NEST 2020 Exam Pattern, Paper Pattern, Marking Scheme – Check Here

NEST ResultNEST 2020 Exam Pattern will be prescribed by the exam conducting authority. The (National Entrance Screening Test) or NEST is a compulsory test for admission to the 5-year Integrated M.Sc Programme in basic sciences – Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics – at National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar and University of Mumbai – Department of Atomic Energy Center for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CBS), Mumbai.

Both NISER and CBS are autonomous institutions established by the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India, in 2007.

The National Entrance Screening Test or NEST is a compulsory test for admission to the 5-year Integrated M.Sc program in basic sciences – Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics at the National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar and the University of Mumbai.

NEST Exam 2020

The NEST 2020 Exam will be conducted on 29th September 2020. Based on the performance in NEST 2020, a common Merit List of the applicants will be prepared and posted on the NEST 2020 website.

The successful applicants will be called for counseling and admission will be strictly according to the Merit List until all the seats are filled. Separate merit list for different category applicants will be made available before counseling.

NEST Exam Centres

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NEST 2020 will be conducted at 60 centers across the country in more than 100 venues. Candidates have to mention their choice of NEST Exam center in order of their preference while filling up of NEST 2020 Application Form. Every candidate is allowed to select 2 centers at the time of filling the application form.

They can also pick 2 centers from the same city, such as Delhi-East and Delhi-North. The exam conducting authority would allocate the NEST 2020 Exam Center as per the choice of the candidate.

NEST Exam Pattern

NEST 2020 will be conducted on Online mode (Computer-based Test). There are 5 Sections in total in the NEST Exam – one General section compulsory for all the candidates and 4 subject sections namely Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology. All the questions will be in the Multiple Choice Questions format. The syllabus for NEST 2020 is based on the syllabus of Class XI and XII as prescribed by CBSE.

Candidates can check below the important highlights of the NEST Exam Pattern.

Mode of paper Online CBT (Computer Based Test)
No. of Sections 5
Type of questions Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Subjects General, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology
Exam Hours 3 Hrs 30 min
Section-wise marking scheme Section 1 – 30 marks; Section 2 to 5 – 50 Marks each
Total No. of Questions  230 Questions
Negative Marking For specific questions in Subject Sections
The medium of question paper English

Scores secured in the best 3 subjects along with the score in the general section is considered for evaluation and merit list preparation although candidates can attempt all the 4 subject sections. The questions are aimed at comprehending candidates’ grasp of the subjects and their analytic abilities.

Check Here for Syllabus 2020

The NEST exam pattern is mentioned below

Section Marks
General 30
Physics 50
Chemistry 50
Biology 50
Mathematics 50

Exam Rules

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  • The NEST 2020 Examination will be conducted at multiple centers (major towns or cities) all over India on 29th September 2020, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM (first Session), and 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM (Second Session).
  • The examination is of 3 hours and 30 minutes duration. It will start at 9:00 AM for the first session and 2 PM for the second session.
  • Candidates will not be allowed to enter the examination hall after 9:30 AM and 2:30 PM for the respective sessions.
  • The earliest a candidate can leave the examination hall is 11 AM and 4 PM for the respective sessions, it becomes necessary to leave before on medical grounds.
  • The earliest one can carry the question paper out is 11.00 a.m., the use of log tables and calculators in the exam hall is not allowed.
  • Applicants must bring their own pen, pencils (HB), eraser and sharpener; exchange/ sharing of these items with other applicants is strictly prohibited.
  • Applicants must bring their Admit Card and their school photo Identity Card or any photo-ID issued by Govt. agencies to the examination hall.
  • Any applicant found adopting unfair means will be expelled from the examination hall without warning; mobile phones and other similar electronic gadgets are strictly not allowed inside the exam hall.

If you have any queries regarding the NEST 2020 Exam Pattern, you can ask your query in the below comments section.

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  1. Mahima says:

    Can we have preferences of our near by places to give the exam?

  2. Neil Mohamed says:

    Is MATHS compulsory for NEST

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