National Level Science Talent Search Examination (NSTSE)

NSTSE is a diagnostic test which actually helps students improve. 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.

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.

NSTSE is unlike other tests in many different ways.
1) It has interesting questions that require thinking, not simply recall.
2) It provides detailed skill-wise feedback highlighting strengths and weaknesses
3) It 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.

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

How NSTSE is different from other tests
Feature NSTSE Other Talent & Olympiad Exams Annual School Exams Board Exams
Developed for Indian Curriculum OK OK OK OK
Tests Academic Learning OK OK OK OK
Scientifically Designe OK X X OK
Tests conceptual learning (not general skills only) OK X OK OK
Skill-based, not fact- or rote-based OK X OK OK
Diagnostic Test OK X OK OK

Prizes

Details of Awards

  1. 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.
  2. The top 3 rankers of NSTSE-2017 will be awarded with a Tablet PC + Memento+Medal.
  3. The next rankers in each class (Ranks 4-25) of classes II-XII will be awarded with a cash prize of Rs. 1000.
  4. Rankers 26-100 of each class will be awarded with BMA’s Talent & Olympiad Exams Resource Book from M/S. Brain Mapping Academy.
  5. All National, State & City Rankers of Classes 1-9 will be offered a Voucher worth Rs. 400 from www.mapmySTEP.com – India’s FIRST scientifically designed portal for Olympiad& Talent exams preparation.
  6. All the rankers (1-100) will be awarded with a Britannica Concise Encyclopedia and The World-2 CD PACK worth Rs. 1594 a Medal and a certificate of appreciation.
  7. Participation certificates for all the students who appeared for the examination.

PRIZES FOR STATE TOPPERS

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 and The World-2 CD PACK worth Rs. 1594 & certificate of appreciation.

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

Consolation Prizes

Top ranker in each class from selected cities* will be awarded with a Britannica Concise Encyclopedia and The World-2 CD PACK worth Rs. 1594 & certificate of appreciation.

List of Selected Cities: Bangalore, Bareilly, Bhubaneswar + Cuttack, Chandigarh + Mohali + Panchkula, Chennai, Faridabad + Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Indore, Jalandhar, Jaipur, Kolkata, Kanpur, Kota, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nasik, Noida + Ghaziabad, Pune, Varanasi,Yamuna nagar + Karnal + Ambala + Kurukshetra, Vadodara and Visakhapatnam

Note: - State wise ranks are declared after excluding the top 100 ranks across the country.
           City Rank (for every Class) will be declared for the classes having a minimum of 500 students in a particular city.

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 (refer B).

Eligibility

Students studying Classes

  1. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
  2. 11(PCM) and 11(PCB)
  3. 12(PCM) and 12(PCM)

There is no exam for 11, 12 PCMB group.
There is no open center facility for Class -1 Students.
Class -1 Students are requested to apply through respective schools only.
NSTSE follows CBSE syllabus, Question Papers are also suitable for Students of ICSE/ISC and Various State Board/Matriculation Syllabi.

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 No. Of Questions Marks
1 40 40
2 50 50
3 75 75
4-12 100 100
Duration of the examination for all classes 90 minutes.

Division of marks in the Question Paper :
For Classes I
Mathematics 25
Science 15
For Classes II
Mathematics 25
Science 25
For Classes III
Mathematics 40
Science 35
For Classes IV & V
Mathematics 45
Science 45
General Questions 10
For Classes VI & X
Mathematics 25
Physics 25
Chemistry 20
Biology 20
General Questions 10
For Classes XI & XII (PCM)
Mathematics 40
Physics 25
Chemistry 25
General Questions 10
For Classes XI & XII (PCB)
Biology 40
Physics 25
Chemistry 25
General Questions 10

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 of ICSE/ISC and Various State Board/Matriculation Syllabi.

Exam Schedule

Date of Examination : 24-01-2017 (Tuesday) & 05-02-2017 (Sunday)

Time : 10:30 A.M. to 12:00 Noon

Last Date for Receipt of Applications : 26-10-2016

EXAM FEE

Individual Registration:
We shall not accept direct/individual applications for the NSTSE-2017.
The venue for this exam will be their respective school.
Students are requested to register through their respective school only.
For further details please contact the teacher-in-charge at your school.

Registration through School:
Examination Fee : Rs. 120 (Rupees One Hundred and Twenty Only)
Model Question Papers : Rs. 40 (Rupees Forty Only)
Students desirous of referring to previous years’ Question Papers should add Rs. 40 for a set of Question Papers ( This set is a combination of previous NSTSE Question Papers and Model Question Papers)
Students Performance Report : Rs. 15 (Rupees Fifteen Only)
Note: Student's Performance Report (SPR) is unique & a useful tool for students to know their academic strengths and weaknesses. SPR provides real feedback on real learning. We request you to encourage every student to opt for SPR.

HOW TO APPLY

Individual Registration :
We shall not accept direct/individual applications for the NSTSE-2017.
This exam is for the students participating through their respective school only.
The venue for this exam will be their respective school. Students are requested to register through their respective school only.
For further details please contact the teacher-in-charge at your school.

Registration through School :
Please send a single consolidated Demand Draft for the exam fee of all the students appearing for the NSTSE from your school.
D.D. should be drawn in favour of UNIFIED COUNCIL payable at HYDERABAD.
Frame the list of students in the FORMAT (preferably typed and send it to our address along with the D.D by Courier Service/Register post / Speed Post.
For further details and complete school information brochure please send a E-mail.