National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) is conducted jointly by National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar and Mumbai University - Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CEBS), Mumbai. Candidates that are able to successfully qualify the exams will be offered admission in the above mentioned prestigious universities. The NEST Exam is conducted annually to offer admission for Integrated MSc programmes in: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics The National Entrance Screening Test (popularly known as NEST) is an annual college entrance examination in India, conducted for admission into the National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneswar (NISER) and the Center for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CEBS), Mumbai. These two institutes use NEST as a sole criterion for admission to their undergraduate programs. Also, the Integrated Science Education & Research Centre (ISERC) of Visva-Bharati University has been using the merit list of NEST for admission into its undergraduate program. NEST was conducted in 91 cities across India in June 2019. As of 2018, obtaining a seat in NISER has become highly competitive. From a total of roughly 80,000 applicants nationwide, only 0.32% qualify for admission. As of 2018, the total intake of NISER and UM-DAE CBS is 200+2 students and 45+2 students respectively (where two seats in each college are reserved for students belonging to the state of Jammu and Kashmir). NEST is conducted in both English as well as Hindi language.NEST 2020 Application Form

Candidates can check the complete details of the NEST 2020 application form:

The online registration process of NEST 2020 has been started from 8th January 2020.

The online application process consists of various stages like registration process, filling the application form, uploading the documents & images and payment of application fee.

Candidates have to submit the application form till 6th May 2020.

Before filling the application form candidates must be ready with their necessary documents like class 10th and 12th Mark sheet and Pass certificate, passport size photograph digital copy and scanned image of their signature.

Candidates must fill their application form carefully as no modification or correction facility will be provided later.

At the time of filling the application form candidates have to fill their preference of exam city.

Application fee:

The application fee of NEST 2020 for various categories is:

For General and OBC Male Candidates – Rs.1200

For ST/SC/PWD/Female/Male (SC & ST) Candidates – Rs.600

Applicants can pay the application form fee by online mode through SBI Payment gateway/net banking/debit card or credit card.

NEST 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Check the complete eligibility criteria of NEST 2020 before filling the application form:

Qualifying Exam: Candidates must have passed his/her 12th level exam or its equivalent from a recognized Board or University in the year 2018 and 2019.

Minimum Marks: Applying candidate should have secured minimum aggregate of 60% marks. For ST/SC candidates, minimum aggregate marks are 55%.

Qualifying Subjects: Candidate in the qualifying exam must be passed with the subjects of Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology and Physics in 11th and 12th

Age Criteria: Candidates belonging to General or OBC category must have born on or after August 1, 2000. For ST/SC candidates there will be age relaxation of 5 years.

Appearing candidates: Candidates appearing in the final year of their qualifying exam can also apply.

NEST 2020 Exam Pattern

Candidates must check below the complete exam pattern of NEST 2020:

Exam Mode and Date: NEST 2020 will be conducted on 6th June 2020 in online (CBT) mode.

Type of Questions: The question paper will consist of objective type of questions.

Time Duration: The time duration to complete the exam paper will be of 3 hours.

Sections: The question paper will consist of total five sections. Section 1 will be General Section (Compulsory). Section 2 will contain questions from Biology, Section 3 from Chemistry, Section 4 from Mathematics and Section 5 from Physics. Candidates have to attempt any three other sections after attempting Section I.

Total Marks: The exam paper will be of total 230 marks.

Marking Scheme: There will be no negative marking for answering wrong responses except in Section 1. Also in some questions there will be more than one correct answer and candidates will get points only by marking all the correct answers and no wrong answer.

In the below table we have distributed the marks for various sections:

Sections Subjects Maximum Marks

(Compulsory) I General Section 30

Any 3 Sections II Biology 50

III Chemistry 50

IV Mathematics 50

V Physics 50

Total Marks 230 marks

NEST 2020 Syllabus

NEST syllabus has been published by the authority through online mode. The questions in the exam will be asked from the syllabus of 11th and 12th level.

The question paper will contain questions from the General Section, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics subjects. Candidate must review the complete syllabus before starting their preparation.

Questions asked in the paper will test the candidate’s analytic ability to know quantitative and qualitative aspects of a given scientific passage. It will test the candidate’s aptitude for a career in science.