NEST 2018 is a national level entrance exam for class 12 science students who want to pursue scientific study in basic sciences, biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics. National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) 2018 is conducted for admission to integrated five year M.Sc program in NISER and UM DAE CEBS. National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) Odisha, and University of Mumbai Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (CEBS) Mumbai are premier scientific institutes of the country.

Latest: List of candidates called for 2nd round of counseling-cum-admission has been released,visit the “counselling” page to check the same.

National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) 2018

Get here complete details of NEST 2018 including what is NEST exam, exam dates, application form, syllabus, eligibility, admit card, result.

Important dates of NEST 2018

NEST 2018 Important dates
Online Application availability 01 Jan 2018
Last date for online application 05 Mar 2018
Payment gateway 12 to 14 Mar 2018
Download of Admit Card begins 25 Apr 2018
Date of NEST 2018 02 Jun 2018
Announcement of Result 18 Jun 2018

Scholarships available

INSPIRE program of Department of Science and technology Rs 60,000
DISHA program of Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India Rs 60,000
Additional grant for summer internship (per annum) Rs 20,000

What’s new in NEST Exam?

Mode of the exam has been changed now. Until last year the exam was held as pen and paper test. Now it will be held online. Also, the number of exam centres is 106 this year, whereas it was only 60 last year.

NEST 2018 Mock Test

Students appearing for NEST Exam 2018 are provided with a mock test, with the purpose of students being prepared for the main event. Candidates are required to login to start their test. The link is given below.

Mock Test: Click here for NEST Exam 2018 Mock Test

NEST 2018 Eligibility Criteria

NEST Eligibility Criteria 2018 for appearing for NEST Exam 2018 and taking admission, has been provided below in the table. Candidates must qualify all three eligibility criteria for NEST 2018 which has been mentioned in the table given below.

Necessary certificates supporting eligibility criteria will be furnished only at the time of admission. Offer of admission will be subjected to verification of all original certificates at the time of admission/counselling. There will be no restriction on appearing for the NEST 2018 examination.

Qualifying exam Class 12
Subjects At least three among Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics
Appearing year in QE 2016 / 2017 / 2018
Minimum marks in QE 60% (55% for SC, ST, PWD)
Age limit Born on or after 01.08.1998
Age relaxation for SC, ST, PWD 5 years

NEST 2018 Application Form

NEST Application Form 2018 was available at Candidates can apply now for the Application form as per schedule mentioned below in the table. The application fee must be paid using net banking / credit card / debit card.

Application fees

Male (General and OBC categories) Rs 1000
Male (SC and ST categories) Rs 500
Female (All Categories) Rs 500
Persons with Disabilities Rs 500

Candidates should check eligibility criteria before they apply.

It is very important to read the “how to apply” sheet. It contains step by step instructions for filling application form.

There was only one mode of applying: online. Candidates must not attempt to send any other form in offline mode.

NEST 2018 Admit Card

Candidates can download Admit card of NEST 2018 from the official website. Candidates may note that the admit card will not be sent by post to anyone. Therefore it will be one’s own responsibility to check the official website as per the provided schedule and download the admit card. Link to download the admit card will be active only until the day of exam. Hence it is suggested to keep one copy safely until the end of admission process.

NEST Exam Pattern

NEST 2018 exam will be a computer-based test (CBT / online).

The examination will be of 3 hours duration and will start at 10:00 AM onwards. Candidates will not be allowed to enter the examination hall after 10:30 AM. Candidate can leave the examination hall till 11:30 AM,onwards.

Sections Type Subject Marks Negative marking
Section 1 Compulsory General section 30 marks
Section 2 Best of three to be counted Physics 50 marks
Section 3 Chemistry 50 marks
Section 4 Biology 50 marks
Section 5 Mathematics 50 marks

Examination rules: Candidates must reach the test venue at least thirty minutes before the examination commences.

Use of log tables and calculators inside the examination hall is not allowed. Candidates may bring their own pen, pencils. 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 other photo ID issued by Government agencies to the examination hall. Any candidate found adopting unfair will be expelled from the examination hall without warning. Mobile phone and other similar electronic gadgets are strictly not allowed inside examination hall.

The questions are designed to test candidates’ subject comprehension and analytic ability. In the subject sections, for certain questions 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.

Language of the question paper will be English only.

Answering questions: 

The examination will be Computer Based Test (CBT). The candidate will have to enter all the requisite details at the given computer terminal. The questions will be displayed on the monitor. The answers to each question will be provided at the computer terminal using the given electronic equipment. Details of how to answer at the terminal will be provided before the examination. Practice tests for computer-based test will be available for all applicants on application portal, after online registration and complete submission of online application.

NEST 2018 Exam Centers

This year the exam will be held in 106 cities. The 106 test centres for NEST 2018 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 2018 Result and Merit List

Marks out of 180 will be used for merit list calculation.

Rules and minimum eligibility criteria for awarding a merit list rank has been mentioned below. Thedocument lists rules employed for the preparation of merit list in National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) as follows:

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

NEST Exam 2018 Notification with Exam Date, Application Form Dates, Exam Fee

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.

To know more about NEST Exam 2018, download brochure.

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