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NEST 2024 Exam: Dates, Application Form, Eligibility, Pattern, Syllabus & Updates

Updated By Kamayani Meghawal on 29 Nov, 2023 17:56

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About NEST 2024 Exam

NEST 2024 official notification will be released in February 2024. Candidates aspiring to appear for NEST 2024 exam must fill the application form to appear for the examination. TheNEST 2024 application process will be initiated by NISER and UM-DAE CEBS in the month of February 2024. Aspirants are advised to check the eligibility criteria of NEST 2024 exam before filling up the application form. NEST 2024 exam will be held in June 2024. 

The National Entrance Screening Test (NEST Exam) is an online computer-based test for admissions in five-year Integrated MSc programme in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics offered by the National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) in Bhubaneswar and the University of Mumbai - Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CEBS) in Mumbai. Candidates who qualify NEST 2024 exam are eligible to receive an annual scholarship of Rs 60,000 through a programme called DISHA from the Department of Atomic Energy along with the scholarship the candidates will receive Rs 20,000 for summer internships. Keep reading in order to know everything about NEST 2024 exam, including dates, application form, eligibility, exam pattern, etc. 

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NEST 2024 Important Dates

Here is the list of NEST 2024 exam important dates tabulated below:

Event of NEST 2024 Exam


Release of the Online NEST Exam 2024 Application Form

February 2024

Last Date to Fill Out the NEST 2024 Exam Application Form

To be Notified 

NEST 2024 Application Correction and Update 

To be Notified 

Issuance of NEST 2024 Admit Card

To be Notified 

NEST 2024 Exam Date

To be Notified 

NEST 2024 Exam Answer Key Release Date

To be Notified 

Objection against NEST 2024 Answer Key

To be Notified 

NEST 2024 Exam Result Date

To be Notified 

What is NEST Exam 2024?

National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) is a very popular exam conducted every year 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 2024 exam is held to grant admission for Integrated MSc programmes in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, and Biology. NEST 2024 will be conducted in June 2024. 

The NEST 2024 exam is a national examination and is one of the most well-known and prestigious exams in the field of science and technology. Aspiring Candidates will be able to complete their integrated degree in science within five years of starting the course if they qualify NEST exam 2024. Three of the five years will be focused on the bachelor's programme and the remaining two years focused on the master's. The difficulty level of the NEST 2024 exam will be moderate to difficult.

NEST is a highly competitive exam, and it is only open to students who have excelled in their 12th-grade studies. If you are able to score well on NEST, you will be eligible for admission to some of the top science institutes in India. NEST graduates are in high demand by employers in the science and technology sectors. A degree from a top science institute will give you a strong foundation in Science and Mathematics, and it will also prepare you for a career in research or industry.

NEST 2024 Exam Highlights

The following table features the important highlights of the NEST 2024 exam.



Exam Name

National Entrance Screening Test (NEST exam)

Conducting Body

NISER Bhubaneswar and UM-DAE CEBS Mumbai

Exam Level

Undergraduate Entrance Exam 


National Level

Exam Frequency

Once a Year

Mode of Exam

Online Test Computer-Based (CBT)

Courses Offered

Integrated M Sc Course 

Exam Fee

  • Male candidates of General and OBC categories - INR 1,200 
  • Female candidates of General and OBC categories - INR 600 
  • Candidates of SC, ST and PwD categories -  600 INR

Exam Duration

3 hours 30 minutes 



Official Website

NEST 2024 Application Form

NEST 2024 exam application form usually releases in the month of February every year. So, NEST 2024 application is expected to be released in February 2024. The NEST exam 2024 application form will be available on the official website of NEST 2024 and can only be filled online. The NEST 2024 application process can be complex, and it is important to follow all the instructions carefully. We have a detailed NEST 2024 exam application process that guide on how to apply for the NEST 2024 exam. The NEST 2024 application fee is INR 1200 for General category candidates and INR 600 for SC/ST/PwD candidates. Candidates who are thinking of pursuing an Integrated MSc degree can apply for the NEST 2024 exam.

Steps to Fill the NEST Application Form 2024 

  • Go to the official website of the National Entrance Screening Test,
  • Register for the NEST 2024 exam
  • Fill in the details asked in the form
  • Check the given instructions and documents required for NEST exam 2024
  • Upload all the documents 
  • Click on Submit
  • Pay the NEST 2024 exam Application Fees.
  • Print out the application form for future references.

