NEST Exam 2014 – National Entrance Screening Test
National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) is a compulsory test for students seeking admission to 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. BothNISER and UM-DAE CBS were set up by Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India in 2007. Their mandate is to train scientific manpower for carrying out cutting edge scientific research and for providing input to scientific programmes of Department of Atomic Energy and other applied science institutions in the country. The test is conducted in 45 centers across India. This brochure gives the detailed procedure for applying for the test, syllabus of the test and various dead lines.
Integrated Science Education and Research Center (ISERC), Visva Bharati, is also participating in NEST 2014 and will admit students for its Integrated MSc course from the Merit List of NEST 2014. The eligibility criteria are the same as that for NISER/ CBS and the students admitted to ISERC are also eligible for INSPIRE scholarship.
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The NEST 2014 will be conducted at 45 major towns and cities all over India on May 31, 2014, (Saturday) 10:00am – 1:00pm. Based on the performance in NEST 2014, a common Merit List of the candidates will be prepared and posted on NEST 2014 website on June 20, 2014. The successful candidates will be called for counselling and admission will be strictly according to the Merit List until all the seats are filled. Separate merit list for different category candidates will be made available before counselling.
NEST Exam 2014 Important Information
Introduction to NEST
The National Entrance Screening Test or NEST is a compulsory test for admission to the 5 year Integrated M.Sc. 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 (UN-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 M.Sc. programme at these institutes follow 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 placement of the first batch of students out from NISER and CBS provides testimony of success to this initiative.
NISER and CBS are both residential institute equipped with state-of-art teaching and research laboratories, modern computional facilities and computer centers 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 M.Sc. programme at NISER and CBS are eligible for DSTINSPIRE, Government of India, fellowship of Rs. 5,000 per month and Rs. 20,000 per year for carrying out summer projects.
Bedises, 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 BARC Traning School. The details of the Integrated M.Sc. programme, courses, research activities, facilities and faculty profile at NISER and CBS can be found in their respective websites — www.niser.ac.in and www.cbs.ac.in.
Integrated Science Education and Research Center (ISERC), Visva Bharati, is also participating in NEST and will admit students for its Integrated M.Sc. course from the Merit List. The eligibility criteria are the same as that for NISER / CBS amd the students admitted to ISERC are also eligible for DST-INSPIRE fellowship. For the details of ISERC’s vision and programme, check its website at www.visva-bharati.ac.in
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