National Entrance Screening Test- NEST


The National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) is a Computer-Based Test for admission to the 5-year Integrated MSc program in basic sciences – Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics – at NISER, Bhubaneswar and UM-DAE CEBS, Mumbai.

Exam NameNational Entrance Screening Test
Also Known AsNEST
Exam CategoryUndergraduate
Exam LevelNational
Exam ModeOnline (Computer based test)
Conducted byNISER, UM-DAE CEBS

NEW: NEST 2022 will not have a separate “General” section. There will be only 4 sections of 50 marks each.

UPDATE (June 1, 2022): NEST Admit cards to be released soon.

UPDATE (Feb 21, 2022): NEST 2022 Applications are open now.

UPDATE (Feb 9, 2022): NEST 2022 exam date has been announced



  • It is a Computer Based Test (CBT) of 3 hours 30 minutes duration.
  • There will be 4 sections of objective (MCQ) type questions.
  • Each section is of 50 marks each and will contain subject-specific questions from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics. Candidates are permitted to attempt as many sections as they wish.
  • Only the best 3 section scores will be counted for evaluation and merit list preparation.
  • In each section, there will be negative marking for incorrect answers for certain questions.
  • The medium of the question paper will be English only.
  • NEW: NEST 2022 question paper will not have a separate “General” section.



June 18, 2022



  • Session 1: 09:00 am to 12:30 pm
  • Session 2: 02:30 pm to 06:00 pm


The exam will be conducted in two sessions on the same day. The candidates will be allotted the examination session at random and no requests for a choice of a session would be entertained.



There is no restriction on appearing for NEST.



  • Basic: Candidate should be from regular science stream and preferably should have any combination of three subjects among Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics in classes XI and XII.
  • Exam: Candidate must secure a rank in the NEST merit list.
  • Age: Candidate should be born on or after August 01, 2002 (relaxed by 5 years for SC/ST/PD candidates).
  • Qualifying Examination: Candidate should have passed Class XII qualifying examination either in 2020 or 2021. Candidates appearing in 2022 are also eligible.
  • Marks in Qualifying Examination: Candidate must obtain a minimum of 60% marks in aggregate in Class XII (or equivalent) examination from any recognized Board in India (for SC/ST/PD, the minimum requirement is 55%).



NEST Syllabus 2022 contains the topics from the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology and General Ability. The general ability section is compulsory section in the examination. However candidates can make a choice of any three subjects between Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Biology.

The detailed syllabuses for each of the subjects are provided below:

Physics Syllabus

  • General: Units and dimensions, dimensional analysis, significant figures, Methods of measurement (Direct, Indirect, Null), current and resistance. Design of some simple experiments. Graphical representation and interpretation of data, Errors in the measurements and error analysis
  • Mechanics: Kinematics in one and two dimensions (Cartesian coordinates only), projectiles. Uniform circular motion. Newton’s laws of motion. Kinetic and potential energy. Work and power. Conservation of linear momentum and mechanical energy. Centre of mass and its motion. Centre of gravity. Centripetal acceleration and centrifugal force. Gravitational potential and field. Acceleration due to gravity. Moment of inertia of uniform bodies with simple geometrical shapes.
  • Sound and mechanical waves: Plane wave motion, longitudinal and transverse waves, superposition of waves. Progressive and stationary waves. Doppler effect.
  • Thermal Physics: Thermal expansion of solids, liquids and gases. Heat conduction in one dimension. Elementary concepts of convection and radiation. Equivalence of heat and work. First and second law of thermodynamics and its applications, Kirchhoff’s law.
  • Electricity and Magnetism: Coulomb’s law. Electric field and potential. Electrical potential energy of a system of point charges and of electrical dipoles in a uniform electrostatic field; Gauss’s law and its application in simple cases.
  • Capacitance: Calculation of capacitance with and without dielectrics. Electric current. Ohm’s law. Series and parallel arrangements of resistances and cells. Moving coil galvanometer, voltmeter, ammeter and their conversions. Electromagnetic induction.
  • Optics: Reflection and refraction at plane and spherical surfaces, Deviation and dispersion of light by a prism. Combination of mirrors and thin lenses. Magnification. Wave nature of light – Huygens’s principle, interference limited to Young’s double slit experiment.
  • Modern Physics: Atomic nucleus. Alpha, beta and gamma radiations. Law of radioactive decay. Binding energy and its calculation. Photoelectric effect. Bohr’s theory of hydrogen like atoms. Characteristic and continuous X–rays, Moseley’s law. de Broglie wavelength of matter waves. Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle.

Chemistry Syllabus

  • Physical Chemistry: Measurements in chemistry, Atomic Structure & Chemical Bonding, Thermodynamics, Mole Concept, Gaseous and liquid states, Chemical equilibrium, Electrochemistry, Solutions, Chemical Kinetics, Periodic Table, Metals and Non Metals, Colloids, Solid State, Surface Chemistry..
  • Inorganic Chemistry: Classification of elements and periodicity in properties, Hydrogen Element, d-block Elements, p-block Elements , f-block Elements, s-block Elements, Coordination Compounds, Metals and Metallurgy
  • Organic Chemistry: Reactive intermediates, Alkanes, Nomenclature, Alkenes and Alkynes, Isomerism, Haloarenes, Halo alkanes (Alkyl halides), Aromatic compounds, Alcohols, Ethers, Phenols, Aldehydes and Ketones, Amines, Carboxylic Acid, Polymers, Amino acids and Proteins, carbohydrate.

