The eligibility criteria for NEST 2018 are as follows:
Applicant must have cleared their 12th or equivalent exam with the 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.
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 a minimum of 60% for General category and minimum 55% for SC, ST, and PD category in the 12th standard or equivalent exam.
Age Limit for NEST 2018:
Applicants must have born on or after 1 August 1998 (for general and OBC candidates).
The SC, ST, and PD (Physically Disabled) applicants are given a relaxation of five years in the above age limit.