NEST 2020 application submission last date extended till May 31.

NEST Important Dates 2020 - It is very necessary for candidates to go through the NEST 2020 important dates in order to stay updated with all the key events. The important dates of NEST 2020 help the candidates acquainted with the schedule of the admission process. By knowing the NEST important dates 2020, the candidates are able to stay ahead when it comes to time, preparation and practice. Knowing the NEST 2020 important dates of major events, the candidates stay abreast of all the key events and do not miss out on anything. The important dates of NEST 2020 also help the aspirants to prioritize their subject/topics according to the schedule which will help them in preparing for NEST 2020 effectively.
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NEST Important Dates 2020

National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) is conducted by the National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) and the Department of Atomic Energy Center for Excellence in Basic Science (CEBS), University of Mumbai. The admission is conducted by these two conducting bodies, jointly, for the candidates who wish to enrol in their five-year integrated M.Sc. programmes in Biological, Mathematical, Chemical, Physical, Environment, and Computer Sciences.

NEST 2020 Important Dates

The candidates are advised to go through the important date of NEST 2020 given in the table below. The content includes NEST application form dates, admit card, examination, result, counselling dates.



Registration and Application Starts

January 8, 2020 (Released)

Last date to register and apply

May 31, 2020 (extended)

NEST Admit Card 2020

To be notified soon

NEST exam 2020

To be notified soon

NEST 2020 Result

To be notified soon

NEST cutoff

To be notified soon

First Round of NEST Counselling

First Round for NISER

To be notified soon

First Round for CEBS

To be notified soon

Second Round of NEST 2020 Counselling


To be notified soon

Semester Registration

To be notified soon

NEST Important Dates 2020 - Highlights

  • NEST 2020 Application Dates - The application form of NEST 2020 has been released on January 8, 2020. Candidates can fill the NEST application form till May 31, 2020. In order to fill the NEST application form, the candidates need to first register for the entrance examination. Candidates will get the facility to remit the application fee online via Debit Card/Credit Card/Netbanking.

  • NEST Admit Card 2020 Dates - According to the NEST important dates, the admit card will be released in online mode. The NEST admit card is the hall ticket/pass which lets the candidates enter the exam hall to appear for the exam. The admit card of NEST 2020 includes details such as the candidate’s name, category, date and time of the exam, exact venue and location of the exam centres.

  • NEST 2020 exam dates - NISER and CEBS will inform the NEST important dates 2020 for the entrance examination. The examination will take place in two sessions.

  • NEST Result 2020 dates - The result of NEST 2020 will be announced in the form of cut off. The result will be declared in online mode.

  • NEST 2020 counselling dates - NISER and CEBS will release the NEST schedule of the counselling process in online mode. In order to avail for the second round of NEST counselling, candidates will be directed to the institutes’ individual official websites. The institutes will conduct only two rounds of counselling.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - NEST Important Dates 2020

Question: Are the dates mentioned in the important dates of NEST definitive?


No, the given are tentative ones and taken from the previous year’s brochure. The dates will be updated as soon as the institute officials release the same. 

Question: When will the official notification regarding the NEST 2020 important dates be released?


The complete schedule of NEST important dates 2020 has been released on January 8, 2020.

Question: When will the application dates of NEST 2020 be announced?


The important dates of the NEST application form has been released on January 8, 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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