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NEST 2021: Exam Date (Revised) Registration (Extended), Preparation, Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Cutoff and Results

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NEST 2021 Exam Date which was previously scheduled on June 14, 2021, has now been postponed to August 14, 2021. NEST Registration is open from Feb 24, 2021, online. The last date to apply for NEST 2021 has been extended till July 15, 2021 from the previous deadline of May 20. As per NEST 2021 Eligibility Criteria, candidates appearing or having passed class 12 in the science stream with 60% marks (55% for SC, ST, PwD) are eligible to apply for the exam. Apply for NEST 2021 

  • NEST Exam is INR 1200 (General, OBC, and EWS) and INR 600 (SC, ST, PWD, and Female).
  • It is a 3-hour long CBT paper with 230 MCQs of 1 mark each. Check NEST 2021 Exam Pattern
  • NEST 2021 Syllabus will have 50 questions each from Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology and 30 questions from the general section.
  • NEST 2021 Counselling will begin in July 2021. Check NEST 2021 Counselling

Latest Update:

  • June 8, 2021: NEST 2021 Revised Schedule are Announced.
  • June 7, 2021: NEST aspirants can must go through preparation tips to ace the exam. Check Here
  • May 21, 2021: NEST 2021 Registration Deadline has been extended. New exam date, admit card, and result date to be announced soon.
  • May 11, 2021: NEST 2021 Admit Card will be released on June 4 instead of May 20, 2021.
  • April 30, 2021: NEST 2021 Registration Deadline has been Extended by 10 days, Exam Days remains unchanged. Admit Card download date also pushed back.

About NEST 2021

NEST is a national-level entrance exam conducted for students seeking admission to 5-year Integrated MSc Program in Basic Sciences – Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics. NEST merit will be calculated on the basis of three highest scored sections including the first one. National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar, and CEB-DAE Mumbai will conduct NEST 2021 exam jointly in the month of June 2021.

NEST 2021 Highlights

The key points about NEST 2021 are highlighted below:

Name of the Exam NEST – National Entrance Screening Test
Date of NEST 2021 exam June 2021
Exam conducting body NISER, Bhubaneshwar and UM-DAE CEBS, Mumbai
Mode of exam Online mode
Duration of exam 3 hours
Paper Language English
Total marks 230
Number of Sections 5
Courses offered 5 year integrated M.Sc courses

NEST Exam Dates

NEST 2021 Exam Date

Candidates can check the official NEST 2021 Exam Dates tabulated below:

Events Dates
NEST 2021 Registration Begins on February 24, 2021
Last day to submit NEST 2021 Application Form May 20, 2021 July 15, 2021
Issue of NEST 2021 Admit Card  June 4, 2021 August 3, 2021
NEST 2021 Exam Date June 14, 2021 August 14, 2021
NEST 2021 Answer Key  June 2021
Release of NEST 2021 Result  June 30, 2021 September 1, 2021
Nest 2021 Counselling July 2021

NEST Eligibility Criteria

NEST 2021 Eligibility Criteria

NEST Eligibility Criteria comprises several norms and rules that all candidates must satisfy before applying for the entrance test. Some of the important Eligibility Criteria for NEST 2021 are discussed below:-

Age Criteria

  • Candidate’s date of birth must not be before August 2000.
  • This holds true for general and OBC candidates.
  • There are a total of five years of relaxation for SC/ ST candidates. 

Educational Qualification

  • Candidates need to complete 10+2 exam from a recognized board.
  • Final year students are also eligible.

Academic Qualification

  • Candidates must have Mathematics as the mandatory subject in 10+2 exam.
  • Other mandatory subjects are physics, chemistry, biology or life science subjects.

Minimum Marks Required

  • A minimum of 60% marks is required in aggregate in 10+2 final exam for general category students.
  • The same is 55% marks in aggregate for SC, ST students.

State-wise Quota

  • Candidates from J & K, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana state have a quota of 15%.

Summary of Eligibility Criteria

A candidate becomes eligible for the programme when he/she satisfies following all four criteria:

  1. (a) Secures a position in the NEST merit list. Please refer to page 10 of this document for the rules of merit list preparation.
  2. (b) Pass the XII standard board examination or equivalent in the science stream in the years 2019 or 2020 or appeared in 2021 from any recognised Higher Secondary Education Board in India.
  3. (c) Secures at least 60% in aggregate in the XII standard board examination. For SC/ST/Divyangjan candidates the requirement is 55%.
  4. (d) Born on or after August 01, 2001. For SC/ST/Divyangjan students the limit is relaxed by five years.

