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NEST 2018 Apply from Jan 1,2018 - Last Date Mar 5,2018

The National Entrance Screening Test or NEST is a compulsory test for admission to the five 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 Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM–DAE CEBS), Mumbai.

Eligibility criteria for admission to the programme:

Educational qualification: Candidates seeking admission to NISER and UM–DAE CEBS for the integrated MSc programme 2018–23 should be from regular science stream only and preferably should have any combination of at least three subjects among Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics in classes XI and XII. It is mandatory for all aspiring candidates to write the NEST 2018 examination. Admission will be offered strictly on the basis of Merit List of NEST 2018. Additionally, candidates must have passed class XII examination or equivalent from any recognised Board in India in the years 2016 or 2017 or be appearing for the same in 2018. Candidates who are appearing for the board examination in 2018 must pass it by the time of admission into the program. Also, candidates must secure at least 60% marks in aggregate or equivalent grade in class XII examination to be eligible for admission to NISER and CEBS. For candidates belonging to scheduled castes (SC), scheduled tribes (ST) and Persons with Disabilities (PwD) categories, the minimum requirement of marks is relaxed to 55% in aggregate. Where only letter grades are available,a certificate from the concerned Board specifying equivalent percentage of marks is required to be submitted. In absence of such a certificate, the decision of the admissions committee of the concerned institution will be final.

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

Eligibility criteria summary: a candidate becomes eligible for the programme when he/she satisfies following all four criteria:

(a) Secures a position in the NEST merit list. Please refer to page–9 of this document for rules of merit list preparation.

(b) Pass the XII standard board examination or equivalent in the science stream in the years 2016 or 2017 or 2018 from any recognised Higher Secondary Education Board in India.

(c) Secures at least 60% in aggregate in the XII standard board examination. For SC/ST/PwD students the requirement is 55%.

(d) Born on or after August 01, 1998. For SC/ST/PwD students the limit is relaxed by five years

Reservation of seats:

For the Integrated MSc programme 2018–23, total number of seats at NISER and CEBS are 200+2(JK) and 45+2(JK), respectively. Indian nationals belonging to certain categories are admitted under the seats reserved for them in accordance with the rules of the Government of India. The categories and the extent of reservation are as follows:



Other Backward Classes belonging to the Non–Creamy Layer (OBC–NCL):

 27% of seats are reserved for OBC–NCL. The class should have been mentioned in the central list of OBCs ( as of June 01, 2017 and the Non Creamy Layer Certificate should have been obtained from a competent authority on or after June 01, 2017.

Candidates belonging to the creamy layer of OBC are NOT entitled for reservation. Such candidates are treated as belonging to the General category. The Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) as notified by some of the State Governments are as such NOT eligible to avail any reservation unless they satisfy the OBC–NCL criteria.

Scheduled Caste (SC) / Scheduled Tribe (ST):

15% seats are reserved for SC and 7.5% seats for are reserved for ST categories. The benefit of reservation will be given only to those castes and tribes that are mentioned in the respective lists of corresponding states published by the Government of India: ( and

 The number of seats reserved for SC, ST, OBC (Non–Creamy–Layer) and PwD is according to the Government of India norm. To claim seats under reserved category, relevant documents must be furnished at the time of admission. For OBC candidates, the OBC (NCL) certificate must have been issued on or after June 01, 2017. All category certificates should be written in either English or Hindi. In case certificates are written in any other language, a translated copy must also be provided.

Person with Disabilities (PwD):

 3% of seats are reserved in every category, i.e., General, OBC– NCL, SC and ST for persons with disabilities. Benefit would be given to those who have at least 40% impairment irrespective of the type of disability i.e., locomotor, visual or dyslexic. Leprosy–cured candidates who are otherwise fit to pursue the course are also included in this sub–category. Candidates are advised to ensure that the certificate is in accordance with the latest guidelines of the Government of India (visit the web site of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Department of Disability Affairs for latest information). The reservation for PwD candidates is horizontal and hence, unfilled seats will be allotted to candidates belonging to the respective categories i.e., unfilled SC (PwD) seats will be allotted to candidates belonging to the SC category and so on.

NEST 2018 Examination:

The NEST 2018 examination will be conducted at multiple centres (major towns or cities) all over India on June 02, 2018 (Saturday), 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Based on the performance in NEST 2018, a common Merit List of the candidates will be prepared and posted on NEST 2018 website ( on June 18, 2018. Successful candidates in NEST 2018 exam will be asked to participate in an admission/counselling process and admission to the program will strictly be according to the Merit List. NEST 2018 examination will be a Computer-Based Test (CBT/online exam)

Examination centres:

A proposed list of 106 centres (cities and towns of India) for the NEST examination is given at page-8 of this document. Candidates must choose 5 (five) centres in order of their preference while filling up of the application form. Every effort will be made to allot the centre of first preference. Please note that ultimately, the allotment of an examination centre by the NEST Committee has to be regarded as final and request for change of centre will, in general, not be entertained. The address of the test venue allotted to the applicant, will be mentioned on the NEST admit card. Admit cards will be available for download from online application portal from April 25, 2018. Refer to the section ‘How to Apply’ below for details on online registration and application process.

Examination rules:

Candidates must reach the test venue at least thirty minutes before the examination commences. The examination is of 3 hours 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. Use of log tables and calculators inside the examination hall is not allowed. Candidates should bring their own pen and essential stationery. 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. For NEST question papers of last few years, refer to the NEST 2018 website ( Language of the question paper will be English only.


 The syllabus for NEST 2018 primarily follows the NCERT/ CBSE science syllabus of class XI–XII. The detailed syllabus for NEST examination is provided at the end of this document under heading, ‘Syllabus for NEST 2018’. The syllabus can also be downloaded from NEST 2018 website,, under the ‘Syllabus’ tab. There is, however, no specific syllabus for the general section. This section tests candidate's familiarity with, but not detailed understanding of, major historical milestones in subjects like Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science and Environmental Science. Questions will be designed to test analytic abilities and comprehension of scientific passages. Some of the questions in this section may require knowledge of class X mathematics. Previous NEST question papers (2007 to 2017) are available on NEST website.

How to apply:

To apply for NEST 2018, candidates must fill–up the online application form through on or after January 01, 2018. Candidates are strongly advised to read through the detailed online application procedure available on the website (click on ‘How to Apply’). Online application process closes on March 05, 2018. Application can be submitted only through NEST 2018 website. There is no other mode of application submission. Login credentials for logging into application (fill - pay - submit) will be provided upon online registration.

 Application Fee:

The application fee for the male candidates of General and OBC categories is ₹1,000/–. The application fee for candidates in the SC/ST/PwD categories and for all female candidates is ₹500/–. Payments can be made using credit card/debit card/net–banking through online payment gateway. Candidates need not send any document to NEST office in the entire application process (as part of ‘Go-GREEN’ initiative).

Admit card:

 The admit card for NEST 2018 will be available for downloading from April 25, 2018. 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 admission.

Important Dates:

  • Start of Online application for NEST 2018: January 01, 2018 (First Monday of January)
  • Closing of Online application: March 05, 2018 (First Monday of March)
  • Download of Admit Card begins: April 25, 2018
  • NEST 2018 examination: June 02, 2018 (First Saturday of June) (Hour of examination: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM) Announcement of results on NEST website: June 18, 2018 (Third Monday of June)