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National Entrance Screening Test 2020, NEST 2020

About NEST 2019:

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
Address for correspondence:
The Chief Coordinator, NEST 2020, University of Mumbai, Kalina, Santacurz (East),
Mumbai-400098, Maharashtra, India.
Email: Website:

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 CEBS), Mumbai. Both NISER and UM-DAE CEBS 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. NEST 2020 will be conducted in around 90 cities [see list on the website] across India. The brochure gives the detailed procedure for applying for the test, syllabus of the test and various deadlines.

NISER, Bhubaneswar and UM-DAE CEBS, Mumbai are in compliance with the UGC and Govt. of India guidelines on anti-ragging. Ragging in any form is a punishable offense and hence is totally prohibited on these campuses. Any complaint regarding ragging can be made at the 24x7 toll-free National Anti-Ragging Help Line number 1800-180-5522 and/or at the email-ID

NISER, established by the Department of Atomic Energy, strives to become a citadel for basic sciences and allied subjects in terms of teaching and research. Its vision includes imparting high-quality science education in a vibrant academic ambience to the bright, motivated students, by a faculty of distinguished scientists and teachers. The curriculum is amply supported by a strong visitor's programme by accomplished scientists from India and abroad.

NISER offers a 5 year integrated M.Sc. programme in Biological, Chemical, Mathematical and Physical sciences. NISER functions from its own campus at Jatni. Degrees at NISER will be awarded by the Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI), a deemed-to-be University within the Department of Atomic Energy. There are 200 seats for 2020 batch, including reserved seats for SC/ST/OBC/Divyangjan candidates as per Government norms. If offered admission under the OBC-NCL category, candidate must produce the relevant certificate on the date of admission, valid on that date. Further details about the institute are available on the NISER website. Fee structure for integrated MSc programme at NISER can be found on the website.

“NEST 2020 examination will be a Computer-Based Test (CBT/online exam)”


Candidates must qualify all four eligibility criteria listed below:

·         Candidates in General and OBC category should be born on or after August 01, 2000. The age limit is relaxed by 5 years for SC/ ST/ Divyangjan candidates.

·         Class XII qualifying examination should be passed in either 2018 or 2019. Candidates appearing in 2020 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.)

·         At least 60% marks in aggregate (or equivalent grade) in Class XII (or equivalent) examination from any recognized Board in India. For Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) candidates and for Divyangjan candidates, the minimum requirement is 55%.

·         Candidate should secure a position in the NEST merit list.

How to Apply:

To apply for NEST 2020, candidates must fill–up the online application form through on or after January 07, 2020. 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 3rd, 2020. Application can be

Submitted only through NEST 2020 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 Rs. 1,200/–. The application fee for candidates in the SC/ST/PwD categories and for all female candidates is Rs. 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 NEST office in the entire application process. Please refer to the instruction sheet (the ‘How to Apply Online’ tab on website) for details regarding application process.

Admit card: The admit card for NEST 2020 will be available for downloading from April 24, 2020. Admit cards will NOT be dispatched to any applicant. Applicants must download their admit cards from NEST website (after login). The download link will be available only till the day of examination.

Address for correspondence:

Any NEST–2019 related queries be addressed to:

by postal mail:

The Chief Coordinator, NEST 2020, NALANDA Building, UM-DAE CEBS, Opp: Nano Science Building, University of Mumbai, Vidyanagari, Mumbai 400098, India.

by e-mail to: (for a quicker response e-mail is recommended) The official website of NEST 2020 is:

Important Dates:

Registration/Online Application Opens: 8th January, 2020 (2:30 pm)

Online application closes: 3rd April, 2020 (midnight)

Download of admit card starts: 24th April, 2020, 6:30 pm

Date of examination: 6th June, 2020 (Saturday),

Session-I: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm,

Session-II: 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Announcement of results on NEST website: 16th June, 2020

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