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National Entrance Screening Test - 2013, (NEST - 2013), (NISER) Bhubaneswar, (UM-DAE CBS) Mumbai

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Exam State Exam Date Last Date
All India 25 May 2013 08 Mar 2013

Exam Details:

Entrance Test for Admission to


                        National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) Bhubaneswar


University of Mumbai - Department of Atomic Energy Center for Excellence in

     Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CBS) Mumbai Academic Session 2013-14


National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) is a compulsory test for students seeking admission to 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. Both NISER and UM-DAE CBS have been started by Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India in 2007. Their mandate is to train scientific manpower for carrying out cutting edge scientific research and for providing input to scientific programmes of Department of Atomic Energy and other applied science institutions in the country. The test is conducted in 37 centers across India. This brochure gives the detailed procedure for applying for the test, syllabus of the test and various dead lines.


The National Entrance Screening Test or NEST is a compulsory test for admission to the 5 year Integrated MSc programme 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. Both NISER and CBS are autonomous institutions established by Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India, in 2007.


Educational qualification 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. Where only letter grades are available, a certificate from the Board specifying equivalent percentage marks is required. In the absence of such a certificate, the decision of the Admission Committee of the concerned Institution will be final.


Age limit General and OBC category candidates born on or after July 22, 1993 are eligible to apply. The age limit is relaxed by 5 years for SC / ST / Physically Disabled (PD) candidates.

Necessary certificates supporting eligibility criteria have to be furnished at the time of admission.

Please note that the offer of admission is subject to verification of all original certificates at the time of counselling.


Number of seats & reservation

For academic session 2013-14, the total number of seats at NISER, CBS and ISERC is 60, 35 and 21 respectively. The number of seats reserved for SC, ST, OBC Non-Creamy-Layer and PD is according to the

Government of India norm. To claim seats under reserved category, relevant documents must be furnished at the time of admission. For the details of reserved seats and category certificates refer to the websites of the participating Institutions.


NEST-2013 examination

The NEST-2013 will be conducted at about 40 major towns and cities all over India on  May 25, 2013, (Saturday) 10:00am  — 1:00pm. Based on the performance in NEST-2013, a common Merit List of the candidates will be prepared and posted in NEST-2013 website on June 17, 2013. The successful candidates will be called for counselling and admission will be strictly according to the Merit List until all the seats are filled. Separate merit list for different category candidates will be made available before counselling.


Examination centers The NEST examination centers are given in Annexure-I. Candidates must choose 2 (two) centers according to their preference during filling up of application form (online / offline). Every effort will be made to allot the first preference center. Please note that ultimately the allotment of an examination center by the Chief Coordinator has to be regarded as final and request for change of center will in general not be entertained. The center address will be mentioned in the NEST admit card.

How To Apply:

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


Online application Candidates may go to the NEST-2013 www.nestexam.in and follow the instruction to fill-up the online application form. Photo and signature of the candidate are also required to be uploaded. To pay application fees, option for payment by Demand Draft and Electronic Transfer will be asked from which any one mode of payment has to be selected. The amount of application fees and details of each of these mode of payments are given below. To complete the application procedure, the DD number / transaction details of Electronic Transfer has to be furnished. The DD for application fee must be sent by post, preferably speed post, to the Chief Coordinator at the address below on or before the last date of application. In case of any difficulty or need for guidance, send email to nest@nestexam.in stating clearly the problem(s) encountered.  Incomplete application in any respect will be summarily rejected. Online application opens on January 07, 2013 and last date of application is March 08, 2013.


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. Incomplete application form or form without DD will be summarily rejected. The last date for requesting paper application form is February 20, 2013 and last date for receiving application is March 08, 2013.


Application Fee The application fee for the male candidates of General / OBC category is Rs 700. The

application fee for SC/ST/PD and all female candidates is Rs 350. The fee can be paid either by Demand

Draft or Electronic Transfer


Ø       Demand Draft DD for required amount may be made from any bank and should be drawn in favour of The Chief Coordinator, NEST-2013 and payable at Bhubaneswar. Candidate must write her/his name and application number on the back of the DD. The DD has to be sent preferably by speed post at the address given below and must reach on or before March 08, 2013.

Ø       Electronic Transfer The candidate may transfer the required amount electronically to NEST-2013 account from any bank. After the transfer is complete, candidate must enter the transfer details in appropriate place in online application form (for online application) or printed application form (for offline application). The transfer should be made to:

Account name:  NISER - NEST

Account number: 147601000015979

Bank name & branch: Indian Overseaes Bank, Chandrasekharpur Branch (Bhubaneswar)

IFSC / RTGS code: IOBA 0001476

Applications incomplete in any respect or not accompanied by requisite fee will not be accepted


Admit card The admit card for NEST-2013 will be available for downloading and dispatch from April 08, 2013. The recommended method for obtaining admit card is downloading from NEST website, particularly for those who have applied online. Admit cards will be sent by post to the mailing address of the candidates who have applied offline. It is, therefore, important that the postal address with pincode in offline paper application form be clearly and correctly written. Please note that NEST office will not be responsible if admit card fails to reach the candidate in time because of postal delay or incorrect mailing address. In case the admit card is not received by May 01, 2013, the NEST office at the address given below must be notified. It may be posible to re-send the admit card but only electronically if email address of the candidate is provided. Safe-keeping of the admit card is strongly advised because the successful candidates have to produce the admit card in original during the counselling and admission.


Address for correspondence

The request for paper application form, completed paper application form, Demand Draft and any NEST-

2013 related queries by postal mail must be sent at —

The Chief Coordinator, NEST-2013

NISER, Institute of Physics Campus

Sachivalaya Marg, P.O. Sainik School

Bhubaneswar – 751005, Odisha.


For any queries requiring quicker response, contact at —

Phone: (0674) 230 4036

Email: nest@nestexam.in


Important Dates:

Important Dates


Ø       Online submission of application starts : January 07, 2013

Ø       Last date for receiving request of application form (postal) : February 20, 2013

Ø       Last date for receipt of completed application form with DD (online/postal) : March 08, 2013 (midnight)

Ø       Online applications freezes : March 08, 2013 (midnight)

Ø       Dispatch of offline admit cards starts : April 08, 2013

Ø       Download of online admit cards starts : April 08, 2013

Ø       Date of examination : May 25, 2013 (Saturday), 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Ø       Announcement of results on NEST website : June 17, 2013


To know more Information about NEST – 2013 click here

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