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NEST Admission 2019

Applications are invited from eligible candidates for enter into National Entrance Screening Test for admission to 5-year Integrated M.Sc. Program for the academic session 2019

NEST Admission Eligibility 2019

Educational Qualification

  • Candidates seeking admission to NISER and UM–DAE CEBS for the integrated MSc programme 2019–24 should be from regular science stream only and preferably should have any combination of at least three subjects among Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics in classes XI and XII.
  • It is mandatory for all aspiring candidates to write the NEST 2019 examination. Admission will be offered strictly on the basis of Merit List of NEST 2019. Additionally, candidates must have passed class XII examination or equivalent from any recognised Board in India in the years 2017 or 2018 or be appearing for the same in 2019. Candidates who are appearing for the board examination in 2019 must pass it by the time of admission into the program.
  • Also, candidates must secure at least 60% marks in aggregate or equivalent grade in class XII examination to be eligible for admission to NISER and CEBS. For candidates belonging to scheduled castes ( SC ), scheduled tribes ( ST ) and Persons with Disabilities ( PwD ) categories, the minimum requirement of marks is relaxed to 55% in aggregate.
  • Where only letter grades are available, a certificate from the concerned Board specifying equivalent percentage of marks is required to be submitted. In absence of such a certificate, the decision of the admissions committee of the concerned institution will be final.

Age Limit

  • General and OBC category candidates born on or after 1st August, 1999 are eligible for admission to the integrated MSc programme of NISER / CEBS. The age limit is relaxed by 5 years for SC / ST / PwD candidates.

NEST Admission Exam Pattern 2019

  • Mode :
    • The exam will be conducted through online ( CBT ) mode.
  • Duration :
    • The exam will be of about 3 hours.
  • Type of Questions :
    • Objective ( MCQ ) type questions will be asked in the exam.
  • Total Marks :
    • The question paper will be of 230 marks.
  • Language :
    • The language of question paper will be English only.
  • Sections :
    • The question paper will consist of 5 ( five ) sections, each of the section will be 50 marks but general section will carry 30 marks.
  • Negative Marking :
    • No negative marking in section 1. There is a negative marking for answering wrong in other sections.
SectionsSubjectsMaximum marks
Section-1General section30

NEST Admission Application Form 2019

  • NEST application form details will be available at the website :
  • Keep the following documents handy before starting registration and online application
    • Class X marks sheet / report card / certificate
    • Digital copy of passport size photograph in .jpeg or .jpg format ( size limit: 80 kb )
    • Scanned image of your signature in .jpeg or .jpg format ( size limit: 80 kb )

Application fee

  • Candidates have to pay the application fee of the following
    • General and OBC male candidate : ₹ 1000/-
    • Female applicants, SC / ST and PwD category applicants : ₹ 500/-
  • Application fee payment is collected through SBI payment gateway. it can pay using debit cards /credit cards issued by all major banks or through net banking facility.

NEST Admission Admit Card 2019

  • Admit card for NEST 2019 will be available for downloading at website. Admit cards will not be dispatched to any applicant. Applicants must download their admit cards from NEST website ( after login ). The download link will be available only till the day of examination.
  • Safe–keeping of one copy of admit card is therefore strongly advised because the successful candidates have to produce the admit card in original during admission.

NEST Admission Selection Process 2019

  • Admission selection will be based on performance in National Entrance Screening Test 2019.

