NEST Syllabus 2020 - NISER Bhubaneswar along with UM-DAE CBS has released the NEST 2020 syllabus. Candidates who are willing to appear in the entrance examination conducted for admission in M.Sc programme at NISER, Bhubaneshwar and UM-DAE CBS must check the syllabus of NEST 2020 to get acquainted with the important topics covered in the entrance examination. NEST syllabus 2020 will help the candidates to prepare themselves better for the examination and form a preparation strategy. Apart from the syllabus of NEST 2020, candidates can also check the exam pattern to get familiar with the structure of question paper. The entrance examination of NEST will be conducted in an online mode. Read the article below to know more details on NEST 2020 syllabus.
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NEST Syllabus 2020 - Important Topics

NEST 2020 Syllabus consists of five sections including General, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Biology. Section 1, which is the general section is an important section for every candidate. Candidates need to attempt any three subject sections from section 2 to section 5. The detailed topics of every section of NEST 2020 syllabus are given below.

NEST General Section Syllabus 2020

Candidates will be asked questions related to major historical milestones in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Astronomy, Computer Science and Environment. The section will consist of few questions from Mathematics of class 10th level. Candidates will be given a scientific passage to measure general ability to comprehend qualitative and quantitative aspects. Candidate’s ability to interpret graphical and tabular representation of information will be checked with the help of a few questions.

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NEST Biology Syllabus 2020

Cell Biology, Genetics and Evolution, Ecology, Humans and Environment, Biology of Animal systems- Digestive System, Circulatory System, Excretory System, Nervous System, Reproductive System, Developmental Biology, Immunology, Biology of Plant systems, Systematics

NEST 2020 Chemistry Syllabus

Physical Chemistry

Measurements in Chemistry - SI unit for fundamental quantities, Significant figures in calculation

Mole Concept - Avagadro number and the mole concept, Molar masses, Mole fraction, Molarity, Molality, Percentage Composition, Stoichiometry, Equivalent weight and normality, Calculations based on mole concept and stoichiometry

Gaseous and Liquid States - Absolute scale of temperature, Gas laws, Ideal gas equation, Real gases and deviation from ideality, Liquefaction of gases, Van der wall equations, Kinetic theory of gases; average, Root mean square and most probable velocities and their relation with temperature, Law of partial pressures.

Atomic Structure and Chemical Bonding - Bohr Model, Spectrum of hydrogen atom, Quantum numbers, Wave particle duality, Uncertainty principle, Orbitals and quantum numbers

Thermodynamics - Thermodynamics state, First law of thermodynamics, Internal energy, Work and heat, Pressure-volume work, Enthalpy and enthalpy change, Hess’s law, Heat of reaction

Chemical equilibrium - Laws of chemical equilibrium, Law of mass action, Equilibrium constant - factors affecting equilibrium constant.

Electrochemistry - Redox reactions and electrode potential, Electrochemical cells, Galvanic cells and cell reactions, Standard electrode potential, Nernst equation, Electrochemical series, Emf of galvanic cells

Chemical kinetics - Rates of chemical reactions, Order of reaction, Rate constant, Factors affecting the rate of reaction - concentration

Solid state - Classification of solids, Amorphous and crystalline solids, Crystalline state, Crystal lattice and unit cells.

Solutions - Solution of solid and gas in liquid, Concentration of solution, Ideal and non ideal solutions, Colligative properties, Vapour pressure of solution

Surface chemistry - Adsorption, Colloidal state

Inorganic Chemistry

Classification of elements and periodicity in properties, Hydrogen, s– Block elements, p– Block elements, d–Block elements, f–Block elements, Coordination compounds, Metals and metallurgy

Organic Chemistry - Basic concepts, Reactive intermediates, Isomerism, Nomenclature, Alkanes, Alkenes and Alkynes, Aromatic compounds, Haloalkanes (Alkyl halides), Haloarenes, Alcohols, Phenols, Ethers, Aldehydes and Ketones, Carboxylic acids, Amines, Carbohydrate, Amino acids and proteins, Polymers

