NEST 2020 Exam Date(Revised), Exam Center, Application Form, Admit Card and Result

    Megha Rohilla Megha Rohilla
    University Data Specialist

    NEST 2020 new exam date has been announced. National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar and CEB-DAE Mumbai will conduct NEST 2020 exam on September 29, 2020. The registration window has also been extended for the fourth time till June 14, 2020. The exam got postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic.

    Latest: NISER allows candidates to change NEST 2020 exam center preferences till June 30, 2020.Click here

    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. As per NEST 2020 Eligibility Criteria, candidates appearing or having passed class 12 in science stream with 60% marks (55% for SC, ST, PwD) are eligible to apply for NEST 2020 Exam. 

    • NEST 2020 Application Form was released on January 8, 2020, at
    • The application fees is INR 1200 for General, OBC and EWS categories and INR 600 for SC, ST, PWD, and Female candidates.
    • As per NEST 2020 Exam Pattern, it will be a 3-hour long computer-based test having 230 multiple choice questions of 1 mark each. The paper will be set in English only.
    • NEST 2020 Syllabus will have 50 questions each from Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology and 30 questions from general section.
    • The merit will becalculated on the basis of three highest scored sections including the first one. 

    Exam Highlights

    NEST 2020 Highlights

    The key points about NEST 2020 are highlighted below:

    Name of the ExamNEST – National Entrance Screening Test
    Date of NEST 2020 examSeptember 29, 2020
    Exam conducting bodyNISER, Bhubaneshwar and UM-DAE CEBS, Mumbai
    Mode of examOnline mode
    Duration of exam3 hours
    Total marks230
    Number of Sections5
    Courses offered5 year integrated M.Sc courses

    Exam Dates

    NEST 2020 Exam Dates

    Candidates can check official NEST 2020 Exam Dates tabulated below:

    NEST 2020 Registration Begins onJanuary 8, 2020
    Last day to submit NEST 2020 Application FormJune 14, 2020 (Extended)
    Issue of NEST 2020 Admit Card To be Announced
    NEST 2020 Exam DateSeptember 29, 2020(Revised)
    Release of NEST 2020 Result To be Announced
    Nest 2020 Merit List To be Announced

    Eligibility Criteria

    NEST 2020 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 2020 are discussed below:-

    Age Criteria

    • Candidate’s date of birth must be before August 1998.
    • 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 2018 or 2019 or appeared in 2020 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, 2000. 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 2020 examination.

    Application Form

    NEST 2020 Application Form

    NEST 2020 Application Form is available from January 8, 2020. It can be filled online at the official website of NEST i.e. Follow the below steps to learn how to register for NEST 2020:

    1. Visit the official website of NEST i.e.
    2. Click on the link ‘Apply Online’ link on NEST 2020 website to reach the online application page on/after January 07, 2020. 
    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 2020 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 2020 will look like the above image.

    NEST 2020 Application Fee

    • NEST 2020 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 2020 follows. Based on the category, applicants need to pay the fee.
    CategoryNEST Application Fee 
    General/ OBC/ EWSINR 1200
    SC/ ST/ PWD/ Female INR 600

    Admit Card

    NEST 2020 Admit Card

    • Admit Card for NEST 2020 will be available for download from April 24, 2020.
    • All the applicants should carry the admit card to the NEST 2020 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 2020 Registration and mentioned on admit card should be immediately reported to the concerned authorities.

