National Entrance Screening Test

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The National Entrance Screening Test (popularly known as NEST) is an annual college entrance examination in India, conducted for admission into the National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar and the Center for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CBS), Mumbai.[1] These two institutes use NEST as a sole criterion for admission to their undergraduate programs. Also, the Integrated Science Education & Research Centre (ISERC) of Visva Bharati University has been using the merit list of NEST for admission into its undergraduate program for the last 3 academic sessions.[2] NEST was conducted in 45 centers across India in 2014.[3]

As of 2009, obtaining a seat in NISER has become highly competitive. From a total of 70,000 applicants nationwide, only 0.325% qualify for admission.[4]

Pattern of the test[edit]

The NEST question paper has five sections. The first section, which is compulsory for all candidates, includes general questions. The next four sections includes questions on (1) Biology, (2) Chemistry, (3) Mathematics and (4) Physics. Candidates may opt to answer any three of the four sections. All sections carry equal marks. The questions are aimed at testing the comprehension and analytic ability of the candidates. The questions are of objective type with five answers given for each question. There may only be one relatively correct answer for each question. Wrong answers are awarded negative marks.[3]

The question papers of the exam conducted in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 are available on the official website http://www.nestexam.in/ .

Seats and intake[edit]

The number of students taking this examination has been increasing since the exam was first conducted in 2007.

The availability of seats in recent years is as given in table below:

Institute Intake (2007) Intake (2008) Intake (2009) Intake (2010) Intake (2011) Intake (2012) Intake (2013) Intake (2014)[3]
National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) 40 40 52 60 60 60 60 100
Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CBS) 20 12 35 35 35 35 35 35

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NEST 2014". Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Admission Notice, Visva Bharati". Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Information Brochure, NEST-2014". Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Govt committed to support educational ventures". 

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