NEST Exam Pattern 2019

Last Updated - January 23 2018

NEST 2019 Exam Format describes the paper format, subject-wise marking scheme, distribution of marks, time period and others such. Aspirants can check in detailed NEST Exam Format further in the article. It is released by the examination organizing authority along with syllabus, advisable books and marks distribution online on the official website of NEST.

NEST 2019 is an online exam to be finished in 3 hours period. Each section is of 50 marks except General Aptitude which consists of questions for 30 marks. There is no fixed syllabus for the General Aptitude section. NEST syllabus contains 11th and 12th-grade level Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology. A total of 230 objective type questions will be asked. The question paper includes 5 sections – General Aptitude, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology.

It is organized jointly by National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar and Mumbai University - Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CEBS), Mumbai. Students who are interested in getting admission in five-year integrated MSc. programme in basic sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics) provided at NISER as well as UM-DAE CEBS.

Highlights on NEST 2019 Exam Format

Exam methodOnline method
Number of papers1
Number of questions230
Number of sections5
Question paper typeObjective
NEST total marks230
Exam period180 minutes
Exam languageEnglish

NEST Exam Format 2019 Details

NEST 2019 exam is organized in the online method by National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar and Mumbai University - Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CEBS), Mumbai at a center issued to aspirants mentioned on their respective NEST Hall Ticket. A total of 230 multiple choice questions will be asked in the test, which obligatory to be finished within a period of 3 hours. The five sections in NEST question paper have various weight as tabulated below:

SectionNumber of questions
General Aptitude30

The examination organizing authority designs NEST questions in order to evaluate the understanding ability of aspirant in a subject or section.

NEST 2019 Marking Scheme

National Entrance Screening Test 2019 will be of 230 marks in total. General Aptitude will be for 30 marks whereas Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, and Biology will carry 50 marks each. Marking scheme of NEST 2019 differs from section to section. The question paper will be divided into 5 sections wherein all questions carry equal weight except General Aptitude. Few key points for the marking scheme are bulleted below:

  • Other sections like Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology have negative marking.
  • Some questions might have one or more accurate responses for which marks can only be acquired by marking all accurate responses and no inaccurate response.
  • The Number of questions might change every year for NEST exam.
  • Section 1-General Ability has no negative marking. No marks are deducted for any wrong response.

Note: All the details mentioned in this article are tentative and subject to change as per discretion. Aspirants are advised to check with them on the official website of the NEST.

NEST Syllabus 2019

The syllabus of NEST 2019 exam is segregated into five sections respectively and it is compulsory for aspirants to be from Science background so that they’d be at ease in attempting all the sections in the question paper.

The syllabus decided by National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar and Mumbai University - Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CEBS), Mumbai, obligatory to be understood by aspirants in order to score good marks.

Syllabus for General Ability

  • Passage type questions from science will also be there in this section.
  • Questions from subjects like History, Geography, Science, Mathematics, English, General Knowledge, and Present Affairs are asked.
  • There would be questions about the history of Science and Mathematics.
  • Additionally, it comprises Class 10th mathematical ability questions.
  • There is no specific syllabus prescribed in this section.

Syllabus for Physics

  • Mechanics: Projectiles. Uniform circular motion. Relative velocity. Newton’s laws of motion. Inertial and uniformly accelerated (linear only) frames of reference, Kinetic, and potential energy, Impulse, Systems of particles, Kinematics in one and two dimensions (Cartesian coordinates only).
  • Rotational Dynamics: Moment of inertia, the moment of inertia of uniform bodies with simple geometrical shapes. Angular momentum, Torque, Equilibrium of rigid bodies, parallel and perpendicular axes theorems, Young’s modulus.
  • General: Dimensional analysis, Units, and dimensions, significant figures, least count, measurement of length, time, mass, temperature, potential difference, Modes of measurement (Direct, Indirect, Null), present and resistance.
  • Sound: Longitudinal and transverse waves, Resonance (qualitative understanding), superposition of waves. Improvmentsive and stationary waves, Plane wave motion, Beats, Vibration of strings and air columns, Speed of sound in gases, Doppler Effect.
  • Thermal physics: Blackbody radiation - absorptive and emissive powers, liquids and gases. Calorimetric Problems, Stefan’s law, latent heat. Heat organization in one dimension, Newton’s law of cooling.
  • Fluids: Rigid body, Stoke’s and Poiseuille’s law, Reynolds number, Buoyancy, Surface energy and surface tension. The pressure in a fluid, Dynamics of rigid bodies with fixed axis of rotation, Pascal’s law, capillary rise. Viscosity –Terminal velocity, Bernoulli’s theorem, Qualitative understanding of turbulence, Streamline flow, the equation of continuity.
12th Standard topics at a glance
Electromagnetic InductionModern PhysicsX-rays
Ray OpticsWave OpticsSemiorganizeors

