST examination dates from the table given below:
|Availability of Application Form||January 8, 2020|
|Last Date to Fill up the Application Form||April 3, 2020|
|Admit Card Download||April 24, 2020|
|Date of Examination||June 6, 2020|
|Results Date||June 16, 2020|
NEST Exam Syllabus consists of 5 sections that include One general section and four core sections. General section aims at testing the aptitude of the candidate for a career in science. Questions are designed to test the candidate’s familiarity with major historical milestones in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, computer science, and the environment.
Core section Syllabus and Question Paper will include Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology of 11th and 12th grades. Candidates have the choice to attempt any three subjects out of the given four. Candidates need to focus on books from NCERT and CBSE syllabus of the 11th and 12th grades. Questions will have a moderate to an easy level of difficulty. Some questions might appear tricky but most questions are based on the fundamentals.
Application Form of NEST
NEST Application Form 2020 will be available on the official website of NEST from January 8, 2020 and the last date to fill up the application form is April 3, 2020. The application can be submitted only through NEST 2020 website. There is no other mode of Application Submission.
After filling the personal details and academic details, candidates should upload their scanned images of photograph and signature and submit an application fee to end the application process.
|Application Availability||From January 8, 2020 to April 3, 2020|
|Application Mode||Only Online via Credit Card, Debit Card or Internet Banking|
|Application Fee||General/ OBC Candidates: INR 1200/- All Female Candidates: INR 600/- SC/ ST/ PWD candidates: INR 600/-|
NEST Application Process
NEST Exam has mainly four stages namely Registration, Application form filling, Uploading of Documents and finally payment of fees. After that, the candidate has to take a print out of the application form. The various things which the candidate has to do in each stage are:
- Visit the official site and register yourself by providing your name, mobile number and Email ID details.
- Completion of the Registration process will generate a username and password.
- Enter your login credentials and Fill the basic form that contains information about the candidate.
- Upload your photo and signature in .jpg format.
- Pay the application fees through debit/credit card or Internet Banking.
- Verify all the filled up information, click on submit and take a print out of the application form.
NEST Exam Pattern
NISER and UM-DAE CEBS conduct NEST exam once a year in Computer-Based Test Pattern. Question paper will have multiple-choice questions(MCQs) from the five sections namely: General Ability, Physics, Chemistry, MAthematic and Biology. NEST exam will be conducted for a duration of 3 hours and 30 minutes for a total of 180 marks.
Negative marking will be there for certain sections of the question paper only. Candidates should note that some questions may have one or more correct answers. Hence, for such questions marks can only be earned by marking all the correct answers. Question paper will be available only in the English language. Merit list for both the institutes will be prepared with the best 3 of the subject sections (in addition to the general section). Therefore, a section with the worst score will be omitted.
|Type of Exam||Online i.e. Computer-Based Test (CBT)|
|Type of Questions||Objective/ Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)|
|Medium of Exam||English|
+1 mark for the Correct Answer
Negative marking only in Subject Sections
NEST Admit Card
NEST Admit Card for 2020 will be available on the official website for downloading from April 24, 2020. Candidates can download the admit card by logging onto their account using their registered email IDs and accounts. Candidates need to take a printout of the admit card and carry it along with their ID Card issued by government agencies at the allotted exam centres.
All the necessary details related to the exam centre like the address of the venue, exam timings will be mentioned in the admit card. It will only be available in Online mode and no hard copy will be sent through post or any other offline mode
NEST 2020 Exam Centres
NEST Exam will be conducted in 91 Exam centres across the country. At the time of filling the application form, candidates need to select the exam centres according to their preferences. Candidates can select up to 5 different exam centres from the given list depending upon their Convenience or priority. Aspirants will be allotted any one of the exam centres among the selected centres. Candidates have to report to the NEST exam centre before or at the reporting time given on the Admit Card. Documents that must be carried to the exam centre are:
- NEST Admit card print out.
- Photo ID such as Aadhar, Driving License, etc.
Candidates can check their NEST Results 2020 from June 16, 2020 onwards. To check the result an aspirant needs to visit the official website. Merit list will be prepared based on the general section and the best of three scores from the core subjects. Aspirants are advised to attempt all questions for better results. Stepwise process of obtaining NEST exam result is given below:
- Visit the official website of NEST
- Click on the Results link
- Enter your Application number click on the submit button.
