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NEST 2018 Answer Key, Question Paper & Analysis

Last Updated - June 18, 2018

NEST Result 2018 has been declared on June 18, 2018. It is available only through online mode. NEST 2018 was held on June 02, 2018. Candidates who appeared for NEST 2018 are informed that official NEST Answer Key is available on this page. Candidates can check last year answer key to get expected answer key from the article below.

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  • Physics was considered to be moderate in difficulty and length, with most finding it easier than the last year.
  • Chemistry was considered the easiest of all three papers, with a difficulty curve similar to last year.
  • Mathematics was considered by most to be the most difficult of the three subjects.
  • General Ability was easiest section having good weightage in the NEST and is compulsory for all the candidates.

NEST – Previous Year Answer Key

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NEST 2018 Answer Key

NEST 2018 Answer Key will be accessible online after the exam. The answer key will be available as two sets A & B and questions were asked from Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics & General.  With the help of NEST answer key 2018, every student has the option to estimate their approximate score. Some coaching institutes also provide unofficial NEST Answer key 2018 which are made by their subject experts. Candidates can use the answer keys for the following reasons:

  • To know the correct answer for the questions asked in the examination
  • It requires to know the solved steps and answers for the questions
  • To evaluate the candidate’s answers with the actual answer

Note: Candidates can even challenge the answer key if they find any discrepancy. The challenges against the answer key will be referred to the exam board committees constituted by NISER (National Institute of Science Education & Research) Bhubaneswar and University of Mumbai - Department of Atomic Energy Center for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CBS).

How to Check NEST 2018 Answer Key?

In order to access NEST 2018 answer key, candidates have to visit the website and follow the steps:

  1. Visit the official website i.e.
  2. Enter the required credentials i.e. Roll number and Date of Birth.
  3. Then, click on submit button. NEST 2018 Answer Key will be displayed.
  4. Download the Answer key and match answer with your answer.
  5. Take a print out for future reference.

NEST Paper Analysis 2018

NEST evaluated a candidate’s comprehension skills and knowledge in basic sciences. It was of 180 marks. Candidates will be shortlisted for counselling process by all the participating institutes based on the no. of seats available and NEST Cut off.

  • NEST 2018 questions were moderately difficult.
  • Most of the questions were straightforward and tricky questions were also asked.
  • In each section, there were at least five to six questions which were framed differently.
  • The section of Physics was easy and straightforward with most of the questions asked from the CBSE syllabus.
  • In Mathematics, two or three questions were lengthy and those students who relied on NCERT and other text books would have found the question paper difficult.
  • The Chemistry section was quite balanced and equal weightage was given to all topics.
  • The questions were conceptual and the topics that were not covered included States of Matter and Chemistry in Everyday Life.
  • Biology was challenging as genuine concept based tricky questions were present.
  • General Ability was easiest section having good weightage and it can help you to crack the NEST.

NEST 2018 Seat Intake

There are around 172 seats reserved for NISER whereas for CBS the total number of seats reserved is 47 seats for admission to integrated 5-year MSc Program. The reservation of seats for various categories would be based on norms of GOI.

The category-wise distribution of seats for NISER and CBS is mentioned in the table below-

Supernumerary: J&K22
PD (Part of Other Categories)51



1 Comment
Neeraj Sagwal

for nest 2018,where can i find answer key?

04 Jun, 2018 12:54
Garima Bansal

Hi Neeraj, You can check the official website :- to get information regarding the answer key for the NEST

15 Jun, 2018 12:54

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