NEST 2019 is a national level entrance exam which served as a gateway for admission in 05-year Integrated MSc Program. The candidates are offered admission 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 CEBS) Mumbai. As per the official website, the notification for National Entrance Screening Test (NEST 2019) will be available on or after December 26, 2018. Those who are interested to appear for the entrance test need to fill in details and submit the NEST 2019 Application Form. The aspirants can apply for the entrance exam online at

It is expected that the NEST 2019 shall be conducted on June 01, 2019. It will be a Computer-based Test (CBT) which shall be held at 106 test centers. The date for the CBT is not yet announced and will be known with the publication of the notification. Candidates can check the complete information on NEST 2019 from this page.

NEST 2019

As per the last year’s information brochure, the top performers at NISER and CEBS, securing overall grades above a certain threshold at the end of the programme, are eligible to appear directly for the interview for admission to Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) training school.

NEST 2019 Exam Date

As per the information provided on the website, the registration for NEST starts from First Monday of January, the test is conducted on the First Day of June. Hence on this basis, we have provided the schedule for NEST 2019 in the table below.

NEST 2019 Important dates
Application Form for NEST 2019 is available from 07 Jan 2019
Last date to submit the online application 04 Mar 2019
Issuance of NEST 2019 Admit Card A month or two before the test
NEST 2019 exam date 01 June 2019
Declaration of NEST 2019 Result 17 Jun 2019

What is NEST Exam?

The students often ask this question, What is the NEST exam? Here we have tried to explain this exam in the simplest terms. As stated earlier, it is a National level entrance exam which is conducted every year jointly by NISER, Bhubaneshwar and UM-DAE CEBS, Mumbai. It is a compulsory test for admission to the five-year Integrated MSc programme in basic sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics, at NISER, Bhubaneswar and UM–DAE CEBS, Mumbai. Previously, the entrance exam was conducted in Pen-paper mode, however, from last year onwards it has been shifted to Computer-based.

NEST 2019 Eligibility Criteria

The candidates who wish to apply for the entrance exam must ensure that they fulfill the eligibility criteria. Check the eligibility conditions for NEST 2019 below.

Qualifying exam Class 11th and 12th
Subjects At least three among Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics
Appearing year in QE 2017 / 2018 / or appearing in the year 2019
Minimum marks in QE 60% (55% for SC, ST, PWD)
Age limit Born on or after 01.08.1998 (Relaxation of 05 years forSC / ST / PWD candidates)
Number of Attempts There is no restriction on appearing for NEST 2019 examination

NEST 2019 Application Form

The aspirants will be able to apply for NEST 2019 through online mode only. Other than the online mode, there is no other mode of application submission. You first need to register for the test and then proceed to fill in details in the NEST Application Form. Keep your Class 10th marks sheet/report card/certificate, scanned image of your passport size photograph and signature ready for the NEST 2019 Registration and Application Process. Once you register for the exam successfully, you can proceed to fill in Personal Information, Academic Qualification Details, upload images, etc in the NEST 2019 Application Form.

To submit the form, the aspirants need to pay a requisite amount of the application fee. The payment shall be made using the Credit card/ Debit card/ Net banking. Lastly, the aspirants should take a print out of the complete application form for future reference.

Application fees

For the past two years, the application fee for NEST exam was not changed, however, for the year 2018, there was a hike in the registration fee. Hence, nothing can be said for sure, but it can be expected that it may be the same as last year. The application fee for NEST 2019 on the basis of previous year information is given below.

Category Application Fee
General and OBC – Male Rs 1000/-
SC/ST/PwD Rs 500/-
Female of All Categories Rs 500/-

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. 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
Section 1 General section 10 30
Section 2 Physics 15 50
Section 3 Chemistry 15 50
Section 4 Biology 15 50
Section 5 Mathematics 15 50

Marking Scheme: In the subject sections, for certain questions, there shall be a negative marking for incorrect answers. 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 environment.
  • The questions will be up to 10th standard

Syllabus for Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics is given below. 


