NEST 2022 – Application Form (Available), Exam Date (18 Jun), Admit Card, Syllabus, Exam Pattern

NEST 2022 – NISER has released the NEST application form 2022 on their official website Candidates can fill the form now. To fill the form, candidates must register themselves first. Then they can fill the application form after successful registration. The last date to apply is May 18, 2022. After this, the admit card will be released on June 06, 2022. It will be made available on the official website. Then the exam will be held on June 18, 2022. It will be conducted in two sessions. The first session exam timings are 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM. The timings for session 2 are 2:30 PM – 6:00 PM. After the exam is over, the NEST 2022 result is set to be declared on July 05, 2022.

NEST is a science entrance exam that gives admissions to candidates in integrated M.Sc. courses. Candidates seeking admission in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics can apply through the common application form. The exam is held annually by National Institute of Science Education and Research. It will be conducted as a computer based exam. More details about NEST 2022 are provided in the article below.

NEST 2022

Latest– NEST 2022 application form has released. Click here to fill the form.

Download guidelines Click here to download the guidelines for how to register and fill NEST 2022 application form.

Latest– NEST 2022 official brochure released. Download brochure here.

Latest– NEST 2022 admit card will release on June 6, 2022.

Latest– NEST 2022 exam will be conducted on June 18, 2022. Check more details here.

Latest– NEST 2022 dates released.

NEST 2022 Dates

The table given below will give you dates for NEST exam events such as NEST 2022 exam date, application form date, admit card date, etc.

Availability of application form21st Feb 2022 24th Feb 2022
Deadline for submission of form18th May 2022
Release of admit card6th Jun 2022
NEST 2022 exam18 June 2022
Result declaration5th July 2022

NEST 2022 Overview

Candidates can find the overview of NEST 2022 from the table even below.

Name of ExamNational Entrance Screening Test 2022
Conducting bodyNational Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) 
Exam levelUndergraduate Exam at National Level
Mode of applicationOnline
Fee for applicationRs. 1200 (for general OBC Category candidates) Rs. 600 (for SC/STcategory and women candidates)
Occurrence of examAnnually
Subjects Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics
Exam modeOnline
Type of examMCQ MSQ type
Number of questions 50 Questions in each section
Marking scheme1 marks for correct answer
 Negative marks Only some sections will have negative marking for wrong answers.
Total marks200 

NEST 2022 Syllabus

·  Cell Biology
·  Genetics and Evolution 
·  Ecology
·  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
·      Measurements in Chemistry
·      Mole Concept
·      Gaseous and liquid states
·      Atomic Structure and Chemical Bonding
·      Thermodynamics
·      Chemical Equilibrium
·      Solid state
·      Solutions
·      Surface chemistry – Adsorption, Colloidal State,
·      Classification of elements and periodically in properties
·       Hydrogen
·      s – Block elements: Group 1, Group 2
·      p – Block elements: Group 13, Group 14,15 and 16, Group 17, Group 18
·      D – Block elements
·      F – Block elements
·      Coordination compounds
·      Metals and metallurgy
·      Basic Concepts
·      Reactive Intermediates
·      Nomenclature
·      Alkenes and Alkynes
·      Aromatic Compounds
·      Haloalkanes
·      Haloarenes
·      Alcohols
·      Phenols
·      Ethers
·      Aldehydes and ketones
·      Amines
·      Carbohydrates
·      Amino Acids and Proteins
·      Polymers
·      Algebra
·      Trigonometry
·      Analytical Geometry
·      Differential Calculus
·      Integral Calculus
·      Vectors
·      General
·      Thermal Physics
·      Electricity and Magnetism
·      Capacitance
·      Optics
·      Modern Physics

NEST 2022 Pattern of Exam

The exam pattern is given below.

  • Type of questions MCQ – Four options will be given out of which only one will be a correct option.
  • Exam mode – Online – it will be in computer based mode.
  • Duration – 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Total number of questions – 50 questions in each section
  • Negative marking- Only some sections will have negative marking.
  • Total marks – 200
  • Language – English

The marks distribution is given below.

SubjectNumber of QuestionsMarks
Total 200200

How to Prepare for NEST 2022

It is important to know the tips to prepare for NEST 2022 examination so that the process of studying becomes easier and simpler. Mentioned below are some tips which are recommended by toppers and experts for preparation.

