NEST 2017, Application Process, Eligibility, Important Dates

Dec 2016

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National Entrance Screening Test 2017

The National Entrance Screening Test or NEST 2017 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 &
  • 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. 

Eligibility Criteria

A candidate becomes eligibile for the program if he/she satisfy the following 4 criteria (all 4):

(a) Secures a position in the NEST merit list.

(b) Pass the XII standard board examination or equivalent in the science stream in the years 2015 or 2016 or 2017 from any recognised Board in India.

(c) Secures at least 60% in aggregate in the XII standard board examination. For SC/ST/PD students the requirement is 55%.

(d) Born on or after August 01, 1997. For SC/ST/PD students the limit is relaxed by five years.

Important Dates

Application Start - January 2, 2017

Online Application Last Date - March 06, 2017

Admit Card Download Date - April 14, 2017

Date of Examination - May 27, 2017

Result Announcement - June 16, 2017

NEST 2017 Examination Pattern

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.

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