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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 CBS for the academic session 2018 – 23 should be from science stream ( having any combination of Biology / Chemistry / Mathematics / Physics ) at class XII and must write the NEST 2018 examination. Candidates who have passed class XII examination or equivalent from any recognised Board in India in 2016 or 2017 or are appearing in 2018 are eligible for admission. Admission will be offered strictly on the basis of Merit List of NEST 2017.
Candidates securing at least 60% marks in aggregate or equivalent grade in class XII examination will be eligible for admission to NISER and CBS. However, there is no restriction on appearing for NEST. For candidates belonging to scheduled castes (SC), scheduled tribes (ST) and physical disabilities (PD) categories, the minimum requirement of marks is 55% in aggregate. Where only letter grades are available, a certificate from the Board specifying equivalent percentage of marks is required. In the 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 ( http://www.ncbc.nic.in/User_Panel/CentralListStateView.aspx ) 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: ( http://socialjustice.nic.in/UserView/index?mid=76750 and and http://tribal.nic.in/Content/StatewiseListofScheduledTribesProfiles.aspx ).
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 170 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: http://mhrd.gov.in/hi/sites/upload_files/mhrd/files/upload_document/SSSJKGuidelines.pdf 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.