Syllabus for Mathematics

  • Binomial theorem for the positive integral index, properties of binomial coefficients.
  • Algebra: Algebra of complex numbers, addition, multiplication, conjugation, polar representation, properties of modulus and principal argument, triangle inequality, cube roots of unity, geometric interpretations.
  • Matrices as a rectangular array of real numbers, equality of matrices, addition, multiplication by a scalar and product of matrices, transpose of a matrix, determinant of a square matrix of order up to three.
  • Arithmetic, Permutations and combinations, geometric and harmonic improvmentsions, arithmetic, geometric and harmonic means, sums of finite arithmetic and geometric improvmentsions, infinite geometric series.
  • Quadratic equations with real coefficients, Logarithms and their properties, computation of the probability of events using permutations and combinations, the patternion of quadratic equations with given roots, relations between roots and coefficients solutions of simultaneous linear equations in two or three variables, symmetric functions of roots.
  • Probability: Addition and multiplication rules of probability, conditional probability, Bayes Theorem, symmetric and skew-symmetric matrices and their properties, independence of events.

Syllabus for Chemistry

Physical Syllabus
Mole ConceptAtomic StructureChemical Bonding
ThermodynamicsChemical KineticsSolid State
SolutionsSurface ChemistryColloids
Hydrogen ElementDurationic Tables-block Elements
p-block Elementsd-block Elementsf-block Elements
Coordination CompoundsMetallurgyMetals and Non-Metals

Syllabus for Organic Chemistry

  • Alkanes: Wurtz reaction, Preparation, Combustion and halogenation of alkanes, properties and reactions, Idea of homologous series, Mechanism of photo-halogenation.
  • Alkenes and Alkynes: Acid-catalyzed hydration of alkenes and alkynes (excluding the stereochemistry), Ozonolytic, Markownikoff rule, Reduction of alkenes and alkynes, Addition reactions of alkynes, Isomerization.
  • Aromatic compounds: Friedel-Crafts alkylation and acylation (No mechanism) Huckel theory of aromaticity, Aromaticity, Structure of benzene, Isomerism in substituted benzenes.
  • Reactive intermediates: structure and stability of - carbocation, carbanion and free radical, Patternion, Hemolytic and heterolytic bond cleavages.
  • Haloalkanes (Alkyl halides): Alcohols, Halogen exchange reaction, olefins, Nucleophilic substitution reactions of alkyl halides with various nucleophilic species, Grignard reagent and its reaction.
  • Isomerism: Geometrical isomerism, Racemic mixture, Chirality Structural and stereoisomerism, Conpatternions of ethane and butane (Newman projections), Optical isomerism of compounds.
  • Nomenclature: IUPAC of only hydrocarbons, monofunctional and bi-functional compounds, including benzene derivatives, IUPAC nomenclature of simple organic compounds.
  • Hybridizations of carbon, hyperconjugation, Sigma and pi-bonds, Recurrentation of organic compounds, Shapes of simple organic molecules, electromeric effect, resonance effect, Inductive effect, Determination of empirical and molecular formulae.

Syllabus for Biology

BiotechnologyHumans and EnvironmentGenetics
EvolutionBiology of Animal SystemsReproduction
EcologyBiology of Plant SystemsAnatomy
Human Health and DiseasesEcosystemsPhysiology

NEST 2019 Advisable Books

Below-mentioned is some books advisable for aspirants appearing for NEST 2019 exam.

Book NameAuthor
Problems in PhysicsA.A Pinsky
Exercise Problems in Physics for Engineering and Medical Entrance ExamsS. Mishra
An Objective Approach to Organic ChemistryR.K. Gupta
Higher AlgebraHall and Knight

NEST 2019 Important Instructions for Exam Day

There are few important guidelines proposed by the examination organizing authority that aspirants obligatory to abide by to avoid any sort of allot on the exam day. All are bulleted below:

  • All responses obligatory to be marked on the OMR sheet.
  • They must make the use of a pen (black or blue ballpoint) on the OMR.
  • OMR sheet must be handed it over to examiner after completion of the test.
  • Any sort of writing or stray marking is not allowed on the question paper or OMR sheet.
  • Aspirants have to darken the round bubble against the response number properly.
  • Aspirants must read the instructions cautiously on the first page of the NEST 2019 question paper.
  • Aspirants must not fold or damage the OMR Sheet.

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