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National Entrance Screening Test (NEST)

National Entrance Screening Test

NEST (National Entrance Screening Test) 2016 is conducted by the National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar and University of Mumbai – Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Science (UM-DAE CBS), Mumbai. The NEST is a national level entrance test for admission to various research programmes offered by the above universities. Here, we are providing complete details about result & counseling Procedure. The NEST (National Entrance Screening Test) is a national entrance test regulated by National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) and University of Mumbai – Department of Atomic Energy Center for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CBS) for admission in the five year integrated M.Sc programme offered by NISER and UM-DAE CBS. The NEST 2017 application will start from 1st week of January 2017.

Candidates are allowed two retakes (reattempts) of the exam. During admission, the best of three scores is considered. NMAT is a computer-based exam conducted by Pearson VUE.


Candidates must reach the test centre at least half an hour before the start of the examination. The examination is of 3 hrs duration and will start at 10:00 am. Candidates will not be allowed to enter the examination hall after 10:30 am. The earliest a candidate can leave the examination hall is 11:30 am, unless it becomes necessary to leave before on medical grounds. The earliest one can carry the question paper out is 12.00 noon. Use of log tables and calculators in the examination hall is not allowed. Candidates must bring their own pen, pencils (HB), eraser and sharpener. Exchange/sharing of these items with other candidates is strictly prohibited. Candidates MUST bring their Admit Card and their school photo Identity Card or any photo ID issued by Government agencies to the examination hall. Any candidate found adopting unfair means will be expelled from the examination hall without warning. Mobile phone and other similar electronic gadgets are strictly not allowed inside examination hall. Question type: The question paper will consist of 5 (five) sections of objective (MCQ) type questions carrying 50 marks in each section. Section 1 is the general section and is compulsory for all candidates. There will be no negative marking in general section. Sections 2 through 5 will contain subject specific questions from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. Candidates are permitted to attempt as many subject-sections as they wish. However, only the best three subjectscores along with the score in the general section will be counted for evaluation and merit list preparation. The questions are designed to test candidates' subject comprehension and analytic ability. In the subject sections, there will be negative marking for incorrect answers. Some questions may have one or more correct answers for which marks can only be earned by marking all correct answers and no wrong answer. For NEST question papers of last few years, refer to the NEST 2016 website. Language of the question paper will be English only. Answering questions: The answers to each question are to be marked on an OMR (Optical Mark Recognition) sheet. Details of how to answer on OMR sheet will be given in question paper and OMR sheet.

The exam had been consisted of one paper only composed in 5 sections and each section composed in 60 questions and each question has carried one mark. Section one was compulsory for all while section 2 to 5 was from subjects as physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics. Only three highest scored sections was considered for merit calculation. There was negative marking in sections 2 to 5. The mode of language was English only.

Examination Center

Test Center Code
Agartala (TR) 01
Ahmedabad (GJ) 02
Allahabad (UP) 03
Balangir (OD) 04
Balasore (OD) 05
Bengaluru (KA) 06
Berhampur (OD) 07
Bhopal (MP) 08
Bhubaneswar (OD) 09
Burdwan (WB) 10
Calicut (KL) 11
Chandigarh (CH) 12
Chennai (TN) 13
Coimbatore (TN)*
Cuttack (OD) 15
Dehradun (UK) 16
Delhi-East (DL) 17
Delhi-North (DL) 18
Delhi-South (DL) 19
Dhanbad (JH)* 20
Dharwad (KA) 21
Durgapur (WB)* 22
Ghaziabad (UP) 23
Guwahati (AS) 24
Gwalior (MP)* 25
Hyderabad (AP/TS) 26
Imphal (MN)* 27
Indore (MP) 28
Jaipur (RJ) 29
Jammu (JK) 30
Test Center Code
Jamshedpur (JH) 31
Jodhpur (RJ) 32
Kanpur (UP) 33
Kochi (KL) 34
Kolkata-North (WB) 35
Kolkata-South (WB) 36
Koraput (OD)* 37
Lucknow (UP) 38
Madurai (TN) 39
Mangalore (KA) 40
Mumbai (MH) 41
Nagpur (MH) 42
Patna (BR) 43
Pune (MH) 44
Raipur (CG) 45
Ranchi (JH) 46
Rourkela (OD) 47
Sambalpur (OD) 48
Shillong (ML) 49
Shimla (HP) 50
Siliguri (WB) 51
Srinagar (JK) 52
Thiruvananthapuram (KL) 53
Thrissur (KL) 54
Tiruchirappalli (TN)* 55
Udaipur (RJ) 56
Varanasi (UP) 57
Vijayawada (AP)* 58
Visakhapatnam (AP) 59

