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

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NEST FAQ

Q - For how long is the NEST score valid?

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The NEST score is valid for just one year.

How to Prepare

Preparation Strategy

Make a proper Time Table

It is very important that you make a time table and stick to it and you will have an exact idea of what you are required to study and the time required for it.

Concept clarity rather than rote learning

It is essential that you have a clear idea of the formulas and concepts rather than rote learning of things for the papers. While you might require it for memorizing formulas it is important that for other stuff you make sure you clear your basis and concepts before moving on.

Prepare Notes

It is very important make small notes or a comprehensive list of formulas on each covered topic and chapter which will come in handy at the time of revision. This will require you to be regular with your work but will surely make things easy at the time of revision.

Revision of Class XI and XII concepts

Make sure that you revise your concepts from the syllabus of these classes before starting anything new as most of the engineering exams will be for admission to undergraduate courses and so the syllabi from class XI and XII becomes the testing ground to check students.

Seek guidance

It is not possible for you to know everything in your syllabus, at least not at the time of preparation. Sooner or later you will run into a concept or so which will give you trouble and then it is best you seek guidance from an instructor or a teacher. It is necessary that you clear your doubts at regular intervals and don’t prolong things for long. Getting into a good coaching class is nothing to be ashamed off and if anything a regular coaching class will enable you to avoid roadblocks in your preparation.

Sample Papers

Even though there may be a complete change in the exam pattern or the expected questions altogether,it is important that you practice on the sample and previous years question papers available for the engineering exam you’d be attempting. You will know the existing pattern and have a fair idea of the type of questions to expect in the paper along with the time constraint.

Mock tests

The paper pattern, duration of the paper and the number of questions to be attempted in the given amount of time is not something you will be able to pick up on the day of the examination. A Mock Test tests a student’s abilities as it not only provides a similar feel of real exams but also helps in building speed and confident to face the exam. Furthermore, they can improve their performance to get an extra edge in actual exams. Try to build up an Engineering Entrance Exam Test Prep MCQ Question Bank

Time management

Time management can be learnt through thorough practice and regular test taking. So it is important that you practice it and practice it well.

Negative marking

Most the entrance examinations will have negative marking and everyone would suggest you stay clear of questions are not sure about. But some experts are of the opinion that you answer the questions in which you are confused between an option or two because there will also be a chance of getting it right.

NEST 2016 Question Paper Format

questions 200
of Questions
duration 3.0 Hr
Durations
online Online
Exam Type
marks 200
Total Marks
marks 1.0 Mark
Correct Question Mark

NEST 2016 News and Updates

NISER Invites Applications for Five-Year Integrated M.Sc Programmes based on NEST 2017
January 25, 2017 09:17 AM

National Institute of Science Education and Research or NISER has announced admissions for five-year integrated M.Sc programmes which are being offered in collaboration with Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences, University of Mumbai. The notification contains details ...Read more

NEST 2016

National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) is a compulsory test for students seeking admission to National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar and University of Mumbai - Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CBS), Mumbai. Both NISER and UM-DAE CBS were set up by Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India in 2007. Their mandate is to train scientific manpower for carrying out cutting edge scientific research and for providing input to scientific programmes of Department of Atomic Energy and other applied science institutions in the country.

NEST 2016 Conducting Body

National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) is a compulsory test for students seeking admission to National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) Bhubaneswar and University of Mumbai - Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CEBS), Mumbai. Both NISER and UM-DAE CEBS were set up by Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India in 2007. Their mandate is to train scientific manpower for carrying out cutting edge scientific research and for providing input to scientific programmes of Department of Atomic Energy and other applied science institutions in the country. The test is conducted in around 60 cities [see list] (over 100 venues) across India. The brochure gives the detailed procedure for applying for the test, syllabus of the test and various dead lines.

NEST Contact Details

Address PO: Sainik School, Khorda District, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751005, India.
Phone no +91 674 230 4000
Website http://www.nestexam.in/
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Mode Online

NEST FAQ

1) Is it absolutely necessary to register with an email id for online application?

YES. An email containing a link to confirm your email-ID will be sent to the registered email id. You should therefore use your personal email-id.

2) I have forgotten my password that I had given during registration. What should I do?

YOU CAN RETRIVE YOUR PASSWORD. Use the 'Oops! I forgot my password' link provided on the login page. This password can be retrieved maximum twice.

