NSTSE Exam 2021


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NSTSE Olympiad:

NSTSE (National Level Science Talent Search Examination), unlike any other exams this exam focuses on conceptual learning of the subjects rather focusing on the grades. NSTSE does not give students grades rather they provide students with a detailed performance report known as SPR for their improvement. NSTSE aims to bridge the gap between fundamental understanding and Phobia of the subjects and topics.

NSTSE exam is an online exam, a proud brainchild of Unified Council of India. There is no need for rushing to any exam centres and worrying about the timings and all you can do is sit back at your home and give this exam. The only requirement is that you must have a webcam and a PC/Laptop with an active Internet Connection.

NSTSE Exam 2021

Eligibility Criteria:

Every Year around thousands of students from across the nation apply for this exam. Students from class 1st - 10th and class 11th & 12th (PCM & PCB) are eligible to take this exam.

Syllabus of NSTSE 2021:

There is no specified syllabus for NSTSE 2021 because students from all the boards (CBSE/ICSE/ISC and State boards) participate in this exam. Hence, it was made very clear by the UCI that students must prepare from Syllabi of all the boards.

Exam Pattern:

The exam paper for each class is different. One must note that these questions are based on Multiple Choice based questions. One mark is awarded to all the right answers, however, there shall not be any negative marking for the wrong answers. The time allocated to solve this question paper is 1 hour.

Exam Pattern to Follow in NSTSE 2021


No. of Questions

Total Marks

Class 1



Class 2



Class 3-12



A point that every student should note is that the exam duration is 1 hour.

Here is a Detailed Break-up of the Marks in the National Level Science Talent Search Exam:


Marks distribution (subject wise)

Class one

Mathematics: 15

General Science: 25

Class two

Mathematics: 20

General Science: 30

Class three to five 

Mathematics: 25

General Science: 30

Critical Thinking: 5

Class six to ten

Mathematics: 25

Critical Thinking: 5

Physics, Chemistry, Biology: 10

Class eleven and twelve (PCM)

Mathematics: 25



Critical Thinking: 5

Class eleven and twelve (PCB)

Biology: 25

Critical Thinking: 5

Chemistry: 15

Physics: 15

Students must also note that every question of the NSTSE paper is MCQ type, and there is no negative marking.

The Application Process of NSTSE

The NSTSE exam registration process is straightforward. Candidates can go to the official website of the Unified Council to complete this process. Here is a step by step guideline:

  1. After visiting the official website, click on the online registration option for the academic year 2020-21.

  2. Open ‘click here to register’.

  3. Choose the grade, and then it will display different Olympiads that are available. This year students of Class 1-10 only can apply.

  4. Select the examination and click on ‘continue.’

  5. Duly fill the NSTSE exam 2021 registration form and check the ‘I agree to the terms and conditions’ and click on ‘submit.’

  6. It will then lead to the payment options page. Candidates can then pay the examination fees and download this receipt.

  7. Lastly, they need to download the NSTSE application form for future reference.

What is the Examination Fee of NSTSE?

Students need to pay Rs.354 to complete the registration process of the NSTSE exam. Against this amount, they will receive the following:

  • Student’s Performance Report (SPR).

  • Two previous question papers.

  • E-book.

  • A success series ebook.

Applicants can find the vital dates of NSTSE 2021 in the table mentioned below:

What are the Dates of NSTSE Exam of 2021?



Online Registration

Live on the official website

Last date of registration

To be announced

Admit Card

15 days before the exam

Date of Exam

January 24th, 2021 (Sunday)

January 31st, 2021 (Sunday)

Date of Result

Not announced

Typically, the admit card and the results of the NSTSE exam are published 15 days before and after respectively.

Did you Know?

The topper of this exam receives Rs.2 lakhs in cash!

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1. What is the Purpose of the NSTSE Exam?

Ans. The full form of NSTSE is National Level Science Talent Search. The purpose of the NSTSE exam is very straightforward. It allows students to evaluate their learning capabilities and understand their conceptual clarity on a particular subject. Participants will receive a performance analysis which consists of in-depth feedback of how they performed in this exam. It will help candidates to comprehend their weaknesses and identify their strengths. Based on this, they can make the necessary alterations to their study plan. NSTSE exams are different from others because it does not promote rote learning; instead, it encourages students to think logically.

Q2. How can I Apply for the NSTSE Exam in 2020?

Ans. You can apply for the NSTSE exam online via the official website of Unified Council. First, you need to visit the website and go to the registration section for the 2020-21 academic year. Once you click on that particular link and register, you need to select the Olympiad you want to take part in. After that, fill-up the form with all the necessary details and submit it. You need to pay the examination fee, i.e. Rs.354, to confirm your registration. Once you finish, download the payment receipt and application form for future reference.

Q3. How is NSTSE Different From Other Exams?

Ans: NSTSE exams are different from others in 3 aspects. These are:

  1. It asks questions that require logical thinking rather than recalling an answer.

  2. Along with the result, it also offers an in-depth analysis of a student’s performance, highlighting their strengths and weaknesses.

  3. Provides a benchmark for students to judge their performance against their peers.