NEST Mathematics Syllabus 2020

Algebra - Algebra of complex numbers, Quadratic equations with real coefficients, Arithmetic, Permutations and combinations, Binomial theorem for positive integral index, relations between roots and coefficients, Matrices as a rectangular array of real numbers, properties of these matrix operations, Addition and multiplication rules of probability

Trigonometry - Trigonometric functions, Relations between sides and angles of a triangle, general solution of trigonometric equations

Analytical Geometry - Two dimensions - Cartesian coordinates, Equation of a straight line in various forms, angle between two lines, Lines through the point of intersection of two given lines, equation of the bisector of the angle between two lines, Equation of a circle in various forms, Parametric equations of a circle, equation of a circle through the points of intersection of two circles and those of a circle and a straight line

Differential Calculus - Real valued functions of a real variable, Rational, trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions, Limit and continuity of a function, Limit and continuity of the sum, Inverse of a function, Derivative of a function, Derivative of the sum, difference, Product and quotient of two functions, Derivatives of implicit functions

Integral Calculus - Integration as the inverse process of differentiation, Integration by parts, Integration by the methods of substitution and partial fractions, Formation of ordinary differential equations

Vectors - Addition of vectors, scalar multiplication, dot and cross products, scalar triple products and their geometrical interpretations

NEST Physics Syllabus 2020

General - Units and Dimensions, Dimensional analysis, Least count, Design of some simple experiments, Significant figures, Methods of measurement (direct, indirect, null) and measurement of length, time, mass. Potential difference, current and resistance Graphical representation and interpretation of data, Error in measurements and error analysis.

Mechanics - Kinematics in one and two dimensions, Newton’s laws of motion, Projectile, Uniform linear motion, Relative velocity, Inertial and uniformly accelerated frames of reference, Static and dynamic friction, Linear and circular simple harmonic motion, Systems of particles, Centripetal acceleration and centrifugal force, Rigid body, moment of inertia, Parallel and perpendicular axes theorems, Hooke’s law and stress – strain relations. Elastic limit, plastic deformation. Young’s modulus, Bulk and shear moduli, Pressure in a fluid, Pascal’s law, Buoyancy, Surface energy and surface tension, capillary rise.

Sound and Mechanical Waves - Plane-wave motion, Longitudinal, and transverse waves, Superposition of waves, Progressive and stationary waves, Vibrations of strings and air columns.

Thermal Physics - Thermal expansion of solids, liquids and gases, Calorimetry, latent heat, Heat conduction in one dimension, First and the second law of thermodynamics and its applications, Elementary concepts of convection and radiation, Newton’s law of cooling, Equivalence of heat and work, Entropy, Black body radiation - absorptive and emissive powers, Kirchhoff’s law.

Electricity and Magnetism - Coulomb’s law, Electric field and potential, Electrical potential energy of a system of point charges and of electrical dipoles in a uniform electrostatic field.

Capacitance - Calculation of capacitance with and without dielectrics. Capacitors in series and parallel. Energy stored in a capacitor.

Electromagnetic Induction - Faraday’s law, Lenz’s law, Self and mutual inductance, RC, LR and LC circuits with and A.C sources.

Optics - Rectilinear propagation of light, Reflection, and refraction at plane and spherical surfaces, Deviation and dispersion of light by a prism

Modern Physics - Atomic nucleus. Alpha, beta, and gamma radiations. Law of radioactive decay, Photoelectric effect, Bohr’s theory of hydrogen-like atoms, Characteristic and continuous X–rays, Moseley’s law, Fission and fusion processes.

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How to Prepare for NEST 2020 Syllabus

  • Candidates must go through the complete syllabus of NEST 2020 to know the important subjects and topics covered under it.

  • Try to prepare a timetable where an equal amount of time can be given to each subject. Do not make a non-realistic timetable to cover up the syllabus early.

  • Try to make short and long notes of the topics while studying. The same can be used during the time of revision.

  • It must be noted that merit list of NEST 2020 will be formed based on best three subjects sections along with the general section. So, it is advised to prepare only for only three section from section 2 to 5.

  • Try to solve previous year JAM question paper and sample paper. Doing so will help the candidates to understand the topics which are more important for entrance examination.

  • Once the syllabus is over, revise the complete syllabus of NEST.

For better preparation, candidates must note that question papers from previous years are available in online mode along with the solutions.

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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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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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