National Level Science Talent Search Examination – NSTSE 2018

NSTSE 2018

What is NSTSE?

The National Level Science Talent Search Examination or commonly known as NSTSE is a skill test conducted by the Unified Council, a professionally managed progressive organization, with its objective to identify and nurture the best brains of the country in the science discipline. Being a curriculum based examination, the NSTSE critically assess a student’s strengths and weaknesses on the basis of concepts. Unlike the regular examinations, it measures what and how well a student has understood the fundamentals instead of memorizing the existing facts.

The Unified Council has been successfully conducting NSTSE in India, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Yemen, Indonesia, Oman, Kuwait, Russia, Nepal, Libya, Bahrain, Iran, and Tanzania. Since its inception in 1998, the Council has been working consistently towards testing and promoting talented young minds instilling a competitive spirit among them and ensuring their bright and enterprising future through tests like NSTSE.

NSTSE Important Dates


Important Dates

Last Date for receipt of Application Forms October 21st, 2017
Hall Tickets Availability January 24th, 2018
NSTSE Exam (1st Level) Jan 24th and Feb 4th, 2018
Declaration of Results To be Announced Shortly

NSTSE Eligibility

Students of classes I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI (PCM), XI (PCB), XII (PCM) and XII (PCB) can participate, provided their schools are registered with the NSTSE. However, individual entries are also accepted in case the school is not tied up with the NSTSE. The registration forms, prospectus and all other relevant details regarding the event are sent out to the registered schools. A nominal participation fee of Rs 200 is charged.

NSTSE Exam Pattern

The NSTSE exam is a 90 minutes MCQ patterned test. The question paper is different for each class.


Number of Questions


Class 2nd 50 Questions 50 Marks
Class 3rd 75 Questions 75 Marks
Class 4th to 12th 100 Questions 100 Marks

The NSTSE syllabus is the one prescribed by the CBSE, ICSE and various state boards. However, NSTSE sample papers are also available online. There is no negative marking for the wrong answers.

Class 1st 2nd 3rd 4th & 5th 6th to 10th 11th & 12th (PCM) 11th & 12th (PCB)
Subject Question Count
Mathematics 25 25 40 45 25 40
General Science 15 25 35 45
General Questions 10 10 10 10
Physics 25 25 25
Chemistry 20 25 25
Biology 20 40
Total Questions 40 50 75 100 100 100 100

NSTSE Selection Procedure

The NSTSE exam is conducted at two levels:

A. Level 1 is conducted at the schools and at selected test centers. The top 500 participants from class II to XII across the nation along with top 20 from each class are selected for Level 2.

B. Level 2 is conducted at the nearest State Headquarters on the basis of which the final NSTSE results are declared. Level 2 is not held for the students of the 1st standard.

NSTSE Results And Ranking

The performance of a participant is gauged on the basis of his individual score compiled in a Student Performance Report (SPR). The SPR provides a detailed analysis of strong and weak areas of the student 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 at its official website.

NSTSE Scholarships

The top 100 rankers are declared as ALL INDIA achievers. State wise and city wise (for selected cities) achievers are declared. School and class toppers are also declared. The student who achieves the highest percentage of marks among all classes is the NSTSE topper and is awarded Rs 2,00,000 cash prize. All National, State & City Rankers are awarded a voucher worth Rs 400. Participation Certification is provided to each student.

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