NEST 2019 -(National Entrance Screening Test)

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 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 a detailed procedure for applying for the test, syllabus of the test and various deadlines.

The National Entrance Screening Test, which is popularly known as NEST, is a national-level entrance examination for the candidates seeking admission into 5-year Integrated M.Sc Programme in Basic Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics.

NEST 2019 is jointly organised by NISER (Short for National Institute of Science Education and Research), Bhubaneshwar and UM-DAE CEBS (Short for University of Mumbai -Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences), Mumbai.

NEST 2019 is going to be organised on 1st June 2019 in online (computer-based) mode in around 91 cities.

NEST 2019 Important Dates

Notification Date22-Dec-2019
Registration Starts on05-Jan-2020
Registration Ends on01-Mar-2020
Admit Card Date26-Apr-2020
Exam Starts on31-May-2020
Result Date21-Jun-2020
NEST 2019 EventsDates
Application Process Start Date7th January 2019
Application Process End Date11th March 2019
Admit Card Issue Date24th April 2019
Date of Examination1st June 2019
Result Date18th June 2019

NEST 2019 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 2017 or 2018.Candidates appearing in 2019 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%.

The National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) is going to be held on 1st June 2019 for admission to the five-year Integrated MSc programme in basic sciences such as Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics, at NISER( short for National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneswar) and UM–DAE CEBS (short for University of Mumbai – Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences, Mumbai). Candidates planning to appear for NEST 2019 must fulfill the eligibility norms set by the conducting authority. NISER and UM-DAE CEBS has defined the eligibility criteria in detail for the aspirants. As part of the NEST 2019 eligibility criteria, candidates will have to fulfill requirements related to the qualifying examination, the number of attempts, age, nationality, qualifying marks, etc.

Only those applicants who meet the NEST 2019 eligibility criteria will be allowed to appear for NEST. It is mandatory for all the applicants to meet the minimum eligibility norms in order to appear for NEST exam. Those who do not meet the eligibility criteria will not be allowed to appear for the exam. Applicants must make sure that they check the NEST eligibility criteria 2019 carefully before filling the NEST 2019 application form. To know more about the eligibility criteria for NEST 2019 read the following information.

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 2019 Admit Card

The admit card for NEST 2019 was available for download from 16th April 2019.

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 2019 admit card has been released in online mode on its official website. The admit card is available for the candidates who have registered for the entrance exam. To download the NEST admit card, candidates will be required to log in with their Application Number, Password and the captcha image code.

NEST admit card 2019 will display the name of the candidate, center number, exam center address, reporting time and duration of the entrance exam. The NEST admit card/hall ticket 2019 is a mandatory document that must be carried to the exam center. Without carrying a valid admit card and a photo ID proof, candidates will not be allowed to enter the exam hall. Before downloading the admit card, candidates are advised to check all the details mentioned on the admit card, and keep the hall ticket of NEST 2019 safe for future purposes.

NEST Admit Card 2019 – Important Dates

Availability of NEST 2019 Admit Card24th April 2019
NEST 2019 Exam Date1st June 2019

How to Download NEST Admit Card 2019

Candidates can follow the steps given below to download the admit card of NEST 2019:

  • Visit the official website of NEST.
  • Click on the link that displays, “NEST 2019 Admit Card”.
  • Fill the Application Number, Password and the captcha image code and click on login.
  • The NEST 2019 admit card will be displayed on the screen.
  • Download the admit card and take a printout of it for future use.

Important Instructions Regarding NEST Hall Ticket 2019

  • No candidate will be allowed to take NEST 2019 without the admit card.

  • On the day of the exam, candidates must carry NEST 2019 admit card along with an identity proof for verification.

  • Candidates should avoid tampering with the NEST 2019 admit card.

  • Before downloading the admit card, candidates must cross-check all the details mentioned on the NEST 2019 admit card.

  • Candidates must keep the NEST 2019 admit card safe for future reference.

Details Mentioned on NEST 2019 Admit Card

The following details will be mentioned on NEST admit card 2019:

  • Name of the candidate

  • Date of examination

  • Centre number

  • Father’s and Mother’s Name

  • Address

  • Candidate’s Photo and Signature

  • Venue of the examination

  • Timing schedule

  • Application number

  • Instructions to the candidates

ID Documents Required with NEST 2019 Admit Card

On the day of the entrance exam, candidates are required to carry at least one original and valid identity proof for verification:

  • PAN card

  • College ID card

  • Passport

  • Aadhar card

  • Identification Affidavit signed by a gazetted officer

  • Voter’s ID

  • Driver’s Licence

NEST 2019 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.

Every examination needs proper and systematic preparation. For a national-level examination like NEST, the preparation must be more accurate and perfect. To prepare for NEST 2019, candidates must plan their stages and strategies before starting the preparation.

