NEST Exam 2016
The National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) is a compulsory test for admission to the 5-year integrated MSc programme 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 Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CBS), Mumbai. NEST 2016 will be conducted in around 59 towns and cities all over India on Saturday, May 28, 2016 (Saturday), 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.
Latest Update – NEST 2016 has updated a new exam center venue. Check “Admit Card” below.
Schedule for the NEST Exam 2016 is given below.
|Online Application open||04 Jan 2016|
|Last date for online application||04 Mar 2016|
|Download of Admit Card begins||22 Apr 2016|
|Date NEST 2016||28 May 2016|
|Announcement of Result||17 Jun 2016|
NEST Exam 2016 Information
Application can be made only through online portal. To apply online, visit www.nestexam.in.
Mode of payment : Either Online (using net banking/credit card/debit card) or through a Demand Draft (DD). If paying by DD, send summary page of online application form and original demand draft of required amount* to:
The Chief Coordinator, NEST 2016,
National Institute of Science Education and Research,
PO: Bhimpur-Padanpur, Jatni, Khurda, Odisha-752050
Contact us at [email protected]
Male (Gen and OBC categories) – Rs. 700/-
Male (SC and ST categories) – Rs. 350/-
Female (All categories) – Rs. 350/-
Persons with Physical Disability – Rs. 350/-
Demand Draft to be made in favour of NISER-NEST and payable at Bhubaneswar.
NEST Eligibility Criteria 2016
NEST Eligibility Criteria 2016 for appearing for NEST Exam 2016 and taking admission for session 2016-17. Candidates must qualify all three eligibility criteria listed below:
- Candidates in General and OBC category should be born on or after August 01, 1996. The age limit is relaxed by 5 years for SC/ ST/ Physically Disabled (PD) candidates.
- Class XII qualifying examination should be passed in either 2014 or 2015. Candidates appearing in 2016 are also eligible. (Where only Letter Grade is given by the Board, a certificate from the Board specifying equivalent percentage marks will be required. In the absence of such a certificate the decision of the respective Admission Committees will be final.)
- At least 60% marks in aggregate (or equivalent grade) in Class XII (or equivalent) examination from any recognized Board in India. For Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) candidates and for Persons with Disability (PD), the minimum requirement is 55%.
- For OBC candidates, the OBC (NCL) certificate must have been issued on or after June 01, 2015.
Educational qualification: Candidates seeking admission to NISER and UM-DAE CBS for the academic session 2016-17 should be from science stream (having any combination of Biology/ Chemistry/ Mathematics/ Physics) at class XII and must write the NEST 2016 examination. Candidates who have passed class XII examination or equivalent from any recognised Board in India in 2014 or 2015 or are appearing in 2016 are eligible for admission. Admission will be offered strictly on the basis of Merit List of NEST 2016. 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: General and OBC category candidates born on or after August 01, 1996 are eligible for admission to the integrated M.Sc. programme 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 2016.
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 Exam Important Information
The National Entrance Screening Test or NEST is a compulsory test for admission to the 5- year Integrated MSc programme 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.
These institutes have started with the mandate to provide high quality teaching in basic sciences by a faculty of distinguished scientists embedded in a vibrant research environment and to create a national pool of scientists ready to take up research challenges in the frontiers of basic and applied sciences. The Integrated MSc programme at these institutes follows a semester-based course structure and continuous assessment within a flexible and innovative academic curriculum, exposing the students to research early in their programme. The placements of the graduated students from NISER and CBS provide testimony of success to this initiative.
NISER and CBS are both residential institute equipped with state-of-art teaching and research laboratories, modern computational facilities and computer centres and excellent libraries. All the students are accommodated at in-campus hostels, for both girls and boys, and are provided with an environment conducive to science education and research.
All the candidates admitted to 5-year Integrated MSc programme at NISER and CBS are eligible for INSPIRE, Govt. of India, scholarship of ₹5,000 per month and ₹20,000 per year for carrying out summer projects.
Besides, top performers at NISER and CBS, securing overall grades above certain threshold at the end of final semester, will be eligible to appear directly for the interview for admission to Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) Training School. The details of the Integrated MSc programme, courses, research activities, facilities and faculty profile at NISER and CBS can be found on their respective websites (www.niser.ac.in and www.cbs.ac.in).
NEST 2016 Exam Pattern
Examination rules: Candidates must reach the test centre at least half an hour before the start of the examination.
The examination is of 3½ hrs duration and will start at 9:30 am. Candidates will not be allowed to enter the examination hall after 10:00 am. The earliest a candidate can leave the examination hall is 10:30 am, unless it becomes necessary to leave before on medical grounds. The earliest one can carry the question paper out is 11.30 am.
Use of log tables and calculators in the examination hall is not allowed. Candidates must bring their own pen, pencils (HB), eraser and sharpener. Exchange/ sharing of these items with other candidates is strictly prohibited.
Candidates MUST bring their NEST 2016 Admit Card and their school photo Identity Card or any photo-ID issued by Government agencies to the examination hall.
Question type: The question paper will consist of 5 (five) sections of objective (MCQ) type questions carrying 60 marks in each section.
- Section 1 is the general section and is compulsory for all candidates. There will be no negative marking in general section.
- Sections 2 through 5 will contain subject specific questions from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. Candidates are permitted to attempt as many subject-sections as they wish. However, only the best three subject-scores along with the score in the general section will be counted for evaluation and merit list preparation.
The questions are designed to test candidates’ subject comprehension and analytic ability. In the subject sections, there will be negative marking for incorrect answers. Some questions may have one or more correct answers for which marks can only be earned by marking all correct answers and no wrong answer. For NEST question papers of last few years, refer to the NEST 2015 website.
Language of the question paper will be English only.
Answering questions: The answers to each question are to be marked on an OMR (Optical Mark Recognition) sheet. Details of how to answer on OMR sheet will be given in question paper and OMR sheet.
National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) 2016
Rules and minimum eligibility criteria for awarding a merit list rank. This document lists rules employed for the preparation of merit list in National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) 2016.
Number of Seats
Number of seats available at the two institutes for admission in the year 2016 would be as follows
|PD (part of other categories)||4||1|