NEST 2020 Entrance Exam – Result (Out), Scorecard, CutOff, Merit List, Admission


NEST 2020 exam postponed till 29th September 2020. 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. 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 2020 Latest Update: The National Institute of Science Education and Research has released the result for the National Entrance Screening Test (NEST 2020). The candidates can check and download their result through the website. Earlier, the NEST result 2020 was scheduled to be released on 10th October, but due to some technical fault it has been announced on 13th October 2020.

The entrance exam for admission to a five-year integrated MSc programme - NEST 2020 was held on 29th September. The exam is consist of five sections of objective (MCQ) type questions. Section-I is the general section and of 30 marks. There will be no negative marking in the general section. Section-II through five are of 50 marks each and will contain subject-specific questions from biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics.

NEST 2020 Official Notification Out –

The exam conducting authority i.e. NISER Bhubaneswar and UM-DAE CBS, has decided to postpone the NEST 2020 examination till 29th September 2020. The decision to postpone NEST Exam 2020 has been taken by the exam authority looking at the rising number of cases of Coronavirus infection in the country.

The revision in the examination schedule has also been confirmed by the exam authority, as a notification regarding the same has been published on the official website - Candidates can visit the official website to check the officially released notice.

NEST 2020 - Quick Overview

Name of the Exam

National Entrance Screening Test (NEST)

Official website

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



NEST Exam 2020 Important Dates

The NISER Bhubaneswar and UM-DAE CBS have postponed the NEST 2020 entrance exam, due to the serious situation of COVID-19 virus in India. As per the new schedule the National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) 2020 will conduct on 29th September 2020. 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

14th June 2020

NEST 2020 change in exam centre choices

27th to 30th June 2020

Download admit card

03rd September 2020

NEST 2020 exam

29th September 2020 (Officially Declared)

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

13th October 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:


Maximum Marks

General Paper (Comprehension and Analytical Ability)












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 14th June 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 –
  • 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

NEST 2020 Number of Seats Intake

The exam is conducted to provide admission to candidates in five-year integrated MSc programme in basic sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics) offered at both NISER and UM-DAE CEBS. The number of seat intakes available at both institutes is as follows:




















5% seats in each category

5% seats in each category




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Admissions in both the (above-mentioning) institutes are done on the basis of a candidate’s score in NEST exam. Candidates who have passed Class 12th from Science stream are eligible to apply for NEST exam.

NEST 2020 Admit Card

The admit cards for the NEST 2020 entrance exam is now available ar the official website of the National Institute of Science Education and Research. 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.

Step 1: Visit and open the official website of NEST.

Step 2: Click on the Admit Card Link provided in the home screen.

Step 3: Enter the User ID and Password in the link.

Step 4: Download the NEST 2020 admit card.

After downloading the admit card of NEST 2020, candidates need to take printouts on an A4 size sheet. Candidates are advised to keep extra copies of the admit card as it will also be required during the seat allotment and counselling process of NEST 2020.

The National Entrance Screening Test (NEST 2020) exams will be conducted in two sessions for the duration of three hours and thirty minutes. The NEST exam is a computer-based test. Students appearing for the exams are required to bring the NEST 2020 admit card along with the photo identity proof.

NEST Result

The National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar have announced the results of the National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) 2020 on 13th October 2020. The results have been declared on the official website of NEST 2020 only. Candidates awaiting NEST 2020 result have to visit the result login page and enter their application number and password to check their qualifying status. Moreover, a merit list of NEST 2020 mentioning scores obtained by the candidates, percentile score and rank obtained.

How to Check NEST Result 2020 Online?

The results of NEST 2020 is available on the official website only and, candidates check their qualifying status as under:

  • On the homepage of the official website -, candidates have to click on the NEST 2020 results link.
  • Log on to the official website of NEST exam
  • Click on the View Result link present on the Home Page of the website
  • Enter login credentials - user ID and password
  • Click on the Login button
  • Successful candidates are required to participate in the counselling process for admission to M.Sc. courses.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The NEST 2020 examination results are now available at the official website.  The National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) was held on 29th September 2020. Here are the frequently asked questions related to the exam:

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

NEST 2020 result have been announced by the officials on 13th October 2020. Candidates can download their scorecard by using their login details.

Q. What is the Minimum Admissible Percentile for NEST 2020?

The MAP is the cut off percentile in overall obtained by the candidates in NEST 2020. The highest MAP is 100th percentile and for each category is - 95 percentile for General category, 90 percentile for OBC category and 75 percentile for SC/ ST/ Divyangjan categories. 

Q. What is the percentile score in NEST 2020 results?

The merit list of NISER and CEBS will be prepared on the basis of percentile scores, which is calculated on the basis of the relative performance of all the qualified candidates in each session.

Q. What is the criteria for section-wise cut off in NEST 2020?

As per the SMAS criteria mentioned by NISER, '20% of the average of the best 100 scores for each section will be the cut off marks.

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

The last date for submitting the application forms is extended till 14th June 2020.

Q: When will be the NEST 2020 exam conducted?

The NEST 2020 exam will now be conducted on 29th September 2020 (officially announced).

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 are uploaded at the official website from 03rd September 2020 and will available till the exam day i.e. 29th September 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 dates for NEST 2020 result has not been announced yet. However, it is likely to be out in the month of October, this year.

Q. When will be the NEST 2020 Counselling process starts?

Right after the announcement of NEST result 2020, the counselling process will commence by the exam authorities.

Q. What are the documents required to participate for NEST 2020 counselling?

In order to participate in the NEST counselling process, candidates should carry the NEST 2020 application form, admit card, scorecard as well as academic qualification. The document should be carried in original as well as photocopies. Moreover, the candidates should carry at least 4 passport size photographs with other necessary documents (mentioned-above).

Q. What is the cut off percentile for NEST 2020?

The cut-off percentile for admission through NEST is 95 percentile for General category, 90 percentile for OBC category and 75 percentile for SC/ ST/ Divyangjan.