NEST 2023: Scorecard (Out), Merit List (Out), Counselling, Cutoff

Nov 28, 2023 | Science


NEST 2023 scorecard has been released on Jul 15, 2023, on the official website at Candidates can download their scorecard using the login credentials such as the their application number and password. Earlier, NISER has issed the merit list on Jul 13, 2023.

Qualified candidates can participate in NEST counselling 2023 after document verification process. The expression of Interest will be sent to the merit list of students for admission to the M.Sc program at NISER Bhuvaneshwar.

NEST Cutoff 2023 NEST Counselling 2023

National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) is a national-level exam conducted for admission to the five years integrated M.Sc program in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics at the National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar and the University of Mumbai - Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CEBS), Mumbai.

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NEST 2023 Results

NEST 2023 results has been declared on the official website on at 12 PM on Jul 10, 2023. Candidates should also be aware that the results are entirely based on the performance of the candidates. The merit list has been announced on Jul 13, 2023. In addition, NISER has released NEST 2023 scorecard on Jul 15, 2023.

Qualified candidates will be called for counselling process. NEST 2023 counselling schedule will also be released soon. A merit list will be prepared based on the general section and the best of three scores from the core subjects.

Steps to Download NEST 2023 Results

The stepwise process of obtaining NEST 2023 result is given below. Candidates can follow the steps provided below.

  • Step 1: Candidates must navigate to the official website at
  • Step 2: Click on the 'Results' link.
  • Step 3: Enter the application number click on the 'Submit' button.
  • Step 4: Download and print NEST exam results.

NEST 2023 Cut Off

NEST cut off 2023 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 NEST 2023 merit list, the score for the general section will be considered along with the three best scores from the remaining subject sections. The detailed cut off information is depicted below. Candidates can check their cut off based on the information provided.

Section-Wise Minimum Admissible Score (SMAS) or Section-Wise NEST 2023 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). For instance, if the average of the best 100 scores in the 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 will be 90% of respective SMAS for general category students. For instance, if the SMAS is 8 for general category students in the Physics section, then SMAS for OBC category students would be 7 (approximately 90% of 8).
  • SMAS for SC/ ST/ Divyangjan students will be 50% of respective SMAS for general category students. For example, if the SMAS is 8 for general category students in the Physics section, then SMAS for SC/ ST/ Divyangjan students would be 4 (50% of 8).

Overall NEST 2023 Cut Off or Minimum Admissible Percentile (MAP)

In addition to SMAS, a candidate must 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.

Read More: NEST 2023 Cut Off

NEST 2023 Counselling

NEST 2023 counselling process is the final step to admission in the five-year integrated program. Only the candidates who qualify for NEST exam will be called for the counselling round. Candidates can choose either NISER or CEBS as their NEST counselling location.

A merit list will be uploaded to the official website. Candidates will be allotted a venue and counselling based on the merit list. Attendance for all the candidates present at NEST counselling 2023 venues will be taken. Based on the students' attendance at NISER and CEBS, a modified merit list will be prepared. Seats will be allotted to the candidates based on the modified merit list and not the original merit list.

Documents Required for NEST 2023 Counselling

Candidates must carry the original and a photocopy of the documents mentioned below.

  • Class 10th and 12th Marksheets
  • Passport size photographs (2)
  • Government-issued ID Proof
  • Certificate (if applicable)
  • PWD Certificate (if applicable).

About NEST Exam

National Entrance Screening Test, commonly known as NEST, is a national-level computer-based exam for admission to the five years integrated M.Sc program in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics at the 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.

National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar, and the 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 M.Sc program in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics.


NEST 2023 Notification

NEST 2023 notification has been released on the official website of the examination by the conducting body. The official notification includes NEST 2023 exam dates and result date. Candidates must regularly check this page for further information and updates about the examination.

NEST 2023 Highlights

NEST 2023 is a computer-based test. The question paper will be available in English and Hindi language. The difficulty of the exam is perceived as moderate to difficult.

