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NEST 2022 Eligibility Criteria: Age Limit, Educational Qualification

Updated By Samiksha Rautela on 18 May, 2022 09:20

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NEST 2022 Eligibility Criteria

National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) 2022 exam schedule is out and the exam is to be conducted in June 2022 for the admission to the five-year Integrated MSc programme in basic sciences such as Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics, at NISER (short for National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneswar) and UM–DAE CEBS (short for University of Mumbai – Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences, Mumbai). Candidates planning to appear for NEST 2022 must fulfill the eligibility norms set by the conducting authority. NISER and UM-DAE CEBS has defined the eligibility criteria in detail for the aspirants. As part of the NEST 2022 eligibility criteria, candidates will have to fulfill requirements related to the qualifying examination, the number of attempts, age, nationality, qualifying marks, etc.

Only those applicants who meet the NEST 2022 eligibility criteria will be allowed to appear for NEST. It is mandatory for all the applicants to meet the minimum eligibility norms in order to appear for 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 2022 carefully before filling the NEST 2022 application form. Candidates clearing the eligibility criteria are suggested to check the NEST 2022 Syllabus and decide their preparation strategy accordingly. To know more about the eligibility criteria for NEST 2022 read the following information.

Eligibility Norms for NEST 2022

The eligibility requirements of NEST 2022 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 2022 exam.

  • Candidates from J & K, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana state 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 2022.

  • 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 2022 examination.

Educational Qualification:

  • Candidates should be from 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 class 12th examination or equivalent from any recognized Board in India in the year 2020 or 2021 or must be appearing in the same in 2022.

  • Final year applicants are also eligible for NEST 2022.

Note: Those candidates who are appearing for the board examination in 2022 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 2022 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 2022: 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

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