National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) 2020 date, eligibility, registration and important dates

Are you searching for information about the National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) 2020? Looking for the institutes that offer 5 year MS course based on this NEST score? If yes, check this article to know the details of NEST 2020 including the age limit, scholarships, syllabus, Kerala exam centres, application fees, exam date, timings and previous year question papers.

National Entrance Screening Test 2020 also known as NEST 2020 is a popular entrance exam for admission to National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar and Mumbai University - Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CEBS), Mumbai. If you qualify the NEST exam 2020, then you will get a chance to do integrated MS programs in the above-mentioned institutes. In addition, candidates will receive annual scholarships and grants. You have to check the website mentioned below to know the scholarship details. The MS programs will be offered for the following subjects like

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Mathematics

Number of seats available at NISER and CEBS

  • Total - 200
  • General -101
  • General – EWS 0
  • OBC - NCL 54
  • SC- 30
  • ST -15
  • Divyangjan - 5% seats in each category

  • Total - 57
  • General - 23
  • General – EWS 06
  • OBC - NCL 15
  • SC- 09
  • ST - 04
  • Divyangjan - 5% seats in each category

Age limit

General and OBC category candidates born on or after 1 August 2000 will be eligible to apply for NEST 2020. SC/ ST /Divyangjan category candidates will be given age relaxation of 5 years.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates who have scored a minimum 60% aggregate marks in class Xll(Science stream) from a recognized Indian Board is eligible to apply for National Entrance Screening Test 2020. But for SC/ST/Divyangjan category candidates only 55% is necessary.

Are candidates appearing for final exam eligible to apply for NEST 2020?

Yes, candidates who are appearing for the exam in March 2020 are eligible to apply for NEST 2020.

Application fees

  • General/ OBC (Only Males)- Rs 1200/-
  • SC/ ST/Divyangjan - Rs 600/-
  • All Females- Rs 600/-

How to pay the application fees?

Candidates can make the payment using credit card/debit card/net–banking through the online payment gateway. You can use only Mastercard/Visa/RuPay cards.

Note: Do not send any document to NEST office in the entire application process.

How and Where to apply?

Candidates should fill out the online application form which is available in Remember that there is no other mode for application submission. The detailed online application procedure is mentioned on the website and so all candidates are requested to read it thoroughly before filling the application form. Once you register online, you will receive all information regarding logging into application submission as well as fee payment portals.

Selection process

Candidates will be selected based on their performance in NEST 2020, which is a computer-based test(CBT/online exam). Separate merit list will be prepared for NISER and CEBS and candidates can get information regarding it from the NEST website(

NEST 2020 syllabus

The exam will be based on the CBSE syllabus from Class 11 and 12. The syllabus is available in the following link

Where to get previous year question paper?

You can get previous year question papers from the NEST website mentioned as

Exam centres

The NEST 2020 exam will be conducted in 90 centres all over India. In Kerala, the exam centres will be Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Kottayam, Idukki, Kozhikode, Palakkad, Thrissur, Kasaragod and Kannur. Candidates can choose 5 centres based on their preference while filling the forms.

Important dates

  • Start date for submitting online application : 7 January 2020, 6:30 PM
  • Last date and time for submitting online application : 3 April 2020, 6:30 PM
  • Start date for downloading admit card : 24 April 2020
  • Date and time for NEST 2020 : 6 June 2020, 9:00 AM- 12:30 PM and 2:30 PM- 6:00 PM
  • Date of publishing results : 16 June 2020

Note: Date of counselling at NISER Bhubaneswar and CEBS Mumbai will be announced later.

Contact information

If you do have any doubts, feel free to contact
Chief Coordinator,
NEST 2020
NALANDA Building,
Opp: Nano Science Building
University of Mumbai, Vidyanagari
Mumbai 400098
Maharashtra State, India

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Guest Author: Kishore Menon28 Mar 2020

The last date for submission of application has been extended to 19th April 2020.  The official website mentions this.

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