All candidates must fill the information asked in the NEST application form 2024 correctly because it will be used by the authorities to fill out the NEST 2024 admit card, NEST 2024 Scorecard, and other important documents associated with the NEST 2024 exam. If any of the information provided is incorrect or not genuine, NEST can take legal action against the student.

Documents Required for NEST 2024 Application Form 

Candidates must check the list of all the documents required for NEST 2024 exam application form. All candidates must have these documents while filling the application form of NEST 2024 exam.

  • Valid email address and mobile number
  • Colored passport-size photograph in jpg/ jpeg format (image size should be between 10 kb to 200 kb)
  • Scanned signature of the candidate
  • Mark sheet of 12th and 10th class
  • Thumb impression 
  • SC / ST / PWD Certificate (if applicable)

NEST 2024 Application Fees

NEST 2024 exam application fees for various categories are provided in the table below:


Application Fee

General/ OBC candidates (male)

INR 1200/-

Female/ SC/ ST/ Divyang candidates

INR 600/-

  • NEST 2024 exam application fees can be paid through online mode only.
  • Candidates can pay the NEST Exam 2024 Application Fees through Credit/Debit card or Net Banking.

NEST 2024 Exam Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must make sure that they fulfil the NEST 2024 eligibility criteria before filling the NEST 2024 application form. Candidates can check the complete NEST eligibility criteria 2024 below:

  • Candidates must have passed their 12th Standard from a recognised university in the year 2023 or 2024 to appear for NEST 2024 exam
  • Candidates must have achieved a minimum score of 60% marks. SC/ST/PwD category candidates must have a minimum score of 55% marks.
  • Candidates must be born on or after 1st August, 2004. SC/ST/Divyangjan students will have their age limit reduced by five years.
  • Candidates must have passed their qualifying examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics as mandatory subjects.

NEST 2024 Admission Process

The NEST 2024 Admission process is a five-step process. These 5 steps for NEST 2024 exam admission are explained below:

Fill out the NEST 2024 Application Form 
The first step towards the entrance exam of NEST is to fill out the application form. Once you fill out the application form and submit the examination fee successfully, wait for the admit card. 

Download the NEST 2024 Admit Card 
The NEST admit card 2024 will be available on the official website. Students can download the admit card by using the login credentials used for filling out the application form. 

Appear in the NEST 2024 Entrance Exam 
On the given date, appear in the NEST 2024 entrance exam. Go through the preparation tips for NEST and the best books. 

Clear the NEST Exam 
Check the results whether you cleared the exam or not. If you have passed the exam, you will be receiving a notification for counselling. 

Appear in NEST Counseling 
On the given date, appear in the counselling session for NEST 2024 exam and choose the program and college. 

NEST 2024 Exam Pattern

It is important for the candidates to know the NEST 2024 exam pattern. Below are the details of the NEST 2024 exam pattern:



Nature of Question 

Multiple Choice Questions

Number of Sections 

4 Sections 

Name of Sections 

  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics

Section Narks 

  • Biology (50 marks)
  • Physics (50 marks)
  • Chemistry (50 marks)
  • Mathematics (50 marks)

Total Marks

200 Marks

Total Time of Exam

3 Hours 20 Minutes

NEST 2024 Syllabus

The NEST syllabus 2024 covers the topics from 11th and 12th class NCERT course. Here is the list of the syllabus for the NEST 2024 exam:

NEST 2024 Exam Syllabus - Physics

Here is the list of the Physics syllabus and topics for NEST 2024 exam. 

Physical-world and measurement

Electro statistics


Current electricity

Laws of Motion

Work, Power, Energy

Electromagnetic induction and alternating currents

Magnetic effects of Current and Magnetism

Motion of systems of particles and rigid body

Electromagnetic waves


Properties of Bulk Matter


Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation


Atoms and Nuclei

Behavior of Perfect Gas and Kinetic theory

Electronic Devices

NEST 2024 Exam Syllabus - Chemistry

Here is the list of the NEST 2024 exam Chemistry syllabus and topics. 

Some basic concepts of Chemistry


Structure of atom


Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties


Chemical Bonding and Molecular structure

Chemical Kinetics

States of Matter: Gases and liquids

Surface Chemistry


General Principles and Processes of Isolation of Elements


P Block elements

Redox reactions

D and F block elements


Coordination compounds

NEST 2024 Exam Syllabus - Maths

Here is the list of the NEST 2024 exam Maths syllabus and topics. 

