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NEST 2018 Eligibility

Updated On - December 27th 2017

NEST (National Entrance Screening Test) is conducted every year by National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar and Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (CBS), Mumbai University. NEST Application Form will be available online from January 01, 2018 to 5 March 2018.

The basic eligibility for NEST 2018 is that candidates should be class 12th pass. Candidates can check below full eligibility criteria such as educational qualifications, age limit, etc. The lower age limit for NEST 2018 is 20 years.

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NEST 2018 Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for NEST 2018 is stipulated by the exam conducting authority. Candidates can check below the educational qualification, age limit, etc. for NEST 2018.

Educational Qualifications

For General Candidates

  • Candidates should have passed class 12th Examination or any equivalent examination from any recognized Board in India in 2015 or 2016.
  • Those who appeared for for Class 12th Examination in 2017 are also eligible to apply for NEST 2018
  • Applicant must have studied Science with the combination of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics.
  • Candidates must have secured at least 60% marks in aggregate or equivalent grade in class 12th exam   

For Reserved Category 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 2018 should have completed Class 12th Examination or any equivalent examination from any recognised Board in India in 2015 or 2016.
  • Candidates who appeared for Class 12th Examination in 2017 also meet the Eligibility requirement for NEST.
  • The subject combination for Class 12th would be same as that for General candidates.

READ MORE ABOUT NEST Syllabus

Age Limit

For General and OBC Candidates

For admission into integrated M.Sc. programme of NISER/CBS, candidates must be born on or after August 1, 1997. For SC/ST/PD Candidatesthere is a relaxation of 5 years.There is no upper age limit. Also, there is no restriction on number of times a candidate can appear for NEST exam.


NEST 2018 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)

About 27% of seats are reserved for OBC-NCL Candidates can check the central list of OBCs Class on official website. Note that candidate belonging to creamy Layer of OBC are not entitled for any reservation and will be treated as belonging to General (unreserved) categorySocially 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. Note that only those candidates will fall under this category whose caste and tribes are mentioned in list 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 2018 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.

READ MORE ABOUT NEST Reservation 


NEST 2018 Seat Intake

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

READ MORE ABOUT NEST Seat Intake

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


RequiredDocuments

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 2018, 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.

CHECK Document Required During NEST Counselling  

For Reserved Categories

  • To claim seats under reserved category, it is crucial that relevant documents must be furnished at the time of admission.
  • OBC candidates must have the OBC (NCL) certificate issued on or after June 01, 2016.
  • 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 will also be required to furnish documents such as Birth Certificate, Class 10th Mark sheet, Class 12th Mark sheet, Passport Size photographs at the time of counselling and admission.

READ MORE ABOUT NEST Reservation


*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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