NEST Exam 2023 Highlights
Exam Name NEST
Full Form National Entrance Screening Test
Conducting Body NISER Bhubaneshwar and UM-DAE CBS Mumbai
  • 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)
Official Website

[email protected]

NEST 2023 Exam Dates

NEST 2023 exam date has been announced by NISER on the official website. The exam was conducted online, as a computer-based test, on Jun 24, 2023. NEST 2023 provisional answer key challenging window was active from Jun 28 - 30, 2023, and the scorecard will be out on Jul 10, 2023. Candidates can check the important NEST 2023 exam dates in the table below.

NEST Exam 2023 Important Dates
Events Dates
Availability of Application Form Feb 27, 2023
Last Date to Fill Out Online Application Form May 24, 2023
Application Form Correction Window May 26 - May 29, 2023
Admit Card Download Jun 12, 2023
Date of NEST Examination Jun 24, 2023
Answer Key Release and Objection Window Jun 28 - 30, 2023
Results Date Jul 10, 2023 (Out)

Candidates can check on this page for further updates on the official schedule of NEST 2023 examination and other associated events.

NEST 2023 Eligibility

Candidates are required to make sure that they clear or meet the NEET 2023 eligibility criteria prior to applying for the exam. The organizing body of the exam sets the NEST 2023 eligibility criteria. Failing to meet the eligibility criteria will result in the candidates being deemed ineligible for the exam, and their application forms will be invalid.

NEST 2023 eligibility condition includes educational qualification, class XII passing year, age limit and nationality. Also, an advantage is there for the candidates belonging to certain states. The various eligibility conditions to attend NEST exam are as given below.

  • 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 recognised board or university.
  • Passing Year: Aspirants must have passed the class XII board examination or its equivalent in 2022 or 2023 from any recognized Higher Secondary Education Board in India. Candidates who will attend the 10+2 board exam in 2023 are also eligible to attend NEST exam.
  • Minimum Marks: Candidates must have a minimum aggregate mark of 60% in the qualifying exam (+2). For SC/ ST and Divyangjan candidates, the minimum qualifying mark is 55%.
  • Age Limit: Candidates should be born on or after Aug 1, 2003, 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 states have 15%.
NEST 2023 Eligibility
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 2021 & 2021 or 2023
Age Limit Born After Aug 1, 2003 (5 Years Relaxation for SC/ ST Candidates)
State Quota 15% Reservation for Candidates from J&K, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana

The candidates are advised to regularly check in with this page for further updates and information regarding NEST 2023 to not miss out on any vital information.

Read More: NEST 2023 Eligibility

NEST 2023 Application Form

NEST 2023 application form was released on the official website on Feb 27, 2023. The application can only be submitted through NEST 2023 website, as there is no other mode of registration. NEST application form 2023 was available till May 24, 2023. 

NEST2023 application form correction window was open from May 26 - May 29, 2023. Candidates can edit their application form through this facility if they make any mistakes while filling out the form or want to update any information.

After filling in the personal details and academic details, candidates should upload their scanned copies of photographs and signatures and submit an application fee to end NEST 2023 application process. Candidates can check the application form details below.

NEST 2023 Application Fee

NEST 2023 application fee for different categories is mentioned below.

Category-Wise Application Fee for NEST 2023
Category Application Form Fee
General/ OBC INR 1200
Female Candidates INR 600
SC/ ST/ PwD INR 600

Mode of Payment of NEST 2023 Application Fee

Candidates can pay the application form fee for NEST 2023 through the below-mentioned modes.

  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Net Banking

Documents Required for NEST 2023 Application Form

Candidates should have the following documents while filling up NEST 2023 application form.

  • SSC Marksheet
  • HSC Marksheet
  • Scanned copy of candidate's photograph
  • Scanned copy of candidate's signature
  • Category Certificate (if applicable)
  • Jammu and Kashmir Resident Certificate (if applicable)

Candidates should upload the scanned copies of their photograph and signature in NEST 2023 exam form as per the following specifications.

