The National Entrance Screening Test or NISER – 2020

NEST is a compulsory online/computer based test for admission to the Five year Integrated MSc programme in Biology, Chemistry,nMathematics and Physics at 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.

Last date 31/5/2020

The candidates admitted to the programme are eligible to receive annual scholarship of Rs 60,000. In addition, the scholarship recipients receive grant of Rs 20,000 per annum for summer internship.

Candidates selected by DST for the INSPIRE-SHE program are endorsed for
INSPIRE scholarship by NISER and CEBS. Alumni of the programme are presently pursuing PhD at the reputed universities and institutes in India & abroad.

Educational qualification: Candidates seeking admission to NISER and UM–DAE CEBS for the Integrated MSc programme 2020–25 should be from regular science stream in classes XI and XII. It is mandatory for all aspiring candidates to write the NEST 2020 examination.

Candidates must have passed class XII examination or equivalent from any recognised Board in India in the years 2018 or 2019 or be appearing for the same in 2020.

Question type: The question paper will consist of 5 sections of objective (MCQ) type questions. Section 1 is the general section and of 30 marks.

There will be no negative marking in the general section. Sections 2 through 5 are of 50 marks each and will contain subject specific questions from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. It is in the interest of the candidate to attempt all sections. As the merit list for both the institutes is prepared with best 3 scores of the subject sections (in addition to the general section), and section with the worst score is omitted. Thus attempting all sections will increase their
chances of a better total score. In the
subject sections, for certain questions there will be negative marking for incorrect answers.

Some questions may have one or more correct answers for which marks can only be earned by marking all correct answers and no wrong answer.

For NEST question papers of last few years, refer to the NEST 2020 website ( Language of the question paper will be English only.

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