Note: Necessary certificates supporting eligibility criteria have to be furnished only at the time of admission. Offer of admission is subject to verification of all original certificates at the time of admission/counselling and availability of seats. Certificates in support of eligibility criteria need not be produced for appearing in NEST 2021 examination.

NEST Application Form

NEST 2021 Application Form

NEST 2021 Application Form is available from February 24, 2021. It can be filled online at the official website of NEST i.e. Follow the below steps to learn how to register for NEST 2021:

  1. Visit the official website of NEST i.e.
  2. Click on the link ‘Apply Online’ link on NEST 2021 website to reach the online application page. 
  3. Enter the required credentials i.e. name, valid email id and a password of their choice in a window. 
  4. Candidates will then receive an email containing a link to confirm the registration.
  5. After confirmation, provide the same email id & password, enter the secret code and click on ‘Login’ in the window.
  6. NEST 2021 Application Process allows multi-session data entry.
  7. If the candidate forgets their password then click ‘forgot password’ link.
  8. For safety reasons, candidates are allowed to retrieve the password only twice.
The application form page for NEST 2021 will look like the above image.

NEST 2021 Application Fee

  • NEST 2021 Application Fee needs to be paid in online mode using debit/ credit card or net banking.
  • There is no option of sending a demand draft to the council for the fee.
  • NISER Conducting body has clearly mentioned that no center will physically collect the application fee from students.
  • Below is the fee structure that NEST 2021 follows. Based on the category, applicants need to pay the fee.
Category NEST Application Fee 
General/ OBC/ EWS INR 1200
SC/ ST/ PWD/ Female  INR 600

NEST Admit Card

NEST 2021 Admit Card

  • Admit Card for NEST 2021 will be available for download in March 2021.
  • All the applicants should carry the admit card to the NEST 2021 Exam Center along with a valid Photo ID issued by Govt. Of India.
  • The Hall Ticket is to be downloaded from NEST official website –
  • No candidate will receive NEST Admit card via e-mail or post.
  • Any discrepancy in the details provided during NEST 2021 Registration and mentioned on admit card should be immediately reported to the concerned authorities.
NEST Exam Centers

NEST 2021 Exam Centers

Candidates must choose 5 (five) centres in order of their preference while filling up of the application form.

  • NISER is the allocating authority which reserves the rights to allocate NEST Exam Center to all candidates.
  • The allotted Exam Center will be indicated on the NEST Admit Card.
  • Candidates have to mention the choice of NEST Exam center with the state code in which it is located.
Center Code Center Code Center Code Center Code
Guntur [AP] 01 Mangaluru (Mangalore) [KA]  25 Angul [OD]  49 Tirunelveli [TN]  73
Kurnool [AP]  02 Mysuru [KA]  26 Balasore [OD]  50 Hyderabad [TS]  74
Rajahmundry [AP]  03 Alappuzha [KL]  27 Bargarh [OD]  51 Karimnagar [TS]  75
Tirupathi [AP]  04 Ernakulam [KL]  28 Baripada [OD]  52 Warangal [TS]  76
Vijayawada [AP]  05 Idukki [KL]  29 Berhampur-Ganjam [OD]  53 Agartala [TR]  77
Visakhapatnam [AP]  06 Kannur [KL]  30 Bhubaneswar [OD]  54 Allahabad [UP]  78
Vizianagaram [AP]  07 Kasaragod [KL]  31 Cuttack [OD]  55 Kanpur [UP]  79
Guwahati [AS]  08 Kollam [KL]  32 Dhenkanal [OD]  56 Lucknow [UP]  80
Patna [BR]  09 Kottayam [KL]  33 Jharsuguda [OD]  57 Noida [UP] 81
Chandigarh [CH]  10 Kozhikode [KL]  34 Khurda [OD]  58 Varanasi [UP]  82
Bhilai Nagar [CG]  11 Malappuram [KL]  35 Rayagada [OD]  59 Dehradun [UK]  83
Raipur [CG]  12 Palakkad [KL]  36 Rourkela [OD]  60 Haldwani [UK]  84
New Delhi [DL]  13 Pathanamthitta [KL]  37 Sambalpur [OD]  61 Roorkee [UK]  85
Ahmedabad [GJ]  14 Thiruvananthapuram [KL] 38 Bhatinda [PB]  62 Asansol [WB]  86
Hamirpur [HP]  15 Thrissur [KL]  39 Jalandhar [PB]  63 Burdwan [WB]  87
Shimla [HP]  16 Bhopal [MP]  40 Mohali [PB]  64 Durgapur [WB]  88
Jammu [JK]  17 Gwalior [MP]  41 Jaipur [RJ]  65 Hooghly [WB]  89
Srinagar [JK]  18 Indore [MP]  42 Jodhpur [RJ]  66 Kolkata [WB]  90
Bokaro [JH]  19 Jabalpur [MP]  43 Udaipur [RJ] 67 Siliguri [WB]  91
Dhanbad [JH]  20 Mumbai [MH]  44 Chennai [TN]  68 - -
Jamshedpur [JH]  21 Nagpur [MH]  45 Coimbatore [TN]  69 - -
Ranchi [JH]  22 Pune [MH]  46 Madurai [TN]  70 - -
Bengaluru [KA]  23 Imphal [MN]  47 Salem [TN]  71 - -
Hubballi [KA]  24 Shillong [ML]  48 Tiruchirappalli [TN]  72 -
NEST Exam Pattern

