National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) 2015


The National Entrance Screening Test (NEST-2015) is conducted by the National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar and University of Mumbai, 

The department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CBS), Mumbai, have recently jointly declared that the schedule of National Entrance Screening Test – 2015 for the Academic Session 2015-16 
NEST – 2015 will be conducted on 30th May 2015 which is Saturday from 09.30 a.m. – 01.00 p.m at 52 centers in across the country

National Entrance Screening Test

The National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) is a mandatory and a very important test for all those candidates who are going for admission to the 5 year Integrated M.Sc program in basic sciences such as  Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Mathematics  at the National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar and University of Mumbai – Dept. of Atomic Energy Center for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CBS), Mumbai; these NISER & CBS are the autonomous institutions which are came into existence in year 20o7the reputed Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Govt. of India.

These respective institutes have recently started with the motive to provide high level and proficiency in teaching with having basic sciences by a faculty of distinguished scientists embedded in a vibrant research environment and to create a national pool of scientists ready to take up research challenges in the frontiers of basic and applied sciences

The Integrated M.Sc program at these institutes follows a semester-based course structure and continuous assessment within a flexible and innovative academic curriculum, exposing the students to research early in their program

All the candidates are informed that they are admitted to five year Integrated MSc programme at NISER and CBS and also they are eligible for INSPIRE, Govt. of India, scholarship which provides the award of Rs.5000/- per month & Rs. 20,000/- per year to all the eligible and talented candidates for carrying out the summer projects. 

The important information and other details of the Integrated MSc programme, courses, research activities, facilities and faculty profile at NISER and CBS can be found on its official websites ( and

Eligibility Criteria

Educational Qualification Required: All those candidates who are looking for the admission to NISER and UM-DAE CBS for the academic session 2015-16 must belongs from the science stream only and(having any combination of Biology/ Chemistry /Mathematics /Physics) at class XII and must appear the NEST 2015 examination.

All those candidates who have passed the 12th class annual  examination or equivalent from any recognised Board in India in year 2013 or 2014 or are appearing in current year 2015 are eligible to appear in NEST 2015 examination. Here are some important eligibility points are given below:

  • The admission will be awarded to all the eligible candidates on the basis of Merit List of NEST 2015. 
  • All those candidates who are securing minimum 60% marks or grade or equivalent in class 12th examination are eligible for admission to NISER and CBS.
  • There will be no restriction or boundation on appearing for NEST. Those candidates who are belonging to SC/ST/OBC  categories, and for these candidates the minimum requirement of marks is 55% in aggregate.
  • Where only letter grades are available, a certificate from the Board specifying equivalent percentage of marks is required. 
  • In the absence of such a certificate, the decision of the Admissions Committee of the concerned Institution will be final

Age Criteria:

Those candidates who are beongs from General and OBC category and the candidates who born on or after 15th July 1995 are eligible for admission to the integrated M.Sc programme of NISER/CBS.

 Those candidates who are comes under the SC/ST/OBC/PD  will get the age relaxation limit for 5 years. 
There is no restriction or boundation on appearing for NEST 2015.
All candidates are suggested that that they need to produce all the necessary and  supporting documents. Candidates also required to attain the eligibility criteria and it is very important for them to furnished the form at the time of admission. 
Please note that the offer of admission is subject to verification of all original certificates at the time of counselling by the higher authorities.

Total number of Seats & Reservation

 All the candidates are informed that for the current academic session 2015-16, the total number of seats at NISER and CBS are 100 + 2 and 45 + 2, respectively; 2 2  seats in each institution are reserved for those candidates who belongs to the state of Jammu & Kashmir.
The total number of seats which are reserved for SC/ST/OBC and PD is available according to the Govt. of India rules and regulations.
 Candidates who wish to claim the seats under reserved category, all the relevant documents must be furnished at the time of admission.
 For more information and other details of reserved seats and category certificates you are required to refer to the official websites of the participating institutions
NEST 2015 Examination Process:
 The NEST 2015 will be conducted around 52 major towns and cities in all over India on 30th May 2015 which is Saturday, at 09.30 am – 01.00 pm.
This test is truly based on the performance of the candidate in NEST 2015, a common Merit List of the candidates will be prepared and posted on NEST 2015 official website on 19th June 2015.
All the selected and successful candidates will be informed for the counselling and admission process and all the procedure will goes very strictly according to the Merit List until all the seats are filled. The separate merit list for different category candidates will be made available before counselling.

