NEST 2020

Exam Date : June 6, 2020

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.

Latest Update: The last date to apply for the NEST 2020 exam has been extended to May 31, 2020. The rescheduled exam dates will be updated soon.


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.

NEST Exam 2020 at a glance
Components Details
Name of Exam National Entrance Screening Test(NEST)
Organizing Body NISER Bhubaneshwar and UM-DAE CBS Mumbai
Category Postgraduate/Integrated
NEST 2020 To be announced

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 2020 Eligibility

NEST 2020 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%.
NEST Eligibility
Elements Details
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 2020 Exam Date

To keep themselves informed with the process of application and be aware of the developments in the registration procedure, the candidates would require to familiarize themselves with the important dates concerning specific events of the NEST 2020 examination.

NOTE: Because of the COVID-19 outbreak the last date for the submission of the applications has been extended to May 31, 2020. It is further requested for the candidates to keep themselves updated with the further changes in the schedule that are likely to be notified by the conducting authorities.

Notification for the NEST exam 2020 has been released on the official website. Candidates can check NEST 2020 exam dates from the table given below: 

Nest Exam 2020 Important Dates
Events Dates
Availability of Application Form January 8, 2020
Last Date to Fill up the Application Form May 31, 2020
Admit Card Download To be announced
Date of Examination To be announced
Results Date To be announced

NEST 2020 Syllabus

NEST 2020 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.

NEST 2020 Application Form

NEST 2020 Application Form will be available on the official website of NEST from January 8, 2020 and the last date to fill up the application form is May 31, 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.

NEST 2020 Registration
Events Details
Application Availability From January 8, 2020 to May 31, 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 2020 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 2020 Exam Pattern

NISER and UM-DAE CEBS conduct NEST exam once a year in Computer-Based Test Pattern. The 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 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.

NEST Exam Pattern
Components Details
Type of Exam Online i.e. Computer-Based Test (CBT)
Type of Questions Objective/ Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Medium of Exam English
Duration 210 Minutes
Total Marks 180
Marking Scheme

+1 mark for the Correct Answer

Negative marking only in Subject Sections

NEST 2020 Admit Card

NEST 2020 Admit Card for 2020 will be available on the official website for downloading. 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 2020 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.

NEST 2020 Results

Candidates can check their NEST 2020 Results from 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 2020 Cut-off

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, the 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.

NEST 2020 Counselling   

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. 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 modified merit list and not the original merit list.

Counselling Documents

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 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 2020 Coaching Centres

To secure admission into the institutes that accept the NEST examination, the aspirants will have to prepare hard and be thorough with the examination pattern and sample test papers. Consequently, the candidates can join coaching centres that offer some crash courses to prepare their students for the NEST 2020 examination. The candidates can enrol themselves in several NEST coaching centres. However, there are only a few institutes in Delhi-

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

Contact Details

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


Email: [email protected]

Nest exam contact Number: +91-674-2494002/4003/4005

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Frequently Asked Questions

No, the candidate can only apply through online mode.

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

The NEST Exam is conducted once a year in June.

No, the details cannot be changed once the form is submitted.

No, the candidate can only pay through the debit/credit card or internet banking.

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

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Colleges which accept [NEST]

Want to get in ?
Bachelor of Technology [B.Tech], batch of 2022
22 Jun 2019
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

10+2 with PCM Group (Min. 45% for General Candidates and Min. 40% for SC, ST, OBC)

Through counselling conducted by DTE, Bhopal on the basis of JEE Main / 10+2 marks (Through online off-campus process)

Admission to all the UG and PG courses is offered on the basis of merit in ITMNEST conducted by ITM UniversityGwalior followed by counselling. Apart fromITM NEST score for B.Tech admission

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Bachelor of Science [B.Sc], batch of 2017
24 Feb 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

3 years full time or 6 years part-time The Bachelor of Science gives students a solid foundation in scientific knowledge and practice while allowing them to specialise in an area of interest. Students may follow any of the nine different majors leading to the award of a degree naming the chosen major, e.g. Bachelor of Science in Nanotechnology, Entrance exam Name of Entrance Exam Conducting Authority National Entrance Screening Test (NEST)

Want to get in ?
Bachelor of Dental Science [BDS], batch of 2015
16 Jan 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process
  • The eligibility criteria for joining Jamia Millia Islamia University is clearing the NEST exam.
  • The cut-off for the course is 165/200 marks in NEST exam.

