NEST 2019 Examination on June 1 and application process begins on January 7

NEST 2019 – The National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) application process begins at 10.00 am on January 7, 2019. The information brochure, syllabus and application process for the examination has been released on the official website of NEST 2019.

The NEST 2019 examination is scheduled to be conducted at multiple locations across India on June 1, 2019 (Saturday) over two separate sessions.

NEST 2019: The timings for the exams are as follows:

  • Session 1: 9 am to 12.30 pm
  • Session 2: 2.30 pm to 6 pm
  • Candidates must reach the test venue at least thirty minutes before the examination begins.

NEST is a mandatory online entrance test for getting admission to the five-year Integrated MSc Program at the 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 the NISER and UM-DAE CEBS were started by the Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India in 2007.


The basic objective is to train scientific manpower for implementing cutting edge scientific research and for giving inputs to the scientific programs of the Department of Atomic Energy and other applied science institutions in India

Important dates:

  • Start of Online application for NEST 2019: January 7, 2019
  • The closing of Online application: March 11, 2019
  • Download of Admit Card begins: April 24, 2019
  • NEST 2019 examination: June 1
  • The announcement of results on NEST website: June 17

NEST is an annual college entrance examination in India, conducted for admission into the National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneswar (NISER) and the Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CEBS), Mumbai. These two institutes use NEST as a sole criterion for admission to their undergraduate programs.

Also, the Integrated Science Education & Research Centre (ISERC) of Visva-Bharati University has been using the merit list of NEST for admission into its undergraduate program for the last 3 academic sessions. NEST was conducted in 45 centres across India in 2014. As of 2009, obtaining a seat in NISER has become highly competitive. From a total of 70,000 applicants nationwide, only 0.325% qualifies for admission.

The NEST question paper has five sections. The first section, which is compulsory for all candidates, includes general questions. The next four sections include questions on Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and  Physics. Candidates may opt to answer any three of the four sections if they are willing to get admission in CBS otherwise they have to answer from all the sections if they are willing to get in the merit list of NISER. All sections carry equal marks. The questions are aimed at testing the comprehension and analytic ability of the candidates. The questions are of objective type with four answers given for each question. There may only be one relatively correct answer for each question. Wrong answers are awarded negative marks.

Information on NEST 2019

Details Dates (Tentative)
Notification related application form 3rd January 2019
The opening of online application form 7th January 2019
The closing of application form 11th March 2019
Availability of admit card 24th April 2019
Date of examination 1st June 2019
Declaration of result 17th June 2019

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