National Entrance Screening Test 2023 for NISER Bhubaneswar, CEBS Mumbai Integrated M.Sc. program

Looking for the admission notification for the NISER and University of Mumbai's 5-year year Integrated M.Sc. course in basic sciences? This article provides complete information about the National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) 2023 through which you can get admission to the 5-year year Integrated M.Sc. course in basic sciences at NISER) Bhubaneswar or University of Mumbai's Dept. of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences.

The National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) Bhubaneswar and the University of Mumbai's Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM–DAE CEBS) have announced applications open for admission to the 5-year year Integrated M.Sc. course in basic sciences, namely, Biology, Chemistry, Maths, and Physics for the academic session 2023-2028. Admission to the course is to be obtained through the mandatory National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) 2023. There are 200 seats at NISER, and 57 at UM-DAE CEBS. Reservation of seats is as per Central Govt. norms.

National Entrance Screening Test 2023 for NISER Bhubaneswar Banner
[Image source: Official poster at NEST 2023 website]

About the institutes and M.Sc. Program

NISER, Bhubaneswar and UM–DAE CEBS are autonomous institutions under the aegis of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Govt. of India. Both are highly reputed institutions that offer quality education under the able guidance of qualified scientists with expertise in their domains. The residential campuses of each are having excellent infrastructure and facilities for academic and co-scholastic activities with modern labs and computer centres, libraries and recreational facilities, hostel accommodation and mess, medical centres, etc.

The benefits of pursuing the 5-year year Integrated M.Sc. course are multifold. On getting admission to the M.Sc. program, you will receive an annual scholarship of Rs 60,000 through the DISHA program of the Department of Atomic Energy, Govt. of India. You will also get a Grant of Rs 20,000 per annum for the summer internship. What's more, those who are selected by DST for the INSPIRE-SHE program are endorsed for INSPIRE scholarship by NISER and CEBS. And that's not all! At each of the respective institutes, the top performer who secures overall grades above a certain threshold at the end of the course will be eligible to appear directly for the interview for admission to the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) training school. There is also the opportunity to pursue research programs at highly reputed national and international institutions once you complete the M.Sc. course.

Program Eligibility requirements

Age: If applying as a General or OBC category candidate, you should be born on or after 1st August 2003. The age limit is relaxed by 5 years for candidates applying in the category of SC, ST, and Divyangjan.

Educational Qualification: You should be from a regular science stream in classes XI and XII, and pass the Class 12 exam or its equivalent from any recognized Board in India in the years 2021 or 2022 or are appearing for the exam in 2023. If you are appearing for the board exam this year, then you must pass it at the time of admission into the M.Sc. program. Also, you need to secure at least 60% marks in aggregate or equivalent grade in the Class 12 exam to be eligible for admission to both, NISER and CEBS (55% in aggregate is the required minimum score for SC, ST, and PwD candidates.)

NEST Merit List: In addition to the above, you must secure a position in the NEST-2023 Merit List.

Important Note: You must produce all the relevant certificates in original at the time of admission/counseling.

About NEST 2023 Exam

NEST 2023 is a computer-based exam that will be conducted at 122 centers in cities and towns across India (refer to the official notification to know the locations), and you can select five centres in order of preference.

You will be assigned one of the two sessions, namely either the 9 a.m. to 12.30 session, or the 2.30 p.m. to 6 p.m. session. Those appearing for the exam in the Divyang category will be given an extra 20 minutes. It is mandatory to bring to the exam center the Admit Card and a school photo Identity Card or any other valid photo ID that is issued by a Government agency.

The test will have Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) in four sections and are designed to check comprehension of the subject as well as analytical ability. Each section has a total of 50 marks with subject-specific questions from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics. For certain questions, negative marks will be awarded to an incorrect answer, and some questions may have one or more correct answers for which you need to mark all the correct answers.

Tip: Unlike earlier, when the scores of all four subjects were considered for preparing the NISER merit list, this year, the merit list of NEST 2023 will be drawn up using the best three qualifying scores out of four sections, and the section with the worst score will not be considered. Hence, it is advisable to attempt all sections as it will increase your chances of a better total score.

The syllabus for NEST-2023 is based on the NCERT/CBSE science syllabus of Classes 11 and 12 (refer- You can check out previous years' exam papers and try out the mock test that will be available on the official website so as to understand how to answer the MCQs online.

NEST 2023 Application procedure

You are required to apply for NEST 2023 by filling in the online application form through the NEST 2023 application website with a valid mobile number and email ID. Before you do so, though, ensure that you go through the instructions provided on the website for the online application procedure.

The following documents should be scanned and kept ready before you begin the online registration and application process-
  1. The Class 10 and Class 12 marks sheet/Report Card/Certificate

  2. Digital copy of passport size photo in .jpeg or.jpg format (size limit is 200 kb)

  3. Your signature in .jpeg or .jpg format (size limit is 200 kb)

Application Fee (not refundable)-
For male candidates of the General and OBC categories: Rs. 1,200/–.
For SC, ST, and Divyangjan categories: Rs. 600/-.
For all female candidates is 600/–.
Mode of payment: Net Banking or with a Credit Card or Debit Card (Mastercard/Visa/RuPay cards only).

NEST 2023 Key Dates

Online applications for NEST 2023 begins on 27th February 2023 and ends on 17th May 2023 at midnight.
The Admit Card can be Downloaded from the official website from 12th June 2023 onward.
Date of NEST 2023 exam: 24th June 2023 (Session 1 is from 9 a.m. to 12.30 noon, and Session 2 is from 2.30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
NEST 2023 results will be announced on 10th July 2023.

Contact information

For queries related to NEST 2023, you can communicate by postal mail to-
The Chief Coordinator, NEST 2023
National Institute of Science Education and Research Bhubaneswar
P.O. Jatni, Khurda-752050

Queries by Email about the syllabus, general information about NEST 2023, and the information brochure can be sent to:
The Helpdesk Number for such queries is 0674-2494360 (Monday to Friday between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.)

Queries/complaints regarding registration, application, application fee payment etc. can be sent via the Helpdesk page after registration/login.
The Helpdesk Number for these queries is 7996065888 (Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Official websites-
NEST 2023 Website:
NISER, Bhubaneswar website:
UM–DAE CEBS, Mumbai website:

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