  • Candidates should create a proper study plan by creating their own timetable like 2 hours for each subject. By preparing a timetable they will be able to manage time and help them to know in advance which chapter or topic to go for first.
  • Candidates should have all the information about the exam pattern so that there is no confusion and helps them to prepare according to it.
  • Creating short notes for revision will help them to recall the concepts while candidates are on the go.
  • Candidates should test their ability by attempting mock test papers online which will help them to know where they stand and how much preparation they require.
  • Candidates should have all the information about the syllabus so that they are able to collect appropriate study material from correct sources.

NEST 2022 Best Books

  • Biology – Objective Biology by Dinesh, Textbook of Biology NCERT
  • Chemistry – Objective Chemistry by RPH Editorial, Textbook of Chemistry Class 11th and 12th by NCERT
  • Mathematics – Objective Mathematics by RD Sharma, Plane Trigonometry by S.L. Loney
  • Physics – Objective Physics by DC Pandey, Concepts of Physics by HC Verma

NEST 2022 Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates in unreserved and OBC categories must have been born on or after August 01, 2002. The age limit is relaxed for 5 years for SC/ST/Divyangjan candidates.
  • Candidates should have passed XII in either 2020 or 2021.
  • At least 60% marks in aggregate should be in class XII examination from any recognised board in India. For SC/ST/Divyangjan candidates the minimum aggregate is 55%.
  • Candidates should secure position in the NEST merit list.

NEST 2022 Application Form

Candidates can find the NEST 2022 application form on the official website. Candidates can fill the application form online. There will be no offline mode to apply for the entrance exam. Candidates have to provide necessary information to register online for Nest. Candidates are required to provide email id and other details for registration. Before applying for the same candidates should go through the eligibility criteria. Once applied, candidate will be provided with username and password, which is sent to their registered email id ad with these login credential candidate can fill the form and submit it before the deadline.

The application fee is Rs. 1200 (for general OBC Category candidates) Rs. 600 (for SC/ST category candidates and women’s). Fee can be paid through the debit card/credit card/net banking.

NEST 2022 Exam Instructions

  • Candidates must reach the examination venue at least 90 minutes before the start of the examination.
  • Candidates will not be allowed to enter the examination hall any later than half an hour (30 minutes) after the start of the examination.
  • Candidates will be allowed to leave the examination hall no sooner than two hours after the start of the examination except when required by medical emergencies.
  • Candidates must brig their own admit card and a valid photo identity card to the examination hall.
  • use of calculators and log tables in the examination hall is not allowed. Candidates must bring their own blue/black pen.
  • Any kind of electronic gadgets, including mobile phones, digital/smart watches etc are not allowed inside examination hall.

NEST 2022 Admit Card

Students can download the Admit card online on the official website. After downloading it students have to take a printout of the same and should keep extra copies of it. The admit card will include details such as exam centre name, course, slots etc. In case, any information not correct on admit card, then candidates have to contact the exam conducting body at least 3 days before the exam date to get the information corrected.

NEST 2022 Result

NEST 2022 result will be available on the official website. the candidates can check their result by using the login credentials. for downloading the rank card candidate should know their username. The result will give details about candidate name, marks, percentile, merit or rank and number of applicants. The cut off for NEST 2022 and counselling schedule will be released after the declaration of the result for the candidates who have qualified for the same and the qualifying candidates should carry the necessary document for enrolment procedure.

NEST 2022 Merit List

The section lists rules for the preparation of merit list in National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) 2022.

Scoring System

1. In the NEST 2022 examination, there are four sections of 50 marks each.

2. NEST 2022 entrance examination will be conducted in two sessions and different sets of question papers will be used for each session. The percentile score will be calculated on the basis of the performance of all the qualified candidates in the respective session. The highest score in each session will be 100th percentile.

3. Merit lists for NISER and CEBS will be prepared separately.

4. During preparation of the merit list, the three best scores from the four sections will be considered. In other words, the worst score among the four sections would be discarded for the merit list calculation.

5. As merit list calculation will be performed on marks obtained in the best three sections, the ‘total’ marks for NEST 2022 becomes 150.

