NEsT 2019 to be Held on 2<Sup>nd</Sup> June 2019 (Download PDF)

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National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) is a compulsory 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.

NEsT 2019 to be Held on 2NdJune 2019
Table Contain Shows the Exam Name
Exam NameNational Entrance Screening Test
Also Known AsNEST
Exam CategoryUndergraduate
Exam LevelNational
Exam ModeOnline (Computer based test)
Conducted byUM-DAE CEBS

Important Dates

Table Contain Shows the Important Dates
Start of Online applicationJanuary 1,2018
Closing of Online applicationMarch 5,2018
Download of Admit Card beginsApril 25,2018
NEST examinationJune 2,2018
Announcement of resultsJune 18,2018


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


Date: 2nd June, 2018 (Saturday)


  • Session 1: 09: 00 am to 12: 00 pm
  • Session 2: 02: 00 pm to 05: 00 pm
  • The exam will be conducted in two sessions on the same day (June 2,2018) . The candidates will be allotted examination session at random and no requests for choice of session would be entertained.

For Admission In NISER/CEBS

Basic: Candidates should be from regular science stream only and preferably should have any combination of 3 subjects among Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics in classes XI and XII.

Exam: Secures a position in the NEST merit list.

Age: Should be born on or after August 01,1998. (Relaxed by 5 years for SC/ST/PD candidates) .

Qualifying Examination: Class XII qualifying examination should be passed in either 2016 or 2017. Candidates appearing in 2018 are also eligible.

Marks in Qualifying Examination: At least 60 % marks in aggregate in Class XII (or equivalent) examination from any recognized Board in India (for SC/ST/PD, min. requirement is 55 %) .


  • The prescribed fee for NEST 2018 is ₹ 1000 (₹ 500 for SC/ST/PD categories and female candidates) .


  • Registration for NEST 2018 will begin on 1st January, 2018.


  • Candidates must fill-up the online application form through NEST website.
  • Register and login to fill personal details and educational qualifications.
  • Upload passport-sized Image and Signature.
  • Pay the application fee through Online Payment.
  • Save application summary page for future reference.
  • Note: Candidates need not send any document to NEST office in the entire application process.

Eligibility Criteria

Qualifying Exam: Candidates must have passed 10 + 2 or equivalent exam from any recognized Board in India in 2017 or 2018 or be appearing for same in 2019.

Subjects: Candidate should be from regular science stream with only combination of at least three subjects among Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics in classes XI and XII.

Minimum Marks: Candidates must obtained at least 60 % marks in aggregate in class 12th examination. For candidates belonging to SC/ST/PwD categories, the min. requirement of marks is relaxed to 55 % in aggregate.

Age Limit: General and OBC category candidates should born on or after 1st August, 1999.

The age limit is relaxed by 5 years for SC/ST/PwD candidates.

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- Published/Last Modified on: September 27, 2018


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