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NEST 2021 Exam Dates Released: From Paper Pattern to Syllabus

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The registration for National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) 2021 will be held on June 14. The registration process started on February 24 on its official website The application process will conclude on April 30. NEST is conducted to offer admission to the five-year integrated MSc programme in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics, at National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar and the University of Mumbai – Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM–DAE CEBS), Mumbai.

NEST 2021: Important dates

Opening of application: February 24

Closing of application: April 30

Release of admit card: May 20

Date of exam: June 14, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Declaration of result: June 30.

NEST 2021: Exam pattern

NEST 2021 will be conducted in computer-based test mode. The question paper will have objective (MCQ) type questions 4 sections- Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. Each section is of 50 marks each and will contain subject-specific. Candidates will have to attempt at least three sections and 4th section is optional based on their choice. The merit list for both the institutes will be prepared using the best 3 scores out of the four sections and the section with the least score will be excluded. The language of the question paper will be English only.

NEST 2021: Syllabus

NEST 2021 syllabus primarily follows the NCERT/CBSE science syllabus of class XI-XII. The detailed syllabus for NEST examination is provided below:

Biology: Cell Biology, Genetics and Evolution, Ecology, Humans and Environment, Biotechnology, Biology of Animal systems, Developmental Biology, Immunology, Biology of Plant systems, Systematics.

Chemistry: Physical Chemistry, Measurements in chemistry, Mole concept, Gaseous and liquid states, Atomic structure and chemical bonding, Thermodynamics – Thermodynamic states, Chemical equilibrium, Electrochemistry, Chemical kinetics, Solid-state, Solutions, Surface chemistry, Classification of elements and periodicity in properties, Hydrogen, s– Block elements, p– Block elements, Coordination compounds, Metals and metallurgy, Basic concepts, Reactive intermediates, Nomenclature, Alkenes and Alkynes, Aromatic compounds, Haloalkanes (Alkyl halides), Haloarenes, Alcohols, Phenols, Ethers, Aldehydes and Ketones, Carboxylic acids, Amines, Carbohydrate, Amino acids and proteins, Polymers.

Mathematics: Algebra, Quadratic equations with real coefficients, Arithmetic, geometric and harmonic progressions, Logarithms and their properties, Permutations and combinations, Addition and multiplication rules of probability, Trigonometry, Analytical geometry, Three dimensions, Differential calculus, Integral calculus, Vectors.

Physics: General, Design of some simple experiments, Graphical representation and interpretation of data, Mechanics, Law of gravitation, Rigid body, a moment of inertia, parallel and perpendicular axes theorems, Conservation of angular momentum, Hooke’s law and stress, Pressure in a fluid, Sound and mechanical waves, Thermal physics, Electricity and magnetism, Capacitance, Electromagnetic induction, Optics, Modern physics, Photoelectric effect.

The merit lists will be published separately for NISER and CEBS. A candidate is required to score equal to or above a total Minimum Admissible Percentile (MAP), to get a merit rank.

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