NEST Exam 2015 – National Entrance Screening Test

NEST Exam 2015

NEST Exam 2015NEST Exam 2015: 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. Both NISER and UM-DAE CBS were set up by Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India in 2007.

Institutes participating in NEST 2015 will admit students for its Integrated MSc course from the Merit List of NEST Exam 2015. The eligibility criteria are mentioned here for NISER / CBS and the students admitted to such institutions are also eligible for INSPIRE scholarship.

Latest Update – Result of NEST Exam 2015 has been Declared.

Important Dates

Next Exam 2015 Registration have opened from Jan 05, 2015. Application Process goes for around 2 months. Admit Cards will be dispatched from mid Apr 2015.

Entrance Exam will be conducted on May 30, 2015, for which result will be announced by June 19, 2015.

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.

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NEST Exam 2015 Revised Answer Key – Published

Revised Answer key for NEST Exam 2015 is published as on 12.06.2015, 17:30 Hrs and is available for download. Candidate can check the Answer Key from the link given below.

Answer keys to the NEST-2015 questions (set A and B) are given above. We invite comments/queries from the candidates, parents and teachers. Please feel free to write to us at [email protected] by 7th June, 2015 (midnight). The revised keys, if needed, will be uploaded here on 15th June 2015.

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 ( and

NEST 2015 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 2015 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.

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