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.
- September 1, 2020: The candidates who had registered for the NEST 2020 Exam can download their Admit Cards now. Click here for the direct link.
- July 21, 2020: NEST 2020 exam is scheduled to be held on September 29, 2020 (Postponed from the previously scheduled date - August 10, 2020). The exam date might be changed again based on the situation concerning COVID-19.
- June 13, 2020: The last date to apply for the NEST 2020 exam has been extended to June 14, 2020. The rescheduled exam dates will be updated soon.
- What is NEST Exam?
- NEST 2020 Eligibility
- NEST 2020 Notification
- NEST 2020 Exam Date
- NEST 2020 Syllabus
- NEST 2020 Application Form
- NEST 2020 Application Process
- NEST 2020 Exam Pattern
- NEST 2020 Admit Card Out Now!
- NEST 2020 Exam Centres
- NEST 2020 Results
- NEST 2020 Cut off
- NEST 2020 Counselling
- How to prepare for the NEST 2020?
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|
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 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%.
|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 Notification
The NEST 2020 Notification was released on the official website of the examination, stating all the essential dates of the events associated with the same. The NEST 2020 Application Process began on January 8, 2020 and the last date for the same was June 14, 2020. The examination is scheduled to be conducted on September 29, 2020 and the admit card will be released soon. Candidates are required to regularly check into this page for further information and updates about the examination. They can also visit the official website for more information.
NEST 2020 Exam Date
Candidates need to be updated with all the important dates of NEST 2020 regularly, as the dates are changing often due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The exam date has also been rescheduled on September 29, 2020 as of now. The admit card date will be announced soon on the official website.
NOTE: Because of the COVID-19 outbreak the last date for the submission of the applications has been extended to June 14, 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:
|Availability of Application Form||January 8, 2020|
|Last Date to Fill up the Application Form||June 14, 2020|
|Admit Card Download||September 1, 2020|
|Date of Examination||September 29, 2020 (New Date)|
|Results Date||To be announced|
Candidates can keep a check on this page for further updates or any amendments in the schedule of the examination and other associated events.
NEST 2020 Syllabus
Candidates are required to go through the NEST 2020 Syllabus prior to starting preparation for the examination. This will be very essential since NEST 2020 Syllabus consists of 5 sections that include One general section and four core sections. The 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 was available on the official website of NEST from January 8, 2020 and the last date to fill up the application form was June 14, 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. Candidates can check the application form details below:
The application fee for different categories is mentioned below:
|Category||Application form fee|
|Female Candidates||INR 600|
Mode of Payment
Candidates can pay the application form fee through the below-mentioned modes:
- Credit Card
- Debit Card
- Net Banking
Candidates should have the following documents while filling up the 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 the following specifications:
|Photograph||Up to 80 Kb||.Jpeg or.Jpg|
|Signature||Up to 80 Kb||.Jpeg or.Jpg|
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. It is required that the candidates make sure to read the instructions carefully and fill in the details during the NEST 2020 Application Process.
How to Apply for the NEST 2020 Exam
The details related to the steps for applying for the NEST 2020 Exam are stated below.
- 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
The NEST 2020 Exam Pattern is set by the organizing and coordinating bodies of the exam. Candidates should make sure to go through the NEST 2020 Exam Pattern thoroughly prior to starting the preparation for the same. Knowing the exam pattern will allow the candidates to get an overview of the types of questions asked in the exam and its 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 exam once a year in the Computer-Based Test Pattern. The question paper will have multiple-choice questions(MCQs) from the five different subjects which are:
- General Ability
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. The 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. Details highlighting the specifications of the NEST 2020 Exam Pattern are mentioned below in the following table.
|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
Candidates can visit this page regularly for further updates and information regarding the NEST 2020 Exam and other associated events.
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.
How to download the NEST 2020 Admit Card
The various steps involved in the process of downloading the NEST 2020 Admit Card is mentioned below.
- Go to the official website of the NEST 2020 Examination, which is nestexam.in.
- NEST Admit Card 2020 link can be found highlighted on the main page itself. Click on the link to be redirected.
- Provide the necessary credentials like login details in this newly redirected page.
- Click on Admit Card and download the same after verifying the details given.
Note: Candidates should make sure to possess the NEST 2020 Admit Card at the time of the exam, without which he/she will be denied entry. It is also important for the candidates to keep the admit cards in good condition.
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.
The candidates can choose from the various available exam centres on the basis of their comfort and vicinity. The NEST 2020 Exam Centres along with the states where they are located are as follows.
|Bhilai Nagar (CG)|
|New Delhi (DL)|
|Bokaro Steel City (JH)|
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.
Steps to download the NEST 2020 Results
Stepwise process of obtaining NEST exam result is given below. Candidates can follow the steps provided.
- 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. 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 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.
Candidates need to carry the original and a photocopy of the documents mentioned below:
- 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.
The main aspects that the students need to focus in order to prepare well for the NEST 2020 exam is elaborated below.
Knowing the topics
It is very important for you to focus on the topics in each subject. Topic-wise learning will help you understand the concepts well and also helps in remembering the answers to the questions during the main exam. You can prepare by going through each and every topic in all the subjects by learning and going through them.
Time optimization or efficiently utilizing the time for writing the answers during the exam is very important. You can achieve efficiency in utilizing time by practising answering questions with a stopwatch. When you practice with a stopwatch, you can eventually improve your time management skills and will not miss out answering any questions in the exam.
Along with a stopwatch, you can also practice by answering questions from mock test papers and even perform your own practice exam, replicating the exact scenario in which you will be attending the actual NEST 2020 Exam. This way, you will be able to not only manage time but also get an overview of the questions and the ways of answering them in the exam.
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
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