NEST Exam 2021: Exam Date, Admit Card, Syllabus, Application Form, Pattern and Result.

The NEST Exam is conducted annually and offers admission into the Integrated M.Sc Programmes. Here in this article, I am sharing with you the complete details about the NEST Exam 2021, Exam Date, Admit Card, Syllabus and its exam pattern etc. All the information about this has been given in details in the below paragraphs. Check it out to get complete information about this.


A candidate who would be able to qualify for the entrance examination would be able to get admission to the most prestigious Universities. As per the student’s review. The Exam is tough to clear as the questions were tough to answer, It took a lot of time. Due to which students ended up attempting minimum questions only. Let’s see the complete details about the National Entrance Screening Test Exam, required Eligibility Criteria, Admission process and complete syllabus of the Exam, that one has to prepare for the exam. etc

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What is NEST?

NEST Exam stands for National Entrance Screening Test (popularly known as NEST). This is a College Entrance Examination in India that is conducted for admission in the National Institute of Science, Education and Research and Center of Excellence in Basic Science. These colleges offer Integrated M.Sc Programmes. The admission in the colleges is done through the Entrance Examination which is called the NEST Examination. Now let’s see the details about the eligibility criteria which is required to have to apply for the National Entrance Screening Test Exam and after that, we will see the admission process and its exam syllabus etc.

NEST 2021 Highlights:

NEST Events 2021Important Dates
Release of the application formsFebruary 24, 2021
Last date to apply onlineMay 20, 2021
Exam centre change facilityTo be announced
Release of the admit cardJune 4, 2021
Conduct of NEST 2021June 14, 2021
Release of answer keyJune 2021
Announcement of the resultsJune 30, 2021
Release of the cut offJune 2021
NISER counsellingJuly 2021
UM-DAE CEBS counsellingJuly 2021

NEST Exam Eligibility Criteria:

There is nothing much in the Eligibility Criteria. To apply for the NEST Examination, Here are the following criteria that a candidate must match to apply for the examination:

  • Candidate must have passed class 12th with Science Stream (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics) etc.
  • Candidate must have passed from any recognized Board (State Board or Central Board).
  • For the General candidates, marks should not be less than 60% While for the OBC, SC/ST and other candidates it should not be less than 55%.
  • To apply for the 2021 National Entrance Screening Test Exam, the Candidate must have passed 12th in 2019 or 2020, not before that.
  • Age Limit: A candidate must be born on or after August 1, 2001.
  • There is some relaxation that has been given to the candidate as per the government norms.
  • To the SC/ST candidates, there would be 5 years of relaxations in age. No relaxation will be given to the General and OBC candidates.

The relaxation criteria keep on changing every year as per the government norms. You must check the official website before applying Online. The relaxation criteria that I have shared here are on the basis of the previous year pattern.

NEST 2021 Admission Procedure:

The admission will be done on the basis of the Examination that one has to clear. The Exam would be conducted Online (Computer-Based Test). All the Questions in the Exam would be in Objective form with multiple choice Answer. The Exam would have five sections in the examination: Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology and General Paper etc. The total number of questions would be around 230. There is negative marking in the examination but only for few questions. General Paper Section would have negative marking while for other sections only a few questions would have. Now let’s see the complete syllabus of the NEST Online Computer Based Test. Courses offered by the NEST 2021 Courses:

  • M.SC Chemical Sciences
  • M.Sc Physical Science
  • M.Sc Mathematical Science
  • M.Sc Computer Science
  • M.Sc Environmental Sciences
  • M.Sc Biological Sciences

NEST 2021 Seat Intake:

CategoryNISER BhubaneswarUMDAE CBS
PwD3% of each category3% of each category

NEST Exam 2021 Syllabus:

There is a total of five subjects that one has to prepare for the NEST Examination. Here is the Exam Pattern of the NEST Online Examination. After that, we will see the complete syllabus of the NEST Examination.

