NEST (National Entrance Screening Test) - 2018

Notification Date:2018-01-01
Expiry Date:2018-06-30

What is NEST ?

  • National Entrance Screening Test (NEST).It 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.
  • NEST is a compulsory test for admission to the five year Integrated MSc programme in basic sciences.Both NISER and UM-DAE CEBS are autonomous institutions established by Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India, in 2007
  • NISER is an off-campus centre of Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI) and all academic programmes of NISER are affiliated to HBNI.

Courses Offered:

    five year Integrated MSc programme (For Both MPC & BiPC)
  • MSc Biology
  • MSc Physics
  • MSc Chemistry
  • MSc Mathematics


  • Pass the XII standard board examination or equivalent in the science stream in the years 2016 or 2017 or 2018 from any recognised Higher Secondary Education Board in India.
  • Secures at least 60% in aggregate in the XII standard board examination. For SC/ST/PwD students the requirement is 55%.
  • Born on or after August 01, 1998. For SC/ST/PwD students the limit is relaxed by five years.

Application Procedure:

Mode of Application: Online only

Application Fee:

  • The application fee for the male candidates of General and OBC categories is 1,000/-
  • The application fee for candidates in the SC/ST/PwD categories and for all female candidates is 500/-

Admit Cards:

  • The admit card for NEST 2018 will be available for downloading from April 25, 2018. Admit cards will not be dispatched to any applicant. Applicants must download their admit cards from NEST website.

Exam Pattern:

Mode of Exam: Computer Based Test (CBT)

Part-1General30 MarksCompulsory paper
but NO Negetive Marking*
Part-2Mathematics50 Markschoose Any 3 PARTS
Negetive Marking*
Part-3Physics50 Marks
Part-4Chemistry50 Marks
Part-5Biology50 Marks
3 Hours durationTotal Marks= 30+50*3=180

Test Centers:

  • 106 Test Centres for NEST 2018. Click the below given button for details about test centers.

Admission Procedure:

  • Admissions must be done by the bases of National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) Exam score.


  • Students admitted to the programme are eligible to receive annual scholarship of 60,000 either through the INSPIRE program of Department of Science and Technology or the DISHA program of Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India. In addition, the scholarship recipients receive grant of 20,000 per annum for summer internship.

Important Dates:

Registration / Online application opensJanuary 01, 2018
Last Date for Online ApplicationMarch 05, 2018
Download of admit card startsApril 25, 2018
Date of examinationJune 02, 2018 (Saturday), 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Announcement of results on NEST websiteJune 18, 2018

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