National Entrance Screening Test 2013
Entrance Test for Admission to National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) Bhubaneswar
University of Mumbai – Department of Atomic Energy Center for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CBS) Mumbai
The National Entrance Screening Test or NEST is a compulsory test for admission to the 5 year Integrated M.Sc. programme in basic sciences – Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics – at National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar and University of Mumbai – Department of Atomic Energy Center for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UN-DAE CBS), Mumbai. Both NISER and CBS are
autonomous institutions established by Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India, in 2007
Application Fee — The application fee for the male candidates of General / OBC category is Rs. 700. The application fee for SC/ST/PD and all female candidates is Rs. 350. The fee can be paid either by Demand Draft or Electronic Transfer.
Qualification — Candidates seeking admission to NISER and UM-DAE CBS for the academic session 2013-14 should be from science stream (having any combination of Biology / Chemistry / Mathematics / Physics) at class XII and must write the NEST-2013 examination. Candidates who have passed class XII examination or equivalent from any recognized Board in India in 2011 or 2012 or are appearing in 2013 can apply for NEST-2013.
Age limit — General and OBC category candidates born on or after July 22, 1993 are eligible to apply. The age limit is relaxed by 5 years for SC / ST / Physically Disabled (PD) candidates
No. Of Seats: For academic session 2013-14, the total number of seats at NISER, CBS and ISERC is 60, 35 and 21
respectively. The number of seats reserved for SC, ST, OBC Non-Creamy-Layer and PD is according to the Government of India norm.
- Website opens for information : January 03, 2013
- Online submission of application starts : January 07, 2013
- Last date for receiving request of application form (postal) : February 20, 2013
- Last date for receipt of completed application form with DD (online/postal) : March 08, 2013 (midnight)
- Online applications freezes : March 08, 2013 (midnight)
- Dispatch of offline admit cards starts : April 08, 2013
- Download of online admit cards starts : April 08, 2013
- Date of examination : May 25, 2013 (Saturday), 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
- Announcement of results on NEST website : June 17, 2013
Language of the question paper will be English only.
Answering questions — The answers to each questions are to be marked on an OMR (Optical Mark
Recognition) sheet. The top half of the OMR sheet will be for filling personal details like name, roll number,
application number, question set etc. and has to be filled in either by writing or by darkening bubbles using
black ball-point pen. The lower half of OMR is for the answering questions of various sections, where the
candidate is expected to darken the bubble(s) against correct answer(s) using dark lead pencil. The use of
pencil makes later changing of choice(s) possible.
Syllabus — The syllabus for NEST-2013 typically follows the NCERT / CBSE science syllabus of class XIXII.
The detailed syllabus for NEST examination is given in the Annexure-II. There is, however, no specific
syllabus for the general section. This section tests candidate’s familiarity with, but not detailed understanding
of, major historical milestones in subjects like astronomy, biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics,
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computer science and environmental science. Some of the questions in this section may require knowledge
of class X mathematics.
How To Apply:
To apply for NEST-2013, candidates can fill-up application form either online (preferably) or offline.
Online application — Candidates may go to the NEST-2013 website www.nestexam.in and follow the instruction to fill-up the online application form. Photo and signature of the candidate are also required to be uploaded.
Offline application — Candidates may send request letter to the Chief Coordinator NEST-2013 at the address below for paper-copy of the application form. The candidate should fill up the form, attach photo,sign and return the completed application form along with the application fees (in the form of DD) to the Chief Coordinator by post, preferably speed post.
Application Fee — The application fee for the male candidates of General / OBC category is Rs. 700. The
application fee for SC/ST/PD and all female candidates is Rs. 350. The fee can be paid either by Demand
Draft or Electronic Transfer.
• Demand Draft — DD for required amount may be made from any bank and should be drawn in
favour of The Chief Coordinator, NEST-2013 and payable at Bhubaneswar. Candidate must write
her/his name and application number on the back of the DD. The DD has to be sent preferably by
speedpost at the address given below and must reach on or before March 08, 2013.
• Electronic Transfer — The candidate may transfer the required amount electronically to NEST-2013
account from any bank. After the transfer is complete, candidate must enter the transfer details in
appropriate place in online application form (for online application) or printed application form (for
offline application). The transfer should be made to:
Account name: NISER – NEST
Account number: 147601000015979 (Type: SB)
Bank name & branch: Indian Overseaes Bank, Chandrasekharpur Branch (Bhubaneswar)
IFSC / RTGS code: IOBA 0001476
The request for paper application form, completed paper application form, Demand Draft and any NEST-2013 related queries by postal mail must be sent at —
The Chief Coordinator, NEST-2013
NISER, Institute of Physics Campus
Sachivalaya Marg, P.O. Sainik School
Bhubaneswar – 751005, Odisha
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