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NEST 2008 for Admission to 5 year M.Sc (Integrated) Programme at NISER, Bhubaneswar and UM-DAE CBS, Mumbai

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Department of Atomic Energy has invited application for National Entrance Screening Test Test 2008 (NEST 2008) and Admission to 5 year M.Sc (Integrated) Programme at NISER, Bhubaneswar and UM-DAE CBS, Mumbai.

National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar
NISER has been set up by the Department of Atomic Energy, government of India starting from academic year 2007-2008 to impart high quality science education in a vibrant academic ambience, with a faculty of distinguished teachers and scientists. NISER offers a 5-year integrated M.Sc. Programme in basic sciences after 10+2 (or equivalent) schooling. The institute has four major schools –in mathematical, physical, chemical and biological science. At present, NISER functions from the beautiful campus of the Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar, a renowned institute with state-of-the-art infrastructure that includes an excellent library, a large compute center and several research laboratories. Degrees at NISER will be awarded by the Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI), a Deemed-to-be- University within the Department of Atomic Energy. There will be 40 seats with reservations for SC/ST candidates and persons with disability (PD) as per Government of India norms.

UM-DAE Centre of Excellence in Basic Sciences, Mumbai
The Department of Atomic Energy, /Government of India an University of Mumbai, have set up in Mubai a new autonomous Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences from the academic year 2008-2008, that offers a 5-year M.Sc. (Integrated) programme in the basic sciences. UM-DAE CBS, MUMBAI is to be an international class center for high-quality teaching embedded in a vibrant postgraduate and research environment, with some of the best teachers and scientist from major institutes in the city (TIFR, BARC, IIT Bombay) and the University of its faculty. The Centr is located in the Kailina campus of University of Mumbai. Degrees at UM-DAE CBS will be awarded by the 150-year-old University of Mumbai.

Tentatively there will be 20 seats (in Physics and Life Sciences streams only) with reservations as per Government norms, includeing reservation for persons with disability (PD).

Both the institute are residential campuses, with suitable accommodation and boarding facilities. The academic progrmmmes of both institutes where a balanced semester-based course structure with continuous assessment within a flexible, seamless curriculum that emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of science in the 21st century and vigorously seeks to inculcate the nations of exploration, innovation and research so as to develop a pool of talented and motivated scientific personnel for he receive a monthly scholarship of Rs. 3000/- and an annual contingency grant.

ELIGIBILITY FOR ADMISSION: (i) Qualification: 60% marks for general category (55% for reserved categories and PD candidates) in aggregate (or equivalent grade) in Class XII (or equivalent) examination, from any recognized Board in India. Students who have passed the qualifying examination in 2007 or are appearing in 2008 are eligible to apply. Where only Letter grade is available a certificate from the Board specifying equivalent percentage marks will be required. In the absence of such a certificate the decision of the respective admission committees will be final (ii) Age Limit: Candidate born or after 01 Oct. 1983 are eligible to apply, relaxable by 5 years for reserved categories and PD candidates.

ADMISSION PROCEDURE: A National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) will be conducted at a number of centers in India on Sunday, 20th April, 2008 by the ANEST cell at UM-DAT, CBS, MUMBAI. The test will consist of five sections: (1) General (compulsory), (2) Mathematics, (3) Physics, (4) Chemistry and (5) Biology. Of section (2-5), which will carry equal weight age of marks, any there will have to be selected. The questions will be of objective type designed to test comprehension and analytical abilities. Appearing in NEST is compulsory for all those seeing admission to NISER and/or UM-DAE CBS. Candidates short-listed on the basis of their performance in NEST 2008 will be called for interviews that will be held, on different dates, in Bhubaneswar and Mumbai. The combined NEST and the interview scores will determine the final selection.

Application form and information brochure can be downloaded form the websites (; ( or obtained free by sending a self addressed envelop of size 30cmx24cm to The Chief Coordinator – NEST 2008, Annabhau Sathe Bhavan, University of Mumbai, (Kalina Campus), Vidyanagari, Santacruz (E), Mumbai-400098.

COMPLETED APPLICATION FORM ALONG WITH APPLICATION FEE SHOULD REACH The Chief Coordinator, NEST 2008 at the above address not later than February 9, 2008.

Application fee: There is a single application fee of Rs.500/- (general category male candidates)/ Rs. 250/- (reserved categories/PD and all female candidates), by DD in favour of CBS-NEST, payable at Mumbai.

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