NEST Exam 2015 – National Entrance Screening Test

NEST Exam 2015

NEST Exam 2015   National Entrance Screening Test   science  ImageNEST 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.

Integrated Science Education and Research Center (ISERC), Visva Bharati, is also participating in NEST 2015 and will admit students for its Integrated MSc course from the Merit List of NEST Exam 2015. The eligibility criteria are the same as that for NISER / CBS and the students admitted to ISERC are also eligible for INSPIRE scholarship.

Important Dates

Next Exam 2015 Registration is expected to open from Jan 07, 2015. Application Process goes for around 2 months. Admit Cards will be dispatched from mid Apr 2015.

Entrance Exam will be conducted in last week of May 2015, for which result will be announced by June 20, 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 Important Information

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 — and

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

NEST 2015 Exam Pattern

Examination rules: Candidates must reach the test center at least half an hour before the start of the examination. The exam will start at 10:00 am. Candidates will not be allowed to enter the examination hall after 10:30 am. The earliest a candidate can leave the examination hall is 11:00 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 Admit Card and their school photo Identity Card or any photo ID issued by Government agencies to the examination hall. Any candidate found adopting unfair means will be expelled from the examination hall without warning.

Question type: The question paper will consist of 5 (five) sections of objective (MCQ) type questions. Section 1 is compulsory for all candidates and will have questions on general science to test candidates’ awareness towards basic scientific facts as well as their abilities of comprehension and reasoning. 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 required to answer questions from any three of these four sections. 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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