National Entrance Screening Test, commonly known as NEST, is a national-level entrance examination conducted annually for admission to five-year integrated MSc programmes offered at National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) Bhubaneswar and University of Mumbai- Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CEBS) Mumbai. NEST is a computer-based test held in the English language only for a duration of 3.5-hours. The examination is conducted at over 91 exam centres across India. Candidates desirous of getting admission in five-year integrated MSc programs in Basic Sciences, Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics at NISER Bhubaneswar or UM-DAE CEBS Mumbai, are compulsorily required to appear for NEST. The NISER Bhubaneswar and UM-DAE CEBS are the exams conducting body for NEST 2020.
Upcoming Dates and Events
08 Jan, 2020 - 03 Apr, 2020
Application | Mode: Online Ongoing
24 Apr, 2020
Admit Card | Mode: Online
06 Jun, 2020
Exam - Session 2 | Mode: Online
Exam - Session 1 | Mode: Online
16 Jun, 2020
Result | Mode: Online
02 Jul, 2020 (Tentative)
Counselling - First Round - Start Date | Mode: Online
15 Jul, 2020 (Tentative)
Counselling - Second Round - Start Date | Mode: Online
Aspirants seeking admission to five-year integrated MSc programs offered at NISER Bhubaneswar and UM-DAE CEBS must fulfil NEST 2020 eligibility criteria in order to become eligible for the entrance test. Only those candidates who satisfy the NEST eligibility criteria 2020 will be allowed to appear for NEST. Given below is an overview of the eligibility criteria of NEST 2020.
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The application form of NEST 2020 has been released on January 8, 2020. The NEST 2020 application form has been released in online mode and no other mode of submitting the NEST application form will be accepted. The last date to fill and submit the application form of NEST 2020 is April 3, 2020. After filling the NEST application form, candidates were required to pay the application fee of INR 1200/- for General/OBC male candidates and INR 600/- for Female, SC, ST and PwD category candidates. The procedure to fill the NEST application form 2020 is given below.
The NEST 2020 is a computer-based, MCQ type examination. As per the official exam pattern of NEST 2020, the question paper of NEST 2020 is prepared as per the science stream syllabus of Class 11 and 12 of NCERT/CBSE. Talking on NEST 2020 preparations tips, it is suggested that the candidates prepare for NEST 2020 from CBSE/NCERT syllabus along with mock tests and previous year question papers of the NEST. The previous year NEST question papers are available on the NEST exam website. To help students get a hang of the computer-based examination, various video tutorials and practice sessions will also be organized for candidates who have filled and submitted the NEST application form 2020, which will be accessible for these candidates through their NEST accounts.
NEST 2020 is a three-hour computer-based examination which is conducted in two sessions. The NEST 2020 question paper contains five sections, one general and four subject sections, with single or multiple MCQ type questions. From the five sections of NEST exam pattern 2020, General section is compulsory to attend and from the remaining four subject sections, one is required to attempt at least three subject sections. However, as per the exam pattern of NEST 2020, candidates can attempt as many subject sections as they wish (beyond the compulsory three) and for the determination of final NEST 2020 result, the best of the three subject section scores are taken into account along with general section scores. The general section does not have any negative marking. Although, section II-V do have negative marking. Another important point to note for the aspirants is that the language of NEST 2020 question paper is English only. Candidates can prepare for NEST 2020 from the official syllabus, which constitutes Class 11 and 12 NCERT/CBSE Science syllabus. Given below is a brief description of NEST exam pattern 2020.
NEST 2020 Exam Pattern
Number of MCQ
10 (Single correct answers)
15 (Single or multiple correct answers)
15 (Single or multiple correct answers)
*At least three of these subject sections need to be attempted.
The NEST 2020 admit card will be available for download in online mode from April 24, 2020. Candidates, who successfully fill and submit the application form of NEST 2020, are allotted the admit card of NEST 2020. Applicants need to download the NEST 2020 admit card by logging into their accounts through their login credentials created at the time of filling the NEST application form. The admit card of NEST 2020 mentions the personal details of the candidate along with the details of NEST exam centre allotted to a candidate, roll number, etc. All the candidates appearing for NEST 2020 are required to carry the NEST admit card 2020 to their exam centre along with with a valid ID card, without which they will not be permitted entry to the examination hall. Candidates are advised to keep their NEST admit card safe until the counselling and admission process completes, as they are required to produce the original copy of the NEST 2020 admit card during the admission.
The NEST answer key 2020 is released by the exam conducting authorities on the official website of the NEST, similar to previous year answer keys of NEST. The answer key of NEST 2020 will be released before the declaration of NEST result 2020. Candidates who appear in the NEST 2020 will be given facility to challenge the answers as indicated in the NEST 2020 answer key. The NEST answer key 2020 helps candidates know their performance in the exam and point out their mistakes.
The NEST result 2020 will be declared in online mode on June 16, 2020. The result of NEST 2020 indicates the section-wise scores of candidates in the NEST. The overall score of a candidate in NEST 2020 result was determined by adding the score obtained in the general section and the best three scores of the subject-sections. Only those candidates who obtained at least Minimum Admissible Score (MAS) and Section-wise Admissible Score (SMAS) were included in the merit list of NEST 2020 on the basis of which candidates will be called for admission and counselling procedure at NISER and UM-DAE CEBS. The link to access the NEST result 2020 will be made available as soon as it is released by the exam conducting authority.
The cutoff of NEST 2020 is the minimum score one is required to obtain in the test to become eligible for the inclusion in the merit list of NEST 2020 and admission process. As per the NEST cutoff 2020, a candidate is required to obtain the minimum required scores in sections individually (in the general section and at least three subject sections) and overall as well.
Mode of Counselling:
The counselling for NEST 2020 will be conducted by National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) and University of Mumbai - Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CEBS) separately for their intake. The seat matrix for the NEST counselling 2020 in NISER and UM-DAE CEBS will be released with the official notification of NEST 2020. The NEST 2020 counselling will be conducted in offline mode and both the NISER and UM-DAE CEBS will release their time and venue for the NEST counselling after the declaration of NEST result.
Yes you can. You may please analyse the pattern of the paper. Since there are 5 sections, according to the rules, General science should be attempted by all, whereas you have the choice to attempt any 3 sections out of PCMB.
Kindly read the below mentioned article for full eligibility criteria of NEST:
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This exam is conducted in order to provide admission to candidates in five-year integrated MSc programme in basic sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics) offered at both NISER and UM-DAE CEBS as National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) is a compulsory test for students seeking admission to National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) Bhubaneswar and University of Mumbai - Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CEBS), Mumbai.
So you can go for B.Sc. and M.Sc. physics,chemistry or biology
Sorry but you are not eligible for NEST 2020.
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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The nest exam has been divided into five sections which are- General Aptitude, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology. Each section in the question paper is of 50 marks except General Aptitude which consists of 30 marks.
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