NEST 2023 – Application Form(Started), Exam Date(Out), Answer Key, Result & Counselling

Last Modified on : 08 May 2024

The National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) is a national-level entrance examination for admission to a 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 the 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 2023 such as the application process, syllabus, exam pattern, admit card, and result here in the article.

NEST 2023 Latest Update:

  • The application process for the National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) 2023 started on 27th February 2023.
  • The last date to apply for the online exam is 17th May 2023.
  • The entrance exam for admission to a five-year integrated MSc program (2023-28) - NEST 2022 will be held on 24th June 2023.

NEST 2023 Official Notification Out –

The exam conducting authority i.e., NISER Bhubaneswar and UM-DAE CEBS, released the NEST 2023 examination notification on the official website - Candidates can visit the official website to check the notice.

NEST 2023 - Quick Overview

Name of the Exam

National Entrance Screening Test (NEST 2023)

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.

Language of question paper


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NEST Exam 2023 Important Dates

The NISER Bhubaneswar and UM-DAE CBS will start the online application process for NEST 2023 on 27th February 2023. Here is the schedule as mentioned in the official information bulletin:

NEST 2023 Events

Important Dates

Online application process begins

 27th February 2023

Online application process ends

17th May 2023

Download admit card

12th June 2023

NEST 2023 exam date

24th June 2023

Exam Timings

First Session - 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM

       Second Session - 2:30 PM to 6:00 PM

Answer Key Availability

To be announced

Last date for raising objections

To be announced

Announcement of result/merit list

To be announced

NEST 2023 Result Date

To be announced

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NEST Exam 2023 Pattern & Syllabus

NEST 2023 Exam Pattern

The NEST 2023 question paper will comprise five sections. Each section will have Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). Here are the details:


Maximum Marks

General Paper (Comprehension and Analytical Ability)












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Negative Marking

In the general paper, there will be negative marking.

In other sections, there will be negative markings 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 2023 Syllabus

The syllabus for the NEST 20223 exam mainly comprises topics from the CBSE Science curriculum of classes 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 the environment.

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

For a detailed NEST 2023 syllabus, follow the steps:

  • Go to the NEST official website.
  • Click on the ‘Syllabus-2023’ tab on the home page.
  • The syllabus PDF will appear.
  • Download the syllabus.
  • You can take a print of the syllabus.

NEST Exam 2023 Eligibility

The eligibility criteria for appearing in the NEST 2023 exam are:

Educational Qualification

Candidates must have passed class XII or equivalent examination from the science stream either in the year 2021 or 2022. Candidates who are to appear in the board examination in the year 2023 are also eligible to appear for the exam.

Candidates must have secured a minimum of 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 2003. Relaxation of five years will be provided in the age limit for SC/ST/PwD category candidates.

NEST Exam 2023 Application Process

The online application process for the NEST 2023 exam will start on 27th February 2023 and continued till 17th May 2023. Candidates can submit the online application form 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 the ‘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.

NEST Exam 2023 Other Details

NEST 2023 Number of Seats

The exam is conducted to provide admission to candidates in a 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% of 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 the NEST exam. Candidates who have passed Class 12th from the Science stream are eligible to apply for the NEST exam.

NEST 2023 Admit Card

The admit card for the NEST 2023 entrance exam was available on the official website of the National Institute of Science Education and Research from 12th June 2023 onwards. Candidates can download the same using their login credentials. Admit cards will not be dispatched to the applicant's addresses. 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 on the home screen.

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

Step 4: Download the NEST 2022 admit card.

After downloading the admit card, 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 2023.

The National Entrance Screening Test (NEST 2023) will be conducted in two sessions for a 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 2023 admit card along with the photo identity proof.

NEST 2023 Answer Key

  • NEST 2023 answer key will release onthe official website.
  • The exam conducting authority will send a link for the candidate's registered email ID for checking their answer script along with the answer key.
  • Candidates are also provided with the option to raise queries regarding the answer key.
  • If objections are found to be correct, the answer key will be revised.
  • The result will be based on the final answer key.

NEST 2023 Exam Result

  • The National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar, will announce the results of the National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) 2023 on the official website.
  • The results will be declared only on the official website.
  • Candidates awaiting the NEST 2023 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 2023 will also be released, mentioning scores obtained by the candidates, percentile score and rank obtained.

How to Check NEST Results Online?

The results of NEST 2023 will be available on the official website only, and candidates can check their qualifying status as under:

  • On the homepage of the official website -, candidates have to click on the NEST 2023 results link.
  • 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.

NEST Exam Frequently Asked Questions

NEST 2023 application process started on 27th February 2023. The last date to submit the application forms is 17th May 2023.

The MAP is the cut-off percentile overall obtained by the candidates in NEST 2023. The highest MAP is 100th percentile and for each category is - 95 percentile for the General category, 90 percentile for OBC category and 75 percentile for SC/ ST/ Divyangjan categories.

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

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.

In order to participate in the NEST counselling process, candidates should carry the NEST 2023 application form, admit card, and scorecard, as well as academic qualifications. 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).

24th June 2023.

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