National Talent Search Examination(NTSE)| Eligibility,Important Dates,Syllabus, Exam Pattern

National Talent Search Examination(NTSE)

About NTSE:-

National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a national-level scholarship program in India to identify and recognize students with high intellect and academic talent.

  • 5,00,000 students appear for this scholarship exam every year
  • Only 1000 scholarships are awarded, out of which 775 are unreserved
  • The scholarships are awarded to candidates for pursuing courses in sciences and social sciences up to doctoral level and professional courses up to second-degree level
  • Scholarship of Rs. 1250 per month is awarded for class XI to XII.
  • Scholarship of Rs. 2000 per month is awarded for Undergraduates and Postgraduates.
  • The scholarship amount is fixed in accordance with the UGC norms for Ph.D.

Important Dates for NTSE 2018

Exam Dates for NTSE 2018

Tentative exam dates for NTSE 2018

Stage 1
States Dates
Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Andaman & Nicobar Islands 3rd November 2018
For other states and UTs 4th November 2018
Stage 2
All states and UTs 12th May 2019
Results Stage 1
All states and UTs 11th January 2019*
Results Stage 2
All states and UTs 19th August 2019*

* Dates are tentative and subject to change.

 NTSE Eligibility:- 

The National Talent Search Examination is open for students of Indian nationality whether they study in India or abroad at Class X level.

 Candidates Studying in India

Only the candidates selected by the States/UTs on the basis of their screening examination shall be eligible to appear in the National level examination to be conducted by the NCERT on the Second Sunday of May each year (unless otherwise notified). The NCERT will convey the roll number, the venue, the date and time for the national level examination to all such candidates directly through its portal

 Candidates Studying Abroad

Students of Indian nationality studying abroad at the Class X level may also compete for

Talent Search Award under the following conditions:

  • The Indian students studying abroad in Class X or equivalent class shall be exempted from the first level-screening test and shall be permitted to appear directly at the second level examination conducted by the NCERT.
  • A candidate shall be eligible to appear in the second level NTS examination only if he or she has obtained at least 60 per cent marks (in aggregate) at the previous annual examination.
  • A candidate will have to appear in the NTS examination at a centre in India at her/his own cost.
  • A candidate desiring to appear in the NTS examination may request through the Head of the Institution where he or she is studying along with an attested copy (by the Head of the Institution) of the mark sheet of Class IX. The request should reach the Head, Department of Educational Survey Division, NCERT, New Delhi-110016 latest by 31st December of the concerned year.
  • The Council shall allot roll numbers to the eligible candidates and inform them about the date, time and the venue of examination along with other relevant instructions.
  • If a candidate is selected, the scholarship shall be paid for pursuing studies in India only.
  • Change of center will be permitted in genuine cases and as per instructions issued from NCERT.

No request for change of Centre shall be entertained

How to apply

The students studying in Class X in the country ought to be on the lookout for any advertisement in the newspapers or circulars in the school by the respective Government of their State/UT for the above said examination and act as per the requirement given in the State advertisement/circular. Any other information/query about the details of the state level examination may be had from Liaison Officers of the State/UT agencies, the addresses of which are given in the Appendix.

The filled in application by the student be submitted to the State Liaison Officer duly signed by the Principal of the school before the due date as advertised/circulated by each concerned State/UT.

Medium of Examination

The medium of the test shall be as announced by the State/UT.


State may impose any fee for examination and/or for application form.


There is no prescribed syllabus for the NTS examination. However, the standard of items shall be conforming to the level of Classes IX and X. A separate booklet called ‘Learn about the Test’ containing sample items for both the Tests- MAT and SAT is available in print as well as on the NCERT website

Exam Pattern for NTSE

The exam is conducted in two stages and each stage consists of two tests namely the Mental Ability Test (MAT) and the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

Section Question Type Area of Assessment
Mental Ability Test (MAT)
  • Analogies
  • Classification
  • Series
  • Pattern perception
  • Hidden figures
  • Coding-decoding
  • Block assembly
  • Problem solving etc.
  • Power of reasoning
  • Ability to think
  • Evaluate or discriminate
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
  • Matching type
  • Arrange the sequence
  • True and False statements
  • Questions based on passages
  • Science (Physics, Chemistry and Biology)
  • Mathematics
  • History
  • Geography
  • Political Science
  • Economics
Language Test (LT)

Another component of the test is the language test.

This test contains 50 questions in English and 50 questions in Hindi.

The candidate has to attempt this test in only one language i.e. either in English or in Hindi.

Stage I
No. of Questions
Max. Marks
MAT (45 mins)
LT (45 mins)
SAT (90 mins)
Stage II
No. of Questions
Max. Marks
MAT (45 mins)
LT (45 mins)
SAT (90 mins)

Note: In Stage 2 (National Level), there will be negative marking in each paper. For each wrong answer, 1/3 mark will be deducted. No marks will be deducted for unattempted questions.

NTSE Selection Process

NTSE Selection process will be two-stage process for the award of scholarship. Stage I selection is done by States / UTs after a written examination. Students that qualify Stage I are eligible to appear for Stage II examination by NCERT.

Qualifying marks of Candidates from General category is 40% in every paper and the candidates from SC, ST, PH it is 32% in each paper.



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