About NEST 2020

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. 

NEST 2020 Highlights

Full Exam Name National Entrance Screening Test
Short Exam Name NEST
Conducting Body National Institute of Science Education and Research
Frequency of Conduct Once a year
Exam Level National Level Exam
Languages English
Mode of Application Online
Application Fee (General) 1200 Rs [Online]
Mode of Exam Online
Mode of Counselling Online / Offline
Participating Colleges 1
Exam Duration 3 Hours 30 Minutes

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Upcoming Dates and Events

08 Jan, 2020 - 19 Apr, 2020

Application | Mode: Online Ongoing

24 Apr, 2020 (Tentative)

Admit Card - To be notified | Mode: Online

06 Jun, 2020

Exam - Session 1 | Mode: Online

06 Jun, 2020

Exam - Session 2 | 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. 

  • Qualifying Exam: A candidate must have passed or been appearing in Class 12 examination from Science stream, from a recognized board in India. Moreover, one must have passed Class 12 in the years 2019 or 2020 or must be appearing in the same in 2020. 
  • Qualifying Exam Marks: One must have scored a minimum of 60% in aggregate in the Class 12 examination, while those belonging to SC/ST/PwD categories must have obtained at least 55% in Class 12. 
  • Lower Age Limit: There is a lower age limit in NEST. As per the NEST 2020 eligibility criteria, candidates of general and OBC category must have been born on or after August 1, 2000. There is a relaxation of 5 years for candidates belonging to SC/ST/PwD categories, such that they must have been born on or after August 1, 1995.

Mode of Application : Online

Mode of Payment : Net Banking | Credit Card | Debit Card

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 19, 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. 

  • Step 1: Registration - Click on the link given to register for NEST 2020. Then click on 'Apply Online' button, followed by 'New Registration'. The registration page will appear wherein candidates will be required to fill in their name, date-of-birth, Class 10 roll number, mobile number and email Id. After entering the details, click on 'Register'. After clicking on register, the login credentials will be sent to the registered mobile number and email-Id of the candidate.
  • Step 2: Logging In - Now, click on the Log-in link provided in the email/SMS or on the login button on the NEST website, and log in using the login credentials, i.e. username and password sent on the registered mobile number and email Id. 
  • Step 3: Filling the NEST 2020 Application Form - Now fill the details as asked in the NEST application form 2020, like personal details, education qualifications, five exam city preferences, etc. 
  • Step 4: Upload Photograph and Signature - Upload the scanned copy of passport size photograph and signature in jpg or jpeg format. Note that the size of each of these files should be less than 80 kb and the photograph should have a white background and must not be more than six months old. 
  • Step 5: Pay the NEST 2020 Application Fee and Submit - Finally pay the NEST 2020 application fee as applicable for your category/gender and click on' Submit'. The NEST 2020 application fee can be remitted only in online mode using the credit card or debit card or net banking facility.

Application Fees

Category Quota Mode Gender Amount
General, OBC Online Male ₹ 1200
SC, General, OBC, ST Online Female ₹ 600
ST, SC Online Male ₹ 600
SC, General, OBC, ST PWD Online Female, Male ₹ 600

