National Entrance Screening Test is conducted every year to select students for admission into 2 of the most prominent science institutes i.e.

  • Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences, University of Mumbai (UM-DAE CBS).
  • National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar

Both these autonomous institutes were established in 2007 by Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India. Every year by the means of NEST examination, 102 students are admitted in NISER while 47 students are admitted CBS, Mumbai. For the academic session 2016, Integrated Science Education and Research Center (ISERC), Visva Bharati will also participate in NEST admission process and will admit 21students for their Integrated MSc course.

The exam notification is already out and the application process will start from January 4, 2016 and will continue till March 4, 2016. The pen and paper based examination for Integrated M.Sc. courses will be conducted on May 28, 2016.

The details related to the NEST 2016 are as given below:

  • Eligibility: To be a part of the examination, the following conditions are to be fulfilled by the candidates:
    • Age: The candidates should be born on or after August 01, 1996 while students from SC/ST and Physically Disabled categories have relaxation of 5 years.
    • Educational Qualification: Candidate must have cleared class 12 examination from any recognized board in Science Stream (Non-Medical or Medical Streams)
    • Minimum Marks: Minimum marks obtained by student in class 12 must be 60% and 55% for SC/ST and PD candidates.
  • Application Process: The candidates can make either offline or online application as per their convenience. The details of both application methods are given below:
    • Offline Application: Offline applications forms can be obtained by sending a request to NEST office. The application form will be mailed to all the candidates.
      • Candidates can fill the application form, make the payment of the application fee and submit the application form to the related authorities.
    • Online Application:Online application form is available on the website of NEST 2016 and can be filled after January 04, 2016 till March 04, 2016. Once the online application is done, printout of the summary page along with proof of payment is to be sent to NEST office.
  • Application Fee:Only male applicants from General and OBC category are required to pay application fee of Rs. 700 while everyone else is required to pay Rs. 350 as application fee.
  • Payment of application fee: Payment of application fee for online application can be done either by Credit/Debit Card or Net Banking and Demand Draft while for offline applications, payment will be accepted only by Demand Draft issued in favor of NISER NEST, payable at Bhubaneswar.
    • The name of the applicant along with their application number must be mentioned on the backside of the demand draft.

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