NSTSE Exam Pattern 2022

The Unified Council conducts the National Level Science Talent Search Examination (NSTSE) every year for students from Class I to Class XII. The NSTSE aims at identifying students who have a strong conceptual understanding of various topics at their level. The focus of the NSTSE is on the fundamentals and the students are expected to think and answer the questions, and not simple recall and write.

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The questions are based on the CBSE syllabus. The question paper is also considered appropriate for students from various other boards of education.

Exam Pattern of NSTSE 2022

The Unified Council NSTSE 2022 exam pattern will vary per grade, and we have attempted to compile some information on the subject.

  • Exam Mode: The Unified Council NSTSE 2022 exam will be held in schools;  it will also be available online this year.
  • The applicants will be awarded one point for each right answer.
  • Negative Marking: For the Unified Council NSTSE 2022 exam, there will be no negative marking.
  • For the Unified Council NSTSE 2022, applicants will have 60 minutes to complete their paper.

The questions for all the classes are objective-type and no negative marks are given for wrong answers. The duration of the examination is 90 minutes for all classes.

Class I



Mathematics 15
General Science 25
Total 40

Class II

Mathematics 20
Science 30
Total 50

Class III to Class V

Mathematics 25
Science 30
General Questions 05
Total 60

Class VI to X

Biology 25
Chemistry 10
Physics 10
Mathematics 10
General Questions 05
Total 60

Class XI and Class XII (PCM)

Mathematics 25
Chemistry 15
Physics 15
General Questions 05
Total 60

Class XI and Class XII (PCB)

Biology 25
Chemistry 15
Physics 15
General Questions 05
Total 60

Read more: NSTSE Syllabus

NSTSE Pointers

  • The secret to success is to practise: Make the most of your practice time. Practice accounts for 70% of your NSTSE preparation. BYJU’S question bank has many questions to help you understand and reinforce ideas in each chapter. Take simulated tests at the national level: To increase your efficiency at answering questions, provide timed mock tests in a truly exam-like setting.
  • Don’t let your doubts hold you back. To obtain an immediate response, discuss and clarify them with BYJU’S Subject Experts. Investigate the most reliable sources: The basic resources you’ll need for NSTSE are NCERT and a few recommended books. BYJU’S curates the greatest study materials from across the web to assist you in improving your preparation.
  • It is important to revise: Keep revising notes whenever you go over a formula or topic.

Frequently Asked Questions on NSTSE Exam pattern 2022


Who is eligible for taking the NSTSE Examination?

Students who have completed ICSE, ISC, or any other State board are eligible to take this test. Only CBSE students are qualified to take the NSTSE exam, according to the eligibility requirements. Regardless of their school board, any student in grades 1 to 10 as well as 11-12 (PCB or PCM) may apply for the NSTSE test.

Is there a negative marking system in the NSTSE?

There are no negative consequences for erroneous answers because all of the questions are objective. For all classes, the test will take 60 minutes.

What will the NSTSE syllabus be for Class 9 of the UP Board?

Only questions from your official UP Board Class 9 syllabus will be asked in the NSTSE test. Since NCERT and the UP Board are working in the same direction, the syllabus for all K-12 exams is the same.

How much does the NSTSE application form cost?

The standard NSTSE application form costs Rs.354. Exam Registration Fee, Success Series Book, and two Previous Question Papers are all included.

How can I apply for the NSTSE 2022 exam?

Interested candidates can enrol either individually or through their schools by submitting an application online.