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    NEST 2020 Entrance Test for admission to 5-year Integrated MSc at NISER, Bhubaneswar & UM-DAE CEBS, Mumbai

    NEST 2020 Entrance Test for admission to 5-year Integrated MSc at NISER, Bhubaneswar & UM-DAE CEBS, Mumbai Schedule, Eligibility, Application, Syllabus and Admit Card

    The National Entrance Screening Test or NEST is a compulsory online/computer based test for admission to the five year Integrated MSc programme in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics, at 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.

    Important Dates: 

    • Start of Online application for NEST 2020: January 07, 2020 
    • Closing of Online application: April 03, 2020 
    • Download of Admit Card begins: April 24, 2020 
    • NEST 2020 examination: June 06, 2020 (Hours of examination: 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM & 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM) 
    • Announcement of results on NEST website: June 16, 2020

    Educational qualification: 

    Candidates seeking admission to NISER and UM–DAE CEBS for the Integrated MSc programme 2020–25 should be from regular science stream in classes XI and XII. It is mandatory for all aspiring candidates to write the NEST 2020 examination. Candidates must have passed class XII examination or equivalent from any recognised Board in India in the years 2018 or 2019 or be appearing for the same in 2020. Candidates who are appearing for the board examination in 2020 must pass it by the time of admission into the programme. Also, candidates must secure at least 60% marks in aggregate or equivalent grade in class XII examination to be eligible for admission to NISER and CEBS. Candidates satisfying all the above criteria will be considered for admission strictly on the basis of Merit List of NEST 2020. For candidates belonging to scheduled castes (SC), scheduled tribes (ST) and Divyangjan categories, the minimum requirement of marks is relaxed to 55% in aggregate. Where only letter grades are available, a certificate from the concerned Board specifying equivalent percentage of marks is required to be submitted. In absence of such a certificate, the decision of the admissions committee of the concerned institution will be final. 

    Age limit: 

    General and OBC category candidates born on or after August 01, 2000 are eligible for admission to the integrated MSc programme of NISER/CEBS. The age limit is relaxed by 5 years for SC / ST / Divyangjan candidates. 

    Eligibility criteria summary: 

    a candidate becomes eligible for the programme when he/she satisfies following all four criteria: 
    (a) Secures a position in the NEST merit list. Please refer to page 10 of this document for the rules of merit list preparation. 

    (b) Pass the XII standard board examination or equivalent in the science stream in the years 2018 or 2019 or appeared in 2020 from any recognised Higher Secondary Education Board in India. 

    (c) Secures at least 60% in aggregate in the XII standard board examination. For SC/ST/Divyangjan candidates the requirement is 55%. 

    (d) Born on or after August 01, 2000. For SC/ST/Divyangjan students the limit is relaxed by five years. Note: necessary certificates supporting eligibility criteria have to be furnished only at the time of admission. Offer of admission is subject to verification of all original certificates at the time of admission/counselling and availability of seats. Certificates in support of eligibility criteria need not be produced for appearing in NEST 2020 examination.

    NEST 2020 Examination: 

    The NEST 2020 examination will be conducted at multiple centres (major towns or cities) all over India on June 06, 2020 (Saturday), 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM (first session) and 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM (second session). The candidates will be assigned to either of the sessions. Based on the performance in NEST 2020, Merit List of the candidates will be prepared for NISER and CEBS separately (see Merit list preparation section on page 10) and posted on NEST 2020 website (www.nestexam.in) on June 16, 2020. 
    NEST 2020 examination will be a Computer-Based Test (CBT/online exam) 


    The syllabus for NEST 2020 primarily follows the NCERT/CBSE science syllabus of class XI–XII. The detailed syllabus for NEST examination is provided at the end of this document under the heading: ‗Syllabus for NEST 2020‘. The syllabus can also be downloaded from NEST 2020 website, www.nestexam.in. There is, however, no specific syllabus 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. 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 X Mathematics. 
    Previous NEST question papers are available on NEST website.

    How to apply: 

    To apply for NEST 2020, candidates must fill out the online application form through www.nestexam.in on or after January 7th, 2020. 
    Candidates are strongly advised to read through the detailed online application procedure available on the website (click on ‗How to Apply online‘). Online application process closes on April 3rd, 2020. Application can be submitted only through NEST 2020 website. There is no other mode of application submission. Login credentials for logging into application submission and fee payment portals will be provided upon online registration. 

    Application Fee: 

    The application fee for the male candidates of General and OBC categories is 1,200/–. 
    The application fee for candidates in the SC/ST/Divyangjan categories and for all female candidates is 600/–. 
    Payments can be made using credit card/debit card/net–banking through online payment gateway. Please use Mastercard/Visa/RuPay cards only 

    Candidates need not send any document to NEST office in the entire application process. Please refer to the instruction sheet (the ‘How to Apply Online’ tab on www.nestexam.in) for details regarding application process. 

    Admit card: 

    The admit card for NEST 2020 will be available for downloading from April 24, 2020. Admit cards will NOT be dispatched to any applicant. Applicants must download their admit cards from NEST website (after login). The download link will be available only till the day of the examination.
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