NEST Eligibility Criteria 2024: Age Limit, Educational Qualification

Hafsha Qureshi
Hafsha Qureshi

Updated on - May 10, 2024

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  • 03 April 2024 :

    NEST Application Form 2024 is out. The last date to apply is May 31, 2024.

NEST Eligibility Criteria 2024 must be checked before applying for the exam. Candidates failing to do so will be deemed ineligible for the same, and the application form will be considered to be invalid. In this section, we will discuss eligibility for the NEST 2024.

NEST is a national level exam carried out by the National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) and the University of Mumbai - Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CEBS) for admission to five years integrated M.Sc program.

Apply Now: NEST Application Form 2024 (Ongoing)

NEST Eligibility Criteria 2024

NEST 2024 eligibility means the validation to participate in an examination. It includes different criteria from the candidate's age to academic performance, stream, university/ board, etc.

The dates of NEST exam 2024 are yet to be announced. The application process will begin soon. Before applying for the exam, candidates should check the eligibility criteria required to attend the exam.

NEST 2024 Eligibility Details

NEST 2024 eligibility mainly consists of 4 important criteria that every candidate must satisfy to enroll themselves on the exam. The eligibility criteria, in brief, are listed below.

  • General and OBC category candidates should be born on or after Aug 1, 2003. The age limit is relaxed by 5 years for SC/ ST/ Divyangjan candidates.
  • Candidates should have passed 10+2 in either 2021 or 2021. Candidates appearing for 10+2 in 2024 are also eligible for the exam.
  • General and OBC category students should have a minimum aggregate of 60% marks in 10+2 from any recognized board in India.
  • SC/ ST/ Divyangjan category students should secure a minimum of 55% marks in 10+2 from any recognized board in India.
  • Candidates should secure a position in NEST merit list.

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NEST 2024 Seats Available at NISER and CEBS for Session 2024-28

Candidates can take note of the probable seats that will be allotted in the two institutes. The reserved seats are also mentioned in the list, and the candidates willing to avail such reservations will have to provide authentic documents for the same.

NEST 2024 Probable Seat Intake
General 101 23
General - EWS 0 6
OBC - NCL 54 15
SC 30 9
ST 15 4
Divyangjan 5% of seats in each category 5% Seats in each category
Total 200 57

Candidates can regularly visit this page for further updates and information regarding NEST 2024 eligibility criteria.

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What is the NEST Eligibility Criteria 2024?

The eligibility for NEST 2024 varies as per the categories. Applicants must check the details for the same shared in the page.

Who is eligible for NEST 2024 exam?

Applicants who completed their 12th from a recognized board and achieved 60% aggregate marks are eligible to appear for the NEST 2024 exam.

Can PCB students apply for NEST 2024?

Yes, PCB students can apply for NEST as is is a best alternative for NEET. It is considered as a gateway for NISER and CEBS.

How much percentage is required to appear for the NEST exam 2024 for General and OBC students?

Candidates belonging to general and OBC category must have achieved a minimum of 60% aggregate marks in their 12th

What is the requirement for SC/ST candidates for NEST 2024?

Applicants belonging to SC/ST/ Divyang category must have achieved 55% in their 12th from a recognized board to appear for NEST exam.



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