NEST Counselling 2020 - NISER and CEBS will start their NEST 2020 counselling process in online mode. The counselling of NEST 2020 will be conducted in online mode for both the participating institutes. There will be two rounds of NEST counselling. The schedule of the second round of NEST counselling 2020 will be released based on the vacant seats in the programmes. Candidates need not fill any registration form for NEST counselling for NISER. However, for the CEBS, the candidates will have to fill and submit a google form to register for the NEST counselling 2020.

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NEST Counselling 2020

The selected and eligible candidates will be getting mail to attend the NEST 2020 counselling. Candidates need to carry all the required official documents with them while going for NEST counselling. NEST 2020 counselling is the process where the document verification of the selected candidates is done. After a successful document verification of NEST 2020, candidates are allotted admission to the programmes and the institutes.

NEST is conducted by the National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) and Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (CEBS) for the candidates who are seeking admission in their five years integrated M. Sc programmes.

NEST Counselling 2020 - Important Dates



NEST 2020

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NEST 2020 Result

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NEST 2020 Counselling Registration starts

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Online registration for NEST 2020 counselling closes

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First Round for counselling

To be notified soon

Second round for counselling

To be notified soon

Semester Registration

To be notified soon

NEST Cut off 2020

The NEST 2020 cut off is released as per the institutions. The candidates can take a look at the NEST cut off from previous years to have an idea of the cut off trend.

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NEST Cut off- 2019

  • NISER Bhubaneswar


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  • CEBS Mumbai


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Documents to be submitted for NEST 2020 counselling

The candidates, who are called for the counselling of NEST, are supposed to carry certain official documents with them to get verified. It must be noted that the candidates’ admission process will not be completed if any of the documents are missing. It might also happen that the candidates lose their candidature if they are unable to provide any of these documents.

  • Class 12 mark sheet or provisional mark sheet (Along with a photocopy)

  • Category certificate (Along with a photocopy)

  • Printout of NEST scorecard 2020

  • FOUR passport size colour photographs

  • Proof of Date of Birth (along with a photocopy)

Candidates also need to draw a Demand Draft of Rs. 17,950 for General and OBC category students and Rs. 10,450 for students of SC and ST category, in favour of NISER, payable at Bhubaneswar.

NEST 2020 Counselling - Withdrawal of admission

Candidates, who decide to cancel their NEST admission and wish to withdraw their admission, must do so before the end of the second counselling. To cancel the admission the candidates have to send an email with the following details-

  • Name

  • Date of Birth

  • Roll and Application Number

  • Counselling Venue

  • Class 12 board exam percentage

NEST Counselling 2020 - Things to Remember

  • Candidates who are called for NEST counselling are based on the merit lists that are released by the participating institutes.

  • To appear for NEST 2020 counselling, the candidates need to register online for the process. After the successful registration, the candidates need to print out some of the forms - Candidate Personal Details, Candidate Medical History, Undertaking by the candidates and the parents/guardian, and Format of an affidavit (anti-ragging) by the candidate and the parent/guardian.

  • It must be noted that the second round of NEST counselling is held if there is any vacancy in any of the participating institutes. If there are none, the institutes will not release the second round of the counselling session.

  • The second round of NEST counselling 2020 is conducted on the official websites of the respective participating institutes.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - NEST Counselling 2020

Question: How do I apply for NEST 2020 counselling?


The candidates who want to apply for NEST counselling 2020 need to score certain marks that makes them eligible to appear for the counselling process. However, to apply for counselling process in CEBS, the candidates need to fill a Google Form online, the link of which will be provided online.

Question: What are the documents that need to be carried while appearing for NEST 2020 counselling?


The candidates need to carry their Class 12 mark sheet or provisional mark sheet, category certificate, printout of NEST scorecard 2020, four passport size color photographs, proof of Date of Birth.

Question: Will there be any interview after we qualify the NEST 2020 exam?


No, there will be no interview round for NEST 2020. The candidates will get the admission based on the candidates’ marks and their qualifying status according to the cut off and merit lists.

Question: What is NISER NEST?


The National Institute of Science Education and Research is one of the participating institutes which conduct NEST. The other institute is Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (CEBS).

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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

And download the Sample Papers for NEST exam from this link

Practise well and score better.

All the best!!

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