You are advised to visit the NEST–2018 website (www.nestexam.in) and read the NEST 2018 brochure carefully before starting the application process. Here are the salient points of the application procedure.
Register yourself at the website. You need a valid email id to do so
Click the ‘Apply Online’ link on the NEST–2018 website to reach the online application page on/after 04th January 2018. You need to provide your name, a valid email id and a password of your choice in a window. You will receive an email at the email id provided by you, containing a link to confirm your registration. After confirmation, provide the same email id & password, enter the secret code and click on ‘Login’ in the window.
The application process allows multi-session data entry. You can login to your application profile as many times as you wish, using the same login details. If you forget your password then click ‘forgot password’ link. For safety reasons, you are allowed to retrieve the password only twice.
Page 1 of the application process asks for personal information, choice of exam centres and academic details. You are required to furnish details of qualifying board examinations of Xth and XIIth standards. If your board provides CGPA instead of percentage then calculate the ‘equivalent percentage’ as per the guideline is given by your board. Typically, CGPA is multiplied by 9.5 to convert it to ‘equivalent percentage’ value. For example, if your CGPA is 8.1 then your equivalent percentage is 76.95% (8.1x9.5). Please note, NEST committee takes the final decision on this conversion factor.
Fill all other mandatory fields, save and proceed to the next page. The next page will show your newly generated application number. Your application number is important for all future communications with NEST office till you take admission in the programme.
In page 2 of the application process, you are required to upload JPG files of your passport size photograph and signature.
Scan your passport size photograph & your signature and save them as JPEG files with sizes less 100 KB each. Make sure that images are properly cropped. DO NOT LEAVE empty spaces around photo or signature. If your photograph and signature appear too small in the preview, that is probably because of improper cropping. Crop properly without leaving empty spaces around and upload again. You are strongly advised to follow the detailed instruction provided there.
You may, however, choose to provide them in next login, in case you are not ready for them. In that case, you can log out and return later.
Page 3 of the application process provides two possible payment options (as per the ‘Fee structure’ given in section-II) among which you need to choose one. The available payment modes are:
(a) Online payment: This is the most convenient option for payment using any Credit/Debit card or through Net banking without visiting any bank. Online payment is possible through TechProcess / SBIe-Pay payments gateways. The charges for cards/net banking of different banks are given on the payment page. SBI-e-Pay payment gateway provides 3 chances (max) for each application number to retry payment against failed transactions. However, there is no such limit for TechProcess payment gateway. The amount debited for failed transactions will be refunded automatically within 7 days.
(b) Demand Draft (DD): Prepare the DD in favour of NISER-NEST, payable at Bhubaneswar. Provide all the mandatory information regarding the DD on page 3, save, and proceed to page 4.
Once all the mandatory fields on pages 1 through 3 are provided, including photograph & signature, a single page preview of your application is generated. The page contains your photograph, signature along with other important information. If you want to change any information you need to logout and re-login. For safety reasons you are not allowed to visit the previous pages directly
Verify and confirm if all information on the preview page is correct and the photograph and the signature are properly visible. Once satisfied, submit your application
Once you submit your application, a summary page is being generated and made available to print directly. If you have chosen DD as your payment method you are required to send a printed copy of the summary page along with your DD to the NEST office. If you have chosen online payment option, you are NOT required to send any document to NEST office
The last date of communicating with NEST office is 15th March 2018. NEST office is not responsible for postal delays. You are, therefore, advised to apply well before the last date.
Make sure that you write your name and application number at the back of DD, in case you opt for this payment option.
You can login to your application account and track updates on your application/payment after about two weeks (for DD) and 3 days (for online payment). Once NEST office verifies your candidature, your ADMIT CARD will be generated and made available for download on/after 15th April 2018.