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


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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. 
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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

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

Deepshikha 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 .


what is nstse exam date for class 10 for the year 2020-21 please answer me

Harshita Sharan Srivastava Student Expert 10th Mar, 2020

NSTSE 2020 (National Level Science Talent Search Examination)  was held on December 4, 2019 for students applied through schools, while for the applicants applied individually or directly, the exam was conducted on December 15, 2019. The results are also declared for the same. However, the notification for next year is nt out yet.

You can check following link for detailed information:


Good Luck


what is nstse exam and geogenius exam

Shudhanshu Gupta Student Expert 7th Mar, 2020
Geo genius exam stand for national geography Olympiad it is two level exam 1st level is your school level exam which is conducted at your respective schools and the qualified students becomes eligible for the national level exam which is conducted at the Kota rank holders are awarded with the trophy ,tablet, medal and certificates, while NTSE exam stand for national talent Search examination it is also two level exam, its purpose is to award scholarship to the talented student.
But for that exam you must be studying in class 10th but for Geo geography exam a candidate can apply if he/ she is studying in class second to 10th.
Best of luck.

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.

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