National Entrance Screening Test [NEST]

NEST 2018 Application Process

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

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Application Process for NEST 2018

Candidates are advised to visit the NEST–2018 website ( and read the NEST 2018 brochure carefully before starting the application process.

The important points of the application procedure.

  • Candidates who satisfy the eligibility criteria for NEST 2018 must register themselves at the website.
  • Candidates need a valid email id to register.
  • Candidates must click the ‘Apply Online’ link on the NEST–2018 website to reach the online application page on/after 2nd January 2018. 
  • Candidates need to provide their name, a valid email id and a password of their choice in a window. 
  • Candidates will then receive an email at the email id provided by them, containing a link to confirm the 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.
  • If the candidate forgets their password then click ‘forgot password’ link.
  • For safety reasons, candidates are allowed to retrieve the password only twice.

Application Process – Page1: Fill/Edit Form (Basic Information of the candidate)

  • Page 1 of the application process asks for personal information, choice of exam centers and academic details.
  • Candidates are required to furnish details of qualifying board examinations of Xth and XIIth standards. 
  • If the candidates' board provides CGPA instead of percentage then calculate the ‘equivalent percentage’ as per the guideline is given by the board.
  • Typically, CGPA is multiplied by 9.5 to convert it to ‘equivalent percentage’ value. For example, if the CGPA is 8.1 then the 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 the candidate's newly generated application number.
  • The application number is important for all future communications with NEST office till you take admission in the program.

Application process – Page 2: Upload (photo and signature)

  • In page 2 of the application process, the candidates are required to upload JPG files of your passport size photograph and signature.
  • Candidates must scan their passport size photograph & signature and save them as JPEG files with sizes less 100 KB each.
  • Candidates must make sure that images are properly cropped. 
  • Candidates should not leave any empty spaces around photo or signature.
  • If the 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.
  • Candidates may, however, choose to provide them in next login, in case they are not ready for them.
  • In that case, they can log out and return later.

Application process – Page 3: Mode of Payment

The application fee will be Rs.700 for Male candidates (General & OBC) and Rs. 350/- for SC, ST, and female & PWD candidates of all other categories

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:

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 a TechProcess payment gateway.
  • The amount debited for failed transactions will be refunded automatically within 7 days.

(b) Demand Draft (DD):

  • Prepare the DD in favor of NISER-NEST, payable at Bhubaneswar.
  • Provide all the mandatory information regarding the DD on page 3, save, and proceed to page 4.

Application process – Page 4: Verify all information on the application preview page and Submit

  • Once all the mandatory fields on pages 1 through 3 are provided, including photograph & signature, a single page preview of the application is generated.
  • The page contains the candidates' photograph, signature along with other important information.
  • If the candidate wants to change any information they need to logout and re-login.
  • For safety reasons the candidates 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, candidates have to submit the application.

Printout of the application page 

  • Once the candidate submits their application, a summary page is being generated and made available to print directly. 
  • If the candidate has chosen DD as their payment method they are required to send a printed copy of the summary page along with the DD to the NEST office. 
  • If the candidate has chosen the online payment option, they 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.
  • Candidates are, therefore, advised to apply well before the last date.
  • Candidates must make sure that they write their name and application number at the back of DD, in case they opt for this payment option.
  • Candidates can login to their application account and track updates on the application/payment after about two weeks (for DD) and 3 days (for online payment).
  • The candidates Admit Card will be generated and made available for download on/after 15th April 2018.

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