3) I am waiting for my password after Registration. When/How shall I receive?

PASSWORDS ARE NOT SENT OVER EMAIL. Use the password that YOU had provided during registration. Login in window (sign-in) after clicking the confirmation link in your email. 

4) I am not ready with my scanned photograph and signature. What should I do?

NOT A PROBLEM. You may upload the photo and the signature at the very last stage. However, they are mandatory for completion of the application process.

5) How should I convert my CGPA to percentage?

PLEASE FOLLOW YOUR BOARD’S GUIDELINE. Typically it is done by multiplying 9.5 to the overall CGPA. 

6) After upload, images look too small to be identified. Is it accepted?

NO. Please follow the instruction to crop the pictures and re-upload by clicking the ‘Select Photo’ or ‘Select Signature’ button.

7) Wrong pictures uploaded. What to do?

CHANGE THE PHOTO. Click ‘Select Photo’ again and choose correct file. Wrong picture should be replaced automatically after few seconds.

8) I can’t choose my photo as the file browser window does not appear when I click ‘Select Photo’. How to complete the upload process?

CHANGE THE BROWSER. Please try with some advanced browsers like Chrome/Firefox. Your current browser is blocking this feature.

9) Can I pay using DD or cash?

NO. The only option for payment is online. You must choose any one of the two available payment gateways. Either gateway allows payment using Net-Banking/Debit card/Credit card of multiple Banks.

10) Whenever I click “Save and Continue” nothing seems to happen. What should I do?

CHROME ISSUE. In Google Chrome: You have disabled the alert box by putting a check in “Prevent this page from creating additional dialogs”. Please close the browser, reopen and login in NEST. Alert boxes will be enabled again.

11) Do I need to send the hard copies of the application summary to NEST office?

NO. The entire application process is paperless. However, if you wish to contact the NEST office for any other reason, use this address:
The Chief Coordinator, NEST 2017
National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER)
At/PO-Jatni, District- Khurda, PIN- 752050, Odisha  .

12) 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.

13) 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. 

14) 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.

15) 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. 

16) 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.

17) For how long is the NEST score valid?

The NEST score is valid for just one year.

18) How many seats are allotted in NISER and CEBS for the academic session 2017?

Number of seats available at the two institutes for admission in the year 2017 would be as follows :-

  • NISER Total  Seats:- 172 (including reserved seats for SC/ST/OBC/PD candidates and two seats for candidates from the state of J&K as per Government norms)
  • CEBS Total  Seats:- 47 (including two seats for candidates from the state of J&K and reservation for persons with disability (PD))

19) What are the areas of Specialization in NISER offers a 5 year integrated M.Sc. programme ?

National Institute of Science Education and Research(NISER) are 5 year integrated M.Sc. programme in  

  • Biological,  
  • Chemical,  
  • Mathematical and  
  • Physical sciences.

20) Who awarded the 5 year integrated M.Sc degree in NISER?

Degrees at NISER will be awarded by the Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI), a deemed-to-be University within the Department of Atomic Energy.

21) I am OBC Category students how many seats covered for 5 year integrated M.Sc. programme in CEBS?

12 seats are filled up General students every year in the First year of 5 year integrated M.Sc. Programme Course.

22) What are the areas of Specialization in CEBS offers a 5 year integrated M.Sc. programme ?

University of Mumbai – Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM–DAE CEBS)Mumbai  offers a 5 year integrated M.Sc. programme  

  • Biological,  
  • Chemical,  
  • Mathematical and  
  • Physical sciences.

23) I am General Category students how many seats covered for 5 year integrated M.Sc. programme in CEBS?

23 seats are filled up General students every year in the First year of 5 year integrated M.Sc. Programme Course.

24) Who awarded the 5 year integrated M.Sc degree in CEBS?

The degrees at CEBS are awarded by the 150-year old University of Mumbai.

25) Are there any Scholarships for meritorious students?

The 5–year integrated MSc programme at NISER and CEBS offers a limited number of merit based INSPIRE (by the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India) scholarships of Rs 5,000/– per month and an additional Rs 20,000/– per year for carrying out summer projects. For the students entered into the MSc programme through NEST–2016 the numbers of such scholarships were 60 for NISER and 25 for CEBS. 

26) I am General Category students how many seats covered for 5 year integrated M.Sc. programme in NISER?

85 seats are filled up General students every year in the First year of 5 year integrated M.Sc. Programme Course.

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