NEST 2020 on June 6: Apply by April 3
Applications have been invited for the National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) 2020 for admission to the 5-year Integrated MSc Program, 2020-25 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.
NISER is an off-campus centre of Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI) and all academic programmes of NISER are affiliated to HBNI. CEBS is a DAE institution, which is physically located in the Kalina campus of University of Mumbai and the degrees to students are awarded by Mumbai University.
NEST is a compulsory online/computer based test for admission to the five year Integrated MSc programme in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics, at the 2 institutes that are autonomous institutions established by Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India.
Those admitted to the programme are eligible to receive annual scholarship of Rs.60,000 through DISHA program of Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India. In addition, the scholarship recipients receive grant of Rs 20,000 per annum for summer internship. Those selected by DST for the INSPIRE-SHE program are endorsed for INSPIRE scholarship by NISER and CEBS.
Top performers at NISER and CEBS, securing overall grades above certain threshold at the end of the programme, are eligible to appear directly for the interview for admission to Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) training school.
The details of the Integrated MSc programme, list of courses, research activities of the individual schools, institute facilities and faculty profiles at NISER and CEBS may be found on their respective websites www.niser.ac.in and www.cbs.ac.in.
Eligibility: Applicant should be from regular science stream in classes XI and XII and must have passed class XII examination or equivalent from any recognised Board in India in the years 2018 or 2019 or should be appearing for the same in 2020. Applicant must secure at least 60% marks in aggregate or equivalent grade (55% for SC/ST/ Divyangjan categories) in class XII examination. Where only letter grades are available, a certificate from the concerned Board specifying equivalent percentage of marks is required to be submitted. In absence of such a certificate, the decision of the admissions committee of the concerned institution will be final.
Age: General and OBC category applicants should have been born on or after August 1, 2000. The age limit is relaxed by 5 years for SC / ST / Divyangjan categories.
Seats: The, total number of seats at NISER and CEBS are 200 and 57, respectively. NISER and CEBS follow the Govt. of India rules for reservation of seats. Details are available in the NEST 2020 Information Brochure available at www.nestexam.in
NEST: NEST 2020 will be conducted at multiple centres (major towns or cities) all over India on June 6, 2020 (Saturday). The first session will be from 9 am to 12.30 pm and the second from 2 pm to 5.30 pm. A candidate will be assigned to either of the sessions.
Examination centres: The list of 90 centres (cities and towns of India) for the NEST examination is given in the Information Brochure. Applicant must choose 5 centres in order of their preference while filling out the application form. The address of the test venue allotted to the applicant, will be mentioned on the NEST admit card.
The question paper will consist of 5 sections of objective type, Multiple Choice questions. Section 1 is the general section carrying 30 marks. There will be no negative marking in the general section. Sections 2 to 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, 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.
NEST question papers of last few years, is given at www.nestexam.in. Language of the question paper will be English only.
Application: Applications can be filled online at www.nestexam.in latest by April 3, 2020. The application fee for the males of General and OBC categories is 1,200/-. The application fee for candidates in the SC/ST/Divyangjan categories and for all female applicants is 600/-. Payments can be made using credit card/debit card/net-banking through online payment gateway using Mastercard/Visa/RuPay cards only. Applicants need not send any document to NEST office in the entire application process.
Admit cards will be available for download from online application portal from April 24, 2020.
Merit lists for NISER and CEBS will be prepared separately. Merit list is prepared based on marks obtained in the general section and in the best three subject sections, subject to other conditions specified in the Information Brochure. Applicants have to secure ‘Section-wise’ Minimum Admissible Score (SMAS) or section-wise cut-off marks. For NISER, SMAS in all four subject sections is mandatory, in addition to the general section. For CEBS, SMAS in any 3 subject sections is mandatory, in addition to the general section. In addition to SMAS, a candidate is required to score equal to or above a total Minimum Admissible Percentile (MAP), to get a merit rank. Details regarding the computation of these factors are available in the Brochure.
Based on the performance in NEST 2020, Merit List of the candidates will be prepared for NISER and CEBS separately and posted at www.nestexam.in on June 16, 2020.
For details, visit www.nestexam.in