National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) 2010

National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) 2010 is the entrance test for students  seeking admission to the University of Mumbai – Department of Atomic Energy  Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CBS), Mumbai, National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar, and Integrated Science Education and Research Centre (ISERC), Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan. The test will be conducted in 34 cities and towns across India. This brochure gives the detailed procedure for applying for the test, syllabus of the test and various deadlines. Students who are highly motivated to pursue higher education and research in science are encouraged to apply.

1.  Eligibility:  Students who have passed the Class XII (or equivalent) qualifying examination in 2008 or 2009 or are appearing in 2010 from any recognized Board of education in India and have secured an aggregate of at least 60% marks (or equivalent grade) are eligible to apply. For Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) candidates and for Persons with Disability (PD), the minimum marks requirement is 55%.  (Where only “Letter” grade is given by a Board, a certificate from the Board specifying equivalent percentage marks will be required. In the absence of such a certificate the decision of the Admissions Committee of the concerned institutions will be final.)

2.  Age Limit: General category candidates and Candidates belonging to Other Backward Castes (OBC) born on or after 01 Oct. 1985 are eligible to apply. For SC/ST/PD candidates the age limit is relaxed by 5 years. In any case, the eligibility criterion mentioned above must be satisfied.

3.  Number of Seats and Reservation: This year (2010), the number of seats is 60 at NISER, 30 at UM-DAE CBS and 21 at ISERC. There will be reservations as per Government norms. Further details are given on the websites of NISER  ( UM-DAE CBS  (  and ISERC (

4.  Application Fee: Application fee for appearing in NEST  is Rs. 500/- for male general category and male OBC candidates. For male SC/ST/PD candidates and all female candidates the amount is Rs. 250/-.  The application fee should be sent to Chief Coordinator at the address mentioned below in the form of a demand draft / postal order in favour of ‘NEST-2010’ payable at Mumbai.

5.  Application Form: Candidates may follow any of the following two channels to apply.
(a) They may follow the instructions on the website ( and fill up the application form on-line, take a print-out, paste a photograph at the  appropriate place, and send the same along with the application fee (in the form of a demand draft / postal order) to the address below.
(b) They may send a letter to the address below  requesting application form and brochure which will be posted to them. On the receipt of the application form and the brochure the candidate may fill up the form, paste a photograph at the appropriate place, and send the completed application form along with the application fee (in the form of a demand draft / postal order) to:

The Chief Coordinator, NEST-2010
UM-DAE CBS, Health Centre Building,
University of Mumbai (Vidyanagari Campus),
Santa Cruz (E), Mumbai, 400 098.

Last date for receipt of request for application form is February 16, 2010.

Completed application forms along with application fee must reach the above mentioned address by March
16, 2010.

The completed applications must be sent by Registered Post / Speed Post only. Do not send it through ordinary post or private courier services. Please keep the postal receipt for future reference.

Test Schedule: The test will be conducted on June 6, 2010 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

6.  NEST-2010 Centres: The list of cities and towns where the NEST-2010 examination will be held is given in Appendix I. Candidates should list two centres according to their preference in the application form. Every effort will be made to allot the centre of their first choice. Allotment of an examination centre by the Chief Coordinator, NEST-2010 will be regarded as final and any request to change of centre will not be entertained.  The address of the allotted centre will be mentioned on the NEST admit card.

7.  Question paper pattern: The question paper will consist of five sections totaling 200 marks: (1) General, (2) Biology, (3) Chemistry, (4) Mathematics, (5) Physics. The first (General) section is compulsory for all students and will carry 60 marks. Of the remaining four sections (2 – 5) the students will have to select any two, each of which will carry 70 marks. The questions will be aimed at testing the subject comprehension and analytic ability of the candidates. The questions will be of objective type with four options given for each question. Some questions may have more than one correct answer. For some questions in sections 2 to 5, incorrect answers will be awarded negative marks. The question paper will contain explicit instructions in this regard.

The question paper will only be in English.

8.  Admit Cards:  Admit cards will be available for downloading from the NEST website ( starting from April 1, 2010. The candidates who are unable to download the
admit cards by April 15, 2010 will have their admit cards sent to them by ordinary post.  Candidates must ensure that their mailing address entered as in the application form is correct and legibly written. NEST office will not be responsible if the admit card does not reach a candidate in time because of postal delay or incorrect address.  In case you do not receive the admit card by May 25, 2010, you may write to Chief Coordinator, NEST-2010  by speed post (at the address  given earlier) or by email  (email address: [email protected]).

9.  NEST Results: Results of NEST examination will be announced on June 30, 2010 on the NEST web site. Further details regarding admission to the participating institutes based on the NEST-2010 results will be made available on their websites.

Important Dates

Last date for request of application form:
Feb. 16, 2010.

Last date for receipt of completed
application form: Mar. 16, 2010.

Last date for on-line applications: Mar.
16, 2010.

Admit cards available for download:
April 1-15, 2010.

Dispatch of admit cards from: April 16,

Date of Examination:  June 6, 2010
(Sunday) 2 PM to 5 PM.

Announcement of results on
( June 30, 2010


  • Does the address for correspondence include pin code and is it legible?
  • Is a passport size photograph pasted at the correct place?
  • Have you signed in the place marked for the signature?
  • Is the correct email address written in the proper place?
  • Is the DD / PO made in favour of ‘NEST-2010’?
  • Is the name of the bank and DD/PO number written on the application form?
  • Is your name and application number written on the backside of the DD / PO?
  • Have the two centers of your choice been selected and marked in the form?

Errors in the above could lead to problems in processing your application

Ensure that your name and address is written legibly.
Send the application form and DD / PO together by speed post or registered post only.


2 thoughts on “NEST 2010 EXAM NOTIFICATION

  1. please send application form and brochure of nest 2010 to
    sunil kumar mishra
    10,shaktinagar,kota,324001 rajasthan

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