NEST 2020 application submission last date extended till May 31.

NEST Eligibility Criteria 2020 - NISER Bhubaneswar and Centre of Excellence in Basic Sciences - University of Mumbai has released the NEST 2020 eligibility criteria with official admission notification on January 6, 2020. Candidates appearing for the entrance examination must check the eligibility criteria of NEST 2020 before filling the application form. Only those candidates who have completed their 12th class examination with a regular science stream will be eligible to apply for NEST 2020. NEST 2020 eligibility criteria mention the age limit and academic qualification required for admission in Integrated M.Sc programmes of NISER Bhubaneswar and CEBS. The entrance examination of NEST will be conducted in online mode. Any candidate who does not meet the eligibility criteria of NEST 2020 but clear the entrance examination will not be considered eligible for admission. To know more details on NEST 2020 eligibility criteria, read the article below.
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NEST Eligibility Criteria 2020

NEST Eligibility Criteria 2020

The eligibility criteria of NEST 2020 are the minimum academic qualification and age limit required for applying in the admission process of National Entrance Screening Test 2020.

NEST Eligibility Criteria 2020 - Academic Qualification

Candidates applying must have passed class 12th examination with at least 60% from the regular Science stream. Candidates must also have passed the last qualifying examination in the years 2018 or 2019. Those candidates who are waiting for the result can also apply for admissions in Integrated M.Sc programmes of NEST 2020. Candidates from the General/ OBC category must have secured at least 60% in aggregate, whereas candidates belonging to SC/ ST/ PwD category must have secured 55% in their class 12th qualifying examination.

NEST Eligibility Criteria 2020 - Age Limit

It is mandatory for the candidates applying for NEST 2020 entrance examination to fall under the age limit of NEST 2020 eligibility criteria. Candidates belonging to General / OBC category must be born on or after August 1, 2000. The candidates belonging to the reserved categories such as SC/ ST/ PwD category will get a relaxation of maximum five years.

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NEST Courses 2020

Candidates applying for admission in M.Sc programmes offered by NISER Bhubaneswar and UMDAE-CBS can check the list of NEST 2020 courses. Given below in the table is the list of NEST programmes 2020 offered by different schools.

NEST 2020 Courses



School of Biological Sciences

M.Sc Biological Sciences

School of Chemical Sciences

M.SC Chemical Sciences

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 Sciences

NEST Seats 2020

Candidates must check the total seats of NEST 2020 before filling the application form. There are a total of 249 seats offered for M.Sc programmes conducted at NISER Bhubaneswar and UMDAE CBS.

NEST 2020 Seats


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NEST Reservation Criteria 2020

The university offers reservations to the reserved category candidates in the admission process. There is a certain percentage of seats that are reserved for candidates belonging to SC/ ST, OBC-NCL, PwD and Supernumerary Quota for Jammu and Kashmir.


  • 27% of seats are reserved for candidates belonging to OBC-NCL candidates. For candidates belonging to OBC Creamy layer are not eligible for reservation. Such candidates will be treated as General category candidates. Candidates belonging to Socially and Educationally Backward Class need to fulfill the criteria of OBC NCL to avail the reservation as specified by some state government.


  • 15% of seats are reserved for candidates belonging to SC category, whereas 7.5% seats are reserved for candidates belonging to ST category. Candidates need to produce the reserved category candidates to the admission committee at the time of admission.


  • 5% of seats are reserved for candidates belonging to the PwD category. Candidates must make sure that the disability certificate must be in accordance with the latest guidelines of the Government of India.

Supernumerary Quota for students from Jammu and Kashmir

  • Two supernumerary seats both at NISER Bhubaneswar and UMDAE-CBS are reserved for candidates belonging to Jammu and Kashmir. Only those candidates who have appeared for class 12th examination through the State Board of Jammu and Kashmir and from CBSE affiliated schools located in Jammu and Kashmir are eligible for the supernumerary quota.

NEST Application Form 2020

Candidates who meet the NEST 2020 eligibility criteria can start filling out the application form of NEST 2020 from January 8, 2020. The last date to fill the admission form of NEST 2020 is May 31, 2020. The mode of application is online only. The complete process of filling NEST application form 2020 is divided into four easy steps for the convenience of the candidates

Step 1: Online Registration

Step 2: Login

Step 3: Personal Details and Educational Qualification

Step 4: Application Fee Payment

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - NEST Eligibility Criteria 2020

Question: Is there any age relaxation for reserved category candidates?


Yes, the candidates belonging to the reserved category will get the age relaxation upto 5 Years as per the eligibility criteria of NEST 2020.

Question: Is there any percentage criteria for admission in NEST 2020?


Candidates applying for NEST 2020 must have completed class 12th examination with at least 60% in aggregate.

Question: How many supernumerary seats are reserved for Jammu and Kashmir candidates?


Both NISER Bhubaneswar and CEBS reserves two seats for the candidates belonging to Jammu and Kashmir.

Question: Is there any reservation for the candidates belonging to OBC creamy layer?


No, there is no reservation offered for OBC creamy layer candidates.

Question: How many seats are reserved for SC and ST category candidates?


15% seats for SC candidates and 7.5% seats for ST candidates are reserved as per the eligibility criteria of NEST 2020.

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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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