National Entrance Screening Test 2021 Admission


NEST- 2021

Entrance test for admission to
5-year Integrated M.Sc Program, 2021-26

Information Brochure & Syllabus

National Institute of Science Education and Research
(NISER) Bhubaneswar

University of Mumbai – Department of Atomic Energy
Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CEBS) Mumbai

National Entrance Screening Test  2021 Admission  : The National Entrance Screening Test or NEST is a compulsory online/computer based test for admission to the five year Integrated MSc programme in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics, at 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 CEBS), Mumbai.

NEST  2021

Eligibility criteria for admission to the programme: Educational qualification: Candidates seeking admission to NISER and UM–DAE CEBS for the Integrated MSc programme 2021–26 should be from regular science stream in classes XI and XII. It is mandatory for all aspiring candidates to write the NEST 2021 examination. Candidates must have passed the class XII examination from any recognised Board in India in the years 2019 or 2020 or should be appearing for the same in 2021. Candidates who are appearing for the board examination in 2021 must pass it by the time of admission into the programme. Also, candidates must secure at least 60% marks in aggregate or equivalent grade in class XII examination to be eligible for admission to NISER and CEBS. Candidates satisfying all the above criteria will be considered for admission strictly on the basis of the Merit List of NEST 2021. For candidates belonging to scheduled castes (SC), scheduled tribes (ST) and Divyangjan categories, the minimum requirement of marks is relaxed to 55% in aggregate or equivalent grade in class XII examination. Where only letter grades are available, a certificate from the concerned Board specifying equivalent percentage of marks is required to be submitted. In absence of such a certificate, the decision of the admissions committee of the concerned institution will be final.

Age limit: General and OBC category candidates born on or after August 01, 2001 are eligible for admission to the Integrated MSc programme of NISER/CEBS. The age limit is relaxed by 5 years for SC / ST / Divyangjan candidates

Eligibility criteria summary:

a candidate becomes eligible for the programme when he/she satisfies all the four criteria stated below:
(a) Secures a position in the NEST merit list. Please refer to page 12 of this document for the rules of merit list preparation.
(b) Passed the XII standard board examination in the science stream in the years 2019 or 2020 or has appeared in 2021 from any recognised Higher Secondary Education Board in India.

(c) Secures at least 60% in aggregate in the XII standard board examination. For SC/ST/Divyangjan candidates the requirement is 55%.
(d) Born on or after August 01, 2001. For SC/ST/Divyangjan students the limit is relaxed by five years.

NEST 2021 Examination: 

The NEST 2021 examination will be conducted at multiple centres (major towns or cities) all over India on June 14, 2021 (Monday), 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM (first session) and 2:30 PM – 6:00 PM (second session). The candidates will be assigned to one of the two sessions. Based on the performance in NEST 2021, Merit List of the candidates will be prepared for NISER and CEBS separately (see Merit list preparation section on page 12) and posted on NEST 2021 website ( on June 30, 2021.

NEST 2021 examination will be a Computer-Based Test (CBT/online exam)

Examination centres: A proposed list of about 90 centres (cities and towns of India) for the NEST examination is given in the table below. Candidates must choose 5 (five) centres in order of their preference while filling out the application form. Every effort will be made to allot the centre of first preference. Please note that ultimately, the allotment of an examination centre by the NEST Committee has to be regarded as final and the request for change of centre will, in general, not be entertained. The address of the test venue allotted to the applicant, will be mentioned on the NEST admit card. Admit cards will be available for download from an online application portal from May 20, 2021. Refer to the section ‘How to Apply’ below for details on online registration and application process.

How to apply:

To apply for NEST 2021, candidates must fill out the online application form through on or after February 24, 2021. Candidates are strongly advised to read through the detailed online application procedure available on the website (click on ‘How to Apply online’). Online application process closes on April 30, 2021. Applications can be submitted only through the NEST 2021 website. There is no other mode of application submission. Login credentials for logging into application submission and fee payment portals will be provided upon online registration.

Application Fee: The application fee for the male candidates of General and OBC categories is 1,200/–. The application fee for candidates in the SC/ST/Divyangjan categories and for all female candidates is 600/–. Payments can be made using credit card/debit card/net–banking through online payment gateway. Please use
Mastercard/Visa/RuPay cards only. Candidates need not send any document to the NEST office in the entire application process.

Important Dates:

Start of Online application for NEST 2021: February 24, 2021
• Closing of Online application: April 30, 2021
• Download of Admit Card begins: May 20, 2021
• NEST 2021 examination: June 14, 2021 (Hours of examination:
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM & 2:30 PM – 6:00 PM)
• Announcement of results on NEST website: June 30, 2021

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