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NEST 2018 Notification, Exam Date, Application Form, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Admit Card, Result and Counselling

National Entrance Screening Test (NEST 2018) is a National level examination. This exam is conducted to offer admission in 5 years of integrated M.Sc programmes at NISER (National Institute of Science Education & Research), Bhubaneshwar & UM-DAE CEBS (University of Mumbai-Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences), Mumbai. NEST 2018 will be conducted in the month of May 2018.

Affirmations in NISER, Bhubaneswar and UM-DAE CEBS, Mumbai are done on the premise of a hopeful's score in NEST exam. Applicants who have passed Class XII from Science stream are qualified to apply for NEST exam. NEST 2018 exam dates are not out yet.

NEST 2018 Notification

NEST 2018 Application Form has been released from 1st January 2018The last date to apply for the NEST exam will be the 5th March 2018.

NEST 2018 Exam Date 

Event Name


Online Application Starts from

1st January 2018

Last date to apply

5th March 2018

Admit card availability

25th April 2018

Exam date      

2nd June 2018

Result Declaration

18th June 2018

NEST 2018 Application Form

Applying candidates can check the NEST Registration 2018 details from below:

  • Candidates have to register themselves with a valid user email ID in the website.
  • In the next step, candidates have to fill their basic details. After this an application number will be generated for further login.
  • Scanned images of signature and photograph (maximum 100 KB) will be uploaded by the candidate in JPEG format.
  • Before final submission of the application form, candidates are informed to verify all the details filled by them.
  • Make the fee payment via online process.
  • Don’t forget to take printout of the application form for further use.

Application Fee:

  • The application fee will be Rs. 700/- for Male (General & OBC) and Rs. 350/- for SC, ST and female & PwD candidates of all other categories.
  • Candidates can make payment using any Credit/Debit card or through Net banking.

For detailed information on NEST Application Form 2018 

NEST 2018 Eligibility Criteria   

Qualification Criteria:

Qualifying Exam: Candidates must have passed 10+2 standard or equivalent exam.

Subjects: Candidates should have combination of any three subjects from the following Physics/Chemistry/Mathematics/Biology as subjects.

Minimum Marks: Candidates must score 60% marks in aggregate or equivalent in 12th standard (55% in case of SC/ST/PD categories).

Appearing Students: Candidates those appearing in final year examination can also apply.

Age Criteria:

General& OBC Candidates: They should born on or after August 01, 1998.

SC/ST/PD candidates: There is a 5 years of age relaxation for SC/ST/PD candidates.

For Complete details on NEST Eligibility Criteria 2018

NEST 2018 Exam Pattern

Exam Mode:  Offline mode (OMR based).

Total Marks: The whole question paper will be consisting of 230 marks.

Type of Question: There will be objective (MCQ) questions will be asked.

Duration of Exam: The total exam duration will be 3 hours.

Negative Marking: There is no negative marking in General section. However, a negative marking is applied in the subject section.

Sections: There will 5 sections, each of 50 marks but general section will carry 30 marks.


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Click here: NEST Exam Pattern 2018

NEST 2018 Syllabus   

There is not any fixed syllabus for the General section. Generally, the syllabus follows the pattern of NCERT and CBSE science syllabus of 11th & 12th class. Questions are designed to test the candidate’s knowledge in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, computer science and environment. There will be some other questions which are designed to test the mathematics up to 10th standard.

Click here to check NEST 2018 Official Syllabus.

NEST 2018 Admit Card

The NEST Hall Ticket 2018 will be made available from 25th April 2018.The Admit card can be downloaded through the website.

How to download the admit card:

The procedure to download the Admit card for NEST 2018 is as follows:

  • Visit the official website of NEST.
  • Enter the required details.
  • Download the admit card and take a print out of it and keep it safe.

NEST 2018 Result

Candidates can download the NEST 2018 result from the website. A separate merit list will be prepared by the authority for providing admission. Candidates are suggested to keep printout of the result and preserve it for further admission process.

NEST 2018 Counselling

NEST 2018 counselling process will be organized in various rounds through offline mode. It is mandatory to qualify the entrance exam to get admission in M.Sc programmes offered by NISER and UM-DAE CEBS. Students have to report to the counselling venue at the specified date & timing. Candidates have to bring the original documents along with them at the time of counselling.

Documents Required for Admission/Counselling:

  • 10th & 12th mark sheet & passing certificates.
  • NEST 2018 admit card & rank card.
  • Category certificate (if applicable).
  • Passport size photographs.
  • PwD Certificate (if applicable).