NEST 2015 | Exam Date | Application Form | Notification

NEST 2015 - Registrations for NEST 2015 online/offline are open from 7th January, 2015. Info on Exam Date, Syllabus, eligibility, number of seats, application procedure, admit card, exam centre etc. online.

Entrance Test for 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 for academic session 2015-15.

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. Both NISER and CBS are autonomous institutions established by Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India, in 2007.

For academic session 2015-15, the total number of seats at NISER, CBS and ISERC is 100, 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.

Important Dates/Exam Date Update soon...

  • Start of Online / Offline application for NEST 2015:
  • Last date for receiving request for Offline application form:
  • Closing of Online / Offline application:
  • Download / Dispatch of Admit Card begins:
  • NEST 2015 examination:
  • Announcement of results in NEST website:

Eligibility criteria for admission 2015-15

Educational qualification: Candidates seeking admission to NISER and UM-DAE CBS for the academic session 2015-15 should be from science stream (having any combination of Biology/ Chemistry/ Mathematics/ Physics) at class XII and must write the NEST 2015 examination. Candidates who have passed class XII examination or equivalent from any recognised Board in India in 2012 or 2013 or are appearing in 2015 can appear in NEST 2015 examination. Admission will be offered strictly on the basis of Merit List of NEST 2015. Candidates securing at least 60% marks in aggregate or equivalent grade in class XII examination will be eligible for admission to NISER and CBS. However, there is no restriction for appearing for NEST. For candidates belonging to scheduled caste (SC), scheduled tribe (ST) and physical disabilities (PD) categories, the minimum requirement of marks is 55% in aggregate. 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 Admissions Committee of the concerned Institution will be final.

Age limit: General and OBC category candidates born on or after July 22, 1994 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.


The syllabus for NEST 2015 primarily follows the NCERT/ CBSE science syllabus of class XI-XII. The detailed syllabus for NEST examination is provided separately. There is, however, no specific syllabus for the general section. This section tests candidate's familiarity with, but not detailed understanding of, major historical milestones in subjects like astronomy, biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, computer science and environmental science. Questions will be designed to test analytic abilities and comprehension of scientific passages. Some of the questions in this section may require knowledge of class X mathematics.

Application Procedure

To apply for NEST 2015, candidates can fill-up application form either online (preferable) or offline. Details of on-line and off-line applications are given in a separate sheet. Off-line application is to be filled on a prescribed form. The form along with this brochure will be mailed to the candidate on request. The request for the application form must reach the NEST office on or before February 20, 2015. Please note that photocopies of prescribed form should not be used for filling off-line applications. Such applications will summarily be rejected.

Application Fee: The application fee for the male candidates of General/OBC category is `700. The application fee for SC/ST/PD and all female candidates is `350. The fee can be paid either by Demand Draft or Electronic Transfer. For offline applications, please add `50 as postal charges to the application fees mentioned above.

  • Demand Draft: DD for required amount may be made from any bank and should be drawn in favour of The Chief Coordinator, NEST 2015 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 NEST office along with the application form on or before March 08, 2015.
  • Electronic Transfer (NEFT): The candidate may transfer the required amount of fees electronically to NEST 2015 account from any bank. A form (challan) for electronic money transfer is enclosed in the postal application kit and it is downloadable for online applicants (after login). The challan contains a/c number & IFS code necessary for making the transfer. Applicant must fill other required information. The Unique Transaction Reference (UTR) must be filled in appropriate place in the application form. The NEFT challan (Part-C) should be sent to NEST office by speed post along with the application form.

Additionally, NEST cell is planning to make provision for payment gateway for online applicants. If implemented, it will appear as an extra mode of online payment.

Admit card: The admit card for NEST 2015 will be available for downloading / dispatch from April 08, 2015. Admit cards will not be dispatched for online applicants. They must download their admit cards from NEST website (after login). Admit cards will be sent by post to the mailing address of the offline candidates. It is, therefore, important that the postal address with pin code 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, 2015, the NEST office at the address given below must be notified. It may be possible 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.

List of NEST 2015 Test Centres with centre codes


Test Centre


Agartala (TR)


Ahmedabad (GJ)


Allahabad (UP)


Balasore (OD)


Belgaum (KA)


Bengaluru (KA)


Berhampur (OD)


Bhopal (MP)


Bhubaneswar (OD)


Burdwan (WB)


Calicut (KL)


Chandigarh (CH)


Chennai (TN)


Cuttack (OD)


Dehradun (UT)


Delhi-East (DL)


Delhi-North (DL)


Delhi-South (DL)


Guwahati (AS)


Hyderabad (AP)


Indore (MP)


Jaipur (RJ)


Jammu (JK)


Kochi (KL)


Kolkata-North (WB)


Kolkata-South (WB)


Lucknow (UP)


Madurai (TN)


Mangalore (KA)


Mumbai (MH)


Nagpur (MH)


Patna (BR)


Pune (MH)


Raipur (CG)


Ranchi (JH)


Sambalpur (OD)


Shillong (ML)


Shimla (HP)


Silchar (AS)


Siliguri (WB)


Srinagar (JK)


Thiruvananthapuram (KL)


Udaipur (RJ)


Varanasi (UP)


Visakhapatnam (AP)
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