NEST 2020 application window extended to May 31

NEST 2020 - NISER along with UM-DAE CEBS has extended the NEST 2020 application submission deadline to May 31, 2020. Candidates who wish to register themselves for NEST 2020 can fill the application form of NEST 2020 before the last date of submission. NEST 2020 admit card for the registered candidates will be released as per the new dates. NEST 2020 test for the candidates who wish to seek admission in the five-year integrated MSc Programmes offered by the participating institutes will be held as per new dates, which will be announced in due course. NEST 2020 will be held in online mode, in two different sessions, while the NEST result announcement 2020 has also been postponed till further notice by the authorities. National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) is conducted, jointly, by the National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) and University of Mumbai - Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CEBS). The candidates who wish to appear for NEST 2020 can go through this article to gain more knowledge regarding the NEST syllabus, seats offered, marking scheme of the online examination, detailed list of exam centres, counselling procedure etc.
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There are a total of 200 seats offered for NEST by NISER and 57 seats offered by CEBS. NEST 2020 is conducted in major cities and towns all over India. The online examination of NEST 2020 is held in two sessions with a duration of three hours and thirty minutes for each session. NEST 2020 has objective type questions with MCQs. The NEST syllabus 2020 includes the science syllabus from 10+2 standard.

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NEST 2020 - Overview

Name of the examination

National Entrance Screening Test

Abbreviated Name


Conducting Bodies

  • National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER)

  • University of Mumbai - Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CEBS)

Seats Offered

NISER - 200

CEBS - 57

Programmes offered

Five-year Integrated M.Sc in Biological, Chemical, Mathematical, Physical, Computer and Environmental Sciences

Mode of examination

Computer Based Test (Online)


Three hours and thirty minutes

NEST Important Dates 2020

Key Events


Registration and Application Starts

January 8, 2020 (2:30 pm)


Last date to register and apply

May 31, 2020 (extended)

Release of the admit card

To be announced

NEST exam

To be announced

Announcement of the result

To be announced

NEST cutoff

To be notified soon

First Round of NISER counselling

To be notified soon

Second Round of counselling

To be notified soon

NEST Eligibility Criteria 2020

The NEST 2020 eligibility criteria mention the minimum marks/degree that a candidate is supposed to score/acquire if they wish to sit for the NEST examination. The eligibility criteria of NEST 2020 that needs to be fulfilled is given below-

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  1. The candidates must have passed class 12th board examination or equivalent in the Science stream in the years 2018 to 2019 from any recognised Higher Secondary Education Board in India.

  2. Aspirants must have secured at least 60 per cent in their qualifying examination (XII board examination). For SC/ST/PwD candidates, the requirement is only 55 per cent.

  3. The candidates must be born on or after August 1, 2000. However, for SC/ST/PwD candidates the limit is relaxed by five years.

NEST 2020 Application Form

The NEST 2020 application form has been released on January 8, 2020 in online mode. The last date to fill the NEST application form 2020 is May 31, 2020. Candidates who wish to appear for examination have to register and fill the application form which is the most initial stage. There is no other mode for NEST application form 2020 submission. Before filling the application form, candidates are advised to go through the eligibility criteria properly. If the candidate is ineligible for the examination and he/she fills the NEST 2020 application form, then they will not be getting the remitted application fee back. Filling the NEST application form also does not guarantee admission in one of the participating institutes. For that, the candidates will have to go through many stages which we will be talking about in the article below.

Things to keep handy before filling the NEST application form 2020

There are certain documents and information that the candidates are supposed to keep with themselves before sitting to fill the application form of NEST 2020. The list of such official documents is given below-

  1. Class 10th mark sheet

  2. Class 12th mark sheet

  3. Scanned copy of the candidate’s coloured passport-sized photograph and signature (specifications are same for both)

NEST Application Form 2020 - Document Specifications


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  1. Details about the Debit Card/Credit Card/Netbanking to remit the NEST application form fee.

How to fill the NEST 2020 application form?

The candidates have to fill the NEST application form 2020 in online mode. Filling out the application form and going through the registration process can be a little tricky since it is all in online mode. The candidates can follow the steps given below to make the process of filling the NEST application form 2020 easier.

  • Registration Process

Step 1. Visit the official website of NEST.

Step 2. Click on ‘Online application’ tab

Step 3. Enter all the required details such as full name, Date of Birth, Registration No. (printed in your mark sheet), email ID etc.

Step 4. Click on ‘ Register’.

  • Login Process

Step 5. In order to log in, the candidates need to enter the NEST registration number and password that are sent to the registered Email IDs of the candidates.

Step 6. Once logged in, the candidates will have to go through various sections.

Step 7. In the ‘Personal Information’ tab, candidate’s name, date of birth, mobile number etc. will be needed.

Step 8. In the ‘Exam City Preference’, the candidates need to select at least five NEST exam centres according to their preferences and convenience.

Step 9. In the ‘Educational Qualification Details’, the candidates need to fill in the details regarding their academic stage.