NEST Admission Exam Centres 2019

CodeExam CentreCodeExam CentreCodeExam Centre
1Chirala ( AP )37Mysuru ( KA )73Rourkela ( OD )
2Guntur ( AP )38Udupi ( KA )74Sambalpur ( OD )
3Kakinada ( AP )39Alappuzha ( KL )75Amritsar ( PB )
4Kurnool ( AP )40Ernakulam ( KL )76Bhatinda ( PB )
5Nellore ( AP )41Idukki ( KL )77Jalandhar ( PB )
6Rajahmundry ( AP )42Kannur ( KL )78Ludhiana ( PB )
7Tirupathi ( AP )43Kasaragod ( KL )79Mohali ( PB )
8Vijayawada ( AP )44Kollam ( KL )80Patiala ( PB )
9Visakhapatnam ( AP )45Kottayam ( KL )81Jaipur ( RJ )
10Vizianagaram ( AP )46Kozhikode ( KL )82Udaipur ( RJ )
11Guwahati ( AS )47Malappuram ( KL )83Jodhpur ( RJ )
12Patna ( BR )48Palakkad ( KL )84Chennai ( TN )
13Chandigarh ( CH )49Pathanamthitta ( KL )85Coimbatore ( TN )
14Bhilai Nagar ( CG )50Thiruvananthapuram ( KL )86Madurai ( TN )
15Raipur ( CG )51Thrissur ( KL )87Salem ( TN )
16New Delhi ( DL )52Bhopal ( MP )88Tiruchirappalli ( TN )
17Ghaziabad ( DL-NCR )53Gwalior ( MP )89Tirunelveli ( TN )
18Greater Noida ( DL-NCR )54Indore ( MP )90Hyderabad ( TS )
19Meerut ( DL-NCR )55Jabalpur ( MP )91Karimnagar ( TS )
20Noida ( DL-NCR )56Mumbai ( MH )92Warangal ( TS )
21Ahmedabad ( GJ )57Nagpur ( MH )93Agartala ( TR )
22Bhuj ( GJ )58Pune ( MH )94Allahabad ( UP )
23Hamirpur ( HP )59Imphal ( MN )95Kanpur ( UP )
24Shimla ( HP )60Shillong ( ML )96Lucknow ( UP )
25Jammu ( JK )61Aizawl ( MZ )97Varanasi ( UP )
26Samba ( JK )62Angul ( OD )98Dehradun ( UK )
27Srinagar ( JK )63Balasore ( OD )99Haldwani ( UK )
28Bokaro ( JH )64Bargarh ( OD )100Roorkee ( UK )
29Dhanbad ( JH )65Baripada ( OD )101Asansol ( WB )
30Hazaribagh ( JH )66Berhampur ( OD )102Burdwan ( WB )
31Jamshedpur ( JH )67Bhubaneswar ( OD )103Durgapur ( WB )
32Ranchi ( JH )68Cuttack ( OD )104Hooghly ( WB )
33Bengaluru ( KA )69Dhenkanal ( OD )105Kolkata ( WB )
34Dharwad ( KA )70Jharsuguda ( OD )106Siliguri ( WB )
35Hubballi ( KA )71Khurda ( OD )
36Mangalore ( KA )72Rayagada ( OD )

NEST Admission Syllabus 2019

General Section

  • There is no specific syllabus for the General section.
  • The aim is to test candidate’s aptitude for a career in science. Questions are designed to test the candidate’s familiarity with ( and not a detailed understanding of ) major historical milestones in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, computer science and environment.
  • There will be some questions designed to test the grasp of mathematics up to 10th standard and application capabilities of the same to simple problems.
  • Some questions in this section aim to test the candidate’s general ability to comprehend qualitative and quantitative aspects of a given scientific passage.
  • This is done by giving a passage on some scientific topic and questions based on the concepts elaborated in the passage will be asked.
  • Some questions may aim to find whether the candidates can interpret graphical and \ or tabular representation of information.


