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National Entrance Screening Test NEST, 2022




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 CEBS), Mumbai. Both NISER and UM-DAE CEBS 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. NEST 2022 will be conducted in around 115 cities [see list] cities across India.


Courses Offered


5-year Integrated MSc Program, 2022-27

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics


Eligibility Criteria for Admission


Class XII qualifying examination must have passed in either 2020 or 2021. Candidates appearing in 2022 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.)

At least 60% marks in aggregate (or equivalent grade) in Class XII examination from any recognized Board in India. For Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) candidates and for Divyangjan candidates, the minimum requirement is 55%.

Candidate should secure a position in the NEST merit list

Age limit: General and OBC category candidates born on or after August 01, 2002 are eligible for admission to the Integrated MSc programme of NISER/CEBS. The age limit is relaxed by 5 years for SC / ST / Divyangjan candidates..


How to Apply


candidates must fill out the online application form through www.nestexam.in on or after February 21, 2022. 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 May 18, 2022 (midnight). Applications can be submitted only through the NEST 2022 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.


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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


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Exam Mode


The NEST 2022 examination will be conducted at multiple centres (major towns or cities) all over India on June 18, 2022 (Saturday), 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM (first session) and 2:30 PM – 6:00 PM (second session). The candidates will be assigned to one of the two sessions. Based on the performance in NEST 2022, Merit List of the candidates will be prepared for NISER and CEBS separately (see Merit list preparation section on page 11) and posted on NEST 2022 website (www.nestexam.in) on July 05, 2022. NEST 2022 examination will be a Computer-Based Test (CBT/online exam)


Important Dates


Registration Opens :21st of February, 2022.
Online Application Closes : 18th of May, 2022 (midnight).
Download of Admit Card Starts : 06th of June, 2022.
Date of Examination : 18th of June 2022.
Announcement of results on NEST website : 05th of July, 2022