NSTSE 2020 Exam Counselling

NSTSE Counselling 2020

The Unified Council conducts NSTSE annually in December or January for Classes 1 to 12th. This exam is widely prevalent among students as they get to test their logical understanding of concepts and apply them accordingly while answering. Before we discuss NSTSE counselling, let us take a look at the scheme of the examination.


NSTSE – Brief Introduction

The National Science Talent Search Examination (NSTSE) is one of the most popular examinations among students. The annual 60-minute examination sees participants answer multiple-choice questions based on their curriculum. Students get a chance to test their analytical and logical thinking skills in this exam.

The primary aim of this examination is to nurture some of the sharpest minds of our country and offer an external helping hand by providing appropriate feedback on their answer sheets.


What are the Steps in the NSTSE Application Process?

The NSTSE exam application process is conducted both online and offline. Students can apply either individually or through their schools. Maximum students apply via their schools, where they have to collect the forms and submit them as well.

After a successful application, students have to pay the fees as directed by schools. Further, fees will be sent to the Unified Council via a Demand Draft (DD).

  • Application Fees: For online mode, the fees for all classes is set to Rs 300, while for the offline mode it is set to Rs 150.

  • Counselling: NSTSE examination is held in two stages. After clearing part 1 of the test, students have to appear in counselling for the second part of the examination. Part 2 of this exam is conducted for the top 500 students at the nearest state headquarters. Based on this examination, the final results will be declared.

What is the Procedure for Appearing in NSTSE Counselling 2020?

The NSTSE counselling is based on a merit list available on the Unified Council website. The second part of this examination is held for the top 500 students who will be supplied with a counselling letter and an admit card. Seat allotment will be done according to the merit list as well.

Step 1: Selected candidates have to confirm their position on the merit list.

Step 2: After confirming their position, students have to select and confirm counselling dates as well from the official website.

Step 3: Next, candidates have to decide the course. Based on their ranking, they may get the course of choice as well.

Step 4: Students have to take the required documents to the allotted centre where students have to appear for the second stage.


What are the Documents Required for NSTSE Counselling?

Before appearing for NSTSE counselling 2020, students have to carry originals and photocopies of the following documents with them:

  • Admit card

  • Counselling letter

  • Bank draft

  • Hall ticket

  • Certificates of results

  • Degree certificate or provisional certificates

  • Attested caste certificates (wherever applicable)

  • Medical certificates as requested in the counselling form.

  • Passport size photos (at least 4)

  • Other supportive documents as requested in the counselling form.

What is the NSTSE Exam Pattern?

Before appearing for the NSTSE examination, students may benefit from having a grasp of the exam pattern. NSTSE exam is held for classes 1 to 12th. Each class has a different question paper and the test lasts for 60 minutes each. Students have to answer multiple-choice questions from Mathematics and Science subjects. Classes 6 to 12 have specific papers for Physics, Chemistry and Biology. There is no negative marking for incorrect answers. The second level of NSTSE examinations is not held for class 1. Top 500 students are selected to appear in the second stage of this test.


NSTSE Results

After the examination, results are declared in the second week of January. The candidates who have applied for a performance report will also get the following documents:

  1. Answers to the questions as selected by candidates.

  2. Marks obtained.

  3. Correct answers for all questions.

  4. Question analysis.

  5. National ranks and subject wise result.

  6. Subject wise average and highest marks.

  7. Skill analysis of students.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1. What is the Use of NSTSE Examination?

Ans. The National Science Talent Search Examination (NSTSE) examination is conducted annually to identify and nurture some of the sharpest minds in our country. It is an investigative assessment that tests the aptitude of students, and then provides feedback of the same. Unlike board examinations which usually tests the memorising capabilities, NSTSE is mainly conducted to assess understanding of concepts and logical skills. This exam deals with finding how much the students have understood the fundamental concepts of their curriculum.


Upon request, students also get detailed feedback about their marks and the areas they need to focus on as well. The detailed result helps a student get over their fear of concepts and develop an in-depth understanding of ideas.

Q2. What is the Syllabus of NSTSE?

Ans. NSTSE examination is conducted at two levels for classes 2 to 12. The syllabus for this test is widely based on the school curriculum itself. Students are asked multiple-choice questions from Mathematics and general science that are common to all boards: CBSE, ICSE, various State Boards, etc. One of the most important things to notice is that this exam discourages rote learning. Instead, logical reasoning and understanding concepts are of primary focus.


Apart from concepts in their curriculum, students from class 3 onwards have to answer the critical thinking section. This section will have questions that test logical and inductive reasoning and conductive application in real-life situations.

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