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NEST -

National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) (NEST - 2016)

Online | National Level Exam
Important Dates
Registration Date
Jan 04, 2016
Admit Card Date
Apr 17, 2016
Test Date
May 28, 2016
Result Date
Jun 19, 2016

NEST 2016 - Exam Pattern

Exam Paper Type : Online    |     Exam Duration : 3.0 Hr

Section Duration Marks # Questions
Biology 45 Minutes 50 50
Physics 45 Minutes 50 50
Chemistry 45 Minutes 50 50
Mathematics 45 Minutes 50 50
  • Total Marks: 200
  • Total Questions: 200
  • Duration: 3 Hours
  • Marking System:  There is no negative marking System.

NEST 2016 Syllabus

Chapters
  1. Description of rotation velocity
  2. Rotational motion
  3. Moment of inertia
  4. Torque and angular momentum
  5. Conservation of angular momentum
  6. Rolling motion
Chapters
  1. Bio-Savert’s law and its applications
  2. Ampere’s law and its applications
  3. Magnetic moment of a current loop
  4. Lorentz force Law
  5. Force in Uniform Magnetic Field
Chapters
  1. Newton’s laws
  2. Circular motion
  3. Force and Inertia
  4. Statics and Kinetics friction
  5. Dynamics of uniform circular motion
Chapters
  1. Gravitational potential energy
  2. Newton’s law of gravitation
  3. Motion of planets
Chapters
  1. Law Of Equipartition Of Energy
  2. Application Of Specific Heat Capacities
Chapters
  1. Coulomb’s law
  2. Electric field
  3. Electrostatic potential and Electrostatic potential energy
  4. Gauss’ law and its applications
  5. Electric dipole
  6. Capacitance and dielectrics
Chapters
  1. Dual Nature Of Radiation
  2. Hertz And Lenard’s Observations
  3. Photoelectric Effect
  4. Einstein’s Photoelectric Equation
  5. Particle Nature Of Light
  6. Matter Waves-Wave Nature Of Particle
  7. De Broglie Relation
  8. Davisson-Germer Experiment
Chapters
  1. Energy bands in solids
  2. Semiconductor diode
  3. Junction transistor
  4. Logic gates
Chapters
  1. Thermal equilibrium and temperature
  2. Specific heat, Heat Transfer
  3. Heat, Work and Internal Energy
  4. Second Law of thermodynamics, Carnot engine
Chapters
  1. Ohm’s law, Joule heating
  2. Electric Cell and Internal Resistance
  3. kirchhof's Law
Chapters
  1. Laws Of Reflection And Refraction
  2. Lenses and mirrors
  3. Optical instruments
  4. Interference
  5. Interference in thin films
  6. Diffraction due to a single slit
  7. Polarization
  8. Electromagnetic waves
Chapters
  1. Progressive sinusoidal waves
  2. Standing waves in strings and pipes
  3. Superposition of waves, beats
  4. Doppler Effect
Chapters
  1. Work done by a force
  2. Kinetic energy and work-energy theorem
  3. Power
  4. Conservative forces and potential energy
  5. Conservation of mechanical energy
Chapters
  1. Units Different systems of units, SI units
  2. Dimensional Analysis
  3. Precision and significant figures
  4. Fundamental measurements in Physic
Chapters
  1. Properties of vectors
  2. Position, velocity and acceleration vectors
  3. Motion with constant acceleration
  4. Projectile motion
  5. Uniform circular motion
  6. Relative motion
Chapters
  1. Faraday’s law, Lenz’s law, eddy currents
  2. Self and mutual inductance
  3. Transformers and generators
  4. Alternating current
  5. AC circuits, LCR circuits
Chapters
  1. Kinematics of simple harmonic motion
  2. Spring mass system, simple and compound pendulum
  3. Forced & damped oscillations
Chapters
  1. Electromagnetic Waves Characteristics
  2. Electromagnetic Spectrum
Chapters
  1. Propagation Of Electromagnetic Waves
  2. Bandwidth Of Transmission Medium
  3. Basic Elements Of A Communication System
Chapters
  1. Pressure, density and Archimedes’ principle
  2. Elasticity
  3. Viscosity and Surface Tension
  4. Bernoulli’s theorem
Chapters
  1. Alpha-Particle Scattering Experiment
  2. Bohr Model, Energy Levels
  3. Hydrogen Spectrum
  4. Composition And Size Of Nucleus
  5. Isotones
  6. Radioactivity-Alpha
  7. Beta And Gamma
  8. Radioactive Decay Law
  9. Mass-Energy Relation And Defect
  10. Binding Energy Per Nucleon
  11. Nuclear Fission And Fusion
  12. Rutherford’s model of atom
Chapters
  1. Ordinary Differential Equations
  2. Solution Of Differential Equations
  3. Homogeneous And Linear Differential Equations
Chapters
  1. Measures Of Dispersion
  2. Standard Deviation
  3. probability
Chapters
  1. Principle Of Counting, Permutation
Chapters
  1. Application of definite integrals
  2. Definite integrals and their properties
  3. Methods of integration
  4. Integration as the inverse process of differentiation
Chapters
  1. Mathematical Induction And Applications
Chapters
  1. Complex Numbers
  2. Algebra Of Complex Numbers
  3. Quadratic Equations
Chapters
  1. Sets And Their Representation
  2. Equivalence Relations, Functions
Chapters
  1. Statements
  2. Logical Operations
  3. Contradiction
  4. Converse And Contrapositive
Chapters
  1. Inverse Trigonometric function
  2. Solution of Triangle
  3. Measurement of angles
Chapters
  1. Co-ordinate axes and co-ordinate planes
  2. Angle between two lines
  3. Equation of a plane
Chapters