NEST 2021 Exam Pattern

NEST Exam Pattern describes the complete paper pattern, subject-wise marking scheme, distribution of marks, time duration and alike. On June 6, 2021, NEST will be conducted in two sessions: 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM (first session) and 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM (second session). Candidates will be assigned to either of the sessions.

NEST 2021 will be conducted in Computer-Based Test mode.

  • The question paper will be published in English language only.
  • Questions will be in the form of MCQs.
  • The total exam duration will be of 3 hours.
  • There will 5 sections, each of 50 marks but the general section will carry 30 marks.
  • The whole question paper will consist of 230 marks.
  • There is no negative marking in General section. However, a negative marking is applied in the subject section.
NEST Syllabus

NEST 2021 Syllabus

The content of the exam will depend broadly on the syllabus that candidates studied in their class 11 and 12. The exam has five sections.

General Section There is no specific syllabus for this section. The questions are designed in a way to test a candidate’s hold over General Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Astronomy, Computer Science and Environmental Studies.) There may be certain questions that will test a candidate’s grasp over basic mathematics. 
  • Cell Biology
  • Genetics and Evolution
  • Ecology
  • Humans and Environment
  • Biotechnology
  • Biology of Animal systems
  • Developmental Biology
  • Immunology
  • Biology of Plant systems
  • Systematics
Chemistry Physical Chemistry:
  • Measurements in chemistry
  • Mole concept
  • Gaseous and liquid states
  • Atomic structure and chemical bonding
  • Thermodynamics
  • Chemical equilibrium
  • Solid state
  • Solutions
  • Surface chemistry
  • Classification of elements and periodicity in properties 
  • s– Block elements
  • p– Block elements
  • Coordination compounds
  • Metals and metallurgy
Organic Chemistry: 
  • Basic concepts
  • Reactive intermediates 
  • Nomenclature
  • Alkenes and Alkynes
  • Aromatic compounds
  • Haloalkanes (Alkyl halides)
  • Phenols
  • Ethers
  • Aldehydes and Ketones 
  • Amines
  • Carbohydrate
  • Amino acids and proteins
  • Polymers
  • Algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • Analytical geometry
  • Differential calculus
  • Integral calculus
  • Vectors
  • General Physics
  • Sound and mechanical waves
  • Thermal physics
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Optics
  • Modern physics

NEST Preparation

NEST 2021 Preparation

  • Candidates must familiarize themselves with the syllabus and plan their study accordingly.
  • The science syllabus of NEST is similar to that of NCERT or CBSE such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology. None of these papers can be neglected.
  • Even though the exam has been postponed candidates must keep preparing on a regular basis as the exam can be conducted anytime with the ease of lockdown.
  • The basic and fundamentals concepts of 12th standard science must be understood properly to ace the exam.
  • A sound Knowledge of multiple subjects can help candidates avoid negative marks.
  • Solving past year questions papers along with mock test are very helpful when it comes to advanced preparation.

NEST 2021 Books

Below are the list of books one can use for preparation purpose:

Name of the book Publisher or author ISBN
Modern ABC of Textbook Chemistry Dr. S.P.Jauhar 9351841219
Physical Chemistry P.Bahadur 9382314423
Aptitude Test problems in Physics S.S Krotov 9350941449
Concepts of Physics H.C. Verma 8177091875
Genetic Engineering P.S Verma B00QUYL11W
Genetics P.S Verma B01AWECMIG
Objective Biology M.P. Tyagi and J.P Goyal 818722374X
Integral Calculus Amit M. Agarwal 9311126225
Skills in Mathematics Coordinates Geometry for IIT JEE S.K Goyal 9351761401
NEST Result

NEST 2021 Result

NEST 2021 exam result will be declared in May 2021. The result will be available online. Candidates are advised to keep checking the official website for all important updates. The result will reflect on the official website on a tab that will read result 2021. The steps candidates need to follow in order to check the result are:

  • Login to official website using user id and password credentials.
  • Click on result tab ‘NEST 2021 Result
  • Download the result along with answer key.
  • Check the cut-off score.
  • The scorecard will give a brief understanding about the merit list.
  • Based on the result and merit list the final list of candidates will be released.
  • This list will focus on the applicants who are selected for student counselling.