    Exam Centers

    NEST 2020 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.
    Guntur [AP]01Mangaluru (Mangalore) [KA] 25Angul [OD] 49Tirunelveli [TN] 73
    Kurnool [AP] 02Mysuru [KA] 26Balasore [OD] 50Hyderabad [TS] 74
    Rajahmundry [AP] 03Alappuzha [KL] 27Bargarh [OD] 51Karimnagar [TS] 75
    Tirupathi [AP] 04Ernakulam [KL] 28Baripada [OD] 52Warangal [TS] 76
    Vijayawada [AP] 05Idukki [KL] 29Berhampur-Ganjam [OD] 53Agartala [TR] 77
    Visakhapatnam [AP] 06Kannur [KL] 30Bhubaneswar [OD] 54Allahabad [UP] 78
    Vizianagaram [AP] 07Kasaragod [KL] 31Cuttack [OD] 55Kanpur [UP] 79
    Guwahati [AS] 08Kollam [KL] 32Dhenkanal [OD] 56Lucknow [UP] 80
    Patna [BR] 09Kottayam [KL] 33Jharsuguda [OD] 57Noida [UP]81
    Chandigarh [CH] 10Kozhikode [KL] 34Khurda [OD] 58Varanasi [UP] 82
    Bhilai Nagar [CG] 11Malappuram [KL] 35Rayagada [OD] 59Dehradun [UK] 83
    Raipur [CG] 12Palakkad [KL] 36Rourkela [OD] 60Haldwani [UK] 84
    New Delhi [DL] 13Pathanamthitta [KL] 37Sambalpur [OD] 61Roorkee [UK] 85
    Ahmedabad [GJ] 14Thiruvananthapuram [KL]38Bhatinda [PB] 62Asansol [WB] 86
    Hamirpur [HP] 15Thrissur [KL] 39Jalandhar [PB] 63Burdwan [WB] 87
    Shimla [HP] 16Bhopal [MP] 40Mohali [PB] 64Durgapur [WB] 88
    Jammu [JK] 17Gwalior [MP] 41Jaipur [RJ] 65Hooghly [WB] 89
    Srinagar [JK] 18Indore [MP] 42Jodhpur [RJ] 66Kolkata [WB] 90
    Bokaro [JH] 19Jabalpur [MP] 43Udaipur [RJ]67Siliguri [WB] 91
    Dhanbad [JH] 20Mumbai [MH] 44Chennai [TN] 68--
    Jamshedpur [JH] 21Nagpur [MH] 45Coimbatore [TN] 69--
    Ranchi [JH] 22Pune [MH] 46Madurai [TN] 70--
    Bengaluru [KA] 23Imphal [MN] 47Salem [TN] 71--
    Hubballi [KA] 24Shillong [ML] 48Tiruchirappalli [TN] 72-

    Exam Pattern

    NEST 2020 Exam Pattern

    NEST Exam Pattern describes the complete paper pattern, subject-wise marking scheme, distribution of marks, time duration and alike. On June 6, 2020, 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 2020 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.

    Detailed Syllabus

    NEST 2020 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 SectionThere 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
    ChemistryPhysical 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

    Recommended Books

    NEST 2020 Books

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

    Name of the bookPublisher or authorISBN
    Modern ABC of Textbook ChemistryDr. S.P.Jauhar9351841219
    Physical ChemistryP.Bahadur9382314423
    Aptitude Test problems in PhysicsS.S Krotov9350941449
    Concepts of PhysicsH.C. Verma8177091875
    Genetic EngineeringP.S VermaB00QUYL11W
    GeneticsP.S VermaB01AWECMIG
    Objective BiologyM.P. Tyagi and J.P Goyal818722374X
    Integral CalculusAmit M. Agarwal9311126225
    Skills in Mathematics Coordinates Geometry for IIT JEES.K Goyal9351761401

    NEST 2020 Result

    NEST 2020 exam result will be declared on June 16, 2020. 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 2020. 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 2020 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 2020 Counselling

    By July 2020 counselling for NEST 2020 will begin. 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 2020 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. Few important documents need to be carried. They are;

    • 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 2020 FAQs

    Ques. Who all can appear for NEST 2020?

    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 2020.

    Ques. What is the difficulty level of NEST 2020?

    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 2020?

    Ans. Yes. You can apply for NEST 2020 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

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    Kshitija Bharat Shingare


    28 Mar, 2020 00:20

    Let me conform my Registration status

    04 Feb, 2020 00:20
    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.

    04 Feb, 2020 13:15
    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

    17 Jan, 2020 00:20
    venu gopala reddy

    Hello, can I know how many students (in %) in general are called for nest counselling ?

    06 May, 2018 21:47
    Garima Bansal

    Hi Venu, You can check the official website of nest for the information related to counselling

    20 Jun, 2018 14:55


    05 May, 2018 06:56
    Akansha Expert

    Hi Likitha, Please check this link for getting the the Solved solution papers :- Practice Papers for NEST

    05 May, 2018 11:48
    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.

    02 Jan, 2018 07:58

    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

    18 Jan, 2019 17:37
    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) .

    23 Dec, 2017 00:20
    Bhawna Vedwal

    Hello Adwaita, The lower age limit for NEST 2018 is 20 years.There is no upper age limit.

