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NSTSE 2020 - Registration, Exam Date, Sample Paper, Pattern

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5 October 2019

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NSTSE 2020 is a talent search exam that is conducted by Unified Council. National Level Science Talent Search Examination (NSTSE) will be conducted on 4 December 2019 for students who have registered through their school.NSTSE exam 2020 for individual/direct applicants will be held on 15 December 2019.

NSTSE registration form 2020 is available now. Only candidates who fulfil the set eligibility criteria of NSTSE 2020 can fill the registration form of NSTSE 2020. The last date for receipt of applications is 5 October 2019. Applicants whose registration form will be accepted can download NSTSE admit card 2020 in December by entering the required credentials.

NSTSE 2020 question paper will be separate for each class in English medium only. All the questions in NSTSE will be of objective type with no negative marking. The maximum time allotted to complete the NSTSE exam 2020 for each class is 60 minutes. After the conclusion of the exam, NSTSE answer key 2020 will be uploaded in the second week of February. Students can calculate their probable marks using the answer key.

NSTSE result will be announced in the second week of March 2020 displaying the marks secured in the test. Read the article NSTSE 2020 for more information on dates, eligibility, registration process, paper pattern, syllabus and result from this page.

NSTSE Full Form

Often, students get confused about NSTSE full form, in order to clear this basic doubt of students, it has been hereby stated that NSTSE full form is the National Level Science Talent Examination.

NSTSE 2020 Dates, Exam Date

Events Dates
NSTSE Last date to apply 5 October 2019
NSTSE Admit Card December 2019
NSTSE Exam Date for Other candidates 4 December 2019
NSTSE Exam Date
(For Individual and Direct Applicants)
15 December 2019
(10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.)
NSTSE Result Date The second week of March 2020


NSTSE Registration 2020

The registration form of NSTSE 2020 has been started. The Unified Council accepts NSTSE registration forms in two ways-

NSTSE Individual Registration - Aspirants can use the link provided on this page and fill the application form. The payment can be done in online mode through credit/debit cards and Net Banking

Registration through school - Candidates need to download and take a printout of the application form. Fill the form carefully and submit it to their respective schools. The payment will be done through Demand Draft which will be drawn in favour of UNIFIED COUNCIL payable at HYDERABAD.

NSTSE 2020 Registration Fee

The prescribed amount of fees must be paid for the final submission of NSTSE registration form 2020.

Mode of Registration

NSTSE registration fee

Through School

 Rs. 150

Through Individual

Rs. 300

NSTSE registration fee can be paid in the following modes:

  • NSTSE online registration fee can be paid through credit/debit cards or net banking
  • Applicants who will be submitting the registration form of NSTSE 2020 through school must pay the application fee in the form of DD drawn in favour of Unified Council payable at Hyderabad

NSTSE 2020 Admit Card

The admit card of NSTSE 2020 can be downloaded by aspirants whose Application form will be accepted. NSTSE admit card 2020 will be available in December. Applicants must enter the reference number to download the NSTSE hall ticket 2020. The details mentioned in the admit card must be verified and in case of any discrepancy, students must contact the admission authority. NSTSE hall ticket displays name, date of birth, reference number, roll number, NSTSE exam date as well as time and exam centre details. It is mandatory to carry the admit card of NSTSE 2020 at the exam centre for verification purpose. No applicant will not be allowed to enter the examination hall without hall ticket/admit card. The candidates can also download NSTSE Admit Card 

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NSTSE Eligibility Criteria

Before applying for NSTSE exam 2020, candidates must go through the eligibility criteria set by the authority to check whether they are eligible or not. NSTSE eligibility criteria are as follows

  • Aspirants studying in Class 2 to 12 can apply for NSTSE 2020
  • Candidates pursuing PCM or PCB in Class 11 and 12 are eligible for the exam
  • There is no exam for Class 11 and 12 PCMB group

NSTSE Prizes and Amount

Unified Council promises to reward all the top rank holders a cash prize of worth Rs. 3 crore. A student of any class who achieves 100% will be awarded an award of Rs. 2,00,000. However, no student will manage to achieve the same, then the candidate who secured the highest percentage among all the classes will be awarded Rs. 1,00,000. If more than one aspirant secures the same percentage, then the prize money will be distributed equally.

A gold medal and cash prize or scholarship for the first 3 in each class



NSTSE topper

 Rs. 2,00,000 cash prize

Top 3 rank holders

Laptop + Momento + Medal

Rank 4 to 10

Rs. 1500 each 

Rank 11 to 25

Rs. 1000 each 

Rank 26 to 100

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All rankers from
rank 1 to 100

World book advance + World book highlights science + medal + certificate of appreciation

Top 3 rankers from each state

Special award as a token of encouragement


NSTSE Consolation Prize 2020

  • The top rankers in each class from school cities will be awarded World book advance + World book highlights science costing of Rs. 2000.
  • All national, state and city rankers of class 2 to 9 are given a voucher of Rs. 400

NSTSE Selection Process

As mentioned above, the NSTSE exam 2020 will be in English medium with objective type questions. Aspirants must check the NSTSE exam pattern from the table below.


