NSTSE 2022-2023 - National Level Science Talent Search Examination

NSTSE 2022

What is NSTSE?

The National Level Science Talent Search Examination, commonly known as NSTSE, is a skill test conducted by the Unified Council, a professionally managed progressive organization, with an objective to identify and nurture the best brains of the country in the science discipline. Being a curriculum-based examination, the NSTSE critically assesses a student’s strengths and weaknesses on the basis of concepts.

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Unlike the regular examinations, NSTSE 2022-23 measures what and how well a student has understood the fundamentals instead of memorizing the existing facts. The Unified Council has been successfully conducting NSTSE in India, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Yemen, Indonesia, Oman, Kuwait, Russia, Nepal, Libya, Bahrain, Iran, and Tanzania. Since its inception in 1998, the Council has been working consistently towards testing and promoting talented young minds, instilling a competitive spirit among them, and ensuring their bright and enterprising future through tests like NSTSE.

NSTSE Advantages

It is a scientifically designed, skill-based assessment developed in India for Indian schools, following a detailed study of the syllabi of the Central and various State Boards. Rather than testing rote learning, it tests 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 of the entire class.

Feature Advantage
Skill-based. Provides feedback on real learning and relevance – actually tests what is being taught.
Provides a benchmark for students all over India. Allows the student to know where he/she stands.
Provides detailed analysis and feedback. Pinpoints areas of strengths and weaknesses.
Low cost. Affordable, accessible to all students (through schools or individually).

NSTSE 2022-23 Important Dates

Events Important Dates
Registration Started
NSTSE Exam Schedule Offline mode will be held on December 12 and 16, 2022

The online exam will be held on December 18, 2022.

The exact date, schedule and procedure will be informed to the candidate 15 days before the exam.

NSTSE Eligibility 2022-23

Students of classes I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI (PCM), XI (PCB), XII (PCM) and XII (PCB) can participate, provided their schools are registered with the NSTSE. However, individual entries are also accepted in case the school is not tied up with the NSTSE. The registration forms, prospectus and all other relevant details regarding the event are sent out to the registered schools.

Exam Fee Structure

  • Rs. 354/- (Including GST)

Examination Fee + Student’s Performance Report (SPR) + 2 Previous Question Papers (PQP) – Downloadable Ebook + Success Series – Downloadable Ebook + Online payment service charges.

NSTSE Application Form

Individual  Registration

The Unified Council accepts direct registration of the candidates. The candidates must register on the official website (https://www.unifiedcouncil.com/) of the Unified Council. The application form fee can be paid online through Netbanking/Debit/Credit Card.

Steps to register on the official website:

  • Visit the official website (https://www.unifiedcouncil.com/)  of National Level Science Talent Search Examination (NSTSE).
  • Click on the tab which says Click here for Online Registration of Individual Students for NSTSE, UIMO & UIEO (Academic Year 2021-22).
  • Click on the link to Register.
  • Select the class that you are studying from the list. The names of different olympiad examinations appear on the screen.
  • Select your option and click on Continue.
  • Enter your personal and school details in the space provided and click on Submit.
  • Once the form is filled, online payment can be made using NetBanking/Debit/Credit card.
  • Download the application form preview for future reference.

Registration Through School

The school must send the name list of the students to the address of Unified Council, along with the Demand Draft by Courier Service/Register post/Speed post. The school must send a single consolidated Demand Draft for the application fee. The DD must be drawn in favour of Unified Council, payable at Hyderabad.

NSTSE Syllabus 2022-23

NSTSE Question Papers are suitable for students following CBSE / ICSE / ISC and various other State Board syllabi.

NSTSE 2022-23 Exam Pattern

There will be a different question paper for each class. All the questions are objective-type with no negative marking for wrong answers.

Class 1 Class 2 Classes 3 to 10
No. of Questions 40 50 60
Marks 40 50 60
Duration 1 hour

Division of Marks in the Question Paper

Class I

Mathematics 15
General Science 25
Total Number of Questions 40

Class II

Mathematics 20
Science 30
Total Number of Questions 50

Class III to Class V

Mathematics 25
General Science  30
Critical Thinking 05
Total Number of Questions 60

Class VI to X

Biology 10
Chemistry 10
Physics 10
Mathematics 25
Critical Thinking 05
Total Number of Questions 60

Class XI and Class XII (PCM)

Mathematics 25
Chemistry 15
Physics 15
Critical Thinking 05
Total Number of Questions 60

Class XI and Class XII (PCB)

Biology 25
Chemistry 15
Physics 15
Critical Thinking 05
Total Number of Questions 60

NSTSE Results And Ranking

The performance of a participant is gauged on the basis of his individual score compiled in a Student Performance Report (SPR). The SPR provides a detailed analysis of strong and weak areas of the student, along with the performance comparison at school, state, and national level. Consolidated reports per subject and class are sent to the schools. The NSTSE 2022-23 results are also made available on its official website.

NSTSE Scholarships

National Toppers

The top 100 rankers are declared as ALL INDIA achievers. The student who achieves the highest percentage of marks among all classes is the NSTSE topper and is awarded Rs. 2,00,000 cash prize if he/she scores 100% marks or else they are given Rs 1,00,000 cash prize. The top rankers of each class are given a laptop, memento and a medal. Ranks 4 to 10 of each class are awarded a cash prize of Rs. 3000 and ranks 11 to 40 are given a cash prize of Rs. 1000.

Rankers 41 to 100 of each class are awarded BMA’s Talent & Olympiad Exams Resource Book from M/s. Brain Mapping Academy, each. Apart from this, all the 100 toppers are awarded Olympiad Coach Online Subscription worth Rs. 1198, a Medal and a Certificate of Appreciation.

State Toppers

State Toppers are declared, excluding the top 100 national toppers. Top 3 rankers from each state are awarded a special award for encouragement, an Olympiad Coach Online Subscription worth Rs. 1198, and a Certificate of Appreciation.

City Toppers

City Toppers are declared only for classes having the participation of more than 500 students.

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Other National And International Level Olympiads

NTSE National Talent Search Examination
KVPY Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana
RMO Regional Maths Olympiads
PRMO Pre-Regional Mathematical Olympiad
IOQ Indian Olympiad Qualifier

Frequently Asked Questions on NSTSE 


Is it possible for to apply for the NSTSE exam individually?

Individual students can apply for the NSTSE exam on the official website.

How do NTSE and the NSTSE differ from each other?

NCERT’s NTSE is a scholarship test for students in 10th grade. NSTSE is a competition for kids in grades 2 to 12 that hands out prizes to the winners.

What will be the application fee for NSTSE?

Candidates who applied individually must pay Rs.300/-, while those who applied through schools must pay Rs.150 for the application form and Rs.15 for their application fee (Special Performance Resport).

Who is eligible to apply for NSTSE?

Candidates who passed their 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th standard with PCM and PCB topics from the reorganised board, as well as candidates who passed their 11th and 12th standard with PCM and PCB subjects from the reorganised board, are eligible to apply for NSTSE .

How can I apply for the NSTSE exam?

Interested candidates can enrol either individually or through their schools by submitting an application online.


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  1. I m studying in class 12 currently and wishes to take nstse exam. Should I go with class 12 or class 11 syllabus?

  2. Can I use the cash reward on any institution I want?