With just few months left for NEST 2019 examination, candidates must start summing up their preparation. Mentioned below are few points that can help candidates ease their last minute preparation for NEST 2019.

  • Revision – The preparation of any examination should undergo proper revision. This is a useful practice, which is most effective in the last few days of preparation. Start revising Mathematical formulas and Chemistry equations. Revision helps in keeping important points in mind and knowing the topics that need little more attention and practice.

  • Practice – Candidates must practice difficult sums and questions that they think need more attention. The more it is practiced, the more command candidates will get over the concept and theories.

  • Keep Calm – It is very important for candidates to keep calm during the last few days of preparation. Concentrate on what has been covered and what needs a little more brushing. Candidates are advised to compose themselves and focus on summing up the preparation for NEST 2019.

  • Refer Best Books/Reference Materials – Candidates must read the best books and reference material to clear last moment doubts. For online reference, candidates must check the ratings of the reference material or books they choose. Given below are few top rated books that can serve the purpose of last minute preparation for the candidates. These include –

Concepts of Physics – Volume 1 and Volume 2 by H.C. Verma

Practice problems in Physics for Engineering Examinations by S.Mishra

Textbook of Chemistry for Class 11th and 12th by NCERT

A Textbook of Organic Chemistry for IITJEE by R.K Gupta

IIT Mathematics by R.D Sharma

Higher Algebra by Hall and Knight

Elementary Biology for Class 12 by K.N Bhatia

Textbook of Biology by NCERT

Important Instructions for NEST 2019

  • Candidates are advised to keep their important documents ready a night before the examination.

  • Candidates must bring their NEST 2019 Admit Card along with a valid identity proof with a photograph on it.

  • Any written material, a piece of paper, printed or hand written chits and books other than admit card and ID proof shall not be permitted at the examination centre.

  • No electronic devices and gadgets are permitted at the venue of examination.

  • Candidates found violating any rules and regulations prescribed by the concerned authority, will be debarred from giving the examination. Strict actions will be taken against such candidates.

Best Books for NEST 2019 Preparation

A number of books are available both online and offline for takers of NEST 2019. Set of books for each subject are enlisted below.

Physics Books for NEST 2019

  • Concepts of Physics – Volume 1 and Volume 2 by H.C. Verma
  • Practice problems in Physics for Engineering Examinations by S.Mishra
  • Concepts of Physics by HC Verma
  • Optics and Modern Physics by DC Pandey
  • Objective Physics by Mahesh Jain
  • MCQ Question Bank by D Mukherjee

Chemistry Books for NEST 2019

  • Textbook of Chemistry for Class 11th and 12th by NCERT
  • A Textbook of Organic Chemistry for IITJEE by R.K Gupta
  • Organic Chemistry by NCERT
  • Entrance Chemistry by Bhakta
  • IIT Chemistry by O.P Agarwal

Mathematics Books for NEST 2019

  • IIT Mathematics by R.D Sharma
  • Higher Algebra by Hall and Knight
  • Senior Secondary School Mathematics for Class 12 by R.S. Aggarwal
  • Plane Trigonometry by S.L. Loney
  • Arihant Series by Dr. SK Goyal
  • Objective Mathematics Part 1 and Part 2 (NCERT difficulty) by RD Sharma

Biology Books for NEST 2019

  • Elementary Biology for Class 12 by K.N Bhatia
  • Textbook of Biology by NCERT
  • A Class Book of Botany by A.C Dutta
  • Textbook of Biology by S.C Verma
  • Biology Guide by Pradeep

NEST 2019 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.

NEST 2019 Exam Pattern has been decided by NISER( short for National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneswar) and UM–DAE CEBS (short for University of Mumbai – Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences, Mumbai). NEST 2019 examination is organised in online (Computer-Based) mode on 1st June 2019 in two sessions. To appear for NEST candidates must most important successfully apply for it. After successfully applying for NEST, candidates will have to go through the exam pattern of NEST.

The exam pattern of  NEST 2019 comprises of the type of questions that will be asked in the entrance exam, marking scheme, duration of the test. Understanding the exam pattern will help in better exam preparation. Through the NEST 2019 exam pattern, candidates get a fair idea about the overall format of the exam. To crack the exam, it must be well versed with the NEST Syllabus 2019.

The NEST 2019 question paper contains five sections of objective type questions. Questions of NEST 2019 will be based on the 10 + 2 standard curriculum. The language of the NEST 2019 Question Paper is in English only. Section 1 is the general section and Sections 2 will contain subject-specific questions from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics. It is in the interest of the aspirants to attempt all sections. Only the highest score of the three sections (in addition to the general section) are considered for merit calculation and the section with the worst score is omitted. To attempting all sections will increase their chances of a better total score.

