NEST Exam 2023: The National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) exam will be conducted jointly by the 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. The NEST exam is a national-level entrance exam that is conducted annually for the students seeking admission to a 5-year Integrated MSc Program in Basic Sciences – Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics. 

NEST Exam 2023 Notification

The exam-conducting official authorities has been released the NEST 2023 Exam notification along with the application forms on 27th February 2023. The notification pdf will discuss the NEST 2023 exam syllabus, exam pattern, etc. The candidates willing to pursue Integrated MSc Programmes must keep an eye on the official notifications and updates. The NEST 2023 Exam Notification has been released on 27th February 2023 on the official website- The link to download the NEST 2023  Exam Notification Brochure will be provided in this article as soon as it is released. 

NEST Exam 2023 Overview

NEST Exam 2023 will be conducted in online mode. Candidates can get admission into the Integrated M.Sc Courses by qualifying for this exam. Candidates must keep pace with the NEST exam 2023 ongoing events to appear for the exam. Check out this article to know the details of the NEST exam.

NEST Exam 2023 Overview
Exam NameNational Entrance Screening Test (NEST) 2023
Exam conducting bodyNISER, Bhubaneshwar and UM-DAE CEBS, Mumbai
Mode of examOnline
Mode of ApplicationOnline
Duration of exam3 hours
Total marks230
Number of Sections5
Courses offered5 year integrated M.Sc courses
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NEST Exam 2023 Important Dates

The NEST exam 2023 registrations begin on 27th February 2023 on the official website. Candidates are advised to complete all the exam formalities much before the deadlines to avoid the last-moment rush. The candidates must keep themselves updated with all the NEST Exam 2023 important dates to not miss any of the events. 

NEST Exam 2023 Important Dates
NEST Exam 2023 Registrations27th February 2023
Last day to submit NEST exam 2023 application forms17th May 2023
Issue of NEST 2023 Admit Card 12th June 2023 
NEST 2023 Exam Date24th June 2023
NEST 2023 Answer Key10th July 2023 
Release of NEST 2023 Result 10th July 2023

NEST 2023 Exam Dates Out

The NEST Exam dates 2023 were announced by the official authorities on their official website. The candidates willing to pursue MSc Integrated courses must register to appear for the exam. The NEST exam 2023 will be held on 24th June 2023  in two sessions. The first session will be conducted from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm and the second session will be conducted from 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm. The students who are successful in qualifying for the exam will then further be shortlisted for the admission process.

NEST Exam 2023 Eligibility Criteria

The official authorities are responsible for announcing the NEST Exam eligibility criteria. The students who are eligible as per the conditions mentioned can only appear for the NEST exam. Candidates must check the NEST Exam 2023 eligibility criteria before filling out the application forms.

NEST Exam 2023 Eligibility Criteria
Age Limit
  1. Candidates must be born on or after 1st August 2003 to apply for NEST.
  2. However, 5 years of relaxation is given to ST/ SC/ PWD candidates.
Educational QualificationCandidates should have passed 12th Intermediate or its equivalent examination from any recognized board in the year 2021 or 2022
Minimum MarksThe minimum marks obtained in the examination must be 60% (55% for those belonging to SC/ST/ PWD categories).
Mandatory SubjectsThe candidates are required to have passed the above examination with the Science stream consisting of subjects such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics as mandatory subjects in the qualifying examination.

NEST Exam 2023 Application Form

The NEST Exam 2023 Application Form has been released by the official authorities through online mode. No applications will be addressed in any other mode. The candidates must use valid and working Email IDs and Phone numbers to register for the exam. The application window has been open from 27th February to 17th May, so the candidates are advised to fill out the forms within the stipulated time. The NEST Exam Application forms must be filled by eligible candidates only. The application form facility may not be provided hence the candidates are advised to fill out the application form very carefully.

NEST 2023 Application Form- Click to Apply

Documents required for NEST Exam 2023 Application Form Filling

The below-listed documents must be kept handy by the candidates while filling out the NEST Exam 2023 Application Form. The documents must be uploaded in the specified format to avoid the rejection of candidature.

  1. Passport size photograph & signature of the candidate should be in jpg/ jpeg format and the image size should not be more than 80 kb.
  2. Graduation Degree/ Mark sheet
  3. Left-Hand thumb impression of the candidate
  4. Class 10th certificate of the candidate
  5. Post Card size photograph of the candidate, etc.

NEST Exam 2023 Application Fee

Candidates will be required to pay the NEST 2023 Application fee to register for the exam. The application fee payment is the last step towards filling out the application form. The NEST Application Fee can be paid online via Credit card/Debit card/Net banking/UPI. The table below discusses the amount to be paid by different categories of students.

NEST Exam 2023 Application Fee
CategoryApplication Fee
General & OBC malesRs. 1200/-
Females, SC/ ST, and PWDRs. 600/-

Steps to fill out the NEST 2023 Application form

The candidates might not get the facility to correct the misses made in the NEST Exam 2023 application form. So it is advised to all the candidates to fill out the application form very carefully and not make any mistakes. Candidates may refer to the steps given below to guide themselves while filling out the application form.