Step 10. After giving the academic information, the candidates will be directed to uploading section where they need to upload the scanned images of the requisite documents.

Step 11. After uploading the documents, the candidates have to remit the NEST application form fee. The website will redirect the candidates to a secured gateway through which they can pay for their NEST application form 2020.

NEST 2020 Application Form Fee

After successful registration and filling of the NEST application form, the candidates have to remit the application form fee online. The website will provide a secure gateway to the candidates through which they can make the payment of the NEST application form 2020. The candidates can pay for their NEST application form via Debit Card/Credit card/Net banking. A total breakup of the application form fee is given in the table given below.

NEST Application Fee 2020


Fee (In INR)

General and OBC


Female Candidates




PwD candidates


NEST Exam Centre 2020

The National Entrance Screening Test is conducted in online mode in around 91 selected major cities and towns of India. The candidates have the option to choose at least five exam centres which are nearest to them. The NEST officials try their best to allot an exam centre within the candidate’s three chosen NEST exam centres. It must be noted that, once the exam centres are allotted, there will be no change in the same. The NEST 2020 exam centre will be printed on the candidate’s admit card. Only this exam centre should be treated as final, irrespective of the order of preference of test cities filled in the application form by the candidates.


NEST 2020 Admit Card

The NEST 2020 admit card is the hall ticket/hall pass that lets the candidates enter the examination hall. The admit card dates of NEST 2020 will be released soon, in online mode only. The date will be announced in due course. NEST officials will not be sending the NEST admit card 2020 via any post/courier. The NEST admit card can be downloaded from the official website of the examination using their login credentials only till the day of the examination. The candidates can find the following details printed on their NEST 2020 admit card -

  1. Name of the candidates

  2. Roll Number

  3. Photograph of the candidates

  4. Examination Centre

  5. Examination Name

  6. Date and time of the examination

  7. Rules and regulations to be followed by the candidates on the day of the examination.

NEST Syllabus 2020

NEST 2020 exam is based on the syllabus of Class 10+2 standard. The online examination is divided into five sections - General sections and the rest of the sections are left for the subject-wise sections (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics).

NEST 2020 Exam Pattern

NEST 2020 is conducted in a computer-based mode for a duration of three hours and thirty minutes. The NEST 2020 exam consists of five sections with MCQs. Negative marking is applicable for a few sections as given in the table below.

NEST 2020 Exam Pattern


3.5 hours

Types of questions

Multiple Choice



Sectional Marks

Section I - 30 Marks

Section II-V - 50 Marks

Total Marks


Marking Scheme

No negative marking will be applied for Section I

NEST Result 2020

The NEST 2020 result will be announced according to the revised dates, to be announced soon. The result of NEST 2020 contains a total number of candidates who appeared for the examination along with their marks scored.

How to check NEST 2020 Result

To check the result of NEST 2020, the candidates can follow the steps given below -

Step 1. Visit the official website of NEST

Step 2. Click on ‘Result’ option

Step 3. Enter the login details

Step 4. Click on Submit

Details mentioned in the NEST Result 2020

The result of NEST 2020 will mention the following details-

  1. Name of the candidates

  2. Application Number and Roll Number

  3. Marks secured in the entrance test

  4. Qualifying status

NEST 2020 Cutoff

The cutoff of NEST 2020 will be released after the announcement of NEST result. The cut off of NEST mentions the lowest and the highest marks needed for the candidates to go for the counselling process in NISER and CEBS. The NEST cut off will differ as per the participating institutes. The candidates who are unable to score the mentioned cut off marks in the list will be deemed as ineligible for admission and will not be able to take any part in the further process.

NISER Bhubaneshwar Cut Off 2019


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NEST Merit List 2020

The NEST 2020 merit list contains the names of the candidates’ names in the list with the ranks secured by them. The merit list of NEST 2020 will be released after the announcement of the results in the second week of June 2020. The candidates whose names are included in the merit list are supposed to attend the counselling.

NEST 2020 Admission Process

The admission in NEST 2020 requires a lot of stages of the selection process. From registration to remitting the application form fee, to downloading the admit card, to finally, appearing for NEST counselling. Candidates can check the bullet points given below to have a basic idea of the NEST selection process stage-wise.

  • Candidates need to start with, first and foremost, the step of registering, which is basically making an account on the official website. They need to, then, login to fill the NEST application form online.

  • After remitting application form fee and completing the process of applying for NEST 2020, the candidates need to wait for the admit card which is a hall pass to sit for the online examination.

  • NEST 2020 online examination is a computer-based examination with a duration of three hours and thirty minutes.

  • The result of NEST is declared in the form of a cut off and merit lists by the participating institutes in online mode.

  • The selected and eligible candidates are called for NEST 2020 counselling.