  • Cell Biology : Cell theory and cells as unit of life. Basic concepts of biomolecules – Proteins, Carbohydrates, Lipids, Nucleic acids. Tools and techniques of cell studies – use of microscope and calibration ( microscopy ), elements of microscope. Biomembranes – transport mechanism, cellular respiration. Cell organelles – structure and functions. Discovery and structure of DNA, processes of replication, transcription, genetic code and translation. Principles of the basic techniques in molecular biology. Enzymes– catalysis, kinetics, activation energy, competitive and non– competitive inhibition.
  • Genetics and Evolution : Fundamentals of genetics and evolution. Evidences and theories of organic evolution. Organization of the heredity material in chromosomes. Equational division. Reduction division. Mitosis and meiosis compared and contrasted. Significance of meiosis. Mendel’s laws of inheritance. Discovery of linkage, sex–linked inheritance. Crossing–over, stage at which crossing– over occurs. Neurospora genetics. Mutation – discovery, types of Mutation and Mutations in diploids. Role of mutations in evolution. Elaboration of Mendel’s laws of inheritance. Monohybrid or Dihybrid crosses. Human genetics – human chromosomes, sex–determination, sex–linked inheritance.
  • Ecology : Physical and biological factors in influencing organisms. Food chains, pyramids of numbers and biomass. Biological equilibrium. Interspecific associations. Bio–diversity. Flora and fauna. Basics of microbial systems, Ecosystems.
  • Humans and Environment : Soil, rainfall and temperature with reference to natural resources. Our natural resources – their uses and abuses. Environmental pollution and preventive measures. Biodiversity and conservation.
  • Biotechnology : Principles of recombinant DNA technology. Applications of biotechnology.
  • Biology of Animal systems : Digestive System – Modes of nutrition. Different vitamin compounds and their deficiencies. Structure of alimentary canal and associated glands, digestive enzymes and gastrointestinal hormones. Absorption of products of digestion, peristalsis, balanced diet. Respiratory System – Gaseous exchange in animals. Structure of respiratory organs, mechanism of breathing, gaseous transport, tissue respiration. Circulatory System – Open and closed systems. Functions of blood and 1ymph. Microscopic structure of blood and blood vessels. Structures and working of heart. Distribution of arteries and veins. Circulation of blood coagulation. Blood groups. Excretory System – Elimination of nitrogenous waste. Osmoconformers and osmoregulators. Structure and function of kidney tubules. Arrangement of excretory organs. Nervous System – General account of brain, spinal cord and nerves. Re ex actions ( simple and conditioned ). Sense organs ( eye and ear ). Reproductive System – Sexual and asexual reproduction. General arrangement and functions of reproductive organs.
  • Developmental Biology : Basic features of development in animals. Types of eggs, fertilization, cleavage, blastula. Stem cells– definition, types, uses, advantages and disadvantages, induced pluripotent stem cells. Different hormones and their roles. Diversity of Animal Life — Principles of classification, binomial nomenclature. General classification of animal phyla up to classes ( invertebrates ) and up to sub–classes / order ( vertebrates ), General characters of fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.
  • Immunology : Basics of immune mechanisms and diseases– active and passive immunity, T- and B-cell responses, antigen presentation, principles of vaccination, monoclonal antibodies and their uses, immunology of AIDS.
  • Biology of Plant systems : Anatomy and Physiology of Plants – Meristems. Plant growth and development. Internal and external regulators of growth and development in plant. Plant reproduction. Internal structure of root, stem, secondary growth and leaves. Xylem and Phloem – their cell elements and functions. Internal structure of dicot and monocot leaves. Photosynthesis – history, importance, factors and mechanism, stomatal mechanism, transpiration and respiration. Comparative study of dicot and monocot anatomy. Absorption and cell–water relations, transport of water and minerals, tropic and turgor movements. Significance of life–cycles with special reference to alternation of generations as exemplified in Funaria, Selaginella and Pinus ( no structural details ). Plant hormones.
  • Systematics : Principles of classical and new systematics. Binomial nomenclature. Familiarity with taxa. Plant breeding and tissue culture.


  • Physical Chemistry
  • Surface Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


