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National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) 2015

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open07-Mar-2015

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AwardRs 5000 p.m. + Admission in NISER, CBS
EligibilityClass 12 Science
RegionNo Region
Scholarship provider contact details

The Chief Coordinator, NEST 2015, NISER, Institute of Physics Campus, PO- Sainik School, Bhubaneswar, ODISHA- 751005 0674-2304036

What is National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) 2015?

About NEST
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 CBS), Mumbai. Both NISER and UM-DAE CBS 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. The test is conducted in around 52 cities (see list) across India. The brochure gives the detailed procedure for applying for the test, syllabus of the test and various dead lines.
NISER and CBS are both residential institute equipped with state-of-art teaching and research laboratories, modern computational facilities and computer centres and excellent libraries. All the students are accommodated at in-campus hostels, for both girls and boys, and are provided with an environment conducive to science education and research.
All the candidates admitted to 5-year Integrated MSc programme at NISER and CBS are eligible for INSPIRE, Govt. of India, scholarship of ₹5,000 per month and ₹20,000 per year for carrying out summer projects.
Besides, top performers at NISER and CBS, securing overall grades above certain threshold at the end of final semester, will be eligible to appear directly for the interview for admission to Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) Training School.
NISER established by the Department of Atomic Energy, strives to become a citadel for basic sciences and allied subjects in terms of teaching and research. Its vision includes imparting high-quality science education in a vibrant academic ambiance to the bright, motivated students, by a faculty of distinguished scientists and teachers. The curriculum is amply supported by a strong visitor's programme by accomplished scientists from India and abroad.
NISER offers a 5 year integrated M.Sc. programme in Biological, Chemical, Mathematical and Physical sciences. At present, NISER functions from the beautiful campus of Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar, which includes an excellent library. From the calendar year 2015 NISER will be functioning from its own campus at Jatni. Degrees at NISER will be awarded by the Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI), a deemed-to-be University within the Department of Atomic Energy.
There are 100+2 seats in 2015-16 session, including reserved seats for SC/ST/OBC/PD candidates and two seats for candidates from the state of J&K as per Government norms. Further details are available on the NISER website (
The Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India, has an autonomous Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences in Mumbai. CBS offers high quality teaching embedded in a vibrant post-graduate and research environment with some of the best teachers and scientists from major institutions in the city (TIFR, BARC, IIT) and the University of Mumbai and its colleges, on its faculty. The Centre is located in the Vidyanagari campus of the University of Mumbai. CBS offers a 5 year integrated M.Sc. programme in Biological, Chemical, Mathematical and Physical sciences. The degrees at CBS are awarded by the 150-year old University of Mumbai.
Tentatively, there are 45+2 seats this year with reservations as per government norms, including two seats for candidates from the state of J&K and reservation for persons with disability (PD). Further details including maximum number of seats in any stream and allotment procedure are on the CBS website (

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

Important Dates
  • Registration opens : January 05, 2015 (10:00 am)
  • Last date for receiving request+DD for Offline Application form (postal) : February 19, 2015
  • Last date for receipt of completed Offline Application form : March 07, 2015 (5:30 pm)
  • Online application closes : March 07, 2015 (midnight)
  • Dispatch of offline admit cards starts : April 15, 2015
  • Download of online admit cards starts : April 15, 2015
  • Date of examination : May 30, 2015 (Saturday), 09:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • Announcement of results on NEST website : June 19, 2015
Eligibility criteria for admission
Candidates must qualify all three eligibility criteria listed below:
  •  Candidates in General and OBC category should be born on or after July 15, 1995. The age limit is relaxed by 5 years for SC/ ST/ Physically Disabled (PD) candidates.
  • Class XII qualifying examination should be passed in either 2013 or 2014. Candidates appearing in 2015 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 (or equivalent) examination from any recognized Board in India. For Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) candidates and for Persons with Disability (PD), the minimum requirement is 55%.
There are two ways of application to NEST 2015: ONLINE and OFFLINE (refer to 'How to Apply' tab for details Irrespective of the mode of application, NEST will be a written test (OMR based). There is no provision of computerised examination.
  • For online application there are two modes of payment available: Online Payment (SBCollect) and Demand Draft. (DD needs to be sent to NEST office with summary page.)
  • For offline application only Demand Draft payment is accepted. (DD needs to be sent to NEST office first to get application kit)
  • Online payment is through State Bank Collect which accepts debit/credit cards and internet banking of all banks. SBCollect uses a multi-option-payment-system and obviously does not require to have an account in State Bank of India or any State Bank Group banks.

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