The total time duration is 210 minutes. Each section in NEST 2019 question paper is of 50 marks except General Aptitude that consists of 30 marks. There are 230 marks in total. Check out the highlights of NEST 2019 exam pattern for detailed information! 

Highlights of NEST 2019 Exam Pattern

Particulars Details
Examination Mode Online Mode
Medium of the exam English
Nature of Questions paper Multiple Choice Questions (objective type
Total No. of Sections5
Name of the Sections Section 1: General Ability,
Section 2: Physics, Chemistry, Maths, and Biology
Sectional Marks Section I – 30 Marks
Section II-V – 50 Marks
Total Marks230
Total Time Three and a half hours (210 Minutes)
Marking Scheme No negative marking will be applied for Section I

Section-Wise Division of NEST 2019 Question Paper

Sections Total Marks Duration
General Aptitude30
Mathematics50 3 and half hours
Total 230

NEST 2019 Marking Scheme

The NEST 2019 Marking Scheme will help candidates in understanding the weightage of marks per question and total marks, the marks deducted for every incorrect answer. The total marks for the exam are 230. The marking scheme of NEST 2019 differs according to the sections.

  • There is no negative marking for Section 1 i.e  General section. It means no marks are deducted for any wrong answer.

  • All other sections including Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology have negative marking.

  • According to the NEST 2019 exam pattern, there may be one or more correct answers in some questions, for which marks can only be earned by marking all the correct answers and no wrong answer.

NEST 2019 Syllabus


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

NEST Syllabus has been announced byNISER and UM–DAE CEBS on its official website i.e NISER and UM–DAE CEBS conducts NEST in order to provide admission in a five-year Integrated MSc program in basic sciences such as Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics. Knowing the syllabus of an examination is one of the most important parts of exam preparation. Candidates appearing in the NEST 2019 must have a clear understanding of the NEST 2019 syllabus.

NEST 2019 Syllabus consists of five sections i.e General Ability, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, and Biology. The question paper is designed keeping in mind the basic syllabus of NCERT/CBSE of 10+2 standard. There is no specific syllabus prescribed for the general section.

The syllabus of NEST will help the candidates to become familiar with the NEST 2019 exam pattern including topics and subtopics of all subjects, which they have to prepare for the entrance exam. Also, the exam pattern will help candidates to understand the overall structure of the question paper. Once candidates are familiar with the NEST exam pattern, they can then easily relate to the NEST exam syllabus.

NEST 2019 Study Material


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


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


  • 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.

NEST 2019 Result

Results will be announced on 18th June 2019.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 2019 result has been announced on 18th June 2019. The result of NEST 2019 has been made available on the official website of the exam. There is no other mode to check the result. On the basis of marks obtained in NEST 2019, a separate merit list will be prepared by the organising body for providing admission to the qualified candidates. For all the important updates regarding the NEST 2019 result. 

To check the NEST result, candidates will have to provide their registration number and roll number. NEST 2019 scorecard is not sent via email/post. The validity of NEST score is one year. The result of NEST 2019 will consist the section-wise scores of candidates in the NEST. Only qualifying candidates will be called for NEST 2019 Counselling Process.

The overall score of a candidate in NEST 2019 result will be determined by adding the score obtained in the general section and best three scores of the subject-sections. Only those candidates who obtain at least Section-wise cut–off marks or Section-wise Minimum Admissible Score (SMAS) and Minimum Admissible Score (MAS) or Overall cut-off will be included in the merit list of NEST 2019 on the basis of which candidates will be called for admission and counselling procedure at NISER ( short for National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneswar) and UM–DAE CEBS (short for University of Mumbai – Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences, Mumbai).

NEST 2019 Result Important Dates

NEST 2019 Exam Date1st June 2019
NEST 2019 Result18th June 2019
Release of the Cut-OffTo Be Announced

How to View NEST 2019 Result

Applicants should follow the following steps to view NEST 2019 Results :

  • Visit the official website of NEST (

  • Click on the ‘View Result’ tab.

  • Click on Login option, and a new page will open. Under Candidates Login, provide the required credentials – User ID and Password. 

  • Click on the ‘Login’ tab.

  • The result of NEST 2019 will be displayed on your system.

  • Download the NEST 2019 result and take a print out of the same and keep it safe for further use.

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.

NEST 2019 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.


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 2019 Test Center

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.


Over 80,000 candidates appeared for the NEST-2019 for the total 172+47 seats.

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 2019 has been set at 90 marks which is 50 % of the total marks- 180

Courses Under NEST 2019

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

We will be happy to hear your thoughts

      Leave a reply

      Register New Account
      Name (required)
      Reset Password
      Compare items
      • (0)
      • (0)

      Get updates on: Cut-offs | Government Exams | Entrance Exams

      Answer Keys | Practices Paper | Exams