NEST 2024 Online Form

Name of the Post: NEST 2024 Online Form

Post Date: 01-06-2024

Brief Information: National Institute of Science Education & Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar has given a notification for Conducting the National Entrance Screening Test (NEST 2024). Those Candidates who are interested in the exam details & completed all eligibility criteria can read the Notification & Apply Online.

NEST 2024 Highlights

The key points about NEST 2024 are highlighted below:

Name of the ExamNEST – National Entrance Screening Test
Date of NEST 2024 examJune 24, 2024
Exam conducting bodyNISER, Bhubaneshwar and UM-DAE CEBS, Mumbai
Mode of examOnline mode
Duration of exam3 hours
Paper LanguageEnglish
Total marks230
Number of Sections5
Courses offered5 year integrated M.Sc courses

NEST 2024 Exam Date

Candidates can check the official NEST 2024 Exam Dates tabulated below:

NEST 2024 Registration Begins onApril 3, 2024 (Out)
Last day to submit NEST 2024 Application FormMay 31, 2024
Issue of NEST 2024 Admit CardJune 15, 2024
NEST 2024 Exam Date

June 30, 2024

NEST 2024 Answer KeyTo be notified soon
Release of NEST 2024 ResultJuly 10, 2024

NEST 2024 Eligibility Criteria

NEST Eligibility Criteria comprises several norms and rules that all candidates must satisfy before applying for the entrance test. Some of the important Eligibility Criteria for NEST 2024 are discussed below:-

Age Criteria

  • Candidate’s date of birth must not be before August 2000.
  • This holds true for general and OBC candidates.
  • There are a total of five years of relaxation for SC/ ST candidates.

Educational Qualification

  • Clear the 12th Standard examination or equivalent in 2022, 2023, or be appearing for the 12th Standard examination or equivalent in 2024, regardless of category.
  • Secure a position in the NEST 2024 merit list.
  • Candidates must have Mathematics as the mandatory subject in 10+2 exam.
  • Other mandatory subjects are physics, chemistry, biology or life science subjects.

Minimum Marks Required

  • Attain at least 60% marks in aggregate (or equivalent grade) in Class XII examination from any recognized Board in India. For SC, ST, and Divyangjan candidates, the minimum requirement is 55%.

State-wise Quota

  • Candidates from J & K, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana state have a quota of 15%.

Summary of Eligibility Criteria

A candidate becomes eligible for the programme when he/she satisfies following all four criteria:

  1. (a) Secures a position in the NEST merit list. Please refer to page 10 of this document for the rules of merit list preparation.
  2. (b) Pass the XII standard board examination or equivalent in the science stream in the years 2019 or 2020 or appeared in 2024 from any recognised Higher Secondary Education Board in India.
  3. (c) Secures at least 60% in aggregate in the XII standard board examination. For SC/ST/Divyangjan candidates the requirement is 55%.
  4. (d) Born on or after August 01, 2001. For SC/ST/Divyangjan students the limit is relaxed by five years.

Note: Necessary certificates supporting eligibility criteria have to be furnished only at the time of admission. Offer of admission is subject to verification of all original certificates at the time of admission/counselling and availability of seats. Certificates in support of eligibility criteria need not be produced for appearing in NEST 2024 examination.

NEST 2024 Application Form

NEST 2024 Application Form will be available from 1st week of April 2024. It can be filled online at the official website of NEST i.e. Follow the below steps to learn how to register for NEST 2024:

  1. Visit the official website of NEST i.e.
  2. Click on the link ‘Apply Online’ link on NEST 2024 website to reach the online application page.
  3. Enter the required credentials i.e. name, valid email id and a password of their choice in a window.
  4. Candidates will then receive an email containing a link to confirm the registration.
  5. After confirmation, provide the same email id & password, enter the secret code and click on ‘Login’ in the window.
  6. NEST 2024 Application Process allows multi-session data entry.
  7. If the candidate forgets their password then click ‘forgot password’ link.
  8. For safety reasons, candidates are allowed to retrieve the password only twice.

The application form page for NEST 2024 will look like the above image.

NEST 2024 Application Fee

  • NEST 2024 Application Fee needs to be paid in online mode using debit/ credit card or net banking.
  • There is no option of sending a demand draft to the council for the fee.
  • NISER Conducting body has clearly mentioned that no center will physically collect the application fee from students.
  • Below is the fee structure that NEST 2024 follows. Based on the category, applicants need to pay the fee.
CategoryNEST Application Fee
General/ OBC/ EWSINR 1400
SC/ ST/ PWD/ FemaleINR 800

NEST 2024 Admit Card

  • Admit Card for NEST 2024 will be released on June 15, 2024.
  • All the applicants should carry the admit card to the NEST 2024 Exam Center along with a valid Photo ID issued by Govt. Of India.
  • The Hall Ticket is to be downloaded from NEST official website –
  • No candidate will receive NEST Admit card via e-mail or post.
  • Any discrepancy in the details provided during NEST 2024 Registration and mentioned on admit card should be immediately reported to the concerned authorities.

