About NSTSE 2020

Unified Council conducts National Level Science Talent Search Examination or NSTSE for the students of class 2 to 12. NSTSE 2020 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 5, 2019.

  • NSTSE Result Declared on January 21, 2020
  • NSTSE exam 2020 was held on December 4 for students applied through schools, while for the applicants applied individually or directly, the exam was conducted on December 15, 2019
  • NSTSE 2020 hall ticket for Individual Applicants was released in online mode on December 7, 2019.
  • It is a 60-minute long exam to test the analytical thinking ability of students which comprises objective type questions with no negative marking. 
  • The result of NSTSE 2020 will be released in the third week of January 2020. 

The topper of NSTSE 2020 (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 2020 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 2020 Important Dates

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Past Dates and Events

21 Jan, 2020

Result | Mode: Online

23 Dec, 2019

Answer Key | Mode: Online

15 Dec, 2019

Exam - For candidates Registered Directly | Mode: Offline

07 Dec, 2019

Admit Card - For individual applicants | Mode: Online

04 Dec, 2019

Exam - For candidates Registered through schools | Mode: Offline

07 Jun, 2019 - 05 Oct, 2019

Application | Mode: Online

NSTSE 2020 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 exam. However, there is no exam for PCMB group of 10+2. 

NSTSE 2020 Application Process

Mode of Application : Online and Offline

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

NSTSE 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 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).

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

  • 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
OBC, General PWD Online Female, Transgender, Male ₹ 300
OBC, General, ST, SC PWD Offline Female, Transgender, Male ₹ 150

NSTSE 2020 Syllabus





Critical thinking

General science

All questions in NSTSE 2020 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




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 2020 Admit Card

NSTSE 2020 Hall ticket for Individual candidates has been released online on December 7, 2019. 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 2020

  • 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 2020 Answer Key

  • The Unified Council has released the official answer key and solution of NSTSE 2020 exam held on December 4 and 15, 2020. 
  • The answer keys are available on the official website.
  • Students can click here to download NTSE 2020 answer keys.
  • They can also report for the discrepancy in the answer key in online mode.
  • The final NSTSE answer key will be released on December 31, 2019.

The result of NSTSE 2020 has been declared on January 21, 2020. Students 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
  • 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

General Information

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 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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when we can register for NSTSE

Sudarshan kumar 31st Jan, 2020

Hi Pushpinder,

NSTSE 2020 applications have been started and parents or candidates can apply online on the official website: https://www.unifiedcouncil.com/ .After registration, they will have to pay the requisite fee in online mode. The last date for registration is October 5, 2019.

For more details you can visit the link given below:-


Hope this will help,please feel free to ask if you have any further queries.

Thank You.


when will be exam of 9 class ?


Gurnaj, NSTSE exam is held in the month of December. For session 2019-2020, the exam has already been conducted for classes 2 to 12 in offline mode on 4th and 15th December 2019.

Although if you are asking for the academic session 2020-21, the notice has not been released yet. The registration starts tentatively in the month of June. You can visit their official website: https://www.unifiedcouncil.com/index.html during May- June 2020 to know about the exact dates.


When will the exam being conducted

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 2nd Jan, 2020

Neeraj, the NSTSE 2020 exam was already conducted in December 2019 and the results have been declared too. There is no official information yet regarding the schedule for 2021. This is for Individual registrations. For more information regarding NSTSE 2020, please visit our page at: https://school.careers360.com/exams/nstse

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i want ntse result at state level ?

Akram Khan 1st Jan, 2020


The ntse has declared result for stage II (2019) . You can check the result at the link http://www.ncert.nic.in/programmes/talent_exam/pdf_files/NTSEResult2019.pdf

For State Level NTS Examination Enquiry you need to Contact the Liaison Officer of your State.

So you should contact the liaison officer of your state to get the  state level result.

Following is the link of name and contact number of liaison officers.



when the result will came of nstse

Pachigolla Hemanth 29th Dec, 2019

Hello Lucky,

The final NSTSE answer key will be released on December 31, 2019. The results of NSTSE will be available on third week of January 2020.And also your results can be checked in the official website of NSTSE 2020.For more details once visit the below link.,


Hope this  helps you...

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