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National Level Science Talent Search Examination (NSTSE) is conducted by the Unified Council with an objective to identify and nurture the best brains or the young science virtuosos of the country.
  • Field
    Assessment Exam
  • Eligibility
    Students of classes 2 to 12
  • Subjects
    Chemistry, Physics and Maths
  • Applicants
  • Questions Type
    Objective MCQs
  • Difficulty Level
    Medium to Hard
  • Time to Prepare
    2 years
  • When
    March to April

All you need to know about NSTSE


Facts, Syllabus & Pattern

  • What is NSTSE?
  • Syllabus for NSTSE
  • Exam Pattern for NSTSE

How to apply for NSTSE

  • Eligibility Criteria for NSTSE
  • Registration for NSTSE
  • Application Fee for NSTSE
  • Admit Card for NSTSE

Important Dates

  • Exam Dates for NSTSE
  • NSTSE Selection Process

Results and Cut-off

How to Prepare for NSTSE

  • Preparation Tips for NSTSE
  • Sample Papers for NSTSE
  • Previous Years’ Papers for NSTSE

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What is NSTSE?

  • The NSTSE stands for National Level Science Talent Search Examination.
  • A student of any class who achieves 100% marks is awarded a prize of Rs. 2,00,000.
  • If no student achieves this, then the student who achieves the highest percentage of marks among all the classes, is awarded Rs.1,00,000.
  • It is conducted by the Unified Council, a professionally managed progressive organization, with an objective to identify and nurture the best brains or the young science virtuosos of the country.

Syllabus for NSTSE

  • NSTSE is based on the CBSE syllabus and 85% of the syllabus is considered for setting the NSTSE question paper.
  • The question papers are also suitable for students following ICSE/ISC and various other state board syllabi.
  • Students of classes 2 to 10, Class 11 (PCM), Class 11(PCB), Class 12 (PCM), Class 12 (PCB) are eligible to participate in this examination.

Exam Pattern for NSTSE

  • There is a separate question paper for each class.
  • All questions are objective-type with no negative marking for wrong answers.
  • The medium for the exam is English
Class No. of Questions Marks








100 each

100 each

Distribution of Marks
Class Subject Marks
Class II Mathematics 25
General Science 25
Class III Mathematics 40
General Science 35
Classes IV and V Mathematics 45
General Science 45
General Questions 10
Biology 20
Classes VI to X Mathematics 25
Physics 25
Chemistry 20
Classes XI to XII (PCM) Mathematics 40
Physics 25
Chemistry 25
General Questions 10
Classes XI and XII (PCB) Biology 40
Physics 25
General Questions 10

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Eligibility Criteria for NSTSE

Students of classes 2 to 10, Class 11 (PCM), Class 11(PCB), Class 12 (PCM), Class 12 (PCB) are eligible to participate in this examination.

Registration for NSTSE

  • Students who wish to enroll, should fill and download the registration form.
  • The duly filled in registration form should be accompanied by a demand draft for Rs.300, drawn in favor of UNIFIED COUNCIL payable at Hyderabad.
  • This fee includes the Examination Fee, Success series book, Set of Previous Question Papers (MQP), Student’s Performance Report (SPR) and postal charges.
  • You may also register by paying online at, using Credit, Debit card or through NET Banking.
  • You will receive the Success Series / MQP within 5 weeks from the date the council receives your registration form.
  • Receiving books can be implied as an acknowledgment of the receipt of your registration form.
  • If you do not receive any book within 5 weeks, please e-mail/call the provided contacts with your registration details such as full name, class, D. D. amount, address, phone number, school name and test center chosen.

View an important note regarding registration.

  • You may make photocopies of the blank registration form and use for your friends’ registrations for participating in NSTSE 2018.
  • If a single envelope is being used by more than one student applying together, then the examination fee can also be sent together through a single demand draft.
  • Registration forms are not accepted through Fax/e-mail.

