National Entrance Screening Test 2013

National Entrance Screening Test 2013

National Entrance Screening Test 2013

NEST-2013 - Information Brochure

Entrance Test for Admission to National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) Bhubaneswar & University of Mumbai - Department of Atomic Energy Center for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CBS) Mumbai

Academic Session 2013-14

National Entrance Screening Test 2013

Introduction to NEST-2013

The National Entrance Screening Test or NEST is a compulsory test for admission to the 5 year Integrated M.Sc. programme in basic sciences - Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics - at National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar and University of Mumbai - Department of Atomic Energy Center for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UN-DAE CBS), Mumbai. Both NISER and CBS are autonomous institutions established by Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India, in 2007.

These institutes have started with the mandate to provide high quality teaching in basic sciences by a faculty of distinguished scientists embedded in a vibrant research environment and to create a national pool of scientists ready to take up research challenges in the frontiers of basic and applied sciences. The Integrated M.Sc. programme at these institutes follow a semester-based course structure and continuous assessment within a flexible and innovative academic curriculum, exposing the students to research early in their programme. The placement of the first batch of students out from NISER and CBS provides testimony of success to this initiative.

NISER and CBS are both residential institute equipped with state-of-art teaching and research laboratories, modern computional facilities and computer centers and excellent libraries. All the students are accommodated at in-campus hostels, for both girls and boys, and are provided with an environment conducive to science education and research.

All the candidates admitted to 5 year Integrated M.Sc. programme at NISER and CBS are eligible for DST-INSPIRE, Government of India, fellowship of Rs. 5,000 per month and Rs. 20,000 per year for carrying out summer projects.

Bedises, top performers at NISER and CBS, securing overall grades above certain threshold at the end of final semester, will be eligible to appear directly for the interview for admission to BARC Traning School.

The details of the Integrated M.Sc. programme, courses, research activities, facilities and faculty profile at NISER and CBS can be found in their respective websites - and

Integrated Science Education and Research Center (ISERC), Visva Bharati, is also participating in NEST-2013 and will admit students for its Integrated M.Sc. course from the Merit List. The eligibility criteria are the same as that for NISER / CBS amd the students admitted to ISERC are also eligible for DST-INSPIRE fellowship. For the details of ISERC's vision and programme, check its website at

Eligibility criteria for admission :

Educational qualification - Candidates seeking admission to NISER and UM-DAE CBS for the academic session 2013-14 should be from science stream (having any combination of Biology / Chemistry / Mathematics / Physics) at class XII and must write theNEST-2013 examination. Candidates who have passed class XII examination or equivalent from any recognized Board in India in 2011 or 2012 or are appearing in 2013 can apply for NEST-2013. Admission will be offered strictly on basis of Merit List of NEST-2013. Candidates securing at least 60% marks in aggregate or equivalent grade in class XII examination will finally be eligible for admission to NISER and CBS. Where only letter grades are available, a certificate from the Board specifying equivalent percentage marks is required. In the absence of such a certificate, the decision of the Admission Committee of the concerned Institution will be final.

Age limit - General and OBC category candidates born on or after July 22, 1993 are eligible to apply. The age limit is relaxed by 5 years for SC / ST / Physically Disabled (PD) candidates.

Necessary certificates supporting eligibility criteria have to be furnished at the time of admission.

Please note that the offer of admission is subject to verification of all original certificates at the time of counselling.

Number of seats & reservation :

For academic session 2013-14, the total number of seats at NISER, CBS and ISERC is 60, 35 and 21 respectively. The number of seats reserved for SC, ST, OBC Non-Creamy-Layer and PD is according to the Government of India norm. To claim seats under reserved category, relevant documents must be furnished at the time of admission. For the details of reserved seats and category certificates refer to the websites of the participating Institutions.

NEST-2013 examination :

The NEST-2013 will be conducted at about 40 major towns and cities all over India on May 25, 2013, (Saturday) 10:00am ? 1:00pm. Based on the performance in NEST-2013, a common Merit List of the candidates will be prepared and posted in NEST-2013 website on June 17, 2013. The successful candidates will be called for counselling and admission will be strictly according to the Merit List until all the seats are filled. Separate merit list for different category candidates will be made available before counselling.

Examination centers - The NEST examination centers are given in Annexure-I. Candidates must choose 2 (two) centers according to their preference during filling up of application form (online / offline). Every effort will be made to allot the first preference center. Please note that ultimately the allotment of an examination center by the Chief Coordinator has to be regarded as final and request for change of center will in general not be entertained. The center address will be mentioned in the NEST admit card.

Examination rules - Candidates must reach the test center at least half an hour before the start of the examination. The exam will start at 10:00 am. Candidates will neither be allowed to enter the examination hall half an hour after the start nor to leave the same before one hour from the start. Use of log tables and calculators in the examination hall are not allowed. Candidates must bring their own pen, pencil, eraser and other stationaries and exchange/sharing of such 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 in the examination hall. Any candidates found adopting unfair means will be expelled from the examination hall without warning.

