National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) Notification – 2009

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 have been started 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 programs of Department of Atomic Energy and other applied science institutions in the country. The test is conducted in more than 25 centers across India. This brochure gives the detailed procedure for applying for the test, syllabus of the test and various dead lines.

Eligibility: Students securing at least 60% marks in aggregate (or equivalent grade) in Class XII (or equivalent) examination from any recognized Board in India are eligible to apply. For Scheduled Cast (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) candidates and for Persons with Disability (PD), the minimum requirement is 55%. Students who have passed the Class XII qualifying examination in 2007 or 2008 or are appearing in 2009 are eligible to apply. ( 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 Admissions Committee will be final.)

Age Limit: General category candidates and Candidates belonging to Other Backward Castes (OBC) born on or after 01 Oct. 1984 are eligible to apply. For SC/ST/PD candidates the age limit is relaxable by 5 years. In any case, the eligibility criterion mentioned in point 1 above must be satisfied.

Number of Seats and Reservation: The details of number of seats and their break-up as per statutory government norms is given in the website of NISER (http://niser.ac.in/NEST) and UM-DAE CBS (http://www.tifr.res.in/~cbs). This year (2009), the number of seats is 52 at NISER and 30 at UM-DAE CBS. The admission will be very selective and students who are highly motivated to pursue higher education and research in science and its applications are likely to be selected.

Application Fee: Application fee for appearing in NEST is Rs. 500/- for general category and OBC male candidates. For SC/ST/PD candidates and female candidates the amount is Rs. 250/-. The application fee should be sent to Chief Coordinator, NEST-2009 in the form of a demand draft in favour of NISERNEST payable at Bhubaneswar.

Application Form: Application form for NEST examination is available to download on NEST website (http://niser.ac.in/NEST). Candidates may fill the application form on-line or download it from the website. They may also get the form by post by writing to

The Chief Coordinator, NEST-2009
National Institute of Science Education and Research,
Institute of Physics Campus,
Bhubaneswar 751 005

Last date for receipt of request for application form is March 6, 2009. Completed application forms along with application fee must reach The Chief Coordinator, NEST-2009 latest by April 3, 2009.

On-line applications:
This mode of filling of application form is recommended. On-line application forms may be filled in more than one sitting. On completion of the filling of the form the candidate should print the form, paste his/her photograph at appropriate place, sign it and send it to The Chief Coordinator, NEST-2009, National Institute of Science Education and Research, Institute of Physics Campus, Bhubaneswar-751 005 along with application fee in the form of demand draft by March 28, 2009. The draft details must be filled in appropriate boxes in the application form. Application forms and demand draft should be sent by speed post or registered post.

Test Schedule: The test will be conducted on May 10, 2009 from 1.00 PM to 4:00 PM.

NEST-2009 Centers: The names of NEST examination centers is given below as well as on the application form. Candidates should mark their first and second preferences at appropriate place in the form. Every effort will be made to allot a center of their choice. Allotment of an examination center by the chief coordinator, NEST 2009 will be regarded as final and any request to change of center will not be entertained. The center address will be mentioned in NEST admit card.

Question paper pattern: The question paper will have five sections. The first section, which is compulsory for all candidates will include general questions. The next four sections will include questions on (1) biology, (2) chemistry, (3) mathematics and (4) physics. Candidates may opt to answer any three of the four sections. All sections carry equal marks. The questions will be aimed testing the comprehension and analytic ability of the candidates. The questions will be objective type with four answers given for each question. There may be one or more correct answers for each question. Wrong answers will be awarded negative marks. The syllabus for the entrance examination is given in this page. Language of the question paper will be English only.

Admit Cards: Admit cards will be mailed to candidate's postal addresses beginning April 15. Candidates will have an option of downloading their admit cards from the web site (http://niser.ac.in/NEST). Those candidates who have filled the application form on-line, this procedure is recommended. Candidates must ensure that their mailing address entered in the application form is correct and legibly written. Nest office will not be responsible if the admit card does not reach a candidate in time because of postal delay or incorrect address. In case you do not receive the admit card by May 1, 2009, you may write to Chief Coordinator, NEST-2009 by speed post or by email (email address: nest@niser.ac.in). We may be able to send the admit card of such candidates electronically if an email address of the candidate is available.

