NEST 2021 Result Declared, Counselling Started, Dates, Cut-off |

National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) is conducted jointly by the 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. Candidates who successfully qualify the exams will be invited for the admission in NISER and UM-DAE CEBS. The NEST Exam is conducted annually to offer admission for Integrated MSc programmes in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics. It is an online entrance exam comprising of two sections that are General Section and Subject Section. Both sections are designed to test the candidate's aptitude and knowledge in a specific subject. The official schedule for the NEST 2021 Exam will be released soon, interested candidates should check the official website regularly so as to not miss any kind of important notification.


Conducting Body 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
Exam Name NEST (National Entrance Screening Test)
Mode of Exam Computer Based Test/Online
Language of Exam English
Duration of Exam 3 Hours
Courses Offered

Integrated MSc programmes (5 years) in :

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Number of seats Varies from one academic year to another

NEST 2021 Schedule

The official schedule to apply for NEST will be released by the conducting authorities and the same will be also updated on their official website. Students who are interested in applying for the entrance exam should check the official website in order to not miss any kind of notification. The registration process for NEST will begin in the month of January 2021 tentatively. Previously the exam was conducted on 29th September 2020 after a long postponement due to the COVID-19 Epidemic. The tentative dates of NEST 2021 have been mentioned below:

Events Tentative Dates
Registration Starts January 2021 
Last date of Applying June 2021
Admit Card/Hall Ticket download July 2021
Date of Exam August 2021
Announcement of Results August 2021
First Counselling of NISER Bhubaneswar September - October 2021
First Counselling of CEBS Mumbai  September - October 2021


NEST 2021 Admit card

NEST Admit Card/Hall Ticket will be released on its official website. The hall ticket/admit card will be released by the conducting authorities of the exam. Admit cards will be issued only to those candidates who have successfully registered for the exam. Aspirants can download their admit card by logging in to the official website through the application number and password. In case of any errors or discrepancies in the hall ticket/admit card, students can raise a complaint and can get a revised one from the conducting authorities. It is one of the mandatory items that should be carried to the exam hall. 

Steps to Download NEST Admit Card/Hall Ticket:

  • Visit the official website of NEST (
  • Click on the Admit card tab.
  • Login using the application number and password.
  • The result will be displayed on the screen.
  • Students should download and take a print of it for future use.

Details Mentioned in Admit Card:

  • Candidate's Name
  • Roll Number
  • Photograph
  • Examination session details
  • Examination center 
  • Instructions regarding the admit card and test day

Exam day Instructions mentioned in Admit Card/Hall Ticket:

  • The admit card should be carried to the Exam Hall, without it no candidate will be allowed to appear for the exam.
  • Aspirants have to carry an original photo and any kind of identity proof like an aadhaar card, pancard, driving license, passport, or voter id.
  • Students can download their admit card 4-5 days prior to the exam. 
  • Candidates should carry their own pen and pencil to the exam center.
  • No scribbling/writing on the admit card is allowed before the exam.

NEST 2021 Syllabus

General Section:

  • This section covers general topics like historical events in the Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Astronomy, Computer science, and Environmental studies subjects. There is no specific curriculum for this section as it is designed to test the student's aptitude (Understandability) of a given topic.
  • A few questions will be asked from a given scientific passage to check the qualitative and quantitative aspects of a student's understandability. These questions are designed to check the student's ability to analyze graphical/tabular data.


Topic Name Topic Name
Cell Biology Genetics and Evolution
Ecology Humans and Environment
Biotechnology Biology of Animal systems
Developmental Biology Immunology
Biology of Plant systems Systematics


Physical Chemistry Organic Chemistry
Measurements in chemistry Basic concepts
Mole concept Reactive intermediates 
Gaseous and liquid states Nomenclature
Atomic structure and chemical bonding Alkenes and Alkynes
Thermodynamics Aromatic compounds
Chemical equilibrium Haloalkanes (Alkyl halides)
Solid-state Phenols
Solutions Ethers

Surface chemistry

  • Adsorption
  • Colloidal state
Aldehydes and Ketones 
Classification of elements and periodicity in properties  Amino acids and proteins
s– Block elements Polymers
p– Block elements
Coordination compounds
Metals and metallurgy


Topic Name Topic Name
Algebra Trigonometry
Analytical geometry Differential calculus
Integral calculus Vectors


Topic Name Topic Name
General Physics Sound and mechanical waves
Thermal physics Electricity and magnetism
Optics Modern physics

NEST 2020 Exam Pattern

Mode of Examination Online
Language oF Exam English
Type of Question MCQ
Total Number of Questions 70
Total Duration of Exam 3 Hours
Number of Sections
Sectional Marks

General Section: 30 Marks

Each Subject Section: 50 Marks (Section 2 - 5)

Total Marks 230 Marks
Negative Marking

General Section: No Negative Marking

Subject Section: Some question carry Negative Marking

NEST 2020 Marking Scheme:

  • Some subject sections in the exam may contain more than one correct answer. In this case, students have to select all the correct answers rejecting the wrong ones. 
  • The total marks in NEST 2020 will be calculated on the basis of the student's performance in the general section and any three subject sections.
  • The top three sections in which a student has his/her best performance will be taken into consideration, and the remaining will be excluded. Therefore, aspirants are advised to attain all sections so as to increase their chances of getting a good score. 

