NEST 2021 – Result (Out), New Exam Date is 14 Aug, Syllabus

NEST 2021 – Result for NEST 2021 has been released at Candidates can check the NISER Score and CEBS Score via the direct link provided on this page. National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) 2021 was held on 14 August 2021. NEST is a science entrance exam, for admission in 5-year Integrated MSc Program offered by National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) Bhubaneswar and University of Mumbai – Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CEBS). Check NEST 2021 application process, eligibility criteria, syllabus, pattern, and more details here.

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NEST 2021 Exam Date

Check all the important dates for NEST 2021 entrance exam from this page.

NEST 2021Dates
Application form released on24 Feb 2021
Last date to apply15 July 2021 (23:55 Hrs)
Option For City Preference Last Dateto be announced
Change in exam centerto be announced
Download of admit card starts04 Aug 2021
Answer Key Upload onto be announced
NEST exam date14 Aug 2021
Result declaration on01 Sep 2021
First Counselling of NISER Bhubaneswarto be announced
First Counselling of CEBS Mumbaito be announced

NEST 2021 shall be held in 2 shifts

  • Session 1: 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Session 2: 2:30 PM – 6:00 PM

NEST 2021 Application Form

The NEST 2021 application form has been released.

The candidates can apply for NEST 2021 in online mode only. There are a few steps that candidates need to complete before the application process closes to be able to apply successfully. We have described the steps below:

1st step: Register for the exam.

2nd step: Note the login details generated after registration.

3rd step: Fill the personal details

4th step: Fill educational details and upload scanned images

5th step: Pay the application fee

Application fee: The candidates have to pay the below given fee for NEST 2021:

General and OBC categoriesRs. 1200
SC / ST / Divyangjan categoriesRs. 600

To pay the fee candidates can only use credit card / debit card /net–banking. Additionally, Mastercard / Visa / RuPay cards are valid for payment.

NEST 2021 Eligibility Criteria

There is no eligibility specified for NEST 2021. However, there is eligibility for admission in the 5 years integrated M.Sc course in UM-DAE CEBS and NISER. Read below:

Educational qualification:

  • You should be from the regular science stream in classes 10 and 12.
  • If you have passed 10+2 in 2019 or 2020 or are appearing for the same in 2021, you can apply.
  • Also, you must have a scored at least 60% marks in aggregate or equivalent grades in the class XII examination. But candidates from SC, ST, and Divyangjan categories need only 55% marks.
  • You should pass NEST 2021 and must be on the merit list of NEST 2021.

Age Limit:

  • General and OBC category candidates must have been born on or after August 01, 2001.
  • Age limit is relaxed by 5 years for SC, ST, and Divyangjan categories.
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NEST 2021 Exam Pattern

You can check the question paper design and the pattern of NEST exam below:

  • Duration: The exam is for 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Sections in the exam: 4 for PCMB.
  • Mode of the exam: NEST is a Computer based test
  • Type of questions: There are multiple-choice questions in the test
  • Language of question paper: The language of the question paper is English only
  • Marking Scheme: In each section, there will be negative marking for each section.

Note: NEST 2021 question paper will not have a separate “General” section. You need to attempt all the questions in the exam.

Distribution of marks

Total marks200

Some important highlights of the NEST 2021 exam pattern are:

  • Candidates must all 4 sections of the exam. The merit list for both the institutes is prepared using the best 3 scores out of the 4 sections. Section with the worst score is omitted. Thus attempting all
    sections will increase their chances of a better total score.
  • In each section, for certain questions, there will be negative marking for incorrect answers.
  • Some questions may have one or more correct answers for which marks can only be earned by marking all correct answers and no wrong answer.

NEST 2021 Syllabus

The syllabus of NEST is framed according to the NCERT / CBSE Science syllabus of class 11th and 12th.

