NEST 2020 Eligibility Norms 2020

Neha Kumari Updated On: 17 Jan, 2020 10:31 IST

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NEST 2020 Eligibility Criteria

The National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) is going to be conducted on June 06, 2020, 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 2020 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 2020 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 2020 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 2020 carefully before filling the NEST 2020 application form. To know more about the eligibility criteria for NEST 2020 read the following information.

Eligibility Norms for NEST 2020

The eligibility requirements of NEST 2020 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 2020 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 1999 are eligible to apply for NEST 2020.

  • There is five years relaxation for SC/ ST /PwD applicants such as they must have been born on or after 1st August 1994.

Number of attempts:

  • There is no restriction on the number of attempts for NEST 2020 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 12 examination or equivalent from any recognized Board in India in the year 2018 or 2019 or must be appearing in the same in 2020.

  • Final year applicants are also eligible for NEST 2020.

Note: Those candidates who are appearing for the board examination in 2020 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 12 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 2020 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 2020: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

Category Reservation (%)
OBC - NCL 27%
SC       15%        
ST 7.5%
PwD 5%
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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