National Entrance Screening Test 2020

National Entrance Screening Test 2020

Mode of ExamOnline
Level of ExamNational Level

National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) is conducted jointly by National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar and Mumbai University - Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CEBS), Mumbai. Candidates that are able to successfully qualify the exams will be offered admission in the above mentioned prestigious universities. The NEST Exam is conducted annually to offer admission for Integrated MSc programmes in:

  • Biology

  • Chemistry

  • Mathematics

  • Physics


Exam Highlights:


Exam Name

National Entrance Screening Test

Exam Mode


Official Website


Application Process And Fees:

Step 1: Visit the official website of NEST 2020

Candidates need to go to the official website of NEST exam for admissions 2020. Aspirants need to note that the entire application process for NEST 2020 would be conducted online only. Here, candidates need to click on the 'Apply Now' button and create their login credentials.

Step 2: Register for NEST Application Form 2020

Candidates need to first of all register for the NEST exam on the official website of the exam. To register for NEST 2020 candidates need to provide the below-mentioned details.

  • Full Name of Candidate

  • Gender

  • Date of Birth

  • Mobile Number

  • Class 10 Roll Number/ Registration Number


Once all the details are filled, candidates have to click on the ‘Register’ button. On doing this, an email and SMS will be sent to the candidate's registered email ID and mobile number, respectively. These will contain details such as the login ID and password for NEST application form.

Step 3: Fill Details in NEST 2020 Application Form

After candidates have successfully registered for the NEST exam, they need to click on the verification link sent on their registered email ID. Once candidates do this they will be directed to the official website of the exam wherein they will have to log in using the credentials mentioned in the email sent to them by exam authorities. Thereafter, candidates need to enter the below-mentioned details in their NEST application form.

  • Nationality

  • Category

  • Address for Communication

  • Father's Name

  • Mother's Name

  • Exam Center Preference

  • Educational Qualification

  • Percentage/ Marks in Graduation Degree

Step 4: Upload important documents

Candidates need to upload the required documents with their NEST application form. Documents to be uploaded with NEST application form include:

  • Class 10 mark sheet/ report card/ certificate

  • Class 12 mark sheet/ report card/ certificate

  • Digital copy of the photograph

  • Scanned signature

Aspirants need to keep the below-mentioned requirements in mind when uploading documents with NEST application form 2020.


Document- Requirement- Format- Size

Photograph- Scanned copy in colour- JPEG- 80 KB Maximum

Signature- With black/ blue pen- JPEG- 80 KB Maximum

Step 5: Pay NEST application fee

Candidates need to pay the application fee for NEST online on the official website of the exam.Candidates can pay NEST 2020 Exam fee online via Netbanking/ Credit Card/ Debit Card.

Category- NEST 2020 Application Fee

General/ OBC (Only Males)- Rs 1,200

SC/ ST/ PwD (Only Males)/ All Females and Divyang (specially-abled category)- Rs 600

Step 6: Take the print of the NEST Application Form

Once the formalities are done and the fee is successfully paid, candidates can verify all the information and submit their application form. A summary page will be generated where an option will come to take out a print directly of NEST application form. Candidates are recommended to save a copy of the application form for future reference.


Exam Pattern:

  • Exam Mode: NEST 2020 will be conducted in online (CBT) mode.

  • Type of Questions: The question paper will consist of objective type of questions.

  • Time Duration: The time duration to complete the exam paper will be of 3 hours.

  • Sections: The question paper will consist of a total five sections. Section 1 will be the General Section (Compulsory). Section 2 will contain questions from Biology, Section 3 from Chemistry, Section 4 from Mathematics and Section 5 from Physics. Candidates have to attempt any three other sections after attempting Section I.

  • Total Marks: The exam paper will be of total 230 marks.

  • Marking Scheme: There will be no negative marking for answering wrong responses except in Section 1. Also in some questions there will be more than one correct answer and candidates will get points only by marking all the correct answers and no wrong answer.

The eligibility criteria for the NEST exam is as follows:

  • Candidates should be a Class XII pass in science stream from a recognised board in India with a minimum of 60% aggregate marks. (55% for SC/PwD category candidates)

  • Candidates should have passed Class XII either in 2018 or 2019. Candidates who have appeared for their Class XII exams in 2020 are also eligible to apply.

  • Candidates should have studied a combination of three subjects - Biology, Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics in classes XI and XII.

NEST syllabus has been published by the authority through online mode. The questions in the exam will be asked from the syllabus of 11th and 12th level.


The question paper will contain questions from the General Section, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics subjects. Candidates must review the complete syllabus before starting their preparation.


Questions asked in the paper will test the candidate’s analytic ability to know quantitative and qualitative aspects of a given scientific passage. It will test the candidate’s aptitude for a career in science.


Application Start Date :

8th June 2020

Application End Date :

14th June 2020

Exam Date :

10th August 2020

Result Date :
Conducted By :

National Entrance Screening Test 2017

Official Website :