NEST Exam

NEST 2022 – Application Form, Exam Date, Answer Key, Result, Merit List and Admission

Last Modified on : 20 Jun 2022

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 2022 such as application process, syllabus, exam pattern, admit card, and result here in the article.

NEST 2022 Latest Update:

  • The National Institute of Science Education and Research has released the dates for the NEST 2022 Exam. 
  • The application process for the National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) 2022 will start on 21st February 2022.
  • The last date to apply for the online exam is 18th May 2022
  • The entrance exam for admission to a five-year integrated MSc programme (2022-27) - NEST 2022 will be held on 18th June 2022.
  • The exam consists of five sections of objective type questions. Section-I is the general section of 30 marks. There will be no negative marking in the general section.
  • Section-II to V are of 50 marks each and will contain subject-specific questions from biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics.

NEST 2022 Official Notification Out –

The exam conducting authority i.e. NISER Bhubaneswar and UM-DAE CEBS has released the NEST 2022 examination notification on the official website - nestexam.in. Candidates can visit the official website to check the notice.

NEST 2022 - Quick Overview

Name of the Exam

National Entrance Screening Test (NEST 2022)

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.

Language of question paper

English

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NEST Exam 2022 Important Dates

The NISER Bhubaneswar and UM-DAE CBS will start the online application process for NEST 2022 on 21st February 2022. Here is the schedule as mentioned in the official information bulletin:

NEST 2022 Events

Important Dates

Online application process begins

 21st February 2022

Online application process ends

18th May 2022

Download admit card

6th June 2022

NEST 2022 exam date

18th June 2022

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 2022 Result Date

5th July 2022

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NEST Exam 2022 Pattern & Syllabus

NEST 2022 Exam Pattern

The NEST 2022 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

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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 2022 Syllabus

The syllabus for the NEST 2022 exam mainly comprises of 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 environment.

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

For a detailed NEST 2022 syllabus, follow the steps:

  • Go to the NEST official website.
  • Click on the ‘Syllabus-2022’ tab on the home-page.
  • The syllabus PDF will appear.
  • Download the syllabus.
  • You can take a print of the syllabus.

NEST Exam 2022 Eligibility

The eligibility criteria for appearing in the NEST 2022 exam are:

Educational Qualification

Candidates must have passed class XII or equivalent examination from the science stream either in the year 2020 or 2021. Candidates who are to appear in the board examination in the year 2022 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 2002. Relaxation of five years will be provided in the age limit for SC/ST/PwD category candidates.

NEST Exam 2022 Application Process

The online application process for the NEST 2022 exam will start on 21st February 2022 and will continue till 18th May 2022. Candidates can submit the online application form 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 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 2022 Other Details

NEST 2022 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:

Categories

NISER

CEBS

General

101

23

General-EWS

0

06

OBC - NCL

54

15

SC

30

09

ST

15

04

Divyangjan

5% of seats in each category

5% of seats in each category

TOTAL

200

57

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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 2022 Admit Card

The admit card for the NEST 2022 entrance exam will be available on the official website of the National Institute of Science Education and Research from 6th June 2022 onwards. Candidates can download the same using their login credentials. Admit cards will not be dispatched to the applicants’ 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 2022.

The National Entrance Screening Test (NEST 2022) 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 2022 admit card along with the photo identity proof.

NEST 2022 Answer Key

  • NEST 2022 answer key release date will be announced soon.
  • 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 on 5th July 2022.

NEST 2022 Exam Result

  • The National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar will announce the results of the National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) 2022 on 5th July 2022.
  • The results will be declared only on the official website.
  • Candidates awaiting the NEST 2022 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 2022 will also be released mentioning scores obtained by the candidates, percentile score and rank obtained.

How to Check NEST Result Online?

The results of NEST 2022 will be available on the official website only and candidates can check their qualifying status as under:

  • On the homepage of the official website - nestexam.in, candidates have to click on the NEST 2022 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 2022 Frequently Asked Questions

The National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) will be conducted on 18th June 2022. Here are the frequently asked questions related to the exam:

Q: When will the NEST 2022 application process begin?

NEST 2022 application process started on 21st February 2022. The last date to submit the application forms is 18th May 2022.

Q. What is the Minimum Admissible Percentile for NEST 2022?

The MAP is the cut off percentile overall obtained by the candidates in NEST 2022. 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 2022 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 2022?

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 18th May 2022.

Q: When will be the NEST 2022 exam conducted?

The NEST 2022 exam will be conducted on 18th June 2022 (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 out the application form.

Q: How can I download the NEST 2022 Admit Card?

NEST 2022 admit cards will be uploaded on the official website on 6th June 2022. You can download the admit cards using your login credentials.

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

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

Q: When will be the NEST 2022 result announced?

The NEST 2022 result will be announced on 5th June 2022.

Q. When will the NEST 2022 Counselling process start?

Right after the announcement of NEST result 2022, the counselling process will commence by the exam authorities.

Q. What are the documents required to participate in NEST 2022 counselling?

In order to participate in the NEST counselling process, candidates should carry the NEST 2022 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 2022?

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.

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