NEST 2021 will be organized jointly by the National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) Bhubaneswar and the University of Mumbai - Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CEBS), Mumbai. This is a national entrance screening test conducted every year to offer admission into 5 years of Integrated M.Sc programs in Biological, Mathematical, Chemical, and Physical sciences. The exam is to be held on 14 June 2021 in 91 cities all over India. The candidates must read the complete article to get full information about the NEST 2021 exam viz; application form, eligibility, admit card, etc.
NEST 2021 Application form has been available from 24 February 2021.
NEST 2021 Exam Date has been announced. The entrance exam is going to be held on 14 June 2021.
NEST 2021 Important Dates
Candidates can take a look at the vital dates for NEST 2021.
NEST 2021 Dates
NEST 2021 Application Form Date
24 February 2021
Online application closes
30 April 2021
Admit Card download starts
20 May 2021
NEST exam date
14 June 2021
Result declaration on
30 June 2021
First Counselling of NISER Bhubaneswar
to be announced
First Counselling of CEBS Mumbai
to be announced
NEST 2021 Application Form
The application form will release on 24 February 2021. Candidates can check the all-important information regarding NEST 2021 Application form in the given below points:
The application form will be available on the official website of the conducting body.
Candidates have to submit their application via online mode only.
The valid e-mail id & contact number is needed to get future notifications.
Applicants have to upload required documents such as class 10th and 12th passing certificates, scanned copies of photographs, and signatures.
Candidates need not send any document to the NEST office in the entire application process.
No correction is possible in the application form, so candidates must fill very carefully.
Candidates have to choose any test centre preference from 91 test centres.
After filling the form must submit the registration fee to complete the application process.
Must take out the printout for future use.
NEST 2021 Application Fee
Candidates must check the NEST application fees 2021 in the given below table:
Mode of Payment: The applicants can make the payment by using a Credit card/ Debit card/ Net–Banking.
NEST Registration Fee
General and OBC (Male candidates)
SC/ST/PwD (Male candidates)
Female (all categories)
The application fee will not be accepted via any other mode.
There will no refund of the fee in any case.
NEST 2021 Eligibility Criteria
Candidates must check their NEST 2021 eligibility before applying for the entrance exam. The list of criteria are mentioned below:
Age Eligibility Criteria: Candidates of General/OBC category candidates must be born on or after August 01, 2001, and the age limit is relaxed by 5 years for SC / ST / PwD candidates.
Education Qualification: Candidates must pass the class 10th and 12th examinations from any recognized board.
Minimum Marks: Candidates must secure an aggregate of 60% in class 12th board examination. For SC/ST/PwD students need 55% marks.
Compulsory Subjects: Candidates should be from the science stream only. They must have physics, chemistry, mathematics, and biology in class 11th and 12th
Candidates can go through the NEST Seat Reservation
Please check the category wise seat reservation distribution below in the table:
Seat Reservations For NEST 2021
OBC/NCL(Other Backward Classes/Non–Creamy Layer)
Scheduled Caste (SC) / Scheduled Tribe (ST)
A person with Disabilities (PwD)
The quota for students from Jammu and Kashmir (JK)
2 seats in both the institute
NEST 2021 Exam Pattern
Candidates must read the given below topic regarding NEST Exam Pattern 2021:
Paper Pattern for NEST 2021
Online(Computer Based Test)
Type of Questions
Multiple Choice Questions
180 Minutes(3 Hours)
Section 1: General
There is no negative marking in section 1
In the 2nd sections, for certain questions, there will be negative marking for incorrect answers
The questions for which there will be one or more correct answers, marks will be given when all answers will be marked.
Section-wise marks distribution for the NEST entrance exam
The section-wise marks distribution for NEST are given in the table:
The admit card will be released online at least 10 days before the examination.
The admit card is issued under the login of the students and to access it the students have to use their user id and password.
Only the students who carry the admit card on the exam day can enter the exam hall and appear for the exam
Candidates have to download their Admission Ticket from the official website.
Hall Ticket will not be sent by any other medium.
Admit card downloading link is available till the examination day.
NEST committee reserves the right to cancel any of the test cities without notice to candidates.
The allotted exam centre name and address are also communicated via the admit card.
The students have to be present on the exam day as per the instructions in the NEST admit card
With the admit card the candidates have to carry:
– School photo Identity – Card or any other photo ID issued by Government agencies
NEST 2021 Answer Key
Candidates can check below for more information regarding NEST Answer Key:
The answer key of NEST 2021 will be released online on the website of NEST.
