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NEST 2024 – National Entrance Screening Test Official Notification

National Entrance Screening Test – NEST 2024. NEST 2024 – National Entrance Screening Test Official Notification. It’s a compulsory test that students who want to seek admission at NISER & UM-DAE CEBS. Interested applicants can check out all of the details on the same below –

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About NEST

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. NEST 2024 will be conducted in around 120 cities [see list] cities across India.

The candidates admitted to the programme in NISER, or CEBS, are eligible to receive an annual scholarship of Rs 60,000 through the DISHA program of the Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India. In addition, the scholarship recipients receive

a grant of Rs 20,000 per annum for the summer internship. Alumni of the programme are presently pursuing Ph.D. at reputed universities and institutes in India & abroad. Besides, top performers at NISER and CEBS, securing overall grades above a certain threshold at the end of the programme, are eligible to appear directly for the interview for admission to Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) training school.

NISER, Bhubaneswar and UM-DAE CEBS, Mumbai are in compliance with the UGC and Govt. of India guidelines on anti-ragging. Ragging in any form is a punishable offense and hence is totally prohibited on these campuses. Any complaint regarding ragging can be made at the 24×7 toll-free National Anti-Ragging Help Line number 1800-180-5522 and/or at the email-ID [email protected]


NISER, established by the Department of Atomic Energy, strives to become a citadel for basic sciences and allied subjects in terms of teaching and research. Its vision includes imparting high-quality science education in a vibrant academic ambience to the bright, motivated students, by a faculty of distinguished scientists and teachers. The curriculum is amply supported by a strong visitor’s programme by accomplished scientists from India and abroad.

NISER offers a 5 year integrated M.Sc. programme in Biological, Chemical, Mathematical and Physical sciences. Along with the major subject, a student can have minor in Biology, Chemistry, Computer science, Mathematics or, Physics. NISER functions from its campus at Jatni. Degrees at NISER will be awarded by the Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI), a deemed-to-be University within the Department of Atomic Energy.

There are a total of 200 seats this year, which include reserved seats for SC/ST/OBC/Divyangjan candidates as per Government norms. 2 supernumerary seats are reserved for eligible candidates from J&K and Ladakh. If offered admission under the OBC-NCL category, the candidate must produce the relevant valid certificate on the date of admission. Further details about the institute are available on the NISER website ( Fee structure for integrated MSc programme at NISER can be found here.


The Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India, has an autonomous Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences in Mumbai. CEBS offers high quality teaching embedded in a vibrant post-graduate and research environment with some of the best teachers and scientists from major institutions in the city (TIFR, BARC, IIT) and the University of Mumbai and its colleges, as its faculty. The Centre is located in the Vidyanagari campus of the University of Mumbai. CEBS offers a 5 year integrated M.Sc. programme in Biological, Chemical, Mathematical and Physical sciences. The degrees at CEBS are awarded by the 150-year old University of Mumbai.

Tentatively, there are 57 seats this year with reservations as per government norms.2 supernumerary seats are reserved for eligible candidates from J&K and Ladakh. Further details including maximum number of seats in any stream and allotment procedure are on the CEBS website (

Eligibility criteria for admission

Candidates must qualify all four eligibility criteria listed below:

  • The candidates who have cleared the 12th Standard examination or equivalent in 2022, 2023 or those who will be appearing for the 12th Standard examination or equivalent in 2024, irrespective of category and age, will be considered to be eligible for admission to the Integrated M.Sc. programme of NISER/CEBS in 2024.
  • At least 60% marks in aggregate (or equivalent grade) in Class XII examination from any recognized Board in India. For Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) candidates and for Divyangjan candidates, the minimum requirement is 55%.
  • Candidate should secure a position in the NEST 2024 merit list.

How to Apply

Helpdesk for raising queries/complaints regarding Registration, Application, Payment etc.:
Use grievance portal (click ‘Helpdesk’) after Registration/Login.
Helpdesk Contact: To be updated soon. [Mon-Sat 09:00-18.00]

For queries regarding Information Brochure & Syllabus and general information about NEST 2024:
Email-ID: [email protected]
Helpdesk Contact: To be updated soon. [Mon-Fri 10:00-13:00 and 15:00-17.00]

Important notice: The SMAS score of the best three subject scores from four subjects will be considered for the merit list preparation for NEST 2024 (for both NISER and CEBS). A candidate can choose any three subjects or all four subjects in the test.

Application Fee

  • Female applicant: ₹700.00
  • Applicant of SC/ST/Divyangjan category: ₹700.00
  • Male/Others applicant of the General/OBC category: ₹1400.00

Payment can be made using credit card/debit card/net–banking through an online payment gateway. Please use Mastercard/Visa/RuPay cards only.

Important Dates

  • Online application opens: 20.03.2024
  • Online application closes: 31.05.2024
  • Correction & Update Window: To be updated soon.
  • Mock test opens: To be updated soon.
  • Download of admit card: 15.06.2024
  • Date of examination: 30.06.2024
  • Online portal to challenge the answer keys: To be updated soon.
  • Date of Result Announcement : 10.07.2024

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