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NEST 2015 Notification and Exam Dates

NEST 2015 Notification and Exam Dates

National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneswar invites applications for National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) for the year 2015.

NEST is an yearly exam conducted for admissions to 5-year Integrated M.Sc program at National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneswar
NEST 2015 is conducted by National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneswar

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), Mumbai, have jointly announced the schedule of National Entrance Screening Test - 2015 (NEST-2015) for the Academic Session 2015-16

Number of Seats

=> The total number of seats at NISER and CBS are 100 + 2 and 45 + 2, respectively; two seats in each institution are reserved for candidates from the state of Jammu & Kashmir

=> The number of seats reserved for SC/ST/OBC (Non-Creamy-Layer) and PD is according to the Govt. of India norm

NEST Eligibility Criteria:

Interested candidates should fulfill following eligibility criteria:

=> Candidates seeking admission to NISER and UM-DAE CBS for the academic session 2015-16 should be from science stream (having any combination of Biology/ Chemistry /Mathematics /Physics) at class XII and must write the NEST 2015 examination

=> Candidates who have passed class XII examination or equivalent from any recognised Board in India in 2013 or 2014 or are appearing in 2015 can appear in NEST 2015 examination

=> Admission will be offered strictly on the basis of Merit List of NEST 2015

=> 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/ST/PD categories, the minimum requirement of marks is 55% in aggregate

=> Where only letter grades are available, a certificate from the Board specifying 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

=> General and OBC category candidates born on or after 15th July 1995 are eligible for admission to the integrated M.Sc programme 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 2015

Mode of Examination

NEST is Computer Based Test (CBT).

Application Procedure for NEST:

Candidates are advised to refer to official notifications /documents for detailed application procedure. published details for informational purpose.

=> Candidates are strongly advised to read through the detailed online application procedure available on the website

=> Off-line application is to be filled on a prescribed form, which is available from the NEST office on payment (through Demand Draft only: refer ‘Mode of payment’ below) of the required application fee listed below

=> The request for the application form along with the demand draft (DD) must reach the NEST office (address given in next page) on or before 19th February 2015

=> Please provide correct postal address with valid PIN number in your request

=> NEST cell is not responsible for non-delivery of the offline kit or any kind of postal delay; once we receive the request along with a demand draft of correct amount and validity, the off-line form along with this brochure will be mailed by Speed-Post to the candidate

=> The filled-in form should reach us back by 07th March 2015

=> Please note that, NEST office will deposit the demand draft immediately after the off-line form is dispatched

Online Application form can be downloaded from official website of NEST:

Fee Details:

=> The application fee for the male candidates of General/OBC category is Rs.700/-; the application fee for SC/ST/PD categories and all female candidates is Rs.350/-; for offline applications the fee should be paid by Demand Draft only

=> For online applications, it can be paid by using credit card/debit card/net-banking through ‘State Bank Collect’ online payment portal or by DD

=> For offline applications, please add Rs.50/- as postal charges to the application fees mentioned above. Please refer to the fee-chart below:

=> Male: General, OBC & DT/VJ/NT Candidates: Rs.700/- (online) and Rs.750/- (Offline)

=> All Female Candidates: Rs.350/- (Online) and Rs.400/- (Offline)

=> SC/ST and PD (All Candiates): Rs.350/- (Online) and Rs.400/- (Offline)

NEST Important Dates:

NEST Important dates section aims to list all important dates such as date of availability of form, last submission date, result date, counselling date, etc.

  • Online registration starts: 05th January 2015
  • Last date for receiving request for Offline application form + Demand Draft: 19th February 2015
  • Last Date for Online Registration: 07th March 2015
  • NEST 2015 Admit Card: 15th April 2015
  • Date of Examination NEST 2015: 30th May 2015 (Saturday) 09.30 am - 01.00 pm
  • Declaration of NEST 2015 Results: 19th June 2015

Test Cities:

List of cities where NEST will be conducted in 2015

=> Agartala
=> Ahmedabad
=> Allahabad
=> Balangir
=> Balasore
=> Bengaluru
=> Berhampur
=> Bhopal
=> Bhubaneswar
=> Burdwan
=> Calicut
=> Chandigar
=> Chennai
=> Cuttack
=> Dehradun
=> Delhi-East
=> Delhi North
=> Delhi South
=> Dharwad
=> Guwahati
=> Hyderabad
=> Indore
=> Jaipur
=> Jamshedpur
=> Jodhpur
=> Kanpur
=> Kochi
=> Kolkata-North
=> Kolkata-South
=> Lucknow
=> Madurai
=> Mangalore
=> Mumbai
=> Patna
=> Nagapur
=> Pune
=> Raipur
=> Ranchi
=> Rourkela
=> Sambalpur
=> Shillong
=> Shimla
=> Silchar
=> Siliguri
=> Thiruvananthapuram
=> Thrissur
=> Udaipur
=> Varanasi
=> Visakhapatnam
Candidates must choose 2 (two) centres in order of their preference while filling up of application form; it is allowed to select two centres from the same city, such as Delhi-East and Delhi-North

Selection Process:

Results will be announced on 19th June 2015.

Contact Details

For more details please contact
National Institute of Science Education and Reserch (NISER) Bhubaneswar
University of Mumbai - Dept. of Atomic Energy,
Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences,
(UM-DAE CBS) Mumbai,

Question Papers

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The question paper will consist of 5 (five) sections of objective (MCQ) type questions carrying 60 marks in each section

Section 1 is the general section and is compulsory for all candidates; there will be no negative marking in general section

Sections 2 through 5 will contain subject specific questions from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics; candidates are permitted to attempt as many subject-sections as they wish; however, only the best three subject-scores along with the score in the general section will be counted for evaluation and merit list preparation

National Institute of Science Education & Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar
A primary objective of the Institute is to train and nurture human resources in the Sciences for the knowledge economies of the future. This is in line with a general shift in geo-political thinking that requires a remedy for sites of knowledge production centred in the west. Such a strategic shift in perspective has been necessitated by the realization that the unique circumstances of our nation demand unique scientific and pedagogic responses.

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