How to take admission in NISER.


In this article, I will explain the admission process of NISER Bhubaneswar. It is a research-oriented institution. It is ranked 14 in the university category and 30 in the overall category by NIRF. It is like heaven for science lovers.

About NISER

The National Institute of Science and Research (NISER) is an autonomous premier public research institute in Jatani, Odisha, India under Department of Atomic Energy, Govt. of India. The institute is a constituent institution of Homi Bhabha National Institute(HBNI) and one of the best in the country in the field of basic science and research. The then prime minister, Manmohan Singh (2004-2014), laid the foundation stone on August 28, 2006. This institute was established along the line of the IISc in Bangalore, and its seven sister institutions, the IISERs to boost up the research facilities in India. It is spread on a lush green campus of 300 acres.

About NEST

In order to be a part of such a prestigious institution you need to go through a cut-throat competitive entrance test i.e. National Entrance Screening Test (NEST). NEST is conducted jointly by NISER, Bhubaneswar, and UM-DAE CEBS, Mumbai around the month of June or July. The NEST exam is conducted annually to offer admission for Integrated MSc courses in
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Every year approximately sixty thousand students appear in this exam to tussle for 202 seats in NISER.

Syllabus Exam Pattern and Marking Scheme

NEST is a computer based examination (CBT) conducted online. The question paper consist of four section i.e. General Section,Physics,Chemistry,Mathematics and Biology.

General Section

The general section is the first section of the question paper. It contains 10 multiple-choice questions in which for each correct answer, the candidate is awarded 3 marks and there is no negative marking. The syllabus of this section is undefined, but the questions are usually based on general aptitude and about scientists, their studies, and new scientific information.

Physics

Physics is one the toughest section of this exam. The questions are tricky, conceptual, and lengthy. The Physics section contains 15 questions out of which 10 are single correct type questions and the rest of 5 questions are multiple correct questions. Now, if we talk about the marking scheme, for 10 single correct questions each right answer is rewarded 3 marks and 1 mark is deducted for each wrong response. But in multiple correct questions, 4 marks are awarded for selecting all the correct options and not selecting any wrong option. The syllabus is complete class 11th and 12th course but some important topics are as follows
  • Kinematics
  • Heat and Thermodynamics
  • Electrodynamics
  • Optics
  • Waves

Chemistry

Chemistry section is moderate which contain factual, calculative and lengthy questions.The Chemistry section also contains 15 questions out of which 10 are single correct type questions and the rest of 5 questions are multiple correct questions. Now, talking about the marking scheme, for 10 single correct questions each right answer is rewarded 3 marks and 1 mark is deducted for each wrong response. But in multiple correct questions, 4 marks are awarded for selecting all the correct options and not selecting any wrong option. The syllabus is complete class 11th and 12th course but some important topics are as follows
  • Equilibrium
  • Block Chemistry
  • GOC and GIOC

Biology

Biology is the easiest section as it mostly contains direct NCERT based questions and some tricky ones too. The Biology section contains 15 questions out of which 10 are single correct type questions and the rest of 5 questions are multiple correct questions. In this section too the marking scheme is the same i.e. for 10 single correct questions each right answer is rewarded 3 marks and 1 mark is deducted for each wrong response. But in multiple correct questions, 4 marks are awarded for selecting all the correct options and not selecting any wrong option. The syllabus is complete class 11th and 12th course but some important topics are as follows
  • Genetics and Evolution
  • Human Physiology
  • Microbes in Human Welfare
  • Ecology
  • Biotechnology

  • Mathematics

    Mathematics is also very tricky and tough sections and the questions are multidimensional and conceptual. Just like others, the Maths section also contains 15 questions out of which 10 are single correct type questions and the rest of the 5 questions are multiple correct questions. Now, if we talk about the marking scheme, for 10 single correct questions each right answer is rewarded 3 marks and 1 mark is deducted for each wrong response. But in multiple correct questions, 4 marks are awarded for selecting all the correct options and not selecting any wrong option. The syllabus is complete class 11th and 12th course but some important topics are as follows
    • Calculus
    • Matrices and Determinants
    • Probability
    • Binomial Expansions

    Qualifying Critertia

    NEST has its very unique qualifying criteria. To qualify for this exam the candidate must cross the total cut-off and the Section-wise Minimum Admissible Score (SMAS) i.e. 20% of the average marks of the top 100 candidates of that section. Failing to meet up with any of these criteria would lead to disqualification.


Comments

Author: Umesh05 Dec 2020 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 2

Those students who are meritorious and have an interest in research should try for this entrance exam and pursue a career in scientific research in this prestigious institution. The author has mentioned the syllabus of the entrance exam and one has to make the preparation in this line. I would suggest that the students should try to get hold of earlier year examination papers of this entrance exam and practice in that pattern so that one can have better chances of getting success in this tough entrance exam. One can also consult some good guidebooks in the relevant subjects like Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. This is a good opportunity for getting in an integrated PG plus PhD course of this repute.



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