Want to get in ?
film and television production, batch of 2020
21 Dec 2016
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process
  • The eligibility criteria of Lovely Professional University, [LPU] Jalandhar is 50% and above in any recognized board of India.
  • I’m currently doing B.Sc. in film and television production. The procedure of admission to this course is very easy, all you have to do is just log in to the official website of LPU and select this course.
  • This university also offers you a scholarship entrance exam known as LPU nest. This helps you get a scholarship in your tuition fees.
  • According to my experience yet the department of film and television production is not so good. But you get a very good exposure in the university.
  • The teachers are very frank with the student which helps us get a good hold on subject if we pay attention.
  • The university rules are very strict which will make any person punctual and disciplined. Frankly speaking, this university is very good to do engineering and CSC.   


Want to get in ?
Integrated M.Sc, batch of 2017
15 Sep 2016
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process
  • There is an all India exam for admission to our college UM-DAE Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences which goes by the name NEST. One has to qualify this exam and counselling is performed according to the rank. Eligibility criteria is 12th pass with 80% marks for general and lower for reserved categories.
  • The entrance exam NEST is national Entrance Screening Test, organized in June each year.
  • The typical rank cutoff for general is AIR 200, OBC,SC,ST max cutoff rank is 4000

Discussion Forum

What is the mode of Exam NEST 2018?

What is the mode of Exam NEST 2018- Online or Offline?

Asked By: abhishek kumar,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi Abhishek,

NEST 2020 Exam will be only Online (computer-based exam). Check before applying for this exam whether you satisfy the HITSEEE Eligibility Criteria.

Good Luck!

How many colleges are affiliated to NEST?

How many colleges are affiliated to NEST? Which are those colleges?

Asked By: astha rao,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi Astha,

2 colleges are affiliated to NEST 2020. These are:-

  • National Institute of Science Education and Research(NISER), Bhubaneshwar
  • University of Mumbai-Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences, Mumbai.

Good Luck!

Can I apply for NEST 2018 after completing my B.Sc?

Can I apply for NEST 2018 after completing my B.Sc?

Asked By: aditya,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi Aditya,

You are eligible for the NEST 2020.

Chek more about NEST eligibility on the official website.

Can I get admission in Hyderabad University through NEST score?

Can I get admission in Hyderabad University through NEST score?

Asked By: alice,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi Alice,

NEST 2020 scores are accepted in Hyderabad University.

Click here to know about the colleges that accept the NEST score.

Good Luck!!

Hi, I am Soma Do I need to send the hard copies of the application summary to NEST office?

Hi, I am Soma Do I need to send the hard copies of the application summary to NEST office?

Asked By: Soma,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi Soma,

NO. The entire application process is paperless.

Good Luck

Hi, I am Sahil Can I pay the application fee using DD or cash?

Hi, I am Sahil Can I pay the application fee using DD or cash?

Asked By: Sahil,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi Sahil,

No. The only option for payment is online. it could be either net banking, credit card or debit card.

Good Luck

Cleared 12th in 2016 with PCB. Eligible for NEST or not?

I have passed my 12th in 2016 with Physics, Chemistry and Biology subject with no Maths. So can I apply for NEST 2017? Is Math required in 12th NEST?

Asked By: Yash Raj,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Yes, you are eligible for NEST 2020, provided, you clear the other Eligibility Criteria as well.

If you are a candidate from the Reservation Criteria for NEST like SC, ST, and PD (Physically Disabled) applicants are given a relaxation of five years in the above age limit as well.

Editing the NEST application form

How to edit my NEST application form?

Asked By: Sachin Sugu,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The NEST office immediately receives all your data as per the application form.

You are not allowed to edit any further information on the application form.

Conducting Body of NEST

Who is in charge of conducting NEST?

Asked By: Hirani Karen,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The National Entrance Screening Test or commonly known as NEST is conducted to gain admissions in the following institutes:

  • National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar

  • University of Mumbai - Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CBS), Mumbai

These institutes also serve their purpose as the conducting bodies to the exam.


Is there any scholarship available for the candidates?

Asked By: Harshita Dhajnai,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The candidates applying for NEST will be admitted to 5-year Integrated MSc programme at NISER and CBS are eligible for INSPIRE by Govt. of India. They will be eligible for a scholarship of Rs 5,000/- per month. If the candidates participating in summer projects, a sum of Rs 20,000/- will be given every year.