NEST 2024 Exam Centers

Candidates must choose 5 (five) centres in order of their preference while filling up of the application form.
  • NISER is the allocating authority which reserves the rights to allocate NEST Exam Center to all candidates.
  • The allotted Exam Center will be indicated on the NEST Admit Card.
  • Candidates have to mention the choice of NEST Exam center with the state code in which it is located.
Guntur [AP]01Mangaluru (Mangalore) [KA]25Angul [OD]49Tirunelveli [TN]73
Kurnool [AP]02Mysuru [KA]26Balasore [OD]50Hyderabad [TS]74
Rajahmundry [AP]03Alappuzha [KL]27Bargarh [OD]51Karimnagar [TS]75
Tirupathi [AP]04Ernakulam [KL]28Baripada [OD]52Warangal [TS]76
Vijayawada [AP]05Idukki [KL]29Berhampur-Ganjam [OD]53Agartala [TR]77
Visakhapatnam [AP]06Kannur [KL]30Bhubaneswar [OD]54Allahabad [UP]78
Vizianagaram [AP]07Kasaragod [KL]31Cuttack [OD]55Kanpur [UP]79
Guwahati [AS]08Kollam [KL]32Dhenkanal [OD]56Lucknow [UP]80
Patna [BR]09Kottayam [KL]33Jharsuguda [OD]57Noida [UP]81
Chandigarh [CH]10Kozhikode [KL]34Khurda [OD]58Varanasi [UP]82
Bhilai Nagar [CG]11Malappuram [KL]35Rayagada [OD]59Dehradun [UK]83
Raipur [CG]12Palakkad [KL]36Rourkela [OD]60Haldwani [UK]84
New Delhi [DL]13Pathanamthitta [KL]37Sambalpur [OD]61Roorkee [UK]85
Ahmedabad [GJ]14Thiruvananthapuram [KL]38Bhatinda [PB]62Asansol [WB]86
Hamirpur [HP]15Thrissur [KL]39Jalandhar [PB]63Burdwan [WB]87
Shimla [HP]16Bhopal [MP]40Mohali [PB]64Durgapur [WB]88
Jammu [JK]17Gwalior [MP]41Jaipur [RJ]65Hooghly [WB]89
Srinagar [JK]18Indore [MP]42Jodhpur [RJ]66Kolkata [WB]90
Bokaro [JH]19Jabalpur [MP]43Udaipur [RJ]67Siliguri [WB]91
Dhanbad [JH]20Mumbai [MH]44Chennai [TN]68
Jamshedpur [JH]21Nagpur [MH]45Coimbatore [TN]69
Ranchi [JH]22Pune [MH]46Madurai [TN]70
Bengaluru [KA]23Imphal [MN]47Salem [TN]71
Hubballi [KA]24Shillong [ML]48Tiruchirappalli [TN]72

NEST 2024 Exam Pattern

NEST Exam Pattern describes the complete paper pattern, subject-wise marking scheme, distribution of marks, time duration and alike. On June 24, 2024 NEST will be conducted in two sessions: 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM (first session) and 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM (second session). Candidates will be assigned to either of the sessions.

NEST 2024 will be conducted in Computer-Based Test mode.
  • The question paper will be published in English language only.
  • Questions will be in the form of MCQs.
  • The total exam duration will be of 3 hours.
  • There will 5 sections, each of 50 marks but the general section will carry 30 marks.
  • The whole question paper will consist of 230 marks.
  • There is no negative marking in General section. However, a negative marking is applied in the subject section.

NEST 2024 Syllabus

The content of the exam will depend broadly on the syllabus that candidates studied in their class 11 and 12. The exam has five sections.

General SectionThere is no specific syllabus for this section. The questions are designed in a way to test a candidate’s hold over General Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Astronomy, Computer Science and Environmental Studies.) There may be certain questions that will test a candidate’s grasp over basic mathematics.
  • Cell Biology
  • Genetics and Evolution
  • Ecology
  • Humans and Environment
  • Biotechnology
  • Biology of Animal systems
  • Developmental Biology
  • Immunology
  • Biology of Plant systems
  • Systematics
ChemistryPhysical Chemistry:

  • Measurements in chemistry
  • Mole concept
  • Gaseous and liquid states
  • Atomic structure and chemical bonding
  • Thermodynamics
  • Chemical equilibrium
  • Solid state
  • Solutions
  • Surface chemistry
  • Classification of elements and periodicity in properties
  • s– Block elements
  • p– Block elements
  • Coordination compounds
  • Metals and metallurgy

