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 exam 2020 will be held on December 4 for students applying through schools, while for the applicants applied individually or directly, the exam will be conducted on December 15, 2019
  • NSTSE 2020 Hall Ticket for Individual Applicants has been released in online mode on December 7, 2019.
  • It will be 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.

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

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NSTSE 2020 Important Dates

Upcoming Dates and Events

15 Dec, 2019

Exam - For candidates Registered Directly | Mode: Offline

Past Dates and Events

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. 
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NSTSE 2020 Application Process

Mode of Application : Offline and Online

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

The result of NSTSE 2020 will be declared in the third week of January 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

Questions related to NSTSE

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when can we apply for nstse exam to write in 2020?? and i am 12th grade .

Sourandhi Saha Student Expert 26th Nov, 2019
As per the eligibility criteria, students who are studying in classes 2 to 10 are eligible to apply for NSTSE 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.
Registration for NSTSE EXAM 2020 has been over on October 5. You can appear for NSTSE 2021.

For detailed information about NSTSE, view the link-

what is the exam date of the nstse exam?

Komal Dayanand Gardi 22nd Nov, 2019
Hello Omkar,  Exam will be held on 15 th December.

can I still fill nstse form for december 15th exam

Harsheet Kaur 22nd Nov, 2019

You are more than a little late to fill the form for the NSTSE exam that will be conducted on December 15th.

The last date to register for the exam was 5th October 2019.

And the admit cards will soon be available by 6th December 2019.

So you have missed to opportunity to appear for this exam this year.


whats last date for registration of nstse?

Siddhi Shenoy 19th Nov, 2019

Hi Ruchi,

I am sorry to inform you that last date for registration of NSTSE 2019-20 has been over on 5th October 2019. The exam for the students who have applied individually will be held on 15 December 2019 and those who applied directly from the school will answer the exam on 4 December 2019.


when we download admitcard for nstse exam

Aditya kumar Student Expert 15th Nov, 2019

Hello there!


You can download admitcard by following given below steps :-

  • Visit the official website www.unifiedcouncil.com or click on the direct link which is provided above.
  • On the Top-right side of the screen, there will be an option called ‘’Hot Links’’
  • Click the first link i.e. ‘click here for NSTSE 2019-20 hall ticket’
  • A new window will appear where there will be an option to enter the ‘’Reference number’’
  • The reference number is based upon the last five digits of the Order no. which was generated during the registration process.
  • Enter the reference number and click on the ‘’Search’’ option.
  • Download the Hall ticket/Admit card.


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