A Guide to NEST for aspiring scientists | Admission in NEST in Basic Sciences

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Are you a person with interesting, innovative and intellectually stimulating ideas imbued with scientific knowledge and expertise? Do you want to be at the frontline of successful scientific endeavors? Then National Eligibility Screening Test (NEST) is the gateway to your scientific goals and here is a guide to NEST for aspiring scientists.

A Guide to NEST Exam

National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) is the joint entrance examination conducted every May/June in various centres across the country as a compulsory test for admission to the Integrated M.Sc program in Basic Sciences including Mathematics, Physics, Biology and Chemistry at National Institute Of Science Education And Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar, a residential off-campus centre of Homi Bhabha National Institute(HBNI) affiliated to HBNI, and University Of Mumbai – Department Of Atomic Energy Centre For Excellence In Basic Sciences(UM-DAE CBS), a residential sister organization of NISER, both established as autonomous institutes by the Department Of Atomic Energy, Government Of India.

Eligibility Criteria

The candidate must meet the following eligibility criteria so as to be eligible for application :

  • The candidate must be born on or after 01 August 1998. Age relaxation for SC/ST/PwD candidates is 5 years.
  • The candidate must have passed 12th grade or equivalent from a recognized State/Central Board in Science stream with at least three of the following subjects :

(I) Physics 

(II) Chemistry 

(III) Mathematics 

(IV)  Biology

  • The candidate must have passed 12th grade with a minimum of 60% aggregate. The minimum marks required forSC/ST/PwD candidates is 55% in the 12th Board exam.

Important Dates for NEST

Start of online applications for NEST 2018 January 01, 2018
Close of online applications  March 05, 2018
Download Admit Cards April 25, 2018
NEST Exam June 02,2018(10:00a.m.-1:00p.m.)
Results of NEST, 2018 June 18,2018

Application Procedure to apply for NEST

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED:

  • Soft copy of your passport-size photo in .jpeg/.jpg format. The size must be limited to 80kB
  • Scanned image of your signature in .jpeg/.jpg format with a maximum of 80kB
  • Mark sheet of Class X exam

HOW TO APPLY:

The application form is available online. Register in the official website using the essential credentials. Log into your account using the Username and Password sent to your registered email ID. Fill-in the essential details including the details of your educational qualifications. Then you have to upload your photo and signature in the prescribed format. Application fee of Rs.1000 has to be paid using SBI payment gateway /Credit /Debit card. The Application Fee is Rs.500 for female/SC/ST/PwD applicants. It must be noted that the candidate has to select at least 5 preferred centers of examination.

ADMIT CARDS:

Admit Cards can be downloaded from the official website using your Username and Password from the prescribed date(April 25) till the date of examination. This has to be brought to the examination hall.

Exam Pattern for NEST

NEST is a three-hour Computer-based Test(CBT) conducted in almost 106 centres across the country. Question papers are set in English. The question paper is divided into the following five sections :

  • GENERAL SECTION: This is the first section and has questions with a maximum aggregate of 30 marks. There is no prescribed syllabus for this section. There will be no penalty for wrong answers. The questions are Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs).
  • BIOLOGY: This is a subject-section to evaluate the candidates’ subject comprehension and has a total of 50 marks. There will be a penalty for the wrong answers. The questions are MCQs with some having more than one correct options. Marks will be awarded only if you mark all the correct options.
  • CHEMISTRY: This is a subject-section to evaluate the candidates’ subject comprehension and has a total of 50 marks. There will be a penalty for the wrong answers. The questions are MCQs with some having more than one correct options. Marks will be awarded only if you mark all the correct options.
  • PHYSICS: This is a subject-section to evaluate the candidates’ subject comprehension and has a total of 50 marks. There will be a penalty for the wrong answers. The questions are MCQs with some having more than one correct options. Marks will be awarded only if you mark all the correct options.
  • MATHEMATICS: This is a subject-section to evaluate the candidates’ subject comprehension and has a total of 50 marks. There will be a penalty for the wrong answers. The questions are MCQs with some having more than one correct options. Marks will be awarded only if you mark all the correct options.

The candidate can attend all the subject-sections. However, the score of the best three subject-sections with that of the general Section will be counted to make the merit list.

Exam Syllabus

  • GENERAL SECTION: There is no prescribed syllabus for this section. The aim is to evaluate the candidates’ basic acquaintance with the general scientific knowledge and discoveries.
  • BIOLOGY: This section has questions relating to such areas as Cell Biology, Genetics And Evolution, Ecology, Human And Environment, Biotechnology, Biology Of Animal Systems, Developmental Biology, Immunology, Biology Of Plant Systems, Systematics and related areas.
  • CHEMISTRY :This section has questions relating to such areas as Mole Concept, Measurement In Chemistry, Gaseous And Liquid States, Atomic Structure And Chemical Bonding, Thermodynamics, Chemical Equilibrium, Electrochemistry, Chemical Kinetics, Solid States, Solutions, Adsorption, Colloidal State, Classification Of Elements And Periodicity In Properties, Hydrogen, s-block Elements, p-block Elements, d-block Elements, f-block Elements, Coordination Compounds, Metals And Metallurgy, Basic Concepts Of Organic Chemistry, Reactive Intermediates, Isomerism, Nomenclature, Alkanes, Alkenes And Alkynes, Aromatic Compounds, Haloalkanes, Haloarenes, Alcohol, Phenol, Ethers, Aldehydes And Ketones, Carboxylic Acids, Amines, Carbohydrates, Amino Acids And Proteins, Polymers and related areas.
  • MATHEMATICS: This section has questions relating to such areas as Algebra, Trigonometry, Analytical Geometry, Differential Calculus, Integral Calculus, Vectors and related areas.
  • PHYSICS: This section has questions relating to such areas as General Physics, Mechanics, Sound And Mechanical Waves, Thermal Physics, Electricity And Magnetism, Optics, Modern Physics and related areas.

For the detailed analysis of the exam pattern and syllabus, refer to previous year question papers.

DOWNLOAD NEST 2017 QUESTION PAPER
DOWNLOAD NEST 2016 QUESTION PAPER
DOWNLOAD NEST 2015 QUESTION PAPER

CUT OFF for NEST Exam

The Section-wise Cut-off is the “20% average of the 100 best scores in that section” as per the instructions in the official website. Every candidate must have the Section-wise Minimum Admissible Score (SMAS) to be qualified in the exam. The SMAS for OBC candidates will be 90% SMAS of the respective section for the General Category. It is 50% of the SMAS of the respective section for the General Category for SC/ST/PwD candidates. In addition to this, the candidates must have a total Minimum Admissible Score (MAS), which is 50% of the total marks, that is, 90 marks. MAS for OBCcandidates is 90% of the MAS for General Category candidates. It is 50% of the MAS for General Category candidates forSC/ST/PwD candidates.

Result

The results of NEST 2018 will be published on 18th June 2018 and the merit list can be viewed on their official website. Selected candidates are requested to attend the counseling session.

RESULTS WILL BE PUBLISHED SHORTLY

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NEST is your gateway to one among the widely recognized science universities of our country stuffed with the most creative and innovative scientific thinkers of our time. Crack the exam to be guided by expert faculty with distinguished research records. Good luck for your attempts!