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NEST 2018 - National Entrance Screening Test

Updated On - January 9th 2018 by SONAL ROHATGI

NEST 2018 Official Notification has been released now. The application is available from January 1, 2018. NEST (National Entrance Screening Entrance Test) is a national level entrance for students seeking admission to 5 year Integrated MSc Program in Basic Sciences – Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. NEST 2018 will be jointly conducted by NISER, Bhubaneshwar and UM-DAE CEBS, Mumbai. 

  • Applicants must have secured minimum 60 % for General category and minimum 55 % for SC, ST, and PD category. Check NEST Eligibility 
  • NEST 2018 Application Form is available from January 1, 2018 to March 5, 2018. 
  • NEST 2018 is scheduled to be conducted on June 2, 2018.
  • Candidate can download NEST 2018 Admit Card from the official website from April 25, 2018 onwards. 
  • NEST 2018 examination will be a Computer-Based Test (CBT/online exam).Check Here NEST Exam Pattern
  • NEST 2018 Syllabus comprises Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics.
  • Result for NEST 2018 exam will be announced on June 18, 2018. 
  • The merit will be calculated on the basis of three highest scored sections including the first one.

NEST 2018 Highlights

Name of the ExamNEST – National Entrance Screening Test
Date of NEST 2018 examJune 2, 2018
Exam conducting bodyNational Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER)
Mode of examOffline mode
Duration of exam3 hours
Total marks230
Number of Sections5
Courses offered5 years integrated M.Sc courses

NEST 2018 Exam Dates

The online application form for NEST 2018 is expected to be available from the first week of January 2018. Candidates can however go through the tentative important dates of NEST 2018 tabulated below

EventDateReference Links
Online Application Start dateJanuary 1, 2018NEST Application ends on March 5, 2018
Admit card availability onlineApril 25, 2018 onwardsDownload Admit Card from
NEST 2018 Exam dateJune 2, 2018There is no negative marking in General section
Result DeclarationJune 18, 2018Check NEST Result online at

NEST 2018 Eligibility Criteria

NEST Eligibility Criteria comprises several norms and rules that all candidates must satisfy before applying for the entrance test. Some of the important Eligibility Criteria for NEST 2018 are discussed below:-

Age Criteria

  • Candidate’s date of birth must be before August 1998.
  • This holds true for general and OBC candidates.
  • There is total five years relaxation for SC/ ST candidates. 

Educational Qualification

  • Candidates need to complete 10+2 exam from a recognized board.
  • Final year students are also eligible.
  • 2016 to 2017 students will be considered as final year applicant.

Academic Qualification

  • Candidates must have Mathematics as the mandatory subject on 10+2 exam.
  • A science stream student will be given preference.
  • Other mandatory subjects are: physics, chemistry, biology or life science subjects.

Minimum Marks Required

  • A minimum of 60% marks is required in aggregate in 10+2 final exam for general category students.
  • The same is 55% marks in aggregate for SC, ST students.

State-wise Quota

  • Candidates from J & K, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana state has a quota of 15%.

NEST 2018 Application Form

NEST 2018 Application Form will be available from January 1, 2018. It can be filled online at the official website of NEST i.e. Follow the below steps to learn how to register for NEST 2018:

  1. Visit the official website of NEST i.e.
  2. Click on the link ‘Apply Online’ link on NEST 2018 website to reach the online application page on/after January 01, 2018. 
  3. Enter the requried credentials i.e. name, a valid email id and a password of their choice in a window. 
  4. Candidates will then receive an email at the email id provided by them, containing a link to confirm the registration.
  5. After confirmation, provide the same email id & password, enter the secret code and click on ‘Login’ in the window.
  6. NEST 2018 Application Processallows multi-session data entry.
  7. If the candidate forgets their password then click ‘forgot password’ link.
  8. For safety reasons, candidates are allowed to retrieve the password only twice.

