National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) is a compulsory test for students
seeking admission to
National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar
and University of Mumbai â€“ Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence
in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CBS), Mumbai. Both NISER and UM-DAE CBS have
been started by Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India in 2007.
These two institutes use NEST as a sole criterion for admission to their
Their mandate is to train scientific manpower
for carrying out cutting edge scientific research and for providing input
to scientific programs of Department of Atomic Energy and other applied
science institutions in the country. The aim of this test is to find out
very talented and bright students who are motivated towards science. The
test is conducted in 37 centers across India.