NEST 2019

NEST 2019 – NISER has released notification of NEST 2019 in newspapers as per which application form is available from January 7, 2019. National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) 2019 is the entrance exam for admission to 5-year Integrated MSc program in basic sciences at NISER Bhubaneswar, UM-DAE CEBS Mumbai. NISER is conducting the exam on June 01, 2019 in 91 cities in India. Get here complete details of NEST 2019 including exam date, application form, fees, how to apply, exam pattern, syllabus.

Latest: NEST Application Form 2019 is now available. Click here to apply online.

NEST 2019

The NEST 2019 is computer-based test for 5-year Integrated MSc admission to National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) Bhubaneswar, University of Mumbai-Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CEBS). Admitted students also become eligible for INSPIRE and DISHA scholarship. All important dates of NEST exam 2019 are given in the table below.

NEST 2019 Important Dates
Opening of portal 02 Jan 2019
Commencement of NEST 2019 application form submission 07 Jan 2019
Last date to apply online 11 Mar 2019
Download of Admit Card will starts from 24 April 2019
Date of exam 01 Jun 2019
Session 1 09:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Session 2 02:30 PM to 06:00 PM
Declaration of NEST 2019 Result 17 Jun 2019

Courses Offered:- 5 Year Integrated MSc in Biological, Chemical, Mathematical and Physical sciences.

No. of Seats in NISER:- 200+2.

No. of Seats in UM-DAE CEBS:- 45+2.

About Scholarship:- Candidates who take admission in NISER or UM-DAE CEBS through NEST exam 2019 are eligible for scholarship through INSPIRE program of Dept of Science and Technology, or DISHA of Dept of Atomic Energy. Those who get scholarship shall also get grant of Rs 20,000 per annum for summer internship.

NEST 2019 Application Form

5-year Integrated MSc degree admission seekers must fill and submit NEST 2019 application form. Application form should be submitted before last date indicated in table above.

Mode of applying:- Online at There are no offline forms.

Exam fee:- Candidates must fee requisite fee amount as per their category. Fee can be paid via net banking, credit card, debit card. Check table below for fee amount details.

Category Fee
Male (General / OBC) Rs 1200
Male (SC / ST) Rs 600
All female candidates Rs 600
PwD Rs 600

NEST 2019 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must fulfill all rules given in following points in order to be eligible to get admission through NEST 2019.

  1. Age limit:- Candidate should be born on or after 01 Aug 1999. Those who belong to SC / ST / PwD category get 5 years relaxation, that is they can be born on or after 01 Aug 1994.
  2. Education:- Candidate should have passed class 12 exam in either 2017 or 2018, or will be passing in 2019. If the class 12 board from which candidate is passing gives letter grade, then he / she will have to get a certificate from board that tells equivalent percentage marks.
  3. Education:- Candidate should have at least 60% in aggregate in class 12. SC / ST / PwD candidates need 55%.
  4. NEST exam:- In order to be eligible for admission, candidate must get a position in NEST 2019 Merit List.

NEST 2019 Exam Pattern

NEST 2019 exam will be a computer-based test (CBT / online). The examination will be held in the two session and the duration of the test will be of 3 hours and 30 Minutes. The question paper will consist of MCQ type questions and the test will be divided into five (05) sections namely, General section, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics. The General Section is compulsory for all the candidates, whereas, the candidates can attempt at least three of these four (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics) subject sections.

The distribution of question in each of these sections is as follows:

Section Name of the Section Number of question Total Marks
1 General section 10 30
2 Physics 15 50
3 Chemistry 15 50
4 Biology 15 50
5 Mathematics 15 50

Marking Scheme: In the subject sections, for certain questions, there shall be a 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. Check the marking scheme for NEST 2019 below.

Name of the Section Marks for Correct Answer Is there negative marking? Marks for Incorrect Answer
General section 03 X 0
Physics 03 -1
Chemistry 03 -1
Biology 03 -1
Mathematics 03 -1

NEST 2019 Syllabus

The next important step for preparing for NEST exam is to know its syllabus. The NEST 2019 Syllabus consists of important topics which one must prepare for the test. The syllabus for NESt 2019 is as follows:

Syllabus for General Section

  • There is no prescribed syllabus for this section.
  • This section will consist of questions from mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, computer science, and the environment.
  • The questions will be up to 10th standard

Syllabus for Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics:- Click Here to check the complete syllabus for NEST 2019.

NEST 2019 Books for Preparation

The NEST exam is more about checking your basic concepts instead of applying them to strangely twisted problems. There are no specific reference books proposed by the NEST, however, the candidates can refer to some of the books mentioned below to clear up your basic concepts.