Question type - The question paper will consist of 5 (five) sections. Section 1 is compulsory for all candidates to attempt and will have questions on general science to test candidates' awareness towards basic scientific facts. There will be no negative marking in this general section. Sections 2 through 5 will contain questions from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. Candidates are required to answer any three of these four sections. The questions will be of objective (MCQ) type designed to test candidates' subject comprehension and analytic ability. In the subject sections, there will be negative marking for incorrect answers. Some questions can have one or more correct answers for which marks can only be earned by marking all correct answers. For the past few years' NEST question papers, refer to the NEST-2013 website.

Language of the question paper will be English only.

Answering questions - The answers to each questions are to be marked on an OMR (Optical Mark Recognition) sheet. The top half of the OMR sheet will be for filling personal details like name, roll number, application number, question set etc. and has to be filled in either by writing or by darkening bubbles using black ball-point pen. The lower half of OMR is for the answering questions of various sections, where the candidate is expected to darken the bubble(s) against correct answer(s) using dark lead pencil. The use of pencil makes later changing of choice(s) possible.

Syllabus - The syllabus for NEST-2013 typically follows the NCERT / CBSE science syllabus of class XI-XII. The detailed syllabus for NEST examination is given in the Annexure-II. 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. Some of the questions in this section may require knowledge of class X mathematics.

How to apply :

To apply for NEST-2013, candidates can fill-up application form either online (preferably) or offline.

Online application - Candidates may go to the NEST-2013 website and follow the instruction to fill-up the online application form. Photo and signature of the candidate are also required to be uploaded. To pay application fees, option for payment by Demand Draft and Electronic Transfer will be asked from which any one mode of payment has to be selected. The amount of application fees and details of each of these mode of payments are given below. To complete the application procedure, the DD number / transaction details of Electronic Transfer has to be furnished. The DD for application fee must be sent by post, preferably speedpost, to the Chief Coordinator at the address below on or before the last date of application. In case of any difficulty or need for guidance, send email to stating clearly the problem(s) encountered. Incomplete application in any respect will be summarily rejected. Online application opens on January 07, 2013 and last date of application is March 08, 2013.

Offline application - Candidates may send request letter to the Chief Coordinator NEST-2013 at the address below for paper-copy of the application form. The candidate should fill up the form, attach photo, sign and return the completed application form along with the application fees (in the form of DD) to the Chief Coordinator by post, preferably speedpost. Incomplete application form or form without DD will be summarily rejected. The last date for requesting paper application form is February 20, 2013 and last date for receiving application is March 08, 2013.

Application Fee - The application fee for the male candidates of General / OBC category is Rs. 700. The application fee for SC/ST/PD and all female candidates is Rs. 350. The fee can be paid either by Demand Draft or Electronic Transfer.

* Demand Draft - DD for required amount may be made from any bank and should be drawn in favour of The Chief Coordinator, NEST-2013 and payable at Bhubaneswar. Candidate must write her/his name and application number on the back of the DD. The DD has to be sent preferably by speedpost at the address given below and must reach on or before March 08, 2013.

* Electronic Transfer - The candidate may transfer the required amount electronically to NEST-2013 account from any bank. After the transfer is complete, candidate must enter the transfer details in appropriate place in online application form (for online application) or printed application form (for offline application). The transfer should be made to:

Account name: NISER - NEST

Account number: 147601000015979 (Type: SB)

Bank name & branch: Indian Overseaes Bank, Chandrasekharpur Branch (Bhubaneswar)

IFSC / RTGS code: IOBA 0001476

Applications incomplete in any respect or not accompanied by requisite fee will not be accepted

Admit card - The admit card for NEST-2013 will be available for downloading and dispatch from April 08, 2013. The recommended method for obtaining admit card is downloading from NEST website, particularly for those who have applied online. Admit cards will be sent by post to the mailing address of the candidates who have applied offline. It is, therefore, important that the postal address with pincode in offline paper application form be clearly and correctly written. Please note that NEST office will not be responsible if admit card fails to reach the candidate in time because of postal delay or incorrect mailing address. In case the admit card is not received by May 01, 2013, the NEST office at the address given below must be notified. It may be posible to re-send the admit card but only electronically if email address of the candidate is provided. Safe-keeping of the admit card is strongly advised because the successful candidates have to produce the admit card in original during the counselling and admission.

Address for correspondance :

The request for paper application form, completed paper application form, Demand Draft and any NEST-2013 related queries by postal mail must be sent at

The Chief Coordinator, NEST-2013 NISER, Institute of Physics Campus Sachivalaya Marg, P.O. Sainik School Bhubaneswar - 751005, Odisha. For any queries requiring quicker response, contact at ? Phone: (0674) 230 4036 Email: Website:

Important Dates : * Start of Online / Offline application for NEST-2013: January 07, 2013

* Last date for receiving request for paper application form: February 20, 2013

* Closing of Online / Offline aplication: March 08, 2013

* Download / Dispatch of Admit Card begins: April 08, 2013

* NEST-2013 examination: May 25, 2013 (Saturday) 10:00am ? 1:00pm

* Announcement of Results in NEST website: June 17, 2013

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National Entrance Screening Test 2013