NEST 2023 Registration, Exam Date, Application form, Eligibility, Syllabus




NISER Bhubaneswar announces National Entrance Screening Test 2023 for Admission to Integrated M.Sc Program, Apply now


NEST 2023 – 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 (NEST) 2023 for the Academic Session 2023-24.


National Entrance Screening Test NEST 2023


NEST 2023 Exam Details

  • 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, 2023-28 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.
  • Both NISER and UM-DAE CEBS were set up by the Dept. of Atomic Energy, Govt. of India in 2007.


Important Dates

  • Start of Online application for NEST 2023: February 27, 2023
  • Closing of Online application: May 17, 2023 (midnight)
  • Download of Admit Card begins: June 12, 2023
  • NEST 2023 examination: June 24, 2023
  • Hours of examination: 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM (Session I) & 2:30 PM – 6:00 PM (Session II)
  • Announcement of results on NEST website: July 10, 2023


Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates must qualify all four eligibility criteria listed below:
  • Class XII qualifying examination must have passed in either 2021 or 2022. Candidates appearing in 2023 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 Unreserved and OBC categories must have been born on or after August 01, 2003. The age limit is relaxed by 5 years for SC/ ST/ Divyangjan candidates.


Application Process

  • To apply for NEST 2023, candidates must fill out the online application form through the official website
  • Applications can be submitted only through the NEST 2023 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

  • 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 2023 Exam Pattern

  • Mode of Exam: NEST 2023 Exam will be a Computer-Based Test (CBT/online Exam)
  • Date of Exam: June 18, 2023 (Monday), 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM (first session) and 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM (second session)


  • 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.


NEST 2023 Syllabus

  • The syllabus for NEST 2023 primarily follows the NCERT/CBSE science syllabus of class XI–XII. The syllabus can also be downloaded from the official website under the ‘Syllabus’ tab.


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.
  • 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


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


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