National Entrance Screening Test -
The National Institute of Science Education and Research (NEST NISER) 2019
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                                                      National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) is conducted jointly by National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar and Mumbai University - Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CEBS), Mumbai. The exam is conducted in order to provide admission to candidates in five-year integrated MSc programme in basic sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics) offered at both NISER and UM-DAE CEBS. Admissions in NISER, Bhubaneswar and UM-DAE CEBS, Mumbai are done on the basis of a candidate’s score in NEST exam. Candidates who have passed Class XII from Science stream are eligible to apply for NEST exam.
Important Dates
Events Dates
Notification related application form 03rd January 2019
Opening of online application form 07th January 2019
Closing of application form 11th March 2019
Availability of admit card 24th April 2019
Date of examination 01st June 2019
Declaration of result 17th June 2019
Eligibility Criteria
• Candidates should pass Class XII in Science stream from a recognised board in India with at least 60% aggregate marks (55% for SC/ ST/ PwD category candidates).
• Candidates should have passed Class XII either in 2017 or 2018. Candidates appearing for their Class XII exams in 2019 are also eligible to apply.
• Candidates should have studied a combination of any three subjects among Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics in classes XI and XII.
• Age criteria:
Candidates belonging to General and OBC categories should be born on or after August 1, 1999 in order to fulfill NEST eligibility criteria. Age limit relaxation of five years is given to candidates belong to SC/ ST/ PwD category.
• For OBC category candidates, the OBC (NCL) certificate should be issued on or after June 1, 2018.
NEST 2019 Exam Centres
                                                      NEST 2019 exam centre details are not out yet. However, in 2018 the Science entrance exam was conducted at a total of 109 centres (mentioned below) all over India. Candidates could choose five exam centres in order of preference while filling the NEST application form.

Test City (State):Chirala (AP) , Udupi (KA) , Amritsar (PB) , Guntur (AP) , Alappuzha (KL) , Bhatinda (PB) , Kakinada (AP) , Ernakulam (KL) , Jalandhar (PB) , Kurnool (AP) , Idukki (KL) , Ludhiana (PB) , Nellore (AP) , Kannur (KL) , Mohali (PB) , Rajahmundry (AP) , Kasaragod (KL) , Patiala (PB) , Tirupathi (AP) , Kollam (KL) , Jaipur (RJ) , Vijayawada (AP) , Kottayam (KL) , Udaipur (RJ) , Visakhapatnami (AP) , Kozhikode (KL) , Jodhpur (RJ) , Vizianagaram (AP) , Malappuram (KL) , Chennai (TN) , Guwahati (AS) , Palakkad (KL) , Tiruchirappalli (TN) , Patna (BR) , Pathanamthitta (KL) , Tirunelveli (TN) , Chandigarh (CH) , Thiruvananthapuram (KL) , Hyderabad (TS) , Bhilai Nagar (CG) , Thrissur (KL) , Karimnagar (TS) , Raipur (CG) , Bhopal (MP) , Warangal (TS) , New Delhi (DL) , Gwalior (MP) , Agartala (TR) , Ghaziabad (DL-NCR) , Indore (MP) , Allahabad (UP) , Greater Noida (DL-NCR) , Jabalpur (MP) , Kanpur (UP) , Meerut (DL-NCR) , Mumbai (MH) , Lucknow (UP) , Noida (DL-NCR) , Nagpur (MH) , Varanasi (UP) , Ahmedabad (GJ) , Pune (MH) , Dehradun (UK) , Bhuj (GJ) , Imphal (MN) , Haldwani (UK) , Hamirpur (HP) , Shillong (ML) , Roorkee (UK) , Shimla (HP) , Aizawl (MZ) , Asansol (WB) , Jammu (JK) , Angul (OD) , Burdwan (WB) , Samba (JK) , Balasore (OD) , Durgapur (WB) , Srinagar (JK) , Bargarh (OD) , Hooghly (WB) , Bokaro (JH) , Baripada (OD) , Kolkata (WB) , Dhanbad (JH) , Berhamipur (OD) , Siliguri (WB) , Hazaribagh (JH) , Bhubaneswar (OD) , Hazaribagh (JH) , Jamshedpur (JH) , Cuttack (OD) , Jamshedpur (JH)  , Ranchi (JH)  , Dhenkanal (OD)   , Ranchi (JH) , Bengaluru (KA) , Jharsuguda (OD) , Coimbatore (TN) , Dharwad (KA) , Khurda (OD) , Madurai (TN) , Hubballi (KA) , Rayagada (OD) , Salem (TN) , Mangalore (KA) , Rourkela (OD) , Mysuru (KA) , Sambalpur (OD).
NEST Pattern 2019
                                                      NEST is a computer-based test that consists of five sections having multiple choice questions. First section of NEST 2019 is mandatory for all candidates. Out of the other four sections, candidates need to attempt any three sections. However, the official website states, "Candidates are permitted to attempt as many subject–sections as they wish. Only the best three subject–scores along with the score in the general section will be counted for evaluation. Maximum marks candidates can score are 180 marks. Candidates need to complete the exam in three hours duration.

Marking Scheme: In General section there is no negative marking. However, "in the subject sections, for certain questions 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," informs the official website.
NEST Admit Card 2019
                                                      Once the application process is over, NEST admit cards are released in online mode as per the prescribed schedule. NEST 2019 admit card download date is not out yet. Candidates can download their NEST admit card from the official website of the exam by logging in to their accounts using their registered email IDs and passwords. Once downloaded, candidates need to take a printout of the admit card and carry it along with their school photo ID or any other photo ID issued by government agencies at the allotted exam centre. NEST admit card will contain all relevant details regarding the candidate (name, roll number, etc), exam (date, time, etc), and exam centre (name and address).
NEST Counselling 2019
                                                      After NEST results are announced, all candidates are allotted seats in their respective courses and colleges on the basis of counselling process of NISER and CBS. It may be noted that there is no joint counselling for NEST exam. A candidate qualifyng the written exam has to appear for counselling sessions at NISER and CEBS separately, if invited. The process for NEST 2019 counselling is as mentioned below:

                                                      All qualifying candidates first need to register themselves on the online counselling portal of the exam/ institutes. Thereafter, candidates have to download as well as print forms such as:

• Student Personal Details
• Undertaking by the student and parent/guardian
• Student Medical History             
• Format of Affidavit [anti-ragging] by Student and Parent/Guardian.
NEST Result 2019
                                                      NEST 2019 result date is not out yet. However, in 2018 the result for National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) was declared on June 18 at 12:00 Noon. NEST results are declared in online mode on the official website of the exam. All candidates can check their NEST result and download scorecard by clicking on the View Result link present on the exam portal and thereby logging in to their registered accounts.