NEST 2020 Syllabus


Biology: Unit 01
Cell biology
Cell theory and cells as unit of life
Basic concepts of biomolecules
Nucleic acids
Tools and techniques of cell studies
Use of microscope and calibration microscopy
Elements of microscope
Biomembranes of transport mechanism
Cellular respiration
Structure and functions of cell organelles
Discovery and structure of dna
Processes of replication
processes of transcription
Processes of genetic code and translation
Principles of the basic techniques in molecular biology
Enzymes catalysis
Enzymes kinetics
Activation energy of enzymes
Competitive and non competitive inhibition
Biology: Unit 02
Genetics and evolution
Fundamentals of genetics and evolution
Evidences and theories of organic evolution
Organization of the heredity material in chromosomes
Equational division
Reduction division
Mitosis and meiosis compared and contrasted
Significance of meiosis
Mendel's laws of inheritance
Discovery of linkage
Sex linked inheritance
Crossing over and its stages
Neurospora genetics
Mutation discovery
Types of mutation and mutations in diploids
Role of mutations in evolution
Elaboration of mendel's laws of inheritance
Monohybrid or dihybrid crosses
Human genetics
Human chromosomes
Sex determination
Biology: Unit 03
Physical and biological factors in influencing organisms
Food chains
Pyramids of numbers and biomass
Biological equilibrium
Interspecific associations
Bio diversity
Flora and fauna
Basics of microbial systems
Biology: Unit 04
Humans and environment
Rainfall and temperature with reference to natural resources
Uses and abuses of natural resources
Environmental pollution and preventive measures
Biodiversity and conservation
Biology: Unit 05
Principles of recombinant dna technology
Applications of biotechnology
Biology: Unit 06
Biology of animal systems
Digestive system
Modes of nutrition
Different vitamin compounds and their deficiencies
Structure of alimentary canal and associated glands
Digestive enzymes and gastrointestinal hormones
Absorption of products of digestion
Balanced diet
Respiratory system and gaseous exchange in animals
Structure of respiratory organs
Mechanism of breathing
Gaseous transport
Tissue respiration
Open and closed system
Circulatory system
Functions of blood and 1ymph
Microscopic structure of blood and blood vessels
Structures and working of heart
Distribution of arteries and veins
Circulation of blood coagulation
Blood groups
Excretory system and elimination of nitrogenous waste
Osmoconformers and osmoregulators
Structure and function of kidney tubules
Arrangement of excretory organs
Nervous system and general account of brain
Spinal cord and nerves
Simple and conditioned reflex actions
Sense organs eye and ear
Reproductive system
Sexual and asexual reproduction
General arrangement and functions of reproductive organs
Biology: Unit 07
Developmental biology
Basic features of development in animals
Types of eggs,fertilization, cleavage, blastula
Definition of stem cells
Types of stem cells
Uses of stem cells
Advantages and disadvantages of stem cell
Induced pluripotent stem cells
Different hormones and their roles
Diversity of animal life and principles of their classification
Binomial nomenclature
General classification of animal phyla up to classes invertebrates and up to sub classes / order vertebrates
General characters of fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals
Biology: Unit 08
Active and passive immunity
Basics of immune mechanisms and diseases
T-and b-cell responses
Antigen presentation
Principles of vaccination
Monoclonal antibodies and their uses
Immunology of aids
Biology: Unit 09
Biology of plant systems
Anatomy and physiology of plants and meristems
Plant growth and development
Internal and external regulators of growth and development in plant
Plant reproduction
Internal structure of root, stem, secondary growth and leaves
Xylem and phloem and their cell elements and functions
Internal structure of dicot and monocot leaves
History, importance, factors and mechanism of photosynthesis
Stomatal mechanism
Transpiration and respiration
Comparative study of dicot and monocot anatomy
Absorption and cell water relations
Transport of water and minerals
Tropic and turgor movements
Significance of life cycles with special reference to alternation of generations as exemplified in funaria
Selaginella and pinus no structural details
Plant hormones
Biology: Unit 10
Principles of classical and new systematics
Binomial nomenclature
Familiarity with taxa
Plant breeding and tissue culture


