NEST 2021: Result (Out), Answer Key, Cutoff, Counselling, Exam Date, Admit Card, Application Form, Syllabus, Full Form, Login Portal, Official Website, Latest News

Exam Date

Aug 14, 2021

Result Date

Sep 1, 2021

Oct 17, 2021 | Science


If you are interested to pursue a Master of Science as a course at institutions such as NISER, and others, then you should apply for NEST 2021. The application process was conducted till Jul 15, 2021. The admit card was released on Aug 3 and the exam was held on Aug 14, 2021. 

Latest Updates:

  • Sep 01, 2021: The results for NEST 2021 have been released today. Candidates must visit NEST results to check their scores now! 
  • Aug 30, 2021: The final answer key for NEST 2021 is released today and has been sent to the candidates via email.
  • Aug 21, 2021: The answer key for NEST 2021 is released now. Those who participated in the exam on Aug 14 can check these answer keys to get a rough idea of their results. Additionally, the conducting authority is accepting objections to these answer keys until Aug 28, 2021.
  • Aug 3, 2021: The admit card for NEST 2021 is released. Candidates who have registered for the exam must download the admit card by logging in.
  • Jun 8, 2021: The exam schedule for NEST 2021 is announced and the exam is scheduled to be held on Aug 14, 2021. The admit cards will be released on Aug 3 and the results will be announced on Sep 1, 2021.


What is NEST Exam?

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.

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 2021 at a glance
Name of Exam NEST
Full Form National Entrance Screening Test
Organizing Body NISER Bhubaneshwar and UM-DAE CBS Mumbai
Category Postgraduate/Integrated

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 2021 Eligibility

Candidates are required to make sure that they clear or meet the Eligibility Criteria prior to applying for the NEST 2021 Exam. The NEST 2021 Eligibility Criteria is set by the organizing body of the exam. Failing to meet the eligibility criteria will result in the candidates being deemed ineligible for the exam and their application forms will be deemed invalid.

NEST 2021 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 2019 or 2020 from any recognised Higher Secondary Education Board in India. Candidates who will attend the 10+2 board exam in 2021 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 2001 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 2021
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

The candidates are advised to regularly check-in with this page for further updates and information regarding the NEST 2021 so that they do not miss out any vital information.

NEST 2021 Notification

The NEST 2021 Notification will be released on the official website of the examination, stating all the essential dates of the events associated with the same. The NEST 2021 Application Process will tentatively begin from Feb 24, 2021 and the last date for the same is Jul 15, 2021. The official notification will also give out the NEST 2021 exam dates and tentative result dates.Candidates are required to regularly check into this page for further information and updates about the examination.

NEST 2021 Exam Date

Candidates need to be updated with all the important dates of NEST 2021 regularly, as the dates are changing often due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The application process began on Feb 24, 2021 and the last date for submitting the application form is Jul 15, 2021. The exam was conducted on Aug 14, 2021. The admit card was released on Aug 3, 2021.

Notification for the NEST exam 2021 has been released on the official website. Candidates can check NEST 2021 exam dates from the table given below for additional information regarding the NEST 2021 Exam.

NEST Exam 2021 Important Dates
Events Dates
Availability of Application Form Feb 24, 2021
Last Date to Fill up the Application Form Jul 15, 2021 (Till 11:55 PM)
Admit Card Download Aug 3, 2021
Date of Examination Aug 14, 2021
Answer Key Release and Objection Window Aug 21, 2021 - Aug 28, 2021 (4:00 PM)
Results Date Sep 1, 2021

Candidates can keep a check on this page for further updates on the official schedule of the NEST 2021 examination and other associated events.

NEST 2021 Syllabus

Candidates are required to go through the NEST 2021 Syllabus prior to starting preparation for the examination. This will be very essential since NEST 2021 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.