Sets and Functions

Relations and Functions




Coordinate Geometry

Three–Dimensional Geometry

Vectors & Three–Dimensional Geometry

Mathematical Reasoning

Linear Programming



NEST 2024 Exam Syllabus - Biology

Here is the list of the NEST 2024 exam Biology syllabus and topics. 

Diversity in the Living World


Structural Organisation – Plants and Animals

Genetics and Evolution

Cell Structure and Function

Biology and Human welfare

Plant Physiology

Biotechnology and its applications

Human physiology

Ecology and environment

NEST 2024 Exam Centres

The list of exam centres of NEST 2024 are as follows -

Chirala (AP)Mangalore (KA)Khurda (OD)
Guntur (AP)Mysuru (KA)Rayagada (OD)
Kakinada (AP)Udupi (KA)Rourkela (OD)
Kurnool (AP)Alappuzha (KL)Sambalpur (OD)
Nellore (AP)Ernakulam (KL)Amritsar (PB)
Rajahmundry (AP)Idukki (KL)Bhatinda (PB)
Tirupathi (AP)Kannur (KL)Jalandhar (PB)
Vijayawada (AP)Kasaragod (KL)Ludhiana (PB)
Visakhapatnam (AP)Kollam (KL)Mohali (PB)
Vizianagaram (AP)Kottayam (KL)Patiala (PB)
Guwahati (AS)Kozhikode (KL)Jaipur (RJ)
Patna (BR)Malappuram (KL)Udaipur (RJ)
Chandigarh (CH)Palakkad (KL)Jodhpur (RJ)
Bhilai Nagar (CG)Pathanamthitta (KL)Chennai (TN)
Raipur (CG)Thiruvananthapuram (KL)Coimbatore (TN)
New Delhi (DL)Thrissur (KL)Madurai (TN)
Ghaziabad (DL-NCR)Bhopal (MP)Salem (TN)
Greater Noida (DL-NCR)Gwalior (MP)Tiruchirappalli (TN)
Meerut (DL-NCR)Indore (MP)Tirunelveli (TN)
Noida (DL-NCR)Jabalpur (MP)Hyderabad (TS)
Ahmedabad (GJ)Mumbai (MH)Karimnagar (TS)
Bhuj (GJ)Nagpur (MH)Warangal (TS)
Hamirpur (HP)Pune (MH)Agartala (TR)
Shimla (HP)Imphal (MN)Allahabad (UP)
Jammu (JK)Shillong (ML)Kanpur (UP)
Samba (JK)Aizawl (MZ)Lucknow (UP)
Srinagar (JK)Angul (OD)Varanasi (UP)
Bokaro (JH)Balasore (OD)Dehradun (UK)
Dhanbad (JH)Bargarh (OD)Haldwani (UK)
Hazaribagh (JH)Baripada (OD)Roorkee (UK)
Jamshedpur (JH)Berhampur (OD)Asansol (WB)
Ranchi (JH)Bhubaneswar (OD)Burdwan (WB)
Bengaluru (KA)Cuttack (OD)Durgapur (WB
Dharwad (KA)Dhenkanal (OD)Hooghly (WB)
Hubballi (KA)Jharsuguda (OD)Kolkata (WB)
Siliguri (WB)--

NEST 2024 Result

The NEST 2024 exam result will be declared soon after the NEST Exam 2024. Candidates will have to log in through their email and credentials to check the NEST Result 2024. All candidates will also require the roll number present on the NEST 2024 exam admit card.

How to Check NEST Result 2024?

Checking the NEST result is quite an easy process, which is mentioned below in the steps:

  • Visit the official website
  • Click on “Check Result NEST 2024 exam”
  • Click on the “Log in” tab and log in with the Roll number or email
  • Result will be displayed on the screen
  • Check the result with your NEST 2024 exam Roll Number

NEST 2024 Exam Merit List

The SMAS score of the best three subject scores from four subjects will be used to prepare the merit list for NEST exam 2024. (for both NISER and CEBS). In NEST 2022, the SMAS of all four subjects was considered when preparing the NISER merit list.