#1. Biology

  • Cell Biology
  • Ecology
  • Genetics and Evolution
  • Humans and Environment
  • Biotechnology
  • Biology of Animal Systems – Digestive system, Circulatory system, Excretory system, Nervous system, Reproductive system, Developmental Biology, Immunology
  • Biology of Plant Systems
  • Systematics

#2. Chemistry

Physical Chemistry

  • Measurements in Chemistry
  • Mole Concept
  • Gaseous and Liquid States
  • Atomic Structure and Chemical Bonding
  • Thermodynamic – Thermodynamic States
  • Chemical Equilibrium
  • Electrochemistry
  • Solid State
  • Solutions
  • Solid Chemistry: Adsorption and Collidal State
  • Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties
  • s-block elements (Group 1 and 2)
  • p-block elements (Group 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18)
  • d-block elements (Mainly 3D elements)
  • f-block elements (Mainly Lanthanides)
  • Coordination Compounds
  • Metals and Metallurgy

Organic Chemistry

  • Basic Elements
  • Reactive Intermediates
  • Nomenclature
  • Alkenes and Alkynes
  • Aromatic Compounds
  • Haloalkanes
  • Haloarenes
  • Alcohols
  • Phenols
  • Ethers
  • Aldehydes and Ketones
  • Carboxylic Acids
  • Amines
  • Carbohydrate
  • Amino Acids and Proteins
  • Polymers

#3. Mathematics

  • Algebra
  • Logarithms and their Properties
  • Analytical Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Differential Calculus
  • Integral Calculus
  • Vectors

#4. Physics

  • General topics like Units and Dimensions, Dimensional Analysis, Least Count, Significant Figures etc
  • Mechanics
  • System of Particles
  • Gravitation
  • Sound and Mechanical Waves
  • Thermal Physics
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Optics
  • Modern Physics
NEST 2021 syllabus

Previous Year Question Papers of NEST

For the preparation for the exam, it is important to solve previous year question papers. By solving the previous year questions papers, one will get to know the type of questions asked in the exam difficulty level of questions, etc. Check NEST previous year question papers from below.

YearQuestion papers
2020NEST 2020 Question Papers – Session I | Session II
2019NEST 2019 Question Papers
2018NEST 2018 Question Papers
2017NEST 2017 Question Papers
2016NEST 2016 Question Papers
2015NEST 2015 Question Papers
2014NEST 2014 Question Papers
2013NEST 2013 Question Papers
2012NEST 2012 Question Papers
2011NEST 2011 Question Papers
2010NEST 2010 Question Papers

Preparation Tips for NEST 2021

Check the preparation tips given below for NEST 2021.

  1. Know the syllabus: First of all, check the official syllabus and then strategize according to the topics how much time has to be given to each topic. 
  2. Solve previous year question papers: To know about what type of questions come in the exam, difficulty level of questions etc, it is important to solve previous year question papers. 
  3. Give mock tests: It is important to solve the mock tests in order to understand the format of the paper. Also, by solving mock tests, one will learn the time management technique required to complete the examination. 
  4. Pick best books to study: It is advised to first study from the NCERT books. Then, refer to 2-3 reference books for the clarity of the concepts.
  5. Make notes: While preparing for the exam, make notes. Write the important points in these notes.

Books Suggested to Prepare for NEST 2021

The candidates can refer the books given below to prepare for NEST 2021.

NEST (National Entrance Screening Test ) Exam GuideBuy Here
NEST (National Entrance Screening Test) 2021 EditionBuy Here
IIT Chemistry Vol-I & IIBuy Here
A Textbook of Organic Chemistry Buy Here
NCERT Solutions – Biology for Class 12thBuy Here
A Class Book of BotanyBuy Here
Understanding Physics – Optics and Modern Physics Buy Here
Concept of Physics Part-1 & 2Buy Here
Trueman’s Elementary Biology, Volume – 2 for Class 12Buy Here
Senior Secondary Mathematics for Class 12 ExaminationBuy Here

NEST 2021 Admit Card

The candidates can download NEST 2021 admit card from To download the admit card, the candidates are required to enter their login credentials which are user id and password. Note that the admit card is not dispatched to any candidate. It has to be downloaded via online mode only.