The core section Syllabus and Question Paper shall include topics from 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 2021 Application Form

NEST 2021 Application Form has been made available on the official website of NEST tentatively from Feb 24, 2021 and the last date to fill up the application form is extended to Jul 15, 2021. The application can be submitted only through NEST 2021 website. There is no other mode of NEST 2021 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:

NEST 2021 Application Fee

The NEST 2021 application fee for different categories is mentioned below:

Category Application form fee
General/OBC INR 1200
Female Candidates INR 600

Mode of Payment of NEST Application Fee

Candidates can pay the application form fee for NEST 2021 through the below-mentioned modes:

  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Net Banking

Documents Required

Candidates should have the following documents while filling up the NEST 2021 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)

Document Specifications

Candidates should upload the scanned copies of their photograph and signature in the NEST 2021 exam form as per the following specifications:

Image Size Format
Photograph Up to 80 Kb .Jpeg or.Jpg
Signature Up to 80 Kb .Jpeg or.Jpg

NEST 2021 Application Process

NEST Exam has mainly four stages namely Registration, Application Form Filling, Uploading of Documents and finally, the Payment of Application Fee. 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 2021 Application Process.

How to Apply for the NEST 2021 Exam

The details related to the steps for applying for the NEST 2021 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 2021 Exam Pattern

The NEST 2021 Exam Pattern is set by the organizing and coordinating bodies of the exam. Candidates should make sure to go through the NEST 2021 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
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematic
  • 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. 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 2021 Exam Pattern are mentioned below in the following table.

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

Candidates can visit this page regularly for further updates and information regarding the NEST 2021 Exam and other associated events.

NEST 2021 Admit Card

NEST 2021 Admit Card has been made available on the official website for downloading on Aug 3, 2021. Candidates can download the NEST 2021 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 2021 Admit Card

The various steps involved in the process of downloading the NEST 2021 Admit Card is mentioned below.

  • Go to the official website of the NEST 2021 Examination -
  • NEST Admit Card 2021 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 2021 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 2021 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 2021 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 2021 Exam Centres along with the states where they are located are as follows.

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

NEST 2021 Answer Key

The answer key for NEST 2021 was released by the conducting authorities on the official website, '' on Aug 21, 2021. It will be released in two instalments. First, the provisional answer key for the NEST exam was released. Candidates could raise objections and challenge the Provisional Answer Key for NEST 2021 by following a preset procedure. The NEST 2021 answer key was shared with the candidates via email. They 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.

The final answer key was released on Aug 30, 2021. The candidates can merge their responses with the final NEST answer key, and derive an estimate score, until the official result is announced.

NEST 2021 Results

Candidates can check their NEST 2021 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. Candidates should also be aware that the results are entirely based on the performance of the candidates. Hence, they are advised to prepare exceptionally well and perform accordingly in order to score high in the exam.

Steps to download the NEST 2021 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.

Candidates can regularly visit this page for further updates and information regarding the NEST 2021 Results and other associated events, in order to not miss out any vital information.

NEST 2021 Cut Off

NEST Cut Off 2021 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 NEST 2021 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 NEST 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 2021 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 2021 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 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 2021?

Before starting exam preparation, go through the entire syllabus and NEST 2021 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 2021 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 2021 exam is elaborated below.

Plan Properly

Candidates should make sure to plan very well prior to the exam. They can create a time table 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

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

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.

Attempt all the Known Questions First

Candidates should make sure to attemp all the known and familiar questions prior to attending the unknown and doubtful ones. This way they will be able to attend all the questions quicker than the allotted time. The rest of the questions can be attended in the remaining time. Time being wasted can be minimized by this.

Mock Test

Along with a stopwatch, you can also practice by answering questions from NEST mock test papers and even perform your own practice exam, replicating the exact scenario in which you will be attending the actual NEST 2021 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 2021 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 2021 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


Is NEST application form available offline?

No, the candidate can only apply through online mode.

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.

How many times the NEST exam is conducted in a year?

The NEST Exam is conducted once a year in June, but this year it has been postponed due to COVID-19.

Can I edit the details in the application form after submission?

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

Can I pay through Demand Draft or cash?

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

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.

When will the NEST exam be held?

NEST 2020 exam has been rescheduled on September 29, 2020, as of now, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 


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