What is NEST Exam ? National Entrance Screening Test

NEST ResultThe 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 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. These institutes have started with the mandate to provide high-quality teaching in basic sciences by a faculty of distinguished scientists embedded in a vibrant research environment and to create a national pool of scientists ready to take up research challenges in the frontiers of basic and applied sciences.

The Integrated M.Sc program at these institutes follows a semester-based course structure and continuous assessment within a flexible and innovative academic curriculum, exposing the students to research early in their program. The placements of the graduated students from NISER and CBS provide testimony of success to this initiative.

NEST Exam Eligibility

Educational qualification

Candidates seeking admission to NISER and UM-DAE CBS for the academic session 2016-17 should be from science stream (having any combination of Biology/ Chemistry/ Mathematics/ Physics) at class XII and must write the NEST 2020 Examination.

Candidates who have passed class XII examination or equivalent from any recognized Board in India in 2017 or 2018 or are appearing in 2019 are eligible for admission. Admission will be offered strictly on the basis of the Merit List of NEST 2020.

Candidates securing at least 60% marks in aggregate or equivalent grade in class XII examination will be eligible for admission to NISER and CBS.

However, there is no restriction on appearing for NEST. For candidates belonging to scheduled castes (SC), scheduled tribes (ST) and physical disabilities (PD) categories, the minimum requirement of marks is 55% in aggregate.

Where only Letter grades are available, a certificate from the Board specifying the equivalent percentage of marks is required. In the absence of such a certificate, the decision of the Admissions Committee of the concerned Institution will be final.

Age Limit

General and OBC category candidates born on or after August 01, 1996, are eligible for admission to the integrated M.Sc. program of NISER/CBS. The age limit is relaxed by 5 years for SC / ST / PD candidates. However, there is no restriction on appearing for NEST 2020.

Necessary certificates supporting eligibility criteria have to be furnished at the time of admission. Please also note that the offer of admission is subject to verification of all original certificates at the time of admission/counseling

Admit card

The NEST 2020 Admit Card will be available from 24th April 2020. The admit card can be download from the official site of NEST. The admit card will not be sent by post to any candidate. It is mandatory to bring the admit card and Identity card at the examination venue. Candidates are advised to keep the admit card safe till the admission procedure.

NEST Exam Pattern

NEST 2020 will be conducted in pen and paper-based mode. 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 Offline (Pen and Paper-based test)
No. of sections 5
Type of questions Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Subjects General, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology
Section-wise marking scheme Section 1 – 30 marks; Section 2 to 5 – 50 Marks each
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.

Seat Allotment

There are around 172 seats are available in NISER and 47 seats available in CBS for the integrated M.Sc course. The seat reservation for different categories is mentioned below:

Category NISER CBS
General 85 23
Supernumerary: J&K 2 2
OBC 46 12
SC 26 7
ST 13 3
PD (part of other categories) 5 1
Total 172 47

NEST Syllabus

The NEST Syllabus will be followed by the pattern of CBSE/NCERT science syllabus of class 11th and 12th. The syllabus will comprise of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics subjects. There is not any fixed syllabus for the general section. In the general section, the question will be related to the major historical milestones in physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, astronomy, environment and computer science.

NEST Preparation

Planning and dedication are the keys to do well. First all plan a timetable for study keeping in mind your strengths and weaknesses. Allocate sufficient time for study, revision and solving of sample papers. Sample papers are an important component of NEST Preparation. They not only prepare you for the exam but also help you to assess your preparation. Most of all do not worry and stick to the basics always.

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  1. Shinjini Rahut says:

    Any one whose subject combination has computer in place of biology, will eligible for nest exam?

  2. Gaurav agrawal says:

    Is exam ko fight krne ke BAAD hum konsi research Kar skte hai plz give details me

  3. Kondalu says:

    Wt is nest after education they provide job r not if provide wt type of jobs provide

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