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

NEST 2016 for admission in NISER Bhubaneswar & CBS Mumbai

Last Date to Apply

March 4, 2016

About NEST 2016

NEST 2016 (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 -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 2016 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.

Latest Update:

NEST 2016 Exam Dates: NEST Exam was conducted by NISER Bhubaneswar on May 28, 2016 (Saturday) 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

The NEST 2016 will be conducted at 59 major towns and cities all over India

NEST 2016 Application Form filling starts from  January 4, 2016, and end on March 4, 2016. There is an only online application process for NEST 2016 and there is no offline application form.

Total Number of Seats under NEST 2016

  • Total Number of Seats at NISER Bhubaneswar: 130 seats +2
  • Total Number of Seats at CBS: 45 seats+2

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

  • 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.

NEST 2016 Exam Important Dates

Details Date
NEST 2016 Application Begins January 4, 2016
NEST 2016 Application Ends March 4, 2016
Download/ Dispatch of NEST 2016 Admit Card April 15, 2016
NEST 2016 Exam Date

May 28, 2016

NEST 2016 Result June 17, 2016

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NEST 2016 Eligibility criteria

NEST 2016 Eligibility Criteria

In order to apply for NEST 2016, candidates must qualify all three eligibility criteria listed below:

  • Academic Qualification: Class 12 qualifying examination should be passed in either 2014 or 2015. Candidates appearing in 2016 are also eligible. 
    • The candidates should be from science stream (having any combination of
      Biology/ Chemistry/ Mathematics/ Physics) at class XII.
  • Age:
    • Candidates in General and OBC category should be born on or after
      August 1, 1996
    • For SC/ ST/ Physically Disabled (PD) candidates - The age limit is relaxed by 5 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 recognized Board in India.
    • For SC/ ST/ Physically Disabled (PD) candidates, the minimum requirement is 55%.

NEST 2016 Application form and Admit Card

NEST 2016  Application Process

The candidates can apply for NEST 2016 Exam only through online mode. There is no offline application form for NEST 2016.

Payment of Fees in the Online Application

  • Demand Draft (DD): Prepare the DD in favour of NISER-NEST, payable at Bhubaneswar. Candidate must write her/his name and NEST application number at the back of the DD. 
    • The DD has to be sent preferably by speed post at the address given below and must reach NEST office on or before March 15, 2016.
  • Online Payment: Payment using any Credit/Debit Card or through Net Banking without visiting any Bank. 

There is no need to send any document if the payment has been made online. In case the payment is made via DD, the candidate needs to send the following documents by speed post to the NEST office at the address of correspondence given below:

  • the Demand Draft (DD) 
  • Application Summary Page

The Chief Coordinator, NEST 2016,
National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) 
At/PO-Jatni, District- Khurda, PIN- 752050, Odisha, India

The duly filled in NEST application form should reach the above address on or before
March 4, 2016.

NEST 2016 Application Form

NEST Test Centres

  • NEST 2016 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 2016 Test Centre with Codes  

NEST Admit Card

NEST 2016 Fees

 NEST 2016 Application Fees

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


NEST 2016 Result and Counselling

NEST 2016 Result & Counselling

  • NEST 2016 Result: A Merit List of the candidates will be prepared and posted on NEST 2016 website on June 17, 2016, 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.

NEST 2016 Exam pattern

NEST 2016 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

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • It will be an Objective MCQ Question Type Exam and will consist of 5 sections.

  • 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 2016 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

NEST 2016 Important details

BARC Training School

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

NEST 2016 Address

The Chief Coordinator, NEST 2016,
NISER, Institute of Physics Campus,
At/PO-Jatni, District- Khurda, Bhubaneswar – - 752050, Odisha

NEST 2016 Contact

NEST 2016 Helpline Number

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

NEST 2016 Exam Date

May 28, 2016 (Saturday)
9:30am – 1:00pm

NEST 2016 Mode of Exam

Pen and Paper based


Integrated Msc.


Conducted by

 NISER Bhubaneswar (National Institute of Science Education and Research)


 The Center Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CBS), Mumbai

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