16 May 2021

NEST 2021 Exam Schedule & Admit Card

NEST 2021 Admit Card & Exam Schedule

The NEST 2021 examination will be conducted at multiple centres (major towns or cities) all over India on August 14, 2021, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM and 2:30 PM – 6:00 PM. The candidates will be assigned to one of the two sessions. 

NEST 2021 Events


Start of Online application for NEST 2021 

February 24, 2021 

Closing of Online application 

April 30, 2021 

Window for online applications extended till 15th July (23:55 Hrs)

Download of Admit Card begins 

August 03, 2021

NEST 2021 examination 

August 14, 2021

Announcement of results on NEST website 

1st of September 2021




What is NEST ?

The National Entrance Screening Test or NEST is a compulsory online/computer based test for admission to the five year Integrated MSc programme in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics, at National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar and University of Mumbai – Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM–DAE CEBS), Mumbai.

Eligibility criteria for admission to the programme: 

Educational qualification: 

Candidates seeking admission to NISER and UM–DAE CEBS for the Integrated MSc programme 2021–26 should be from regular science stream in classes XI and XII. It is mandatory for all aspiring candidates to write the NEST 2021 examination. Candidates must have passed the class XII examination from any recognised Board in India in the years 2019 or 2020 or should be appearing for the same in 2021. Candidates who are appearing for the board examination in 2021 must pass it by the time of admission into the programme. Also, candidates must secure at least 60% marks in aggregate or equivalent grade in class XII examination to be eligible for admission to NISER and CEBS. Candidates satisfying all the above criteria will be considered for admission strictly on the basis of the Merit List of NEST 2021. For candidates belonging to scheduled castes (SC), scheduled tribes (ST) and Divyangjan categories, the minimum requirement of marks is relaxed to 55% in aggregate or equivalent grade in class XII examination. Where only letter grades are available, a certificate from the concerned Board specifying equivalent percentage of marks is required to be submitted. In absence of such a certificate, the decision of the admissions committee of the concerned institution will be final. 

Eligibility criteria summary:

a candidate becomes eligible for the programme when he/she satisfies all the four criteria stated below: 

(a) Secures a position in the NEST merit list. Please refer to page 12 of this document for the rules of merit list preparation. 

(b) Passed the XII standard board examination in the science stream in the years 2019 or 2020 or has appeared in 2021 from any recognised Higher Secondary Education Board in India.

(c) Secures at least 60% in aggregate in the XII standard board examination. For SC/ST/Divyangjan candidates the requirement is 55%. 

(d) Born on or after August 01, 2001. For SC/ST/Divyangjan students the limit is relaxed by five years. 


Necessary certificates supporting eligibility criteria have to be furnished only at the time of admission. Offer of admission is subject to verification of all original certificates at the time of admission/counselling. Certificates in support of eligibility criteria need not be produced for appearing in NEST 2021 examination.


The syllabus for NEST 2021 primarily follows the NCERT/CBSE science syllabus of class XI–XII. The detailed syllabus for NEST examination is provided at the end of this document under the heading: ‘Syllabus for NEST 2021’. The syllabus can also be downloaded from NEST 2021 website, www.nestexam.in. Two questions in each section are designed to test the general scientific knowledge of the student rather than specialised knowledge of the subject. These two questions, which may not be exactly from the stated syllabus, would require knowledge of class X level Science subjects.

Age limit: 

General and OBC category candidates born on or after August 01, 2001 are eligible for admission to the Integrated MSc programme of NISER/CEBS. The age limit is relaxed by 5 years for SC / ST / Divyangjan candidates.

Application Fee:

The application fee for the male candidates of General and OBC categories is 1,200/–. 
The application fee for candidates in the SC/ST/Divyangjan categories and for all female candidates is 600/–. 
Payments can be made using credit card/debit card/net–banking through online payment gateway. Please use Mastercard/Visa/RuPay cards only.

Admit card for NEST 2021: 

The admit card for NEST 2021 will be available for downloading w.e.f. 03.08.2021. 
Admit cards will NOT be dispatched to any applicant. 
Applicants must download their admit cards from NEST website (after login). The download link will be available only till the day of the examination.

NEST 2021 Examination Schedule: 

Date of Examination- 14.08.2021 
Hours of examination- 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM (first session) & 2:30 PM – 6:00 PM) (second session)

Merit List-

Based on the performance in NEST 2021, Merit List of the candidates will be prepared for NISER and CEBS separately and posted on NEST 2021 website (www.nestexam.in).

How to Apply- 

Apply online upto 15.07.2021 through official website of NEST-2021.
To Apply online- Click here 

To download Prospectus- Click here

Updated on 21.05.2021

NEST 2021 Postponed- 

After reviewing the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and related uncertainties it has been decided to postpone NEST 2021.

A new date will be announced with sufficient advance notice. Candidates can continue to apply online till 15th July, 2021.

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