NEST Exam 2018 – National Entrance Screening Test

NEST Exam 2018 – National Entrance Screening Test

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National Entrance Screening Test

The National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) is a compulsory test for admission to the 5-year integrated MSc program in Basic Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics), Bhubaneswar and University of Mumbai – Department of Atomic Energy Center for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CBS), Mumbai.Their mandate is to train scientific manpower for carrying out cutting edge scientific research. It is expected that NEST 2018 will be conducted in 60 cities, in May 2018.


Expected Schedule for the NEST Exam 2018 is given below.

Event Dates
Details to be Announced Dec 26 2017
Online Application open Jan 2018
Last date for online application Mar 2018
Download of Admit Card begins Apr 2018
Date NEST 2018 May 2018
Answer key and question paper released on May 2018
Announcement of Result Jun 2018

NEST Eligibility Criteria 2018

NEST Eligibility Criteria 2018 for appearing for NEST Exam 2018 and taking admission for session 2018-19. Eligibility Criteria given below as per last year information and only for references. Candidates must qualify all three eligibility criteria listed below:

  • Candidates in General and OBC category should be born on or after August 01, 1998. The age limit is relaxed by 5 years for SC/ ST/ Physically Disabled (PD) candidates.
  • Class XII qualifying examination should be passed in either 2016 or 2017. Candidates appearing in 2018 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.)
  • 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%.
  • For OBC candidates, the OBC (NCL) certificate must have been issued.

Age limit: General and OBC category candidates born on or after August 01, 1998 are eligible for admission to the integrated M.Sc. programme of NISER/CEBS. The age limit is relaxed by 5 years for SC / ST / PD candidates.

Necessary certificates supporting eligibility criteria have to be furnished only at the time of admission. Offer of admission is subject to verification of all original certificates at the time of admission/counselling. There is no restriction on appearing for the NEST–2018 examination.

NEST Exam Important Information

The National Entrance Screening Test or NEST is a compulsory test for admission to the 5–year 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 Center for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM–DAE CEBS), Mumbai. Both NISER and CEBS are autonomous institutions established by Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India, in 2007. NISER is an off–campus centre of Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI) and all academic programmes of NISER are affiliated to HBNI.

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 MSc programme 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 programme. The placements of the graduated students from NISER and CEBS provide testimony of success to this initiative.

NISER and CBS are both residential institute equipped with state-of-art teaching and research laboratories, modern computational facilities and computer centres and excellent libraries. All the students are accommodated at in-campus hostels, for both girls and boys, and are provided with an environment conducive to science education and research.

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.

Besides, top performers at NISER and CBS, securing overall grades above certain threshold at the end of final semester, will be eligible to appear directly for the interview for admission to Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) Training School. The details of the Integrated MSc programme, courses, research activities, facilities and faculty profile at NISER and CBS can be found on their respective websites ( and

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NEST 2018 Exam Pattern

Examination rules: Candidates must reach the test centre at least half an hour before the start of the examination.

The examination is of 3 hrs duration and will start at 10:00 AM. Candidates will not be allowed to enter the examination hall after 10:30 AM. The earliest a candidate can leave the examination hall is 11:30 AM, unless it becomes necessary to leave earlier on medical grounds.The earliest one can carry the question paper out is 12:30 PM.

Use of log tables and calculators inside the examination hall is not allowed. Candidates must bring their own pen, pencils (HB), eraser and sharpener. Exchange/sharing of these items with other candidates is strictly prohibited.

Candidates MUST bring their Admit Card and their school photo Identity Card or any other photo ID issued by Government agencies to the examination hall. Any candidate found adopting unfair means will be expelled from the examination hall without warning. Mobile phone and other similar electronic gadgets are strictly not allowed inside examination hall.

Question type: The question paper will consist of 5 (five) sections of objective (MCQ) type questions

  • Section 1 is the general section and is of 30 marks. There will be no negative marking in the general section.
  • Sections 2 through 5 are of 50 marks each and 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. The questions are designed to test candidates’ subject comprehension and analytic ability. In the subject sections, for certain questions there will be negative marking for incorrect answers. 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.

Language of the question paper will be English only.

Answering questions: The answers to each question are to be marked on an OMR (Optical Mark Recognition) sheet. Details of how to answer on OMR sheet will be given in the front page of the question paper and on the OMR sheet.

Number of Seats

Last year seats matrix was as follows:

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