NEST 2024: Notification, Exam Date, Application, Pattern, Syllabus, etc.

NEST stands for National Entrance Screening Test conducted by the National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) and University of Mumbai – Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CBS). Candidates who want to take admission into the 5-year Integrated M.Sc Program must go through the entrance test. In this article, we will discuss NEST 2024 Notification, Exam Date, Application, Pattern, Syllabus, etc.

NEST 2024 Important Dates

ActivitiesExpected Dates
Availability of online application formFebruary 2024
Closing on the online applicationMay 2024
Admit card releaseTo be Announced
Date of entrance examJune 2024
Declaration of resultTo be announced

NEST 2024 Eligibility Criteria

The following are the eligibility criteria that a candidate must follow to take part in the NEST entrance examination-

Education Qualifications

  • The candidate must be a High school graduate with 10+2 from a recognized university with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology subjects
  • A minimum of 60% marks are required for General/ OBC candidates and for SC/ST candidates a minimum of 55% marks will be required by the candidate to score on the qualification exam
  • Candidate appearing in the 12th exam can also appear in the examination
  • The candidate should be an Indian citizen
  • General and OBC category candidates born on or after August 01, 2001, are eligible for admission to the Integrated MSc program of NISER/CEBS. The age limit is relaxed by 5 years for SC / ST / Divyangjan candidates

How to Apply for NEST 2024?

The following are the steps that the candidate must follow to apply for the NEST which is as follow-

  • Visit the official website of the
  • Register on the website with your email Id, mobile number, name
  • You have to fill the application form by navigating to the application form
  • Some of the details that you must fill on the application form are Date of Birth, Category, Nationality, qualification details such as Year of Passing, Percentage of marks, etc, details to contact, and choice for the exam center.
  • Now click on the proceed button
  • Now upload the necessary documents mentioned below
  • A payment page asking for paying the application fee will appear. You can pay your application fee using a credit/debit card, UPI, Bank Challan, etc.
  • A confirmation page will appear that you have to download the payment fee confirmation as well as the application fee for future use

Document Required for Applying NEST

The following are the necessary document that you must upload on the website while filling the application-

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  • The passport size Photograph of the candidate should be in JPG/JPEG format and the Image size should be between 10Kb to 200Kb.
  • Signature of the candidate
  • Left-Hand Thumb Impression of the candidate
  • Class 10th Certificate of the candidate
  • Post Card size Photograph of the candidate

NEST Application Fee

The application fee for NEST depends on the category of the candidate. The following are the application fees for the candidates-

CategoryFee Amount
Female/SC/ST/PWDINR 600

NEST Examination Pattern

The examination is MCQ-based with a Computer-based Test (CBT) format. The candidates will be provided with 3 hours to solve four sections each carrying 50 marks except the general section which carries 30 marks. The total marks of the examination are 230. The following are the examination pattern for the NEST entrance test-

SectionsSubjectsTotal Marks
(Compulsory)Section 1General section30
Any 3 SectionsSection 2Physics50
Section 3Chemistry50
section 4Mathematics50
section 5Biology50

Subject wise NEST 2024 Syllabus

The following are the syllabus for the NEST Entrance exam-


Class 11th SyllabusClass 12th Syllabus
Physical-world and measurementElectro statistics
KinematicsCurrent Electricity
Laws of MotionMagnetic effects of Current and Magnetism
Work, Energy, and PowerElectromagnetic induction and alternating currents
The motion of systems of particles and rigid bodyElectromagnetic waves
Properties of Bulk MatterDual Nature of Matter and Radiation
ThermodynamicsAtoms and Nuclei
The behavior of Perfect Gas and Kinetic theoryElectronic Devices
Oscillations and wave


