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NEST 2023 Previous Question Papers : Prepare Effectively for the Exam

Updated On - May 18 2023 by Abhinandan Singh

NEST 2023 Question Papers is available here in pdf format. NEST is a national entrance screening test organised to offer admission into 5 years of Integrated M.Sc programs in Biological, Mathematical, Chemical, and Physical sciences. National Entrance Screening Test is jointly organised 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. To appear into NEST successfully applicants must practice old question papers to get an idea of duration, type of questions asked, etc. 
Preparing effectively for the NEST 2023 exam involves practicing with previous question papers. Solving NEST previous question papers helps candidates understand the exam pattern and types of questions asked. It also allows them to assess their strengths and weaknesses. By incorporating these papers into their study routine, candidates can enhance their performance and boost their confidence for the exam.

NEST 2023 Exam Pattern 

Candidates can check below NEST 2023 question paper format:
Paper Pattern for NEST 2023
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, there will be negative marking for certain questions.
  • 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
Section-wise division of Marks for NEST 2023
SectionSubjectMarks Distribution
Section 1General Section30
Section 2Physics50

How to Download NEST 2023 Previous Question Papers?

By solving previous NEST Question Papers students can analyse their strengths and weaknesses so that they can focus on weak areas to improve their results. The candidates can follow the below-given steps to download NEST Old Question Papers:

  • Step 1 - Visit the official website -
  • Step 2 - Scroll down and at the right corner, year-wise question papers are given
  • Step 3 - Click on any and download. 
  • Step 4 - Save the pdfs to practice.

What are benefits of NEST 2023 Previous Question Papers?

The sample paper is based on the actual question paper hence its helps students in getting an overview of the question paper like the type of questions, asked, mostly asked topics, marks distribution, etc. With the old sample papers, students can practice better to prepare for the exam and consequently, they can boost confidence in them:

  • Through the sample papers, test-takers can analyze their preparation level and accordingly can change a schedule of preparation.
  • The aspirants can get acquainted with the number of questions asked, marking scheme, etc.
  • It also helps candidates in knowing about their weaker and stronger sections so that more focus can be given on weaker one to fetch good marks in the exam.
  • By practising sample papers, they can improve their speed of solving questions and also, with regular practice.
  • By regular practice of question banks, the test takers gain confidence which helps them in solving questions with less pressure.

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