Biology Syllabus

  • Cell Biology, Ecosystems, Evolution, Biotechnology – Principles of recombinant DNA technology, Applications of biotechnology, Anatomy, Genetics, Humans and Environment, Biology of Plant Systems – Photosynthesis, Xylem and Phloem, Systematics – Principles of classical and new systematics, Binomial nomenclature, Familiarity with taxa. Plant breeding and tissue culture; Absorption and cell–water relations; Reproduction, Physiology, Human Health and Diseases, Ecology, Biology of Animal Systems – Digestive System, Excretory System, Circulatory System, Respiratory System, Reproductive System, Nervous System, Developmental Biology, Immunology.


  • Practice sessions for the computer-based test will be available for all applicants on the application portal after online registration and complete submission of online application.
  • The mock test is for practice purpose only.



See previous year Question Papers and Answers here.


NEST 2022 Application Fee is ₹1200 (₹600 for SC/ST/PD categories and female candidates).



  • The registrations for NEST examination will begin on February 21, 2022.
  • The last date to apply is May 18, 2022 May 21, 2022.


  1. Candidates must fill-up the online application form through NEST website.
  2. Register and log in to fill the personal details and educational qualifications.
  3. Upload passport-sized image and signature.
  4. Pay the application fee through Online Payment.
  5. Save application summary page for future reference.


Note: Candidates need not to send any document to the NEST office in the entire application process.


  • Candidates must choose 5 centres in order of their preference while filling-up the application form.
  • Every effort will be made to allot the candidate’s first preference.
  • The address of the test venue allotted to the applicant will be mentioned on the NEST admit card.



  • Admit Card can be downloaded from NEST website after June 6, 2022.
  • Candidates are required to produce the Admit Card along with an Identity Card at the test centre.
  • Address of the NEST test centre allotted to an applicant will be printed in the admit card.
  • Admit Card should be kept safely as the successful candidates have to produce it in original during admission..




  • The answer keys of Computer-based examination will be made available on the NEST website.
  • If a candidate is unsatisfied with an answer, he/she can challenge the answer keys.



  • A merit list will be prepared based on the total of three best scores from the four sections.
  • Also, note that Merit lists for NISER and CEBS will be prepared separately.
  • For normalization of the two sessions of the exam, percentile scores will be considered. It will be calculated on the basis of the relative performance of all the candidates in the respective session. The highest score in each session will be 100 percentile.



  • For each section, 20% of the average of the best 100 scores in that section will be considered as Section–wise Minimum Admissible Score (SMAS).
  • A candidate must clear the cutoff (SMAS) in all the four subject sections for inclusion in the NISER merit list.
  • A candidate must clear the cutoff (SMAS) in any three subject sections for inclusion in the CEBS merit list.
  • SMAS for OBC students would be 90% of the respective SMAS of General category students.
  • SMAS for SC/ST/PwD students would be 50% of the respective SMAS of General category students.



  • In addition to Subject-wise cutoff, a candidate is required to score equal to or above a total Minimum Admissible Percentile (MAP) in order to be included in the merit list of NISER and CEBS.
  • Overall Cutoff (MAP) for NEST 2022 is 95 percentile for General category, 90 percentile for OBC category and 75 percentile for SC/ST/PwD category.



  • Even though a candidate must score equal to or more than the respective SMAS in all four subject sections for inclusion in NISER merit list, only the three best scores from subject sections will be considered for the merit rank.



  • The result for NEST 2022 will be announced as per schedule.
  • Candidates will be allotted a General Rank and a Category Rank based on their performance in NEST exam.
  • Also, note that Merit lists for NISER and CEBS will be prepared separately.



  • Admissions to 5-year Integrated MSc programme in basic sciences – Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics – at NISER, Bhubaneswar and UM-DAE CEBS, Mumbai will be done on the basis of NEST Merit rank.



  • Candidates must provide a correct e-mail address in the online application as the NEST office communicates with candidates through this e-mail id.
  • Candidates must reach the test venue at least 90 minutes before the examination commences.
  • Use of log tables and calculators in the examination hall is not allowed.
  • Candidates must bring their Admit Card and a photo Identity Card to the examination hall.


Start of Online applicationFebruary 21, 2022
Closing of Online applicationMay 18, 2022 May 21, 2022
Download of Admit Card beginsJune 6, 2022
NEST examinationJune 18, 2022
Announcement of resultsJuly 5, 2022


Candidates can contact NEST authorities through written communication, phone or email.

CEBS Contact Information
AddressChief Coordinator, NEST 2022,
UM-DAE CEBS, Nalanda Building, University of Mumbai,
Vidyanagari Campus, Kalina, Santacruz (E)
Mumbai – 400098, Maharashtra (India)
Phone022-61728110, 022-61728210
Email[email protected][email protected]

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