On the day of the examination, the candidates must carry the printed copy of admit card and their school identity card or any other photo id issued by Govt. agencies. With these documents, the candidates are also required to carry their own pens to the exam center. NEST admit card displays the details like exam date, timings of the exam, address of the exam center, etc.

NEST 2021 Exam Instructions

Here are some important instructions that the candidates have to follow:

  • Candidates must reach the test venue at least 90 minutes before the examination commences.
  • The exam will start at 9:00 AM for the first session and 2:30 PM for the second session.
  • Candidates will not be allowed to enter the examination hall after 9:30 AM and 3:00 PM for the respective sessions.
  • Use of log tables and calculators inside the examination hall is not allowed.
  • Candidates may bring their own pens. Exchange/sharing of these items with other candidates is strictly prohibited.
  • Mobile phones and other similar electronic gadgets are strictly not allowed inside the examination hall.

NEST 2021 Answer Key

The NEST Answer key is sent to the registered email address of candidates. Also, the information regarding the keys is available on the official website of NEST, Candidates can use the NEST exam answer key to calculate their probable score. Candidates can count the total number of correct and wrong answers using the answer key and can accordingly have an estimate of their score.

Additionally, if the candidates find any error in the answer key, they can challenge it. To do so, challenges have to be sent to the email id specified by the official authority. While submitting the challenge, the candidates must mention their roll number and question id of the questions. Then, after reviewing the errors, a final answer key is released.

NEST 2021 Result

Since NEST is held in 2 sessions, the raw scores of the candidates are not used for result. Rather, the percentile score is calculated on the basis of the relative performance of all the qualified candidates in
the respective session. The highest score in each session is the 100th percentile.

The candidates can check NEST 2021 result at The result is announced in the form of a scorecard. To download it, the candidates have to enter their roll number and application number.

  • NEST scorecard specifies the details like merit rank, percentile, marks, number of candidates that appeared, number of candidates qualified, etc.
  • After the declaration of the result, the merit lists are prepared. Separate merit lists are prepared for NISER and CEBS.

NEST 2021 Merit List

NEST has 4 sections in the exam. However, when the merit list is prepared the best score of 3 sections is used. In other words, the worst score among the four sections would be discarded for the merit list calculation. As merit list calculation will be performed on marks obtained in the best three sections, the ‘total’ marks for NEST 2021 becomes 150.

Tie breaking to prepare the NEST merit list:

If the percentiles of two or more candidates become equal (i.e in the case of a tie) thebelow given methods shall be used to break the tie:

  • First, the best scores in the sections of the two students would be compared. The student with the higher score would get a better rank.
  • Secondly, if the tie persists, the students would be given the same provisional rank at the time of declaration of the result and the tie would be broken by comparing class 12th marks during admission / counselling.
  • Lastly, if the tie still persists then the younger student will get a higher rank

Also, merit lists for NISER and CEBS will be prepared separately.

NEST 2021 Cutoff Marks – Section wise and Overall

To get into the merit list of NISER or CEBS, candidates must score more than the 2 below marks:

  1. ‘Section–wise’ Minimum Admissible Score (SMAS) or section-wise cut–off marks
  2. Overall cut-off or Minimum Admissible Percentile (MAP)

The following minimum marks is needed to pass NEST 2021, and get into the merit list for admission in CEBS and NISER.

‘Section–wise’ Minimum Admissible Score (SMAS) or section-wise cut–off marks

For each section, “20% of the average of the best 100 scores in that section” will be considered as Section–wise Minimum Admissible Score (SMAS).

For example, if the average of the best 100 scores in the Chemistry section is 40 out of 50, then SMAS for the Chemistry section would be 40*0.20 = 8 marks. Similarly, for other sections.