NEST 2021 Counselling

NEST 2021 counselling will be conducted in June 2021. The selected aspirants will be allotted dates and venues for the counselling. This is the final step to get admission to the five years integrated program. The final merit list is uploaded on the official website. Candidates are requested to check the official website for NEST 2021 for the list. Based on the list and location of the candidate, a venue will be suggested along with the date and time. Candidates need to appear on the mentioned date and time on that venue for NEST Counselling. The schedule of counselling is tabulated below:

First Round Counselling and Admission

Event (First Round)


Emails being sent to qualified candidates for 1st admission round

To be announced

Last date to submit Expression of Interest (EOI)

To be announced

Link Available to Upload Documents

To be announced

Last date to upload documents

To be announced

Payment Window Opens

To be announced

Payment Window Closes

To be announced

Second Round Counselling and Admission

Event (Second Round)


Link Available to Upload Documents

To be announced

Last date to upload documents

To be announced

Payment Window Opens

To be announced

Payment Window Closes

To be announced

Third Round Counselling and Admission

Event (Third Round)


Link Available to Upload Documents

To be announced

Last date to upload documents

To be announced

Payment Window Opens

To be announced

Payment Window Closes

To be announced

Important Documents to be carried for counselling are as follows:

  • Mark sheets till 10+2.
  • Incase candidate has already done some diploma course post twelfth then the mark sheet for the same is also required.
  • Along with mark sheet certificate is also required.
  • Either of the address proofs likes; voter id card, Aadhar card, bank passbook, LIC policy document, ration card or any other government address proof.
  • Id proof like; driving license, pan card, voter id card, Aadhar card, 10+2 admit card or any other document issued by Government of India authority.
  • In case of SC and ST candidates, government certificate for class category is essential to submit.
  • Candidates need to carry minimum of three passport-sized photos with themselves.

There are main two rounds that take place; one is group discussion and the other is personal interview:

  • In group discussion candidate’s in-depth knowledge is checked.
  • In personal interview, candidates are counselled and mentally prepared for the course they are aspiring.
  • Since it is a five-year integrated course so students need to really focus on their real aspiration towards a specific course.

NEST 2021 FAQs

Ques. Who all can appear for NEST 2021?

Ans. Candidates who wish to pursue M.Sc in basic sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics) in a 5 year integrated programme offered at NISER and UM-DAE CEBS, will have to appear for NEST 2021.

Ques. What is the difficulty level of NEST 2021?

Ans. NEST is not difficult for candidates who have clarity in basic concepts of science. The questions in the paper are asked from class 11 and 12 syllabi. 

Ques. Which is tougher: JEE Main or NEST?

Ans. NEST comprises of multiple choice questions asked from basic concepts of science stream. The overall dificulty level of the exam is not much high. However, in comparison to JEE Main, NEST is termed to be easier by experts.

Ques. What steps do I need to take incase I forget my login credentials?

Ans. In a case wherein you forget your login credentials, you need to click on ‘Forgot password?’ option. Then you can reset your password by clicking on the ‘Reset Password’ option. For resetting your password, the NEST officials will send the required details to your registered email ID and mobile numbers.

Ques. I did not have Mathematics as a subject in Class 12. I belong to PCB stream. Am I eleigible to apply for NEST 2021?

Ans. Yes. You can apply for NEST 2021 even if you belong to PCB stream as the paper includes a General Section which needs to be attempted by all. Besides that, other 4 sections are optional and a candidate can attempt questions according to his/her understanding.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.


sudip pulai
Exam deat sir this exam have been online
shivangi srivastava

NEST 2021 was previously scheduled to be conducted on June 14, 2021 but it has now been postponed to August 14, 2021 as per the official announcement by the conducting body. The registration portal is open for the candidates and the last date for submission is July 15, 2021? respectively.

b upendra achari
This is for 10th or 12th passed out students ?
sinbad chongtham

Only candidates who are appearing 12th or who have completed 12th examination with at least 60% aggregate score from a recognized board can appear in the National Entrance Screening Test. There is 5% relaxation of marks for candidates belonging to the reserved categories. Candidates must have taken Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology as mandatory subjects in 12th standard.

