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. The applicants should be less than 18 years of age on July 1 2017. The students should not be employed and should be appearing first time in the board exam. For stage-II, there is a quota for each State and Union Territory computed based on Student enrollment at secondary level. Indian students should have secured general 40% and other category students should score 32%.

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) Math, Science & S St. 150 150 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
Availability of Application August 2017
Last submission date of NTSE 2018 Application Form 21 September 2017
NTSE Stage I 2018 admit card End of October 2017
NTSE Stage I 2018 exam date (Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Andaman & Nicobar) 4 November 2017
NTSE Stage I 2018 exam date (Rest of India) 5 November 2017
NTSE Stage II 2018 Admit Card Release Late April 2018
NTSE Stage II 2018 exam 13 May 2018
NTSE Stage II 2018 Result August 2018


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  • Percentage & its Application
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