National Entrance Screening Test [NEST]

NEST 2018

Exam Date : 20th May 2018 To 20th May 2018
Result Date : 11th June 2018

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Application forms, Dates, Syllabus, Pattern for NEST 2018

  • The Application Forms for NEST 2018 commence on 2nd January 2018 till 6th March 2018.
  • The Exam date for NEST 2018 is announced on 20th May 2018.
  • The Syllabus for NEST includes Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics.
  • The NEST Exam is divided into 5 sections.

Important Details regarding NEST Exam:

Exam Name

National Entrance Screening Test

Commonly Known as


Exam type

National Level

Exam mode


The examining authority

National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar and University of Mumbai – Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Science (UM-DAE CBS), Mumbai

Application form availability

1st week of January

About NEST Exam:

National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) is a compulsory test for enrolling students to:

  • National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar
  • University of Mumbai - Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CBS), Mumbai.

Both of them were set up by Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India in 2007. Both these institutes provide training to fabricate scientific manpower for conducting cutting-edge scientific research and for constituting to the scientific programmes of Department of Atomic Energy and other applied science institutions in the country.

NEST is conducted in 59 cities all over India. The qualifying students are enrolled for a five-year integrated M.Sc programme. Obtaining a seat in NISER is highly competitive. From a total of 70,000 applicants nationwide, only 0.325% qualify for admission.

NEST 2018 Important Dates

Application Process:

The Application Process for NEST 2018 application begins from the 1st Week of January 2018.

Last Date to Submit: 

The last date to submit the Application for NEST 2018 is in the 1st Week of March 2018.

The Release of Admit Card: 

The Admit Card will be available on the official website for NEST 2018 in the 3rd Week of April.

Examination Date: 

The NEST 2018 exam will commence in the last week of May 2018.

NEST 2018 Eligibility

Age Limit for NEST 2018: 

Candidates must have been born on or after the 1st of August 1998 can apply provided they meet the required educational qualifications.

Education Qualification: 

  • Applicant must have cleared the 12th or equivalent exam with any combination of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology subjects.
  • Applicants who have cleared their 12th standard or equivalent exams in the year 2016 or 2017 are eligible to apply.
  • However, applicants who cleared their 12th standard or equivalent exams before 2016 cannot apply.
  • Applicants who are about to appear for their qualifying exams for 12th standard or equivalent can also apply.
  • In order to get enrolled in the M.Sc program, the applicants must have secured minimum 60% for General category and minimum 55% for SC, ST, and PD category in the 12th standard or equivalent exam.

NEST 2018 Application Process

Official Website of NEST:

Candidates willing to apply can log into the official website for NEST ( and start the Application Process.

Application Form to NEST: 

The application form for the NEST 2018 examination can be found on the official website on the 4th of January or after that. Candidates will have to fill in the required details, after which they will be guided to a payment gateway to pay the fee for the Application Form. Candidates are also advised to carry documents supporting their Education Qualification and JPG files for the candidate's photographs and signature.

Payment of Application Fees to NEST 2018: 

Candidates can make the fee payment either using Credit/Debit Card, Net Banking or a Demand Draft. Candidates paying via DD should note that the Demand Draft should be made in favor of NISER-NEST, payable at Bhubaneswar. Provide all the mandatory information regarding the DD.

NEST 2018 Application Form Details

The Application Form for NEST 2018 examination can be found on the official website ( Candidates willing to apply can visit the website and start the Application Process. However, the following shows the fee details for the various NMAT 2018 actions:

Mode of Registration: 

The application process for NEST 2018 will have to be done online only and there is the offline mode to apply for the same.Candidates will be asked to fill in the appropriate details.

Registration Fee: 

The registration fee for the NEST 2018 application varies depending on the category the applicant belonging to.

  1. Male applicants: General and OBC-INR 700/-.
  2. Female applicants: General and OBC- INR 350.
  3. SC/ST and PD Categories INR 350/-.

Mode of Payment: 

The payment can be done Online using Credit/Debit Card or Net Banking whichever the candidate shall choose. The payment for the application can also be done offline by a Demand Draft (DD).

NEST 2018 Admit Card

Availing the Admit Card: 

The applicants will be issued the admit card which will become available on 9th April 2018 and can be downloaded from official NEST website. Candidates will have to fill in the required details during the process of downloading the Admit Card after which they will be forwarded to a different page to download the Admit Card for NEST 2018.

Details on NEST Admit Card:

The Admit Card for NEST 2018 will contain all the necessary information such as the candidate’s name and roll number, the time and the date of examination, along with certain instructions which have to be followed by the Candidate compulsorily.

