NEST 2023: Application Form, Exam Dates, Eligibility, Exam Pattern

NEST 2023NEST 2023 will be conducted in the month of August 2023. National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) is a national-level entrance exam conducted by the NISER, Bhubaneswar and UMDAE-CEBS Mumbai jointly. NEST is a compulsory entrance exam for candidates seeking admission in the Integrated MSc program at NISER, Bhubaneswar, and UM-DAE CEBS, Mumbai. Through this exam, the qualified candidates will get admission in the Integrated M.Sc. program of both participating institutes.

In this article, we have provided the complete details candidates need to know about NEST 2023.

NEST 2023 Exam Dates

Following are the complete tentative event wise NEST Exam dates 2023:

EventsDates 2023 (Tentative)
Notification Release dateFebruary 2023
Online application form startsFebruary 2023
Last date to applyJuly 2023
Admit card date availabilityAugust 2023
NEST Exam date 2023August 2023
Answer Key releasesAugust 2023
Result DeclarationSeptember 2023

NEST 2023 Application Form

Check the complete details about NEST 2023 Application form in below section:

  • NEST 2023 Application Form will be released by the authority through online
  • Candidates will be able to fill out the application form from February 2023 to July 2023.
  • Application forms are released for eligible candidates only, so candidates are advised to confirm their eligibility before applying.
  • Candidates are advised to use valid and working Email ID and Phone numbers as all the communication will be done through the provided information.
  • Candidates should fill out the application form before the last date of submission as no candidate will be allowed to submit the application form after the last date.
  • Candidates must keep the printout of the filled application form and fee receipt for future reference.

Documents Required for Applying NEST 2023:

The following are the necessary documents which candidates must upload during filling of application:

  • The passport size photograph of the candidate should be in jpg/ jpeg format and the image size should be between 10 kb to 200 kb.
  • Signature of the candidate
  • Graduation Degree/ Mark sheet
  • Left-Hand thumb impression of the candidate
  • Class 10th certificate of the candidate
  • Post Card size photograph of the candidate, etc.

Application Fee:

NEST 2023 Application form fee can be submitted through online mode only. Candidates can use Credit Card, Debit Card, and Net Banking for the transaction of the Application form fee.

NEST 2023 Application form fee is as follows:

CategoryApplication Fee
General & OBC maleRs.1200
Female, SC/ ST, and PWDRs.600

How to Apply for NEST 2023:

Following are the complete step by step process for filling NEST online Application form:

  • Visit the website of NEST 2023 (Link will be given above)
  • Now click on the ‘New candidates’ registration link and register yourself by filling online registration form.
  • Fill the registration form with asked details – Name, Date of Birth, roll number of High School, Mobile number, email id, etc. then fill the captcha code and click on ‘Register’.
  • Candidates will receive user id and password for application form through SMS and Email.
  • Login into the website and fill details in application.
  • The Application Form will consist of details like Personal, Academic, communicational, exam center, etc.
  • Now candidates have to submit the required documents – passport size photograph and signature, etc.
  • Select the payment gateways & complete the transaction.
  • After the completion of transaction of application fee, take the printout of fee receipt and filled Application form for future reference.

NEST Eligibility Criteria 2023

Here are details of NEST eligibility criteria for the examination:

  • Qualification: Candidates should have passed 12th Intermediate or its equivalent examination from any recognized board or university.
  • Subject: The candidates are required to have passed the above examination with Science stream consisting of subjects such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics as a mandatory subject in the qualifying examination.
  • Percentage: The minimum marks obtained in the examination must be 60% (55% for those belonging to SC/ST/ PWD categories) aggregate in 12th examination or the equivalent examination.
  • Age Limit: Those who are born on or after 1 August 2003 can apply for NEST. However, 5 years relaxation is given to ST/ SC candidates.
  • Appearing: Those candidates who are appearing can also apply for the exam.

NEST 2023 Exam Pattern

Here is the complete NEST exam pattern 2023 for the examination:

  • Mode of Examination: The mode of exam is Computer-Based Test (CBT) online exam.
  • Questions Type: The question paper will have Multiple -Choice Questions (MCQs).
  • Time Duration: The duration of the examination will be 3 hours and 30 minutes for completing the exam.
  • Total Marks: The question paper will be of overall 200 marks.
  • Sections: There are 4 different sections in the question paper which includes subjects like physics, chemistry, mathematics, and biology.
  • Marking Scheme: The candidates will get 1 mark for each correct answer given in the entrance exam.
  • Negative Marking: No marks will be deducted for any incorrect answers given in section 1 whereas there will be negative marking for other sections in the entrance exam.