Class 11th SyllabusClass 12th Syllabus
Some basic concepts of ChemistrySolid-state
Structure of atomSolutions
Classification of Elements and Periodicity in PropertiesElectrochemistry
Chemical Bonding and Molecular structureChemical Kinetics
States of Matter: Gases and liquidsSurface Chemistry
ThermodynamicsGeneral principles and Processes of Isolation of Elements
EquilibriumP Block elements
Redox reactionsD and F block elements
HydrogenCoordination compounds
s-Block elements (Alkali and Alkaline earth metals)Haloalkanes and Haloarenes
Some p-Block elementsAlcohols, Phenols, and Ethers
Organic Chemistry – Some basic principles and techniquesAldehydes, Ketones and Carboxylic Acids
HydrocarbonsOrganic compounds containing Nitrogen
Environmental chemistryBiomolecules, Polymers, and Chemistry in everyday life


Class 11th SyllabusClass 12th Syllabus
Diversity in the Living WorldReproduction
Structural Organisation – Plants and AnimalsGenetics and Evolution
Cell Structure and FunctionBiology and Human welfare
Plant PhysiologyBiotechnology and its applications
Human physiologyEcology and environment


Class 11th SyllabusClass 12th Syllabus
Sets and FunctionsRelations and Functions
Coordinate GeometryCalculus
CalculusVectors and Three – Dimensional Geometry
Mathematical ReasoningLinear Programming
Statistics and ProbabilityProbability

Downloading NEST 2024 Admit Card

The admit card is the most important document, without this the candidates will not be allowed to give the NEST exam. You can download the NEST admit card from the official website of NEST. The release date for downloading the NEST admit card will be released later and you can keep checking our website. The following are the steps for downloading the NEST admit card which is as follows-

  • Visit the official website of the NEST
  • Log in to your account user ID and Password
  • Navigate to the download admit card button. After the page opens fill in your roll number along with other details and press enter
  • A new window with your admit card will open take a printout and carry it with you to the examination center

NEST Reference Books

The following are the reference books for the NEST entrance test-

Name of the bookPublisher or author
Modern ABC of Textbook ChemistryDr. S.P.Jauhar
Physical ChemistryP.Bahadur
Aptitude Test Problems in PhysicsS.S Krotov
Concepts of PhysicsH.C. Verma
Genetic EngineeringP.S Verma
GeneticsP.S Verma
Objective BiologyM.P. Tyagi and J.P Goyal
Integral CalculusAmit M. Agarwal
Skills in Mathematics Coordinates Geometry for IIT JEES.K Goyal

NEST Result

NTA shall declare the result on a tentative date of the first week of June. The candidate has to visit the official website of NEST and navigate to the result tab after to check his/her result.

NEST Admission Process

After the declaration of the exam, the candidate will be asked to go through two more steps i.e. Group Discussion and Personal Interview. The candidate will be evaluated based on his/her knowledge and personality.

NEST Reservation 2024

There is also a reservation provided to certain category students which are as follows-

General Economically Weaker section10%
Other Backward Classes belonging to the Non–Creamy Layer (OBC–NCL)27%
Scheduled Caste (SC) / Scheduled Tribe (ST)15%

NEET Counselling Session

A counseling session will be organized for the candidates who have qualified for the entrance examination. Based on the merit list, the candidates will be offered different colleges to choose from. You can choose the colleges based on your liking, fees, location, etc. when appearing for the counseling session of a particular institute, the candidate must provide relevant documents in original as well as a printout. The following are the list of documents that are required during the counsellings session-

  • Mark sheets till 10+2.
  • In case the candidate has already done some diploma course post twelfth then the mark sheet for the same is also required.
  • Along with a mark sheet certificate is also required.
  • Either of the address proofs likes; voter id card, Aadhar card, bank passbook, LIC policy document, ration card, or any other government address proof.
  • Id proof like; driving license, pan card, voter id card, Aadhar card, 10+2 admit card, or any other document issued by the Government of India authority.
  • In the case of SC and ST candidates, a government certificate for the class category is essential to submit.
  • Candidates need to carry a minimum of three passport-sized photos with themselves
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