NEST 2020 - NISER and UM-DAE CEBS conducts NEST 2020 admission for the candidates who wish to seek admission in the five-year integrated Msc Programmes offered by the participating institutes. 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).
There are a total of 202 seats offered for NEST by NISER and 47 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.
NEST application form 2020 will be released in the first week of January 2020 in online mode. In order to appear for NEST 2020, the candidates need to register online and fill the application form of NEST 2020. The online examination will be conducted in the first week of June 2020, the result of which will be announced in the third week of June 2020.
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.
Name of the examination
National Entrance Screening Test
National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER)
University of Mumbai - Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CEBS)
NISER - 202
CEBS - 47
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
Registration and Application Starts
First week of January 2020
Last date to register and apply
Third week of March 2020
Release of the admit card
Last week of April 2020
First week of June 2020
Announcement of the result
Second week of June 2020
Third week of June 2020
First Round of NISER counselling
First week of July 2020
Second Round of counselling
Third week of July 2020
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.
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
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-
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.
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.
The candidates must be born on or after August 01, 2000. However, for SC/ST/PwD candidates the limit is relaxed by five years.
The NEST 2020 application form will be released in the first week of January 2020 in online mode. The last date to fill the NEST application form 2020 will be notified in the second week of March 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-
Class 10th mark sheet
Class 12th mark sheet
Scanned copy of the candidate’s coloured passport-sized photograph and signature (specifications are same for both)
Details about the Debit Card/Credit Card/Netbanking to remit the NEST application form fee.
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.
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’.
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.
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/Netbanking. A total breakup of the application form fee is given in the table given below.
Fee (In INR)
General and OBC
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.
The NEST 2020 admit card is the hall ticket/hall pass that lets the candidates enter the examination hall. The admit card of NEST 2020 will be released in the last week of April 2020 in online mode only. 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 -
Name of the candidates
Photograph of the candidates
Date and time of the examination
Rules and regulations to be followed by the candidates on the day of the examination.
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 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.
Types of questions
Section I - 30 Marks
Section II-V - 50 Marks
No negative marking will be applied for Section I
The NEST 2020 result will be announced in the second week of June 2020 in online mode. The result of NEST 2020 contains a total number of candidates who appeared for the examination along with their marks scored.
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-
Application Number and Roll Number
Marks secured in the entrance test
The cutoff of NEST 2020 will be released after the announcement of NEST result in the third week of June 2020. 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.
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.
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.
The counselling of NEST 2020 will commence from the first week of July 2020. 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.
Question. Which institutes will be conducting the NEST 2020?
Answer. 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?
Answer. No, the application form will not be available offline. The candidates need to fill and submit the NEST 2020 application form online only.
Question. What all documents are required to be uploaded while filling out the application form of NEST 2020?
Answer. Candidates need to upload their scanned copies of photograph, signature.
Question. Do the institutes provide a two-year master’s programme?
Answer. No, the participating institutes only provide five -year integrated M.Sc programmes.
Question. In what mode is the NEST 2020 exam conducted?Answer. The examination is conducted in computer-based mode, i.e. in online mode.
Question. Will the NEST 2020 result be released offline?
Answer. 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 if I forget the login credentials?
Answer. 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.
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NEST 2020 will be organized by the NISER, Bhubaneswar and UM-DAE-CEBS, Mumbai jointly. This is a national entrance screening testconducted every year to offer admission into 5 years of Integrated M.Sc programmes in Biological, Mathematical, Chemical and Physical sciences.
Candidates can answer exam 3 times. 1st during 12th std and 2 times after 12 std is completed.
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We cannot tell exactly how many many students would be appearing for NEST 2020. But around 80 thousand students appeared in 2019 and about 67 thousand in 2017.
So going by the previous trends, we can assume that around 80 to 85 thousand students would be appearing for the exam in 2020.
There are 202 seats in NISER Bhubaneshwar and 47 seats in UMDAE CBS and a score of around 110-120 would help you grab a place. All the best.
The NEST exam 2020 marking scheme is divided for different sections. There will be no negative marking for general ability section. However, the negative marking system will be applicable for other 3 sections. The paper will be total of 230 marks out of which the student can score maximum of 180 marks.
National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) is a national-level entrance examination conducted annually for admission to five-year integrated MSc programmes offered 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.
NEST 2020 syllabus will be released in the first week of January 2020. You can check the NEST 2019 syllabus for reference and to have an idea about the structure of the question paper.
Check the detailed syllabus using the link below-
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