NEST 2023 Exam: Dates, Eligibility, and Selection Process for Integrated MSc Program Admission

The National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) 2023, a highly competitive exam for admission to the 5-year Integrated MSc Program, has been scheduled to take place on June 24, 2023.

The exam will be held in two sessions on the same day, with the first session scheduled from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM, and the second session from 2:30 PM to 6:00 PM. The candidates will be assigned to one of the two sessions based on their preference.

NEST 2023 is conducted jointly by the National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar, and the University of Mumbai-Department of Atomic Energy Center for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CEBS), Mumbai.

The exam is a gateway for admission to the 5-year Integrated MSc Program in the fields of biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics.

The application process will be entirely online, and candidates will have to provide their personal details, educational qualifications, and other relevant information while filling out the application form.

NEST 2023 will be conducted in offline mode, and the question paper will comprise five sections, including General, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology. The total marks for the exam will be 200, and no marks will be deducted for multiple correct answer MCQs & 1 mark will be deducted for single correct answer MCQs.

The eligibility criteria for appearing in NEST 2023 require that candidates have completed their class XII (or equivalent) examination with a minimum of 60% aggregate marks (55% for SC/ST/PwD candidates) from a recognized board.

Candidates who are appearing for their class XII exams in 2023 can also apply, provided they meet the eligibility criteria by August 2023.

The selection process for the 5-year Integrated MSc Program will be based solely on the performance of candidates in the NEST 2023 exam. The final merit list will be prepared based on the marks obtained by candidates in the exam, and the top candidates will be offered admission to the program.

Important Dates

  • Release of Application Form: 27th February 2023
  • Last Date to Fill the Application Form: 17th May 2023
  • Correction Facility (Tentative): To be announced

Application Form Guidelines

  • The application form will only be available through online mode, and no other mode of application will be accepted.
  • Candidates must register with a valid and working Email ID and phone number.
  • The application form will only be available for eligible candidates, so candidates must confirm their eligibility before applying.
  • Candidates must fill out the application form carefully and upload the necessary documents.
  • The authority may or may not provide a correction facility, so candidates should fill out the application form with utmost care.

Documents Required for Application

  • Passport size photograph & signature of the candidate in jpg/ jpeg format, with a maximum size of 80 kb.
  • Graduation degree/ mark sheet
  • Left-hand thumb impression of the candidate
  • Class 10th certificate of the candidate
  • Postcard size photograph of the candidate, etc.

NEST 2023 Exam Pattern

  • Mode of Examination: Computer-Based Test (CBT) online exam.
  • Questions Type: Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs).
  • Time Duration: 4 hours
  • Total Marks: 200
  • Sections: 4 different sections – physics, chemistry, mathematics, and biology. Each subject contains 17 questions, out of which 12 will be single correct answer MCQs and 5 will be multiple correct answer MCQs.
  • Marking Scheme: 2.5 marks for single correct answer MCQs and 4 marks for multiple correct answer MCQs.
  • Negative Marking: No marks will be deducted for multiple correct answer MCQs, and 1 mark will be deducted for single correct answer MCQs.


NEST 2023 Application Form details and guidelines have been provided above. Interested candidates must fill out the application form with utmost care and keep the necessary documents handy. They must also prepare for the exam by following the prescribed exam pattern.

NEST 2023 is one of the most sought-after entrance exams for students who aspire to pursue a career in science. With the exam date announced, candidates now have ample time to prepare and give their best shot at cracking NEST 2023. For more details and updates on NEST 2023, candidates can visit the official website,


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