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NEST 2020: National Entrance Screening Test

The NEST (National Entrance Screening Test) is entrance examination for admission to Under Graduate programmes towards 5-Year Integrated MSc offered by National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneshwar and University of Mumbai (UOM)-Department of Atomic Energy Center for Excellence in Basic Science (DAE CEBS). Candidates who who fulfills the following mentioned eligibility conditions can apply for the test.
  • Candidates in General and OBC category should be born on or after August 01, 2000. The age limit is relaxed by 5 years for SC/ ST/ Divyangjan candidates.
  • Class XII qualifying examination should be passed in either 2018 or 2019. Candidates appearing in 2020 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 (or equivalent) examination from any recognized Board in India. For Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) candidates and for Divyangjan candidates, the minimum requirement is 55%.
  • Candidate should secure a position in the NEST merit list.
NEST is Computer Based Test (CBT). Merit list for both the institutes i.e. NISER and CEBS is prepared separately.

NEST 2020 Important Dates

  • Registration / Online application opens : January 08, 2020 (2:30 pm)
  • Online application closes : April 3, 2020 (midnight) [First Friday of April]
  • Download of admit card starts : April 24, 2020, 6:30 pm
  • Date of examination : June 06, 2020 (Saturday), Session-I: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm, Session-II: 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm [First Saturday of June]
  • Announcement of results on NEST website : June 16, 2020 [Third Tuesday of June]
For latest updates see notifications

Programmes offered & No. of Seats

  • The NISER Bhubaneshwar offers 5 Integrated MSc programmes in Biological, Chemical, Mathematical and Physical sciences. No of seats offered are 200.
  • The University of Mumbai Department of Atomic Energy Center for Excellence in Basic Science (UOM-DAE CEBS) offers 5 Year Integrated MSc programme in Biological, Chemical, Mathematical and Physical sciences. No. of seats offered are 57.

NEST 2020 Examination Centers

NEST: National Entrance Screening Test is open for all Indian nationals who satisfy the eligibility criteria. The test is administered across following cities
  • Agartala [TR]
  • Ahmedabad [GJ]
  • Alappuzha [KL]
  • Allahabad [UP]
  • Angul [OD]
  • Asansol [WB]
  • Balasore [OD]
  • Bargarh [OD]
  • Baripada [OD]
  • Bengaluru [KA]
  • Berhampur-Ganjam [OD]
  • Bhatinda [PB]
  • Bhilai Nagar [CG]
  • Bhopal [MP]
  • Bhubaneswar [OD]
  • Bokaro [JH]
  • Burdwan [WB]
  • Chandigarh [CH]
  • Chennai [TN]
  • Coimbatore [TN]
  • Cuttack [OD]
  • Dehradun [UK]
  • Dhanbad [JH]
  • Dhenkanal [OD]
  • Durgapur [WB]
  • Ernakulam [KL]
  • Guntur [AP]
  • Guwahati [AS]
  • Gwalior [MP]
  • Haldwani [UK]
  • Hamirpur [HP]
  • Hooghly [WB]
  • Hubballi [KA]
  • Hyderabad [TS]
  • Idukki [KL]
  • Imphal [MN]
  • Indore [MP]
  • Jabalpur [MP]
  • Jaipur [RJ]
  • Jalandhar [PB]
  • Jammu [JK]
  • Jamshedpur [JH]
  • Jharsuguda [OD]
  • Jodhpur [RJ]
  • Kannur [KL]
  • Kanpur [UP]
  • Karimnagar [TS]
  • Kasaragod [KL]
  • Khurda [OD]
  • Kolkata [WB]
  • Kollam [KL]
  • Kottayam [KL]
  • Kozhikode [KL]
  • Kurnool [AP]
  • Lucknow [UP]
  • Madurai [TN]
  • Malappuram [KL]
  • Mangaluru (Mangalore) [KA]
  • Mohali [PB]
  • Mumbai [MH]
  • Mysuru [KA]
  • Nagpur [MH]
  • New Delhi [DL]
  • Noida [UP]
  • Palakkad [KL]
  • Pathanamthitta [KL]
  • Patna [BR]
  • Pune [MH]
  • Raipur [CG]
  • Rajahmundry [AP]
  • Ranchi [JH]
  • Rayagada [OD]
  • Roorkee [UK]
  • Rourkela [OD]
  • Salem [TN]
  • Sambalpur [OD]
  • Shillong [ML]
  • Shimla [HP]
  • Siliguri [WB]
  • Srinagar [JK]
  • Thiruvananthapuram [KL]
  • Thrissur [KL]
  • Tiruchirappalli [TN]
  • Tirunelveli [TN]
  • Tirupathi [AP]
  • Udaipur [RJ]
  • Varanasi [UP]
  • Vijayawada [AP]
  • Visakhapatnam [AP]
  • Vizianagaram [AP]
  • Warangal [TS]
In brackets are shown state codes. For example [TS] stands for Telangana State.

NEST 2020 Registration

NEST Registration is completely online procedure. Offline or paper based submission of application registration not permitted.

NEST 2020 Helpline

Chief Coordinator, NEST 2020
Opp: Nano Science Building
University of Mumbai, Vidyanagari
Mumbai 400098

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