NEST Exam 2016The National Entrance Screening Test (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 Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CBS), Mumbai. NEST 2017 was conducted in 60 cities, on 27 May 2017.

Latest: NEST 2017 Result has been announced. Check your result HERE.


Schedule for the NEST Exam 2017 is given below.

Event Dates
Online Application open 02 Jan 2017
Last date for online application 06 Mar 2017
Download of Admit Card begins 14 Apr 2017 24 Apr 2017
Date NEST 2017 27 May 2017
Answer key and question paper released on 29 May 2017
Announcement of Result 16 Jun 2017

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NEST 2017 Answer Key

The question paper and answer key for NEST 2017 has been released. The candidates may download the question paper from the link below, while the answer key has been displayed below for our readers.

Note: –  Comments/queries are invited from the candidates, parents and teachers. Please feel free to write at nest key @ [no space in email-id] by 05 June, 2017 (midnight) with valid justification. Revised (if needed) answer key will be published here on 11 June 2017.

NEST 2017 Question Paper

NEST 2017 Question Paper Set A NEST 2017 Question Paper Set B
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NEST 2017 Final Answer Key for A and B Set

NEST Exam 2017 Information

Application could only be filling online, from The application process was ass below:

Mode of payment : Either Online (using net banking/credit card/debit card) or through a Demand Draft (DD). If paying by DD, send summary page of online application form and original demand draft of required amount* to:

The Chief Coordinator, NEST 2017,
National Institute of Science Education and Research,
PO: Bhimpur-Padanpur, Jatni, Khurda, Odisha-752050
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Examination fee 

Male (Gen and OBC categories) – Rs. 700/-
Male (SC and ST categories) – Rs. 350/-
Female (All categories) – Rs. 350/-
Persons with Physical Disability – Rs. 350/-

Demand Draft to be made in favour of NISER-NEST and payable at Bhubaneswar.

NEST Eligibility Criteria 2017

NEST Eligibility Criteria 2017 for appearing for NEST Exam 2017 and taking admission for session 2017-18. Candidates must qualify all three eligibility criteria listed below:

  • Candidates in General and OBC category should be born on or after August 01, 1997. The age limit is relaxed by 5 years for SC/ ST/ Physically Disabled (PD) candidates.
  • Class XII qualifying examination should be passed in either 2015 or 2016. Candidates appearing in 2017 are also eligible. (Where only Letter Grade is given by the Board, a certificate from the Board specifying equivalent percentage marks will be required. In the absence of such a certificate the decision of the respective Admission Committees will be final.)
  • At least 60% marks in aggregate (or equivalent grade) in Class XII (or equivalent) examination from any recognized Board in India. For Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) candidates and for Persons with Disability (PD), the minimum requirement is 55%.
  • For OBC candidates, the OBC (NCL) certificate must have been issued.

Age limit: General and OBC category candidates born on or after August 01, 1997 are eligible for admission to the integrated M.Sc. programme of NISER/CEBS. The age limit is relaxed by 5 years for SC / ST / PD candidates.

Necessary certificates supporting eligibility criteria have to be furnished only at the time of admission. Offer of admission is subject to verification of all original certificates at the time of admission/counselling. There is no restriction on appearing for the NEST–2017 examination.

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 CEBS), Mumbai. Both NISER and CEBS are autonomous institutions established by Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India, in 2007. NISER is an off–campus centre of Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI) and all academic programmes of NISER are affiliated to HBNI.

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 CEBS 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 2017 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 3 hrs duration and 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 11:30 AM, unless it becomes necessary to leave earlier on medical grounds.The earliest one can carry the question paper out is 12:30 PM.

Use of log tables and calculators inside 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 other 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. Mobile phone and other similar electronic gadgets are strictly not allowed inside examination hall.

Question type: The question paper will consist of 5 (five) sections of objective (MCQ) type questions

  • Section 1 is the general section and is of 30 marks. There will be no negative marking in the general section.
  • Sections 2 through 5 are of 50 marks each and 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, 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 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 the front page of the question paper and on the OMR sheet.

National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) 2017

Rules and minimum eligibility criteria for awarding a merit list rank. This document lists rules employed for the preparation of merit list in National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) 2017.

Number of Seats

Category NISER CBS
General 85 23
Supernumerary: J&K 2 2
OBC 46 12
SC 26 7
ST 13 3
PD (part of other categories) 5 1
Total 172 47

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