About NSTSE 2018

Unified Council administers National Level Science Talent Search Examination or NSTSE for students of class 2 to 12. NSTSE 2018 for students applying through schools will be held on December 7, while for direct or individual applicants, the exam will be conducted on December 16, 2018. Registrations are now closed and the last date to submit applications for NSTSE 2018 through schools was September 30 while the conducting body received applications from individual applicants till October 1, 2018. The 60 minute long exam tests the analytical thinking ability of students and comprises objective type questions with no negative marking. The topper of NSTSE 2018 (among all classes) will be awarded a cash prize of  Rs. 2,00,000 if they secure 100% marks. In case the score is less than 100%, the prize money will be 1 lakh. Each of the top 3 students of every class are given a Tablet PC, a Memento and a Medal. Those obtaining ranks 4 to 25 in each class will receive a cash prize of Rs. 1000 each. The top 100 rankers are all awarded a 2 CD Pack of Britannica Concise Encyclopedia and Planet Earth along with a medal and certificate of appreciation.  

Exam level: Intermediate
Frequency: Once a year
Languages English
Conducting Body: Unified Council
Duration 1 Hours

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NSTSE 2018 Important Dates

16 Dec, 2018 Exam - For direct/ Individual Candidates | Mode: Offline
01 Aug, 2018 - 30 Sep, 2018 Application - For those applying through schools | Mode: Offline
07 Dec, 2018 Exam - For those applying through schools | Mode: Offline
01 Aug, 2018 - 01 Oct, 2018 Application - For direct/ Individual Candidates | Mode: Online

NSTSE 2018 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 2018 exam. However, there is no exam for PCMB group of 10+2. 

NSTSE 2018 Application Process

Mode of Application : Online and Offline

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

Application Fees

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

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 2018 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).

NSTSE 2018 Exam Pattern

All questions in NSTSE 2018 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 tests 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

                

Class

            
                

No. of Questions

            
                

Marks

            
                

Sections-wise number of questions

            
                

1

            
                

40

            
                

40

            
                

Mathematics:    25

               

General Science: 15

            
                

2

            
                

50

            
                

50

            
                

Mathematics:    25

               

General Science: 25

            
                

3-5

            
                

60

            
                

60

            
                

Mathematics: 25

               

General Science: 30

               

Critical Thinking: 05

            
                

6-10

            
                

60

            
                

60

            
                

Mathematics: 25

               

Physics: 10

               

Chemistry: 10

               

Biology: 10

               

Critical Thinking: 05

            
                

11-12 (PCM)

            
                

60

            
                

60

            
                

Mathematics: 25

               

Physics: 15

               

Chemistry: 15

               

Critical Thinking: 05

            
                

11-12 (PCB)

            
                

60

            
                

60

            
                

Biology: 25

               

Physics: 15

               

Chemistry: 15

               

Critical Thinking: 05

            


Documents Required at Exam

  • Admit Card

NSTSE 2018 Result

The result of NSTSE 2018 will be declared in around the second week of March, 2019. 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 2018
  • Correct answers to all questions
  • Marks obtained by a student in each subject
  • Subject-wise and overall rank at 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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