Chemistry: Unit 01
Physical chemistry
si units for fundamental quantities
Significant figures in calculations
Avogadro number and mole concept
Molar masses
Mole fraction
Percent composition
Equivalent weight and normality
Calculations based on mole concept and stoichiometry of different reactions
Oxidation and reduction reactions
Gaseous and liquid states
Absolute scale of temperature
Gas laws-Boyles Iaw,Charles law,Graham's law of diffusion,Avogadro's law and Dalton's law of partial pressure
Ideal gas equation
Real gases and deviation from ideality
Liquefaction of gases
Van der Waals equation
Kinetic theory of gases, average, root mean square and most probable velocities and their relation with temperature
Average kinetic theory of gases
Kinetic theory of gases and their root mean square and most probable velocities and their relation with temperature
Law of partial pressure
Vapour pressure
Atomic structure and chemical bonding
Bohr model
Spectrum of hydrogen atom
Quantum numbers
Wave particle duality
De Broglie hypothesis
Uncertainty principle
Orbitals and quantum numbers
Shapes and energy of s, p and d orbitals
Electronic configurations of elements up to atomic number 36
Filling of orbitals and aufbau principle
Pauli's exclusion principle and Hund's rule
Hybridization involving s, p and d orbitals
Atomic orbital overlap and chemical bonds
Chemical bonds in ionic
Chemical bonds in covalent and coordinate bonds
Bond parameters
Orbital energy diagrams for homo nuclear diatomic species
Lewis structures
Hydrogen bond
Polarity in molecules
Dipole moment qualitative aspects
Vsepr theory and shapes of molecules
Valence bond theory
Molecular orbital theory of homo nuclear diatomic molecules qualitative idea
Thermodynamic states
First law of thermodynamics
Internal energy,work and heat
Pressure volume work
Enthalpy and enthalpy change
Hess's law
Heat of reaction,fusion and vaporisation
Second law of thermodynamics, entropy, free energy
Criterion of spontaneity
Laws of chemical equilibrium
Law of mass action
Equilibrium constant
Factors affecting equilibrium constant and its applications
Le Chatelier's principle
Effect of concentration temperature and pressure
Significance of δG and δG in chemical equilibrium
Relationship of k and δg
Ionic equilibrium
Acids and bases bronsted and lewis concepts
Ka, kb, kw and degree of dissociation
Ph and their relationships
Solubility product
Common ion effect
Hydrolysis of salts
Buffer solutions
Electrochemistry redox reactions and electrode potential
Electrochemical cells
Galvanic cells and cell reactions
Standard electrode potential
Nernst equation and its relation to δg and k
Electrochemical series
EMF of galvanic cells
Electrolysis and faraday's laws of electrolysis
Electrolytic conductance, specific, equivalent and molar conductivity
Kohlrausch's law
Concentration cells
Batteries primary and secondary
Fuel cells
Chemical kinetics rates of chemical reactions
Order of reaction
First order and pseudo first order reactions
Factors affecting rate of reaction concentration, temperature arrhenius equation, catalyst
Solid state: Classification of solids
Amorphous and crystalline solids
Crystalline state
Crystal lattice and unit cells
Seven crystal systems cell parameters a, b, c, α, β
Close packed structure of solids cubic
Packing in fcc, bcc and hcp lattices
Packing efficiency
Nearest neighbours
Ionic radii
Simple ionic compounds
Imperfection in solids
Point defects
Electrical and Magnetic properties
Band theory of metals
Solution of solid and gas in liquid
Concentration of solution
Ideal and non-ideal solutions
Colligative properties
Vapour pressure of solution
Raoult's law
Molecular weight determination from lowering of vapour pressure
Elevation of boiling point and depression of freezing point
Abnormal molecular mass
Vant hoff factor
Osmotic pressure
Reverse osmosis
Chemistry: Unit 02
Surface chemistry
Adsorption physisorption and chemisorptions
Factors affecting adsorption of gases on solids
Adsorption isotherm
Catalysis homogeneous and heterogeneous
Activity and Selectivity
Enzyme Catalysis
Colloidal state types
Preparation and properties of colloids
Tyndall effect
Brownian movement
Application of colloids
Chemistry: Unit 03
Inorganic chemistry
