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National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar - UM-DAE CBS - National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) 2011

Last Application Date: 7th March 2011
Exam Date: 29th May 2011

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 CBS)

National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) 2011
5 year integrated M.Sc. programme in Biological, Chemical, Mathematical and Physical sciences

The National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) for students seeking admission to 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 CBS) will be held on 29th May 2011. Both NISER and UM-DAE CBS have been started by Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India in 2007. Their mandate is to train scientific manpower for carrying out cutting edge scientific research and for providing input to scientific programmes of Department of Atomic Energy and other applied science institutions in the country. The test is conducted in 34 centers across India.

NISER offers a 5 year integrated M.Sc. programme in Biological, Chemical, Mathematical and Physical sciences. At present, NISER functions from the beautiful campus of Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar, which includes an excellent library. Degrees at NISER will be awarded by the Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI), a deemed-to-be University within the Department of Atomic Energy.

There are 60 seats this year, including reserved seats for SC/ST/OBC candidates and persons with disability (PD) as per Government norms. Further details are available on the NISER website

Eligibility criteria for appearing NEST

Students securing at least 60% marks in aggregate (or equivalent grade) in Class XII (or equivalent) examination from any recognized Board in India are eligible to apply. For Scheduled Cast (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) candidates and for Persons with Disability (PD), the minimum requirement is 55%. Students who have passed the Class XII qualifying examination in 2009 or 2010 or are appearing in 2011 are eligible to apply. (Where only Letter grade is given by the Board, a certificate from the Board specifying equivalent percentage marks will be required. In the absence of such a certificate the decision of the respective Admission Committees will be final.)

How to apply

(Applications can be submitted in either of the following ways: 1 or 2)

1.Online form submission is the most convenient and preferred way. Follow these steps to go for it.

i.Register yourself before you login. It is assumed that you already have an e-mail ID.
ii.Confirm your registration from a mail sent to you just after registration.
iii.Login in the NEST homepage with your mail-id and password.
iv.Fill the form and save it or, modify an already saved form.
v.Upload passport photo and scanned signature.
vi.Transfer fees or Send DD (in favour of "NEST-2011", payable at Bhubaneswar). Quote Appl.No. in both cases.

2.A letter of request can be sent to get the printed form by post. This form will have to be sent back along with DD after filling it properly. Please send a self-addressed envelop of size 30cm X 22cm.

DO NOT submit the application both by online and by post. Such forms, if found, will summarilly be rejected.


The fee structure for 5 year Integrated M.Sc. programme at NISER is as follows:

A. One time payment at the time of admission
Admission fee Rs 250 , Grade card Rs 150 , Provisional certificate Rs 200 , Medical examination Rs 200 , Students' welfare fund Rs 200 , Hostel admission Rs 500 , Alumni association subscription Rs 200 , Publication Rs 250 , Career development programmes Rs 200 , Total : Rs 2,150

B. Deposites payable at time of admission (Refundable)
Institute caution money Rs 4,000 , Library caution money Rs 2,000 , Total : Rs 6,000

C. Semester fees
Tuition fee (Free for SC/ST students) Rs 6,000 , Laboratory fee (Free for SC/ST students) Rs 1,500 , Examination Rs 300 ,Registration Rs 200 , Sports & internal activity Rs 300 , Medical fee Rs 200 , Hostel rent Rs 1,000 , Mess establishment charge Rs 2,000 ,Total : Rs 11,500 (GEN,OBC) / Rs 4,000 (SC,ST)

D. Total fee to be paid by the student at the time of admission (A+B+C)

Students of General & OBC category Rs 19,650
Students of SC & ST category Rs 12,150

The boarding costs ( approximately Rs 1,500 - Rs 1,800 ) in the institutes's hostel mess will have to be borne by the student.

As per the INSPIRE programme of the government of India, all admitted students will receive a scholarship of Rs.5,000/- per month which should be sufficient to meet the above costs. Students will also receive a contingency grant of Rs 20,000/- annually to facilitate their academic pursuits.

There will be reimbursements for the Medical expenditures of the students. Railway & Airfare concessions may also be availed during the major vacations.

Process for applying online
a).First, register yourself by clicking on "New Registration" in the NEST homepage.
b).Get your mark sheets (to fill up academic data), Demand Draft/money transfer reference number ready before you start filling in the online form.
c). Take a printout of the filled-in form and send it along with the DD to the Chief Coordinator (address given in the NEST homepage.).

Online Application - FAQ
1. Candidates willing to accept on-line form submission, MUST have a mail-id, prior to registering themselves with NEST. NEST will NOT provide any mail-id for this purpose.

2. The e-mail id (used as your user-id) and password (whatever you wish) are required for a registered applicant to fill-up, modify and print his/her form till the last date of online form submission.

3. Registration is a process in which the e-mail id and preferred password are saved in a database so as to identify the unique applicant through a simple process of login.

After clicking the link to get registered, a registration requisition form comes up. One has to enter his/her Name (exactly as in the class X certificate), e-mail id, preferred password (not necessarily the one which is used to view the inbox of that e-mail id) and a secret code (the text in a picture format). After submitting, a mail goes to the registered e-mail id where a confirmation link has to be clicked.

4. It is possible to fill-up the form in fragments. Even one can save a blank form first and enter his data in next login. It is advised to do it in one go whenever one is ready with the details.

5. One can modify his/her form as many times he/she wishes until the last date and time.

8. Login will be prohibited when and after NEST- exam starts.

9. One can write to [email protected] regarding any problem he may encounter.

Important Dates
Website opens for information : December 01, 2010
Online submission of application starts : January 01, 2011
Last date for receiving request of application form (hard copy) : February 21, 2011
Last date for receipt of completed application form with DD (online/postal) : March 07, 2011
Online applications freeze : March 07, 2011
Dispatch of offline admit cards begins : March 20, 2011
Download of online admit cards begins : March 20, 2011
Date of examination : May 29, 2011 (Sunday), 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Announcement of results on NEST website : June 20, 2011

National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneswar
On 28th August 2006, the Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh announced for the establishment of the National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) at Bhubaneswar, which will be operated under the umbrella of Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) of Govt. of India. He announced that the NISER will facilitate the synergy between research and higher education in science.

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