NEST Cut Off 2020 - NISER Bhubaneswar along with UMDAE-CBS will release the NEST 2020 cut off in online mode. The cutoff of NEST 2020 is the qualifying marks candidates must secure to qualify for the counselling round. The merit list for the participating institutes is made based on the cut off of NEST 2020. The NEST 2020 cut off marks includes the section-wise cut off marks and overall cut off marks obtained by a candidate in the entrance examination. The cut off of NEST 2020 will be different for different participating institutes. Candidates who will not be able to score NEST 2020 cut off marks will not be eligible for the counselling process. National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) will be conducted as per the new dates, which are to be declared soon.
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To know details about NEST 2020 such as seat allotment, the process of counselling and result, merit list preparation and more read the article below.

NEST 2020 Cut Off - Important Dates



NEST cut off declaration

To be announced

First round of counselling

To be announced

Second round of counselling

To be announced

Factors affecting NEST Cutoff 2020

Given below are the factors on which the cutoff of NEST 2020 will depend upon

  • Number of applicants

  • Total number of seats

  • Minimum marks secured

  • Previous year cut off trends

  • The difficulty level of exam

NEST 2019 Cut off - NISER Bhubaneswar


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NEST Cut off 2019 - CEBS Mumbai


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NEST Merit List

Candidates will be invited to the NEST counselling 2020 based on their rank in the merit list of NEST 2020. Those candidates whose ranks will fall under the released NEST 2020 merit list need to register themselves till the last date of registration. Candidates will be able to check the scheduled date, venue and timings of the counselling process along with NEST merit list 2020. The final ranking of candidates will be made based on the percentile scores calculated from the general section and best of three subjects.

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NEST 2020 Merit List Calculation

The NEST 2020 cutoff will be calculated in the following

Section-wise Minimum Admissible Score (SMAS)

  • The direct sum of the total score in the general section and the best three scores in the subject section will be the total score of a candidate.

  • Section Wise Minimum Admissible Score or Section Wise Cut Off Marks for each section is the 20 per cent of the average of the best 100 scores in that section.

  • For example, if the average of the best 100 scores in Physics section is 40 out of 50, then SMAS for Physics section would be 40*0.20 = 8 marks.

  • Section-wise cut off marks of NEST 2020 will be different for different numerical value.

  • Candidate must score equal or more SMAS in the General section as well as three subject sections out of five. These sections will then be counted for merit list calculation.

  • NEST 2020 Section Wise Minimum Admissible Score for SC/ST candidates will be 50% of the general category, whereas SMAS for OBC candidates will be 90% of the general candidates.

NEST Cutoff 2020 - Minimum Admissible Percentile (MAP)

  • Candidates must score an equal or above the Minimum Admissible Percentile (MAP) in addition to Section-wise minimum admissible score.

  • Candidates who score an equal or more MAS but do not secure SMAS in the general section or in at least three sections will not be allotted merit rank.

NEST 2020 Cut Off Marks - Category Wise Minimum Admission Percentile


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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - NEST Cutoff 2020

Question: What is Minimum Admissible Score of NEST 2020?


For each section, 20% of the average of best 100 scores in that section is the NEST 2020 minimum admissible score.

Question: I am a general category candidate. How much marks do I need to obtain to clear the cut off of NEST 2020?


The NEST 2020 cut off marks for NISER Bhubaneswar and CEBS Mumbai will be 800 and 350 respectively.

Question: When will the NEST cut off 2020 be released?


The cut off of NEST 2020 will be released in the third week of June 2020 in online mode.

Question: Where can I check my NEST 2020 rank?


Candidates can check their rank in the merit list of NEST 2020.

Question: Will there be any waiting list released by the participating institutes of NEST 2020?


Yes, the participating institute of NEST 2020 may release the waiting list along with candidate’s name and rank.

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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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