  • Algebra : Algebra of complex numbers, addition, multiplication, conjugation, polar representation, properties of modulus and principal argument, triangle inequality, cube roots of unity, geometric interpretations. Quadratic equations with real coefficients, relations between roots and coefficients, formation of quadratic equations with given roots, symmetric functions of roots. Arithmetic, geometric and harmonic progressions, arithmetic, geometric and harmonic means, sums of finite arithmetic and geometric progressions, infinite geometric series, sums of squares and cubes of the first n natural numbers.
  • Logarithms and their properties : Permutations and combinations, Binomial theorem for positive integral index, properties of binomial coefficients. Matrices as a rectangular array of real numbers, equality of matrices, addition, multiplication by a scalar and product of matrices, transpose of a matrix, determinant of a square matrix of order up to three, inverse of a square matrix of order up to three, properties of these matrix operations, diagonal, symmetric and skew–symmetric matrices and their properties, solutions of simultaneous linear equations in two or three variables. Addition and multiplication rules of probability, conditional probability, Bayes Theorem, independence of events, computation of probability of events using permutations and combinations.
  • Trigonometry : Trigonometric functions, their periodicity and graphs, addition and subtraction formulae, formulae involving multiple and sub–multiple angles, general solution of trigonometric equations. Relations between sides and angles of a triangle, sine rule, cosine rule, half–angle formula and the area of a triangle, inverse trigonometric functions ( principal value only ).
  • Analytical geometry : Two dimensions – Cartesian coordinates, distance between two points, section formulae, shift of origin. Equation of a straight line in various forms, angle between two lines, distance of a point from a line. Lines through the point of intersection of two given lines, equation of the bisector of the angle between two lines, concurrency of lines. Centroid, orthocentre, incentre and circumcentre of a triangle. Equation of a circle in various forms, equations of tangent, normal and chord. Parametric equations of a circle, intersection of a circle with a straight line or a circle, equation of a circle through the points of intersection of two circles and those of a circle and a straight line. Equations of a parabola, ellipse and hyperbola in standard form, their foci, directrices and eccentricity, parametric equations, equations of tangent and normal. Locus Problems. Three dimensions – Direction cosines and direction ratios, equation of a straight line in space, equation of a plane, distance of a point from a plane.
  • Differential calculus : Real valued functions of a real variable, into, onto and one–to–one functions, sum, difference, product and quotient of two functions, composite functions, absolute value, polynomial, rational, trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions. Limit and continuity of a function, limit and continuity of the sum, difference, product and quotient of two functions, L’Hospital rule for evaluation of limits of functions. Even and odd functions, inverse of a function, continuity of composite functions, intermediate value property of continuous functions. Derivative of a function, derivative of the sum, difference, product and quotient of two functions, chain rule, derivatives of polynomial, rational, trigonometric, inverse trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions. Derivatives of implicit functions, derivatives up to order two, geometrical interpretation of the derivative, tangents and normals, increasing and decreasing functions, maximum and minimum values of a function, Rolle’s Theorem and Lagrange’s Mean Value Theorem.
  • Integral calculus : Integration as the inverse process of differentiation, indefinite integrals of standard functions, definite integrals and their properties, Fundamental Theorem of Integral Calculus. Integration by parts, integration by the methods of substitution and partial fractions, application of definite integrals to the determination of areas involving simple curves. Formation of ordinary differential equations, solution of homogeneous differential equations, separation of variables method, linear first order differential equations.
  • Vectors : Addition of vectors, scalar multiplication, dot and cross products, scalar triple products and their geometrical interpretations.