- Download and print your NEST exam results.
NEST Cut Off 2020 marks will be determined by the performance of the candidates in the General Ability and Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology section. During the preparation of the merit list, score for the general section would be considered along with three best scores from the remaining subject sections.
Section-wise Minimum Admissible Score(SMAS) or Section-Wise Cut-Off Marks
- According to the official website, "For each section, 20% of the average of the best 100 scores in that section will be considered as Section-wise Minimum Admissible Score (SMAS). Let's say, for instance, if the average of the best 100 scores in Physics section is 40 out of 50, then SMAS for the Physics section would be 20% of 40, which is 8.
- SMAS for OBC students would be 90% of respective SMAS for general category students. For instance, if in the Physics section the SMAS is 8 for General category students, then SMAS for OBC category students would be 7 (Approximately 90% of 8).
- SMAS for SC/ST/Divyangjan students would be 50% of respective SMAS for general category students. For example, if in the Physics section the SMAS is 8 for General category students, then SMAS for SC/ST/Divyangjan students would be 4 (50% of 8).
Overall Cut-Off or Minimum Admissible Percentile (MAP)
- In addition to SMAS, a candidate is required to score equal to or above a total Minimum Admissible Percentile (MAP), to get a merit rank.
- MAP is 95 percentile for General category candidates.
- MAP is 90 percentile for OBC candidates.
- MAP is 75 percentile for SC/ST/Divyangjan candidates.
The NEST Counselling process is the final step to take admission in the five years integrated programme. Only the candidates who qualify the NEST exam will be called for the counselling round. NEST counselling 2020 is expected to be held by the end of June or the first week of July. Candidates can choose either NISER or CEBS as their NEST Counselling location.
A merit list will be uploaded on the official website. Based on the merit list, candidates will be allotted a venue and timing of the counselling. Attendance for all the candidates present at the NEST Counselling 2020 venues will be taken. Based on the attendance of the students present both at NISER and CEBS, a modified merit list will be prepared.
Seats will be allotted to the candidates based on the basis of modified merit list and not the original merit list.
Candidates need to carry the original and a photocopy of the following documents:
- Class 10th and 12th mark sheets
- Passport size photographs (2)
- Government-issued ID Proof
- Certificate (if applicable)
- PWD Certificate (if applicable)
How to Prepare for NEST Exam 2020?
Before starting exam preparation, go through the entire syllabus and NEST 2020 Reference Books to get familiar with the topics and understand the depth and the difficulty level of NEST. Accordingly, make a well planned and attainable time table. Give the utmost priority to follow this self-made study plan. Also, make sure you give higher preference and more time to topics that have appeared repeatedly in the past years.
And for topics you find difficult, this will help one to score well. For revision, solve the NEST Previous Year Question Paper with fixed time and in the real exam like environment. This will bring the best in you and will make you more confident about your preparation. Attempting NEST 2020 Mock Test regularly instead of doing all of them at the end is the best strategy of mastering objective type papers like NEST.
NEST Exam Coaching Centre
Number of NEST coaching centres is less and only a few institutes are there in Delhi-
- Target Tutorials
- The Pathshala
- The Study
- The Wise Study Circle
- Narayana IIT Academy
Address: National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Jatni post, Khurda, Pincode - 752050, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India.
Nest exam contact Number: +91-674-2494002/4003/4005
NEST Exam FAQs
Q. Is NEST application form available offline?
Ans. No, the candidate can only apply through online mode.
Q. What are the documents that should be uploaded while filling the form?
Ans. The candidates are required to upload the photograph and signature in .jpg format.
Q. How many times the NEST exam is conducted in a year?
Ans. The NEST Exam is conducted once a year in June.
Q. Can I edit the details in the application form after submission?
Ans. No, the details cannot be changed once the form is submitted.
Q. Can I pay through Demand Draft or cash?
Ans. No, the candidate can only pay through the debit/credit card or internet banking.
Q. How can I convert my CGPA into Percentage?
Ans. Every board has some guidelines associated with the CGPA, please follow that. Generally, it's done by multiplying the CGPA by 9.5.