NEST Entrance Exam 2015 for admission in Integrated in NISER Bhubaneswar and CBS Mumbai

NEST 2017 for admission in NISER Bhubaneswar and CBS Mumbai

Last Date to Apply

6 March 2017

About NEST 2017

NEST 2017 (National Entrance Screening Test) is a compulsory test for students seeking admission to NISER Bhubaneswar-National Institute of Science Education and Research and UM-DAE CBS Mumbai - The University of Mumbai - Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences. Both NISER Bhubaneswar and CBS are autonomous institutions established by Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India, in 2007. NEST 2017 is for Admission into Integrated M.Sc in Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. It is a yearly college entrance examination in India, conducted for admission in the participating institutes.

  • Scholarship: All students admitted to NISER and CBS are eligible for INSPIRE Scholarship of Rs. 60,000 per year and additional Rs. 20000 per year for Summer Internship.
  • Top Performers of NISER and CBS can directly apply for selection interviews of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) Training School.

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NEST Result

NEST 2017 Important Dates

Details Date
NEST 2017 Application Begins 2 January 2017
NEST 2017 Application Ends 6 March 2017
Download/ Dispatch of NEST 2017 Admit Card 14 April 2017
NEST 2017 Exam Date

27 May 2017

NEST 2017 Result 16 June 2017


Total Number of Seats under NEST 2017

NISER Bhubaneswar 170 Seats +2(JK)
CBS Mumbai 45 Seats + 2(JK)

2 Seats in each institution is reserved for the candidates belonging to the state of J&K.

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NEST 2017 Eligibility criteria

In order to apply for NEST 2017, candidates must qualify all three eligibility criteria listed below:

Academic Qualification

Class 12 qualifying examination should be passed in either 2015 or 2016. Candidates appearing in 2017 are also eligible.

  • The candidates should be from science stream (having any combination of
    Biology/ Chemistry/ Mathematics/ Physics) at class XII.


Candidates in General and OBC category should be born on or after August 1, 1997. For SC/ ST/ Physically Disabled (PD) candidates - The age limit is relaxed by five years.

Minimum Qualifying Marks

General and OBC Category: At least 60% marks in aggregate (or equivalent grade) in Class 12 (or equivalent) examination from any recognised Board in India. For SC/ ST/ Physically Disabled (PD) candidates, the minimum requirement is 55%.

NEST 2017 Application form and Admit Card

The candidates can apply for NEST 2017 Exam by following the official link of the application form given below. The NEST 2017 Application Form is to be filled in online mode only. There is no offline application form for NEST 2017. The payment of the application form is also to be made in online mode only, and there is no requirement of sending any document via post to any address regarding application form.

NEST 2017 Application Form

Submission of NEST 2017 Application Form

There is no need to send any document if the payment has been made online. After completing the application form applicants will have to pay the application fee for the same. It is advised to the candidates to keep to keep the printout copy of the confirmation page and the fee payment confirmation page intact till the admission. 

Payment of NEST 2017 Application Fee

The applicants will have to pay the fee for the NEST 2017 Application form via online modes only. The following are the modes for the application fee payment. Payment of NEST 2017 application Fee via demand draft has been disabled for 2017 admissions.

  • Online Payment Modes
    • Credit Card
    • Debit Card
    • Net Banking
    • Online payment is possible through TechProcess / SBIe-Pay payments gateways. The charges for Cards/NetBanking of different banks.

NEST 2017 Admit Card

NEST 2017 Admit Card will be available on the official website in the second week of April 2017 for the entrance exam to be held in the last week of May 2017. Candidates must carry their NEST Admit Card 2017 on the day of their examination without which the applicants will not be eligible for the entrance test. 

NEST 2017 Fees

NEST 2017 Application Fees

Category Male  Female
General Rs. 700 Rs. 350
OBC Rs. 700 Rs. 350
SC and ST Rs. 350 Rs. 350
A Person with Physical Disability Rs. 350 Rs. 350

NEST 2017 Result and Counselling

A Merit List of the candidates will be prepared and posted on NEST 2017 website from 16 June 2017, on the basis of performance in NEST. The best three subject-scores along with the score in the general section will be counted for evaluation and merit list preparation. The successful candidates will be called for counselling and admission will be strictly according to the Merit List until all the seats are filled.

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NEST 2017 Exam pattern

Language: The test will be in English Language only.

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 10 Mathematics. It will be an Objective MCQ Question Type Exam and will consist of 5 sections.

Duration: 3 hours

Type of Questions

Section 1- General Science:  It is compulsory and will have questions on General Science. No Negative marking in this section.

Sections 2 to 5 - Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics

  • Candidates are permitted to attempt as many subject-sections as they wish. However, only the best three subject scores along with the score in the general section will be counted for evaluation and merit list preparation. So a candidate must answer questions from at least three of these four sections.
  • It will consist of subject specific questions from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics.
  • There will be negative marking in Section 2-5 for incorrect answers.

 NEST 2017 Question Paper Pattern

Section Marks
Section 1: General Section (Compulsory) 60
Section 2- Biology 60
Section 3- Chemistry 60
Section 4- Mathematics 60
Section 5- Physics 60

Answering questions

The answers to each question are to be marked on an OMR sheet. 

NEST Study Resources

The syllabus for NEST 2017 primarily follows the NCERT/ CBSE science syllabus of class 11 & 12.No specific syllabus for General Section.

NEST 2017 Important details

NEST 2017 - Seat Distribution

Category NISER CBS
J&K Candidates 2 2
General 85 23
OBC 46 12
SC 26 7
ST 13 3
Physically Disabled 5 1


NEST 2017 Test Centres

NEST 2017 Exam will be held in pen& paper based mode in 59 major towns/cities in India. Each candidate must select 2 test centres while filling the application form. >> List of NEST 2017 Test Centre with Codes.

BARC Training School

Top performers at NISER and CBS, securing overall grades above certain threshold
at the end of the final semester will be eligible to appear directly for the interview for admission to BARC Training School.

NEST 2017 Contact

The Chief Coordinator, NEST 2017,
NISER, Institute of Physics Campus,
At/PO-Jatni, District- Khurda, Bhubaneswar - 752050, Odisha

Phone:  (0674) 2494102 (Mon-Fri, 10:00-13:00 & 14:30-17:00) 

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