  • General : Units and dimensions, dimensional analysis, least count, significant figures. Methods of measurement ( Direct, Indirect, Null ) and measurement of length, time, mass, temperature, potential difference, current and resistance. Design of some simple experiments, such as: i) Searle’s method to determine Young’s modulus, ii) determination of ‘g’ by simple pendulum, iii) speed of sound using resonance tube, iv) coefficient of friction using angle of repose, v) determination of focal length of a convex lens by plotting a graph between ‘u’ and ‘v’, vi) refractive index of material of prism using the method of minimum deviation, vii) verification of Ohm’s law, viii) resistance of galvanometer using half deflection method, ix) specific heat of a liquid using calorimeter, x) I–V characteristic curve for p–n junction in forward and reverse bias. Graphical representation and interpretation of data. Errors in the measurements and error analysis.
  • Mechanics : Kinematics in one and two dimensions ( Cartesian coordinates only ), projectiles. Uniform circular motion. Relative velocity. Newton’s laws of motion. Inertial and uniformly accelerated ( linear only ) frames of reference. Static and dynamic friction. Kinetic and potential energy. Linear and circular simple harmonic motion. Work and power. Conservation of linear momentum and mechanical energy. Systems of particles. Centre of mass and its motion. Centre of gravity. Impulse. Elastic and inelastic collisions. Law of gravitation. Centripetal acceleration and centrifugal force. Gravitational potential and field. Acceleration due to gravity. Motion of planets and satellites in circular orbits. Escape velocity. Rigid body, moment of inertia, parallel and perpendicular axes theorems, moment of inertia of uniform bodies with simple geometrical shapes. Angular momentum, Torque. Conservation of angular momentum. Dynamics of rigid bodies with fixed axis of rotation. Rolling without slipping of rings, cylinders and spheres. Equilibrium of rigid bodies. Collision of point masses with rigid bodies. Hooke’s law and stress – strain relations. Elastic limit, plastic deformation. Young’s modulus, bulk and shear moduli. Pressure in a fluid. Pascal’s law. Buoyancy. Surface energy and surface tension, capillary rise. Viscosity – Stoke’s and Poiseuille’s law, Terminal velocity. Qualitative understanding of turbulence. Reynolds number. Streamline ow, equation of continuity. Bernoulli’s theorem.
  • Sound and mechanical waves : Plane wave motion, longitudinal and transverse waves, superposition of waves. Progressive and stationary waves. Vibration of strings and air columns. Resonance (qualitative understanding). Beats. Speed of sound in gases. Doppler effect.
  • Thermal physics : Thermal expansion of solids, liquids and gases. Calorimetry, latent heat. Heat conduction in one dimension. Elementary concepts of convection and radiation. Newton’s law of cooling. Ideal gas laws. Specific heats ( CV and CP for monoatomic and diatomic gases ). Isothermal and adiabatic processes, bulk modulus of gases. Equivalence of heat and work. First and second law of thermodynamics and its applications ( only for ideal gases ). Entropy. Blackbody radiation – absorptive and emissive powers. Kirchhoff’s law. Wien’s displacement law, Stefan’s law.
  • Electricity and magnetism : Coulomb’s law. Electric field and potential. Electrical potential energy of a system of point charges and of electrical dipoles in a uniform electrostatic field; Electric field lines. Flux of electric field. Gauss’s law and its application in simple cases, such as to find field due to infinitely long straight wire. uniformly charged infinite plane sheet and uniformly charged thin spherical shell. Capacitance – Calculation of capacitance with and without dielectrics. Capacitors in series and parallel. Energy stored in a capacitor. Electric current. Ohm’s law. Series and parallel arrangements of resistances and cells. Kirchhoff’s laws and simple applications; Heating effect of current. Biot–Savart’s law and Ampere’s law. Magnetic field near a current carrying straight wire, along the axis of a circular coil and inside a long straight solenoid. Force on a moving charge and on a current carrying wire in a uniform magnetic field. Magnetic moment of a current loop. Effect of a uniform magnetic field on a current loop. Moving coil galvanometer, voltmeter, ammeter and their conversions. Electromagnetic induction – Faraday’s law, Lenz’s law. Self and mutual inductance. RC, LR and LC circuits with and A.C. Sources.
  • Optics : Rectilinear propagation of light. Reflection and refraction at plane and spherical surfaces, Deviation and dispersion of light by a prism. Thin lenses. Combination of mirrors and thin lenses. Magnification. Wave nature of light – Huygen’s principle, interference limited to Young’s double slit experiment. Elementary idea of diffraction – Rayleigh criterion. Elementary idea of polarization – Brewster’s law and the law of Malus.
  • Modern physics : Atomic nucleus. Alpha, beta and gamma radiations. Law of radioactive decay. Decay constant. Half–life and mean life. Binding energy and its calculation. Fission and fusion processes. Energy calculation in these processes. Photoelectric effect. Bohr’s theory of hydrogen like atoms. Characteristic and continuous X–rays, Moseley’s law. de Broglie wavelength of matter waves. Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle.

NEST Admission Results 2019

  • After the completion of written exam, the result will be declared through online mode. NEST result will be published in the third week of June, 2019.
  • A common merit list of the candidates will be prepared after the declaration of result and posted on NEST 2019 website. A unique rank will be assigned to the candidates in the merit list.

NEST Admission Counselling 2019

  • The admission through NEST 2019 will be offered strictly on the basis of merit list. NEST 2019 counselling will be conducted through offline mode. Candidates have to report to the counselling venue at the specified date & time.
  • The final admission will be offered on subject to verification of all original certificates at the time of admission / counselling. The candidates will be asked to participate in an admission / counselling process strictly according to the merit list.

NEST Admission Important Dates 2019

S NoEventsDates
1Notification Published in News Paper on26th December, 2018
2Detailed information to be announced on26th December, 2018
3Commencement of Application Form1st January, 2019
4Last date for Online Registration5th March, 2019
5Admit Card Downloading Begins 25th April, 2019
6NEST 2019 Exam Date 2nd June, 2019
7Release of Answer Key & Question PaperSecond Week of June, 2019
8Result Announcement 18th June, 2019

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Application Form Submission 16 Dec 2020 to 16 Jan 2021.