Tuesday, 3 February 2015

National Entrance Screening Test (NEST-2015)

University of Mumbai - Dept. of Atomic Energy, Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences, (UM-DAE CBS) Mumbai, NISER, Institute of Physics Campus, Sachivalaya Marg, Sainik School (PO), Bhubaneswar-751005, Odisha
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, have jointly announced the schedule of National Entrance Screening Test - 2015 (NEST-2015) for the Academic Session 2015-16 NEST - 2015 will be conducted on 30th May 2015 (Saturday) from 09.30 a.m. - 01.00 p.m at 52 centers across the country.
The National Entrance Screening Test or NEST is a compulsory test for admission to the 5-year Integrated M.Sc program in basic sciences - Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics - at National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar and University of Mumbai - Dept. of Atomic Energy Center for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CBS), Mumbai; both NISER & CBS are autonomous institutions estd by Dept. of Atomic Energy (DAE), Govt. of India, in 2007
These institutes have started with the mandate to provide high quality teaching in basic sciences by a faculty of distinguished scientists embedded in a vibrant research environment and to create a national pool of scientists ready to take up research challenges in the frontiers of basic and applied sciences
The Integrated M.Sc program at these institutes follows a semester-based course structure and continuous assessment within a flexible and innovative academic curriculum, exposing the students to research early in their program
All the candidates admitted to 5-year Integrated MSc programme at NISER and CBS are eligible for INSPIRE, Govt. of India, scholarship of 5000/- p.m. & 20000/- per year for carrying out summer projects The details of the Integrated MSc programme, courses, research activities, facilities and faculty profile at NISER and CBS can be found on their respective websites.
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/ST/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
General and OBC category candidates born on or after 15th July 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
Necessary certificates supporting eligibility criteria have to be furnished at the time of admission. Please also note that the offer of admission is subject to verification of all original certificates at the time of counseling
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 offline applications the fee should be paid by Demand Draft 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:
Male: General, OBC & DT/VJ/NT Candidates: Rs.700/- (online) and Rs.750/- (Offline)
All Female Candidates: Rs. 350/- (Online) and Rs.400/- (Offline)
SC/ST and PD (All Candiates): Rs. 350/- (Online) and Rs. 400/- (Offline)
Demand Draft: DD for required amount may be prepared from any bank and should be drawn in favour of NISER-NEST and payable at Bhubaneswar; it is advisable that candidate write her/his name (all candidates) and application number (only online candidates) at the back of the DD before dispatching
The DD has to be sent preferably by speed post at the address given below and must reach NEST office
For online candidates, the DD should reach NEST office on or before 07th March 2015; for off-line applications, the demand draft and the request for application form should be sent in a single envelope
State Bank Collect online payment facility (SB-Collect): State Bank Collect (SBC) is a multimodal payment portal where payments can be made using credit/debit cards and internet banking facility
This payment method is available only for online applicants
A detailed step-by-step instruction for payment through SBC is available on NEST website and also inside the online application portal for NEST 2015
Online candidates who opt for online payment need not send any document to NEST office (paperless application)
Please refer to the instruction sheet (the ‘How to Apply’ tab on website in) for details on all payment methods
The admit card for NEST 2015 will be available for downloading / dispatch from 07th April 2015
Admit cards will not be dispatched for online applicants; such applicants 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 01st May 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
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-751005", Odisha
For any queries requiring quicker response, contact at NEST helpline (active from 05th January 2015); Phone: 0674-2304036 (Mon-Fri, 09.30 - 13.00 & 14.00 - 17.00);
The official website of NEST 2015 is: website
Agartala, Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Balangir, Balasore, Bengaluru, Berhampur, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Burdwan, Calicut, Chandigar, Chennai, Cuttack, Dehradun, Delhi-East, Delhi North, Delhi South, Dharwad, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Jamshedpur, Jodhpur, Kanpur, Kochi, Kolkata-North, Kolkata-South, Lucknow, Madurai, Mangalore, Mumbai, Patna, Nagapur, Pune, Raipur, Ranchi, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Shillong, Shimla, Silchar, Siliguri, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Udaipur, Varanasi, Visakhapatnam Candidates must choose 2 (two) centres in order of their preference while filling up of application form; it is allowed to select two centres from the same city, such as Delhi-East and Delhi-North
Start of Online / Offline application for NEST 2015: 05th January 2015
Last date for receiving request for Offline application form + Demand Draft: 19th February 2015
Download/Dispatch of Admit Card begins: 15th April 2015
NEST 2015 Exam: 30th May 2015 (Saturday) 09.30 am - 01.00 pm
Announcement of results in NEST website: 19th June 2015

To know more information about NEST 2014 please click here

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