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NEST 2024 Eligibility Criteria: Age Limit, Educational Qualification

Updated By Kamayani Meghawal on 21 Sep, 2023 20:45

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NEST Eligibility Criteria 2024

NEST exam eligibility criteria 2024 will be prescribed by NISER and UM-DAE CEBS. Candidates planning to take NEST 2024 must meet the eligibility criteria of NEST 2024 in order to fill the form. Candidates must meet the qualifying examination, number of attempts, age, nationality, qualifying marks, and other requirements as part of the NEST 2024 eligibility criteria. Candidates must thoroughly check the NEST Eligibility Criteria before applying for the exam.

Only those applicants who meet the NEST eligibility criteria 2024 will be allowed to appear for NEST. It is mandatory for all applicants to meet the minimum eligibility norms in order to appear for the NEST exam. Those who do not meet the eligibility criteria will not be allowed to appear for the exam. Applicants must make sure that they check the NEST eligibility criteria 2024 carefully before filling out the NEST 2024 application form. Candidates clearing the eligibility criteria are suggested to check the NEST 2024 Syllabus and decide their preparation strategy accordingly. Scroll down to know more about the NEST 2024 Eligibility Criteria.

Detailed NEST 2024 Eligibility Criteria

The NEST eligibility criteria 2024 are specified below:


  • Candidates must be a Citizen of India.

  • NRI students or PIO or OCI candidates are not eligible to apply for the NEST 2024 exam.

  • Candidates from J & K, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana states have a quota of 15%.

Age Limit:

  • General and OBC category applicants born on or after 1st August 2002 are eligible to apply for NEST 2024.

  • There is five years relaxation for SC/ ST /PwD applicants such as they must have been born on or after 1st August 1996.

Number of attempts:

  • There is no restriction on the number of attempts for NEST 2024 examination.

Educational Qualification:

  • Candidates should be from the regular science stream with the only combination of at least three subjects among Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics in classes 11th and 12th.

  • Candidates should have passed the class 12th examination or equivalent from any recognized Board in India in the year 2022 or 2023 or must be appearing in the same in 2024.

  • Final-year applicants are also eligible for NEST 2024.

Note: Those candidates who are appearing for the board examination in 2024 must pass it by the time of admission into the programme.

Minimum Marks Required:

  • Candidates should secure at least 60% marks in aggregate or equivalent in class 12th examination.

  • For candidates belonging to reserved (SC/ST /PwD) categories, the minimum requirement of marks is relaxed to 55% in aggregate.

Important Instructions for NEST 2024 Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates, who have only letter grades available, will have to submit a certificate from the respective Board which specifies the equivalent percentage of marks.

  • In the absence of such a certificate, the final decision will be made by the admissions committee of the concerned institution.

NEST 2024: Reservation Criteria

The total number of seats in both NISER and CEBS, there is a certain percentage of seats which is reserved for the reserved category candidates. The categories accepted by NISER and CEBS for admission are as follows:

  • OBC - NCL (Other Backward Classes belonging to the Non-Creamy Layer)

  • SC (Scheduled Caste) /  ST (Scheduled Tribe)

  • PwD (Person with Disabilities)

  • Supernumerary Quota for students from Jammu and Kashmir

CategoryReservation (%)
OBC - NCL27%
SC      15%        
Supernumerary quota (J&K)2 seats in both the institutions (NISER and CEBS) are reserved for candidates from the state of Jammu and Kashmir

NEST 2024 Application Form

The officials will release NEST 2024 Application Form in the month of February 2024. Candidates will be required to fill out the NEST application form in order to appear in the exam. To fill out the NEST application form, students will require a valid email address and documents. Once the NEST application process is complete, the officials will release the NEST 2024 admit card. 

NEST 2024 Exam Pattern

NEST 2024 is one of the most important exams and candidates must know the NEST exam pattern before starting the preparation. The NEST exam will be held online mode and there will be a total of 200 questions. 



Mode of Examination

Computer-Based Test (CBT) online exam

Questions Type

Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs)

Time Duration

4 hours

Total Marks

200 marks


  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Biology

Marking Scheme

  • For single correct answer question, 2.5 marks
  • For multiple correct answers, 4 marks 

Negative Marking

  • No negative marking for multiple correct answer MCQs 
  • 1 mark will be deducted for single correct answer MCQs

NEST 2024 Admit Card

The NEST admit card 2024 will be released by the officials on the NEST exam website. Candidates who successfully filled out the NEST application will be able to download the admit card. To download NEST 2024 admit card, candidates will require their registration credentials. The NEST admit card will include personal details, exam date and time, exam centre name and address, and exam day guidelines. All the candidates will be required to carry the NEST admit card to the exam centre. 

NEST 2024 Answer Key

The NEST answer key 2024 will be released for the aspirants to know the exam answers. Candidates will be able to check the answer key on the NEST official website by logging in with their email and login credentials. With the NEST 2024 answer key candidates will be able to check the correct answers and calculate their estimated score. They can plan which NEST participating institutes they want to get admission into. 
If the candidates find any error or incorrect answers, they can raise the objection on the NEST answer key. There is no fee for raising the objection on NEST 2024 answer key, however, the window will be open for a certain time. Candidates will be required to raise objections during the given timeline. Once the objection process is complete, officials will release the final NEST result. 

NEST 2024 Result

NEST result 2024 is the final result of the NEST exam including the NEST merit list and marks with the roll numbers and/or names of candidates. The NEST 2024 result will show the qualifying candidates for the integrated MSc entrance exam. Candidates will be able to download their NEST 2024 scorecards by entering their login credentials. The NEST result or the NEST scorecard will include information such as overall scores, percentile and All India Rank (AIR).  

NEST 2024 Cutoff

NEST cutoff 2024 will be released by the NISER Bhubaneswar and CEBS Mumbai. The NEST 2024 cut-off marks will be released according to subjects and categories. The NEST 2024 cutoff will be released in two categories - Section-wise Minimum Admissible Score (SMAS) and Minimum Admissible Percentile (MAP). 

Candidates will be able to download the NEST cutoff 2024 from the official website. Once the cutoff process is complete, candidates will be able to choose the desired college for admission.  

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