NEST 2021 Cut-off

Department of Atomic Energy- Mumbai University (CEBS-DAE-UM), National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar, and Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences will release the cut-off for NEST 2021 after 2-3 weeks of completion of the exam. Conducting authorities of the exam will release the sectional and the overall cutoff margin. The sectional cut-off is known as Section-wise Minimum Admissible Score (SMAS) whereas the overall cutoff is regarded as Minimum Admissible Percentile (MAP). Candidates who qualify in the sectional and overall cutoff will be shortlisted in the merit list of either NISER or CEBS-DAE-UM. 

Factors Affecting NEST Cut-off:

  • Number of students that have appeared in the exam.
  • Number of seats available for admission.
  • The difficulty level of the exam.
  • Previous year cut-off margin.

Section-wise Minimum Admissible Score (SAMS)/Section Cut-off Details:

  • SAMS numerical value is different for each given section.
  • In each section, 20% of the average of 100 best scores in the section will be the SMAS (Sectional Cut-off).
  • For OBC category SAMS will be 90% of the General category and for Divyangjan/SC/ST it is 50% of the General category.
  • The overall score is the sum of the Best 3 Sectional marks and General Section.

NEST Overall Cut off/ MAP 

Category  NEST MAP Cut off 
General 95 percentile 
OBC 90 percentile
SC/ ST/ Divyangjan  75 percentile

NEST 2021 Application form

The schedule to apply for NEST 2021 will be released by the conducting authorities. It will be updated on its official website. The application process will be conducted in online mode. Interested students need to register themselves before applying for the NEST entrance exam. While applying, applicants are advised to fill the mandatory details carefully. Any kind of incomplete application will be rejected, therefore applicants should upload the documents properly in the prescribed format. After filling up the application form students can pay their application fee through Debit/Credit/Net-banking.

Steps to Apply for NEST 2021:

Step 1: Registration

  • Visit the official website of NEST.
  • Click on the registration tab.
  • Register by filling up the basic details.
  • Click on Submit, after filling up the details asked.
  • Check the confirmation mail sent to the registered email id.

Step 2: Application form Filling

  • Login using the given registration id and password.
  • Fill up all the details asked in the application form. It has to be genuine as per the candidate's knowledge.
  • Applicants can now choose their preferred exam center and security question as per their choice.
  • Save and submit the application form.
  • Download the applicant's copy for future use.

Step 3: Uploading Documents and Images

Students are advised to upload all the valid documents like photographs, signatures, and other documents within the prescribed format stipulated by the conducting authorities. 

Step 4: Application fee payment

  • Applicants can pay their application fees in online mode through debit/credit card or net-banking medium.
  • Take a printout of the confirmation page for future use.

Application Fee:

Particulars Amount
General/OBC candidates Rs 1000/-
SC/ST/PD/Female candidates Rs 500/-

Steps to apply for Application Correction/Test Center Change:

  • Visit the official website of NEST.
  • Click on the link to change test center.
  • Login using the registration id and password.
  • Click on the edit option in the NEST test center cities tab.
  •  Make the necessary change as per the choice.
  • Click on the submit button the changes will be made automatically.

NEST 2021 Counseling

NISER and UM-DAE-CEBS will start their counselling process after the declaration of the result and merit list. Only those who are listed in the merit list i.e candidates that have qualified in the NEST entrance exam will be invited for couselling rounds. The shortlisted candidates will get their seat allotment depending upon the merit list of the NISER or UM-DAE-CEBS. Conducting authorities of the exam will release the counselling schedule after the completion of the exam. Therefore applicants should check the official website regularly in order to not miss any kind of notification.

Counselling Process:

  • The shortlisted candidates need to register themselves for the counselling rounds. This can be done in online mode at the respective counselling portals of NISER and UM-DAE-CEBS.
  • After that students need to download and take a print of the Student's Personal Details Undertaking by applicant him/herself and parents/guardians, Student's Medical History, and Form Affidavit by the student and parent/guardian.
  • The first round of counselling will continue till all the seats in both the campuses are completely filled. It also depends on the number of candidates listed in the modified merit list.
  • Each participating institute has its separate waiting list for the second counselling round. It is generally prepared after completion of the first round and the student's withdrawal from admission. The merit list and schedule for the second round will be declared on the official website of NISER and UM-DAE-CEBS. Moreover, the counseliing will not be conducted jointly with participating institutes. 

