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19th NEST Scholarship 2018

SEMCI INDIA conducts the Nationwide Education and Scholarship Test (NEST) on the last Sunday of January every year at their test centres in all major cities across India. The purpose of conducting a series of such periodical tests is to ignite students interest in pursuing accurate knowledge and to prepare them for competitive skills, such as CAT, GATE, GRE, TOEFL and various other tests for admissions to higher studies in good institutes as well as for jobs in reputed companies. Only bona fide students registered in colleges appearing in 2018 exams are eligible for this scholarship. Class 12th students of Science can also apply for NEST Senior I Category.

Latest Announcement: – All Students who’ve passed class 12th in 2016 or 2017 & now if they are now preparing for any entrance exams like JEE/NEET, etc for admission to Engg/Med/Other courses, are also eligible to apply for NEST Senior I Category of NEST Scholarships.

NEST is especialy designed to students’ choice, skills and interests as is essential at this stage of their education. Moreover, they also get instant cash prizes of handsome amounts and certificates of appreciation as incentives for their outstanding and exemplary performance in the test. Please see the eligibility criteria for the two categories of NEST in the following details.

Important Dates

  • Last date of submission of Application Form : 30 Sep 2017. There is late fee of Rs. 100/- in October & November 2017 and Rs. 200/- in Dec 2017
  • Result : Result will be declared and displayed in the Result menu of official website on 05 Apr 2018. You will be able to download your score card and certificate of appreciation from official website in the 1st week of Jun 2018.

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Application Form

Candidates have to fill the application form on or before 30 Sept 2017.

Participation Fee:

NEST I: Rs. 600/- (Rupees six hundred only). Add late fees as / if required.

NEST II: Rs. 700/- (Rupees seven hundred only). Add late fees as / if required.

Further, You can add Rs. 300/- (Rupees three hundred only) if you want unsolved NEST I & II question paper of the last six years. (2006-2011) of NEST I & II.

Eligibility Criteria

Categories NEST-I NEST-II
Eligibility 1st & 2nd Year Degree of –
1. Engineering
3. BCA & BSc All
4. Diploma Engg. (Only Final Year)
5. 12th (Science)
3rd & 4th Year Degree of –
1. Engineering
3. BCA & BSc (only Computer & IT)
Amount & No. Of Scholarships 10 or more scholarships of Rs. 35, 000 /- each with Rs. 75,000/- to Rank No. 1 in this category 10 or more scholarships of Rs. 40,000 /- each with Rs. 100,000/- to Rank No. 1 in this category

In a Category / Group of Minimum 1000+ candidates all over India. Thereafter, there is at least one scholarship in every 200 candidates on average in order to maintain competitiveness in the contest.

Certificates: Certificates of Appreciation shall be awarded to all candidates who score 40% and above in aggregate of all the five sections in the test.


The content, pattern and style of this test is similar to any other tests of objective type with Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), Fill in blanks and Yes/No types of questions as, for example, in CET, CAT, GATE, GRE, TOEFL, etc,Thus, any books that prepare you for these tests oil also help you for NEST. Please find relevant study material yourself to prepare for this test. We do not prescribe any books on the subject.

The test comprises of five sections as given below:

Section Subject No. of 
i NEST-1: Physics & Chemistry (Class XI & XII – advanced level) OR
NEST-II: Technical Aptitude -Choose any One Group., A/ B/ C/ D
50 50
II Mathematics OR Biology (Class XI & XII – advanced level) 50 50
Ill Verbal Aptitude (English Language) 50 50
Iv Logical Thinking (Reasoning) 25 25
v General Knowledge 25 25
Total All Sections / Subjects in Two (02) Hours 200

** NEST-II candidates will choose any one group from the following:
A = Comp/IT/Elerffelecom/Elect/Instr; B = Mech/Prod/Auto.
C = Civil/Cons/Arch; D = MBBS/BAMS/BHMS/BUMS/BDS

Test Centres: Currently Test Centres are available only in 65 major cities in India, such as Agra, Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Amritsar, Aurangabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Bhubaneshware, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Cuttack, Dehradun, Delhi & NCR, Dhanbad, Durgapur, Ernakulam (Cochin), Gangtok, Goa, Gorakhpur, Guwahati, Gwalior, Hubli, Hyderabad, Indore, Itanagar, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Jammu, Jamshedpur, Jhansi, Kanpur, Kolhapur, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Latur, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Madurai, Mangalore, Meerut, Mumbai & Suburbs, Mysore, Nagpur, Nashik, Nellore, Patna, Pondicherry, Pune, Rajahmundry, Rajkot, Raipur, Ranchi, Rohtak, Rourkela, Shimla, Srinagar, Trichy, Trivandrum, Vadodara, Varanasi, Vijaywada, Visakhapatnam etc.

Grading of Marks:

Grade A+ From 90% to 100% From 180 to 200 Marks
Grade A 80% and below 90% From 160 to 179 Marks
Grade B+ 70% and below 80% From 140 to 159 Marks
Grade B 60% and below 70% From 120 to 139 Marks
Grade C+ 50% and below 60% From 100 to 119 Marks
Grade C 40% and below 50% From 80 to 99 Marks

Note: Please also go through other important instructions as –

  • There is no need for any attestation, verification or recommendation.
  • Do not attach any other documents except DD with the application form.
  • Applicants can also form a group of two or more students and draw a single DD of the cumulative amount and send all the applications together in a single envelop to save their time & money.
  • It is the prerogative of the college to charge Rs. 25/- per candidate as processing fees for collection and dispatch of application to NEST office if applications are sent through school/college.

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