Check the complete section-wise pattern for the NEST 2023 Exam:

Total 200 Marks

NEST 2023 Syllabus

The syllabus of NEST 2023 is based on NCERT and CBSE pattern from 11th and 12th class. The questions are made for testing the candidate’s knowledge in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology.

The following are the syllabus for the NEST Entrance exam-


Physical-world and measurementElectro statistics
KinematicsCurrent Electricity
Laws of MotionMagnetic effects of Current and Magnetism
Work, Energy, and PowerElectromagnetic induction and alternating currents
The motion of systems of particles and rigid bodyElectromagnetic waves
Properties of Bulk MatterDual Nature of Matter and Radiation
ThermodynamicsAtoms and Nuclei
The behavior of Perfect Gas and Kinetic theoryElectronic Devices


Some basic concepts of ChemistrySolid-state
Structure of atomSolutions
Classification of Elements and Periodicity in PropertiesElectrochemistry
Chemical Bonding and Molecular structureChemical Kinetics
States of Matter: Gases and liquidsSurface Chemistry
ThermodynamicsGeneral principles and Processes of Isolation of Elements
EquilibriumP Block elements
Redox reactionsD and F block elements
HydrogenCoordination compounds


Sets and FunctionsRelations and Functions
Coordinate GeometryCalculus
CalculusVectors and Three–Dimensional Geometry
Mathematical ReasoningLinear Programming
Statistics and ProbabilityProbability


Diversity in the Living WorldReproduction
Structural Organisation – Plants and AnimalsGenetics and Evolution
Cell Structure and FunctionBiology and Human welfare
Plant PhysiologyBiotechnology and its applications
Human physiologyEcology and environment

NEST 2023 Preparation Tips

Here are some effective tips for better NEST preparation for examination:

  • Go through the whole syllabus and the exam pattern of the NEST 2023
  • Do regular practice exams.
  • Create your study format and stick to it religiously.
  • Try to avoid last minutes preparations.
  • Work through the previous year’s questions and sample papers.
  • Stay focused on your studies by avoiding all the distractions.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Answer: Yes, candidates from all over India can apply for NEST 2023.
Answer: The NEST exam will only be conducted in English language.
Answer: The NEST 2023 application fee is Rs 1200 for general/ OBC categories and Rs 600 for SC/ ST/ Divyangjan and all Female candidates.
Answer: The registration process will start from January 2023.
Answer: No, there is no negative marking in NEST 2023 exam.
Answer: The Application Form submission procedure will be regulated till March 2023.
Answer: The NEST 2023 will be held in online mode.
Answer: National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) conducts the NEST 2023 exam.

NEST 2023 Admit Card

The NEST 2023 Admit card will be released in April 2023 through online mode. To download the NEST 2023 Admit card, candidates will be required to log in with their application number, password & captcha image code.

NEST admit card contains details like name of the candidates, center number, exam center, reporting time and duration of the entrance exam. As admit card is mandatory document which must be carried to the exam center. Without carrying a valid admit card and photo id proof, candidates will not be allowed to enter the exam hall.

NEST 2023 Answer Key

NEST 2023 Answer key will be sent to the candidates who will appear for NEST 2023 exam on their registered email id by the NISER. The answer key will be released from June 2023.

An option is provided for the candidates by the authority to raise objections against the answer key in case of any discrepancies found. Students must verify by cross-checking their answers with the provided NEST exam answer key.

For objecting to NEST 2023 answer key, candidates must provide their NEST roll number along with the question ID. The authority will release the final answer key soon after considering all the objections submitted by the candidates.

NEST 2023 Result

NEST 2023 Result will only be published after the NEST exam will be concluded successfully. Candidates will have to check the NEST result and then apply for the next level of the exam before the given due date.

The result will be released in July 2023 through online mode. The candidates having their names in the list will be eligible to receive the scholarship rewards and top selected candidates will also be granted the NEST exam pass certificate.

Candidates should keep their results safe till the completion of the admission procedure as result could be required at the time of counseling.

NEST 2023 Counseling

The counseling will be conducted in three rounds. The counselling process of the National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) 2023 will be conducted for admission to Integrated MSc courses at NISER and UM-DAE-CBS separately through online mode.

All shortlisted candidates will be allotted seats in their respective courses at NISER and CEBS based on their merit lists. It must be also noted that there will be no joint counselling for NEST.

Students are required to report at the allotted centers with documents such as:

  • 10th and 12th certificate
  • 10th and 12th Mark sheet
  • NEST 2023 Admit card
  • Passport size photograph
  • Disability certificate
  • Caste Certificate
  • Valid photo id proof
  • NEST 2023 Scorecard
  • Provisional call letter, etc.

If you have any other query related to NEST 2023, you can ask your query in the comments section given below.

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