Application Fee for NSTSE

Individual Registration:

Exam Fee: Rs.300 (The fee includes set of previous question papers, SPR, Success Series and postal charges)

Registration through School:
  • Examination Fee: Rs.120
  • Model Question Papers: Rs. 40
    If you want to refer to previous years’ question papers, you can add Rs. 40 for a set of question papers ( This set is a combination of previous NSTSE question papers and model question papers)
  • Students Performance Report: Rs. 15

Admit Card for NSTSE

If you do not receive your Admit Card by 6th December 2018, should contact them by phone/e-mail immediately, mentioning all the necessary details as above or download the Admit Card here.

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Exam Dates for NSTSE

Events Important Dates
Last date for receipt of application forms 30th September 2018
Hall ticket availability 6th December 2018
NSTSE exam for school candidates 7th December 2018
NSTSE exam for Direct/Individual candidates 16th December 2018
Release of Answer Key Second week of February 2019
Declaration of results Second week of March 2019

NSTSE Selection Process

  • The NSTSE exam is conducted at two levels
  • Level 1 is conducted at the schools and at some selected test centers.
  • The top 500 participants from Class 2 to 12 across the nation along with top 20 from each class are selected for Level 2.
  • Level 2 is conducted at the nearest State Headquarters.
  • On the basis of this test, the final NSTSE results are declared.
  • Level 2 is not held for the students of the 1st standard.

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  • Your performance is measured on the basis of your individual score compiled in a Student Performance Report (SPR).
  • The SPR provides a detailed analysis of your strong and weak areas along with the performance comparison at school, state, and national level.
  • Consolidated reports per subject and class are sent to the schools.
  • The NSTSE results are also made available on its official website.

Results of NSTSE

  • The Unified Council publishes its NSTSE 2018 results usually within a month from the date of exam commencement.
  • The NSTSE first-level exam for the year 2018 will be held on 07th and 16th December 2018.
  • The result will be declared in the second week of March 2019 by Unified Council NSTSE.
  • You must enter your registered e-mail id and 10-digit mobile number provided while you had filled the NSTSE application form.
  • You must then enter the 8-digit hall ticket number mentioned on the admit card and click ‘Search’.
  • The NSTSE result will then be displayed on your screen.
  • You must download the NSTSE 2018 results from their official website.The result will NOT be sent via post or e-mail.
  • When more than one student gets an equal top score, priority for awarding ranks will be according to marks acquired in the following specified order of subjects – Mathematics (Biology for PCB group), Physics, Chemistry, Biology and General Questions.
  • Any student who appears for the NSTSE exam gets a participation certificate and Student Performance Report.
  • The list of NSTSE 2018 toppers and top 100 winners can be found on the official website.
  • State wise list will be declared after excluding the top 100 ranks across the country.


The NSTSE 2018 Updated Answer key for the exam (from Class 1 to Class 12) with the Paper code UN423 can be found here.

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Preparation Tips for NSTSE

  • Practice is the key: Practice as much as you can. 70% of your NSTSE preparation comprises of practice. Toppr offers over 3.5 lakh questions in its question bank to help you learn and strengthen concepts in each chapter.
  • Take All-India Level mock tests: Give time-bound mock tests in a completely exam-like environment to improve your efficiency at attempting questions. Toppr offers an All India Test Series that lets you compete with other students from all over India.
  • Clear all your doubts: Don't get stuck with doubts. Discuss and clarify them with Subject Experts at Toppr to get an instant reply.
  • Study from the best sources: NCERT and several recommended books for NSTSE are the minimum resources you need. Toppr offers the best study material from all over the web to help you prepare better.
  • Revision is important: When you go through a formula or concept, maintain revision notes in the form of bullet points. Revision will be useful when the exam is close and a good revision pattern will take less time. Normally, without these notes, you would have to go through the entire chapter to understand important points once again.

Sample Papers for NSTSE

Solving sample papers and previous year papers is necessary if you want to stay ahead of the stiff competition in NSTSE 2018. It will help you prepare for the expected paper and its pattern while also assisting you in learning efficient time management.

You can also assess your own performance by practicing sample papers and judge your level of preparations for NSTSE 2018. You can find a few sample papers on the official website of NSTSE.

Previous Years’ Papers for NSTSE

Practising previous years’ NSTSE papers is important as it helps you simulate the real exam. Toppr provides you with a complete set of all question banks from previous years which you can practice to sharpen your skills.

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