NEST 2018 National Entrance Screening Test

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What is NEST ?

National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) is a compulsory test for students seeking admission to National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar and University of Mumbai - Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CBS), Mumbai. Both NISER and UM-DAE CBS were set up by Department of...

National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) is a compulsory test for students seeking admission to National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar and University of Mumbai - Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CBS), Mumbai. Both NISER and UM-DAE CBS were set up by Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India in 2007. Their mandate is to train scientific manpower for carrying out cutting edge scientific research and for providing input to scientific programmes of Department of Atomic Energy and other applied science institutions in the country. The test is conducted in 45 centers across India. This brochure gives the detailed procedure for applying for the test, syllabus of the test and various dead lines.

Courses Under NEST 2018

This is for admission into the integrated 5-year M.Sc program in 4 disciplines.

NEST 2018 Important Dates

Registration Starts on 01-Jan-2017
Registration Ends on 01-Mar-2017
Result Date 21-Jun-2017

NEST 2018 Exam Pattern

The NEST question paper has five sections.

The first section, the General Section, which is compulsory for all candidates, includes general questions( 30 marks)

There is no negative marking in this section.

The next four sections include questions on (1) Biology, (2) Chemistry, (3) Mathematics and (4) Physics. Candidates may opt to answer any three of the four sections.Candidates can attempt as many sections as they wish to.Only the best three will be counted. All sections carry equal marks( 50 marks each).

The questions are aimed at testing the comprehension and analytic ability of the candidates.

The questions are of objective type with five answers given for each question. There may only be one relatively correct answer for each question. Wrong answers are awarded negative marks.

The question paper will be provided in English only.


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NEST 2018 Eligibility

Candidates in General and OBC category should be born on or after 01 August 1997. The age limit is relaxed by 5 years for SC/ ST/ Physically Disabled (PD) candidates.

Class XII qualifying examination should be passed in either 2015 or 2016.Candidates appearing in 2017 are also eligible. (Where only Letter Grade is given by the Board, a certificate from the Board specifying equivalent percentage marks will be required. In the absence of such a certificate, the decision of the respective Admission Committees will be final

The candidate should have secured at least 60% in aggregate in the class 12th examination.For SC/ST/PWD, this condition has been relaxed to 55%.


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Applicants

Over 80,000 candidates appeared for the NEST-2017 for the total 172+47 seats.

Application Fees

The application fees for  the male candidate belonging to the General and OBC categories is 750/-

The application costs 350/- for female candidates and those belonging to SC/ST/PWD categories.

Payment can be made using credit/debit card/net banking.

NEST 2018 Study Material

Physics:

  • Concepts of Physics by H.C. Verma - Volume 1 and Volume 2
  • Complete Physics for JEE Main 2017 by Irodov

Chemistry:

  • NCERT books (only for Theory)
  • IIT chemistry by O.P Tandon
  • Complete Chemistry for JEE Main 2017 by NCERT

Mathematics:

  • IIT Mathematics by R.D Sharma
  • The Pearson Guide to Complete Mathematics for JEE by SL Loney

Biology :

NCERT's should be read thoroughly.

Can refer to Truman for some important topics.


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Top Colleges accepting NEST 2018

Course: MSc
Fees: Rs. 2,12,000 /-
Duration : 2 years
Course: MSc
Fees: Rs. 1,13,150 /-
Duration : 5 years

NEST 2018 Selection Procedure

Admission is based only on the rank obtained in the entrance examination.

The candidate must fulfill the SMAS (Section wise minimum admissible scores) and MAS (Total Minimum Admissible scores )criteria.

NEST 2018 Admit Card

The admit card for NEST 2017 was available for download from 16th April 2017.

To download the admit cards, candidates must log into the NEST website.The admit card link will only be active until the day of the examination.

The candidates are expected to preserve the admit card till the final admission.

NEST 2018 Preparation Tips

1.Identifying the strong areas and focusing on the weak portions is the key to achieving best scores in any entrance exam. Aspirants can also focus on the strong areas only and have a thorough practice done from every corner of the subjects they master in and leaving no stone unturned.

2.Strategic planning can be the key to plan successfully for the NEST, keeping time for the revision and self-help can work wonders.

3.Practicing the maximum number of test papers can reduce the number of mistakes that one can commit in understanding the concepts and solve the related problems.

4.Don't compromise on sleep.Students tend to get anxious and believe losing sleep and studying more will help them.Sleep deprived candidates tend to lose out on questions they already know the answer to.

5.Drink sufficient water during the exam.Water will be provided in the exam hall.Take 30-second breaks in between to keep your mind fresh.


