NEST 2019 Syllabus for Biology

NEST 2019 – In Basic Sciences such biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics, for candidates seeking admission into 5-year integrated M.Sc. program NEST is a national level entrance exam serving as a gateway. In the month of June 2019, NEST 2019 is expected to take place.

Important Dates to Remember for NEST 2019

  • The release of official notification for NEST 2019: 4th week of December 2018
  • Commencement of online form filling: 1st week of January 2019
  • Last date to fill the NEST 2019 application form: 1st week of March 2019
  • Availability of NEST 2019 Admit Card: 4th week of April 2019
  • NEST 2019 exam date: 1st week of June 2019
  • NEST 2019 declaration of result: 3rd week of June 2019

Exam Pattern for NEST 2019           

  • The medium of instruction: English
  • The total duration of exam: 3 hours
  • Total marks: 230
  • Total sections: 5
  • Marks for every correct answer: 1
  • Marks deducted for every wrong answer : 0

Syllabus of Biology for NEST 2019  

  • Biotechnology
  • Humans and Environment
  • Genetics
  • Evolution
  • Biology of Animal Systems
  • Reproduction
  • Ecology
  • Biology of Plant Systems
  • Anatomy
  • Human Health and Diseases
  • Ecosystems
  • Physiology

Cut Off Marks for NEST 2019

The minimum marks required by the candidate to qualify the examination are termed as Cut off. For each of the section, Cut off will be declared separately.  Take a look at few of the terms quoted on the NEST 2019 scorecard along with their meaning below,

Total score

In the three main sections or three main subjects, the total score is the sum total of the performance of the candidate. On the basis of the score, the main subjects would be considered.

SMAS (Section- Wise Minimum Admissible Score)

The SMAS would be 20% of the average of the best 100 scores of the section according to the directives of NISER to clear the section. Out of 100, the score will be calculated. Therefore, if the average of the best 100 scores in any subject (for instance Biology) is 40 out of 50, SMAS for Biology would be 20% of 40, which is 8. If you wish to qualify the section, It is mandatory to score equal to or more than SMAS in a section.


In order to be considered qualified, MAS is 50% of the total weightage of the exam, students must obtain marks equal or above MAS. For OBC/General category candidates, the MAS is 90% and for PWD/SC/T candidates it is 50%.

Reference books of Biology for NEST 2019

  • Cell Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Evolution & Ecology
  • Botany by AC Dutta
  • Objective Biology by S.Biswas and A.Biswas

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