NEST is a national level entrance exam conducted by NISER Bhubaneshwar and the Center for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CEBS), Mumbai for students aspiring to pursue a 5-year Integrated M.Sc Program in Basic Sciences and Mathematics. The full form for NEST is the National Entrance Screening Test. The NEST Exam Paper as per the framed exam pattern is an Online Computed Based Test (CBT).
NEST Application Form is generally released in January and remains open till March, moreover, a candidate can find the syllabus on the official website and prepare for the exam. To score well the best tool that anyone can use is to use previous year NEST Exam Question Papers. Additional information about the exam and latest updates are provided below.
- What is NEST Exam?
- Exam Date
- Application Form
- Application Process
- Exam Pattern
- Admit Card
- Exam Centres
- Exam FAQs
What is NEST Exam?
The full form of NEST is the National Entrance Screening Test. It is a national level entrance test for candidates seeking admission to the 5-year Integrated MSc Program in Basic Sciences and Mathematics. There are two participating institutions in this exam. Aspirants who clear NEST 2020 Cut-off can get admission into the National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar.
They are also eligible for admission into Centre for Excellence in Basic Science (UM-DAE CEBS), Mumbai. NISER and UM-DAE CEBS universities are established by the Department of Atomic Energy, Govt. of India in 2007. The main intention of these universities is to train a candidate for scientific programmes in Atomic Energy and also to encourage participation in scientific research.
It is a national level entrance exam. The candidates can get admission to NISER, Bhubaneshwar and UM-DAE CEBS, Mumbai. It is conducted once every year by NISER, Bhubaneshwar. The question paper will be available in English and Hindi Language. The Difficulty level of the exam is perceived from moderate to difficult.
As the number of seats is less, competition is high. NISER and UM-DAE CEBS offers 5 years integrated M.Sc. programme in Biological, Chemical, Mathematical and Physical science. The final degree at CEBS is awarded by the 150-year old University of Mumbai and degree at NISER will be awarded by the Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI).
| Name of Exam
||National Entrance Screening Test(NEST)|
|Organizing Body||NISER Bhubaneshwar and UM-DAE CBS Mumbai|
|NEST 2020||June 6, 2020 (tentative)|
|Timings||Session 1: 9 AM to 12.30 PMSession 2: 2.30 PM to 6 PM|
|Exam Mode||Online i.e. Computer-Based Test (CBT)|
|Course Offered||Master of Science (M.Sc)|
The NEST 2020 eligibility condition includes factors like educational qualification, XII passing year, age limit and Nationality. The candidates must have marks above a certain cutoff in the XII class. Also, an advantage is there for the candidates belonging to certain states. The various eligibility conditions 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 any of the years among 2017, 2018 or 2019 from any recognised Higher Secondary Education Board in India.
Minimum Marks: Candidates must have minimum aggregate marks of 60% in the qualifying exam (+2). For SC/ST candidates the relaxation in minimum qualifying marks is 5%.
Age Limit: Candidates should be born on or after 1st August 1999 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|
The notification for the NEST 2020 exam will release after 31st of December by NISER Bhubaneshwar. NEST 2020 Exam Dates includes registration, admit card and exam date. Candidates can visit the official website to apply for the entrance test. Application Form was available from January 3, 2020 onwards.
And the last date to submit the Application Form was on March 5, 2020. The deadline for the registration window was extended to 18th March 2020. This was done because the number of candidates interested in applying for this exam is soaring. After successful submission of the Application Form, candidates can download the Admit Card from April 18, 2020 onwards.
The 2020 exam will commence on June 6, 2020, through online mode i.e. Computer-based Test (CBT). NEST 2020 result will be announced by the conducting authority on June 18, 2020. Candidates who have cleared the NEST 2020 will be called for the counselling process. NEST Counselling Process will most likely begin in July.
