NSTSE is a diagnostic test which helps students improve their overall learning ability and educational performance.

Unlike other tests which may only find out how much a student knows or has memorised, NSTSE measures how well a student has understood the concepts and provides a detailed feedback on the same, to help him/her improve.

Thus NSTSE helps each student to know early, whether he/she has properly understood a concept, so that immediate action can be taken to correct the aberration and pave a path for improvement. Often, students develop conceptual gaps which increase as the students go to higher classes and turn those into a ‘phobia’ for the subject.

School tests - including board exams - tend to test children superficially, only to the extent what they have memorised. But the important skills like the ability to think independently and reason logically – most critical in today's world - are often not aimed at or tested in school tests.

The focus on fundamentals is very important as when the child finishes studies he/she will have to face the competitive world armed with those fundamentals. Even while opting for higher studies, a 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 designed to test the fundamental strength of a student. Hence the need of the hour is to build the fundamental-base as strong and as early as possible. This exactly is the philosophy behind Unified Council's NSTSE.

In NSTSE, the emphasis for assessment of scholastic skills is mainly on Mathematics and Science.

NSTSE is unlike other tests in many different ways. It

  • Has interesting questions that require thinking, not simply a recall
  • Provides detailed skill-wise feedback highlighting strengths and weaknesses
  • Provides a benchmark of the student's performance and his/her peers.

Thus, NSTSE aims at improvement rather than comparison or grading. It also reduces the stress of exams by checking ‘understanding and reasoning’ rather than just ‘knowing’.

Making the younger generation stronger in fundamentals and Nourishing their minds for a bright and enterprising future

About NSTSE-online Exam :

'NSTSE-online' is a completely online exam. This exam does not require visiting any center and can be taken from the comfort of your home. All a student needs to have for taking this exam is a PC/Laptop with an Internet Connection and a Web-cam.


Student of classes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 are eligible to participate in this examination.

Exam Schedule:

Date of Examination : 28-01-2024 (Sunday)

Schedule and procedure will be informed to the candidate before 15 days of the exam.

Results will be declared after 45 days of the exam.

Exam Fee Structure:

Rs. 354/- (Including GST)

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

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 :

For Class 1 :

Mathematics : 15

General Science : 25

For Class 2 :

Mathematics : 20

GeneralScience : 30

For Classes 3 - 5 :

Mathematics : 25

General Science : 30

Critical Thinking : 05

For Classes 6 to 10 :

Mathematics : 25

Physics : 10

Chemistry : 10

Biology : 10

Critical Thinking : 05

Critical Thinking section includes a complex combination of skills like conscious application in real life, Logical & Inductive Reasoning, Tactics & Strategies in decision making, Subjective & Objective analysis.


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

Please refer to the syllabus provided.


Prizes for National Achievers

A. The Top Rankers and next 2 Rankers in each class are awarded Rs. 25000 and a Tablet PC respectively + a Memento to, each.

B) Rankers 4 to 10 of each class are each awarded a cash prize of Rs. 2000 each.

C) Rankers 11 to 100 of each class are each awarded Olympiad Coach Online Subscription worth Rs. 1198, a Medal and a Certificate of Appreciation, each.

Participation certificates are offered to all students who appear for the examination.

Prizes for State toppers

Top 3 rankers from each State are awarded with a special award for encouragement. He/she is awarded with Olympiad Coach Online Subscription worth Rs. 1198, a Medal and a Certificate of Appreciation.

While considering declaration of State ranks, students from Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Tripura and Mizoram, are considered under one group : North East States, and those from all Union Territories are considered under one group : All Union Territories.

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

Digital Certificate and Student’s Performance Report (SPR) is given to every participant.

Interpreting Results

Ranking: When more than one student gets an equal top score, priority for awarding ranks will be according to the marks acquired in the specified order of sections in the question paper.

In case of a tie in deciding a rank because of the same marks, the time taken for completing the test is considered for deciding the rank. One who has taken less time for completing, gets the upper rank.

1,10,00,000+ students have participated in the exams conducted by Unified Council till date.