National Level Science Talent Search Examination (NSTSE)

NSTSE is a diagnostic test which actually helps students improve.

Unlike regular tests which try only to find out how much a child knows (or has memorized), NSTSE measures how well a student has understood concepts and gives detailed feedback on the same, to help them improve.

Thus NSTSE helps each student know whether he/she has actually understood a concept early on so that immediate action can be taken. Often students have conceptual gaps which increase as they progress and when they reach the higher classes, they develop a "phobia" for the subject.

School tests - including board exams - tend to be superficial, testing what children have memorised. But the important skills like the ability to think independently and reason logically - critical in today's world - are often not emphasised in school tests.

The focus on fundamentals is so important that when the child finishes studies he/she will have to face the competitive world armed with these fundamentals. Even while opting for higher studies, the student has to go through a complete scan of what he/she knows and how much. Exams like IIT-JEE, AIEEE, AFMC, AIIMS, GRE, GMAT, CAT etc., are so designed to test the fundamental strength of student. Hence the need of the hour is building the fundamentals base as strong as possible.

This exactly is the philosophy behind the Unified Council's NSTSE.

NSTSE is unlike other tests in many different ways. It
- has interesting questions that require thinking, not simply recall.
- provides detailed skill-wise feedback highlighting strengths and weaknesses.
- provides a benchmark of the student's performance with peers all over the country.

Thus, NSTSE focuses on IMPROVEMENT rather than comparison or grading. It also reduces the stress of exams by checking UNDERSTANDING rather than FACTS.


NSTSE Stands for National Level Science Talent Search Examination. It is a scientifically designed, skill-based assessment developed in India for Indian schools, after a detailed study of the syllabi of different central and state boards. Rather than testing rote learning, it focuses on measuring how well SKILLS and CONCEPTS underlying the school syllabus have been learnt by the student. The test provides information on the strengths and weaknesses of individual students and also entire classes.

Skill-based Provides feedback on real learning & Relevant - actually tests what is being taught
Provides benchmark with students all over IndiaAllows student to know where s/he stands
Provides detailed analysis and feedbackPinpoints areas of strengths and weaknesses
Low costAffordable, accessible to all students( through schools or individually)


Students of classes II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI (PCM & PCB), XII (PCM & PCB).


NSTSE will be based on the CBSE syllabus. 85% of the Syllabus considered for setting the NSTSE Question Paper. NSTSE question papers are also suitable for students following ICSE/ISC and various other State Board syllabi.

Exam Schedule

27 January, 2013 (Sunday) 10:30 AM to 12:00 Noon

Exam Pattern

There will be a separate question paper for each class.The medium of the exam will be in English only. All questions are in objective-type with no negative marking for wrong answers.

Class 2nd : 50 Questions, 50 Marks

Class 3rd : 75 Questions, 75 Marks

Class 4-12th : 100 Questions, 100 Marks


  • NSTSE topper will be awarded with Rs. 2, 00,000 cash prize*. The student who achieves the highest percentage of marks among all the classes is declared as NSTSE Topper.
  • The top 3 rankers of NSTSE-2012 will be awarded with a Tablet PC + Memento + Medal.
  • The next 7 rankers in each class (Ranks 4-10) of classes II-XII will be awarded with a cash prize of Rs. 1000.
  • The next 15 rankers in each class (Ranks 11-25) of classes II-XII will be awarded with a cash prize of Rs. 500.
  • Rankers 26-100 of each class will be awarded with BMA’s Talent & Olympiad Exams Resource Book from M/S. Brain Mapping Academy.

All the above rankers from class II-VI will be offered a discount coupon of 50% (Rs. 900) on Unified Knowledge Box Activity kit. All the above rankers will be offered a discount coupon of 50% (Rs. 750) on Ambition IIT/AIEEE material. All the rankers (1-100) will be awarded with a Britannica Encyclopedia - 2012 edition CD pack worth Rs. 995 and a certificate of appreciation. Participation certificates for all the students who appeared for the examination.


Top 3 rankers in each state (minimum of 10,000 students in a particular state) will be awarded with a special award as a token of encouragement. He/she will be awarded with a Britannica Concise Encyclopedia - 2012 edition CD worth Rs.995 & certificate of appreciation.

Note: State wise ranks are declared after excluding the top 100 ranks across the country.

*NSTSE Topper: A student of any class who achieves 100% marks will be awarded with a prize money of Rs. 2 Lakh. If none of the students achieves the same, then the student who achieves the highest percentage of marks among all the classes will be awarded with Rs. 1 Lakh. If there is more than one student who achieves the same, the prize money will be distributed equally. Each topper will get either this prize or the regular prize.

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