NEST Exam 2021 Application form, Dates, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Application Process

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NEST 2021 Exam Notification released, How to Apply, Application process

NEST Exam 2021 – 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, have jointly announced the schedule of National Entrance Screening Test – 2021 (NEST-2021) for the Academic Session 2021-22

The exam is conducted once a year. Check out the post below for more details on NEST 2021

Also see : NEST 2021 Application deadline extended till May 10


NEST 2021 Exam Details

  • National Entrance Screening Test or NEST is a compulsory online/computer-based testfor admission to the five-year Integrated MSc programme in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics, 2021-26 at the 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.
  • NEST 2021 will be conducted in around 90 towns and cities all over India on 14th June 2021. Both NISER and UM-DAE CEBS were set up by Dept. of Atomic Energy, Govt. of India in 2007.


NEST 2021 Important Dates

NEST 2021 Registration / Online application Opens – 24th February 2021

Online application Closes – 30th April 2021. extended till 10 May 2021.

The download of admit Card Starts – 20th of May 2021 extended till May 30, 2021

Date of NEST Exam 2021 – 14th June 2021

Announcement of results on NEST website – 30th June 2021

First Counselling of NISER Bhubaneswar – To be Announced

First Counselling of CEBS Mumbai – To be Announced


Eligibility Criteria for NEST 2021

Candidates must qualify all four eligibility criteria listed below:

  • Class XII qualifying examination must have passed in either 2019 or 2020. Candidates appearing in 2021 are also eligible. (Where only Letter Grade is given by the Board, a certificate from the Board specifying equivalent percentage marks will be required. In the absence of such a certificate the decision of the respective Admission Committees will be final.)

  • At least 60% marks in aggregate (or equivalent grade) in Class XII examination from any recognized Board in India. For Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) candidates and for Divyangjan candidates, the minimum requirement is 55%.

  • Candidates should secure a position in the NEST merit list.

Age Limit

  • Candidates in the General and OBC category should be born on or after August 01, 2001. The age limit is relaxed by 5 years for SC/ ST/ Divyangjan candidates.


NEST Exam 2021 Application Process

  • To apply for NEST 2021, candidates must fill out the online application form through the official website
  • Applications can be submitted only through NEST 2021 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.
  • Candidates need not send any document to the NEST office in the entire application process.


Application Fee for NEST 2021

  • 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 an online payment gateway. Please use Mastercard/Visa/RuPay cards only.


NEST 2021 Exam Pattern

Mode of Exam – NEST 2021 Exam will be a Computer-Based Test (CBT/online Exam)

Date of Exam – June 14, 2021 (Monday), 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM (first session) and 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM (second session

Sections – The question paper will consist of 5 (five) sections of objective type questions.

Section 1 is the general section and is of 30 marks and Sections 2 through 5 are of 50 marks each and will contain subject-specific questions from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics.

Language of Paper – English

Type of Question – Multiple Choice Questions

Negative Marking – There will be no negative marking in the general section.

Exam centre – NEST 2021 examination will be conducted at multiple centres (major towns or cities) all over India


NEST 2021 Exam Syllabus

  • The syllabus for NEST 2021 primarily follows the NCERT/CBSE science syllabus of class XI–XII.
  • The syllabus can also be downloaded on the the website under the ‘Syllabus’ tab.


NEST 2021 Exam Centres

  • A proposed list of about 90 centers (cities and towns of India) for the NEST exam.
  • Candidates must choose 5 (five) centres in order of their preference while filling out the application form. Every effort will be made to allow the centre of first preference.
  • Please note that ultimately, the allotment of an examination centre by the NEST Committee has to be regarded as final and the request for change of centre will, in general, not be entertained.
  • The address of the test venue allotted to the applicant will be mentioned on the NEST admit card. Admit cards will be available for download from the online application portal.

For more details and to apply online, please visit the official website


NISER Bhubaneswar

NISER Bhubaneswar University of Mumbai – Dept. of Atomic Energy, Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences, (UM-DAE CBS) Mumbai, NISER, Institute of Physics Campus, Sachivalaya Marg, Sainik School (PO), Bhubaneswar-751005, Odisha, Website