NEST Exam Pattern Detail You Might Want to Know About

NEST Exam Pattern:

NEST or the National Entrance Screening Test is conducted by the Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CEBS) – Mumbai University and the National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar. The NEST exam is the gateway to getting admission in the above-esteemed institutions in the M.Sc programs. The NEST exam pattern helps candidates prepare for the exam in a meticulous manner.

NEST Exam Pattern
NEST Exam Pattern

Here are the details of the NEST exam pattern:

The NEST exam is conducted for all those candidates interested in pursuing an integrated M.Sc degree in the following subjects:

  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology

Date to start registration of application: 8th January 2020

Last date to submit completed application: 3rd April 2020

Date of release of admit card: 24th April 2020

Date of NEST exam: 6th June 2020

Date of declaration of result: 16th June 2020

Eligibility criteria:

  • The candidate must have passed class 12th from a recognized board with at least 60% aggregate marks.
  • The candidate must have passed class 12th in the year 2018/ 2019.
  • Candidates appearing for class 12th exams in 2020 are also eligible to apply.
  • The candidates must have studied a combination of 3 subjects from Biology/ Maths/ Physics/ Chemistry as compulsory subjects.
  • The candidate should have been born on or after 1st August 2000 to be eligible for the exam.

NEST exam pattern:

  • The Nest exam is a computer based online examination.
  • The exam consists of multiple choice objective questions.
  • The duration of the exam is 3 hours/ 180 minutes.
  • The total weightage of the exam is 230 marks.
  • The exam comprises of 5 sections. These include the following:
  • Section 1: General 
  • Section 2: Biology
  • Section 3: Chemistry
  • Section 4: Maths
  • Section 5: Physics
  • Section 1 is compulsory for all to attend, while candidates can choose any 3 other sections for the remainder of the test.
  • The marking scheme does not have any negative marking.
  • A question might have more than 1 correct answer in the options given, the candidate must mark all the correct answers to get the marks for the question.   
Section Number of questions Marks
General Aptitude 30 30
Physics 50 50
Mathematics 50 50
Chemistry 50 50
Biology 50 50

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