NISER Bhubaneswar and Mumbai CEBS M.Sc. Basic Sciences course online admissions through NEST 2021

Are you looking for information on NEST-2021 for admission to the M.Sc. integrated course in basic sciences? This article provides complete information on the National Entrance Screening Test 2021 through which you can seek admission for the 5-year integrated program in basic sciences at National Institute of Science Education and Research Bhubaneswar and University of Mumbai Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences.

The Chief Coordinator of National Entrance Screening Test (NEST)-2021 has released the notification of the schedule of NEST that will enable students to seek admission to the five-year M.Sc. Integrated Program in Basic Sciences for the academic session 2021-2026 at the National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) Bhubaneswar and at the University of Mumbai - Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM–DAE CEBS), Mumbai. NISER is a unit of Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI), a deemed-to-be University within the Department of Atomic Energy and which will award the degree to the students who successfully complete the program at their institute. Those who complete the program at UM–DAE CEBS will be awarded the degree by the University of Mumbai.

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[Image source: print advt. in TOI 12th February 2021]

About the M.Sc. Integrated Program in Basic Sciences

Duration and type: Five years' integrated program in Biological, Chemical, Mathematical and Physical sciences.

Number of seats: There are a total of 200 seats at NISER for the academic batch of 2021-26, including for reserved seats for SC/ST/OBC/Divyangjan candidates as per the norms of the Central Govt. There are also two supernumerary seats reserved for eligible candidates from Jammu & Kashmir. At University of Mumbai –DAE CEBS, Mumbai, there are 57 seats (tentative) including those for reserved category candidates similar to that for NISER.

Scholarships: Once enrolled for the M.Sc. Integrated Program in Basic Sciences, you are eligible to receive an annual scholarship of Rs 60,000 through the DAE Incentive Scheme for Holistic Science Education and Augmentation (DISHA) program of Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India. Recipients of the scholarship will also receive a grant of Rs.20,000/- per annum for a summer internship. Students who have been selected by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) for the Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE)-Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE) program are endorsed for INSPIRE scholarship by both, NISER as well as CEBS.

Additional benefits: If you are a top performer at NISER and CEBS and secure overall grades that are above a certain threshold at the end of the program, then you can appear directly for the interview for admission to the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) training school.

M.Sc. Integrated Program in Basic Sciences Eligibility criteria

  1. You should be from a regular science stream in classes XI and XII.

  2. You should have passed the Class 12 exam or its equivalent from any recognized Board in India in the years 2019 or 2020 or be appearing for the exam in 2021. If you are appearing for the board exam in 2021, then you must pass it at the time of admission into the program.

  3. You should have secured at least 60% marks in aggregate or equivalent grade in Class 12 exam to be eligible for admission to NISER and CEBS (55% in aggregate for SC, ST and PwD candidates.

  4. Age criteria: You should be born on or after 1st August 2001 if applying in the category for general and OBC candidates. The age limit is relaxed by 5 years for SC, ST and PwD candidates).

Important note: You must submit all the requisite certificates supporting eligibility criteria at the time of admission to the program.

NEST-2021 Exam Format

The entrance test for the M.Sc. Integrated Program in Basic Sciences is a Computer-Based Test (CBT) in English only, with four sections in which all questions are in the Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) format. Each section has 50 marks with subject specific questions from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. An interesting aspect of NEST is that two questions in each section requires knowledge of science subjects of Class 10 level and are for testing your general scientific knowledge rather than specialised knowledge of the subject.

The syllabus for NEST-2021 is based on the NCERT/ CBSE science syllabus of Classes 11 and 12. You can look up the previous years' questions papers at the official website.

NEST-2021 application fee

  • For General and OBC category male candidates: Rs.1,200/-

  • For SC and ST male candidates: Rs.600/-

  • For female candidates of all categories: Rs.600/-

  • For persons with physical disability: Rs.600/-

Mode of payment: You have to pay online using Net Banking or Credit Card or Debit Card (use Mastercard/Visa/RuPay cards only).

How to apply for NEST-2021

You have to register with a valid email ID and apply for NEST 2021 online on or after 24th February 2021.

After the initial step of filling in the personal information, submit the academic information, with details of the qualifying board exams of Class 10 and Class 12. Then select up to five exam centres (the list of cities where the centres are located is provided in the official brochure0. You also need to upload .JPG or .JPEG files of your passport size photo and of your signature (these should be cropped properly), with the scanned images not more than 80KB in size. In the last step of the online application process, make the online payment of the application fee. On successful submission, you should download and take a print out of the application summary page that appears on the screen for future reference.

Important dates

  • Online application begins: 24th February 2021.

  • Online application closes: 30th April 2021.

  • Admit Card will be available for download: on or after 20th May 2021.

  • Date of NEST 2021: 20th June 2021 (Monday), 9.30a.m. to 12.30noon is the first session, and 2.30 p.m. to 6 p.m. is the second session.

  • Announcement of results at the official NEST website: 30th June, 2021

Contact information

For correspondence purposes you can contact-
The Chief Coordinator, NEST 2021
NISER Bhubaneswar,
PO: Jatni,
Jatni, Khurda-752050
Website of NISER:

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