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What will be the age criteria for getting admission in NEST 2016? The candidate should be born on or before 15 July, 1995.  (5 year relaxation for SC/ST/PD candidates)

What is the required educational qualification for NEST 2016? (For both in percentage & grade) 1. Candidates with a minimum of 60% marks (General OBC category) and 55% marks (SC/ST/PD category) in 10+2 exam from a recognized Board in India are qualified for the NEST 2016. 2. If a grade system is followed in a particular board the students must provide a certificate from the Board specifying its equivalent percentage or else the decision of admission committees will be final

My year of passing in 10+2 is 2014.Is it possible for me to get admission in NEST 2016? Yes. The candidates who qualified in their 10+2 in 2015, 2014 and the students going to appear in 2016are also eligible to get admission.

Where can I get admission by appearing NEST 2016? You can get admission either in 1. National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar or 2. University of Mumbai – Department of Atomic Energy Center for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CBS).

How many seats are allotted in NISER and CBS for the academic session 2016-17? NISER: 100 +2 seats CBS: 45+2 seats 2 seats from both the institution are reserved for the candidates from J&K state.

What will be the pattern of NEST 2016? The exam is of 3 hours 30 minutes duration. NEST 2016 consists of a single question paper comprising 5 sections. Section 1 is the General section with 18 questions. Sections 2 to 5 are for the subjects Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics respectively with 14 questions in each. i.            Section- 1 Mandatory for all ii.            Section 2 to 5 – Student can answer 3 sections (Out of 4 sections) (OR) Students can answer all sections in which best three will be considered All section is of objective type (MCQ) carrying 60 marks in each.

Is there any choice available to select the question paper language in NEST 2016? No. You don’t have any choice. The question paper will be available only in English language.

Is there any negative marking in NEST 2016? Except the General Section all subjects in the Subject Section will have negative marks for wrong answer.

How to apply for NEST 2016? The candidates can apply either through Online or Offline. To apply Online the candidate should visit the official website of NEST at To apply offline the candidate can collect the application form from the NEST office on payment.

I like to apply through online mode. Is it necessary to register with a mail-id for that? Yes. As the mail comprise of a link, to confirm your mail id will be send to the registered id only. Hence you should use your personal mail id.

What are the important dates related to NEST 2015 application form? Start of issuing Online/offline application form 1st week of  January, 2016 Last date for receiving request for Offline application form +DD 3rd week of February, 2016 Closing of Online/Offline application 1st week of March, 2016

I apply through offline. How can I make my payment? Demand Draft from any bank should be drawn in favour of “NISER-NEST” and payable at Bhubaneswar. The DD along with the request of application form should be sent in a single envelope in speed post to the NEST office. Postal Address: The Chief Coordinator, NEST 2016, NISER, Institute of Physics Campus, PO- Sainik School, Bhubaneswar, ODISHA- 751005

I apply through online. How can I make my payment? i. Demand Draft: Demand Draft from any bank should be drawn in favor of “NISER-NEST” and payable at Bhubaneswar, should be sent in speed post to the NEST office. Postal Address: The Chief Coordinator, NEST 2016, NISER, Institute of Physics Campus, PO- Sainik School, Bhubaneswar, ODISHA- 751005.  ii. State Bank Collect online payment facility (SB-Collect): Through SBC payment can be made in Credit/Debit Card/Internet Banking.

When does the NEST 2016 exam scheduled? NEST 2016 exam is scheduled on: 4th week of May 2016 (Saturday) Time: From 9:30 am-1:00 pm.

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