NEST 2018 ELIGIBILITY
NATIONAL LEVEL OFFLINE TEST
NEST (National Entrance Screening Test) is conducted every year by National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar and Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (CBS), Mumbai University. NEST Application Form will be available online from January 01, 2018 to 5 March 2018.
The basic eligibility for NEST 2018 is that candidates should be class 12th pass. Candidates can check below full eligibility criteria such as educational qualifications, age limit, etc. The lower age limit for NEST 2018 is 20 years.
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The eligibility criteria for NEST 2018 is stipulated by the exam conducting authority. Candidates can check below the educational qualification, age limit, etc. for NEST 2018.
For General Candidates
For Reserved Category Candidates
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For General and OBC Candidates
For admission into integrated M.Sc. programme of NISER/CBS, candidates must be born on or after August 1, 1997. For SC/ST/PD Candidates, there is a relaxation of 5 years.There is no upper age limit. Also, there is no restriction on number of times a candidate can appear for NEST exam.
Out of the total number of seats in both NISER and CBS, there are a certain percentage of seats which is reserved for the reserved category candidates. The categories acknowledged by NISER and CBS for admission are as follows:
Other Backward Classes belonging to the Non-Creamy Layer (OBC–NCL)
About 27% of seats are reserved for OBC-NCL Candidates can check the central list of OBCs Class on official website. Note that candidate belonging to creamy Layer of OBC are not entitled for any reservation and will be treated as belonging to General (unreserved) categorySocially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC)
These Classes as notified by some state governments are not eligible for any reservation unless they belong to OBC-NCL category.
Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST)
The total percentage of seats reserved for SC/ST candidates is 15% seats for SC and 7.5% for ST. Note that only those candidates will fall under this category whose caste and tribes are mentioned in list published by Government of India.
Person with Disabilities
3% seats in General, OBC-NCL and SC/ST categories are reserved for PD Candidates.
Applicants who have at least 40% impairment irrespective of the type of disability - locomotor, visual or dyslexic or Leprosy- cured candidates who are otherwise fit to pursue the course are eligible to apply for NEST 2018 under this category.
Supernumerary Quota for students from Jammu and Kashmir
NISER and CBS has one seat each for applicants under this category.
To be eligible for this category, candidates must be belonging to Jammu & Kashmir.
They must have completed Class 12th or equivalent exam through the State Board of Jammu & Kashmir and from Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) affiliated schools located in Jammu & Kashmir.
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The Number of Seats available in NISER and CBS for admission in the year 2017 can be seen in the following table:
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If the required number of seats remains unfilled in the OBC-NCL category, they will be allotted to General category candidates. On the other hand, vacant seats under the SC and ST categories will not be allotted to candidates of other categories. The seat reservation for PD candidates is horizontal and hence, unfilled seats will be allotted to candidates belonging to the respective categories. For Example: unfilled SC (PD) seats will be allotted to candidates belonging to the SC category and so on
If selected, every candidate, irrespective of any category, has to obtain a certain set of Documents at the time of admission. Despite these candidates clearing the NEST 2018, if the candidate fails to produce original documents during the admission and counselling process, the admission of the candidate will be rejected.
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*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College
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