National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) 2023 Notification Released

Notification Date: 2023-02-22
Last Updated on: 2023-02-22
  • For admission to the five year Integrated MSc programme in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics, at the 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.

Eligibility Criteria:

Educational Qualification:

  • Candidates seeking admission to NISER and UM-DAE CEBS for the Integrated MSc programme 2023-28 should be from a regular science stream in classes XI and XII. It is mandatory for all aspiring candidates to write the NEST 2023 examination.
  • Candidates must have passed the class XII examination from any recognised Board in India in the years 2021 or 2022 or should be appearing for the same in 2023.
  • Candidates appearing for the board examination in 2023 must pass it by the time of admission into the programme.
  • Also, candidates must secure at least 60% marks in aggregate or equivalent grade in the class XII examination to be eligible for admission to NISER and CEBS.
  • Candidates satisfying all the above criteria will be considered for admission strictly on the basis of the Merit List of NEST 2023. For candidates belonging to scheduled castes (SC), scheduled tribes (ST), and Divyangjan categories, the minimum requirement of marks is relaxed to 55% in aggregate or equivalent grade in the class XII examination.
  • Where only letter grades are available, a certificate from the concerned Board specifying the equivalent percentage of marks is required to be submitted.
  • In the absence of such a certificate, the decision of the admissions committee of the concerned institution will be final.

Age limit:

  • General and OBC category candidates born on or after August 01, 2003, are eligible for admission to the Integrated MSc programme of NISER/ CEBS.
  • The age limit is relaxed by 5 years for SC/ ST/ Divyangjan candidates.

Mode of Application: Online

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Application Fee:

  • General and OBC categories: Rs. 1200/-
  • SC/ ST/ Divyangjan Categories & All Female candidates: Rs. 600/-

Mode of Exam: Online

Exam Pattern:

Sections Subjects No. of Marks No. of Questions
Section 1 Mathematics 50 17
Section 2 Physics 50 17
Section 3 Chemistry 50 17
Section 4 Biology 50 17
The merit list of NEST 2023 is prepared using the best three qualifying scores out of four sections, and the section with the worst score is omitted.

Important Dates:

Events Dates
Start of Online application for NEST 2023 February 27, 2023
Closing of Online application May 17, 2023 (midnight)
Download of Admit Card begins June 12, 2023
NEST 2023 examination June 24, 2023
Hours of examination 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (Session I)
2:30 PM - 6:00 PM (Session II)
Announcement of results on NEST website July 10, 2023

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