Classification of elements and periodicity in properties
Modern periodic table
Classification of elements
Periodic trends in properties of elements
Oxidation state
Atomic/ionic radius
Ionization energy
Electron gain energy
Chemical Reactivity
Diagonal Relationship
Anomalous behaviours of li, be, b, c
Hydrogen isotopes
Hydrogen preparation
Hydrogen isolation
Properties and uses of hydrogen
Hydrides ionic
Hydrides covalent and interstitial
Properties of water and heavy water
Hydrogen peroxide preparation
Hydrogen peroxide structure
Hydrogen peroxide reactions
Hydrogen peroxide uses
Hydrogen as fuel cell
S– block elements alkali and alkaline earth elements
General characteristics and trends in properties
Group 1 elements and preparation
Properties and reactions of alkali metals with emphasis on chemistry of na and k and their compounds
Group 1 elements of oxides,peroxides,hydroxides,carbonates,chlorides and sulphates
Uses of group 1 elements
Group 2 elements and preparation
Properties and reactions alkaline earth metals with emphasis on the chemistry of mg and ca and their compounds
Group 2 elements of oxides, peroxides, hydroxides, carbonates, chlorides and sulphates
Uses of group 2 elements
P block elements
Group 13 elements and chemistry of boron and its compounds
Group 13 elements of borax, boric acid and diborane
Group 14, 15 and 16 elements and chemistry of carbon, sulphur, nitrogen and phosphorus
Chemistry of oxides and oxyacids of these elements
Phosphorus chlorides
Peroxide and ozone
Silicon tetrachloride and silicates
Group 17 elements and chemistry of halogens
Chemistry of chlorine in detail
Interhalogen compounds
Hx and oxyacids of halogens
Group 18 elements and isolation
Properties and reactions of inert gases with emphasis on chemistry of xenon
D block elements, 3d elements, their general characteristics and trends in properties
Variable oxidation states and their stabilities
Colour excluding the details of electronic transitions and calculation of spin only magnetic moment
Catalytic properties
Interstitial compounds
Alloy formation
Preparation and properties of potassium dichromate and permanganate
F block elements mainly lanthanides general characteristics and trends in properties
Variable oxidation states
Lanthanide contraction and its consequences
Co-ordination compounds: nomenclature of mononuclear coordination compounds, cistrans and ionisation isomerisms, hybridization and geometries of mononuclear coordination compounds (linear, tetrahedral, square planar and octahedral)
Nomenclature of mononuclear coordination compounds
Isomerism - Structural and stereoisomerism
Hybridization and geometries of mononuclear coordination compounds
Magnetic properties
Werner’s theory
Metals and metallurgy
Occurrence of metals
General methods of extraction involving chemical principles and thermodynamic
Electrochemical and redox principles
General operation stages involved in metallurgical operation
Metallurgy of p block element emphasis on al
Metallurgy of fe triad more emphasis on fe metallurgy
Metallurgy of coinage metals cu, ag with more emphasis on cu
Chemistry: Unit 04
Organic chemistry
Basic concepts and representation of organic compounds
Hybridisations of carbon
Sigma and pi bonds
Shapes of simple organic molecules
Inductive effect
Electrometric effect
Resonance effect
Keto enol tautomerism
Determination of empirical and molecular formulae only combustion method
Hydrogen bond
Definition and effect on physical properties of alcohols and carboxylic acids
Acidity and basicity of organic acids and bases
Methods of purification of compounds
Reactive intermediates homolytic and heterolytic bond cleavages
Formation of reactive intermediates
Structure and stability of carbocation,carbanion and free radical
Isomerism - Structural and stereoisomerism
Structural and stereoisomerism
Geometrical isomerism
Optical isomerism of compounds containing up to two asymmetric centres r, s and e, z nomenclature excluded
Racemic mixture
Conformations of ethane and butane newman projections
Iupac nomenclature of simple organic compounds only hydrocarbons,mono functional and bi functional compounds
Benzene derivatives
Preparation properties and reactions of alkanes
Idea of homologous series combustion and halogenation of alkanes