Examination Centres:

 The NEST 2015 is going to conducted in all these major cities which are listed below for your assistance:
  1. Ahmedabad, 
  2. Allahabad, 
  3. Balangir, 
  4. Balasore, 
  5. Bengaluru, 
  6. Berhampur, 
  7. Bhopal, 
  8. Bhubaneswar, 
  9. Burdwan, 
  10. Calicut, 
  11. Chandigar, 
  12. Chennai, 
  13. Cuttack, 
  14. Dehradun, 
  15. Delhi-East, 
  16. Delhi North, 
  17. Delhi South, 
  18. Dharwad, 
  19. Guwahati, 
  20. Hyderabad, 
  21. Indore, 
  22. Jaipur, 
  23. Jamshedpur, 
  24. Jodhpur, 
  25. Kanpur, 
  26. Kochi, 
  27. Kolkata-North, 
  28. Kolkata-South, 
  29. Lucknow, 
  30. Madurai, 
  31. Mangalore, 
  32. Mumbai, 
  33. Patna, 
  34. Nagapur, 
  35. Pune, 
  36. Raipur, 
  37. Ranchi, 
  38. Rourkela, 
  39. Sambalpur, 
  40. Shillong, 
  41. Shimla, 
  42. Silchar, 
  43. Siliguri, 
  44. Thiruvananthapuram, 
  45. Thrissur, 
  46. Udaipur, 
  47. Varanasi, 
  48. Visakhapatnam 

All eligible candidates are required to choose 2 centres in order of their preference while filling up of application form.

 It is allowed for the candidates to select 2 centres from the same city, such as Delhi-East and Delhi-North.
 Every effort will be made to allot the centre of first preference. Please note that ultimately the allotment of an examination centre by the Chief Coordinator has to be regarded as final and request for change of centre will, in general, not be entertained.
 The examination centre address will be mentioned on the NEST admit card.
 Rules for Exam:
All the candidates must reach the test centre at least half an hour before the start of the examination; the examination is for maximum 3½ hours duration and will start at sharp 09.30 am.
All Candidates are informed that they will not be allowed to enter the examination hall after 10.00 am. The earliest a candidate can leave the examination hall is 10.30 am, unless it becomes necessary to leave before on medical reasons.
 The earliest one can carry the question paper out is 11.30 a.m., candidates are not allowed to carry the log tables and calculators in the exam hall.
 Candidates are also required to carry their own pen, pencils, eraser and sharpener and sharing of these items with other candidates is strictly prohibited at the time of exam. 
All the eligible candidates must bring their Admit Card and their school photo Identity Card or any photo-ID issued by Govt. agencies to the examination hall.
Any candidate found unfair means will be expelled from the examination hall without warning.
Candidates are also warned not to bring or carry mobile phone and other similar electronic gadgets inside the examination hall.
Question Type:
 Every question paper will contain 5 sections in which the objective (MCQ) type questions will be there and which carries 60 marks in each section.
 This is to inform all the candidates that the Section 1 is a general section and it is mandatory to attempt all the question in General section. There will be no negative marking in general section. 
Sections 2 to Section 5 will contain subject specific questions from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics subjects. The candidates are allowed to attempt as many subject sections as they can. However, only the best 3 subject scores along with the score in the general section will be counted for evaluation and merit list preparation. 
All the 5 sections questions are specially designed to test candidates ability’ in subject comprehension and analytic.
 In the subject sections, there will be negative marking for incorrect answers. 
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.
 For NEST question papers of last few years, refer to the NEST-2015 website.
The Language of the question paper will be English only to answering the questions. The answers to each question will be marked on an OMR (Optical Mark Recognition) sheet. The details of how to answer on OMR sheet will be given in question paper and OMR sheet Syllabus:
 The syllabus for NEST 2015 primarily follows the NCERT/ CBSE science syllabus of class XI-XII (The detailed syllabus for NEST exam is provided in Annexure-2).
However, there is no specific syllabus provided for the general section. This section tests candidate’s familiarity with, but not detailed understanding of, major historical milestones in subjects like astronomy, biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, computer science and environmental science. 
All the given Questions will be designed to test analytic abilities and comprehension of scientific passages. Some of the questions in this section may require knowledge of class 10th mathematics.
Please Note: The previous NEST question papers (2007 to 2014) are available in NEST official website.

How to apply:

 To apply for NEST 2015, candidates are required to can fill the application form via both mode either online or offline mode.
 For online application, candidates are required to visit the website
Candidates are strongly advised to read and follow through the detailed online application procedure available on the website.
 Off-line application is to be filled on a prescribed form, which is available on the NEST office by paying the required fees for the same (through Demand Draft only: refer ‘Mode of payment’ below) of the required application fee listed below.
 The request for the application form along with the demand draft (DD) must reach the following NEST office address on or before the last date.
 All candidates are requested that they need to provide their correct postal address with valid PIN number in your request form. 
 NEST will not responsible for non-delivery of the offline kit or any kind of postal delay; once they receive the request along with a demand draft of correct amount and validity, the offline form along with the brochure will be mailed by Speed-Post to the candidate postal address which is mentioned in the application form.
 The filled application form must be reached by 07th March 2015. Please note that, NEST office will deposit the demand draft immediately after the offline form is dispatched.
Kindly Note: The offline form carries a unique application number and the photocopies of a form should not be used for filling multiple offline applications. 
Such applications will be rejected. The address for postal communications is given under “Address for correspondence”.

