NEST: Introduction


Crack NEST and follow your dream career in science

National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) is a compulsory test for students seeking admission to 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 CBS), Mumbai

Purpose of Examination:

Prepare students to take up research career in Science.


  • Online Application open in 1st week of January.
  • Last date for online application is 1st week of March.


Normally in last week of May.


Generally declared in mid-June

Exam Pattern

  • The question paper has 5 sections
  • All question are objective type only
  • Marks allotted for each section is 50
  • Section 1 is general section and it is compulsory for each student. There is no negative marking in this section.
  • Section 2 to 5 has questions from Physics, Chemistry, Biology and mathematics. There is negative marking for these sections.
  • Score of best three sections will be considered for evaluation and preparation of merit list.


The syllabus for NEST primarily follows the NCERT/ CBSE science syllabus of class XI-XII. The detailed syllabus for NEST examination is provided separately. There is, however, no specific syllabus for the general section of the exam. 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 are designed to test analytic abilities and comprehension of scientific passages. Some of the questions in this section may require knowledge of class X mathematics.

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