NEST 2019 Exam – Mock Test, Admit Card, Dates, Fees, Syllabus

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National Entrance Screening Test 2019

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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.

UPDATE (May 14, 2019): NEST 2019 Mock Test released, read more here.

UPDATE (Apr 24, 2019): NEST 2019 Admit Card released, read more here.

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NEST 2019: Check Eligibility | Check Syllabus

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

Previous Updates

Previous Updates

  • UPDATE (Mar 6, 2019): NEST 2019 Last date extended till March 18, 2019 (midnight).
  • UPDATE (Jan 11, 2019): Check detailed procedure for filling form of NEST 2019 here.
  • UPDATE (Jan 7, 2019): NEST 2019 Registrations have started, read more here.
  • UPDATE (Jan 2, 2019): NEST 2019 notification released, Registrations to start from January 7, 2019. Check other important dates here.
Exam NameNational Entrance Screening Test
Also Known AsNEST
Exam CategoryUndergraduate
Exam LevelNational
Exam ModeOnline (Computer based test)
Conducted byNISER, UM-DAE CEBS


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About

Pattern

  • It is a Computer Based Test (CBT) of 3 hours 30 minutes duration.
  • There will be 5 sections of objective (MCQ) type questions.
  • Section 1 is the general section and is of 30 marks. There will be no negative marking in this section.
  • Sections 2 to Section 5 will contain subject-specific questions from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics and are of 50 marks each. Candidates are permitted to attempt as many subject-sections as they wish.
  • Only the best 3 subject scores along with the score in the general section will be counted for evaluation and merit list preparation. Check rules for inclusion in Merit List here.
  • In the subject sections, there will be negative marking for incorrect answers for certain questions.
  • The medium of the question paper will be English only.

Schedule

Date

June 1, 2019

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, 1999 (relaxed by 5 years for SC/ST/PD candidates).
  • Qualifying Examination: Candidate should have passed Class XII qualifying examination either in 2017 or 2018. Candidates appearing in 2019 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%).


Applications Open

Shiv Nadar University

Sharda University

Bennett University New

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.
  • UPDATE (May 14, 2019): NEST 2019 Mock Test released, read more here.

Past Question Papers

See previous year Question Papers and Answers here.

Fees

The registration fee for NEST 2019 is ₹1200 (₹600 for SC/ST/PD categories and female candidates).

Registration

  • The registrations for NEST 2019 examination will begin on January 7, 2019 (10AM).
  • The last date to apply is March 11, 2019 March 18, 2019 (Midnight).
  • UPDATE (Jan 7, 2019): NEST 2019 Registrations have started, read more here.
  • UPDATE (Jan 11, 2019): Check detailed procedure for filling form of NEST 2019 here.
  • UPDATE (Mar 6, 2019): NEST 2019 Last date extended till March 18, 2019 (midnight).

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

Test Centres

    Code StateCity
    1APGuntur
    2APKurnool
    3APRajahmundry
    4APTirupathi
    5APVijayawada
    6APVisakhapatnam
    7APVizianagaram
    8ASGuwahati
    9BRPatna
    10CHChandigarh
    11CGBhilai Nagar
    12CGRaipur
    13DLNew Delhi
    14GJAhmedabad
    15HPHamirpur
    16HPShimla
    17JKJammu
    18JKSrinagar
    19JHBokaro Steel City
    20JHDhanbad
    21JHJamshedpur
    22JHRanchi
    23KABengaluru
    24KAHubballi (Hubli)
    25KAMangaluru (Mangalore)
    26KAMysuru (Mysore)
    27KLAlappuzha
    28KLErnakulam
    29KLIdukki
    30KLKannur
    31KLKasaragod
    32KLKollam
    33KLKottayam
    34KLKozhikode
    35KLMalappuram
    36KLPalakkad
    37KLPathanamthitta
    38KLThiruvananthapuram
    39KLThrissur
    40MPBhopal
    41MPGwalior
    42MPIndore
    43MPJabalpur
    44MHMumbai
    45MHNagpur
    46MHPune
    47MNImphal
    48MLShillong
    49ODAngul
    50ODBalasore
    51ODBargarh
    52ODBaripada
    53ODBerhampur-Ganjam
    54ODBhubaneswar
    55ODCuttack
    56ODDhenkanal
    57ODJharsuguda
    58ODKhurda
    59ODRayagada
    60ODRourkela
    61ODSambalpur
    62PBBhatinda
    63PBJalandhar
    64PBMohali
    65RJJaipur
    66RJJodhpur
    67RJUdaipur
    68TNChennai
    69TNCoimbatore
    70TNMadurai
    71TNSalem
    72TNTiruchirappalli
    73TNTirunelveli
    74TSHyderabad
    75TSKarimnagar
    76TSWarangal
    77TRAgartala
    78UPAllahabad
    79UPKanpur
    80UPLucknow
    81UPNoida
    82UPVaranasi
    83UKDehradun
    84UKHaldwani
    85UKRoorkee
    86WBAsansol
    87WBBurdwan
    88WBDurgapur
    89WBHooghly
    90WBKolkata
    91WBSiliguri

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 from April 24, 2019.
  • 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.
  • UPDATE (Apr 24, 2019): NEST 2019 Admit Card released, read more here.

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 marks secured in the general section along with three best scores from the remaining subject 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).
  • Candidates must clear the cutoff (SMAS) in the general section for entering the merit list of NISER and CEBS.
  • 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 2019 for General category candidates is 95 percentile.
  • Overall Cutoff (MAP) for NEST 2019 for OBC category candidates is 90 percentile.
  • Overall Cutoff (MAP) for NEST 2019 for SC/ST/PwD category candidates is 75 percentile.

Note

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

Result

  • The result for NEST 2019 will be announced on June 17, 2019.
  • 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.
  • 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 applicationJanuary 7, 2019
Closing of Online applicationMarch 11, 2019 March 18, 2019
Download of Admit Card beginsApril 24, 2019
NEST examinationJune 1, 2019
Announcement of resultsJune 17, 2019

Contact Information

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

NISER Contact Information
AddressThe Chief Coordinator, NEST 2019,
NISER Bhubaneswar,
P.O. Jatni,
Khurda – 752050, Odisha (India)
Phone022-61728110, 022-61728210
Email[email protected] [email protected]

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