NEST Exam Pattern
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NEST Exam Pattern 2018, NEST Question Type, NEST Syllabus

NEST 2018 – National Entrance Screening Test

The National Entrance Screening Test or NEST is a compulsory test for admission to the 5-year Integrated M.Sc program in basic sciences – Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics – at National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar and University of Mumbai.

NEST Exam 2018

The NEST 2018 will be conducted in 52 major towns and cities all over India on June 02nd, 2018, 10.00 am – 01.00 pm

Based on the performance in NEST 2018, a common Merit List of the applicants will be prepared and posted on NEST 2018 website.

The successful applicants will be called for counseling and admission will be strictly according to the Merit List until all the seats are filled.

Separate merit list for different category applicants will be made available before counseling.

NEST 2018 Exam Centres

Agartala, Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Balangir, Balasore, Bengaluru, Berhampur, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Burdwan, Calicut, Chandigar, Chennai, Cuttack, Dehradun, Delhi-East, Delhi North, Delhi South, Dharwad, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Jamshedpur, Jodhpur, Kanpur, Kochi, Kolkata-North, Kolkata-South, Lucknow, Madurai, Mangalore, Mumbai, Patna, Nagapur, Pune, Raipur, Ranchi, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Shillong, Shimla, Silchar, Siliguri, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Udaipur, Varanasi, Visakhapatnam.

Applicants must choose 2 (two) centers in order of their preference while filling up of the application form; it is allowed to select two centers from the same city, such as Delhi-East and Delhi-North.

NEST 2018 Exam Rules

Applicants must reach the test center at least half an hour before the start of the examination; the examination is of 3½ hrs duration and will start at 09.30 am.

Applicants will not be allowed to enter the examination hall after 10.00 am; the earliest an applicant can leave the examination hall is 10.30 am unless it becomes necessary to leave before on medical grounds.

The earliest one can carry the question paper out is 11.30 a.m., use of log tables and calculators in the exam hall is not allowed.

Applicants must bring their own pen, pencils (HB), eraser and sharpener; exchange/ sharing of these items with other applicants is strictly prohibited.

Applicants must bring their Admit Card and their school photo Identity Card or any photo-ID issued by Govt. agencies to the examination hall.

Any applicant found adopting unfair means will be expelled from the examination hall without warning; mobile phone and other similar electronic gadgets are strictly not allowed inside exam hall.

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Question Type

The question paper will consist of 5 (five) sections of objective (MCQ) type questions carrying 60 marks in each section.

Section 1 is the general section and is compulsory for all applicants; there will be no negative marking in general section.

Sections 2 through 5 will contain subject-specific questions from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics; applicants are permitted to attempt as many subject-sections as they wish; however, only the best three subject-scores along with the score in the general section will be counted for evaluation and merit list preparation.

The questions are designed to test applicants’ subject comprehension and analytic ability; in the subject sections, there will be negative marking for incorrect answers.

Some questions may have one or more correct answers for which marks can only be earned by marking all correct answers and no wrong answer.

For NEST question papers of last few years, refer to the NEST-2018 website.

The language of the question paper will be English only.

Answering Questions: The answers to each question are to be marked on an OMR (Optical Mark Recognition) sheet; details of how to answer on OMR sheet will be given in question paper and OMR sheet.

Syllabus: The syllabus for NEST 2018 primarily follows the NCERT/ CBSE science syllabus of class XI-XII.

There is, however, no specific syllabus for the general section.

This section tests applicant’s familiarity with, but not detailed understanding of, major historical milestones in subjects like astronomy, biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, computer science and environmental science.

Questions will be designed to test analytic abilities and comprehension of scientific passages.

Some of the questions in this section may require knowledge of class X mathematics.

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