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.
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.
There are 3 papers in both stages –
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.
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