National Talent Search Examination

NTSE is a National Level Examination conducted by NCERT to provide the scholarship to the deserving candidates. This exam is for secondary school level to identify and recognize students with high intellect and skills. The examination is conducted every year at 2 levels: Stage 1 (State Level) and Stage 2 (National level).
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About NTSE

The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a National Level scholarship program in India to identify and nurture talented students. It honours and helps talented students by providing financial assistance in the form of a monthly scholarship for the entire Academic Career. Students studying in Class X are eligible to appear for the selection process. As it is organized by an official body (NCERT), it is widely regarded as the most prestigious examination at high school level in India.

There is a two-stage selection process for award of scholarship. For Stage – I, selection will be done by States/UTs through the written examination. Each State/Union Territory has been allotted a quota to recommend a specific number of candidates for the Stage – II examination, the details of which are available on NCERT website ( Students who qualify Stage – I will be eligible to appear for Stage – II examination conducted by NCERT.

Selection procedure

Identification of talent comprises a two-stage selection process.
NTSE Stage- I conducted by the State / UT (usually in November) – FOR CLASS X STUDENTS
NTSE Stage-II conducted at the National Level (usually in May) – FOR Stage-I Qualified Students only

Stage-I : State level examination

The first level exam is the state level examination, which has two parts for nominating the required number of candidates for the second level test to be conducted by the DSERT.
Part-I: Mental Ability Test (MAT), and

Part-II:Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)(with questions on History, Civics, Geography, Economics, Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.)

Stage – II : National level examination

Candidates acquiring more than the required percentage in the state level examination and standing within a specified number of top ranks (state quota) are eligible to appear for the national level examination (about top 4000 students from the entire country). The national level examination has two parts for nominating the required number of candidates for the interviews to be conducted by the NCERT in May:
Part-I: Ability Test (MAT)
Part-II:Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)(as given above)

Exam Pattern

  • Conducting Body: NCERT (National Council of Education Research and Training)
  • Exam Mode: Offline
  • Medium of Question Paper: The question paper will be asked in both English & Hindi Language.
  • Type of Questions: Objective Type Questions (Stage 1: 200 Questions), (Stage 2: 200 Questions)
  • Duration of Exam: 120 Minutes ( For each part)
  • Sections: 2 (Mental Ability Test and Scholastic Ability Test)

NTSE Scholarship/ Fellowship

  • Rs. 1250 per month for Class 11-12
  • Rs. 2000 per month for UG and PG level
  • As per UGC norms for research level