About NSTSE

National Level Science Talent Search Examination (NSTSE) is a diagnostic test which aims to help students enhance their learning ability and further, educational performance. Unlike any other test, NSTSE analyses how well a student has understood the concepts. A detailed feedback on the same is provided to the student to help him/her improve.

NSTSE is conducted by Unified Council which believes that focus on fundamentals is very important as major competitive exams like IIT JEE, NEET, AIIMS, GRE, GMAT, CAT test the fundamental strength of a student. It mainly emphasises on Science and Mathematics.

NSTSE has questions that require thinking ability and not just a recall. It provides detailed feedback to a student which is both skill-wise and highlights strengths and weaknesses. A student can directly register for the exam at Unified Council’s website or can also, register through school.

Each class (I to XII) has a different question paper and all the questions are objective type i.e. multiple choice questions with no negative marking for an incorrect answer.

ClassNo. of QuestionsTotal DurationMarks
Class I4060 minutes40
Class II5050
Class III to XII6060

Division of marks in question paper is explained below:

ClassDivision of Marks
Class IMathematics – 15

General Science – 25

Class IIMathematics – 20

General Science – 30

Class III-VMathematics – 25

General Science – 30

Critical Thinking – 05

Class VI-XMathematics – 25

Physics – 10

Chemistry – 10

Biology – 10

Critical Thinking – 05

Class XI-XII (PCM)Mathematics – 25

Physics – 15

Chemistry – 15

Critical Thinking – 05

Class XI-XII (PCB)Biology – 25

Physics – 15

Chemistry – 15

Critical Thinking – 05

Critical Thinking section focuses on a complex combination of skills. It includes a conscious application in real life, logical & inductive reasoning, tactics & strategies in decision making, subjective & objective analysis.

Students studying in following classes are eligible to write NSTSE:

  1. Class II-X
  2. Class XI (PCM) and XI (PCB)
  3. Class XII (PCM) and XII (PCB)

NSTSE is not conducted for students studying PCMB in Class XI/XII.

NSTSE follows CBSE syllabus but the question papers are also suitable for students of other school boards like ICSE/ISC and various State Boards/Matriculation syllabus. To know about the CBSE syllabus of class I-XII, click here.

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