Application Fee:

  • The application fee which is to be paid by the male candidates who is belonged to General/OBC category is Rs.700/-
  •  The application fee for those candidates who are belongs from SC/ST/PD categories and all female candidates are required to pay the fees amount of  Rs.350/-
  • For offline applications the fee should be paid by Demand Draft only.
  • Those candidates who have applied via online then in that case it can be paid by using credit  or debit card or net-banking through ‘State Bank Collect’ online payment portal or by DD.
  •  For offline applications,the candidate is requested to add Rs.50/- as postal charges to the application fees mentioned above.
 Please refer and follow to the fee chart which is below:
** Male: General, OBC & DT/VJ/NT Candidates: Rs.700/- (online) and Rs.750/- (Offline) 
** All Female Candidates: Rs.350/- (Online) and Rs.400/- (Offline) SC/ST and PD
** All Candidates: Rs.350/- (Online) and Rs.400/- (Offline)
Mode of Payment:
Demand Draft: The DD for required amount must be prepared from any respective bank and it should be drawn in favour of NISER-NEST and payable at Bhubaneswar.It is requested to all the candidate to write their name and application number (for only online candidates) at the back of the Demand Draft before dispatching it.
 The DD has to be sent preferably by speed post at the address given below and must reach NEST office on time.
For those candidates who are applying via online, the DD should must reach NEST office on or before the due date which is 07th March 2015.
For those candidates who are applying via offline mode, the demand draft and the request for application form must be delivered in an envelope. State Bank Collect online payment facility (SB-Collect): State Bank Collect (SBC) is a multimodal payment portal where payments can be made using credit/debit cards and internet banking facility This payment method is available only for online applicants.
 A detailed step-by-step instruction for payment through SBC is available on NEST website and also inside the online application portal for NEST 2015. Online candidates who opt for online payment need not send any document to NEST office (paperless application) Please refer to the instruction sheet (the ‘How to Apply’ tab on for details on all payment methods

Admit Card:

 The candidates are informed that they can collect their admit card for NEST 2015 which will be available for downloading / dispatch from 07th April 2015. 
The admit cards will not be dispatched for online applicants, such applicants are requested that they must download their admit cards from NEST official website.
All the eligible and talented candidates please notice that the Admit cards will be sent by post to the mailing address and this is for those candidates who are applying via offline, therefore it is important that the postal address with pin code must be mentioned very clearly in the plain paper which is application form. 
Kindly note that the NEST concerned department/office will not be responsible if candidate did not get the admit card or it fails to reach the candidate residence address on time because of postal delay or incorrect mailing address.
If in case the candidates will not receive the admit card by 1st May 2015, the NEST office at the address given below must be notified.
It is might be possible to re-send the admit card but only electronically if email address of the candidate is provided on the application form. 
All candidates are requested to keep their admit card very safely because the successful candidates have to produce the admit card in original during the counselling and admission process.
Contact Address for correspondence:
The Requests for offline application form + Demand Draft, completed offline application form and any NEST-2015 related queries by postal mail must be sent at 
“The Chief Coordinator, 
NEST 2015, 
Institute of Physics Campus, 
Sachivalaya Marg, 
Sainik School (PO), 
For any other details and queries please contact at NEST helpline which is active from 05th January 2015; Contact Number: 0674-2304036 
(Mon-Fri, 09.30 – 13.00 & 14.00 – 17.00); 
The official website of NEST 2015 is: 
All the candidates are informed that any incomplete or incorrect applications will not be accepted.
Important Dates:
  •  Opening date of Online / Offline application for NEST 2015: 05th January 2015
  • Last date for receiving request for Offline application form + Demand Draft: 19th February 2015 
  • Last date of Online/Offline Application: 07th March 2015 
  • Download/Dispatch of Admit Card begins: 15th April 2015 
  • NEST 2015 Exam: 30th May 2015 (Saturday) 09.30 am – 01.00 pm 
  • Result declaration in NEST website: 19th June 2015

Important points to remember:
 i) All eligible and talented candidates must reach the examination venue before half an hour (30 minutes) before the examination 
ii) All the candidates are informed that they will not be allowed to enter the examination after 10:00 am after the start of the examination, i.e. 10.00 am 
iii) All candidates will be allowed to leave the examination hall only after 1 hour from the start of the examination, i.e. 10.30 am 
iv) Candidates are not allowed to carry any kind of gadgets such as of log tables, calculators, etc in the examination hall.
v) Candidates must bring their own pen, pencil, eraser and other stationery items. 
vi) Candidates must carry their Admit Card and Identity Card to the examination hall. 
vii) Mobile phone and other electronic gadgets are not allowed inside the examinationhall.
For more information and any kind of details please click to the given link:

National Institute of Science Education and Reserch (NISER) Bhubaneswar 
University of Mumbai – Dept. of Atomic Energy, 
Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences, 
(UM-DAE CBS) Mumbai, 
Institute of Physics Campus, 
Sachivalaya Marg, 
Sainik School (PO), 

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