NEST Result: Results of NEST examination will be announced on June 8, 2009 on NEST web site. Names of candidates considered eligible for admission to NISER and UM-DAE CBS will be listed in descending order of their scores. There will be separate lists for NISER and UM-DAE CBS. The dates of counseling for NISER and UM-DAE CBS will be announced on their respective web pages and the candidates will also be informed by letters.

Syllabus for NEST: The syllabus for NEST examination is basically same as CBSE syllabus of 12th standard. Detailed syllabi of biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics are given in this page. There is no syllabus for the general section. This section tests the candidate's familiarity with ( and not a detailed understanding of ) major historical milestones in astronomy, biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics.

Test Centres

Sr. No.
City
State
1
Ahmedabad
Gujarat
2
Allahabad
Uttar Pradesh
3
Bengaluru
(Bangalore)
Karnataka
4
Bhubaneswar
Orissa
5
Bhopal
Madhya Pradesh
6
Chandigarh
Haryana, Punjab
7
Chennai
Tamil Nadu
8
Delhi
Delhi
9
Dehradun
Uttaranchal
10
Guwahati
Assam
11
Hyderabad
Andhra Pradesh
12
Jaipur
Rajasthan
13
Jammu
Jammu & Kashmir
14
Kochi
Kerala
15
Kolkata
West Bengal
16
Lucknow
Uttar Pradesh
17
Mumbai
Maharashrta
18
Nagpur
Maharashtra
19
Patna
Bihar
20
Panaji
Goa
21
Raipur
Chhatisgarh
22
Ranchi
Jharkhand
23
Sambalpur
Orissa
24
Shillong
Meghalaya
25
Srinagar
Jammu and Kashmir

 

General Instructions
Candidates must reach the examination center at least 30 minutes before the beginning of the test.
Candidates will not be allowed to leave examination until one hour after the beginning of the test.
Use of log tables and calculators in examination hall will not be permitted.
Candidates MUST bring their admit card and their school identity card with them to examination hall.

 

Important Dates
Last date for request of application form: March 6, 2009.
Last date for receipt of completed application form: April 3, 2009.
On-line applications freeze: April 3, 2009.
Dispatch of admit cards begins: April 15, 2009.
Date of Examination: May 10, 2009 ( Sunday ) 1 PM to 4 PM.
Announcement of test results on (http://niser.ac.in/NEST): June 8, 2009.

 

Check list
Does the address for correspondence include pin code and is it legible?
Is a passport size photograph pasted at correct place?
Have you signed in the place marked for the signature?
Is correct email address written in proper place?
Is the name of the bank and draft number written on application form?
Is your name and application number written on the backside of the draft?
Have the two centers of your choice been selected and marked in the form?

If any of the above is missing, the application will be considered incomplete and will not be processed. Ensure that your name and address is written legibly. Send the application form and demand draft together by speed post or registered post.

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  • Sir
    kindly inform me application status of my application.
    Thanks.
    somdeb

  • Kumar VINISH

    Please send me the status of my application

  • baby kumari

    i have sent dd and downloaded form but now it is showing not reached my application form no.6689

  • baby kumari

    i have sent my downloaded form including dd but now it is showing it is not reached and my application form no.6689.
    Please try solve this problem as possible so i can sit for exam which on 10th may 2009.

  • praveen sahu

    sir
    i fulfill all the data & form but i havn’t get my admit card for niser nest2009 .plz guide me about this

  • M.VINOTHINI

    I HAD NOT RECEIVED MY ADMIT CARD

  • utsav

    Getting 120/200 in nest 2009. Any hope of getting a selection call?

  • POULAMI SAHA

    please tell whether i am selected or not

  • POULAMI SAHA

    please tell whether i am selected or not

  • vsibichakravarthy

    Dear Sir,

    please send me the website to get admit card from online. application no. 100707

  • Tanushree

    i got 95.19 percentile in nest 2010..any chance of getting call??