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 CBS), Mumbai has announced the exam dates for National Entrance Screening Test (NEST 2013) entrance exam which will be conducted in the month of May 2013. The NEST entrance exam will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2013.

NEST 2013 is a compulsory test for admission to the 5 year Integrated M.Sc. program in Basic Sciences - Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics at National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar and University of Mumbai - Department of Atomic Energy Center for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UN-DAE CBS), Mumbai.

Eligibility Criteria:

Candidates seeking admission to NISER and UM-DAE CBS for the academic session 2013-14 should be from Science stream (having any combination of Biology/Chemistry/ Mathematics/Physics) at class XII and must write the NEST-2013 examination.

Candidates who have passed class XII examination or equivalent from any recognized board in India in 2011 or 2012 or are appearing in 2013 can apply for NEST-2013.

Admission will be offered strictly on basis of merit list of NEST-2013.
Candidates securing at least 60% marks in aggregate or equivalent grade in class XII examination will finally be eligible for admission to NISER and CBS.

Application Procedure:

To apply for NEST-2013, candidates can fill-up application form either online (preferably) or offline.

Offline Application: Candidates may send request letter to the Chief Coordinator NEST-2013 at the address below for paper-copy of the application form. The candidate should fill up the form, attach photo, sign and return the completed application form along with the application fees (in the form of DD) to the Chief Coordinator by post, preferably speed post.

Online Application:Candidates may go to the NEST-2013 website and follow the instruction to fill-up the online application form. Photo and signature of the candidate are also required to be uploaded.

Paper Pattern for NEST 2013

The question paper will consist of 5 (five) sections. Section 1 is compulsory for all candidates to attempt and will have questions on general science to test candidates' awareness towards basic scientific facts. There will be no negative marking in this general section.
Sections 2 through 5 will contain questions from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. Candidates are required to answer any three of these four sections. The questions will be of objective (MCQ) type designed to test candidates' subject comprehension and analytic ability. In the subject sections, there will be negative marking for incorrect answers. Some questions can have one or more correct answers for which marks can only be earned by marking all correct answers.

Important Dates

Last date for receiving request for paper application form: Wednesday, February 20, 2013.
Closing of online/offline application: Friday, March 08, 2013.
NEST-2013 examination: Saturday, May 25, 2013.
Announcement of Results in NEST website: Monday, June 17, 2013.