Books for Physics 

Name of the Book Author/ Publisher Buy Here
Principles of Physics, 10ed, ISV Resnick and Halliday Click Here to buy
Problems in general physics I.E Irodov Click Here to buy
An Introduction to Mechanics (SIE) Kleppner and Kolenkow Click Here to buy
Introduction to electrodynamics (relevant chapters only) David J. Griffiths Click Here to buy

Books for Chemistry 

Name of the Book Author/ Publisher Buy Here
Problems inorganic chemistry Himanshu Pandey Click Here to buy
Inorganic Chemistry R. L. Dutta & G.S. De Click Here to buy

NEST 2019 Exam Centers

This year the exam will be held in 91 cities. List of cities is updated here.

Bokaro (JH) Jabalpur (MP) Bhopal (MP) Srinagar (JK)
Guntur (AP) Dhanbad (JH) Indore (MP) Gwalior (MP)
Nagpur (MH) Chennai (TN) Udaipur (RJ) Mohali (PB)
Kurnool (AP) Jamshedpur (JH) Mumbai (MH) Shimla (HP)
Ranchi (JH) Imphal (MN) Pune (MH) Jodhpur (RJ)
Rajahmundry (AP) Bengaluru (KA) Madurai (TN) Jaipur (RJ)
Tirupathi (AP) Tiruchirappalli (TN) Shillong (ML) Coimbatore (TN)
Vijayawada (AP) Hubballi (KA) Angul (OD) Salem (TN)
Visakhapatnam (AP) Mangalore (KA) Balasore (OD) Tirunelveli (TN)
Vizianagaram (AP) Mysuru (KA) Bargarh (OD) Hyderabad (TS)
Guwahati (AS) Baripada (OD) Warangal (TS) Karimnagar (TS)
Patna (BR) Alappuzha (KL) Berhampur-Ganjam(OD) Agartala (TR)
Chandigarh (CH) Ernakulam (KL) Bhubaneswar (OD) Allahabad (UP)
Bhilai Nagar (CG) Idukki (KL) Cuttack (OD) Kanpur (UP)
Raipur (CG) Kannur (KL) Dhenkanal (OD) Lucknow (UP)
New Delhi (DL) Kasaragod (KL) Jharsuguda (OD) Varanasi (UP)
Noida (UP) Kollam (KL) Khurda (OD) Dehradun (UK)
Kottayam (KL) Rayagada (OD) Haldwani (UK) Burdwan (WB)
Kozhikode (KL) Rourkela (OD) Roorkee (UK) Hooghly (WB)
Malappuram (KL) Sambalpur (OD) Asansol (WB) Kolkata (WB)
Ahmedabad (GJ) Palakkad (KL) Durgapur (WB) Siliguri (WB)
Pathanamthitta (KL) Bhatinda (PB) Jalandhar (PB) Thrissur (KL)
Hamirpur (HP) Thiruvananthapuram (KL) Jammu (JK)

NEST 2019 Admit Card

Only those who will successfully submit the NEST Application Form before the last date with complete payment will be issued the admit card. The NEST 2019 Admit Card can be downloaded by online mode only. It will not be dispatched to the candidates individually through post/ courier. The admit card for NEST 2019 will consist of personal details of the candidate as well as details about the exam. It is mandatory for the candidates to bring the print out of the NEST 2019 Admit Card on the day of the examination.

Along with the admit card, the candidates should also carry a valid identity proof to the test center. It is advised that you should reach the examination venue at least half an hour (30 minutes) before the start of the examination.

NEST 2019 Result

NEST 2019 Result will be released at official website i.e., Candidates who secure a position in its merit list will be eligible for admission based on their rank and available seats.

NEST Cut Off

Based on past year data.

Sectional cut off 20% of average of best 100 marks in that section
Overall 90 out of 180

Section–wise Minimum Admissible Score (SMAS)

SMAS will be “20% of the average of the best 100 scores in that section” . For example, if the average of the best 100 scores in Chemistry section is 40 out of 50, then SMAS for chemistry section would be 40*0.20 = 8 marks. Similarly, for other sections.

Candidate must obtain SMAS score at least in general and at least three other sections.

Minimum Admissible Score (MAS)

MAS is equal to 90 which is 50% of total score.

Number of Seats

General 101 23
OBC NCL 54 12
SC 30 7
ST 15 3
PwD 5% 5%
Total 200 45
Supernumerary (JK) 2 2
Total intake 202 47

Contact Details

Address for correspondence
The Chief Coordinator, NEST 2019,
NISER Bhubaneswar, Jatni,
Khurda – 752 050, Odisha

Email ID
[email protected]

Official website:

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  1. Candidate, those who born , on or after 1st August 1999, they can’t pass the +2 exam in 2017. Hence request that necessary action may be taken for apply the NEST exam, those who born on or after 1st April 1999.

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