hrishikesh s
Which are the college accepting NEST marks
satwika pedakota
I'm appearing 12 th board exams in may , can I apply nest exam
simran singh

yes, candidates appearing or having passed class 12 in science stream with 60% marks )55% for SC ST PWD) are eligible to apply for the exam.

hrithik raj
Is biology subject necessary for PCM student for NEST exam??
aniket ranjan

Yes, For NEST (National Entrance Screening Test) you must have studied Science with the combination of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics. The eligibility criteria for this exam is passed class 12th Examination or any equivalent examination from any recognized Board.

kshitija bharat shingare
krushna keshab routaray
Let me conform my Registration status
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Krushna, registration status can be checked by logging in using your credentials and check whether your application has been paid successfully or not. However, a confirmation mail and text must have been sent to your registered mail id and phone number respectively. So, you can check from there too.
jewel anumohan
Mam i have registered for nest but during payment something went wrong. 600 Rs withdrawn from my account but the application is not yet completed. Please help me
venu gopala reddy
Hello, can I know how many students (in %) in general are called for nest counselling ?
garima bansal
Hi Venu, You can check the official website of nest for the information related to counselling
akansha expert
Hi Likitha, Please check this link for getting the the Solved solution papers :- Practice Papers for NEST
tejaswi venkata
sir,in section 2 to 5 there is biology and maths but how can a bipc student can write maths which of 11 and 12 standards.sir, what were the topics to be learned for section 1 which of general awarness.
um-dae cbs cebs
General section is compulsory for all, and any 3 out of 4 is necessary for UM-DAE CEBS. The rules are slightly different for NISER. Please read the official brochure at
adwaita nayak
what is the age limt for general candidate for appearing NEST-2018 EXAM ( NISER ). MY DATE OF BIRTH IS 4 th october 1996 should i elligible to appear NEST Exam 2018 ( NISER ) I AM A GENERAL CANDIDATE . COULD YOU PLEASE CONFIRM ME ABOUT MY ELLIGIBILITY OF APPEARING NEST EXAM 2018 ( NISER) .
bhawna vedwal
Hello Adwaita, The lower age limit for NEST 2018 is 20 years.There is no upper age limit.
aarya nale
My xii board subject are biology chemistry physics. I didn't take maths shall I eligible for nest entrance
bhawna vedwal
Hello Aarya,The compulsory subjects to eligible NEET exam are Physics,Chemistry and Biology.
siddharth ramteke

Hi sir ! My son passed 12th science, with pcm . Is he eligible for NSER Admission?

kalpana sharma expert
Hi Siddharth, To know about the eligibility criteria for NEST, please check this link Eligibility Criteria for NEST
um-dae cbs cebs
please visit That is the official brochure
soumya sehgal
My preparation for Physics section is weak. How can I work upon it?
bhawna vedwal

Hello Soumya, NEST syllabus contains 11th and 12th grade level Physics so keep your main focus on 11th and 12th books. You can practice previous question papers and go through with other reference books also. For more practice use this link Practice papers.

soumya sehgal
My photograph on admit card is not clear. What should I do?
bhawna vedwal

Hello Soumya,If there are any discrepancy in Admit card:

Discrepancies in NEST 2018 Admit card cannot be corrected.

Irrelevant changes as corrections will not be entertained by the authority.

If there is an urgent requirement of change in any field of Admit card, candidates can contact the conducting body by emailing the concern on

vivek bansal
I have cleared 12th in 2015. Am I eligible for the exam?
sakshi garg expert
Hi Vivek, Yes, Candidates, those who qualified their qualifying exam in 2015
kritika gupta
Is it important to send the hard copies of the application form summary and DD to NEST office?
sakshi garg expert
Hi Kritika, For candidates making the payment by DD, they are required to send the originals at NEST Office. One must make sure to take a printout of their NEST application summary. Also, write your name and application number on the backside of DD.
kritika gupta
After uploading the required documents, they still look small and are hard to identify. Will it be acceptable?
sakshi garg expert
Hi Kritika, "No, it is important to follow the instruction to crop the pictures and reupload by clicking the ‘Select Photo’ or ‘Select Signature’ button."
arindam moitra
Can you please provide the prescribed format for obtaining Disability Certificate?
sakshi garg expert
Hi Arindam, Well, there is prescribed a format for disability certificate on the official websites of NEST or participating institutes. However, the disability certificate must conform to the latest guidelines and prescribed format of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Department of Disability Affairs. For latest guidelines, visit