NEST 2022 Exam – Dates, Eligibility, Fees, Syllabus

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Overview

The National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) is a Computer-Based Test for admission to the 5-year Integrated MSc programme in basic sciences – Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics – at NISER, Bhubaneswar and UM-DAE CEBS, Mumbai.

Exam NameNational Entrance Screening Test
Also Known AsNEST
Exam CategoryUndergraduate
Exam LevelNational
Exam ModeOnline (Computer based test)
Conducted byNISER, UM-DAE CEBS

NEW: NEST 2022 will not have a separate “General” section. There will be only 4 sections of 50 marks each.

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  • UPDATE (Feb 21, 2022): NEST 2022 Applications are open now, check NEST 2022 Application Procedure.
  • UPDATE (Feb 9, 2022): NEST 2022 exam date has been announced, read NEST 2022 Exam Date.

    NEST 2022: Check Eligibility | Check Syllabus

    Candidates are suggested to go through the rules for inclusion in Merit List here.


    About

    Pattern

    • It is a Computer Based Test (CBT) of 3 hours 30 minutes duration.
    • There will be 4 sections of objective (MCQ) type questions.
    • Each section is of 50 marks each and will contain subject-specific questions from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics. Candidates are permitted to attempt as many sections as they wish.
    • Only the best 3 section scores will be counted for evaluation and merit list preparation. Check rules for inclusion in Merit List here.
    • In each section, there will be negative marking for incorrect answers for certain questions.
    • The medium of the question paper will be English only.
    • NEW: NEST 2022 question paper will not have a separate “General” section.

    Schedule

    Date

    June 18, 2022

    Slots

    • Session 1: 09:00 am to 12:30 pm
    • Session 2: 02:30 pm to 06:00 pm

    Note

    The exam will be conducted in two sessions on the same day. The candidates will be allotted the examination session at random and no requests for a choice of a session would be entertained.

    The allotted examination session will be mentioned in the candidate’s Admit Card.

    Eligibility

    For NEST exam

    There is no restriction on appearing for NEST.

    For admission in NISER/CEBS

    • Basic: Candidate should be from regular science stream and preferably should have any combination of three subjects among Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics in classes XI and XII.
    • Exam: Candidate must secure a rank in the NEST merit list.
    • Age: Candidate should be born on or after August 01, 2002 (relaxed by 5 years for SC/ST/PD candidates).
    • Qualifying Examination: Candidate should have passed Class XII qualifying examination either in 2020 or 2021. Candidates appearing in 2022 are also eligible.
    • Marks in Qualifying Examination: Candidate must obtain a minimum of 60% marks in aggregate in Class XII (or equivalent) examination from any recognized Board in India (for SC/ST/PD, the minimum requirement is 55%).


    Syllabus

    Mock Test

    • Practice sessions for the computer-based test will be available for all applicants on the application portal after online registration and complete submission of online application.
    • The mock test is for practice purpose only.

    Past Question Papers

    See previous year Question Papers and Answers here.

    Fees

    NEST 2022 Application Fee is ₹1200 (₹600 for SC/ST/PD categories and female candidates).

    Registration

    • The registrations for NEST examination will begin on February 21, 2022.
    • The last date to apply is May 18, 2022 May 21, 2022.
    • NEW: Check detailed steps for filling Application Form here.

    Application Procedure

    NEW: Check detailed steps for filling Application Form here.

    1. Candidates must fill-up the online application form through NEST website.
    2. Register and log in to fill the personal details and educational qualifications.
    3. Upload passport-sized image and signature.
    4. Pay the application fee through Online Payment.
    5. Save application summary page for future reference.

     

    Note: Candidates need not to send any document to the NEST office in the entire application process.