Chemistry Biology


Units and dimensions Measurements in chemistry Cell Biology Algebra
Mechanics Mole concept Genetics and Evolution Trigonometry
Sound and mechanical waves Gaseous and liquid states Ecology Analytical geometry
Thermal physics Atomic structure and chemical bonding Humans and Environment Differential calculus
Electricity and magnetism Thermodynamics Biotechnology Integral calculus
Optics Chemical equilibrium Biology of Animal systems – Digestive System, Circulatory System, Excretory System, Nervous System, Reproductive System Vectors
Modern physics Electrochemistry Developmental Biology
Chemical kinetics Immunology
Solid state Biology of Plant systems
Solutions Systematics
Colloidal state
Classification of elements and periodicity in properties
s– Block elements (Alkali and alkaline earth elements)
p– Block elements
d–Block elements
f–Block elements
Coordination compounds
Metals and metallurgy
Organic Chemistry Basic concepts
Reactive intermediates
Alkenes and Alkynes
Aromatic compounds
Haloalkanes (Alkyl halides)
Aldehydes and Ketones
Carboxylic acids
Amino acids and protein
  • 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 106 cities. The 106 test centres for NEST 2019 are as follows.

Chirala (AP) Bokaro (JH) Jabalpur (MP) Udaipur (RJ)
Guntur (AP) Dhanbad (JH) Mumbai (MH) Jodhpur (RJ)
Kakinada (AP) Hazaribagh (JH) Nagpur (MH) Chennai (TN)
Kurnool (AP) Jamshedpur (JH) Pune (MH) Coimbatore (TN)
Nellore (AP) Ranchi (JH) Imphal (MN) Madurai (TN)
Rajahmundry (AP) Bengaluru (KA) Shillong (ML) Salem (TN)
Tirupathi (AP) Dharwad (KA) Aizawl (MZ) Tiruchirappalli (TN)
Vijayawada (AP) Hubballi (KA) Angul (OD) Tirunelveli (TN)
Visakhapatnam (AP) Mangalore (KA) Balasore (OD) Hyderabad (TS)
Vizianagaram (AP) Mysuru (KA) Bargarh (OD) Karimnagar (TS)
Guwahati (AS) Udupi (KA) Baripada (OD) Warangal (TS)
Patna (BR) Alappuzha (KL) Berhampur (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)
Ghaziabad (DL-NCR) Kollam (KL) Khurda (OD) Dehradun (UK)
Greater Noida (DL-NCR) Kottayam (KL) Rayagada (OD) Haldwani (UK)
Meerut (DL-NCR) Kozhikode (KL) Rourkela (OD) Roorkee (UK)
Noida (DL-NCR) Malappuram (KL) Sambalpur (OD) Asansol (WB)
Ahmedabad (GJ) Palakkad (KL) Amritsar (PB) Burdwan (WB)
Bhuj (GJ) Pathanamthitta (KL) Bhatinda (PB) Durgapur (WB)
Hamirpur (HP) Thiruvananthapuram (KL) Jalandhar (PB) Hooghly (WB)
Shimla (HP) Thrissur (KL) Ludhiana (PB) Kolkata (WB)
Jammu (JK) Bhopal (MP) Mohali (PB) Siliguri (WB)
Samba (JK) Gwalior (MP) Patiala (PB)
Srinagar (JK) Indore (MP) Jaipur (RJ)

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., or the direct link will be provided below. NEST 2019 Result will release after the completion of the NEST 2019 Exam will be held in First week of Jun 2019.

NEST Cut Off 2018

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 3% 3%
Total 200 45
Supernumerary (JK) 2 2
Total intake 202 47

NEST Previous Year Question Paper & Answer Key

NEST 2017 Question Paper Set A NEST 2017 Question Paper Set B
Click Here Click Here

NEST 2017 Final Answer Key for A and B Set

If you get admission through NEST then you are also eligible to receive annual scholarship of Rs 60,000 either through INSPIRE scholarship of Department of Science and Technology or DISHA scholarship of Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India. In addition, recipients of the scholarship receive a grant of Rs 20,000 per annum for Summer Internship.

Official website:

To know more about NEST Exam 2018, download brochure.

Insofar, official details of NEST 2019 have not been announced. Information on this page is as per last year brochure and for reference purpose only. As soon as NEST releases NEST 2019 information brochure, details will be updated here.

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