NSTSE Exam Pattern
1. How many Questions are There in the NSTSE Paper?
Answer: As per the NSTSE exam pattern, each question carries 1 mark. The total marks for class 1 are 40, so the number of questions is also 40. This section has 15 questions from Mathematics and 25 from General Science.
Similarly, the NSTSE question paper for grade 2 has 50 questions for 50 marks, 20 for Mathematics, and 30 for General Science. The NSTSE question papers for classes from 3-8 have 60 questions for 60 marks. There are 5 questions from Critical Thinking, 25 from Mathematics, and 30 from Science.
Classes 9 and 10 have the same marks division and subject-wise weightage. Here, Science is divided into Physics, Chemistry, and Biology with 10 questions from each. Classes 11 and 12 have PCB and PCM divisions, due to which the number of questions from Physics and Chemistry is 15, and that from Mathematics or Biology is 25.
2. Which Syllabus do NSTSE Exams Follow?
Answer: The Unified Council follows the syllabus of CBSE and the books of NCERT to set the question papers of the NSTSE exam. Though it is not entirely based on the syllabus of CBSE, 85% of the syllabus is considered when setting the question paper for the NSTSE examination.
Students from ICSE and ISC background should not have any problem answering the questions as the question papers are set in a way that suits all of them. Other State Board / Matriculation syllabi are taken under consideration as well. The questions are set in such a way that every student of the respective grade can answer.
3. Is there any Negative Marking in NSTSE?
Answer: The NSTSE exam pattern has objective-type questions that require the aspirants to use their conceptual knowledge. Every class gets a different question paper, even though their syllabi are grouped under certain categories.
The question paper is suitable for aspirants from CBSE, ICSE, ISC, any State board, and also Matriculation syllabus. The Unified Council will award you with a separate prize if you topped the exam with marks lesser than 100%. As there is no negative marking, so attempt every question even if you do not know the answer.