NEST 2024 Mock Test

NEST mock tests 2024 are very important for NEST 2024 preparation. The candidates will be able to understand the NEST 2024 exam pattern and subsequently the art of time management by solving mock tests. NEST 2024 exam conducting body does not release any official NEST 2024 mock test but candidates must solve the mock tests from the books for NEST 2024 preparation. NEST 2024 exam mock tests are also provided by numerous coaching institutes and online portals for the NEST 2024 exam. By solving mock tests for NEST 2024 exam, the candidates will be able to analyze their level of preparation and will also get to know about their strengths and weaknesses and accordingly distribute their time for covering different aspects of NEST 2024 exam syllabus. 

NEST 2024 Admit Card

The NEST admit card 2024 will be released a week before the commencement of the exam The candidates will be able to download NEST 2024 admit cards from the official website if they have filled NEST application form 2024 by entering their login credential. The NEST 2024 admit card is a mandatory document that the candidates must carry to the examination hall for appearing in NEST exam 2024. The NEST 2024 admit card or hall ticket will have all the details such as candidate name, roll number, date and timing of exam, exam centres, etc. The admit card for NEST 2024 exam also contains important guidelines and instructions that need to be followed on the day of the examination. The NEST admit card 2024 will be available online and will not be sent through post or courier under any circumstances. The candidates must keep the admit card safely till the counselling process is over for the NEST 2024 exam.  

NEST 2024 Exam Analysis

NEST exam 2024 analysis will be done once the examination is over. The NEST 2024 exam analysis and the reaction of the students will be provided on the exam day. The NEST exam analysis 2024 will help candidates in getting insights about the exam type and pattern of questions that are asked in the NEST exam 2024.

NEST 2024 Question Paper

NEST question paper 2024 will be released online on the official website after the commencement of the examination in the month of June. For better preparation, candidates can download NEST 2024 exam question papers of previous years.  

NEST 2024 Answer Key

NEST answer key 2024 will be released after a few days of the conduct of the NEST 2024 exam. The candidates will receive NEST answer key 2024 on their registered email addresses along with the answer scripts. After the release of NEST 2024 answer key, the candidates will be able to calculate the approximate marks that they will score and gauge their chances of selection and getting admission in the desired college. The candidates can also raise objections against the provisional answer key of NEST 2024 exam . There is no fee or charge for submitting objections against NEST 2024 exam  answer keys. 

NEST 2024 Cutoff

The NEST cut-off 2024 will be released by NISER Bhubaneswar and CEBS Mumbai according to sections, subjects and categories. The NEST cut-off 2024 will be released in two categories - Section-wise Minimum Admissible Score (SMAS) that refers to the sectional cutoff and Minimum Admissible Percentile (MAP) or overall percentile. As per officials, for each section, 20 percent of the average of the best 100 scores in that section will be considered as SMAS. It is obvious that SMAS for different sections will be of different numerical values. Candidates also need to clear the overall NEST 2024 cutoff percentile along with the sectional NEST cutoff 2024. The NEST 2024 exam cutoff with reference to previous year’s cutoff for General category candidates should be 95 percentile. The cutoff for OBC candidates is expected to be 90 percentile and 75 percentile for other reserved category candidates. 

NEST 2024 Counselling

Candidates who will qualify for the NEST 2024 exam will be able to participate in the NEST 2024 counselling process. The NEST 2024 counselling process will be conducted in three rounds. Qualifying candidates will have to upload documents that are verified by the officials and seats will be allotted to them. Candidates need to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) and pay the required seat allocation fee to complete the admission process. NISER Bhubaneswar and CEBS Mumbai will release separate institute-wise merit lists once the counselling process is over for NEST 2024 exam . 

NEST 2024 Participating Colleges and Seat Intake

NEST 2024 exam will be conducted to grant admission in all the participating institutes under NEST 2024 to candidates. The candidates can take admission in a five-year integrated MSc programme in Basic Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics) offered at both NISER and UM-DAE CEBS. One can refer to the seats available at both institutes as mentioned below. The number of seats intake is tentative and can change when the NEST 2024 exam brochure will be released: 


Seats at NISER

Seats at UM-DAE CEBS







OBC (Non-Creamy Layer)










5 % of seats in each category

5 % of seats in each category




NEST 2024 Books

Books play a significant role in NEST 2024 exam preparation. There are hundreds of books available in the market both online and offline but one must refer to the NEST exam 2024 books as mentioned below:

