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National Entrance Screening Test (NEST)

National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) is a test conducted for admissions to Integrated MSc 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 Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CBS), Mumbai. Both NISER and UM-DAE CBS were set up by Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India in 2007. All the candidates admitted to 5-year Integrated MSc programme at NISER and CBS are eligible for INSPIRE, Govt. of India, scholarship of ₹5,000/- per month and ₹20,000/- per year for carrying out summer projects.

NISER will 130+2 seats including reserved seats for SC/ST/OBC/PD candidates and two seats for candidates from the state of J&K as per Government norms. UM-DAE CBS will have 45+2 seats this year with reservations as per government norms, including two seats for candidates from the state of J&K and reservation for persons with disability (PD).

The test is conducted in around 59 cities (over 100 venues) across India. This page gives the detailed procedure for applying for the test, syllabus of the test and various dead lines.

NEST 2017 Exam Dates, Application Form, Eligibility, Syllabus, Results

Exam Name: National Entrance Screening Test (NEST)
Conducting Institute: NISER & UM-DAE CBS
Commonly called as: NEST
Exam Level: National Level
Stream: Entrance Exam

Important Dates

Registration / Online application opens January 2017
Online application closes March 2017
Download of admit card starts: April 2017
Date of NEST examination May 2017
Announcement of results on NEST website June 2017

Eligibility Criteria

The Candidates should qualify the eligibility criteria listed below:

Educational qualification

The candidate should have have passed in current year or in last year. Students appearing in current year are also eligible. (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.)

The candidate should secure at least 60% marks in aggregate (or equivalent grade) in Class XII (or equivalent) examination from any recognized Board in India. For Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) candidates and for Persons with Disability (PD), the minimum requirement is 55%.

Age Limit

Candidates in General and OBC category should be born on or after August 1 of appearing examination year. The age limit is relaxed by 5 years for SC / ST / Physically Disabled (PD) candidates.

For OBC candidates, the OBC (NCL) certificate must have been issued on or after June 01 of examination year

Application Fee

The application fee for the male candidates of General/OBC category is 700/-. The application fee for SC / ST / PD categories and all female candidates is 350/-. Payments can be made by DD or using credit card/debit card/net-banking through online payment gateway.

Candidates can also make the payments through Demand Draft (DD) for required amount may be prepared from any bank and should be drawn in favour of NISER-NEST and payable at Bhubaneswar. The DD should be sent along with a printout of the application summary obtained at the end of the application process.

How to Apply

NEST has only online mode of application. There is no offline application mode. To apply for NEST the candidates must fill-up the online application form through Candidates are strongly advised to read through the detailed online application procedure available on the website.

Incomplete applications in any respect will not be accepted.

The Demand Drafts along with filled application form should be sent to

The Chief Coordinator, NEST
National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER)
At/PO-Jatni, District- Khurda, PIN- 752050, Odisha, India

Admit Card / Hall Ticket

The admit card for NEST will be available for downloading from April 2017. Physical Admit cards will not be dispatched to any applicant. Applicants must download their admit cards from NEST website (after login). The download link will be available only till the day of examination. Safe-keeping of one copy of admit card is therefore strongly advised because the successful candidates have to produce the admit card in original during the admission.

The candidate should verify all the information in the admit card. If any issue is found, then get it corrected with the concerned authority.

The candidates are required to carry the admit card to the examination hall. Without it, you will not be allowed to enter the examination hall. It is also very important to document for the further admission processes.

Exam Centers

Agartala (TR) 01 Dehradun (UK) 16 Jamshedpur (JH) 31 Ranchi (JH) 46
Ahmedabad (GJ) 02 Delhi-East (DL) 17 Jodhpur (RJ) 32 Rourkela (OD) 47
Allahabad (UP) 03 Delhi-North (DL) 18 Kanpur(UP) 33 Sambalpur (OD) 48
Balangir (OD) 04 Delhi-South (DL) 19 Kochi (KL) 34 Shillong (ML) 49
Balasore (OD) 05 Dhanbad (JH) 20 Kolkata-North (WB) 35 Shimla (HP) 50
Bengaluru (KA) 06 Dharwad (KA) 21 Kolkata-South (WB) 36 Siliguri (WB) 51
Berhampur (OD) 07 Durgapur (WB) 22 Koraput (OD) 37 Srinagar (JK) 52
Bhopal (MP) 08 Ghaziabad (UP) 23 Lucknow (UP) 38 Thiruvananthapuram (KL) 53
Bhubaneswar (OD) 09 Guwahati (AS) 24 Madurai (TN) 39 Thrissur (KL) 54
Burdwan (WB) 10 Gwalior (MP) 25 Mangalore (KA) 40 Tiruchirappalli (TN) 55
Calicut (KL) 11 Hyderabad (AP/TS) 26 Mumbai (MH) 41 Udaipur (RJ) 56
Chandigarh (CH) 12 Imphal (MN) 27 Nagpur (MH) 42 Varanasi (UP) 57
Chennai (TN) 13 Indore (MP) 28 Patna (BR) 43 Vijayawada (AP) 58
Coimbatore (TN) 14 Jaipur (RJ) 29 Pune (MH) 44 Visakhapatnam (AP) 59
Cuttack (OD) 15 Jammu (JK) 30 Raipur (CG) 45 - -

Exam Pattern

The NEST question will be in English language only.

The questions are designed to test candidates' subject comprehension and analytic ability. In the subject sections, there will be negative marking for incorrect answers

The question paper will consist of 5 (five) sections of objective (MCQ) type questions carrying 50 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.

Some questions may have one or more correct answers for which marks can only be earned by marking all correct answers and no wrong answer.

Question Papers

Past year NEST questions papers with key has been updated. Click here for NEST question papers of last few years


Click here for NEST Syllabus


The NEST result will be announced in June 2017, and it will be listed on the website.

Contact Details

The Chief Coordinator, NEST
National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER)
At/PO-Jatni, District- Khurda, PIN- 752050, Odisha, India

For any query requiring quicker response, please contact at
Phone: (0674) 2494102 (Mon-Fri, 10:00-13:00 & 14:30-17:00)

Email: [email protected]

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