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. 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%.
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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