Organic Chemistry:

  • Basic concepts
  • Reactive intermediates
  • Nomenclature
  • Alkenes and Alkynes
  • Aromatic compounds
  • Haloalkanes (Alkyl halides)
  • Phenols
  • Ethers
  • Aldehydes and Ketones
  • Amines
  • Carbohydrate
  • Amino acids and proteins
  • Polymers
  • Algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • Analytical geometry
  • Differential calculus
  • Integral calculus
  • Vectors
  • General Physics
  • Sound and mechanical waves
  • Thermal physics
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Optics
  • Modern physics

NEST 2024 Preparation

  • Candidates must familiarize themselves with the syllabus and plan their study accordingly.
  • The science syllabus of NEST is similar to that of NCERT or CBSE such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology. None of these papers can be neglected.
  • Even though the exam has been postponed candidates must keep preparing on a regular basis as the exam can be conducted anytime with the ease of lockdown.
  • The basic and fundamentals concepts of 12th standard science must be understood properly to ace the exam.
  • A sound Knowledge of multiple subjects can help candidates avoid negative marks.
  • Solving past year questions papers along with mock test are very helpful when it comes to advanced preparation.

NEST 2024 Books

Below are the list of books one can use for preparation purpose:

Name of the bookPublisher or authorISBN
Modern ABC of Textbook ChemistryDr. S.P.Jauhar9351841219
Physical ChemistryP.Bahadur9382314423
Aptitude Test problems in PhysicsS.S Krotov9350941449
Concepts of PhysicsH.C. Verma8177091875
Genetic EngineeringP.S VermaB00QUYL11W
GeneticsP.S VermaB01AWECMIG
Objective BiologyM.P. Tyagi and J.P Goyal818722374X
Integral CalculusAmit M. Agarwal9311126225
Skills in Mathematics Coordinates Geometry for IIT JEES.K Goyal9351761401

NEST 2024 Result

NEST 2024 exam result has been declared on July 10, 2024. The result is now available online. Candidates are advised to keep checking the official website for all important updates. The result will reflect on the official website on a tab that will read result 2024. The steps candidates need to follow in order to check the result are:

  • Login to official website using user id and password credentials.
  • Click on result tab ‘NEST 2024 Result
  • Download the result along with answer key.
  • Check the cut-off score.
  • The scorecard will give a brief understanding about the merit list.
  • Based on the result and merit list the final list of candidates will be released.
  • This list will focus on the applicants who are selected for student counselling.

NEST 2024 Cutoff

Minimum Admissible Score for Merit List

General / General-EWS>=90

Section-wise Minimum Admissible Score

SubjectGeneral/ General-EWSOBC-NCLSC/ ST/ Divyangjan/ JK

NEST 2024 Counselling

NEST 2024 counselling will be conducted in July 2024. The selected aspirants will be allotted dates and venues for the counselling. This is the final step to get admission to the five years integrated program. The final merit list is uploaded on the official website. Candidates are requested to check the official website for NEST 2024 for the list. Based on the list and location of the candidate, a venue will be suggested along with the date and time. Candidates need to appear on the mentioned date and time on that venue for NEST Counselling. The schedule of counselling is tabulated below:

First Round Counselling and Admission

Event (First Round)


Emails being sent to qualified candidates for 1st admission round

To be announced

Last date to submit Expression of Interest (EOI)

To be announced

Link Available to Upload Documents

To be announced

Last date to upload documents

To be announced

Payment Window Opens

To be announced

Payment Window Closes

To be announced

Second Round Counselling and Admission

Event (Second Round)


Link Available to Upload Documents

To be announced

Last date to upload documents

To be announced

Payment Window Opens

To be announced

Payment Window Closes

To be announced

Third Round Counselling and Admission

Event (Third Round)


Link Available to Upload Documents

To be announced

Last date to upload documents

To be announced

Payment Window Opens

To be announced

Payment Window Closes

To be announced

Important Documents to be carried for counselling are as follows:

  • Mark sheets till 10+2.
  • Incase candidate has already done some diploma course post twelfth then the mark sheet for the same is also required.
  • Along with mark sheet certificate is also required.
  • Either of the address proofs likes; voter id card, Aadhar card, bank passbook, LIC policy document, ration card or any other government address proof.
  • Id proof like; driving license, pan card, voter id card, Aadhar card, 10+2 admit card or any other document issued by Government of India authority.
  • In case of SC and ST candidates, government certificate for class category is essential to submit.
  • Candidates need to carry minimum of three passport-sized photos with themselves.

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