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NTSE- National Talent Search Exam

National Talent Search Exam (NTSE) is a scholarship programme conducted by NCERT, as a part of their National Talent Search Scheme launched way back in 1963 with an objective to identify talented students and encourage them to pursue higher education. The scheme provides financial assistance to meritorious students in the form of monthly scholarship.
Students who are awarded the scholarship receive financial assistance up to Ph.D level in Social Sciences, Basic Sciences and Commerce. The scheme has undergone many changes in the pattern, structure and various other aspects over the years in response to the changing needs of the children and the conditions of the society. Though it was initially aimed at motivating deserving students to go for higher studies, with the growing importance to higher education in the present day society, the objective of the programme is more focussed on recognising students with extremely high intellectual abilities and academic excellence. That means, in addition to providing scholarships to students throughout their future academic career, a rewarding performance in NTSE has now become a very valuable addition to the credentials of a child.


Eligibility: All students studying in recognised schools of class X are eligible to appear for the Stage-I NTS Examination. Student from any board can appear for the examination. The scheme is open only to students of Indian nationality.

However, Indian students studying Abroad in class 10 can appear directly for     Stage-II NTS Examination.

How many Scholarships are awarded and what is the Scholarship that one receives:

As per the present rules of the scheme, each year 1000 scholarships awarded.


(a) A scholarship of Rs.1250/- per month for class-XI to XII, earlier it was Rs. 500 per month.
(b) A scholarship of Rs.2000/- per month for Undergraduates and Post-graduates, earlier it was Rs. 500 per month.
(c) The amount of Scholarship for Ph.D. will be fixed in accordance with the UGC norms.
Mode of Selection: The selection process consists of two levels, the preliminary exam (Stage - I) is conducted by the respective state/UT boards generally in the month of November. The students who qualify in Stage - I, appear for Stage - II examination conducted by NTSE generally in the month of May. The notification for this examination is generally released in the month of July by NCERT.

Reservation: 15% scholarships are reserved for students belonging to SC category, 7.5% for students belonging to ST category and 3% scholarships are reserved for students who belong to PC (Physically Challenged) Category.


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NTSE Examination Pattern

Examination will be organised in two sessions on the very same day.

First Stage:

  1. Part I: Mental Ability Test (MAT): 50 Questions of 50 Marks: Time 45 Minutes
  2. Part II: Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) comprises of-
  3. Language Test: 50 Questions of 50 Marks in 45 minutes
  4. Mathematics: 30 marks, Science: 35 marks & Social Sciences: 35 marks Total 100 questions of 100 marks in 90 minutes
    Total 200 question 200 marks 180minutes


Second Stage:

Test No of questions Maximum Marks Time
(i) Mental Ability Test (MAT) 50 50 45
(ii) Language Test (LT) English/Hindi 50 50 45
(iii) Scholastic Aptitude Test 100 100 90

Note: At stage 2 (National level), there will be negative marking in each paper for each wrong answer 1/3 marks will be deducted. No marks will be deducted for un attempted questions.

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