NEST Exam 2017 - Dates, Syllabus, Exam Pattern

NEST Exam is the compulsory entrance test for admission to 5 year integrated MSc programmes in basic sciences -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. Both NISER and CEBS are autonomous institutions established by Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India, in 2007. NISER is an off–campus centre of Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI) and all academic programmes of NISER are affiliated to HBNI.

NISER and CEBS are both residential institute equipped with state of art teaching and research laboratories, modern computational facilities, computer centres and excellent libraries. All the students are accommodated in on–campus hostels, for both girls and boys, and are provided with an environment conducive to science education and research. The 5–year integrated MSc programme at NISER and CEBS offers a limited number of merit based INSPIRE (by the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India) scholarships of Rs.5,000/– per month and an additional Rs.20,000/– per year for carrying out summer projects. For the students entered into the MSc programme through NEST Exam 2016 the numbers of such scholarships were 60 for NISER and 25 for CEBS. Besides, top performers at NISER and CEBS, securing overall grades above certain threshold at the end of the programme, are eligible to appear directly for the interview for admission to Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) training school. The details of the Integrated MSc programme, list of courses, research activities of the individual schools, institute facilities and faculty profiles at NISER and CEBS can be found on their respective websites ( and

​Important Dates of NEST Exam 2017

Start of online application for NEST Exam 2017 January 2, 2017
Closing of online application for NEST Exam March 6, 2017
Download of admit card begins April 14,2017
NEST Exam 2017 May 27, 2017
Announcement of results of NEST Exam in NEST Website June 16, 2017

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Educational qualification for NEST Exam 2017: Candidates seeking admission to NISER and UM–DAE CEBS for the integrated MSc programme 2017–22 should be from regular science stream only and preferably should have any combination of three subjects among Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics in classes XI and XII. It is mandatory for all aspiring candidates to write the NEST Exam 2017 examination. Admission will be offered strictly on the basis of Merit List of NEST Exam 2017. Additionally, candidates must have passed class XII examination or equivalent from any recognised Board in India in the years 2015 or 2016 or be appearing for the same in 2017. Candidates who are appearing for the board examination in 2017 must pass it by the time of admission. 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. For candidates belonging to scheduled castes (SC), scheduled tribes (ST) and physically disabled (PD) 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 for NEST Exam: General and OBC category candidates born on or after August 01, 1997 are eligible for admission to the integrated M.Sc. programme of NISER/CEBS. The age limit is relaxed by 5 years for SC / ST / PD candidates.

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. There is no restriction on appearing for the NEST Exam 2017 examination.

NEST Exam 2017

About NEST Exam 2017

The NEST Exam 2017 will be conducted at 60 centres (major towns or cities) all over India on May 27, 2017 (Saturday), 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Based on the performance in NEST Exam 2017, a common Merit List of the candidates will be prepared and posted on NEST 2017 website on June 16, 2017. The successful candidates will be asked to participate in an admission/counselling process and the admission will strictly be according to the Merit List.

Examination rules: Candidates must reach the test venue at least half an hour before the start of the examination. The examination is of 3 hrs duration and will start at 10:00 AM. Candidates will not be allowed to enter the examination hall after 10:30 AM. The earliest a candidate can leave the examination hall is 11:30 AM, unless it becomes necessary to leave earlier on medical grounds. The earliest one can carry the question paper out is 12:30 PM. Use of log tables and calculators inside the examination hall is not allowed. Candidates must bring their own pen, pencils (HB), eraser and sharpener. Exchange/sharing of these items with other candidates is strictly prohibited. Candidates MUST bring their Admit Card and their school photo Identity Card or any other photo ID issued by Government agencies to the examination hall. Any candidate found adopting unfair means will be expelled from the examination hall without warning. Mobile phone and other similar electronic gadgets are strictly not allowed inside examination hall.

Question type: The question paper will consist of 5 (five) sections of objective (MCQ) type questions. Section 1 is the general section and is of 30 marks. There will be no negative marking in the general section. Sections 2 through 5 are of 50 marks each and will contain subject specific questions from 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. The questions are designed to test candidates' subject comprehension and analytic ability. In the subject sections, for certain questions 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 Exam question papers of last few years, click here. Language of the question paper will be English only.

Answering questions: The answers to each question are to be marked on an OMR (Optical Mark Recognition) sheet. Details of how to answer on OMR sheet will be given in the front page of the question paper and on the OMR sheet.

Syllabus: The syllabus for NEST Exam 2017 primarily follows the NCERT/ CBSE science syllabus of class XI–XII. The detailed syllabus for NEST examination is provided here.

Important things to remember for NEST Exam 2017

  • Candidates must reach the NEST Exam venue at least half an hour (30 minutes) before the start of the examination.
  • Candidates will not be allowed to enter the examination hall any later than half an hour (30 minutes) after the start of the examination, i.e. 10:30 AM.
  • Candidates will be allowed to leave the examination hall no sooner than one hour after the start of the examination, i.e. 11:00 AM (except required by medical emergencies).  
  • Candidates leaving the examination hall after 12:30 PM will be allowed to carry the question paper out.  
  • Use of log tables and calculators in the examination hall are not allowed. Candidates must bring their own pen, pencil, eraser and other stationeries.
  • Candidates MUST bring their Admit Card and Identity Card to the examination hall.
  • Mobile phone and other electronic gadgets are not allowed inside examination hall.
  • Best three subject–scores along with the score in the general section will be counted for evaluation and merit list preparation.

Important things to remember for Online Application of NEST Exam

  • Correct e-mail address should be provided. NEST office communicates with candidates through this e-mail id.
  • The phone number that is provided during application should be accessible by the candidate. NEST office uses this phone number to reach a candidate whenever necessary.
  • Properly scanned and cropped passport size photograph should be uploaded.
  • Properly scanned and cropped signature should be uploaded while applying for NEST Exam.
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