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NEST 2018 Exam Date

The National Entrance Screening Test or NEST is a compulsory test for admission to the 5 year Integrated MSc Program in basic sciences – Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics – at National Institute of Science Education and Research ( NISER ), Bhubaneswar and University of Mumbai – Department of Atomic Energy Center for Excellence in Basic Sciences ( UM – DAE CBS ), Mumbai. Both NISER and CBS are autonomous institutions established by Department of Atomic Energy ( DAE ), Government of India, in 2007.

NEST 2018 Eligibility Criteria for Admission

NEST 2018 Educational Qualification : Candidates seeking admission to NISER and UM–DAE CEBS for the integrated MSc programme 2018–23 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 2018 examination. Admission will be offered strictly on the basis of Merit List of NEST 2018.

Additionally, candidates must have passed class XII examination or equivalent from any recognised Board in India in the years 2016 or 2017 or be appearing for the same in 2018. Candidates who are appearing for the board examination in 2018 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 for NEST 2018

General and OBC category candidates born on or after August 01, 1998 are eligible for admission to the integrated M.Sc. program of NISER / CBS. The age limit is relaxed by 5 years for SC / ST / PD candidates. However, there is no restriction on appearing for NEST 2018.

Necessary certificates supporting eligibility criteria have to be furnished at the time of admission. Please also note that the offer of admission is subject to verification of all original certificates at the time of admission / counselling.

NEST 2018 Reservation of Seats

For the integrated MSc program 2018 – 23, the total number of seats at NISER and CBS are 200+2 ( JK ) and 45 + 2 ( JK ), respectively. Indian nationals belonging to certain categories are admitted under the seats reserved for them in accordance with the rules of the Government of India. The categories and the extent of reservation are as follows

1. Other Backward Classes belonging to the Non-Creamy Layer ( OBC–NCL )

27% of seats are reserved for OBC–NCL. The class should have been mentioned in the central list of OBCs ( ) as of June 1, 2017  and the certificate should have been obtained from a competent authority on or after June 1, 2017. Candidates belonging to the creamy layer of OBC are NOT entitled for reservation. Such  candidates are treated as belonging to the General ( unreserved ) category. The Socially and  Educationally Backward Classes ( SEBC )  as notified by some of the State Governments are as  such NOT eligible to avail any reservation unless they satisfy the OBC–NCL criteria.

2. Scheduled Caste ( SC ) / Scheduled Tribe ( ST )

15% seats are reserved for SC and 7.5% seats for are reserved for ST categories. The benefit of reservation will be given only to those castes and tribes that are mentioned in the respective lists of corresponding states published by the Government of India: ( and and ).

The number of seats reserved for SC, ST, OBC ( Non–Creamy–Layer ) and PD is according to the Government of India norm. To claim seats under reserved category, relevant documents must be furnished at the time of admission. For OBC candidates, the OBC ( NCL ) certificate must have
been issued on or after June 01, 2017. All category certificates should be written in either English or Hindi. In case certificates are written in any other language, a translated copy must also be provided.

3. Person with Disabilities

3% of seats are reserved in every category, i.e., General, OBC-NCL, SC and ST. Benefit would be given to those who have at least 40% impairment irrespective of the type of disability i.e., locomotor, visual or dyslexic. Leprosy- cured candidates who are otherwise fit to pursue the course are also included in this sub – category. Candidates are advised to ensure that the certificate is in accordance with the latest guidelines of the Government of India ( visit the web site of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Department of Disability Affairs for latest information ).

4. Supernumerary Quota for students from Jammu and Kashmir

Two seats in each institution are reserved for candidates from the state of Jammu and Kashmir. These two seats are supernumerary over the 200 and 45 seats, respectively, at NISER and CEBS.

The students who belong to Jammu & Kashmir and who appear for the Class XII or equivalent examination through the State Board of Jammu & Kashmir and from Central Board of Secondary Education ( CBSE ) affiliated schools located in Jammu & Kashmir are only eligible under the Supernumerary quota. For further details please visit: If selected, the candidates must produce all original certificates at the time of admission failing which the offer of admission will be cancelled.

The reservation for PD candidates is horizontal and hence, unfilled seats will be allotted to candidates belonging to the respective categories i.e., unfilled SC (PD) seats will be allotted to candidates belonging to the SC category and so on.

62 thoughts on “National Entrance Screening Test – NEST Entrance Exam 2018

  1. institution in kerala got seat in insaid kerala
    i want to know where we get the seat…insaid kerala or some where?????

  2. Sir,i want to give nest exam.kindly,tell me the application date & duration,and amount to apply & the available course.

  3. Hi iam Akhil and I was in class 11 now and in 2016 I will be in class 12.Does I’m eligible for applying for NEST 2016

  4. sir,i want to know about the syllabus which bases on the exam
    will you please send the information soon?


  6. Sir, I have not received my NEST-2015 admit card,my application number is 15128237,please put on my email id as soon as possible

  7. Sir I dev Anand want to know the number of seats in this institution and also result making process.

  8. kindly suggest me whether I can change the venue burdwan instead of kolkata, because burdwan is my nearest center.


  10. Sir,I am student of enggineering,Second year mechanical.I want to work in bhabha atomic research which exam should i try plss.give me ans.can i apply for nest 2015 exam

  11. now,i’m in 12th std.Iwant to be a doctor but to clear cet entrance exam is hard for me therefore i would like to give this.sir i want some sample papers for practice,it’s kindly request to you.Thank you.

  12. sir,my all india sc category rank in niser 2014 is 68 and i am eligible for 1st round counselling. can i get a seat?

  13. what is the qualifying marks in NEST entrance dad is para miltary (ex- service man) for that any reservation is avaliable????

  14. sir i want to know the cutoff marks of nestexam sc category. it is very important for me.. please sir please..

  15. Sir, can I get a model question paper for my daughter who is studying in Class XII science for entrance test to NISER for the 2015 batch

  16. sir i have filled the niser form on thursday 13 feb
    cn i plz know whether it has been conformed or not
    and if possible send me some sample paper of previos year
    sir plz reply me as soon as possible

  17. is biology necessary?? i have taken computer science,chemistry ,maths and physics.can i appear for the exam

  18. my subjects in 12th are physics,maths,chemistry,computer science.
    can i appear for the exam since i have not taken biology?

  19. please sir send the model papers of all subject…i have mistakenly written my address Tamilnadu…it’s odisha..

  20. Sir,I have not received my NEST-2012 admit CARD,my 23407,please put on my Email Id as soon as posible

  21. sir, please send the model questionpapers of the subjects ‘Physics,Chemistry,Botany and Zoology’ at your earliest and oblize.

  22. sir, during filling up the form for nest 2012, by mistake i have entered my 10th percentage as 91.7 but actually it should be 92.7. will it cause any problem for me? please kindly inform me.

  23. sir,i have already registered for nest 2012 but my registration is not confirmed. please manually activate my login.

  24. I have registered for nest 2012 but my registration is not confirmed. Please activate manually my login.

  25. respected sir,i want to apply for nest exms.Is it possible to apply with late fees ….please reply…

  26. ninu nest exm vrayalani vundhi kani date aypoinadhi, kavuna miru elagayana naku aplication evali , plz i want application

  27. I have registered on 5th feb,2012 (online)
    registration no.(06492)
    I sent DD-563997 on date 22nd,feb,2012 by speed post but my form status shows that form not acceptable,DD not recieved yet.

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