LPUNEST is an entrance test to get admissions to programs offered by the Lovely Professional University. Till 2018, this test was considered as a test to avail scholarship at LPU. From 2019 onwards, the scores secured in the entrance exam will not only be used for admissions but one can avail scholarship using the same. An applicant who clears this test can also get a study grant of up to 2 lakhs to pursue higher studies at various Indian Institute of Technology and National Institute of Technology (IITs/NITs).
The total value for the grant is of Rs 7.7 crores for students who join IITs/NITs. There are a total of 23 IITs across the country and 10 students entering each of these IITs, after cracking LPU NEST, can obtain a study grant of Rs 2 lakhs each. Moreover, each of the 10 students taking affirmation at any of the 31 NITs can avail scholarship of Rs 1 lakh. As such, 540 students can get a study grant up to 2 lakhs each.
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This is a very unique and amazing opportunity for the students who have a dream of studying at the top institutions of the country. Shedding light on this scholarship test, Chancellor Mr. Ashok Mittal stated “LPU was started as a social enterprise, and presently it has also provided scholarship up to 300 crores to 20 thousand students who joined LPU. This year, we thought we could further support students to join several top institutes like IITs/NITs. So, LPU has introduced a study grant, and we really hope that students will be able to get benefit from this”.
Every year, more than 1 lakh students aspire to get the scholarship via “LPU NEST”, a computer-based test conducted in 200+ centers across the country and in 50+ countries. This year, in 2019, this test is being conducted in two phases- January 21 – February 5, 2019, and April 5 – April 30, 2019. After Schedule I, if an applicant wants to improve their scores, he/she may also appear for the second time under Schedule II. The better score will be considered for the final calculation of the cut-offs/ ranks.
The pattern for the question paper in LPUNEST is 30 questions on Physics, Chemistry and Maths/Biology and 20 questions based on English syllabus. There is no negative marking in this exam and each correct answer fetches 4 marks. The syllabus for this test is similar to that of the 10+2 class.