SMAS for OBC students would be 90% of the respective SMAS for general category students.

For example, if in the Chemistry section the SMAS is 8 for general category students, then SMAS fo OBC students would be 7 (90% of 8, rounded off).

SMAS for SC/ST/Divyangjan students would be 50% of the respective SMAS for general category students.

For example, if in the Chemistry section the SMAS is 8 for general category students, then SMAS for SC/ST/Divyangjan students would be 4 (50% of 8).

  • Therefore, SMAS for different sections can obviously be of different numerical value.
  • Also, SMAS for the two sessions, for any particular section, can obviously be of different numerical value

Overall cut-off or Minimum Admissible Percentile (MAP)

SC / ST / Divyangjan75
NEST 2021 merit list

Seat Intake at NISER and CEBS

Check the number of seats available at NISER and CEBS for admission in the year 2021 from below.

GEN – EWS006
OBC – NCL5415
Divyangjan5% seats in each category5% seats in each category
  • 2 supernumerary seats are reserved at both NISER and CEBS

Reservation in Admission via NEST 2021 in NISER and UM-DAE CEBS

While in the admission process, the seats shall be filled based on the reservation norms of NISER and UM-DAE CEBS. Check the reservation percentage below:

CategoryReservation percentage
Other Backward Classes belonging to the Non–Creamy Layer (OBC–NCL)27%
Scheduled Caste (SC)15%
Scheduled Tribe (ST)7.5%
Divyangjan5% of seats are reserved in every category, i.e., General, OBC–NCL, SC and ST for persons with disabilities (Divyangjan)

NEST 2021 Scholarship

Following benefits are available for the candidates admitted in CEBS and NISER:

  • The candidates who are admitted to the programme shall get an annual scholarship of Rs 60,000 through DISHA program of the Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India.
  • Also, the scholarship recipients shall receive a grant of Rs 20,000 per annum for the summer internship.
  • Candidates selected by DST for the INSPIRE-SHE program are endorsed for INSPIRE scholarship by NISER and CEBS.
  • Alumni of the programme are presently pursuing Ph.D. at the reputed universities and institutes in India & abroad.

About National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER)

NISER is a constituent institution of Homi Bhabha National Institute. It was established in the year 2006. NISER operates under the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE). It offers 5 year Integrated M.Sc courses and Ph.D degress in Pure and Applied Sciences.

  • NISER was ranked 14 in the university category and 30 overall in India by NIRF.

NISER functions from its campus at Jatni. Degrees at NISER will be awarded by the Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI), a deemed-to-be University within the Department of Atomic Energy. The official website of the institute is

Address for correspondence

Chief Coordinator – NEST<year>,
National Institute of Science Education and Research Bhubaneswar
P.O. Jatni, Khurda 752050, Odisha, India
e-Mail: nest-exam [at]

About the Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (CEBS)

Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences is an autonomous institute with an affiliation to the University of Mumbai. The institute offers UG science and research opportunities. The institute was established in the year 2007. It has 4 departments at present: Physics, Chemical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Mathematics. The degrees at CEBS are awarded by the 150-year old University of Mumbai. The official website for CEBS is

Address for correspondence

UM-DAE Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences
“Nalanda”, Opp Nano Sciences Building,
University of Mumbai, Vidyanagari,
Mumbai 400098, India.Phone: 91-22-26532132
Telefax: 022-26532134
General Enquiries: [email protected]

Official website:

NEST 2021 FAQs

In what mode NEST will take place?

NEST will be held as a computer-based test.

Can I apply for NEST via offline mode?

 No, you cannot apply for NEST via offline mode. The application process is completely online.

How many seats are there at NISER and CEBS ?

At NISER, there are total 200 seats and at CEBS, there are total 57 seats.

I am appearing in class 12th examination in the year 2021. Am I eligible to apply for NEST 2021?

Yes, you are eligible to apply.

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