NEST 2019 Entrance Exam – Important Dates, Application Form, Syllabus & Admit Card Release


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 2019 exam is scheduled to be conducted on 1st June 2019 in two sessions. Candidates interested in appearing for the exam can check the detailed information about the NEST 2019 such as application process, syllabus, exam pattern, admit card, and result here in the article.

NEST 2019 Latest Update: The last date for application submission has been extended till 18th March 2019. Earlier, the last date was 11th March. The exam will be held on 1st June 2019.

NEST 2019 - 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

NEST Exam 2019 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 2019

Online application process ends

11th March 2019 18th March 2019 (extended)

Download admit card

24th April 2019

NEST 2019 exam

1st June 2019

Exam Timings

First Session – 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Second Session – 2:30 PM to 6:00 PM

Announcement of result/merit list

17th June 2019

NEST Exam 2019 Pattern & Syllabus

The NEST 2019 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 2019 Syllabus

The syllabus for NEST 2019 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 2019 syllabus, follow the steps:

  • Go to the NEST official website.
  • Click on ‘Syllabus-2019’ tab on the home-page.
  • The syllabus PDF will appear.
  • Download the syllabus.
  • You can take a print of the syllabus.

NEST Exam 2019 Eligibility

The eligibility criteria for appearing in the NEST 2019 exam are:

Educational Qualification

Candidates must have passed class XII or equivalent examination from science stream either in the year 2017 or 2018. Candidates who are to appear in the board examination in the year 2019 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 1999. Relaxation of five years will be provided in the age limit for SC/ST/PwD category candidates.

NEST Exam 2019 Application Process

The online application process for the NEST 2019 exam has started on 7th January and will continue till 18th March 2019. 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 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 2019 Application process (with pictures)

Other Details

Number of Seats

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






















Supernumerary quota (J&K)



Total proposed intake



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NEST 2019 Admit Card

The admit cards for the exam will be made available on the official website form 24th April 2019. 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 2019 Result

The result for NEST 2019 will be uploaded at the official website on 17th June 2019. 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)

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

The last date for submitting the application forms have been extended to 18th March 2019.

Q: When will be the NEST 2019 exam conducted?

The NEST 2019 exam will be conducted on 1st June 2019.

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 2019 Admit Card?

NEST 2019 admit cards will be uploaded at the official website. 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.