Mechanism of photohalogenation
Wurtz reaction
Preparation properties and reactions of alkenes and alkynes
Acidity of alkynes
Acid catalysed hydration of alkenes and alkynes excluding the stereochemistry
Reactions of alkenes with kmno4
Sulphuric acid
Reduction of alkenes and alkynes
Preparation of alkenes and alkynes by elimination reactions excluding stereochemistry
Electrophilic addition reactions of alkenes with x2,hx, hox and h2o x=halogen
Makowniko rule
Peroxide effect
Polymerization of alkenes
Addition reactions of alkynes
Metal acetylides
Aromaticity and aromatic compounds
Huckel theory of aromaticity
Structure of benzene
Isomerism in substituted benzenes
General mechanism of electrophilic substitution reaction on benzene
Orientating influence of substituents in electrophilic substitution reaction of monosubstituted benzenes
Electrophilic substitution reactions of benzene and substituted benzenes
Friedel crafts alkylation and acylation no mechanism
Preparation from alkanes, alcohols, ole ns
Grignard reagents and their reaction with aldehydes/ketones/esters/nitriles
Nucleophilic substitution reactions of alkyl halides with different nucleophilic species
Sn1 and sn2 reactions with mechanism
Halogen exchange reaction
Polyhalogen compounds
Nucleophilic aromatic substitution in haloarenes and substituted haloarenes excluding benzyne mechanism and cine substitution
Alcohols preparation from ole ns
Alkyl halides
Carboxylic acids: formation of esters, acid chlorides and amides, ester hydrolysis
Aldehydes/ketones with alcohols
Hydroboration reaction of alcohols
Dehydration of alcohols
Reaction of alcohols with sodium
Phosphorus halides
Zncl2/ hx, h2so4
Identification of p sec and tert alcohols
Uses of methanol and ethanol
Preparation of phenol from halobenzene
Cumene and benzene sulphonic acid
Acidity of phenols
Reactions of phenols
Phenols of halogenation
Phenols of nitration
Phenols of sulphonation
Phenols with zn
Reimer tieman reaction
Kolbe reaction
Ethers: Preparation by Williamson's synthesis
Reaction with h2o,hx
Preparation of aldehydes and ketones from alcohols
Preparation of aldehydes and ketones from olefins
Preparation of aldehydes and ketones from acid chlorides
Preparation of aldehydes and ketones from arylalkanes
Preparation of aldehydes and ketones from nitriles
Preparation of aldehydes and ketones from esters
Friedel crafts reaction
Reactions with alcohols,hcn, nahso3
Reactions with oxidation, reduction, oxime and hydrazone formation
Aldol condensation
Perkin reaction
Cannizzaro reaction
Haloform reaction
Tests to distinguish aldehydes and ketones
Acidity and structure acidity relationship
Preparation of acids
Preparation of amides, acid chlorides, esters and anhydrides
Ester hydrolysis
Reactions of acids with thionyl chloride
Reactions of p halides
Reactions of ammonia
Reactions of a alkalis
Reactions of metals
Reactions of halogens
Reactions of reducing agents
Reactions of decarboxylation
reactions of halogenation
Amines and its basicity and structure
Identification of p-sec and tert amines
Preparation of amines from nitro compounds
Compounds of nitriles
Compounds of amides
Haloalkanes/aromatic compounds
Reaction with acids
Alkylating agents
Acylating agents
Nitrous acid
Diazotization of aromatic primary amines
Reactions of aromatic diazonium salts
Azo coupling reaction
Sandmeyer and related reactions
Carbylamine reaction of p amines
Classification of carbohydrates
Mono and di saccharides (glucose and sucrose)
Characteristic tests
Structure of glucose
Reactions of glucose oxidation
Reduction reactions of glucose
Reaction of glucose with hydroxylamine
Reaction of glucose with hi
Reaction with acetic anhydride
Cyclic structure of glucose
Structures of sucrose, maltose,starch and cellulose
Glycoside formation and hydrolysis of sucrose
Amino acids and proteins
Α amino acids
General structure of peptides and proteins
Peptide Bond
Separation of amino acids using physical properties
Denaturation of Proteins
Classification of polymers
Homo and co polymers
Addition and condensation polymerizations
Polythene of polymer
Nylons of polymer
Polyesters of polymer
Bakelite of polymer
Melamine formaldehyde polymer
Rubber natural and synthetic polymer