    Test Centres

    Test Cities

    Test Centres

      StateCityCode
      ANPort Blair1
      APGuntur2
      APKurnool3
      APRajahmundry4
      APTirupathi5
      APVijayawada6
      APVisakhapatnam7
      APVizianagaram8
      ARNaharlagun-Itanagar9
      ASDibrugarh10
      ASGuwahati11
      ASTezpur12
      BRBhagalpur13
      BRPatna14
      CHChandigarh15
      CGBhilai Nagar16
      CGRaipur17
      DLNew Delhi18
      GAPanaji19
      GJAhmedabad20
      GJBhuj21
      GJRajkot22
      GJSurat23
      HPHamirpur24
      HPShimla25
      JKJammu26
      JKSrinagar27
      LadakhLeh28
      JHBokaro Steel City29
      JHDhanbad30
      JHJamshedpur31
      JHRanchi32
      KABengaluru33
      KAHubballi (Hubli)34
      KAMangaluru (Mangalore)35
      KAMysuru (Mysore)36
      KLAlappuzha37
      KLErnakulam38
      KLIdukki39
      KLKannur40
      KLKasaragod41
      KLKollam42
      KLKottayam43
      KLKozhikode44
      KLMalappuram45
      KLPalakkad46
      KLPathanamthitta47
      KLThiruvananthapuram48
      KLThrissur49
      KLWayanad50
      MPBhopal51
      MPGwalior52
      MPIndore53
      MPJabalpur54
      MHJalgaon55
      MHKolhapur56
      MHMumbai57
      MHNagpur58
      MHNanded59
      MHPune60
      MHRatnagiri61
      SKGangtok62
      MLShillong63
      MNImphal64
      MZAizawl65
      NLDimapur66
      NLKohima67
      ODAngul68
      ODBalangir69
      ODBalasore70
      ODBargarh71
      ODBaripada72
      ODBerhampur-Ganjam73
      ODBhawanipatna74
      ODBhubaneswar75
      ODCuttack76
      ODDhenkanal77
      ODJharsuguda78
      ODRayagada79
      ODRourkela80
      ODSambalpur81
      PBBhatinda82
      PBJalandhar83
      PBMohali84
      PYPuducherry85
      RJBikaner86
      RJJaipur87
      RJJodhpur88
      RJUdaipur89
      TNChennai90
      TNCoimbatore91
      TNMadurai92
      TNSalem93
      TNTiruchirappalli94
      TNTirunelveli95
      TSHyderabad96
      TSKarimnagar97
      TSWarangal98
      TRAgartala99
      UPPrayagraj (Allahabad)100
      UPAgra101
      UPAligarh102
      UPGorakhpur103
      UPKanpur104
      UPLucknow105
      UPNoida106
      UPVaranasi107
      UKDehradun108
      UKHaldwani109
      UKRoorkee110
      WBAsansol111
      WBBurdwan112
      WBDurgapur113
      WBHooghly114
      WBKolkata115
      WBSiliguri116

    Note

    • Candidates must choose 5 centres in order of their preference while filling-up the application form.
    • Every effort will be made to allot the candidate’s first preference.
    • The address of the test venue allotted to the applicant will be mentioned on the NEST admit card.

    Admit Card

    • Admit Card can be downloaded from NEST website after June 6, 2022.
    • Candidates are required to produce the Admit Card along with an Identity Card at the test centre.
    • Address of the NEST test centre allotted to an applicant will be printed in the admit card.
    • Admit Card should be kept safely as the successful candidates have to produce it in original during admission.

    Answer Keys

    • The answer keys of Computer-based examination will be made available on the NEST website.
    • If a candidate is unsatisfied with an answer, he/she can challenge the answer keys.

    Merit List

    Overview

    • A merit list will be prepared based on the total of three best scores from the four sections.
    • Also, note that Merit lists for NISER and CEBS will be prepared separately.
    • For normalization of the two sessions of the exam, percentile scores will be considered. It will be calculated on the basis of the relative performance of all the candidates in the respective session. The highest score in each session will be 100 percentile.

    Section-wise Cutoff

    • 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).
    • A candidate must clear the cutoff (SMAS) in all the four subject sections for inclusion in the NISER merit list.
    • A candidate must clear the cutoff (SMAS) in any three subject sections for inclusion in the CEBS merit list.
    • SMAS for OBC students would be 90% of the respective SMAS of General category students.
    • SMAS for SC/ST/PwD students would be 50% of the respective SMAS of General category students.

    Overall Cutoff

    • In addition to Subject-wise cutoff, a candidate is required to score equal to or above a total Minimum Admissible Percentile (MAP) in order to be included in the merit list of NISER and CEBS.
    • Overall Cutoff (MAP) for NEST 2022 is 95 percentile for General category, 90 percentile for OBC category and 75 percentile for SC/ST/PwD category.

    Note

    • Even though a candidate must score equal to or more than the respective SMAS in all four subject sections for inclusion in NISER merit list, only the three best scores from subject sections will be considered for the merit rank.

    Result

    • The result for NEST 2022 will be announced as per schedule.
    • Candidates will be allotted a General Rank and a Category Rank based on their performance in NEST exam.
    • Also, note that Merit lists for NISER and CEBS will be prepared separately.
    • Check the rules for inclusion in Merit List here.

    Counselling

    • Admissions to 5-year Integrated MSc programme in basic sciences – Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics – at NISER, Bhubaneswar and UM-DAE CEBS, Mumbai will be done on the basis of NEST Merit rank.

    Important Information

    • Candidates must provide a correct e-mail address in the online application as the NEST office communicates with candidates through this e-mail id.
    • Candidates must reach the test venue at least 90 minutes before the examination commences.
    • Use of log tables and calculators in the examination hall is not allowed.
    • Candidates must bring their Admit Card and a photo Identity Card to the examination hall.

    Important Dates

    Start of Online applicationFebruary 21, 2022
    Closing of Online applicationMay 18, 2022 May 21, 2022
    Download of Admit Card beginsJune 6, 2022
    NEST examinationJune 18, 2022
    Announcement of resultsJuly 5, 2022

    Contact Information

    Candidates can contact NEST authorities through written communication, phone or email.

    CEBS Contact Information
    AddressChief Coordinator, NEST 2022,
    UM-DAE CEBS, Nalanda Building, University of Mumbai,
    Vidyanagari Campus, Kalina, Santacruz (E)
    Mumbai – 400098, Maharashtra (India)
    Phone022-61728110, 022-61728210
    Email[email protected], [email protected]