Syllubus for Tata Institute of Social Sciences National Entrance Test

The syllabus for NEST 2016 primarily follows the NCERT/ CBSE science syllabus of class XI-XII. The detailed syllabus for NEST examination is provided at the end of this document. The syllabus can also be downloaded on the website under the ‘Syllabus’ tab. There is, however, no specific syllabus for the general section. This section tests candidate's familiarity with, but not detailed understanding of, major historical milestones in subjects like astronomy, biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, computer science and environmental science. Questions will be designed to test analytic abilities and comprehension of scientific passages. Some of the questions in this section may require knowledge of class X mathematics

Here’s the detailed syllabus for NMAT by GMAC 2016:

Tata Institute of Social Sciences National Entrance Test Notification

NEST 2017 examination dates will be announced soon

Eligibility for Tata Institute of Social Sciences National Entrance Test

Educational qualification: Candidates seeking admission to NISER and UM-DAE CBS for the academic session 2016-17 should be from science stream (having any combination of Biology/ Chemistry/ Mathematics/ Physics) at class XII and must write the NEST 2016 examination. Candidates who have passed class XII examination or equivalent from any recognised Board are eligible for admission. Admission will be offered strictly on the basis of Merit List of NEST . Candidates securing at least 60% marks in aggregate or equivalent grade in class XII examination will be eligible for admission to NISER and CBS. However, there is no restriction on appearing for NEST. For candidates belonging to scheduled castes (SC), scheduled tribes (ST) and physical disabilities (PD) categories, the minimum requirement of marks is 55% in aggregate. Where only letter grades are available, a certificate from the Board specifying equivalent percentage of marks is required. In the 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 who are 20 years of age are eligible for admission to the integrated M.Sc. programme of NISER/CBS. The age limit is relaxed by 5 years for SC / ST / PD candidates. However, there is no restriction on appearing for NEST 2016. Necessary certificates supporting eligibility criteria have to be furnished at the time of admission. Please also note that the offer of admission is subject to verification of all original certificates at the time of admission/counselling.

  1. To appear this test candidate should be met with the following eligibility criteria:
  2. The candidates must be passed the 12th examination from any government recognized university.
  3. The candidates should be scored in 12th examination at least 60% marks (55% in case of SC/STPD).
  4. Candidates appearing the qualifying examination may also apply for it.
  5. Candidates must qualify all four eligibility criteria listed below:

Tata Institute of Social Sciences National Entrance Test Application

To apply for NEST 2016, candidates must fill-up the online application form through on or after January 4, 2016. Candidates are strongly advised to read through the detailed online application procedure available on the website. There is no offline application mode available for NEST 2016. Application Fee: The application fee for the male candidates of General/OBC category is 700/-. The application fee for SC/ST/PD categories and all female candidates is 350/-. Payments can be made by DD or using credit card/debit card/net-banking through online payment gateway. Page 5 of 17 Demand Draft: DD for required amount may be prepared from any bank and should be drawn in favour of NISER-NEST and payable at Bhubaneswar. Candidate must write her/his name and application number at the back of the DD before dispatching. The DD should be sent along with a printout of the application summary obtained at the end of the application process. Please DO NOT staple the DD with the summery page. The DD has to be sent preferably by speed post at the address given below and must reach NEST office on or before March 15, 2016. Online payment portal: The multi–modal payment portal offers payment by credit card/debit card/net-banking of multiple banks. Candidates opting for online payment need not send any document to NEST office ( initiative) and hence online payment is highly recommended. Please refer to the instruction sheet (the ‘How to Apply’ tab on for details on all payment methods. Admit card: The admit card for NEST 2016 will be available for downloading from April 15, 2016. 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. Safe-keeping of one copy of admit card is therefore strongly advised because the successful candidates have to produce the admit card in original during the admission. Address for correspondence Demand Drafts and/or any NEST-2016 related queries by postal mail must be sent at The Chief Coordinator, NEST 2016 National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) At/PO-Jatni, District- Khurda, PIN- 752050, Odisha, India For any query requiring quicker response, please contact at Phone: (0674) 2494102 (Mon-Fri, 10:00-13:00 & 14:30-17:00) Email: The official website of NEST 2016 is: Applications incomplete in any respect will not be accepted.

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