Name of the Book



Physical Chemistry



Aptitude Test problems in Physics

S.S Krotov


Concepts of Physics

H.C. Verma


Modern ABC of Textbook Chemistry

Dr. S.P.Jauhar



P.S Verma


Objective Biology

M.P. Tyagi and J.P Goyal


Genetic Engineering

P.S Verma


Skills in Mathematics Coordinates Geometry for IIT JEE

S.K Goyal


Integral Calculus

Amit M. Agarwal


NEST 2024 Preparation

  • Candidates must go through the detailed NEST 2024 exam syllabus to get familiar and strategize their study plan accordingly. 
  • The NEST syllabus 2024 for all major subjects such as Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology is similar to that of NCERT or CBSE syllabus. All these four subjects are of equal importance and can not be neglected. 
  • The candidates preparing for NEST 2024 exam must lay emphasis on the basic and fundamentals concepts of 12th standard science. They must focus on understanding the concept to perform well in the NEST exam 2024.
  • A thorough preparation of all the subjects will help candidates to avoid negative marks.
  • Solving previous year questions papers and mock tests are very important in preparing for the NEST 2024 exam as it enhances the confidence among students because they get familiar with exam pattern and type of questions asked. 
  • Start the NEST exam 2024 preparation early. The NEST 2024 exam is a challenging exam, and it takes time to develop the skills and knowledge to clear the exam and get the desired college. Start preparing for the exam at least a year in advance.
  • Take practice tests or NEST mock tests. There are a number of practice tests available online and in book form. Taking practice tests will help you to get familiar with the format of the NEST 2024 exam and the types of questions that are asked.
  • There are a number of test prep courses available that can help you to prepare for the NEST 2024 exam. These courses can provide you with the instruction and practice that you need to clear the NEST exam 2024

Important Subject Topics in the NEST Exam 2024

The NEST 2024 exam covers a wide range of topics in physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics. The specific topics that are covered vary from year to year, but some of the topics that are commonly tested include:

  • Physics: Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, Thermodynamics, Optics, and Modern Physics
  • Chemistry: Atomic Structure, Chemical Bonding, Chemical Kinetics, Thermodynamics, and Organic Chemistry
  • Biology: Cell Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Ecology, and Evolution
  • Mathematics: Algebra, Calculus, Probability, and Statistics

NEST 2024 Conducting Body

NEST 2024 Exam is organised by 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. In 2007, Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India had set up both NISER and UM-DAE CEBS. The vision of NISER and CEBS is to impart high-quality science education to the motivated students, by some of the distinguished scientists and teachers.

Contact Details

Address: The Chief Coordinator

NEST 2024

UM-DAE CEBS, Anna Bhau Sathe Bhavan,

University of Mumbai, Vidyanagari Campus,

Kalina, Mumbai – 400098, Maharashtra, India.

Phone Number


Important Dates

NEST 2024 Important EventsDates

Want to know more about NEST

FAQs about NEST

What courses I can pursue after NEST 2024?

You can pursue the following courses:

  • Integrated MSc in Biology
  • Integrated MSc in Chemical courses 
  • Integrated MSc in Mathematical course 
  • Integrated MSc in Physical sciences

What are the dates of the NEST 2024 examination?

The NEST 2024 examination dates will be declared soon on the official website. However, the tentative date for the exam as per previous records is the third week of June.


Where can I get the NEST 2024 syllabus?

Candidates can check the NEST syllabus as prescribed by the authorities on this page for the preparation of the exam. The syllabus of NEST 2024 will be released on the official website


Is the NEST exam tougher than JEE Main?

The difficulty level of JEE Main is a little higher as compared to NEST. One must note down that the JEE Main exam does not have Biology as a subject whereas it is a prominent section in the NEST exam.


How difficult is the NEST exam?

NEST exam was not difficult for the candidates who had their basics clear of topics taught in the Science stream at Class 11 and Class 12 levels. The NEST exam is difficult as the level of competition is very high but it is not difficult for deserving and hardworking candidates.  


When can I apply for NEST 2024 registration?

Go to the official website of NEST 2024 and follow the instructions to fill out the exam application. 

How many attempts are allowed for NEST 2024?

There is no restriction on the attempt number for NEST 2024. 

What documents are required for NEST 2024?

To fill out the NEST 2024 application form, you will need the following documents:

  • A valid email address and mobile number
  • Colored passport size photograph
  • Scanned signature
  • 12th and 10th class mark sheet 
  • SC / ST / PWD Certificate (if applicable)

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