The NEST Exam 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 (and not a detailed understanding) 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 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. The 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 was available from January 3, 2020 and the last date to submit the Application Form was on March 5, 2020. While filling the Application Form, all candidates need to provide the correct educational as well as personal details along with the valid email address and phone number.
At the time of filling the Application Form, candidates are required to upload the scanned documents like recent photograph and valid signature. All female candidates and candidates belonging to SC/ST and PwD categories have to pay INR 600 as registration fees. All the remaining candidates have to pay INR 1200. The tentative dates for NEST 2020 registration are as follows:-
|Application Availability||From January 3, 2020 to March 5, 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/-|
The 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.
In the NEST Exam pattern, the various details regarding the paper pattern, exam mode, duration and marking scheme are given. Students can learn about NEST Exam Pattern and strategise better.
NEST 2020 will be conducted via online mode i.e. Computer Based Test (CBT) on June 6, 2020. The question paper will be objective and will be having Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ). The NEST 2020 Question paper will comprise the five sections namely: General Ability, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology. The total time given to complete the examination will be 3 hours and 30 minutes. The question paper will aggregate to 180 marks. 30 marks for the first section and 50 marks each for the other three sections used for evaluation.
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.
|Type of Exam||Online i.e. Computer-Based Test (CBT)|
|Type of Questions||Objective/ Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)|
|Medium of Exam||English|
|Marking Scheme||+1 mark for the Correct AnswerNegative marking only in Subject Sections|
NEST 2020 Admit Card will be available on the official website of NISER, Odisha. Applicants who have paid the Application Form fee successfully can download NEST 2020, Admit Card. Without NEST Admit Card 2020, a candidate will not be allowed inside the exam hall. Admit Card will be issued by the conducting authority on April 18, 2020.
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.
There will be around 91 NEST 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 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 Adhar, Driving License, etc.
Candidates can check their NEST 2020 Results from June 18, 2020 onwards. To check the result an aspirant needs to visit the official website. The 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. The stepwise process of obtaining NEST 2020 result:
- 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.
A candidate must score equal to or more than the respective SMAS in the general section as well as in all four subject sections. SMAS stands for ‘Section-wise’ Minimum Admissible Score and it is equivalent to section-wise cut–off marks. 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).
Relaxation of SMAS for OBC: SMAS for OBC students would be 90% of respective SMAS for general category students.
Relaxation of SMAS for SC/ST/PWD: SMAS for SC/ST/PWD students would be 50% of respective SMAS for general category students. Merit lists for NISER and CEBS will be prepared separately. In addition to SMAS, a candidate is required to score more than or equal to a total Overall cut-off or Minimum Admissible Percentile (MAP) to come under the merit list.
MAP for NEST 2020 is provided below:
Overall Cutoff Score/MAS
The total number of seats at NISER and CEBS is 449. Here the total number of seats at NISER is 200+2(JK) and at CEBS is 45+2(JK). Candidates, based on the cutoff decided will be called for counselling which will be offline only. After verification of documents and payment of fees, the admission will be given to the candidate.
NEST 2020 Counselling is expected to be held in July. However, aspirants must wait for official notification. Counselling will be based on the merit/rank list and availability of seats. NEST 2020 Counselling will take place in two rounds. It is intended to fill the seats in the two participating institutes NISER and UM-DAE CEBS.
The number seats to be filled in NISER and CEB is different and the details of the same are given below in table form:
5% in each category
|Supernumerary quota (J&K)||2||2|
|Total proposed intake||202||47|
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
The number of Coaching centres for NEST exams is less and only a few institutes are there in Delhi-
- Target Tutorials
- The Pathshala
- The Study
- The Wise Study Circle
- Narayana IIT Academy
NEST Contact Details
Address: National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Jatni post, Khurda, Pincode - 752050, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India.
Website: nest exam.in
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.
NEST Exam News
NEST Exam admit card may release on 18th April 2020 (tentative)and this date is subject to change and as soon it is notified on the official website it will be updated here. The candidates can download it from the official website of NEST. The exam will be conducted on 4th June 2020.