Documents Specifications for NEST 2023 Application Form
Image Size Format
Photograph Up to 80 KB .Jpeg or.Jpg
Signature Up to 80 KB .Jpeg or.Jpg

NEST 2023 Application Process

NEST 2023 exam will have mainly four stages, i.e., registration, application form filling, uploading documents, and, finally, the payment of the application fee. After that, the candidates have to print out the application form. Therefore, it is required that the candidates read the instructions carefully and fill in the details during NEST 2023 application process.

How to Apply for NEST 2023 Exam?

The details related to applying for NEST 2023 are stated below.

  • Step 1: Visit the official site and register by providing the candidate's name, mobile number and email ID details.
  • Step 2: Completing the registration process will generate a username and password.
  • Step 3: Enter the candidate's login credentials and fill out the basic form containing the candidate's information.
  • Step 4: Upload the candidate's photo and signature in .jpg format.
  • Step 5: Pay the application fees through debit/ credit card or net banking.
  • Step 6: Verify all the filled-up information, click on submit and take a printout of the application form.

Read More: NEST 2023 Application Form

NEST 2023 Admit Card

NEST 2023 admit card was released on Jun 12, 2023, on the official website at Candidates can download the admit card through NEST login 2023 using their registration ID and password. Applicants must take a printout of the admit card and carry it with a valid photo ID card issued to the allotted exam centres.

All the necessary details related to the exam centre like the address of the venue, and exam timings will be mentioned in the admit card. It will only be available online, and no hard copy will be sent through post or any other offline mode.

How to Download NEST 2023 Admit Card?

The steps involved in downloading NEST 2023 admit card are mentioned below.

  • Step 1: Candidates must visit the official website of NEST 2023 examination.
  • Step 2: NEST admit card 2023 link can be found highlighted on the main page itself. Click on the link to be redirected.
  • Step 3: Provide the necessary credentials like login details on this newly redirected page.
  • Step 4: Click on admit card and download the same after verifying the details given.

Note: Candidates should make sure to possess NEST 2023 admit card at the time of the exam, without which they will be denied entry. It is also important for the candidates to keep their admit cards in good condition.

Read More: NEST 2023 Admit Card

NEST 2023 Exam Pattern

NEST 2023 exam pattern has been set by the organizing and coordinating bodies of the exam. Candidates should thoroughly go through NEST 2023 exam pattern before starting the preparation for the same. Knowing the exam pattern will allow the candidates to overview the types of questions asked in the exam and their distribution throughout the question paper. Hence they will be able to prepare accordingly and score very high in the exam.

NISER and UM-DAE CEBS conduct NEST exams in the computer-based test pattern once a year. The question paper will have multiple-choice questions (MCQs) from the five different subjects, which are as follows.

  • General Ability
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematic 
  • Biology

NEST exam will be conducted for 3 hours and 30 minutes for 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, marks can only be earned for such questions by marking all the correct answers.

The question paper will be available only in the English language. A 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. Details highlighting NEST 2023 exam pattern specifications are mentioned below in the following table.

NEST 2023 Exam Pattern
Components Details
Exam Type Online i.e. Computer-Based Test (CBT)
Type of Questions Objective/ Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Language English
Duration 210 Minutes
Total Marks 180
Marking Scheme
  • +1 Mark for the Correct Answer
  • Negative Marking Only in Subject Sections

Read More: NEST 2023 Exam Pattern

NEST 2023 Exam Centres

NEST 2023 will be conducted in 120 exam centres across the country. When filling the application form, candidates must 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 exam centres among the selected centres. Candidates must report to NEST 2023 exam centre before the reporting time given on the admit card. Documents that must be carried to the exam centre are as given below.

  • NEST Admit Card Printout.
  • Photo ID such as Aadhar, Driving License, etc.

Candidates can choose from the various available exam centres based on their comfort and vicinity. NEST 2023 exam centres and the states where they are located are as follows.