Mathematics: Unit 01
Algebra of complex numbers
Addition and multiplication in algebra
Polar representation of a complex number
Properties of modulus and principal argument
Cube roots of unity
Geometric interpretations
Quadratic equations with real coefficients
Relations between roots and coefficients
Formation of quadratic equations with given roots
Symmetric functions of roots
Arithmetic, geometric and harmonic progressions
Arithmetic,geometric and harmonic means
Sums of finite arithmetic and geometric progressions
Infinite geometric series
Sums of squares and cubes of the first n natural numbers
Mathematics: Unit 02
Logarithms and their properties
Permutations and combinations
Binomial theorem for positive integral index
Properties of binomial coefficients
Matrices as a rectangular array of real numbers
Equality of matrices
Aaddition of matrices
Multiplication by a scalar and product of matrices
Transpose of a matrix
Determinant of a square matrix of order up to three
Inverse of a square matrix of order up to three
Properties of these matrix operations
Symmetric and skew symmetric matrices and their properties
Solutions of simultaneous linear equations in two or three variables
Addition and multiplication rules of probability
Conditional probability
Bayes theorem
Independence of events
Computation of probability of events using permutations and combinations
Mathematics: Unit 03
Trigonometric functions
Their periodicity and graphs
Addition and subtraction formulae
Formulae involving multiple and sub multiple angles
General solution of trigonometric equations
Relations between sides and angles of a triangle
Sine rule
Cosine rule
Half angle formula and the area of a triangle
Inverse trigonometric functions principal value only
Mathematics: Unit 04
Analytical geometry
Two dimensions
Cartesian coordinates
Two dimensions: Cartesian coordinates, distance between two points, section formulae, shift of origin
Section formulae
Shift of origin
Equation of a straight line in various forms
Angle between two lines
Distance of a point from a line
Lines through the point of intersection of two given lines
Equation of the bisector of the angle between two lines
Concurrency of lines
Centroid, orthocentre ,incentre and circumcentre of a triangle
Equation of a circle in various forms
Equations of tangent
Normal and chord
Parametric equations of a circle
Intersection of a circle with a straight line or a circle
Equation of a circle through the points of intersection of two circles and those of a circle and a straight line
Equations of a parabola
Ellipse and hyperbola in standard form
Foci of an ellipse
Directrices and eccentricity
Parametric equations
Equations of tangent and normal
Locus problems
Three dimensions
Three dimensions: Direction cosines and direction ratios, equation of a straight line in space, equation of a plane, distance of a point from a plane
Equation of a straight line in space
Equation of a plane
Distance of a point from a plane
Mathematics: Unit 05
Differential calculus
Real valued functions of a real variable
Into,onto and one to one functions
Sum difference product and quotient of two functions
Composite functions
Absolute value
Exponential and logarithmic functions
Limit and continuity of a function
Limit and continuity of the sum
Sum ,difference product and quotient of two functions
L’hospital rule for evaluation of limits of functions
Even and odd functions
Inverse of a function
Continuity of composite functions
Intermediate value property of continuous functions
Derivative of a function, its geometrical and physical significance
Derivative of the sum, difference, product and quotient of two functions
Chain rule
Derivatives of polynomial
Rational, trigonometric, inverse trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions
Derivatives of implicit functions
Derivatives up to order two
Geometrical interpretation of the derivative
Tangents and normals
Increasing and decreasing functions
Maximum and minimum values of a function
Rolle's theorem and Lagrange's mean value theorem
Mathematics: Unit 06
Integral calculus
Integration as the inverse process of differentiation
Indefinite integrals of standard functions
Definite integrals and their properties
Fundamental theorem of integral calculus
Integration by parts
Integration by the methods of substitution and partial fractions
Application of definite integrals to the determination of areas involving simple curves
Formation of ordinary differential equations
Solution of homogeneous differential equations
Separation of variables method
Linear first order differential equations
Mathematics: Unit 07
Addition of vectors
Scalar multiplication
Dot and cross products
Scalar triple products and their geometrical interpretations


