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What is NSTSE?

The National Level Science Talent Search Examination (NSTSE) is a popular annual competitive exam in India, conducted by the Unified Council. It aims to identify and nurture talented students from across the country by assessing their understanding and knowledge in various subjects like Mathematics, Science, and General Knowledge.

Key Highlights of NSTSE 2024

  • Conducted By: Unified Council
  • Exam Date: January 2024 (Exact dates to be announced)
  • Mode of Exam: Online and Offline
  • Eligibility: Students from Class 2 to 12
  • Subjects Covered: Mathematics, Science, General Knowledge
  • Type of Questions: Objective (Multiple Choice Questions)

Registration Details

Students can register for the NSTSE 2024 through their respective schools or independently. The registration process typically involves filling out an application form and paying the examination fee.

  • Registration Start Date: July 1, 2023
  • Registration End Date: November 30, 2023
  • Fee: INR 300 (may vary slightly depending on additional charges for study materials)

How to Register?

  1. Through Schools: Schools can register their students collectively by submitting the necessary details and fees to the Unified Council.
  2. Individual Registration: Students can register online via the official Unified Council website. They need to fill in their details, upload a passport-sized photograph, and pay the registration fee online.


The NSTSE syllabus is designed to test the conceptual understanding of students. It is aligned with the NCERT curriculum and varies slightly for each class. The main subjects include:

  • For Classes 2 to 10:

    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Critical Thinking
  • For Classes 11 and 12:

    • Physics
    • Chemistry
    • Biology/Mathematics

Students can refer to the detailed syllabus provided on the official website of the Unified Council.

Exam Pattern

The NSTSE exam follows a multiple-choice question format with no negative marking. The distribution of questions and marks varies by class level. Here’s a general overview:

  • Class 2:

    • Mathematics: 25 Questions
    • Science: 25 Questions
  • Class 3 to 5:

    • Mathematics: 25 Questions
    • Science: 30 Questions
    • General Questions: 5 Questions
  • Class 6 to 10:

    • Mathematics: 25 Questions
    • Science: 30 Questions
    • Critical Thinking: 5 Questions
  • Class 11 and 12 (PCM/PCB):

    • Physics: 25 Questions
    • Chemistry: 25 Questions
    • Mathematics/Biology: 25 Questions

Important Dates

  • Registration Start Date: July 1, 2023
  • Registration End Date: November 30, 2023
  • Admit Card Release: December 2023
  • Exam Date: January 2024
  • Result Declaration: March 2024

Results and Awards

Results for NSTSE 2024 will be announced in March 2024. Students can check their results on the Unified Council’s official website using their registration number.

Awards and Scholarships:

  • Top 100 rankers across the country will receive cash prizes and medals.
  • Subject-wise toppers will also be awarded.
  • Top rankers from each state will be recognized with special awards.

Preparation Tips

  1. Understand the Syllabus: Go through the detailed syllabus for your class.
  2. Study Material: Use recommended textbooks and additional study material from the Unified Council.
  3. Practice Papers: Solve previous years’ question papers and take mock tests.
  4. Time Management: Practice managing your time efficiently during the exam.


The NSTSE is a great platform for students to benchmark their academic prowess against peers nationwide. It not only helps in enhancing their conceptual understanding but also prepares them for future competitive exams. Stay updated with all the latest information on the official Unified Council website and gear up for a successful attempt at NSTSE 2024.

For more details, visit the Unified Council Official Website.

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