NTSE

National Talent Search Examination

National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a scholarship program which was introduced by NCERT in 1961 as an initiative to identify and promote academic talent. While it was started only for the students of Delhi, today NTSE is the most prestigious national-level scholarship exam conducted at secondary school level.
NTSE is conducted in two stages for the students of class 10. 1000 scholarships are awarded every year out of which 250 are reserved for SC, ST and physically challenged students.

NTSE Scholar Advantages:
It is a matter for honour and repute to hold the title of an ‘NTSE Scholar’. You’ll reap its benefits throughout life. Here are a few advantages you get as soon as you receive the scholarship in class 10.

  • Most of the recognised coaching centres which prepare students for careers in science discipline (JEE, medical, etc.) offer free admission and up to 50% off on preparation material.
  • If you’re a IIIT-Delhi aspirant, a bonus of 6 marks is added to your JEE Main score while considering admission into the institute.
  • A number of foreign universities which offer undergraduate courses in science give preference to NTSE scholars during selections.
  • Bagging internships during early years of college (when you have nothing substantial on your resume) is easier as compared to others.
  • A monthly scholarship of Rs 1250 is given to NTSE scholars for pursuing science, social science, humanities, fine arts, languages, commerce, or vocational studies in class 11 and 12. The scholarship amount is increased to Rs 2000 per month from undergraduate up to doctoral level.
  • Benefits during NDA selections.

NTSE Stages
NTSE is conducted in two stages, Stage-1 and Stage-2, the details of which are mentioned below.
NTSE Stage-1:

  • It is conducted at the state or union territory level.
  • Candidates can apply for the first stage from their respective states.
  • Results are announced separately for different states and union territories.
  • Candidates must score a minimum of 10 marks each in MAT, SAT and Language Paper to qualify for NTSE Stage-2.
  • About 4000 students qualify Stage-1 who then become eligible to participate in Stage-2.

NTSE Stage-2:

  • It is conducted at the national level.
  • Candidates who qualify Stage-1 can appear for Stage-2 exam.
  • Questions are not asked from the language section in this paper. There are 100 questions each from MAT as well as SAT.
  • Candidate must score well individually in SAT and MAT to qualify Stage-2.
  • Top 1000 candidates who qualify Stage-2 will be given the prestigious NTSE scholarships.

Exam Pattern

The question paper is divided into two sections – Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT).
MAT: The questions in this section are designed to judge the ability to think, power of reasoning, ability to judge, evaluate, visualise in space, etc. Questions are asked from series, analogies, pattern perception, classification, coding-decoding, problem solving, hidden figures, block assembly, etc.
SAT: The questions in this section is further divided into language test and test for science, math and social sciences. The language test will consist of questions either from English or Hindi (as selected by the user).
Note: SAT and MAT questions are asked in both NTSE Stage-1 and Stage-2. However, the language test in omitted in NTSE Stage-2. Stage-2 has 100 questions each from SAT and MAT.

  • Mode of Exam: NTSE is a pen-and-paper based (offline) test.
  • Exam Duration: Candidates are given 3 hours to complete the paper.
  • Language for Question Paper: You have the option to take the paper in Assamese, Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu or Urdu.
  • Question Type: The questions are of MCQ type with 4 alternatives per question.
  • Marking Scheme: Candidates will be awarded +1 for a correct response. There is no negative marking for incorrect answers.
  • Qualifying Marks: Qualifying marks for candidates of General category is 40% in each paper. For SC, ST and physically handicapped 32% in each paper.
Section Questions Marks Time
Mental Ability Test (MAT) 50 50 45 minutes
Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT)

a)Science, Math & Social Science

b) Language Test

100
50

100
50

90 Minutes

45 Minutes

TOTAL 200 200 3 Hours