  1. Visit the official website of NEST 2023-
  2. Click on the ‘New candidates’ registration link and fill out the online registration form to register.
  3. Fill out the registration form with all the necessary details such as Name, Date of Birth, roll number of High School, Mobile number, email id, etc. then fill in the captcha code and click on ‘Register’.
  4. Candidates will then receive the user id and password for the application form through SMS or Email.
  5. Candidates will then be required to log in to the website and fill in all the details in the application form.
  6. The details like Personal, Academic, communicational, exam centre, etc. must be filled in the application form.
  7. Candidates will then have to upload the required documents in the prescribed format.
  8. Select the payment gateways & complete the transaction.
  9. After the completion of the transaction of the application fee, candidates must take the printout of the fee receipt and the filled-in Application form for future reference.

NEST Exam 2023 Exam Pattern

The NEST Exam Pattern is specified by the exam conducting authorities which gives the candidates some clarification regarding the pattern of questions to be asked in the exam. The NEST exam 2023 will be a Computer-Based Test (CBT) online exam that will entertain multiple-choice questions. The candidates will have 4 hours to complete the exam and the total marks for the paper will be 200. 

  1. There will be 4 different sections in the question paper including subjects like physics, chemistry, mathematics, and biology.
  2. Each subject will contain 17 questions of which 12 questions will be single correct answer MCQs & 5 questions will be multiple correct answer MCQs.
  3. Every correct answer will earn 2.5 marks & for multiple correct answer MCQs 4 marks will be awarded.
  4. No marks will be deducted for multiple correct answer MCQs & 1 mark will be deducted for single correct answer MCQs.
NEST Exam 2023 Exam Pattern 
Total 200 Marks

NEST Exam 2023 Syllabus

The NEST Exam Syllabus is mostly based on the topics that the candidates studied in their classes 11 and 12. The Syllabus includes the important topics from 4 sections namely physics, chemistry, biology and maths. Candidates must refer to the NEST Exam 2023 Syllabus before starting with their preparations to have better chances on qualifying the exam.

NEST Exam 2023 Syllabus
  1. Physical-world and measurement
  2. Electro statistics
  3. Kinematics
  4. Current Electricity
  5. Laws of Motion
  6. Magnetic effects of Current and Magnetism
  7. Work, Energy, and Power
  8. Electromagnetic induction and alternating currents
  9. The motion of systems of particles and rigid body
  10. Electromagnetic waves
  11. Gravitation
  12. Optics
  13. Properties of Bulk Matter
  14. Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation
  15. Thermodynamics
  16. Atoms and Nuclei
  17. The behaviour of Perfect Gas and Kinetic theory
  18. Electronic Devices
  1. Some basic concepts of Chemistry
  2. Solid-state
  3. Structure of atom
  4. Solutions
  5. Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties
  6. Electrochemistry
  7. Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure
  8. Chemical Kinetics
  9. States of Matter: Gases and liquids
  10. Surface Chemistry
  11. Thermodynamics
  12. General principles and Processes of Isolation of Elements
  13. Equilibrium
  14. P Block elements
  15. Redox reactions
  16. D and F block elements
  17. Hydrogen
  18. Coordination compounds
  1. Sets and Functions
  2. Relations and Functions
  3. Algebra
  4. Coordinate Geometry
  5. Calculus
  6. Vectors and Three–Dimensional Geometry
  7. Mathematical Reasoning
  8. Linear Programming
  9. Statistics and Probability
  1. Diversity in the Living World
  2. Reproduction
  3. Structural Organisation – Plants and Animals
  4. Genetics and Evolution
  5. Cell Structure and Function
  6. Biology and Human welfare
  7. Plant Physiology
  8. Biotechnology and its applications
  9. Human physiology
  10. Ecology and environment

NEST Exam 2023 Admit Card

The NEST Exam 2023 Admit card shall be released on 12th June 2023 on the official website. Candidates will be required to log in with their application number, password & captcha image code to download their hall tickets. NEST 2023 Admit card will include details such as the name of the candidates, exam date and venue, reporting time and duration of the entrance exam. The admit card is a very mandatory document that must be carried to the NEST exam centre and without which the candidates will not be allowed to enter the exam hall. 

NEST Exam 2023 Answer Key

NISER will send the NEST Exam 2023 Answer key to the candidates who have appeared for NEST 2023 exam through their registered email id. The answer key is expected to release in the fourth week of June. Candidates will also be given the facility to raise objections against the answer key in case any discrepancies are found.  Candidates will be required to provide their NEST roll number along with the question ID to object or to challenge the NEST 2023 answer key. The final answer keys will be released by the authorities after addressing all the objections submitted by the candidates.

NEST Exam 2023 Result

The NEST 2023 Result will only be published on 10th July 2023 online on the official website. The candidates having their names listed in the merit list will only be eligible to receive the scholarship rewards and the toppers will also be granted the NEST exam pass certificate. Candidates are advised to keep their results safe till the completion of the admission procedure as the result might be required at the time of counselling.

NEST 2023: FAQs

Ans. The NEST Exam 2023 Registration has started from 27th February 2023 to 17th May 2023.

Ans. Candidates who have passed 12th Intermediate or its equivalent examination from any recognized board in year 2021 or 2022 can apply. Candidates must be born on or after 1st August 2003 can apply for NEST. Check this article to know complete eligibility criteria for NEST 2023 exam.

Ans. There is no restriction on the number of attempts for appearing in the NEST 2023 exam.

Ans. NEST Exam 2023 will be held on 24th June 2023.

Ans. The NEST Exam 2023 application form can be filled on the NISER official website- Candidates can also refer to the direct link provided in this article.

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