About NSTSE 2021

NSTSE 2020-21- Unified Council conducts National Level Science Talent Search Examination or NSTSE for the students of class 2 to 12. NSTSE Exam 2021 applications have been started and parents or candidates can apply online on the official website: unifiedcouncil.com. After registration, they will have to pay the requisite fee in online mode. The last date for registration is October 3, 2020.

  • NSTSE 2020-21 is scheduled to be held on December 4, 2020 for students applied through schools. NSTSE Exam 2020-21 for Individual applicants will be held on December 13, 2020.
  • It is a 60-minute long exam to test the analytical thinking ability of students which comprises objective type questions with no negative marking. 
  • NSTSE 2020-21 hall ticket for Individual Applicants will be released in online mode on December 7, 2020 (tentative).
  • NSTSE Result 2020-21 will be announced tentatively on January 21, 2021

The topper of NSTSE 2020-21 (among all classes) will be awarded a cash prize of Rs. 2,00,000. Each of the top 3 students of every class is given a Tablet PC, a Memento and a Medal. Those obtaining ranks 4 to 10 and 11 to 40 of each class, will receive a cash prize of Rs. 3000 and Rs. 1000 each respectively. The top 100 rankers are all awarded a Britannica Kids Online Subscription worth Rs. 2500, a Medal and a Certificate of Appreciation. Apart from the above, there will be more awards for state toppers, consolidation prizes. All candidates who appear for the examination will get Participation certificates.

NSTSE 2021 Highlights

Full Exam Name National Level Science Talent Search Examination
Short Exam Name NSTSE
Conducting Body Unified Council
Frequency of Conduct Once a year
Exam Level Intermediate
Languages English
Mode of Application Offline / Online
Mode of Exam Offline
Exam Duration 1 Hour

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NSTSE 2021 Important Dates

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03 Oct, 2020

Application - Last date | Mode: Offline

04 Dec, 2020

Exam | Mode: Offline

13 Dec, 2020

Exam - Exam date for individual applicants | Mode: Offline


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NSTSE 2021 Eligibility Criteria

  • As per NSTSE eligibility criteria, students studying classes II to X are eligible to apply for the exam. 
  • Students of class XI and XII (either PCB or PCM) can appear for NSTSE 2020-21 exam. However, there is no exam for PCMB group of 10+2. 

NSTSE 2021 Application Process

Mode of Application : Online and Offline

Mode of Payment : Net Banking | Credit Card | Debit Card | Demand Draft

NSTSE 2020-21 registration process is of two types. It can be done individually by students for which one has to register online and pay online via net banking, debit card or credit card. The other way is to register through schools. Here, the NSTSE application form 2020-21 can be collected from the school, filled and submitted there itself. For this, students have to make payment as directed by the school. After this, the school will send the fee for all students appearing from the school via Demand Draft (DD).

Registration Link: Click here to fill NSTSE registration form 2021. 

Here's the step by step process to register for NSTSE exam 2020-21:

  • Visit the official website- www.unifiedcouncil.com
  • Now, read all the details and choose the option for which a candidate needs to register.
  • Click on the respective link of registration.
  • Now fill the details correctly and submit the details.
  • After registration, pay the requisite fee online.

Application Fees

Category Quota Mode Gender Amount
General, OBC PWD Online Female, Transgender, Male ₹ 300
SC, General, OBC, ST PWD Offline Female, Transgender, Male ₹ 150
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NSTSE 2021 Syllabus





Critical thinking

General science

All questions in NSTSE 2020-21 are objective-type, with a different question paper for each class. There will be no negative marking for incorrect or unattempted answers. The exam for each class will be held for 60 minutes (1 hour). Students of class 3 to 12 have to answer the section on Critical Thinking along with the other sections which test them on the basis of reasoning, strategic planning and application, decision making, objective/ subjective analysis as well as logical and inductive reasoning. Maths and Science will be based on 75% of the syllabus of CBSE. It is also suitable for students studying in ICSE/ ISC or any other State Board.

NSTSE Exam Pattern 2020-21




No. of Questions




Sections-wise number of questions








Mathematics:    25

General Science: 15








Mathematics:    25

General Science: 25           








Mathematics: 25

General Science: 30

Critical Thinking: 05







Mathematics: 25

Physics: 10
Chemistry: 10
Biology: 10
Critical Thinking: 05


11-12 (PCM)






Mathematics: 25

Physics: 15

Chemistry: 15

Critical Thinking: 05


11-12 (PCB)






Biology: 25

Physics: 15               

Chemistry: 15

Critical Thinking: 05            

NSTSE 2021 Admit Card

NSTSE 2021 Hall ticket for Individual candidates will be released online on December 7, 2020, tentatively. Students need to enter their registration details to download the NSTSE hall ticket. All students should bring their admit card while appearing for the examination. 

