NEST 2021 – NISER and UM-DAE CEBS have released NEST 2021 application form. Candidates can apply online at nestexam.in, till 30th April. National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) 2021 will be held on 14th June, in 90 cities across India. 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.
NEST 2021 Exam Date
Check all the important dates for NEST 2021 entrance exam from this page.
|Application form released on||24 Feb 2021|
|Last date to apply||30 Apr 2021|
|Option For City Preference Last Date||to be announced|
|Change in exam center||to be announced|
|Download of admit card starts||20 May 2021|
|Answer Key Upload on||to be announced|
|NEST exam date||14 June 2021|
|Result declaration on||30 Jun 2021|
|First Counselling of NISER Bhubaneswar||to be announced|
|First Counselling of CEBS Mumbai||to 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 categories||Rs. 1200|
|SC / ST / Divyangjan categories||Rs. 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:
- 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.
- 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.
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
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.
- Cell Biology
- Genetics and Evolution
- Humans and Environment
- Biology of Animal Systems – Digestive system, Circulatory system, Excretory system, Nervous system, Reproductive system, Developmental Biology, Immunology
- Biology of Plant Systems
- Measurements in Chemistry
- Mole Concept
- Gaseous and Liquid States
- Atomic Structure and Chemical Bonding
- Thermodynamic – Thermodynamic States
- Chemical Equilibrium
- Solid State
- 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
- Basic Elements
- Reactive Intermediates
- Alkenes and Alkynes
- Aromatic Compounds
- Aldehydes and Ketones
- Carboxylic Acids
- Amino Acids and Proteins
- Logarithms and their Properties
- Analytical Geometry
- Differential Calculus
- Integral Calculus
- General topics like Units and Dimensions, Dimensional Analysis, Least Count, Significant Figures etc
- System of Particles
- Sound and Mechanical Waves
- Thermal Physics
- Electricity and Magnetism
- Modern Physics
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.
|2020||NEST 2020 Question Papers – Session I | Session II|
|2019||NEST 2019 Question Papers|
|2018||NEST 2018 Question Papers|
|2017||NEST 2017 Question Papers|
|2016||NEST 2016 Question Papers|
|2015||NEST 2015 Question Papers|
|2014||NEST 2014 Question Papers|
|2013||NEST 2013 Question Papers|
|2012||NEST 2012 Question Papers|
|2011||NEST 2011 Question Papers|
|2010||NEST 2010 Question Papers|
Preparation Tips for NEST 2021
Check the preparation tips given below for NEST 2021.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Guide||Buy Here|
|NEST (National Entrance Screening Test) 2021 Edition||Buy Here|
|IIT Chemistry Vol-I & II||Buy Here|
|A Textbook of Organic Chemistry||Buy Here|
|NCERT Solutions – Biology for Class 12th||Buy Here|
|A Class Book of Botany||Buy Here|
|Understanding Physics – Optics and Modern Physics||Buy Here|
|Concept of Physics Part-1 & 2||Buy Here|
|Trueman’s Elementary Biology, Volume – 2 for Class 12||Buy Here|
|Senior Secondary Mathematics for Class 12 Examination||Buy Here|
NEST 2021 Admit Card
The candidates can download NEST 2021 admit card from nestexam.in. 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, nestexam.in. 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 nestexam.in. 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:
- ‘Section–wise’ Minimum Admissible Score (SMAS) or section-wise cut–off marks
- 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 / Divyangjan||75|
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 – EWS||0||06|
|OBC – NCL||54||15|
|Divyangjan||5% seats in each category||5% 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:
|Other Backward Classes belonging to the Non–Creamy Layer (OBC–NCL)||27%|
|Scheduled Caste (SC)||15%|
|Scheduled Tribe (ST)||7.5%|
|Divyangjan||5% 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 niser.ac.in.
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] niser.ac.in
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 cbs.ac.in.
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
General Enquiries: email@example.com
Official website: nestexam.in
NEST 2021 FAQs
NEST will be held as a computer-based test.
No, you cannot apply for NEST via offline mode. The application process is completely online.
At NISER, there are total 200 seats and at CEBS, there are total 57 seats.
Yes, you are eligible to apply.