General Section30
230 marks


  • General
  •  Mechanics
  •  Sound
  • Fluids
  • Thermal physics
  • Rotational Dynamics
  • Wave Optics
  • Electricity
  •  Magnetism
  • Semiconductors
  • Capacitance
  • Modern Physics
  • Electromagnetic Induction
  • Ray Optics
  • X Rays etc


  • Atomic Structure
  • Chemical Bonding
  • Thermodynamics
  • Mole Concept
  • Solutions
  • Chemical Kinetics
  • Periodic Table
  • Metallurgy
  • d-block Elements
  • p-block Elements
  • f-block Elements
  • s-block Elements
  • Metals and Non Metals
  • Colloids
  • Coordination Compounds
  • Surface Chemistry
  • Solid State
  • Solutions
  • Hydrogen Element
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Reactive intermediates
  • Alkanes
  • Nomenclature
  • Alkenes and Alkynes
  • Isomerism
  • Haloalkanes (Alkyl halides)
  • Aromatic compounds etc


  • Ecosystems
  • Evolution
  • Biotechnology
  • Anatomy
  • Genetic
  •  Humans and Environment
  • Biology of Plant Systems
  • Reproduction
  • Physiology
  • Human Health and Diseases
  • Ecology
  • Biology of Animal Systems etc.


  • Algebra
  • Quadratic equations
  • Probability
  • Arithmetic
  • Harmonic and Geometric Progression
  • Arithmetic
  • Harmonic and Geometric Means
  • Permutations and combinations
  • Logarithms
  • simultaneous linear equations
  • Binomial theorem
  • Matrices etc.

General Ability:

  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • G.K and Current affairs etc

There is nothing fix for this particular section. Questions can be asked from anywhere which is related to the General Knowledge, Current Affairs etc.

NEST Exam Admit Card 2021:

The Admit Card of the NEST Examination will be available before 3 weeks or may be four weeks of the examination. All the candidates who have applied for the examination can download the admit card from the official website. You can easily download the Admit Card by using your Login ID and Password.

How to Prepare for NEST Exam:

For the preparation of the Syllabus, Many Online, as well as offline souses, are available for the preparation of this. The preparation can be done at home easily. There is nothing difficult in the syllabus if one has studied well in the 11th and 12th. The NCERT of class 11th and class 12th would be enough for the preparation. The preparation for the Examination.

In order to start your preparation for the NEST Examination. Understand the complete syllabus its exam pattern in a better manner. Once you are done with this. Choose the right study material. Make sure that your study material covers the complete syllabus of the examination.

Prepare your complete syllabus and make short notes while studying, it would help you at last in the revision. Once you finish your syllabus. Start Solving the previous year question paper. Solving papers would give you a better understanding of the Question paper as well as you would also learn to manage time.

There are also many websites that conduct online Mock tests. The Mock tests are actually the same as the real examination. You can appear for the mock tests to test yourself and to check your preparation level etc. Well, Everybody has their own way to prepare for the examination. You must make a better study plan before starting your preparation. The Syllabus of the Exam is broad and hard to cover. You will need to manage your time properly to cover the maximum syllabus.

FAQs: For National Entrance Screening Test Exam

What is the required qualification for NEST 2021 Exam?

A candidate who has passed class 12th with Science Stream are eligible to apply for the NEST Exam 2021.

Is there any age Limit criteria to apply for National Entrance Screening Test?

No, But a candidate must be born on August 1, 2001, or after this are eligible to apply for the National Entrance Screening Test Exam 2021.

How many subjects one has to prepare for NEST Exam 2021

There is a total of five subjects that one has to prepare for the National Entrance Screening Test. Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and General Ability etc

Is there any percentage Criteria to apply for National Entrance Screening Test Exam 2021?

No, A candidate just need to passed from any recognized Board (State Board or Central Board) etc.

Is there any relaxation for backwards candidates in NEST Exam?

Yes, There are some relaxation has been given to the backward candidates regarding age. There is around 5 years of age relaxation for SC/St and PwD candidates.

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