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Test Centres

Test Centre

Agartala (TR)

Ahmedabad (GJ)

Aizawl (MZ)*

Allahabad (UP)

Balangir (OD)

Balasore (OD)

Bengaluru (KA)

Berhampur (OD)

Bhopal (MP)

Bhubaneswar (OD)

Burdwan (WB)

Calicut (KL)

Chandigarh (CH)

Chennai (TN)

Coimbatore (TN)

Cuttack (OD)

Dehradun (UK)

Delhi–East (DL)

Delhi–North (DL)

Delhi–South (DL)

Dhanbad (JH)

Dharwad (KA)

Durgapur (WB)

Ghaziabad (UP)

Guwahati (AS)

Gwalior (MP)

Hyderabad (AP/TS)

Imphal (MN)

Indore (MP)

Jaipur (RJ)

Jammu (JK)

Jamshedpur (JH)

Jodhpur (RJ)

Kanpur (UP)

Kochi (KL)

Kolkata–North (WB)

Kolkata–South (WB)

Koraput (OD)

Lucknow (UP)

Madurai (TN)

Mangalore (KA)

Mumbai (MH)

Nagpur (MH)

Patna (BR)

Pune (MH)

Raipur (CG)

Ranchi (JH)

Rourkela (OD)

Sambalpur (OD)

Shillong (ML)

Shimla (HP)

Siliguri (WB)

Srinagar (JK)

Thiruvananthapuram (KL)

Thrissur (KL)

Tiruchirappalli (TN)

Udaipur (RJ)

Varanasi (UP)

Vijayawada (AP)

Visakhapatnam (AP)

NEST 2018 Syllabus

GENERAL SECTION:

There is no specific syllabus.This is just to test the candidate's aptitude.The candidate's basic general knowledge on all things related to science will be tested.Basic Mathematics up to class 10th will be tested.There are analytical questions also to test the candidate's qualitative and quantitative ability.There will also be a few questions to test the graphical analytical ability of the candidate.No specific preparation is needed for this section.The candidates basic logic capabilities are tested to ascertain their ability to uphold a career in core science


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Reservation

The total number of seats is 172+45 in the two campuses under NISER

27% of the seats are reserved for OBC-NCL.OBC Candidates belonging to the creamy layer are NOT entitled for reservation.They will be treated as belonging to the general category.

15% of the seats have been reserved for the SC(Scheduled castes)

7.5% of the seats are reserve for the ST(Scheduled Tribes)

3% seats are reserved in every category-SC,ST,OBC-NCL and General for the persons with Disabilities.(PD)

2 seats in each campus have been reserved for students from Jammu and Kashmir.Hence the seat distribution is -170+2  and 45+2

NEST Previous Years Question Papers

Question Paper 1
Question Paper 1
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Question Paper 2
Question Paper 2
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Score Evaluation

The total score of a candidate will be computed as the score in the General section and his best three subject sections.

For each section, 20% of the best 100 scores in that section will be averaged to find the SMAS( Section wise minimum admissible scores)

The candidate must obtain SMAS in the general section as well as the three subject sections to be eligible for the merit list.

SMAS for the OBC candidates would be 90% of the SMAS for the General Category.

SMAS for the ST/SC/PWD candidates would be 50% for the SMAS for the General Category.

In addition to scoring the SMAS in each section, the candidates must also score MAS( minimum admissible scores)

The MAS for NEST 2017 has been set at 90 marks which is 50 % of the total marks- 180

Intake

The total intake of seats for NISER is 172 total seats, whereas CBS has a total of 47 seats for admission in integrated 5 year MSc Program.

Reservation of seats for various categories would be based on the government of India norms.

Below you can view the category-wise distribution of seats:

Category ISER CBS
General 85 23
Supernumerary: J&K     2 2
OBC 46 12
SC 26 7
ST 13 3
PD (part of other categories) 5 1
Total   172 47


            

NEST 2018 Result

Results will be announced on 16th June 2017.The result will be in the form of a scorecard.

To download the scorecard, fill in your DOB and application number or your roll number.

NEST Cut-Offs

The cut off ( MAS-Minimum admissible scores) is set at 50% of the total marks

In the year 2015, the exam was of  240 marks. The MAS was initially set at 120 marks and was later reduced to 108.

The cutoff in the year 2016 increased to 113.

If you score above the MAS,  your All India Rank, as well as your total marks, will be displayed.

According to the previous year trends, a rank below 400 will get you a seat with ease.

Scoring above the cutoff will get you a call to attend the counseling.

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