NSTSE Exam Pattern

Mode of exam


Medium of paper


Total duration

60 minutes

Number of questions

Class 2 - 50 favour; Class 3 to 12 - 60 questions each

Marking scheme

1 mark for the correct answer

Negative marking

No negative marking


NSTSE Exam Pattern and Questions

All the questions asked in the NSTSE 2020 will be of objective type. Check the number of questions asked for each class and total marks.


Number of questions


Class 2

50 questions

50 marks

Class 3 to 12

60 questions

60 marks


NSTSE Paper Pattern 2020 - Division of marks 

Below is the class-wise division of marks in the question paper 

NSTSE Class 2 Paper Pattern

Subject  Marks
Mathematics 25
General Science 25
Total 50

NSTSE Class 3 to 5 Paper Pattern

Subject Marks
Mathematics 25
General Science 30
Critical Thinking 5
Total 60

NSTSE Class 6 to 10 Paper Pattern

Subject Marks
 Mathematics 25 
 Physics  10
 Chemistry  10
 Biology  10
Critical Thinking  5
Total 60

NSTSE Class 11 &12 (PCM &PCB) Paper Pattern

Subject  Marks
Mathematics/Biology 25
Physics 15
Chemistry 15
Critical Thinking 5
Total 60


NSTSE Syllabus 2020

 The syllabus of NSTSE 2020 is based on the syllabi of CBSE and 75% of the syllabus is considered for preparing NSTSE question papers. Candidates preparing for NSTSE 2020 must have complete knowledge of NSTSE 2020 syllabus for better preparation of the paper. Knowing complete NSTSE syllabus will help aspirants know their weakness and strength, thus they can make a preparation strategy.

NSTSE Sample Papers 2020

Candidates preparing for National Level Science Talent Search Exam (NSTSE) must practice through NSTSE question paper of the previous year. Using the question papers of NSTSE will help aspirants for securing better marks in the examination. With the regular practice of NSTSE 2020 sample papers, aspirants will be clear of concepts and their strengths as well as weakness. Also, students can make their preparation strategy using NSTSE sample papers 2020. The link to download previous year NSTSE 2020 sample papers are available on this page.

NSTSE Answer Key 2020

 After the conclusion of the exam, the authority will release the answer key of NSTSE 2020. Unified Council will publish NSTSE answer key 2020 in the PDF form along with the solutions. NSTSE 2020 answer key will contain the solutions of the questions asked in the test. With the answer key, students can match their marked responses with the solutions provided. Thereafter, using the marking scheme, students can calculate the probable scores secured in the test. 

NSTSE Result 2020

 The competent authority will declare the result of NSTSE 2020 in the second week of March. To check NSTSE 2020 result, aspirants need to enter the email ID, mobile number and hall ticket number in the space required. Candidates can verify the NSTSE result 2020 details such as name and hall ticket number. NSTSE result 2020 will display the marks obtained, rank secured, state rank, subject-wise marks, total marks and other details.

NSTSE Student Performance Report (SPR) 2020

Unified Council will be providing the Student Performance Report (SPR) for individual candidates, which will contain the following details:

  • Candidate’s chosen answers for all questions in NSTSE
  • Correct answers for all questions in the exam
  • Subject-wise marks
  • Subject-wise and overall ranking at the national level
  • Average marks of all students in different subjects
  • Group highest marks
  • Question-wise analysis and skill-wise analysis

NSTSE SRP 2020 provides real feedback on real learning. It allowed students to know where they stand and pinpoints areas of strengths and weakness. The cost of NSTSE Student Performance Report – SPR is Rs. 15.

About NSTSE Exam 2020 

National Level Science Talent Examination (NSTSE) is a comprehensive and national level examination which helps students to improve their overall learning ability and educational performance. NSTSE exam measures how well a student has understood the concepts and provides detailed feedback to help them enhance their skills. The exam provides strengths and weakness of individual student and also the entire class.

Benefits of National Level Science Talent Examination 2020 

Here are some of the importance mentioned in NSTSE 2020, which helps students and their parents to know why and how it is beneficial for them.




NSTSE provides feedback on real learning and relevant

Benchmark for students

Allows candidates to know where they stand overall in a class

Detailed analysis

It pinpoints the strengths and weakness

Low cost

Affordable and accessible to all students


NSTSE Contact Details

Unified Council
#16-11-16/1/B, Farhath Hospital Lane,
Saleem Nagar, Malakpet,
Hyderabad - 500036

Phone: 040- 24545862, 24557708,66139917
Fax : 040-2454 2215
E-Mail: exam@unifiedcouncil.com

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