NEST 2016 Exam Date
The National Entrance Screening Test or NEST is a compulsory test for admission to the 5 year Integrated MSc Program in basic sciences – Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics – at National Institute of Science Education and Research ( NISER ), Bhubaneswar and University of Mumbai – Department of Atomic Energy Center for Excellence in Basic Sciences ( UM – DAE CBS ), Mumbai. Both NISER and CBS are autonomous institutions established by Department of Atomic Energy ( DAE ), Government of India, in 2007.
NEST Entrance Exam Date 2016
|NEST 2016 Exam Date : 28th May, 2016 – Saturday ( 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM )|
The NEST 2016 will be conducted at 56 major towns and cities all over India on 28th May, 2016 ( Saturday ), 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Based on the performance in NEST 2016, a common Merit List of the candidates will be prepared and posted on NEST 2016 website on 17th June, 2016. The successful candidates will be asked to participate in an admission/counselling process and the admission will strictly be according to the Merit List until all the seats are filled.
NEST 2016 Eligibility Criteria for Admission
NEST 2016 Educational Qualification : Candidates seeking admission to NISER and UM – DAE CBS for the academic session 2016 – 17 should be from science stream ( having any combination of Biology / Chemistry / Mathematics / Physics ) at class XII and must write the NEST 2016 examination. Candidates who have passed class XII examination or equivalent from any recognised Board in India in 2014 or 2015 or are appearing in 2016 are eligible for admission. Admission will be offered strictly on the basis of Merit List of NEST 2016.
Candidates securing at least 60% marks in aggregate or equivalent grade in class XII examination will be eligible for admission to NISER and CBS. However, there is no restriction on appearing for NEST. For candidates belonging to scheduled castes (SC), scheduled tribes (ST) and physical disabilities (PD) categories, the minimum requirement of marks is 55% in aggregate. Where only letter grades are available, a certificate from the Board specifying equivalent percentage of marks is required. In the absence of such a certificate, the decision of the Admissions Committee of the concerned Institution will be final.
Age Limit for NEST 2016
General and OBC category candidates born on or after August 01, 1996 are eligible for admission to the integrated M.Sc. program of NISER / CBS. The age limit is relaxed by 5 years for SC / ST / PD candidates. However, there is no restriction on appearing for NEST 2016.
Necessary certificates supporting eligibility criteria have to be furnished at the time of admission. Please also note that the offer of admission is subject to verification of all original certificates at the time of admission / counselling.
NEST 2016 Reservation of Seats
For the integrated MSc program 2016 – 21, the total number of seats at NISER and CBS are 132 and 47, respectively. Indian nationals belonging to certain categories are admitted under the seats reserved for them in accordance with the rules of the Government of India. The categories and the
extent of reservation are as follows :
1. Other Backward Classes belonging to the Non-Creamy Layer ( OBC–NCL )
27% of seats are reserved for OBC–NCL. The class should have been mentioned in the central list of OBCs ( http://www.ncbc.nic.in/User_Panel/CentralListStateView.aspx ) as of 1st June, 2015 and the certificate should have been obtained from a competent authority on or after 1st June, 2015. Candidates belonging to the creamy layer of OBC are NOT entitled for reservation. Such candidates are treated as belonging to the General ( unreserved ) category. The Socially and Educationally Backward Classes ( SEBC ) as notified by some of the State Governments are as such NOT eligible to avail any reservation unless they satisfy the OBC – NCL criteria.
2. Scheduled Caste (SC) / Scheduled Tribe (ST)
15% seats are reserved for SC and 7.5% seats for are reserved for ST categories. The benefit of reservation will be given only to those castes and tribes that are mentioned in the respective lists of corresponding states published by the Government of India ( http://socialjustice.nic.in/sclist.php and ( http://tribal.nic.in/Content/listofScheduled TribesinIndia.aspx ). The number of seats reserved for SC, ST, OBC (Non-Creamy – Layer) and PD is according to the Government of India norm. To claim seats under reserved category, relevant documents must be furnished at the time of admission. For OBC candidates, the OBC ( NCL ) certificate must have been issued on or after 01st June, 2015.
3. Person with Disabilities
3% of seats are reserved in every category, i.e., General, OBC-NCL, SC and ST. Benefit would be given to those who have at least 40% impairment irrespective of the type of disability i.e., locomotor, visual or dyslexic. Leprosy- cured candidates who are otherwise fit to pursue the course are also included in this sub – category. Candidates are advised to ensure that the certificate is in accordance with the latest guidelines of the Government of India ( visit the web site of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Department of Disability Affairs for latest information ).
4. Supernumerary Quota for students from Jammu and Kashmir
Two seats in each institution are reserved for candidates from the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The students who belong to Jammu & Kashmir and who appear for the Class XII or equivalent exam through the State Board of Jammu & Kashmir and from Central Board of Secondary Education ( CBSE ) affiliated schools located in Jammu & Kashmir are only eligible under the Supernumerary quota. ( For further details please see http://mhrd.gov.in/hi/sites/upload_files/mhrd/files/upload_document/SSSJKGuidelines.pdf ).
If selected, the candidate must produce the original certificate at the time of admission failing which the offer of admission will be cancelled.
Unfilled seats in the OBC-NCL category can be allotted to General category candidates, whereas seats remaining vacant under the SC and ST categories shall NOT be allotted to candidates belonging to other categories. The reservation for PD candidates is horizontal and hence, unfilled seats will be allotted to candidates belonging to the respective categories i.e., unfilled SC (PD) seats will be allotted to candidates belonging to the SC category and so on.