About NISER and UM-DAE CEBS Both the National Institute of Science Education and Research (shortly known as NISER) in Bhubaneswar and University of Mumbai - Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CEBS), Mumbai were established by the Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India in the year of 2007 to train the students by offering 5-year integrated M.Sc. program in Biological, Chemical, Mathematical and Physical sciences. The center of NISER and UM-DAE CEBS are located at the Jatni campus and Vidyanagari campus respectively. However, although both institutes offer the same course of study, the degree is awarded by two separate hands. While the Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI) which is a deemed-to-be University under the Department of Atomic Energy is responsible to award the degree in NISER, it's awarded by the University of Mumbai in UM-DAE CEBS.
About entrance exam Full form of NEST is National Entrance Screening Test. It is a compulsory computer-based test (CBT) / online examination for the candidates interested to take admission to a 5-year integrated M.Sc. program in Biological, Chemical, Mathematical and Physical sciences either at NISER, Bhubaneswar or UM–DAE CEBS, Mumbai. The examination will be held in 91 centers all over India this year. The duration of the exam is 3 hours and 30 minutes. There will be two test sessions - one is from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and another is between 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m out of which applicants will be assigned to any one session.
Scholarship and opportunities All the candidates who will take admission to this program will be entitled to an annual scholarship of Rs. 60,000/- through DISHA program controlled by the Indian Government Department of Atomic Energy. Additionally, Rs. 20,000/- will also be granted for summer internship every year. Candidates for the INSPIRE-SHE program selected by DST will be eligible for the INSPIRE scholarship.
All former pupils are presently engaged in various Ph.D. programs at a large number of national or international universities/institutes. Moreover, if the toppers at both the institutes score above a certain threshold in aggregate at the end of the program, they will be eligible for the interview directly for admission to Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) training school.
Eligibility criteria Candidates have to fulfill the following eligibility criteria to register online application in the National Entrance Screening Test, NEST-2020:
Brief idea on question pattern As it is a computer-based exam, candidates have to answer the question at the computer terminal using provided electronic equipment at the examination center. The mode of language is English. There will be five sections out of which section I is based on the general section having 30 marks and each of section II to V is based on Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics with 50 marks. Merit list will be prepared based on the summation of the best three sections from section II to V and compulsory section I. Syllabus will be almost the same as CBSE / NCERT's syllabus of class XI-XII.
Application fee Candidates belong to General / OBC and SC / ST/ OBC category have to pay Rs. 1200/- and Rs. 600/- respectively as application fee. The application fee for female candidates irrespective of their caste is Rs. 600/-. The mode of payment is through online payment gateway using credit/debit card or net-banking. Master card, Visa, RuPay cards are recommended.
How to apply for NEST 2020 Candidates interested to apply for NEST 2020 should visit at www.nestexam.in. Click on "How to apply online" link available on the website and read it carefully before starting to register the application. Fill up the online application form to log in yourself for submission of application and fee payment. Also, read the brochure carefully at https://nestexam.in/docs/20/NEST2020-Brochure-Syllabus.pdf.
Contact details Chief Coordinator, NEST 2020,
Nalanda Building, UM-DAE CEBS,
Opp: Nano Science Building, University of Mumbai,
Vidyanagari, Mumbai - 400 098
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