NEST 2023 Exam Centres
NEST 2023 Exam Centres
Guntur (AP) New Delhi (DL) Mangaluru (KA) Pathanamthitta (KL) Angul (OD) Sambalpur (OD) Tirunelveli (TN)
Kurnool (AP) Ahmedabad (GJ) Mysore (KA) Thiruvananthapuram (KL) Balasore (OD) Bhatinda (PB) Hyderabad (TS)
Rajahmundry (AP) Hamirpur (HP) Alappuzha (KL) Thrissur (KL) Bargarh (OD) Jalandhar (PB) Karimnagar (TS)
Tirupathi (AP) Shimla (HP) Ernakulam (KL) Bhopal (MP) Baripada (OD) Mohali (PB) Warangal (TS)
Vijayawada (AP) Jammu (JK) Idukki (KL) Gwalior (MP) Berhampur-Ganjam (OD) Jaipur (RJ) Agartala (TR)
Visakhapatnam (AP) Srinagar (JK) Kannur (KL) Indore (MP) Bhubaneswar (OD) Jodhpur (RJ) Allahabad (UP)
Vizianagaram (AP) Bokaro Steel City (JH) Kasaragod (KL) Jabalpur (MP) Cuttack (OD) Udaipur (RJ) Kanpur (UP)
Guwahati (AS) Dhanbad (JH) Kollam (KL) Mumbai (MH) Dhenkanal (OD) Chennai (TN) Lucknow (UP)
Patna (BR) Jamshedpur (JH) Kottayam (KL) Nagpur (MH) Jharsuguda (OD) Coimbatore (TN) Noida (UP)
Chandigarh (CH) Ranchi (JH) Kozhikode (KL) Pune (MH) Khurda (OD) Madurai (TN) Varanasi (UP)
Bhilai Nagar (CG) Bengaluru (KA) Malappuram (KL) Imphal (MN) Rayagada (OD) Salem (TN) Dehradun (UK)
Raipur (CG) Hubli (KA) Palakkad (KL) Shillong (ML) Rourkela (OD) Tiruchirappalli (TN) Haldwani (UK)
Roorkee (UK) Asansol (WB) Burdwan (WB) Durgapur (WB) Hughli (WB) Kolkata (WB) Siliguri (WB)

Read More: NEST 2023 Exam Centre

NEST 2023 Syllabus

Candidates must go through NEST 2023 syllabus prior to starting preparation for the examination. This will be essential since NEST 2023 syllabus consists of 5 sections: one general section and four core sections. The general section aims to test the candidate's aptitude 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.

The core section syllabus and question paper will include Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology of 11th and 12th grades. Candidates choose to attempt any three subjects out of the given four. Candidates must focus on books from the NCERT and CBSE syllabus of the 11th and 12th grades. Questions will have a moderate to easy level of difficulty. Some questions might appear tricky, but most are based on the fundamentals.

Read More: NEST 2023 Syllabus

How to Prepare for NEST 2023?

Before starting exam preparation, go through the entire syllabus and NEST 2023 reference books to get familiar with the topics and understand the depth and difficulty level of NEST. Accordingly, make a well-planned and attainable timetable. Give the utmost priority to following 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. Moreover, for difficult topics, this will help the candidate score well.

For revision, solve NEST's previous year's question paper within a fixed time and in a real exam-like environment. This will bring the best in you and make you more confident about the preparation. Attempting NEST 2023 mock tests regularly is the best strategy for mastering objective-type papers like NEST.

The main aspects that the students need to focus on to prepare well for NEST 2023 exam has been elaborated below.

