National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) is a national level entrance examination which is organized together by NISER (National Institute of Science Education and Research) and Mumbai University (Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences). The both NISER and Mumbai University (UM-DAE CEBS) were established by the Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India in 2007. Their guidelines are to educate about the scientific programs of Department of Atomic Energy and many other science institutions in the country.
The NEST 2018 is held in order to provide admissions to the candidates in the five year integrated MSc program in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics which are offered by NISER and UM-DAE CEBS. For securing admissions in NISER and Mumbai University (Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences), Mumbai are offered on the basis of NEST’s score. The candidates who have passed their Class XII from Science stream are able to apply for the National Entrance Screening Test. The candidates can visit the official website on or after December 26, 2017 for all the notifications regarding NEST 2018 Scholarship.
The seats available for securing the admission in NISER Bhubaneswar are 170 seats + 2(JK). And the total number of seats available for securing the admissions in CBS Mumbai are 45 seats + 2(JK). And for the candidates who belong to Jammu and Kashmir then there are two seats reserved in each institution for them.
All the candidates who are acknowledged to National Institute of Science Education and Research and CBS are also eligible to apply for the scholarship program of Rs. 60000 per year and Rs. 20000 additionally per year for summer internship. The candidates who will perform the best and be among the top performers in NISER and CBS they are eligible and can apply for the final interview of BARC (Bhabha Atomic Research Centre). But before applying for the exam the candidates must read all the eligibility guidelines to check whether they are able to apply or not.
The eligible candidates only can apply for the NEST application form from the official website whenever it is applicable. The National entrance screening test application form will be accepted through online mode only as there is no offline mode application form available for all the eligible candidates who are willing to apply for the exam. The candidates have to make their application form payment via online mode only as there is no need of sending any DD (Demand draft) or document via post to any of the specified address for making the payment of their application form. The candidates are requested to take a print out of their application form for all the further communications. If the candidate wants to avoid the situation of misplacement then he/she are advised to take 2-3 copies of their confirmation form. As, the provided details on the confirmation form such as application number and password will be required further in admit card and result.
The eligibility criteria guidelines are given below:
- Academic Qualification – All the candidates must have qualified class 10+2 examinations in either 2016 or 2017. Also, the candidates who are willing to appear in 2018 are also eligible to apply for the exam. Only the candidates who belong to science stream (having any combination of Biology/chemistry/Math/Physics in class XI) can apply for the exam.
- Age – The age criteria for all the candidates who belong to the General and OBC category must be born on or after 1 August, 1997. But for the candidates who belongs to SC/ST/PWD the age limit is relaxed upto 5 years.
- Minimum qualifying marks -The candidates who belong to General and OBC category they must have score min. 60% marks in their class 12 exams or any other equivalent exam from any of the recognized board. But for the candidates who belong from SC/ST/PWD they must have scored 55% of the minimum marks in their class 10+2 exams. If, the candidates have scored these marks can apply for the NEST 2018 exam.