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National Entrance Screening Test 2014, NEST 2014

Entrance Exam Detail
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Exam State Exam Date Last Date
All India 31 May 2014 20 Feb 2014

Exam Details:

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 45 centers across India. This brochure gives the detailed procedure for applying for the test, syllabus of the test and various dead lines.

Integrated Science Education and Research Center (ISERC), Visva Bharati, is also participating in NEST 2014 and will admit students for its Integrated MSc course from the Merit List of NEST 2014. The eligibility criteria are the same as that for NISER/ CBS and the students admitted to ISERC are also eligible for INSPIRE scholarship.

Entrance Test for Admission to

National Institute of Science Education and Research

     (NISER) Bhubaneswar


University of Mumbai - Department of Atomic Energy

                       Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE BS) Mumbai

Candidates must qualify all three eligibility criteria listed below:

Ø       Candidates in General and OBC category should be born on or after July 22, 1994. The age limit is relaxed by 5 years for SC/ ST/ Physically Disabled (PD) candidates.

Ø       Class XII qualifying examination should be passed in either 2012 or 2013. Candidates appearing in 2014 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%.
How To Apply:

To apply for NEST 2014, candidates can fill-up application form either online (preferable) or offline. Details of on-line and off-line applications are given in a separate sheet. Off-line application is to be filled on a prescribed form. The form along with this brochure will be mailed to the candidate on request. The request for the application form must reach the NEST office on or before February 20, 2014. Please note that photocopies of prescribed form should not be used for filling off-line applications. Such applications will summarily be rejected.

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. For offline applications, please add Rs 50 as postal charges to the application fees mentioned above.

Ø       Demand Draft: DD for required amount may be made from any bank and should be drawn in favour of NISER NEST 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 speed post at the address given below and must reach NEST office along with the application form on or before March 08, 2014.

Ø       Electronic Transfer (NEFT): The candidate may transfer the required amount of fees electronically to NEST 2014 account from any bank. A form (challan) for electronic money transfer is enclosed in the postal application kit and it is downloadable for online applicants (after login). The challan contains a/c number & IFS code necessary for making the transfer. Applicant must fill other required information. The Unique Transaction Reference (UTR) must be filled in appropriate place in the application form. The NEFT challan (Part-C) should be sent to NEST office by speed post along with the application form.

Additionally, NEST cell is planning to make provision for payment gateway for online applicants. If implemented, it will appear as an extra mode of online payment.


Please refer to the instruction sheet or How to apply’ tab in NEST website for details.



Money should be transferred from a branch of a bank. Money transferred directly from individual accounts through personal net-banking will be considered invalid and NEST 2014 is not liable to return such money.


Applications incomplete in any respect or not accompanied by requisite fee will not be accepted.  


Admit card: The admit card for NEST 2014 will be available for downloading / dispatch from April 08, 2014. Admit cards will not be dispatched for online applicants. They must download their admit cards from NEST website (after login). Admit cards will be sent by post to the mailing address of the offline candidates. Its, therefore, important that the postal address with pin code in offline paper application form be clearly and correctly written. Please note that NEST office will not be responsible if admit card fails to reach the candidate in time because of postal delay or incorrect mailing address. In case the admit card is not received by May 01, 2014, the NEST office at the address given below must be notified. It may be possible to re-send the admit card but only electronically if email address of the candidate is provided. Safe-keeping of the admit card is strongly advised because the successful candidates have to produce the admit card in original during the counselling and admission.


Address for correspondence

The request for paper application form, completed paper application form, Demand Draft and any NEST 2014 related queries by postal mail must be sent at

The Chief Coordinator, NEST 2014,

NISER, Institute of Physics Campus,

Sachivalaya Marg, Sainik School (PO), Bhubaneswar – 751 005, Odisha.


For any queries requiring quicker response, contact at

Phone: 0674-2304036 (Mon-Fri, 09:30-17:00)

Email: nest@nestexam.in
Important Dates:

Important Dates

Start of Online / Offline application for NEST 2014:

January 07, 2014

Last date for receiving request of offline application form (postal):

February 20, 2014

Last date for receipt of completed offline application form:

March 08, 2014 (5:30 pm)

Online applications close:

March 08, 2014 (midnight)

Dispatch of offline admit cards starts:

April 08, 2014

Download of online admit cards starts:

April 08, 2014

Date of examination:

May 31, 2014 (Saturday), 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Announcement of results on NEST website:

June 20, 2014


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