Physics: Unit 01
Units and dimensions
Dimensional analysis
Least count
Significant figures
Methods of measurement direct, indirect, null and measurement of length, time, mass, temperature
Potential difference
Current and resistance
Design of some simple experiments
Searle's method to determine young's modulus
Determination of 'g' by simple pendulum
Speed of sound using resonance tube
Coefficient of friction using angle of repose
Determination of focal length of a convex lens by plotting a graph between 'u' and 'v'
Refractive index of material of prism using the method of minimum deviation
Verification of ohm's law
Resistance of galvanometer using half deflection method
Methods of measurement and error analysis for physical quantities pertaining to the experiments based on specific heat of a liquid using calorimeter
I–v characteristic curve for p–n junction in forward and reverse bias
Graphical representation and interpretation of data
Errors in the measurements and error analysis
Physics: Unit 02
Kinematics in one and two dimensions cartesian coordinates only
Uniform circular motion
Relative velocity
Newton's laws of motion
Inertial and uniformly accelerated linear only frames of reference
Static and dynamic friction
Kinetic and potential energy
Linear and circular simple harmonic motion
Work and power
Conservation of linear momentum and mechanical energy
Systems of particles
Centre of mass and its motion
Centre of gravity
Elastic and inelastic collisions
Law of gravitation
Centripetal acceleration and centrifugal force
Gravitational potential and field
Acceleration due to gravity
Motion of planets and satellites in circular orbits
Escape velocity
Rigid body
Moment of inertia
Parallel and perpendicular axes theorems
Moment of inertia of uniform bodies with simple geometrical shapes
Angular momentum
Conservation of angular momentum
Dynamics of rigid bodies with fixed axis of rotation
Rolling without slipping of rings, cylinders and spheres
Cylinders and spheres
Equilibrium of rigid bodies
Collision of point masses with rigid bodies
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
Surface energy and surface tension
Capillary rise
Viscosity stoke’s and poiseuille’s law
Terminal velocity
Qualitative understanding of turbulence
Reynolds number
Streamline ow
Equation of continuity
Bernoulli's theorem
Physics: Unit 03
Sound and mechanical waves
Plane wave motion
Longitudinal and transverse waves
Superposition of waves
Progressive and stationary waves
Vibration of strings and air columns
Resonance qualitative understanding
Speed of sound in gases
Doppler effect
Physics: Unit 04
Thermal physics
Thermal expansion of solids
Liquids and gases
Latent heat
Heat conduction in one dimension
Elementary concepts of convection and radiation
Newton's law of cooling
Ideal gas laws
Specific heats cv and cp for monoatomic and diatomic gases
Isothermal and adiabatic processes
Bulk modulus of gases
Equivalence of heat and work
First and second law of thermodynamics and its applications only for ideal gases
Blackbody radiation: absorptive and emissive powers
Kirchhoff’s law
Wien’s displacement law
Stefan’s law
Physics: Unit 05
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
Electric field lines
Flux of electric field
Gauss’s law and its application in simple cases, such as, to find field due to infinitely long straight wire, uniformly charged infinite plane sheet and uniformly charged thin spherical shell
Find field due to infinitely long straight wire
Uniformly charged infinite plane sheet and uniformly charged thin spherical shell
Calculation of capacitance with and without dielectrics
Capacitors in series and parallel
Energy stored in a capacitor
Electric current (current electricity)
Ohm's law
Series and parallel arrangements of resistances and cells
Kirchhoff's laws and simple applications
Heating effect of current
Biot savart’s law and ampere’s law
Magnetic field near a current carrying straight wire
Along the axis of a circular coil and inside a long straight solenoid
Force on a moving charge and on a current carrying wire in a uniform magnetic field
Magnetic moment of a current loop
Effect of a uniform magnetic field on a current loop
Moving coil galvanometer
Ammeter and their conversions
Electromagnetic induction of faraday’s law
Lenz's law
Self and mutual inductance
Rc, lr and lc circuits with and a.c. sources
Physics: Unit 06
Rectilinear propagation of light
Reflection and refraction at plane and spherical surfaces
Deviation and dispersion of light by a prism
Thin lenses
Combination of mirrors and thin lenses
Wave nature of light of huygen’s principle
Interference limited to young’s double slit experiment
Elementary idea of diffraction of rayleigh criterion
Elementary idea of polarization of brewster’s law and the law of malus
Physics: Unit 07
Modern physics
Atomic nucleus
Alpha, beta and gamma radiations
Law of radioactive decay
Decay constant
Half life and mean life
Binding energy and its calculation
Fission and fusion processes
Energy calculation in these processes
Photoelectric effect
Bohr’s theory of hydrogen like atoms
Characteristic and continuous x–rays
Moseley's law
De Broglie wavelength of matter waves
Heisenberg's uncertainty principle