    16 May, 2018 18:24
    Aarya nale

    My xii board subject are biology chemistry physics. I didn't take maths shall I eligible for nest entrance

    10 Dec, 2017 00:20
    Bhawna Vedwal

    Hello Aarya,The compulsory subjects to eligible NEET exam are Physics,Chemistry and Biology.

    04 May, 2018 18:46
    siddharth ramteke

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

    13 Jun, 2017 16:29
    Kalpana Sharma Expert

    Hi Siddharth, To know about the eligibility criteria for NEST, please check this link Eligibility Criteria for NEST

    30 Aug, 2017 16:27

    please visit That is the official brochure

    18 Jan, 2019 17:38
    Soumya Sehgal

    My preparation for Physics section is weak. How can I work upon it?

    26 May, 2017 13:03
    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.

    09 May, 2018 10:58
    Soumya Sehgal

    My photograph on admit card is not clear. What should I do?

    26 May, 2017 13:01
    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

    09 May, 2018 10:53
    vivek bansal

    I have cleared 12th in 2015. Am I eligible for the exam?

    26 May, 2017 12:56
    Sakshi Garg Expert

    Hi Vivek, Yes, Candidates, those who qualified their qualifying exam in 2015

    26 May, 2017 13:35
    Kritika Gupta

    Is it important to send the hard copies of the application form summary and DD to NEST office?

    26 May, 2017 12:53
    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.

    30 May, 2017 18:01
    Kritika Gupta

    After uploading the required documents, they still look small and are hard to identify. Will it be acceptable?

    26 May, 2017 12:53
    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."

    30 May, 2017 18:03

    Can you please provide the prescribed format for obtaining Disability Certificate?

    26 May, 2017 12:31
    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

    30 May, 2017 18:06

    Can I apply for any other institute on the basis of NEST score except UM-DAE CBS) and NISER, Bhubaneshwar?

    26 May, 2017 12:29
    Sakshi Garg Expert

    Hi Arindam, Apart from NISER, Bhubaneshwar and UM-DAE CBS, Mumbai, ISERC (INTEGRATED SCIENCE EDUCATION AND RESEARCH CENTRE), Visva Bharati also accepts NEST score for providing admission to Five-year Integrated M.Sc course.

    30 May, 2017 18:08
    Ashmita Tamta

    What is the last date for obtaining the caste certificate for reserved categories?

    26 May, 2017 12:16
    Sakshi Garg Expert

    Hi Ashmita, The last date for obtaining the caste certificates from a competent authority for OBC-NCL/SC/ST categories is June 01, 2016.

    26 May, 2017 12:52
    Ashmita Tamta

    Can we submit the NEST application offline?

    26 May, 2017 12:16
    Sakshi Garg Expert

    Hi Asmita, No, the NEST application can be made in the online mode only.

    26 May, 2017 12:56
    shivani tiwari

    When will NEST Counselling commence?

    26 May, 2017 11:29
    Sakshi Garg Expert

    Hi Shivani, After the declaration of NEST Result, the counseling process will commence. It is expected to start from last week of June 2017. The process is held in 2 rounds.

    26 May, 2017 12:30

    I belong to General Category. Can you please tell me the qualifying marks for CISER Mumbai or NISER?

    26 May, 2017 11:29
    Sakshi Garg Expert

    Hi Anupama, The minimum qualifying marks for NISER is 85 and CBS is 23

    26 May, 2017 12:33
    VINAY Bajpai

    As per prospectus qualifying marks is 50%. Has it been revised?

    07 Jun, 2017 22:01
    Bhawna Vedwal

    Hello Vinay, Applicants must have secured minimum 60 % for General category and minimum 55 % for SC, ST, and PD category.

    10 May, 2018 12:25

    Is it necessary to have math as a subject to clear NEST?

    26 May, 2017 11:25
    Sakshi Garg Expert

    Hi Anupama, No, you can choose from Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology. It is mandatory to clear the General section which is common to all. Rest 1 subject you can choose from above 4 mentioned subjects.

    30 May, 2017 18:16
    shivani tiwari

    I have lost my password, how can I get my NEST Admit Card?

    26 May, 2017 11:23
    Sakshi Garg Expert

    Hi Shivani, Lost password can be easily retrieved by clicking on ‘Oops, I Forgot my Password’. There, you will be required to provide your email id and secret code (captcha). The password would be sent on your registered email id. Then, you can download your NEST Admit Card.

    26 May, 2017 13:29

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