  1. Binomial Theorem For Integral Index
Chapters
  1. Matrices & Determinants
  2. Determinants
  3. Inverse of A Square Matrix
  4. Transformations
Chapters
  1. Real – Valued Functions
  2. Algebra Of Functions
  3. Polynomials
  4. Rational, Trigonometric
  5. Inverse Functions
  6. Rolle’s And Lagrange’s Mean Value Theorems
  7. Applications Of Derivatives
  8. logarithmic and exponential function
Chapters
  1. Cartesian System Of Rectangular Co-Ordinates
  2. Straight Lines
  3. Circles, Conic Sections
Chapters
  1. Vectors And Scalars, Products
Chapters
  1. Arithmetic and geometric progressions
  2. Special Series
  3. Geometric Progression
Chapters
  1. Transport in plants
  2. Mineral nutrition
  3. Photosynthesis
  4. Respiration
  5. Plant growth and development
Chapters
  1. Principles and process of Biotechnology
  2. Application of Biotechnology in health and agriculture
Chapters
  1. Morphology and modifications
  2. Animal tissues Morphology
Chapters
  1. Heredity and variation
  2. Molecular basis of Inheritance
  3. Evolution Origin of life
Chapters
  1. Biodiversity
  2. Features and classification of Monera and Protista
  3. Viruses and Viroids
  4. Major groups-Algae, Bryophytes, Pteridophytes, Gymnosperms and Angiosperms
  5. Classification of animals - nonchordate
Chapters
  1. Reproduction in organisms
  2. Sexual reproduction in flowering plants
  3. Human Reproduction
  4. Reproductive health
Chapters
  1. Cell theory and cell as the basic unit of life
  2. Chemical constituents of living cells
  3. B Cell division and Cell cycle
Chapters
  1. Health and Disease
  2. Improvement in food production
  3. Microbes in human welfare
Chapters
  1. Neural control and coordination
  2. Chemical coordination and regulation
  3. Digestion and absorption
  4. Breathing and Respiration
  5. Body fluids and circulation
  6. Excretory products and their elimination
  7. Locomotion and Movement
Chapters
  1. Organisms and environment
  2. Ecosystem: Patterns, components
  3. Biodiversity and its conservation
  4. Environmental issues
Chapters
  1. Measurement
  2. Chemical reactions
  3. Gaseous state
  4. Liquid state
  5. Solid state
Chapters
  1. Morden Peirodic Law of Periodic table
Chapters
  1. Alkali and Alkaline
  2. Earth Metals
Chapters
  1. Alcohols
  2. Phenols
  3. Ethers
  4. Aldehyde and Ketones
  5. Carboxylic Acids
Chapters
  1. Organic Compound hydroxyl
  2. Inorganic Compound
  3. Titrinilide Excerises
Chapters
  1. Adsorption
  2. Colloidal State
  3. Enzyme catalysis
Chapters
  1. Aspects of Kinetics
  2. Factor Affecting the Rate of the Reactions
  3. Mechanism of Reaction
  4. Surface Chemistry Adsorption
Chapters
  1. Mole Concentration
  2. Chemical Solutions
  3. Physical Equilibrium
  4. Chemical Equilibria
  5. Ionic Equilibria
  6. Factors Affecting Equilibria
Chapters
  1. Purification – Crystallization
  2. Quantitative Analysis
  3. Qualitative analysis
Chapters
  1. Chemicals In Medicines
  2. Chemicals In Food
  3. Cleansing agents
Chapters
  1. Group 13 elements
  2. Group 14 elements
  3. Group 15 elements
  4. Group 16 elements
  5. Group 17 elements
  6. Group 18 elements
Chapters
  1. Amines
  2. Diazoniums salts
Chapters
  1. General Introduction of biomolecules
Chapters
  1. Halogens Reactions
  2. Environmental Effects Of Chloroform & Iodoform
Chapters
  1. Valence electrons, Ionic Bond
  2. Molecular Structure
  3. Covalent Bond
  4. Intermolecular Forces
  5. Metallic Bond
Chapters
  1. Introduction To Co-Ordination Compounds,
Chapters
  1. Electrolytic Conduction
  2. Redox Reactions
Chapters
  1. The Biological Cell
  2. Carbohydrates
  3. Nucleic Acids
  4. Vitamins
  5. Polymers
  6. Pollution
  7. Chemicals in medicine, health-care and food
  8. Proteins
Chapters
  1. Alkanes
  2. Alkenes
  3. Alkynes
  4. Aromatic Hydrocarbons
Chapters
  1. Transition elements
  2. Actinoids
  3. Lanthanoids
Chapters
  1. General Introduction and classification of polymers
Chapters
  1. Atomic Introduction
  2. Quantum mechanics
  3. Electron atoms
  4. Periodicity
Chapters
  1. Classification of Organic Chemistry
  2. Electronic displacement in a covalent bond
  3. Nomenclature (Trivial and IUPAC)
  4. Common types of organics Reactions
Chapters
  1. Mole concept and molar mass
  2. Atomic And Molecular Masses
  3. Laws Of Chemical Combination
  4. General introduction
  5. Dalton’s atomic theory
Chapters
  1. Different Concentration Of Solution
  2. Vapour Pressure Of Solutions And Raoult’s Law
  3. Ideal And Non-Ideal Solutions
Chapters
  1. Principles and Methods of Extraction
Chapters
  1. Hydrogen as a fuel
  2. Physical and Chemical Properties of water
  3. Hydrogen in periodic table
Chapters
  1. Politics
  2. Banking and Finance
  3. Business
  4. Sports
  5. Institutions of India
  6. Defence & Space
  7. Indian Judiciary
  8. Awards & Honours
  9. Literature
  10. Economics
  11. Indian Constitution
  12. International Relations
  13. Science and Technology
  14. Movies
  15. Who's who
  16. Geography
  17. History
  18. Current Affairs
  19. Indian Industries
  20. Indian Agriculture

