NTSE Exam Syllabus & Eligibility Criteria
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National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is an exam under NTS scheme to award scholarship to students studying at the Class X level. Scholarships are awarded up to Ph.D. in Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, Languages, Commerce, Vocational Studies and Fine arts. And up to second degree level for professional courses in medicines, engineering, technology, management and law. NTSE is a two-tier examination conducted in two stages. NTS stage-I is conducted by States and Union Territories whereas NCERT conducts stage-II examination.

NTSE consists of Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) having multiple choice questions. Every year about 1000 scholarships are awarded.

Eligibility Criteria

All students studying in Class X in any recognized school is eligible to appear in Stage-I NTS exam. Additionally, State/UT can impose any eligibility criteria to appear in Stage-I. For stage-II, there is a quota for each State and Union Territory computed based on Student enrollment at secondary level. Students with Indian Nationality studying abroad need to secure 60% marks in previous examination to apply for NTS exam. Such students, if selected, need to appear for Stage-II NTSE directly.

Exam Pattern

There are 3 papers in both stages –

  • 1. Mental Ability Test (MAT),
  • 2. Language Test and
  • 3. Scholastic Ability Test (SAT).

Questions are in the form of multiple choices with negative marking deducting 1/3 marks. The tests are available in Asamiya, Bangla, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Malyalam, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. However, language test is available in two languages – English & Hindi.

Test No. of Questions Maximum Marks Time
Mental Ability Test (MAT) 50 50 45 minutes
Language Test 50 50 45 minutes
Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) 100 100 90 minutes

Application Procedure

  • 1. Candidates need to apply for NTSE Stage-I as per the advertisement or circular issued by the respective State/UT Government.
  • 2. Applications and form fees need to be submitted to Liaison officer of State/UT as and when mentioned in the advertisement.
  • 3. NCERT will send the examination details and roll numbers directly to the selected candidates through speed post. No separate application or fee is required NTSE Stage-II.
  • 4. Students with Indian Nationality studying abroad need to apply through the Head of the Institution where they are presently studying. These applications need to be sent to Head Educational Survey Division, NCERT, Delhi – 16 with the attested copy of Class IX.

Important Dates

Events Estimated Dates
Last submission date of NTSE 2017 Application Form To be notified by the respective State/UT. It may vary from state to state
Stage 1 Exam in Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Andaman & Nicobar Islands November 5, 2016
Stage 1 Exam in all other States/UTs November 6, 2016
Stage 1 Exam in Bihar & West Bengal states November 13, 2016
Stage 2 Exam in all the States/UTs May 14, 2017


  • Algebraic Expressions
  • Arithmetic
  • Arithmetic Progressions
  • Basic Geometry
  • Circles
  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Direct & inverse variation
  • Exponent
  • Linear Equation
  • Mensuration
  • Number System
  • Percentage & its Application
  • Playing with Numbers
  • Probability
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Rational Numbers
  • Simple interest & Compound interest
  • Square Root & Cube Root
  • Statistics
  • Surface Areas and Volumes
  • Triangles
  • Trigonometry
  • Antonyms
  • English Grammar
  • One word substitution
  • Paragraph Completion
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Rearrangement of Jumbled Words
  • Sentence Completion
  • Synonyms