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NEST 2017 Reservation

NEST is the National Entrance Screening Test conducted by NISER, Bhubaneswar and Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (CBS) of the University of Mumbai for admision to 5 year integrated MSc Program in basic sciences. NEST Seat Reservation for candidates from various categories is based on the Government of India norms.

Candidates applying from OBC/SC/ST categories and physically handicapped candidates must provide the necessary documents at the time of counselling to secure admission in reserved seats.

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The application process for the test started from January 02, 2017.NEST is a pen-paper based examination which will be held on May 27, 2017. Candidate should have passed class in Science Stream.

All the candidates should be born on August 1, 1997 or after. NISER has 172 total seats, whereas CBS has a total of 47 seats. A certain percentage of seats are available onlyfrom for candidates  Reserved Categories as well.


NEST 2017 Reservation Criteria

Out of the total number of seats in both NISER and CBS, there are a certain percentage of seats which is reserved for the reserved category candidates. The categories acknowledged by NISER and CBS for admission are as follows:

  • Other Backward Classes belonging to the Non-Creamy Layer (OBC–NCL)
  • Scheduled Caste (SC) / Scheduled Tribe (ST)
  • Person with Disabilities
  • Supernumerary Quota for students from Jammu and Kashmir

Other Backward Classes belonging to the Non-Creamy Layer (OBC–NCL)

There are about 27% of seats reserved for OBC-NCL Candidates provided that the class must be mentioned in the Central List of OBCs as of June 1, 2015.

Creamy Layer of OBC

Please note that the Creamy Layer of OBC are not entitled for any reservation as they are treated as belonging to General (unreserved) category.

Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC)

These Classes as notified by some state governments are not eligible for any reservation unless they belong to OBC-NCL category.

Scheduled Caste (SC) / Scheduled Tribe (ST)

The total percentage of seats reserved for SC/ST candidates is 15% seats for SC and 7.5% for ST.

Under this category, only those candidates can avail eligibility claim whose castes and tribes are mentioned in List of corresponding states as published by Government of India.

Person with Disabilities

3% seats in General, OBC-NCL and SC/ST categories are reserved for PD Candidates.

Applicants who have at least 40% impairment irrespective of the type of disability - locomotor, visual or dyslexic or Leprosy- cured candidates who are otherwise fit to pursue the course are eligible to apply for NEST 2017 under this category.

Supernumerary Quota for students from Jammu and Kashmir

NISER and CBS has one seat each for applicants under this category.

To be eligible for this category, candidates must be belonging to Jammu & Kashmir.

They must have completed Class 12th or equivalent exam through the State Board of Jammu & Kashmir and from Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) affiliated schools located in Jammu & Kashmir.


Eligibility Criteria for NEST 2017

Candidates should fulfill certain educational qualification as well as the age limit conditions for fulfilling eligibility criteria. Those conditions are given below:

NEST 2016 Educational Qualification

For General Candidates

Candidates looking to apply for NEST 2017 should have completed Class 12th Examination or any equivalent examination from any recognised Board in India in 2015 or 2016.

Candidates who are appearing for Class 12th Examination in 2017 also meet the Eligibility requirement for NEST.

The subject chosen in Class 12th by the applicant has to be Science and within that they can have any combination of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics.

Candidates who have secured at least 60% marks in aggregate or equivalent grade in class XII examination will be eligible for admission to NISER and CBS. But there is no restriction regarding aggregate marks on appearing for NEST exam.

For Reserved Candidates

Candidates who have secured at least 55% marks in aggregate or equivalent grade in class XII examination will be eligible for admission to NISER and CBS. But there is no restriction regarding aggregate marks on appearing for NEST exam.

Candidates looking to apply for NEST 2017 should have completed Class 12th Examination or any equivalent examination from any recognised Board in India in 2015 or 2015.

Candidates who are appearing for Class 12th Examination in 2016 also meet the Eligibility requirement for NEST.

The subject chosen in Class 12th by the applicant has to be Science and within that they can have any combination of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics.

NEST 2017 Age Limit

For General and OBC Candidates

For admission to integrated M.Sc. programme of NISER/CBS, candidates must be born on or after August 1, 1997.

However, there is no upper age limit restriction on appearing for NEST 2017.

For SC / ST / PD Candidates

For admission to integrated M.Sc. programme of NISER/CBS the age limit for SC/ST/PD Candidates is relaxed by 5 years.  

However, there is no age limit restriction on appearing for NEST 2017.

READ ABOUT NEST Application Process


Seat Reservation in NEST 2017

If the required number of seats remains unfilled in the OBC-NCL category, they will be allotted to General category candidates.

On the other hand, vacant seats under the SC and ST categories will not be allotted to candidates of other categories. 

The seat reservation for PD candidates is horizontal and hence, unfilled seats will be allotted to candidates belonging to the respective categories. For Example: unfilled SC (PD) seats will be allotted to candidates belonging to the SC category and so on.

The Number of Seats available in NISER and CBS for admission in the year 2017 can be seen in the following table:

CategoryNISERCBS
General6522
Supernumerary: J&K2
OBC3512
SC207
ST103
PD (part of other categories)41
Total13247

Documents Required for NEST 2017

If selected, every candidate, irrespective of any category, has to obtain a certain set of Documents at the time of admission. Despite these candidates clearing the NEST 2017, if the candidate fails to produce original documents during the admission and counselling process, the admission of the candidate will be rejected.

For General Candidates

  • Candidate has to carry all original documents and sufficient photocopies. Documents such as: Birth Certificate, Class 10th Mark sheet, Class 12th Mark sheet, Passport Size photographs etc.
  • If the candidate has only letter grades then, a certificate from the Board specifying equivalent percentage of marks is required. This is compulsory or else the admission will not be done.

For Reserved Categories

To claim seats under reserved category, it is mandatory to furnish relevant documents at the time of admission.

  • OBC candidates must have the OBC (NCL) certificate issued on or after June 01, 2015.
  • SC/ST and Jammu and Kashmir candidates are also required to have the SC/ST certificate (for SC/ST) and Original Certificates (Jammu and Kashmir candidates) to reserve seat under their category.
  • Candidates under PD category are required to have the Medical Certificate issued according to the latest guidelines of the Government of India.

Apart from the Category Certificates, Candidates are also required to produce documents such as Birth Certificate, Class 10th Mark sheet, Class 12th Mark sheet, Passport Size photographs at the time of counselling and admission.

Check Out NEST 2017 Counselling


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