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NEST Answer Key 2023: Download Answer Sheet, Direct PDF Links


National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhuvaneshwar (NISER), and UM-DAE CEBS released the NEST 2023 answer key on June 26, 2023. The answer key and the response sheet will be mailed to candidates on their registered email IDs. The answer key will have answers to all the questions asked in NEST 2023 exam. If candidates find any mistakes or discrepancies in the answer key, they can raise objections against it within the specified day.

Candidates could compare their responses with the correct options provided in the NEST 2023 answer key. They can also use the answer key to predict their NEST 2023 scores and All-India rank. This will help them determine their chances of selection to the institute. Read the complete article to learn more about NEST 2023 answer key and the steps to download and challenge the answer key.

Latest Updates:
– The NEST answer key has been issued on June 26, 2023. We have added direct PDF download links below for all subjects, shift wise.
NEST 2023 results will be announced online on July 10, 2023.

NEST Answer Key 2023: Important Dates

The candidates need to keep track of NEST 2023 important events. So, before getting to NEST 2023 answer key, let us have a look at the important dates related to NEST 2023:

EventsDates 2023
NEST Exam DateJune 24, 2023
Release of Provisional Answer KeyJune 26, 2023 (Released)
Last Date to Challenge NEST Answer KeyJune 28 to 30, 2023
Release of NEST 2023 ResultJuly 10, 2023

NEST Answer Keys 2023

The exam was conducted on June 24, 2023, and the authorities released the answer key on June 26, 2026. We have updated the download links in this section:

Sl. No.Question PaperKey
1Biology Shift IKeys of Biology Shift I
2Biology Shift IIKeys of Biology Shift II
3Chemistry Shift IKeys of Chemistry Shift I
4Chemistry Shift IIKeys of Chemistry Shift II
5Mathematics Shift IKeys of Mathematics Shift I
6Mathematics Shift IIKeys of Mathematics Shift II
7Physics Shift IKeys of Physics Shift I
8Physics Shift IIKeys of Physics Shift II

How To Download NEST Official Answer Key 2023?

The authorities will release NEST 2023 answer key in June 2023. Here are the steps to check and download the answer key:

  • 1st Step: Go to the official website, nestexam.in.
  • 2nd Step: Click on the login window.
  • 3rd Step: Enter your login credentials and click the ‘Submit‘ button.
  • 4th Step: Find the NEST 2023 Answer Key of the subject you are interested in and click on it.
  • 5th Step: The answer key will be displayed on the screen in PDF format.
  • 6th Step: Download the NEST answer key and compare your responses with the correct options provided in it.

Note: The answer key and the answer scripts are e-mailed by the authorities to the registered email ids of the candidates. Candidates could also download the answer key from the mail.

How To Challenge NEST 2023 Answer Key?

The instructions for raising queries about NEST answer keys and answer scripts, as per the official notice released by the authorities, are provided below:

  • All candidates who appear for NEST 2023 will receive links to their corrected answer scripts. The correct answers to the questions will be clearly marked with a green tick.
  • Each candidate will have a “Participant ID” at the top of the answer script. These IDs will be required to raise queries.
  • There are four email ids for addressing candidate queries: 

NEST 2023 Exam Pattern and Marking Scheme

The details about NEST exam patterns, like the mode of the exam, languages, duration of the exam, total marks, the total number of sections, etc., are provided in the table below:

Exam duration3.5 Hours
Type of questionsMultiple Type Questions
No. of sections4
Total marks150
Marking scheme1 Mark Is Awarded for Every Correct Answer, and 1/4 Mark Is Deducted for Every Incorrect Response
SectionsNumber of MCQs
Biology50 (Single or Multiple Correct Answers)
Chemistry50 (Single or Multiple Correct Answers)
Physics50 (Single or Multiple Correct Answers)
Mathematics50 (Single or Multiple Correct Answers)

Note: Candidates must attempt at least 3 out of the 4 sections.

How To Calculate NEST 2023 Score Using the Answer Key?

Candidates can go through the exam pattern and marking scheme of NEST 2023 provided above to estimate the NEST scores. They should compare the correct options on the answer key with the responses available in the answer scripts. Noting down the number of correct attempts and subtracting the negative marks will give the NEST score.

Note: The score calculated is just a raw score. As NEST is conducted in two sessions, to account for the variation of difficulty level in both the papers, the officials normalize the score and release the NEST percentile score to prepare the NEST merit list.

NEST 2024 Mock Tests

Candidates can follow the below-mentioned steps to attempt the NEST mock test at Embibe:

  • 1st Step: Visit Embibe’s official website, i.e., embibe.com.
  • 2nd Step: Login using your mobile number/email.
  • 3rd Step: Select your ‘Goal’ as ‘NEST’ under Science.
  • 4th Step: Click ‘Next’ and select your preferred language.
  • 5th Step: Refer to the below-mentioned links to attempt mock tests.
NEST 2024 Mock Tests
NEST Full Test – 1 NEST Full Test – 2
NEST Full Test – 3 NEST Full Test – 4
NEST Full Test – 5 NEST Full Test – 6

FAQs on NEST Answer Key 2023

The following are frequently asked questions related to NEST 2023. Candidates can check them and find answers to all their doubts and queries.

Q: When will the NEST answer key 2023 be released?

Ans: The NEST answer key was released by NISER on June 26, 2023.

Q: Where can the candidates download the answer keys for NEST 2023?

Ans: Candidates can download the PDFs of NEST answer keys 2023 from the page above or the official site. 

Q: When is the last date to raise objections on the NEST 2023 answer key?

Ans: The last date to raise objections against NEST answer key 2023 is June 28 to 30, 2023.

Q: Is there any negative marking in NEST 2023?

Ans: ¼ mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer; however, there is no negative marking for unattempted questions. 

Q: How to calculate scores based on NEST answer keys?

Ans: Candidates can check their answers separately from each section and calculate based on the NEST marking scheme 2023. 

Also, check:

NEST Mock TestNEST Exam Date
NEST Important TopicsNEST Important Chapters
NEST Eligibility CriteriaNEST Application Form

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