NEST 2018 Application Fee

  • NEST 2018 application fee needs to be paid inonline mode during the time of submitting the duly filled application form.
  • There is no option of sending a demand draft to the council for the fee.
  • NISER Conducting body, has clearly mentioned that no center will physically collect the application fee from students.
  • It has to be paid online using credit or debit card or net banking options.
  • Below is the fee structure that NEST 2018 follows. Based on the category, applicants need to pay the fee.
CategoryApplication Fee Structure
General male candidateINR 700
General female candidateINR 350
SC/ST male candidateINR 350
SC/ST female candidateINR 350
OBC male candidateINR 700
OBC female candidateINR 350

NEST 2018 Admit Card

NEST 2018 Admit Card

  • Admit Card for NEST will be available for download from April 25, 2018.
  • All the applicants should carry the admit card to the NEST 2018 Exam Center along with a valid Photo ID issued by Govt. Of India.
  • The Hall Ticket is to be downloaded from NEST official website -
  • No candidate will receive NEST Admit card via e-mail or post.
  • Any discrepancy in the details provided during NEST 2018 Registration and mentioned on admit card should be immediately reported to the concerned authorities. 

How to download NEST Admit Card?

Step 1: Visit the official website of NEST i.e.

Step 2: Follow the link to download NEST Admit Card 2018

Step 3: Enter the provisional ID and Password received during the NEST Application Process.

Step 4: Verify the details on the NEST Admit card.

Step 5: Print multiple copies.

NEST 2018 Exam Center

  • NISER is the allocating authority which reserves the rights to allocate NEST Exam Center to all candidates.
  • The allotted Exam Center will be indicated on the NEST Admit Card.
  • Candidates must choose 5 (five) centres in order of their preference while filling up of the application form.
  • Candidates have to mention the choice of NEST Exam center with the state code in which it is located.

NEST 2018 Exam Pattern

NEST Exam Pattern describes the complete paper pattern, subject-wise marking scheme, distribution of marks, time duration and alike. It is decided by National Institute of Science Education & Research (NISER) each year. The exam pattern of NEST has been same over the years.

  • The examination will be organized at multiple centres (major towns or cities) all over India on June 2, 2018 (10:00 AM to 1:00 PM).
  • It will be conducted in Computer-Based Test (CBT/online exam).
  • The question paper will be published in English language only.
  • There will be objective (MCQ) questions will be asked.
  • The total exam duration will be 3 hours.
  • There will 5 sections, each of 50 marks but the general section will carry 30 marks.
  • The whole question paper will be consisting of 230 marks.
  • There is no negative marking in General section. However, a negative marking is applied in the subject section.

NEST 2018 Syllabus

There is no specific syllabus as such that NEST 2018 follows. The content of the exam will depend broadly on the syllabus that candidates studied during their standard eleventh and twelfth. The exam is conducted on five sections.

  • General: It covers 30 marks and general topic.
  • Physics: It covers 50 marks and the topics for any standard twelfth board exam.
  • Chemistry: Covers 50 marks with class twelfth syllabus.
  • Biology: Covers 50 marks and the syllabus centers round life science.
  • Mathematics: It too covers 50 marks and the syllabus is from 10th standard.

Below are the list of books one can use for preparation purpose:

Name of the bookPublisher or authorISBN
Modern ABC of Textbook ChemistryDr. S.P.Jauhar9351841219
Physical ChemistryP.Bahadur9382314423
Aptitude Test problems in PhysicsS.S Krotov9350941449
Concepts of PhysicsH.C. Verma8177091875
Genetic EngineeringP.S VermaB00QUYL11W
GeneticsP.S VermaB01AWECMIG
Objective BiologyM.P. Tyagi and J.P Goyal818722374X
Integral CalculusAmit M. Agarwal9311126225
Skills in Mathematics Coordinates Geometry for IIT JEES.K Goyal9351761401

NEST 2018 Result

NEST 2018 exam result will be declared on June 18, 2018. The result will be available online. Candidates are advised to keep checking the official website for all important updates. The result will reflect on the official website on a tab which will read result 2018. The steps candidates need to follow in order to check result are:

NEST 2018 Result
  • Login to official website using user id and password credentials.
  • Click on result tab ‘NEST 2018 Result
  • Download the result along with answer key.
  • Check the cut off score.
  • The score card will give a brief understanding about the merit list.
  • Based on the result and merit list the final list of candidates will be released.
  • This list will focus on the applicants who are selected for student counselling.

