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National Entrance Screening Test

Form Date: 24 Feb - 15 Jul 2021

Computer Based Test

Form Date: 24 Feb - 15 Jul 2021

NEST Basic Information

  • Application Fee:₹ 1,200
  • Number Of Attempts:1
  • Examination Modes:Computer Based Test
  • Exam Conducting Body:National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER B)
  • Courses:MSc
  • Streams:Science

NEST 2021(14 Aug): Application Form (Till 15 Jul), Eligibility Criteria, Syllabus

Updated On - June 10 2021 by Swagota Nandi

NEST 2021 Application Process has been extended till 15 July 2021. NEST 2021 exam has been postponed to 14 August 2021. Also, the date of release of NEST admit card has again delayed. 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 candidates must read the complete article to get full information about the NEST 2021 exam viz; application form, eligibility, admit card, etc.

NEST 2021 Exam Status 

Candidates can check the important details of the NEST 2021 exam which mentioned below in a table:
Application StatusThe last date to apply for the entrance exam is 15 July 2021(Extended)
NEST StatusRevised Exam Date has been released NEST 2021 entrance exam will be held on 14 August 2021.
Latest Update 
  • NEST 2021 exam date has been revised. Now, exam will be held on 14 August 2021.
  • NEST 2021 last date to fill online application form has extended till 15 July 2021. Candidates can apply here---Apply Now.

NEST 2021 Important Dates 

Candidates can take a look at the vital dates for NEST 2021.
NEST 2021 Dates
NEST 2021Dates
NEST 2021 Application Form Date24 February 2021
Online application closes10 May 2021 15 July 2021
Admit Card download starts30 May 2021  Delayed
NEST exam date14 August 2021
Result declaration on30 June 2021 Delayed
First Counselling of NISER Bhubaneswarto be announced
First Counselling of CEBS Mumbaito be announced

NEST 2021 Application Form 

The application form has been released on 24 February 2021. Candidates can check the all-important information regarding NEST 2021 Application form in the given below points:

  • The application form is 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)Rs. 1200/-
SC/ST/PwD (Male candidates)Rs. 600/-
Female (all categories)Rs. 600/-
Divyang CategoryRs. 600/-
  • 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)27%
Scheduled Caste (SC) / Scheduled Tribe (ST)15%
A person with Disabilities (PwD)5%
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
Exam ModeOnline(Computer Based Test)
Type of QuestionsMultiple Choice Questions
Duration180 Minutes(3 Hours)

Section 1: General

Section 2:

  • Physics
  •  Chemistry
  •  Mathematics 
  •  Biology
Total Marks230
Marking Scheme
  • 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:
Section-wise division of Marks for NEST 2021
SectionSubjectMarks Distribution
Section 1General Section30
Section 2Physics50

NEST 2021 Syllabus

The NEST exam syllabus can be checked below:
  • General Section
    • This section is to test the candidate's aptitude for a career in Science.
    • Some questions will be designed to test the grasp of mathematics up to 10th standard and application capabilities of the same to simple problems.
  • Biology
    • Cell Theory
    • Genetics and Evolution
    • Ecology
    • Humans and Environment
  • Chemistry
    • Measurements in chemistry 
    • Mole Concepts
    • Gaseous & Liquid states
    • Atomic Structure & Chemical Bonding
    • Chemical Equilibrium
    • Electrochemistry
    • Chemical Kinetics
    • Solid State
  • Mathematics
    • Algebra
    • Trigonometry
    • Analytical geometry
    • Differential calculus
    • Integral calculus
    • Vectors
  • Physics
    • Mechanics
    • Thermal Physics
    • Electricity and magnetism:
    • Optics

NEST 2021 Admit Card

Candidates can check the information regarding NEST Admit Card 2021 in the below-given points:

  • 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 – EWS006
OBC – NCL5415
Divyangjan5% of seats in each category5% of seats in each category
Total proposed intake20057

NEST 2021 Exam Centres

The test centres details can be checked below in the table:
Test Centres for NEST 2021
StatesNumber of Centres
Andhra Pradesh07
New Delhi01
Himachal Pradesh02
Jammu & Kashmir02
Madhya Pradesh04
Tamil Nadu06
Uttar Pradesh05
West Bengal06
The candidates will have to select any five cities as per their preference.

Candidates can download NEST 2021 Information brochure Pdf here.

NEST Highlights 2021

The highlights for the NEST 2021 exam is given below in the table:
NEST Basic Details 2021
Exam NameNational Entrance Screening Test 
AcronymNEST 2021
Conducting BodyNational Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER)
Level of ExamNational Level
FrequencyOnce a year
Exam ModeCBT Mode
Medium English
SectionsTwo section
Official Website
Application FormApply Now

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. 

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NEST Important Dates

NEST 2021 Exam Date14 Aug 2021
Admit Card Downloading Date01 Aug - 14 Aug 2021 (Tentative)
NEST 2021 Form Date24 Feb - 15 Jul 2021
Result Date01 Sep 2021

National Entrance Screening Test Exam Pattern

Paper 1
Exam Duration:

3 hours 30 minutes

Total Marks:


Question Paper Type :

Multiple Choice Questions

Negative Marking:


NOTE:There is negative marking for all sections except the general awareness section.

5General Knowledge & Current Affairs30130

Frequently Asked Questions


Form Start Date:

24 Feb 2021

Form End Date:

15 Jul 2021

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Examination Date (Online):

14 Aug 2021

Application Fees:

₹ 1,200

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