Here are the steps to download NTSE hall ticket 2021

  • Click here to visit the official link.
  • Enter the student's reference number in the login window.
  • Click on the search button.
  • NTSE 2020 hall ticket will open on the screen.
  • Take printout of it to carry to the exam hall.

Documents Required at Exam

  • Admit Card

NSTSE 2021 Answer Key

  • The Unified Council has released the official answer key and solution of NSTSE 2021 exam held on December 3 and 13, 2020. 
  • The answer keys are available on the official website.
  • Students can click here to download NSTSE 2020-21 answer keys.
  • They can also report for the discrepancy in the answer key in online mode.
  • The final NSTSE exam answer key will be released on December 31, 2020.

The result of NSTSE 2020-21 will be declared on January 21, tentatively who opted for the student’s Performance Report will be provided with the following information:

  • Answers that a candidate chose for questions in NSTSE 2020-21
  • Correct answers to all questions
  • Marks obtained by a student in each subject
  • Subject-wise and overall rank at the national level
  • Average marks of all the students in all subjects
  • Highest marks in the group
  • Analysis of each question
  • Skill analysis of a student

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Question: What is NSTSE?


NSTSE means National Level Science Talent Search Examination which is organized by the Unified Council to provide awards to deserving students.

Question: Can I apply individually for NSTSE 2020-21 exam?


Yes, individual students can also apply through the official website for NSTSE exam.  

Question: What is the difference between NTSE and NSTSE?


NTSE is a scholarship test by NCERT for 10th class students. NSTSE is organized for class 2-12 students to provide awards to the selected students.

Questions related to NSTSE

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reference books for this exam NSTSE.

Akram Khan 8th May, 2020


You did not mentioned the class for which you are applying to NSTSE exam.  The NSTSE  (national level science talent search exam ) is conducted for the various level of school class. For class 1and 2 the paper include mathematics and general science subjects.

For class 3- 6 the paper include mathematics, general science and critical thinking Subjects.

From class 7 onward the subject included are -

Mathematics,Physics , Chemistry, Biology and Critical Thinking.

For mathematics, general science, biology, physics, chemisty the NCERt books are must as they will cover all the basic. Beside this here is the link for list of reference book for each class suggesed by the NTSE exam conducting authority - https://www.unifiedcouncil.com/reference_books.aspx


what is the registration fees for NSTSE exam on 13 December 2020 for class 9 . what is there after this exam.

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 2nd May, 2020

NTSE 2020 Registration will tentatively begin from the month of August on the official website: ncert.nic.in. The application fees might vary from State to State and Union Territory to Union Territory. SO please do help us with the State you belong to.


examination kaha hoga? mai mp se hu and i want to give this exam

Aditya Kumar Student Expert 8th Apr, 2020

You don't need to worry at all dear.

This is because NTSE has its examination centre in all the states.

So , now that you are from Madhya Pradesh, you don't need to worry as NTSE has its examination centre in Madhya Pradesh as well.

Examination centre in Madhya Pradesh is:-

KV No 1, Opp Central India Flour Mill, Hoshangabad Road, Bhopa,Madhya Pradesh

For detailed information go through our page for which link is provided below


My ward is now in class 7.When I can apply for this.Please about ISTSE.Is it fake Domain?

dshikhaofficial Student Expert 29th Mar, 2020
International level Talent Search Examination for Indian Schools or ISTSE is an examination for class 1 to 10 that measures the intellectual ability of students.
This exam can be participated through online mode or through paper mode that is only possible through the schools. For paper based exam,the forms will be provided through the school. For online mode
You can refer to the link provided below for the online registration:
https://www.istse.org/Register.aspx#/1#Register (https://www.istse.org/Register.aspx#/1%23Register)
Hope this helps.
Good luck.

what is the exam date of nstse in 2020 for class 7

chinmayi 24th Mar, 2020


The NSTSE exam for the year 2019-20 was conducted in the month of December 2019 and the results were out on January 22 2020.So , the dates for NSTSE 2020 are not released yet . You can visit the website www.unififedcouncli.com (//www.unififedcouncli.com) for further details and be updated .

Hope this helps you .

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