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NEST 2017 Result

NEST 2017 Result has been declared on the official website. It can be downloaded from the official website of the NISER and CBS institutes, i.e. and The result will be also displayed on the official website of NEST 2017 also. Successful candidates would be shortlisted for the process of counselling.  NEST 2017 Counselling

NEST is the National Eligibility Screening test for admitting students to the 5 year integrated MSc program at NISER Bhubaneshwar and UM-DAE-CBS, Mumbai. The participating institutes will release the NEST 2017 cutoff seprately for candidates from all categories. Steps to download NEST 2017 Result is mentioned below for reference of candidates:

  1. Go to official website
  2. Click on NEST results 2017
  3. Enter the Hall Ticket/Roll Number
  4. Click on Submit
  5. Check the details and result
  6. Print your result  for future use/reference

NEST 2017 Result Date

Candidates can check below the important dates related to NEST 2017 Results. The scorecard is expected to be released by the second week of June, 2017.

Start of Online ApplicationsJanuary 02, 2017
Closing of Online ApplicationsMarch 06, 2017
Availability of Admit Card for DownloadApril 15, 2017
NEST 2017 ExaminationMay 27, 2017 (Saturday) 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Announcement of Results on NEST websiteJune 16, 2017

NEST 2017 Scoring System

Candidates can should know the NEST scoring system for calculation of their scores. The section wise marking scheme and scoring system is mentioned below for the reference of candidates.

  • NEST exam consists of 5 sections – General, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology.
  • Section 1 (i.e. General Section) is worth 30 marks and is mandatory to attempt.
  • From the remaining subject sections, the candidates can attempt any 3 or 4 sections.
  • The total marks allotted for NEST 2017 is 230 – 30 (general section) and 200 (50*4 subject sections)
  • During merit list preparation, scores for the general section along with 3 best scores from the remaining subject sections would be considered.

Section Wise And Total Cutoff Marks

Some of the important guidelines for calculation of NEST 2017 section wise scores and overall cutoff:

  • Total scores of each candidate will be the exact sum of their scores in the General and the remaining 3 subject sections.
  • 20% of the average of the best 100 scores in each section will be considered as Section-wise Minimum Admissible Score (SMAS), for each section. For example, if the average of the best 100 scores in General Section is 40 out of 50, then SMAS for General Section would be 40*0/20 = 8 marks. 
  • SMAS for different sections can be of different numerical values.
  • Candidates need to score equal or more than the respective SMAS in General section along with at least 3 subject sections. These subject sections will further be considered for merit list calculation. If a candidate scores SMAS in all the 4 subject sections, then the best 3 scores will be considered.
  • In case, a candidate does not score SMAS in General section, then they would not be allotted any merit rank and would be deemed ineligible for admission.
  • If a candidate is unable to score SMAS in atleast 3 subject sections, they would not be allotted any merit rank and would therefore be deemed ineligible for admission.
  • SMAS for OBC candidates would be 90% of respective SMAS for general category candidates. For example, if in the general section, the SMAS is 8 for general category candidates, then SMAS for OBC candidates would be 7, i.e. 90% of 8, rounded off
  • SMAS for SC/ST/PD candidates would be 50% of respective SMAS for general category candidates. For example, if SMAS is 8 for general category candidates in the general section, then SMAS for SC/ST/PD candidates would be 4, i.e. 50% of 8.
  • Also, a candidate is required to score equal or above a total Minimum Admissible Score (MAS), in order to get a merit rank. MAS for NEST 2017 is 100, that is 50% of total marks, 200.
  • A candidate scoring less than 100 (MAS) in total, would not be allotted any merit rank and would not be eligible for admission, even if he/she scores SMAS in all the other sections.
  • Candidates scoring equal or more than MAS but not scoring SMAS in the general section or in other 3 subject sections would not be allotted any merit rank. It is important that both MAS and SMAS conditions are fulfilled to secure a merit rank.

Example: Suppose the SMAS for the General section and all subject sections is 8 for general category candidates. If a certain general category candidate scores 40 out of 50 in general section, 40/50 in Physics, 35/50 in Chemistry, 2/50 in Maths and 5/50 in Biology; then his/her total score is 40+40+35+2+5=142, which is more than the MAS, i.e. 100. But as the candidate has not scored atleast 8 (SMAS) in the 3 subject sections, he/she will not get any merit rank.

On the contrary, if a candidate scores 12/50 in general section, 20/50 in Physics, 11/50 in Chemistry, 20/50 in Maths and 10/50 in Biology; then his/her total score is 12+20+11+20=63. The worst score of 10/50 here would be ignored. The total of 63 is less than MAS (100). So, the respective candidate would not get any merit rank, inspite of the fact that he/she has scored SMAS in all the sections.

  • MAS for OBC candidates would be 90% of MAS for general category candidates.
  • MAS for SC/ST/PD students would be 50% of MAS for general category candidates.

NEST 2017 Allotment of Rank

Candidates can check the rank allotment criteria for NEST 2017 mentioned below: 

  • For the eligible candidates, a merit list would be prepared in descending order of total scores.
  • If the total score of 2 or more candidates comes out to be equal, i.e. in case scores are tied, the candidates with higher score in the general section will get a better rank.
  • If the scores are tied, then the best scores in the subject section of the 2 respective candidates would be compared. The candidate with better score in any of the subject section would get a better rank.
  • If the scores are still tied, then the respective candidates would be given same provisional rank at the time of declaration of the result and the process of degeneracy would be broken by comparing class 12th marks and date of birth in that order, during the time of admission/counselling.

For example, marks of following 5 students should be considered in this regard:


In the given example, Student A gets Rank 1 as his total is more than other students. NOTE that A has scored more than SMAS in all subjects and hence, best 3 subject scores are to be considered. The other 4 students have equal totals.

Amongst them, student B has better score in the general section than the others and thus, he gets Rank 2. Student C has scored 32 in Chemistry, whereas D and E have scored their highest as 30 in Biology and Physics respectively. Hence, C gets 3rd Rank. Degeneracy for D and E is not broken and both the students get the same provisional rank.

Download NEST 2017 Question Paper and Answer Key

There were 2 separate sets of question paper - Set A & Set B. Both the question papers were divided into 5 sections each. Section 1 was General Section while Section 2 to Section 5 were for specific subjects, i.e., Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics.

All the questions were in Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) format and candidates had to select the correct option out of the four options provided. The question papers and answer keys for NEST 2017 would be provided by exam conducting authority for reference.

Candidates and experts can send their queries or challenge any answer indicated in the official answer key by sending an email to till June 5, 2017. The queries/challenges send by the candidates or teachers must be accompanied with a valid reference.

Address For Correspondence

For any queries, the candidates are required to contact through postal mail at

The Chief Coordinator, NEST 2017 National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) at PO-Jatni, District-Khurda, PIN-752050, Odisha, India.

Phone: (0674) 2494102


The official website of NEST 2017 is:



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