Admit Card to NEST 2018: 

Admit card is equivalent to a hall ticket and the admit card also serves the purpose of verification.The NEST Admit Card is an important document for all NEST applicants. The NEST admit-card is to be carried to the exam center. It is necessary for all candidates to get the Admit Card signed by the invigilator at the exam center. Candidates are required to verify all details on the NEST admit card and report any inconsistencies.

NEST 2018 Exam Pattern

Mode of NEST Exam: 

The NEST 2018 examination is a pen paper based exam, where candidates will be provided with an OMR Sheet to mark the answers.

Duration of Exam:

 The NEST 2018 is for a duration of 03 Hours.

Marking Scheme for NEST Exam: 

The NEST 2018 examination paper will consist of five sections of Objective Type (MCQ), candidates will have to mark the right answer for the questions provided with 4 options, candidates do note that there is negative marking only for the subject section of the NEST 2018 examination.

Marks Allotted: 

The exam paper is divided into five sections with each section carrying 50 marks. The total marks allotted for the NEFT 2018 paper is 200.

Exam Paper Sections: 

The exam paper for NEST will have 5 sections- General Aptitude, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics, where the first section is mandatory for the Candidates to answer. Section 2-5 is of subjects Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics. Candidates are allowed to choose any section, the merit will be calculated on the basis of three highest scored sections including the first one.

NEST 2018 Syllabus

The syllabus for the NEST exam will be based on the pattern of CBSE/NCERT science syllabus of class 11th and 12th constituting Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics as subjects. A fixed syllabus is not provided for the General Aptitude section, however, the General Aptitude section contains questions related to the major historical milestones in physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, astronomy, environment, and computer science.

  • Topic's in Syllabus: Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology and General Aptitude
  • Tips for Preparation: Candidates are advised to be thorough with the topics related to the mentioned topics of NEST 2018 examination. Candidates are advised to take a look at their 11th and 12th syllabus for better understanding.

NEST 2018 Results

Availability of NEST 2018 Results:

The results for the NEST 2018 exam will be announced on 11th June 2018 on the official website of NEST.

How to Obtain NEST Score Card: 

Further admission process of the students will follow on the basis of ranks secured by the candidate in the rank list. The merit list can be viewed on the official website of NEST. The admissions will be conducted until all the seats get occupied, strictly on the basis of merit list.  Students can also access their results on various social media platforms.

NEST 2018 Counselling

18th June 2018 Counselling Date: 

The counselling date for the NEST 2018 examination will be released on. Candidates are advised to stay updated with the website for NEST 2018.

Documents Required for Counselling Process of NEST 2018: 

Here is a list of documents that should be carried by the Candidates appearing for the counselling process.

  1. Original marks card of class X board examination along with 1 photocopy.
  2. Original marks card of class XII board examination along with 1 photocopy.
  3. Birth certificate.
  4. Original caste certificate (if applicable).
  5. Original OBC certificate (if applicable).
  6. Original disability certificate (for physically disabled candidates) + 1 photocopy.
  7. Proof of Indian citizenship, if born outside India + 1 photocopy.
  8. Passport size photographs.
  9. Demand draft in favour of NISER, payable at Bhubaneswar, or in favour of CBS, payable at Mumbai, depending on where the candidates are appearing for counselling.

Discussion Forum View all 14 Questions

I have passed my 12th in 2016 with Physics, Chemistry and Biology subject with no Maths. So can I apply for NEST 2017? Is Math required in 12th NEST?

Asked By: Yash Raj,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Yes, you are eligible for NEST 2017, provided, you clear the other Eligibility Criteria as well.

If you are a candidate from the Reservation Criteria for NEST like SC, ST, and PD (Physically Disabled) applicants are given a relaxation of five years in the above age limit as well.

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How to edit my NEST application form?

Asked By: Sachin Sugu,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The NEST office immediately receives all your data as per the application form.

You are not allowed to edit any further information on the application form.

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QConducting Body of NEST

Who is in charge of conducting NEST?

Asked By: Hirani Karen,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The National Entrance Screening Test or commonly known as NEST is conducted to gain admissions in the following institutes:

  • National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar

  • University of Mumbai - Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CBS), Mumbai

These institutes also serve their purpose as the conducting bodies to the exam.

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Is there any scholarship available for the candidates?

Asked By: Harshita Dhajnai,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The candidates applying for NEST will be admitted to 5-year Integrated MSc programme at NISER and CBS are eligible for INSPIRE by Govt. of India. They will be eligible for a scholarship of Rs 5,000/- per month. If the candidates participating in summer projects, a sum of Rs 20,000/- will be given every year.

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When and how is NEST applicable?

Asked By: Shruti Kapoor,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) is a compulsory test for admission to the 5-year Integrated MSc programme in basic science subjects like Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. This is applicable for National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneswar and University of Mumbai - Department of Atomic Energy Center for Excellence in Basic Sciences, Mumbai. Both these colleges are autonomous institutions established by Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India, in 2007.

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