Course(s) offered : 5 year Integrated M.Sc 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, Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CEBS) Mumbai.
Both NISER and CBS are autonomous institutions established by Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India, in 2007. NISER is an off-campus centre of Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI) and all academic programmes of NISER are affiliated to HBNI. Although CEBS is a DAE institution; it is physically located on the Kalina campus of University of Mumbai and the degrees to students are awarded by Mumbai University.
Scholarship : Students admitted to the programme are eligible to receive annual scholarship of Rs.60,000 either through the INSPIRE program of Department of Science and Technology or the DISHA program of Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India. In addition, the scholarship recipients receive grant of Rs.20,000 per annum for summer internship. Alumni of the programme are presently pursuing PhD at the top universities and institutes in India & abroad.
Besides, top performers at NISER and CEBS, securing overall grades above certain threshold at the end of the programme, are eligible to appear directly for the interview for admission to Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) training school.
No. of seats : Total number of seats at NISER and CEBS are 200 and 45, respectively. Two (2) supernumerary seats in each institution are reserved for candidates from the state of J&K.
Reservations : OBC (NCL) 27%, SC 15%, ST 7.5%, PD 3% in every category
Mock test : Applicants are encouraged to practice by using mock test link that will be made available on NEST 2019 web page, two weeks before the exam date. Practice sessions on computer-based test will be available for all applicants on application portal after online registration and complete submission of online application. Application portal is accessible with right login credentials only.
‘Section–wise’ Minimum Admissible Score (SMAS) or section-wise-cut–off marks
1. Total score of each candidate will be the direct sum of his/her score in the general section and his/her best three scores in the subject sections.
2. For each section, “20% of the average of the best 100 scores in that section” will be considered as Section–wise Minimum Admissible Score (SMAS).
3. SMAS for different sections can obviously be of different numerical value.
4. SMAS for OBC students would be 90% of respective SMAS for general category students.
5. SMAS for SC/ST/PwD students would be 50% of respective SMAS for general category students.
Overall cut-off or Minimum Admissible Percentile (MAP)
(a) In addition to SMAS, a candidate is required to score equal to or above a total Minimum Admissible Percentile (MAP), to get a merit rank.
i. MAP for NEST 2019 is 95 percentile for general category candidates
ii. MAP for NEST 2019 is 90 percentile for OBC candidates
iii. MAP for NEST 2019 is 75 percentile for SC/ST/PwD candidates
(b) A candidate scoring less than the above MAP in total (general section + three best scored subjects) would not be allotted any merit rank and would not be deemed eligible for admission, even if he/she secures SMAS in all sections.
Separate merit lists : Separate merit lists shall be prepared for NISER and CEBS as per criteri narrated below :
(a) A candidate is required to score equal to or above a total Minimum Admissible Percentile (MAP), to get a merit rank.
b) A candidate must score equal to or more than the respective SMAS in the general section as well as in all four (any three for CEBS merit list preparation) subject sections.
(c) Score for the general section along with three best scores from the remaining subject sections will be considered for the merit rank.
(d) If percentiles of two or more candidates become equal (i.e. in the case of tie), candidates with higher score in the general section will get a better rank.
(e) If the tie persists, then the best scores in the subject section of the two students would be compared. The student with the better score in any of the subject section would get a better rank.
(f) If the tie still persists, the students would be given same provisional rank at the time of declaration of the result and the tie would be broken by comparing class 12th marks and date of birth in that order, during admission/counselling.