To check the answer key the candidates will need not use their login details. The answer key is made available in PDF format.
On the answer key, they can check the questions and the correct answer to the question. The candidates will not be given any challenge facility.
The answer key of NEST 2021 has been sent to the registered email address of candidates, who appeared in the exam.
Therefore in NEST, the candidates can check the answers to their questions with the help of the answer key and they can also raise objections before the prescribed schedule.
Also, the result will declare after the release of the NEST answer key.
NEST 2021 Result
The appeared candidates will be able to check the result for NEST 2021 in the second week of June 2021 on the official website of the authorized body. The body will prepare a separate merit list for providing admission.
The percentile score will be calculated based on the relative performance of all the candidates in the respective session.
The scorecard can be downloaded & the candidates are advised to get the printout of the result for further use.
NEST 2021 Merit List
The final ranking of a candidate will be based on percentile scores calculated from the best three subject scores and the general section score. NISER and CEBS will publish separate merit lists. The details are mentioned below:
Section-wise Minimum Admissible Score ( SMAS)
The total score of each candidate will be the direct sum of his/her score in the general section and his/her best three scores in the subject sections.
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).
SMAS for OBC candidates would be 90%.
SMAS for SC/ST/PwD students would be 50%.
NEST 2021 Tie-breaking for merit list
In case 2 or more candidates score equal marks then the following ways will be applied to break the ties:
Candidates with a higher score in the general section will be ranked higher.
If the tie is still there, the best scores in the subject section of the two candidates would be compared. The student with a better score in any of the subject section would get a better rank.
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 and date of birth.
NEST 2021 Counselling
National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) counselling 2021 will be done for the qualified candidates after the result will be disclosed by the authority.
The counselling based on NEST 2021 result is done separately bu NISER and CEBS
The first counselling of NISER Bhubaneswar & CEBS Mumbai will be done in July 2021.
The students have to appear for the counselling and admission process that the institutes conduct separately based on their norms and strictly based on NEST merit.
Applicants will have to carry documents like- Admit Card, 10th & 12the mark sheet, degree certificate, caste certificate, etc.
The offer of admission is subject to verification of all original certificates at the time of admission/counselling.
The admission process in the institutes are as follows:
Visit the official website of respective institutes and check the admission events.
Under the tab, the candidates can check the call list for counselling based on NEST 2021 rank list.
Register on the institute’s website for admission using the online form available.
Report at the counselling venue with all the documents.
NEST 2021 Seat Matrix
The number of seats available at NISER and CEBS for admission in the year 2021 would be as follows.
NEST Seat Matrix
General – EWS
OBC – NCL
5% of seats in each category
5% of seats in each category
Total proposed intake
NEST 2021 Exam Centres
The test centres details can be checked below in the table:
Test Centres for NEST 2021
Number of Centres
Jammu & Kashmir
The candidates will have to select any five cities as per their preference.
About National Institute of Science Education and Research
The NISER was established in the year 2006. The National Institute of Science Education and Research is one of the best in the field of basic Science and Research and is mainly known for its quality education and infrastructure. The Physics & Mathematics departments of NISER are the best in the country mainly due to their association with HBNI and BARC (under DAE).
The NISER is dedicated to graduate education & research only. It offers MSc as well as Ph.D. degrees and applied sciences. Those performing well in MSc have a chance to be absorbed in R&D units and autonomous research institutions of the Department of Atomic Energy. NISER has eight schools these are:
School of Biological Sciences
School of Chemical Sciences
School of Mathematical Sciences
Center for Interdisciplinary Sciences
School of Earth and Planetary Sciences
School of Computer Sciences
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
School of Physical Sciences
About National Entrance Screening Test (NEST)
The NEST is a mandatory test for admission to the 5-year Integrated MSc program in basic sciences - Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics - at the National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar and the University of Mumbai - Department of Atomic Energy's UM-DAE CBS, Mumbai.
NEST Important Dates
Admit Card Downloading Date
20 May 2021
NEST 2021 Exam Date
14 Jun 2021
NEST 2021 Form Date
24 Feb - 30 Apr 2021
30 Jun 2021
National Entrance Screening Test Exam Pattern
3 hours 30 minutes
Question Paper Type :
Multiple Choice Questions
NOTE:There is negative marking for all sections except the general awareness section.
General Knowledge & Current Affairs
Frequently Asked Questions
Ques 1: What is the full form of NEST?
Ques 2: What is the course offered on qualifying NEST 2021 exam?
Ques 3: Who conducts the National Entrance Screening Test ?