NEST 2020 Preparation Tips

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)




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. 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.  

NEST 2020 Exam Centers

State City
Andhra Pradesh Guntur
Assam Guwahati
Bihar Patna
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh Bhilai
Delhi New Delhi
Uttar Pradesh Noida
Gujarat Ahmedabad
Himachal Pradesh Hamirpur
Jammu and Kashmir Jammu
Jharkhand Bokaro
Karnataka Bengaluru
Kerala Alappuzha
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
Maharashtra Mumbai
Manipur Imphal
Meghalaya Shillong
Odisha Angul
Punjab Bathinda
Rajasthan Jaipur
Tamil Nadu Chennai
Telangana Hyderabad
Tripura Agartala
Uttarakhand Dehradun
West Bengal Asansol

Documents Required at Exam

  • NEST Admit Card
  • A valid Photo ID Card (School ID or any other government issued photo ID proof)

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. 

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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. 

  • Section-wise Minimum Admissible Score (SMAS): SMAS is a section-wise minimum score required to be obtained by the aspirants in each section of NEST 2020 exam. SMAS is the 20% of the score which comes after taking the average of best 100 scores in that section. For instance, if the best 100 scores of General section is 20 marks out of 30, then 20% of 20 marks, i.e. 4 marks will become the SMAS for General section (for general category). The same method will be adopted for all other sections. SMAS for OBC candidates will be 90% of the SMAS obtained for general category, and for SC/ST candidates, it will be 50% of that obtained for general candidates. Candidates will be required to obtain SMAS in the general section and at least three of the subject-sections to become eligible for further admission process. 
  • Minimum Admissible Score (MAS):  The MAS is the overall score candidate is required to obtain in order to become eligible for further admission process of NEST 2020. It can vary from year to year, for instance, MAS for NEST 2019 was 90 (50% of the total 180 marks paper). The overall score of a candidate will include the scores obtained in the General and best-of-three subject sections. However, it will be important for a candidate to obtain SMAS in each of the sections whose scores are considered for MAS. Similar to SMAS, the MAS for OBC category candidates will be 90% of the MAS determined for general category and in case of SC/ST candidates, it will be 50% of the MAS determined for general category.

Mode of Counselling: Online, Offline

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.

Documents Required at Counselling

  • NEST 2020 Admit Card
  • Class 12 Certificate and Marksheet
  • Class 10 Certificate and Marksheet
  • SC/ST/OBC/PwD Certificate (If applicable)
  • Non-Creamy Layer (NCL) Certificate issued on or after June 1, 2018 (for OBC candidates)
  • Domicile Certificate (for Jammu & Kashmir Candidates)

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Questions related to NEST

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will nest ( niiser ) authority extended the date for form filling , as now there are everywhere lock down all syber cafes are closed , I didnt make my form fill up. please reply

Animesh Vats Student Expert 26th Mar, 2020


Well as per the information given on the official website, the last date to apply is first Friday of April that is I guess 3rd April. So I would request you to visit the website once and get all the details once checked. I am attaching the link below.


I hope my answer helps.

All the best.


in which date the exam of aakash nest

Aysha Yazdani shaikh 12th Mar, 2020

The announced exam dates for AAKASH NEST is 5th April, 2020 (Sunday)

Timing :    Morning: 11:00 AM to 01:00 PM or

Evening: 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM

Results will be declared on 8th April, 2020


How to prepare for NEST (National Entrance Screening Test)? What are the books for that exam?

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 11th Mar, 2020

You can check NEST Syllabus at the oficial information bulletin at: https://nestexam.in/docs/20/NEST2020-Brochure-Syllabus.pdf . You can check about NEST 2020 more at our page: https://university.careers360.com/articles/nest

You can prepare from the following books:


Concepts of Physics by HC Verma

Aptitude Test Problems by SS Kotov

Objective Physics by Mahesh Jain

Problems in Physics by AA Pinsky


A Textbook of Organic Chemistry by RK Gupta

NCERT books

IIT Chemistry by OP Agarwal

Entrance Chemistry by Bhakta


Objective Biology by Biswas and Biswas


Elementary Biology for Class 12 by KN Bhatia


Higher Algebra by Hall and Knight

Problems in Calculus of One Variable by I.A. Maron

Plane Trigonometry by SL Loney

Integral Calculus by Amit Agarwal


what is the difference between aakash NEST test and aakash ANTHE tests . can we participate in both the tests .

Nikki Nair 9th Mar, 2020

Hello Aspirant

The difference between both the test are as follows

ANTHE:This exam is an extensive scholarship exam which is conducted at both state and national level.With this exam you are eligible to even get an 100% scholarship.This exam is generally conducted in October for VIII-XII class students


AAKASH NEST EXAM:IT is also an scholarship exam that gives a student an opportunity to compete on national level and get a scholarship  upto 90%  on tution fee

NTSE exam detail are as  follow

Eligibility:8-12th student

exam fee:200 INR

Exam date:5th April

timing:11am-1pm &3 pm -5pm

Results on:8Th April

yes you can participate for both exam



how many candidates appear exam of manipal institute of technology and lovely professional University nest?

Sharon Rose Student Expert 8th Mar, 2020


The number of applicants for Manipal Institute of Technology entrance exam MU OET are over two lakhs out of which 1.5 lakhs approximately appear in the entrance examination.And for LPUNEST there are over lakhs of applicants who register in various courses.

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