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December 31, 2016

NEST 2017 - Integrated MSc programme 2017–22

The National Entrance Screening Test or NEST is a compulsory test for admission to the 5–year Integrated MSc programme in basic sciences – Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics – at
National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar and University of
Mumbai – Department of Atomic Energy Center for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM–DAE CEBS), Mumbai. Both NISER and CEBS are autonomous institutions established by Department
of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India, in 2007. NISER is an off–campus centre of Homi
Bhabha National Institute (HBNI) and all academic programmes of NISER are affiliated to HBNI.
These institutes have started with the mandate to provide high quality teaching in basic sciences
by a faculty of distinguished scientists embedded in a vibrant research environment and to create a national pool of scientists ready to take up research challenges in the frontiers of basic and applied sciences. The Integrated MSc programme at these institutes follows a semester–based course structure and continuous assessment within a flexible and innovative academic curriculum, exposing the students to research early in their programme. The placements of the graduated students from NISER and CEBS provide testimony of success to this initiative.

NISER and CEBS are both residential institute equipped with state of art teaching and research
laboratories, modern computational facilities, computer centres and excellent libraries. All the
students are accommodated in on–campus hostels, for both girls and boys, and are provided with an environment conducive to science education and research.

The 5–year integrated MSc programme at NISER and CEBS offers a limited number of merit based INSPIRE (by the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India) scholarships of 5,000/– per month and an additional 20,000/– per year for carrying out summer projects. For the students entered into the MSc programme through NEST–2016 the numbers of such scholarships were 60 for NISER and 25 for CEBS.

Besides, top performers at NISER and CEBS, securing overall grades above 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. The details of the Integrated MSc programme, list of courses, research activities of the individual schools, institute facilities and faculty profiles at NISER and CEBS can be found on their respective websites ( and

Eligibility : Candidates seeking admission to NISER and UM–DAE CEBS for the integrated MSc programme 2017–22 should be from regular science stream only and preferably should have any combination of three subjects among Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics in classes XI and XII. It is mandatory for all aspiring candidates to write the NEST 2017 examination. Admission will be offered strictly on the basis of Merit List of NEST 2017. Additionally, candidates must have passed class XII examination or equivalent from any recognised Board in India in the years 2015 or 2016 or be appearing for the same in 2017. Candidates who are appearing for the board examination in 2017 must pass it by the time of admission. Also, candidates must secure at least 60% marks in aggregate or equivalent grade in class XII examination to be eligible for admission to NISER and CEBS. For candidates belonging to scheduled castes (SC), scheduled tribes (ST) and physically disabled (PD) categories, the minimum requirement of marks is relaxed to 55% in aggregate. Where only letter grades are available, a certificate from the concerned Board specifying equivalent percentage of marks is required to be submitted. In absence of such a certificate, the decision of the admissions committee of the concerned institution will be final

Age limit: General and OBC category candidates born on or after August 01, 1997 are eligible for admission to the integrated M.Sc. programme of NISER/CEBS. The age limit is relaxed by 5 years for SC / ST / PD candidates. 

How to apply To apply for NEST 2017, candidates must fill–up the online application form through on or after January 2, 2017. Candidates are strongly advised to read through the detailed online application procedure available on the website. Online application process closes on March 6, 2017. There is no offline application mode available for NEST 2017. 

Application Fee: The application fee for the male candidates of General and OBC categories is 700/–. The application fee for candidates in the SC/ST/PD categories and for all female candidates is 350/–. Payments can be made using credit card/debit card/net–banking of more than 40 banks through online payment gateway. Candidates need not send any document to NEST office in the entire application process ( initiative)

TEST DATE : The NEST 2017 examination will be conducted at 60 centres (major towns or cities) all over India on May 27, 2017 (Saturday), 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Based on the performance in NEST 2017, a common Merit List of the candidates will be prepared and posted on NEST 2017 website on June 16, 2017. The successful candidates will be asked to participate in an admission/counselling process and the admission will strictly be according to the Merit List. 

The Chief Coordinator, NEST 2017
National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER)
Khurda, – 752050, 

Important Dates 
● Start of Online application for NEST 2017: January 02, 2017 (First Monday of January) 
Closing of Online application: March 06, 2017 (First Monday of March) 
● Download of Admit Card begins: April 14, 2017 (Second Friday of April) 
● NEST 2017 examination: May 27, 2017 - Saturday (Last Saturday of May) (Hour of examination: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM) 
● Announcement of results on NEST website: June 16, 2017 (Third Friday of June)