Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 29:
A total of 46,617 students in the country will appear in the National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) tomorrow for admission to the 5-year Integrated M.Sc program in basic sciences – Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics – in the National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar and University of Mumbai across 79 centres in the country, including 20 in Odisha.
The entrance test, scheduled to begin from 9.30 AM to 1 PM, will be held at 79 centres in the country.
Of the 20 centres set up in seven cities in Odisha, 11 are in Bhubaneswar.
Talking to the media, Dr Pranay Swain, dean, NISER, said the test will be held for admission to 100 seats.
“This year, we have added eight more centres with two centres in Bolangir and Rourkela in Odisha. The other six new centres are Ghaziabad, Kanpur, Jamshedpur, Dharwad, Jodhpur and Thrissur”, he added.
He said preparatory work for conducting the test is completed.
“We have sent our observers who have already arrived at their respective centres. Besides, the local administration in these areas have cooperated with us by providing all necessary requirements for smooth conduct of the Test,” Swain informed.
As per rules, the candidates must reach the test centre at least half an hour before the start of the examination. They will not be allowed to enter the examination hall after 10.00 am. The earliest a candidate can leave the examination hall is 10.30 AM, unless it becomes necessary to leave before on medical grounds. They must bring their admit card and their school photo identity card or any photo-ID issued by government agencies to the examination hall
Any candidate found adopting unfair means will be expelled from the examination hall without warning.
The question paper will consist of five sections of objective (MCQ) type questions carrying 60 marks in each section.
Section 1 is the general section and is compulsory for all candidates. There will be no negative marking in general section.
There will be subject specific questions from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics in Section II where the candidates are permitted to attempt as many subject-sections as they wish. However, only the best three subject-scores along with the score in the general section will be counted for evaluation and merit list preparation.
The questions are designed to test candidates’ subject comprehension and analytical ability.
There will be negative marking for incorrect answers. Some questions may have one or more correct answers for which marks can only be earned by marking all correct answers and no wrong answer. The answers to each question are to be marked on an OMR (Optical Mark Recognition) sheet.
The syllabus for NEST 2015 primarily follows the NCERT/ CBSE science syllabus of class XI-XII.
However, there is no specific syllabus for the general section.