NEST 2020
Parul Thapa, 16 Aug 2019, #NEST

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.

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 - 202

CEBS - 47

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

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

NEST exam

First week of June 2020

Announcement of the result

Second week of June 2020

NEST cutoff

Third week of June 2020

First Round of NISER counselling

First week of July 2020

Second Round of counselling

Third week of July 2020

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.


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 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-

  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 01, 2000. However, for SC/ST/PwD candidates the limit is relaxed by five years.

NEST 2020 Application Form

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-

  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)


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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/Netbanking. A total breakup of the application form fee is given in the table given below.


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 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 -

  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.


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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

NEST 2020 - FAQs

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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how to nest filllup neet mds 2020 application form . i have complited first stage form user id and created . please info me how to complited my next form

Aditya kumar Student Expert 15th Oct, 2019
Hello there!


The steps to fill NEET MDS 2020 application form can be checked below-

  • Registration:- Since , you are done with registration, follow the below steps.


  • Login using the "Applicant Login" section
  • Enter the user Id and password
  • Click on "Go to application form"
  • Candidates Name, Date of Birth, Gender, Nationality, Mobile number and Email address will be pre-filled in the application form.
    • Enter personal details such as Fathers Name
    • Mothers Name
    • Select the Category (General/SC/ST/OBC)
    • Are you a person with Disability (Yes/No)
    • Identification Details
    • Communication Address
  • On completion of this section, click on "Save and Next"
    • Enter qualification details such as 10+2 equivalent exam details
    • BDS / Primary Medical Qualification details Country of completion of BDS Qualification
    • Name of Country
    • State of completion
    • City of completion
    • University of completion
    • University name
    • Name of college
    • Month and Year of Passing
    • Internship Details
    • SDC/DCI Registration Details
    • Once this section is complete, click on "Save and Next" .Choose the desire NEET MDS test centre
  • Now , after filling of form follow the below steps ,
    • Upload Images
    • Payment of Application Fee
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  • thankyou

My son in nest 2019 mark 41 and percentile 74.8530 in obc category and how can join in niser

Vishnupriya 17th Jul, 2019

Hi Sonu, 

The total number of seats in NISER, Bubhaneshwar, is only around 172. And there are thousands of candidates competing for this. I am sorry to say that getting a seat in NISER with 74.853 is quite impossible. Do not lose hope. You can ask to try next year again. 

All The Best


I have rank obc-384 in NEST 2019 is there any chance for me in 1st counselling

Vishnupriya 17th Jul, 2019

Hi Hemlata, 

The predicted cutoff rank for OBC is 280, this year. Lat year it was around 400 rank. But competition has increased a lot this year. You can try for 2nd counselling. Do not lose hope. If you are so passionate about it, you can also go for a break year. 

All The Best. 


Will there be nest round of bsc. Maths in allahabad university? And also i have scored 124 marks I also have ews form will i get admission?

Raghav bahuguna 21st Jun, 2019

Dear Aspirant

     Allahabad University 2018 Cutoff Round 1


All Category




B.Sc Mathematics





B.Sc Bio





B.Sc Home Science














All appeared candidate

Allahabad University Cutoff 2018 Round 2 for BSc programme


All Category




B.Sc Mathematics





B.Sc. (Bio)


101 and above


All ST

B.Sc.(Home Science)



All SC

All ST


this was the cut off for the previous year so this year the cut off will follow amost similar trend so if you dont get a college in 1st round you definately get it in the 2nd round.

If you want to compare the trends of the previous years also you can follow the link

All the best .


I have a general rank of 882 in nest 2019 . Is there any chance for me in 2nd round?

VIKASH KUMAR Student Expert 20th Jun, 2019

 NEST 2019 Counselling will be held in two Rounds:

Round 1 of NEST 2019 Counselling- A joint modified merit list will be prepared on the basis of original merit list and the attendance at NISER and CBS. The admissions will be approved strictly on the basis of the merit list.

Round 2 of NEST 2019 Counselling- The applicants are admitted to the vacant seats of the institutes after the first round of counselling. The names of the waitlisted candidates will be announced by the participating institutions on their respective websites.

Last year, the numbers of seats available at the two institutions are as follows:

Supernumerary: J&K22
PD (part of other categories)3% seats in each category3% seats in each category
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