National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a national-level scholarship program in India to identify and recognize students with high intellect and academic talent and also offers cash awards to the successful candidates. It is one of the most prestigious exams in India. As it is organized by an official body (NCERT), it is widely regarded by the Government of India as the toughest and most prestigious examination at high school level in the country.

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NTSE Eligibility Criteria

Students studying in class X, across India are eligible for NTSE examination and scholarship programmes. The NTSE awards 1000 scholarships to students who successfully completes the examination and scores relevant marks as per the eligibility criteria. The amount of scholarship is Rs.500/- per month.

Under the Scholarship Reservation, 15% of the scholarships are reserved for SC category students, 7.5% for ST category students and 3% for physically challenged students. For appearing in the NTSE- an exam cum scholarship programme, every X class student must fulfill the NTSE Eligibility Criteria, which are set by the National Council of Education and Training (NCERT). The NTSE is conducted at two Levels- Level-I and Level-II. For the eligibility at Level-I, students must have

  • 1. Scored 60% marks in their class IX, during the previous academic year. In case of SC, ST and PH category students a relaxation of 5% is provided. The maximum score in their IX class must be 55% marks.
  • 2. Student should be from a recognized school in the respective State or Union Territory.

For Level-II, Students scoring the minimum eligible score can appear for the examination. After level-II exam, students are selected as per the merit for scholarships.

NTSE Exam Pattern

Once the students are eligible for Level-I of the examination, they must learn about the NTSE Exam Pattern. The exam is conducted at two Levels

The Level-I of the test is divided into two parts- Part I and Part II. The part 1 of the test is Mental Ability test (MAT), which consists of reasoning and logical based questions. In this part students have to answer questions related to power of reasoning, ability to think, evaluate, ability to discriminate and visualize. The number of questions students have to answer is 50 which are related to analogies, classifications, series, pattern perception, coding-decoding, hidden figures and problem solving etc. The second part of this test is Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), in which students have to attempt 150 questions related to Language.

The Level-II of the test is divided into two parts- Part I and Part II. Part-I is same as the MAT of Level-I, but part-II of SAT consists of 100 questions related to Maths, Science and Social studies. The SAT section is designed to judge reading abilities, interpretation, evaluation and general awareness about the subjects.

Test No. Of Questions Maximum Marks Time Allotted Marks
LEVEL-I        
MAT 50 50 45 minutes +1 for right answer, zero marks for wrong answer
SAT-Language Test 50 50 45 minutes  
LEVEL-II        
SAT-Maths, Science, Social Science 100 100 90 minutes +1 for right answer, -1/3 marks for wrong answer

Students of class X, who have appeared in the examination are now selected as per the selection procedure and marks obtained in the examination.

NTSE Selection Procedure

The NTSE Selection Procedure selects only the scholars only on the basis of the scores achieved in the final National level test. NCERT selects only those candidates who have successfully achieved the required score in the final stage of the examination and provide scholarships depending on the merit.

At Level-I, selection is done at State or UT level through a written examination. After qualifying Level-I a student appears for Level-II, which is conducted by NCERT nationally. Every student who scores the required number of marks at Level-II is eligible for the scholarship program.

Each year almost 4000 students are selected from Level-I of the examination, who then appear in the Level-II examination, which is conducted nationally.

NTSE Important Dates

The dates mentioned in the box are tentative and are given on the basis of last year's exam schedule.

Stage Area Tentative Dates
Level-I (State) Last date of submission of application form August
  Examination in Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Andaman and Nicobar Islands November
  Examination in all other States/UT November
Level-II (National) Examination in all States and UT May

The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is an important examination for class X students only, as it gives a platform to students to compete at national level and avail scholarships for their further education.