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

1. Total score of each candidate will be the sum of his/her best three scores out of the four sections.

2. 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 Chemistry section is 40 out of 50, then SMAS for Chemistry section would be 40*0.20 = 8 marks. Similarly, for other sections.

3. SMAS for different sections can obviously be of different numerical value.

4. SMAS for the two sessions, for any particular section, can be of different numerical value.

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

6. SMAS for SC/ST/Divyangjan students would be 50% of 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).

III. Overall cut-off or Minimum Admissible Percentile (MAP)

1. In addition to SMAS, a candidate is required to score equal to or above a total Minimum Admissible Percentile (MAP), to get a merit rank.

i. MAP for NEST 2021 is 95 percentile for general category candidates.

ii. MAP for NEST 2021 is 90 percentile for OBC candidates.

iii. MAP for NEST 2021 is 75 percentile for SC/ST/Divyangjan candidates.

2. A candidate scoring less than the MAP would not be allotted any merit rank and would not be deemed eligible for admission, even if he/she secures SMAS in all sections.

IV. Merit list rank preparation

The final ranking of the candidates will be based on percentile scores calculated from the best three section scores. NISER and CEBS will publish separate merit lists based on the following criteria:

1. A candidate is required to score equal to or above a total Minimum Admissible Percentile (MAP), to get a merit rank.

2. The best three section scores will be considered for the calculation of total marks to determine the merit rank of the candidate.

3. For NISER merit list: A candidate must score equal to or greater than the respective SMAS in all four sections.

4. For CEBS merit list: Each of the best three section scores of the candidate must be equal to or greater than the respective SMAS scores for those sections.

5. If the percentiles of two or more candidates become equal (i.e in the case of a tie), then the best scores in the sections of the two students would be compared. The student with the higher score would get a better rank.

6. 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.

7. If the tie still persists then the younger student will get a higher rank.

NEST 2022 Counselling Process

After the declaration of result the qualified candidates will be provided with the counselling schedule. NEST 2022 counselling procedure will be conducted in offline mode in various rounds. To participate in it candidates have to report themselves on the counselling venue on the provided date and time.

candidates will be called for counselling according to the merit list issued. After the completion of first round the conducting body will issue list of candidates for second round as per the vacancy of seats. candidates will be required to check the official website for the list. After all the rounds the institute will generate a waiting list on the official website. Candidates are required to bring necessary documents with them which includes.

  • All mark sheets/grade reports and certificates.
  • original class 10th and 12th transfer certificate.
  • character certificate and leaving certificate from school.
  • SC/ST/OBC Category should have original caste certificates with them.
  • Date of Birth (DOB) certificate only if DOB is not mentioned on class X certificate.
  • Original E – Admit card and counselling letter.
  • 4 passport size photographs having candidates name and date mentioned on back.
  • Domicile certificate.
  • Authority letter/Undertaking if candidate is unable to attend the counselling.

Important Downloads

DocumentDownload Pdf
NEST 2022 Guidelines to fill application formApplication Form Guidelines
NEST 2022 Information BrochureBrochure
SyllabusNEST 2022 Syllabus

NEST 2022 FAQs

Is NEST tougher than NEET?

NEST exam is not much difficult. The level of difficulty is between 11th and 12th topics. However, the exam is difficult than JEE mains.

Can droppers give NEST 2022?

Yes, the candidates must be born on or after August 1, 2002.

How many times can I give NEST?

There is no restriction on the number of attempts.

What should I study for NEST 2022?

Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics.

Is NEST Exam difficult?

NEST Exam is not difficult for students who had Science stream with clear concepts in 11th and 12th class level. NEST is easier than JEE Advances but difficult than JEE Main.

Who are eligible for NEST 2022?

Candidates born after August 1, 2022 and have passed XII in either 2020 or 2021 with 60 % marks in aggregate and for SC/ST/Divyangjan candidates the minimum aggregate is 55%.

Do NEST question repeat?

It is not necessary that the previous year questions will repeat but concepts will appear again and again. So candidates should have a strong hold on the concepts.

How many questions will there be in NEST 2022 Exam Paper?

There will be 50 questions in each section in NEST 2022 Exam Paper.

Is there any age limit to appear for NEST 2022 Exam?

Yes, candidate must be more than 20 years of age if belonging to the General and OBC Category. If belonging to SC/ST Category, candidate should be 15 years or more at the time of admission.

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