Process to Withdrawl from Admission:

Interested candidates can apply for admission withdrawal within the deadline given by the conducting authorities. Students can apply for this in online mode on its official website. However, they have to provide some of the below-mentioned details:

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Roll Number
  • Applicant Number
  • Selected counselling venue
  • 12th marks in percentage

Documents required in NEST Counselling:

  • Class12th mark sheets
  • NEST scorecard
  • School leaving certificate
  • Caste certificate
  • Category certificate for the unreserved economically weaker section (UEWS)
  • Non-creamy layer certificate
  • Physically handicapped certificate for PWD candidates
  • Certificate of ex-serviceman
  • Copy of certificate of in-serviceman
  • Photograph of the candidates

NEST 2021 Result

NIGER Bhubaneswar will release the NEST 2021 Result on its official website after the completion of the exam. Students have to log in using their official application number and password to check their marks and status of results. The conducting authorities have also released a merit list that contains student's percentile scores and ranks obtained. However, the University of Mumbai, UM-DAE CEBS (Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences), and NISER (National Institute of Science Education and Research) will release their merit list separately. The process to check NEST 2020 Result has been mentioned below:

Steps to Check or Download NEST 2021 Result:

  • Visit the official website of NEST (
  • Click on the Result tab.
  • Login using the application number and password.
  • The result will be displayed on the screen.
  • Students should download and take a print of it for future use.

Details Mentioned in the NEST 2021 Scorecard:

  • Name of the Candidate
  • Registration Number
  • Candidate's Photograph
  • Date of Birth of the Candidate
  • Date of Examination
  • Score
  • Rank
  • Qualifying Status

NEST 2021 Tie Break Rules:

  • If two or more candidates are having the same score then the students who have better marks in the General section will be given a higher rank.
  • If the tie continues, then the student who has higher marks in the Subject section will be given a better rank.
  • If the tie still continues then, the student will be given the same provisional rank. Later, in the counselling rounds, the 12th marks of tied candidates will be compared in order to break the tie.

NEST 2020 Answer key

The answer key for NEST 2021 will be released by the authorities prior to the declaration of the Result. The answer key will contain the right answers to the questions of the entrance exam. In case of any doubt, the candidates can apply for a clarification to the authorities. After the correction, the final answer key will be released by the authorities on the official website. NEST 2021 Answer Key is issued to calculate the probable marks that a candidate can achieve in the examination. Conducting Authorities of the examination will issue the Draft Answer key at first, this is done in order to collect the Responses regarding the Answer Key. Students can challenge any answer in the Answer key with valid proof of justification. After all the responses are received from the candidates the Organizing Authority of the NEST examination will make the necessary changes in the Answer key (if required) and release the Final Answer Key. Once the NEST Final Answer Key is released no additional complaints regarding the same will be accepted by the Authorities.

Steps to Download Answer key:

  • Visit the official website of NEST (
  • Click on the Answer Key.
  • The Answer key will be displayed on the screen.
  • Students should download and take a print of it for future use.

NEST 2020 Eligibility

Interested applicants are advised to check the eligibility criteria before applying for the exam. Conducting authorities will strictly reject the application forms of ineligible candidates i.e. those who do not fulfill the minimum qualifying criteria. Admit cards will be issued only to the candidates who have successfully applied for the exam. The minimum eligibility criteria have been mentioned below:

Educational Qualification:

  • Students should have completed their 12th from a recognised university.
  • The minimum marks in 12th should be at least 60% or more (55% for reserved category)
  • Applicants should have Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, and Biology as core subjects in 12th standard.

Age Limit:

  • The reserved category candidates will give a relaxation of 5 years as compared to that of general candidates.
  • The age of the candidate should not be more than 20 years.

NEST Reservation Criteria:

A certain section of our society is regarded as a backward section and therefore a percentage of seats are reserved for those candidates. Some of the reserved categories are mentioned below:

  • OBC belonging to the non-creamy layer.
  • Schedule Cast (SC)/Schedule Tribe (ST)
  • PwD (Physically Handicapped)
  • Supernumerary Quota from Jammu and Kashmir

Seat Reservation in NISER and CBS

Category  NISER  CBS
General  101 23
SC  15  3
ST  30 7
OBC NCL  54 12
PwD  3% of each category  3% of each category 
Supernumary  2 2
Total  202 47



Q: I appeared for NEST 2020 but did not qualify. Can I appear for NEST 2021?
A: Yes, you can, provided you meet the age and year of passing qualification certificate criteria as mentioned here. 

Q: I do not have a birth certificate for proof of date of birth. What should I do?
A: If you do not have a birth certificate you can upload the copy of passport or copy of Aadhaar Card or the copy of the Xth class mark sheet/school leaving certificate showing your date of birth.

Q: Who is the conducting body for NEST 2021?
A: NISER & UM-DAE-CEBS are the conducting authorities.

Q: What is the number of seats to be filled through NEST 2021?
A: A total no of seats alawys varies from one academic year to another.

Q: What does the syllabus of NEST 2021 contain?
A: The NEST 2021 syllabus contains-

  • General Section
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics

Q: When is the NEST 2021 exam going to be conducted?
A: The NEST 2021 exam going to be conducted in the month of August 2021 (Tentatively)

Q: What are the colleges where one can read by NEST 2021 exam?
A: After sucessfully qualifying the exam one can read in NISER & UM-DAE-CEBS

Q: What is the time duration for NEST 2021 exam?
A: The exam will be conducted for 3 hours.

Q: What is the age limit for NEST 2021?
A: The candidate should have been born on or after the year 2000 if belonging to the GEN or OBC-NCL category and on or after 1996 if belonging to the SC/ST or PWD Category.


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