NSTSE Exam 2020

NSTSE Olympiad

NSTSE full form is the National Level Science Talent Search. It is an exam designed to judge a candidate’s learning ability. Students who participate in this exam get a chance to evaluate their understanding of science subjects. Apart from giving out the result, the exam also provides feedback that aid students to comprehend the areas they are lacking.

The Unified Council is the competent authority that supervises the NSTSE exam. Every year, they accept applications from students around the country. They aim to nurture the bright minds of this country and offer them an external helping hand to fulfil their potential.

NSTSE Exam 2020

What are the Eligibility Criteria for NSTSE?

Students who are planning to take the NSTSE exam 2020 must know its eligibility criteria as there are some alterations this year. Unlike the previous year, this year candidates of Class 11 and 12 cannot participate. Otherwise, any aspirant from Class 1 to 10 can apply for the test.

What is the Syllabus of NSTSE?

The syllabus of the NSTSE exam 2020 is similar to that of CBSE, ICSE and other state boards. Applicants can follow the topics of their curriculum to prepare for this exam.

The exam pattern of the NSTSE Olympiad is not uniform. It changes with every class. Candidates can refer to the following table to learn more:

Exam Pattern to Follow in NSTSE 2020


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 2020 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 2020 in the table mentioned below:

What are the Dates of NSTSE Exam of 2020?



Commencement of NSTSE online registration

7th June 2020

Last date of registration

3rd October 2020

Availability of admit card 

Not confirmed

Exam dates

4th December

13th December (Direct and Individual applicants)

16th December


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.

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