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Name of the Organisation : National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) Bhubaneswar
Type of Announcement : National Entrance Screening Test NEST 2015

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NEST 2015 :
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 (UM-DAE CBS), Mumbai. Both NISER and CBS are autonomous institutions established by Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India, in 2007.

Eligibility criteria for admission :
Candidates must qualify all three eligibility criteria listed below:
Educational qualification:
Candidates seeking admission to NISER and UM-DAE CBS for the academic session 2015-16 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 2013 or 2014 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 on appearing for NEST. For candidates belonging to scheduled castes (SC), scheduled tribes (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 of 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 August 03, 1995 are eligible for admission to the integrated M.Sc. programme of NISER/CBS. The age limit is relaxed by 5 years for SC/ST/PD candidates. However, there is no restriction on appearing for NEST 2015.

How to apply :
To apply for NEST 2015, candidates can fill-up application form using either online (preferable) or offline mode. For online application, candidates should visit on or after January 5, 2015. Candidates are strongly advised to read through the detailed online application procedure available on the website. Off-line application is to be filled on a prescribed form, which is available from the NEST office on payment (through DD only: refer ‘Mode of payment’ below) of the required application fee listed below. The request for the application form along with the demand draft (DD) must reach the NEST office (address given in next page) on or before February 19, 2015. Please provide correct postal address with valid PIN number in your request. NEST cell is not responsible for non-delivery of the offline kit or any kind of postal delay.

Once we receive the request along with a DD of correct amount and validity, the off-line form along with this brochure will be mailed by Speed-Post to the candidate. The filled-in form should reach us back by March 7, 2015. Please note that, NEST office will deposit the DD immediately after the off-line form is dispatched. Note: Each off-line form carries a unique application number and hence photocopies of a form should not be used for filling multiple off-line applications. Such applications will summarily be rejected.

The address for postal communications is given under “Address for correspondence” – next page.

Application Fee:
The application fee for the male candidates of General/OBC category is Rs.700. The application fee for SC/ST/PD categories and all female candidates is Rs.350. For off-line applications the fee should be paid by DD only. For online applications, it can be paid by using credit card/debit card/net-banking through ‘State Bank Collect’ online payment portal or by DD. For offline applications, please add Rs.50 as postal charges to the application fees mentioned above. Please refer to the fee-chart below.
Category Online Offline
Male: General, OBC & DT/VJ/NT candidates Rs.700 Rs.750
All Female candidates Rs.350 Rs.400
SC, ST and PD (All Candidates) Rs.350 Rs.400

Address for correspondence :
Requests for off-line application form + Demand Draft, completed off-line application form and any NEST-2015 related queries by postal mail must be sent at
The Chief Coordinator, NEST 2015,
NISER, Institute of Physics Campus,
Sachivalaya Marg, Sainik School (PO),
Bhubaneswar – 751 005, Odisha.

Important Dates :
Registration opens : January 05, 2015 (10:00 am)
Last date for receiving request+DD for Offline Application form (postal) : February 19, 2015
Last date for receipt of completed Offline Application form : March 07, 2015 (5:30 pm)
Online application closes : March 07, 2015 (midnight)
Dispatch of offline admit cards starts : April 15, 2015
Download of online admit cards starts : April 15, 2015
Date of examination : May 30, 2015 (Saturday), 09:30 am – 1:00 pm
Announcement of results on NEST website : June 19, 2015

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  1. I am B.Vaishnavi. I am sending “dd’ offline in favor( niser-nest) bhubaneswar. Still 2nd Feb I have not received admission form kit. Please send it to me.

  2. I have given all my information in page 1 and I am going to appear class 12 board exam in 2015. But still they are showing that ‘please enter your X/XII percentage’. So what is the main problem?


    1. NISER and CBS are both residential institute equipped with state-of-art teaching and research laboratories, modern computational facilities and computer centres and excellent libraries. All the students are accommodated at in-campus hostels, for both girls and boys, and are provided with an environment conducive to science education and research.

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