5 Years Integrated M.sc Programmes in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics at NISER(Bhubaneswar) and UM_DAE CEBS(Mumbai) (Autonomous insitutions unders the Department of Atomic Energy Government of India.

Official Notification

About NEST

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.

Eligibility criteria.

Educational qualification: Candidates seeking admission to NISER and UM–DAE CEBS for
the Integrated MSc program 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 recognized 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.


The syllabus for NEST 2021 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 under the heading: ‘Syllabus for NEST 2021’. The syllabus can also be
downloaded from NEST 2021 website, www.nestexam.in. Two questions in each section are
designed to test the general scientific knowledge of the student rather than specialised
knowledge of the subject. These two questions, which may not be exactly from the stated
syllabus, would require knowledge of class X level Science subjects.

To apply

for NEST 2021, candidates must fill out the online application form through
www.nestexam.in 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 July 15, 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

Please refer to the instruction sheet (the ‘How to Apply Online’ tab on www.nestexam.in)
for details regarding application process.
Admit card: The admit card for NEST 2021 will be available for downloading from August 3, 2021

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 the examination.

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