NEST 2020 Entrance Exam – Important Dates, Application Form, Syllabus & Admit Card

NEST Exam

The National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) is a national level entrance examination for admission to 5-years Integrated M.Sc. program in Basic Sciences – Biology, Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics. The exam is jointly conducted by the 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. The NEST 2020 exam is scheduled to be conducted on 6th June 2020 in two sessions. Candidates interested in appearing for the exam can check the detailed information about the NEST 2020 such as application process, syllabus, exam pattern, admit card, and result here in the article.

NEST 2019 Latest Update: The online application process for the NEST 2020 exam has started on 7th January 2020. The last date for application submission is 3rd April 2020. The exam will be held on 6th June 2020.

NEST 2020 - Quick Overview

Name of the Exam

National Entrance Screening Test (NEST)

Official website

www.nestexam.in

Exam conducting authority

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

Exam type

National level

Exam occurrence

Once a year

Exam mode

Online - Computer Based Test

Question Type

Multiple Type Questions (MCQs)

Exam duration

3 hours and 30 minutes

Language of question paper

English


NEST Exam 2020 Important Dates

Here is the official schedule as mentioned in the official information bulletin:

NEST Exam Events

Important Dates

Online application process begins

7th January 2020

Online application process ends

3rd April 2020

Download admit card

24th April 2020

NEST 2020 exam

6th June 2020

Exam Timings

First Session – 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Second Session – 2:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Announcement of result/merit list

16th June 2020


NEST Exam 2020 Pattern & Syllabus

The NEST 2020 question paper will comprise of five sections. Each section will have Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). Here are the details:

Sections

Maximum Marks

General Paper (Comprehension and Analytical Ability)

30

Biology

50

Chemistry

50

Mathematics

50

Physics

50

TOTAL

230

Negative Marking

In general paper, there will be negative marking.

In other sections, there will be negative marking for some questions.

Note“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.”

NEST 2020 Syllabus

The syllabus for NEST 2020 exam mainly comprises of topics from CBSE Science curriculum of class XI and XII.

General paper – There is no specific syllabus for this paper. The questions will test the candidates’ analytic abilities and comprehension skills for a career in science. Questions are from topics such as chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics, computer science, astronomy, and environment.

Subject Papers – The syllabus for subject papers include topics from class XI and XII syllabus of CBSE and other boards’ syllabus.

For detailed NEST 2020 syllabus, follow the steps:

  • Go to the NEST official website.
  • Click on ‘Syllabus-2020’ tab on the home-page.
  • The syllabus PDF will appear.
  • Download the syllabus.
  • You can take a print of the syllabus.


NEST Exam 2020 Eligibility

The eligibility criteria for appearing in the NEST 2020 exam are:

Educational Qualification

Candidates must have passed class XII or equivalent examination from science stream either in the year 2018 or 2019. Candidates who are to appear in the board examination in the year 2020 are also eligible to appear for the exam.

Candidates must have secured minimum 60% aggregate marks in class XII. For candidates belonging to SC/ST/PwD category, the minimum marks requirement is 55%.

Age Limit

Candidates must be born on or after 1st August 2000. Relaxation of five years will be provided in the age limit for SC/ST/PwD category candidates.


NEST Exam 2020 Application Process

The online application process for the NEST 2020 exam has started on 7th January 2020 and will continue till 3rd April 2020. Candidates can submit the online application forms only through the official website. Here are the steps to be followed:

  • Go to the official website – www.nestexam.in.
  • Click on the ‘APPLY ONLINE’ button on the home-page.
  • Click on the ‘Get Registered’ option for new registration. If you are already registered, click on ‘Login’ option.
  • Read the instruction, close the pop-up window and enter the details to register.
  • After successful registration, you will receive your login credentials.
  • Log-in using your registration ID and password.
  • Complete the application form, provide educational details, choose for exam cities (candidates can provide five choices), upload the images of photograph and signature, and make the fee payment.
  • After fee payment, complete the application process.
  • You can take a print of the summary page generated at the end of the application process.

Application Fee

  • General and OBC category (male candidates) – ₹ 1200/-
  • SC/ST/PwD/Female candidates – ₹ 600/-
  • The application fee can be paid online using net banking/credit card/debit card.

Step-by-step NEST 2020 Application process (with pictures)


Other Details

Number of Seats

The number of intakes for the two institutions is as follows:

Categories

NISER

CEBS

General

101

23

General-EWS

0

06

OBC - NCL

54

15

SC

30

09

ST

15

04

Divyangjan

5% seats in each category

5% seats in each category

TOTAL

200

57

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NEST 2020 Admit Card

The admit cards for the exam will be made available on the official website from 24th April 2020. Candidates can download the same using their login credentials. Admit cards will not be dispatched at the applicants’ address. The link to download the admit card will remain active till the exam day. It is mandatory to carry the admit card to the examination hall.

NEST 2020 Result

The result for NEST 2020 will be uploaded at the official website on 16th June 2020. As per the official notification, “The final ranking of the candidates will be based on percentile scores calculated from best three subject scores and the score in general section. NISER and CEBS will publish separate merit lists.”

Successful candidates are required to participate in the counselling process for admission to M.Sc. courses.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The NEST 2020 application process has started on the official website on 7th January 2020. The application process will continue till 3rd April 2020. Here are the frequently asked questions related to the exam:

Q: When will be the NEST 2020 application process begin?

The NEST 2020 application process has started on 7th January 2020.

Q: What is the last date for submitting the application form?

The last date for submitting the application forms is 3rd April 2020.

Q: When will be the NEST 2020 exam conducted?

The NEST 2020 exam will be conducted on 6th June 2020.

Q: Can candidates select the exam centres?

Yes, candidates will be provided with the option to provide preferences for five exam centres while filling the application form.

Q: How can I download the NEST 2020 Admit Card?

NEST 2020 admit cards will be uploaded at the official website from 24th April 2020. You can download the admit cards using your login credentials.

Q: Will there be separate merit lists for NISER and CEBS?

Yes, there be separate merit lists for both the institutions.

Q: When will be the NEST 2020 result announced?

The NEST 2020 result will be announced on 16th June 2020.


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