NEST 2018 Counselling

By July 2018 counselling for NEST 2018 will begin. The selected aspirants will be allotted dates and venue for the counselling. This is the final step to get admission in the five years integrated program. The final merit list is uploaded on the official website. Candidates are requested to check the official website for NEST 2018 for the list. Based on the list and location of the candidate, a venue will be suggested along with date and time. Candidates need to appear on the mentioned date and time on that venue for NEST Counselling. Few important documents need to be carried. They are;

  • Mark sheets till 10+2.
  • Incase candidate has already done some diploma course post twelfth then the mark sheet for the same is also required.
  • Along with mark sheet certificate is also required.
  • Either of the address proofs like; voter id card, adhar card, bank pass book, LIC policy document, ration card or any other government address proof.
  • Id proof like; driving license, pan card, voter id card, adhar card, 10+2 admit card or any other document issued by Government of India authority.
  • In case of SC and ST candidates government certificate for class category is essential to submit.
  • Candidates need to carry minimum three passport sized photos with themselves.

There are main two rounds that takes place; one is group discussion and the other is personal interview:

  • In group discussion candidate’s in-depth knowledge is checked.
  • In personal interview candidates are counselled and mentally prepared for the course they are aspiring.
  • Since it is a five-year integrated course so students need to really focus on their real aspiration towards a specific course.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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siddharth ramteke

Hi sir ! My son passed 12th science, with pcm . Is he eligible for NSER Admission?

13 Jun, 2017 16:29
Kalpana Sharma Expert

Hi Siddharth, To know about the eligibility criteria for NEST, please check this link Eligibility Criteria for NEST

30 Aug, 2017 16:27
vivek bansal

I have cleared 12th in 2015. Am I eligible for the exam?

26 May, 2017 12:56
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Vivek, Yes, Candidates, those who qualified their qualifying exam in 2015

26 May, 2017 13:35
Kritika Gupta

Is it important to send the hard copies of the application form summary and DD to NEST office?

26 May, 2017 12:53
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Kritika, For candidates making the payment by DD, they are required to send the originals at NEST Office. One must make sure to take a printout of their NEST application summary. Also, write your name and application number on the backside of DD.

30 May, 2017 18:01
Kritika Gupta

After uploading the required documents, they still look small and are hard to identify. Will it be acceptable?

26 May, 2017 12:53
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Kritika, "No, it is important to follow the instruction to crop the pictures and reupload by clicking the ‘Select Photo’ or ‘Select Signature’ button."

30 May, 2017 18:03

Can you please provide the prescribed format for obtaining Disability Certificate?

26 May, 2017 12:31
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Arindam, Well, there is prescribed a format for disability certificate on the official websites of NEST or participating institutes. However, the disability certificate must conform to the latest guidelines and prescribed format of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Department of Disability Affairs. For latest guidelines, visit

30 May, 2017 18:06

Can I apply for any other institute on the basis of NEST score except UM-DAE CBS) and NISER, Bhubaneshwar?

26 May, 2017 12:29
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Arindam, Apart from NISER, Bhubaneshwar and UM-DAE CBS, Mumbai, ISERC (INTEGRATED SCIENCE EDUCATION AND RESEARCH CENTRE), Visva Bharati also accepts NEST score for providing admission to Five-year Integrated M.Sc course.

30 May, 2017 18:08
Ashmita Tamta

What is the last date for obtaining the caste certificate for reserved categories?

26 May, 2017 12:16
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Ashmita, The last date for obtaining the caste certificates from a competent authority for OBC-NCL/SC/ST categories is June 01, 2016.

26 May, 2017 12:52
Ashmita Tamta

Can we submit the NEST application offline?

26 May, 2017 12:16
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Asmita, No, the NEST application can be made in the online mode only.

26 May, 2017 12:56
shivani tiwari

When will NEST Counselling commence?

26 May, 2017 11:29
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Shivani, After the declaration of NEST Result, the counseling process will commence. It is expected to start from last week of June 2017. The process is held in 2 rounds.

26 May, 2017 12:30
anupama singh

I belong to General Category. Can you please tell me the qualifying marks for CISER Mumbai or NISER?

26 May, 2017 11:29
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Anupama, The minimum qualifying marks for NISER is 85 and CBS is 23

26 May, 2017 12:33
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