    NEST 2020 - Programmes offered

    National Entrance Screening test is conducted for the candidates who wish to seek admission in five-year integrated M. Sc programmes offered by NISER and CEBS. A break-up of the total courses offered by the participating institutes is given below in the table

NEST Courses 2020


Programme (5 Year Integrated)

School of Biological Sciences

M.Sc Biological Science

School of Chemical Sciences

M.Sc Chemical Science

School of Physical Sciences

M.Sc Physical Science

School of Mathematical Sciences

M.Sc Mathematical Science

School of Computer Sciences

M.Sc Computer Science

School of Environmental Sciences

M.Sc Environmental Science

NEST 2020 Counselling

The official dates of counselling of NEST 2020 will be announced soon. Candidates are called for the NEST counselling on the basis of the cutoff. If the candidates are able to score the marks more than the minimum cut off scores provided by the officials then they are eligible for the counselling of NEST. The participating institutes will be conducting two rounds of NEST 2020 counselling. Candidates are needed to carry all of their official documents and certificates for the document verification process that will take place during the NEST counselling 2020.

Documents required for NEST Counselling 2020

  • Original caste certificate
  • Date of birth proof
  • 4 passport size photograph
  • Government ID proof
  • Class 10th original mark sheet
  • Class 12th original mark sheet
  • Original disability certificate

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - NEST 2020

Question: In what mode is the NEST 2020 exam conducted?


 The examination is conducted in computer-based mode, i.e. in online mode.

Question: What if I forget the login credentials of NEST 2020?


In such case, you can click on ‘Forgot password’ option. Your password will be reset by clicking on the ‘Reset Password’ option. For resetting your password, the NEST officials will send the required details to your registered email ID and mobile numbers.

Question: Will the NEST 2020 result be released offline?


No, the institutes do not send the result of NEST 2020 via post/courier. The candidates have to check the NEST result online only by logging into their students’ portals.

Question: What all documents are required to be uploaded while filling out the application form of NEST 2020?


Candidates need to upload their scanned copies of photograph, signature.

Question: Which institutes will be conducting the NEST 2020?


The National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) and University of Mumbai - Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CEBS) will be conducting the NEST 2020 exam.

Question: Will the NEST application form 2020 available offline?


No, the application form is not available offline. The candidates need to fill and submit the NEST 2020 application form online only.

Question: Do the institutes provide a two-year master’s programme?


No, the participating institutes only provide five -year integrated M.Sc programmes.

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what are the minimum marks needed to clear the NEST exam ?

Zayed khan 15th May, 2020


The cutoff varies every year. If you are an unreserved candidate, a minimum rank of 500 will get you into CEBS or NISER in first round counselling. AIR 1000 for reserved categories.

There are high chances for you if you score around 50% in the NEST exam.

  • For each section, 20% of the average of the best 100 scores in that section will be considered as Section wise Minimum Admissible Score (SMAS).
  • It means if the average of the best 100 scores in Chemistry section will be 40 out of 50, then SMAS for this section will be 40 x 0.20 = 8 marks. This process is similar to other section also.
  • Candidates should secure equal to or more than particular SMAS in the General section & also in at least three subject sections. Then, these subject sections will be counted in merit list calculation. In case, candidate’s scores SMAS in all four subjects sections, then the best three subject scores will be counted.
  • In a case, candidates not score SMAS in the general section or at least three subject sections, then they will not be allotted any merit rank & will not be eligible for admission.

Hope this helps.



can a mpc student attempt biology in nest??? are there any minimum marks for each subject to qualify?

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 7th May, 2020


nest 2020 application has extended to 31 may, 2020.

the eligibility criteria is

candidates must have pass 12th course from a recognized university in the year of 2019/2018  are eligible to apply.  candidate from general category should have secured minimum aggregate of 60% marks. For ST/SC candidates, minimum aggregate marks are 55%. candidates must have studies mathematics, physics, chemistry , biology or life science as a subject in 10+2 course.

there is no separate qualifying score applicable to each subject. there will be two paper, in section 1 there is general aptitude questions, 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.


which degree do we get by giving nest exam,?

Megha 1st May, 2020

Hello Shreyash !

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.

By NEST exam you will get admission in M.SC courses , in Biology , Chemistry ,Mathematics and Physics.

You can check more about this exam on our site :


Hope it helps !


Would JEE mains be further extended. What will be expected exam date according to you ?

Harsha Sinha 25th Apr, 2020
Hi there,
There are lot of new about jee mains like there are some chances of cancelling jee advance so by seeing all those things
In my opinion the second jee mains paper would be conducted around 1-2 week of june before that there is not high chances of the exam to happen
So prepare well for the exam. And try to score more tha  250.
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I hope this help

What is the official website of nest examination?? Please provide me from I can get mock test. Nest 2020 mock test is available now or it will available afterwards???

Devraj Student Expert 21st Apr, 2020


Here is the link for the official website of NEST exam https://www.nestexam.in/

And download the Sample Papers for NEST exam from this link https://university.careers360.com/articles/nest-sample-paper

Practise well and score better.

All the best!!

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