NEST Exam Prepartions FAQ

1) What are the eligibility criteria for appearing in NEST?

Candidates must qualify all four eligibility criteria listed below:

  • Candidates in General and OBC category should be born on or after August 01, 1997. The age limit is relaxed by 5 years for SC/ ST/ Physically Disabled (PD) candidates.
  • Class XII qualifying examination should be passed in either 2015 or 2016. Candidates appearing in 2017 are also eligible. (Where only Letter Grade is given by the Board, a certificate from the Board specifying equivalent percentage marks will be required. In the absence of such a certificate the decision of the respective Admission Committees will be final.)
  • At least 60% marks in aggregate (or equivalent grade) in Class XII (or equivalent) examination from any recognized Board in India. For Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) candidates and for Persons with Disability (PD), the minimum requirement is 55%.
  • Candidate should secure a position in the NEST merit list.

2) I passed my XIIth board exam before 2015 but my date of birth is within eligible range. Am I eligible for admission?

YOU ARE NOT, UNFORTUNATELY. You need to satisfy all four criteria of eligibility. 

3) I did not have one subject among Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology in my XIIth board exam. Am I eligible?

YES, YOU ARE ELIGIBLE. The eligibility criterion is that a candidate should be from science stream with any combination of science subjects. However, if selected you will have to study all 4 subjects (B,C,M,P) in the first year only.

4) I have a gap of more than two years between my Xth and XIIth board exams? Am I eligible?

YES, YOU ARE ELIGIBLE. Only XIIth passing year should be in 2015/ 2016/ 2017. 

5) Is there an age limit for the NEST?

General and OBC category candidates born on or after August 01, 1997 are eligible for admission to the integrated M.Sc. programme of NISER/CEBS. The age limit is relaxed by 5 years for SC / ST / PD candidates.