NEST 2020 – National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) Bhubaneswar has released the application form of National Entrance Screening Test (NEST). The last date to fill NEST 2020 application forms has been postponed till May 31, 2020. The exam conducting authority, NISER, has specified the eligibility criteria for NEST 2020. Candidates must have passed in class 12th in Science stream with minimum of 60 percent marks from a recognized board. NEST 2020 will be scheduled in the month of June 2020, tentatively.
Candidates who will qualify NEST 2020 will only be eligible for the admissions. This must be noted that NEST 2020 is a national level entrance exam examination providing admissions to a five year integrated MSc program at National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) Bhubaneswar and University of Mumbai- Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CEBS). Candidates can check below for the detailed information on NEST 2020 important dates, eligibility criteria, exam pattern, result and more.
NEST 2020 Overview
|Name of the examination||National Entrance Screening Test (NEST)|
|Conducting Bodies||National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER)University of Mumbai – Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CEBS)|
|Level of Exam||National|
|Frequency of Exam||Once in a year|
|Programmes offered||Five-year Integrated M.Sc in Biological, Chemical, Mathematical, Physical, Computer and Environmental Sciences|
|Seats Offered||NISER – 200CEBS – 57|
|Mode of examination||Online|
|Duration||Three hours and thirty minutes|
NEST 2020 – Important Dates
Candidates can check below the important dates related to the NEST 2020 entrance examination as released by the exam conducting authority
Dates of NEST 2020
|Commencement of Application Form||January 8, 2020|
|Last date apply for NEST||May 31, 2020|
|Admit card Availability||To be notified|
|Entrance Exam||To be notified|
|NEST Result||To be notified|
|First round counseling (expected)||To be notified|
|Second round counseling (expected)||To be notified|
NEST 2020 Eligibility Criteria
The candidates who wish to take admission to the five – year integrated MSc programs offered at UM – DAE CEBS and NISER Bhubaneswar must fulfill the eligibility criteria. Candidates failing to meet the eligibility will not be given admissions even if they qualify NEST 2020. The eligibility criteria of NEST 2020 can be checked below:
- The candidate must have passed or appeared in the Class 12 examination with Science stream from any recognized board by the Government of India.
- To apply for NEST, candidates must have secured a minimum of 60 percent aggregate in the Class 12 exam. The candidates belonging to SC/ST/PwD categories will have to obtain 55 percent marks in Class 12.
NEST Eligibility Criteria – Age
According to the NEST 2020 eligibility criteria, candidates of general and OBC category must have been born on or after August 1, 2000. In the case of SC/SC/PwD categories, i.e. they must have been born on or after August 1, 1995.
NEST 2020 Application Form 2020
The application form of NEST 2020 has already been released online on January 8, 2020. NEST application form will be accepted only through online mode and no other mode will be accepted. The last date to fill the application form for NEST 2020 is May 31, 2020. Before applying for the entrance exam, candidates are advised to go through the eligibility criteria in order to avoid rejection.
To fill in the NEST application form 2020, candidates will have to follow these steps:
- Login to fill up the NEST application form
- Filling up the form (personal details, academic details, exam city preference etc)
- Uploading of required documents
- Payment of application fees of NEST
- Final submission
NEST 2020 Application Fee
Candidates will have to pay the application fees in online mode via Debit/Credit card and Net Banking. Check below the category-wise NEST application fees:
Category-wise application fees
NEST Admit Card 2020
The exam conducting body will issue the admit card of NEST to all those candidates who have successfully registered. NEST admit card 2020 will be released on the official website – nestexam.in. The authorities will not send the hall ticket of NEST in any other mode so the candidates will have to download it by using the login credentials.
NEST admit card will have details about the candidate and the exam centre. Along with the admit card, candidates will also have to carry any one photo-identity card – Aadhaar Card, PAN Card, Passport, Driving License etc.
NEST Exam Centres 2020
The authorities will release the exam centres for the entrance exam along with the notification. NEST will be conducted across 91 selected major cities and towns of India. The candidates have to choose at least five exam centres while filling the application form. The final decision to allot a NEST test center depends on the authority, however the exam center in most cases will be as per the preference of the aspirants. Check below some of the NEST exam centres from the table provided below:
NEST Test Cities
|Exam city||Exam city|
NEST 2020 Exam Pattern
The exam conducting body has released the exam pattern of National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) along with the notification. The entrance exam is conducted in online mode for three and a half hours in two sessions (morning and evening). As per the NEST 2020 exam pattern, the question paper will contain five sections, one general and four subject wise sections, which includes single or multiple type questions.
From the five sections the general section is compulsory for all the candidates, whereas from the rest of the four sections, candidates will have to attempt at least three subject sections. The general sections do not have any negative marking but the rest of the sections have negative marking. The language for the NEST 2020 exam will be English only.
Exam Pattern of NEST 2020
|Section||Number of MCQ|
|General||10 (Single correct answers)|
|Biology*||15 (Single or multiple correct answers)|
|Chemistry*||15 (Single or multiple correct answers)|
|Physics*||15 (Single or multiple correct answers)|
|Mathematics*||15 (Single or multiple correct answers)|
NEST Syllabus 2020
The authorities have released the syllabus of the entrance exam along with the notification. With the help of NEST syllabus 2020 candidates will be able to prepare well for the entrance examination. NEST syllabus can be classified majorly in different topics of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology. The syllabus will be based on class 10+2 standard. Candidates are advised to formulate their preparation plans as per the syllabus of NEST 2020. It will take them closer to success in the entrance test.
NEST Result 2020
The exam conducting body will declare the result of the entrance exam in online mode. The NEST result 2020 will have details of the section-wise scores obtained by the candidates. The candidates who will obtain the Minimum Admissible Score (MAS) and Section-wise Admissible Score (SMAS) will be shortlisted in the final merit list for the admission and counselling procedure at NISER and UM – DAE CEBS.
NEST Counselling 2020
NISER and UM – DAE CEBS will conduct the counselling process separately for admitting the selected candidates in various courses offered by the university. The NEST 2020 counselling will be conducted offline and both the institutions will release the date and venue for the counselling procedure after the declaration of the NEST result. Candidates will also have to carry all of the prescribed documents and certificates for the document verification that will take place during the NEST counselling 2020.
NEST 2020 – FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Q1. I have opted for physics, chemistry and biology in my class 12. What course can I join if I clear NEST?
Ans. This exam is conducted for admitting students into the 5- year integrated M. Sc courses in basic science. You can opt for B. Sc and M.Sc in Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
Q2. What will be the exam pattern for NEST?
Ans. The NEST exam has been divided into five sections which are – General Aptitude, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology. Each section in the question paper is of 50 marks except General Aptitude which consists of 30 marks.
Q3. What is the last date for applying for NEST?
Ans. The last date for applying for the NEST exam is May 31, 2020.
Q4. When will the counseling commence for students who have cleared NEST?
Ans. The dates for the counseling will be declared by NISER and UM – DAE CEBS only after the declaration of the result for NEST 2020.
Q5. When will the admit card of NEST be available?
Ans. The date to release NEST 2020 admit card will be released soon.
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