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NEST 2021 Exam Pattern

NEST 2021 Exam Pattern will be prescribed by the exam conducting authority. The exam pattern includes details of exam mode, type of questions, number of questions, marking scheme, etc. NEST is conducted for admission to the candidates into 5-year integrated M.Sc. course. It is a national level entrance test. The entrance test will be organized by NISER and UM-DAE-CEBS jointly. Here, in this article we are providing complete details of NEST Exam Pattern 2021.

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NEST 2021 Exam Pattern

Candidates appearing in the NEST 2021 entrance test must prepare themselves according to the below exam pattern. The examination will be conducted on 14th August 2021.

  • Mode of Exam: NEST 2021 entrance exam will be organized in online mode (computer based test).
  • Exam Duration: The time duration to complete the examination will be 3 hours 30 minutes.
  • Sections: In the question paper, there will be four sections consisting of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology.
  • Type of Questions: The question paper will be multiple choice types.
  • Language: The question paper will be of English language.
  • Number of Questions: Total 200 questions will be asked in the examination
  • Marking Scheme: For every correct answer, 1 mark will be awarded to the candidates.

The distribution of questions for each section is given below:

SectionsNumber of Questions

NEST 2021 Marking Scheme 

The details regarding marking scheme of NEST 2021 is given below:

  • The question paper will be of total 200 marks whereas candidate can score maximum of 200 marks (excluding one paper from PCMB).
  • There will be no negative marking in the general ability section. However the other three sections will contain negative marking.
  • The marks distribution for each subjects will be done according to the following pattern:
SectionsSubjectsMaximum marks
Section 1Physics50
Section 2Chemistry50
Section 3Biology50
Section 4Mathematics50
Total  marks scored in 4 sections200

NEST 2021 Syllabus

NEST Syllabus 2021 consist of topics from the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and General Ability. Candidates have to study for only 4 subjects chosen by him. Some of the topics contained in the syllabus for each of the subjects are provided below:


General, Mechanics, Sound, Fluids, Thermal physics, Rotational Dynamics, Wave Optics, Electricity, Magnetism, Semiconductors, Capacitance, Modern Physics, Electromagnetic Induction, Ray Optics, X Rays.


Atomic Structure, Chemical Bonding, Thermodynamics, Mole Concept, Solutions, Chemical Kinetics, Periodic Table, Metallurgy, d-block Elements, p-block Elements , f-block Elements, s-block Elements, Metals and Non Metals, Colloids, Coordination Compounds, Surface Chemistry, Solid State, Solutions, Hydrogen Element; Organic Chemistry-Reactive intermediates, Alkanes, Nomenclature, Alkenes and Alkynes, Isomerism, Haloalkanes (Alkyl halides), Aromatic compounds


Ecosystems, Evolution, Biotechnology, Anatomy, Genetics, Humans and Environment, Biology of Plant Systems, Reproduction, Physiology, Human Health and Diseases, Ecology, Biology of Animal Systems

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NEST 2021 Admit Card


Algebra, Quadratic equations, Probability, Arithmetic, Harmonic and Geometric Progression, Arithmetic, Harmonic and Geometric Means, Permutations and combinations, Logarithms, simultaneous linear equations, Binomial theorem, Matrices

General Ability:

The authority has not prescribed any syllabus for General Ability section. However, this section will contain questions from Science, History, Geography, English, Mathematics, G.K and Current affairs. Questions from mathematical ability of class 10th can be asked in the paper. Passage type questions of science may also be asked.

NEST 2021 Exam pattern must be understood by the candidates for better preparation of the exam. The questions asked in the entrance test will be designed by the authority to check the logical and understanding skill of the student in a subject.

If you have any query regarding NEST 2021 Exam Pattern, you can ask your query in the below comments section.

Displaying 17 Comments
  1. Shaily Patel says:

    Is there any negative marking for wrong answer?What is this?
    Is it compulsary to attend PCMB……or we can just attend PCB?

  2. Soham MIsal says:

    How much marks will I gain for 1 correct attempt and how much marks will I lose for an incorrect attempt.

  3. Aditya says:

    How many questions are araise in nest2021

  4. M.prajna Paramita says:

    Out of 4 subject that is biology,chemistry, physics and mathematics how many subject we choose during the exam?is all the 4 subjects are choose during the exam?

  5. Yusufa Anaum Khannam says:

    Will the whole exam paper of NEST will contain only Physics, chemistry, Biology and Maths?? will there be any negative marking for a wrong answer?

  6. Sarat kumar sahoo says:

    Please clarify the sections to answer for integrated M.Sc. in NEST

  7. vandana says:

    will there be general section in nest 2021 . Need an answer plz

  8. Atul ghogare says:

    All subject are compulsory like P.C.M.B IS THERE or not

  9. San says:

    Are all sections (P,C,M,B) to be answered? Or is there a choice where we can exclude one of them?

  10. San says:

    I am not having mathematics in class 12, can I apply for M.Sc. Integrated Biological Sciences at NISER?

  11. Sreepriya k raveendran says:

    Sir…how much is the negetive marking for other 4 subject for niser

  12. Satish says:

    Is it compulsory to score minimum qualifying marks in all 5 subjects or we can leave any one subject beside general aptitude

  13. Shivani says:

    How much is the negative marking for every incorrect answer.??

    • Sarvgyan Team says:

      There will be no negative marking in the general ability section. However the other three sections will contain negative marking.

  14. Suhas says:

    What is the marks for negative marking

  15. Jitesh jambulkar says:

    I study maths and biology in class 12th, can I attend hole subject in nest exam? and can I attend nest exam in hindi?

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