  • Plan Properly: Candidates should make sure to plan very well before the exam. They can create a timetable or a schedule chart for them to follow, and that way, they will be able to stay on course and not deviate from the track. Hence proper planning is very important.
  • Know the Topics: Candidates needs to focus on the topics in each subject. Topic-wise learning will help you understand the concepts well and help them remember the answers to the questions during the main exam. You can prepare by going through every topic in all the subjects by learning and going through them.
  • Time Optimization: Time optimization or efficiently utilizing the time for writing the answers during the exam is very important. You can efficiently utilize time by practicing answering questions with a stopwatch. When you practice with a stopwatch, you can eventually improve the candidate's time management skills and will not miss out on answering any questions in the exam.
  • Attempt all the Known Questions First: Candidates should attempt all the known and familiar questions before attending to the unknown and doubtful ones. This way, they will attend to all the questions quicker than the allotted time. Then, the rest of the questions can be attended in the remaining time. This can minimize time being wasted.
  • Mock Test: With a stopwatch, you can also practice by answering questions from NEST mock test papers and even perform a candidate's practice exam, replicating the exact scenario in which you will be attending the actual NEST 2023 exam. This way, you will be able to manage time and get an overview of the questions and the ways of answering them in the exam.

Read More: NEST 2023 Reference Books

NEST Paper Analysis 2023

This national-level entrance exam was held in two shifts on Jun 24, 2023: morning (9:00 AM to 12:30 PM) and afternoon (2 PM to 5:30 PM). NEST 2023 Shift 1 exam was concluded and paper analysis was released.

The difficulty level of NEST 2023 is projected to be easy to moderate. Physics will be the most difficult section, followed by Mathematics. Chemistry and biology are two of the easiest subjects. The exam schedule and question types were similar to the previous year's. 

NEST 2023 Answer Key

NEST 2023 provisional answer key was released on Jun 26, 2023, on the official website. Candidates were able to raise objections against the provisional answer key from Jun 28 - Jun 30, 2023. The conducting body will release the final version of NEST answer key after considering the objections.

Candidates can raise objections only within the given bracket of dates, along with solid proofs to support their challenges. No challenges will be entertained after those dates have passed. Candidates can merge their responses with the final NEST answer key and derive an estimated score until they are announced.  

Steps to Check NEST Exam 2023 Answer Key

Candidates can follow the steps mentioned below to check 

  • Step 1: Candidates must visit the official website at
  • Step 2: Click on the 'NEST Answer Key 2023' link on the homepage.
  • Step 3: Subject and shift-wise answer key links will be displayed on the screen.
  • Step 4: Candidates can click on the link and download the NEST 2023 answer keys as PDF file.

NEST 2023 Coaching Centres

To secure admission into the institutes that accept NEST examination, the aspirants must prepare hard and be thorough with the examination pattern and sample test papers. Consequently, the candidates can join coaching centres that offer crash courses to prepare their students for NEST 2023 examination. The candidates can enrol themselves in several NEST coaching centres. However, there are only a few institutes in Delhi, which are as follows.

  • Target Tutorials
  • The Pathshala
  • The Study
  • The Wise Study Circle
  • Narayana IIT Academy.

NEST 2023 Contact Details

In case of questions or queries candidates can reach out to the concerned authorities through the following contact details. 

National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER),
Jatni post, Khurda,
Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. 
Pincode - 752050.

Official Website:

Email: [email protected]

NEST Exam Contact Number: +91-674-2494002/4003/4005


When will the NEST exam 2023 be held?

NEST 2023 exam is being conducted online, as a computer-based test on Jun 24, 2023. It will be conducted in two shift, from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM (first session) and 2:30 PM – 6:00 PM (second session).

When will the NEST exam answer key 2023 be out?

NEST provisional answer key 2023 has been released on Jun 26, 2023, at The final answer key for NEST 2023 will be issued after the objection window from Jun 28 - Jun 30, 2023.

When will the NEST exam result 2023 release?

NEST merit list 2023 has been release on Jul 10, 2023, at

How can I convert my CGPA into Percentage?

Every board has some guidelines associated with the CGPA, please follow that. Generally, it's done by multiplying the CGPA by 9.5.

What are the documents that should be uploaded while filling the form?

The candidates are required to upload the photograph and signature in .jpg format.

Is NEST application form available offline?

No, candidates can apply for NEST exam 2023 only on online mode, on the official website at

What was the minimum overall cut off for NEST 2023?

NEST 2023 minimum cut-off percentile is 95 for the General category, 90 for the OBC category and 75 percentile for SC/ ST/ Divyangjan.


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