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NEST Cut-off 2023: Check Category-wise Cut-off Marks


NISER, Bhubaneswar, and UM–DAE CEBS will release the NEST 2023 cut-off after the announcement of the results on July 10, 2023. NEST cut-off is the minimum qualifying marks candidates must secure to qualify for the next round. Candidates can check the cut-off online on the respective institutes’ web portals.

The NEST 2023 cut-off marks include the sectional and overall cut-off marks obtained by a candidate in the entrance examination. Candidates who do not meet the cut-off will not be allowed to participate in the counselling session. Read the complete article to know more about the cut-off for NEST 2023.

Latest Updates:
NEST 2023 Registration started on February 27; the last date to complete the application form is May 17, 2023.
NEST 2023 Exam Dates are released on the official website. The exam will be conducted on June 24, 2023.
– Candidates can download NEST Admit Card from June 12 till the exam date.
NEST 2023 Results will be announced on July 10, 2023.

NEST Cut-off 2023 Important Dates

The authorities release the cut-off after the release of the result. Here is a table of dates for candidates’ reference:

NEST 2023Dates
NEST Cut-off Declaration 2023July 2023
Emails Sent to Qualifying Candidates for the First Admission RoundJuly 2023
Last date for submission of Expression of Interest (EOI)July 2023
Upload of Admission Queue July 2023
Reporting for Document VerificationJuly 2023
Reporting for Final Admission RegistrationAugust 2023
Classes BeginAugust 2023

Factors Affecting the NEST Cut-off 2023

There are several factors that directly or indirectly affect the cut-off of NEST. Here are some directly affecting factors for reference.

  1. Total number of candidates who applied
  2. Total number of candidates who appeared for the exam
  3. Total number of seats offered
  4. Difficulty level of the question paper
  5. Marks secured by each candidate
  6. Previous year cut-off trends

NEST Cut-off 2023: Previous Years’ Cut-off Scores

Candidates who have qualified the exam and meet the NEST 2023 cut-off released by the institutes will be allowed to participate in the counselling session. As the NEST 2023 Cut-off isn’t released yet, we will discuss the cut-off scores of previous years in this section.

The tables below provide the section-wise NEST 2022 cut-off for NISER Bhubaneswar and CEBS Mumbai for each section according to sections and categories. 

Cut-off for NISER Bhubaneswar: Session I


Cut-off for NISER Bhubaneswar: Session II


Cut-off for CEBS Mumbai: Session I


Cut-off for CEBS Mumbai: Session II


NEST 2022 Overall Cut-off/ MAP 

To rank on the merit list, candidates must also score at or above MAP and SMAS. To prepare the NISER and CEBS merit lists, the MAP will be as follows: 

CategoryNEST MAP Cut-off
General category95 percentile 
OBC category 90 percentile
SC/ ST/ Divyangjan 75 percentile

NEST Cut-off 2019: NISER Bhubaneswar


NEST Cut-off 2019: CEBS Mumbai


What Happens After NEST Cut-off?

After the release of cut-off, candidates who meet the cut-off participate in the counselling session. The authorities conduct the counselling session via online mode. The candidates must register on the respective websites to participate in the counselling session. They can check the scheduled date, venue and timings of the counselling through the official website. Aspirants are also asked to upload a few documents for document verification. Here is a list of documents required for the counselling. 

Documents Required for NEST Counselling 2023

  1. Class 12th mark sheet and certificate
  2. Class 10th mark sheet and certificate
  3. Category certificate
  4. Four passport-sized photograph
  5. Date of birth proof
  6. NEST scorecard

NEST 2023 Merit List

Candidates who pass the counselling session will be part of the merit list released by the respective institutes. The NEST merit list is released on the official website of the two colleges. Candidates will check the merit list and take the printout to grab a seat in the seat allotment process at the end of admission. The merit list is prepared based on the scores obtained by the candidates in the NEST 2023. Here are the two methods by which the cut-off is prepared. 

NEST Cut-off 2023: SMAS (Section-wise Minimum Admissible Score)

  1. The direct total of the general section and the best three scores in each section will be considered as the total score.
  2. SMAS is 20% of the average of the best 100 scores in each section.
  3. For example, if the average of the best 100 scores in the Chemistry section is  40 out of 50, then SMAS for the Physics section would be 40*0.20 = 8 marks.
  4. The section-wise marks will be different for different numerical values.
  5. Candidate must score equal to the SMAS or more than SMAS in the general section and in each subject section.

NEST Cut-off 2023: MAP (Minimum Admissible Percentile)

  1. Candidates must score equal to or above the MAP score and SMAS.
  2. Candidates who will score more or equal in MAP but not in SMAS will not be included in the merit list.

NEST 2020 Cut-off: Category-wise MAP 


NEST 2018 Cut-off Rank: University of Mumbai CEBS


Practice NEST Mock Tests from Embibe 

Here are the steps you must follow to access the free mock test series from Embibe:

  • 1st Step: Visit Embibe’s official website, i.e., Embibe.
  • 2nd Step: If you are new here, sign up with your phone number/ mail ID. Or, you can log in if you have already created an account earlier.
  • 3rd Step: Select your Goal as ‘Science’ under the Undergraduate exam.
  • 4th Step: Click Next and select ‘NEST‘.
  • 5th Step: Click Next and select your language as English.
  • 6th Step: Once done, click on the below-mentioned mock test links in a new tab to take the TEST. 
NEST Mock Tests
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FAQs on NEST Cut-off 2023

Here are some frequently asked questions on NEST cut-off, and candidates can check the same to clear their doubts:

Q: When will the NEST merit list 2023 be released?

Ans: The NEST 2023 merit list will be released after the announcement of the results. The results will be announced on July 10, 2023.

Q: Which event takes place after the release of the NEST cut-off?

Ans: Candidates who clear the cut-off must register for counselling and pay the admission fee within the scheduled time to claim their seats.

Q: What is the SMAS in the NEST cut-off 2023?

Ans: The Section-Wise Minimum Admissible Score or SMAS is the score calculated after taking the 20% average of the best 100 scores in a particular section.

Q: Who conducts the NEST entrance exam?

Ans: NISER Bhubaneswar and UMDAE-CEBS conduct the NEST examination.

Q: What factors affect the NEST cut-off?

Ans: Factors which affect the NEST cut-off are the previous years’ cut-off trends, the number of applicants, the total number of seats, the difficulty level of the exam and the minimum marks secured.

Also, read:

NEST CounsellingNEST Exam

We hope this information on NEST Cut-off has helped you.

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