About NTSE


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NTSE An Introduction
NTSE Scholarship 2015
Pattern of NTSE 2015
Important Dates for NTSE 2015
NTSE 2015 Syllabus

Eligibility for NTSE 2016
how to prepare for ntse 2016






NTSE An Introduction

National Talent Search Examination ( NTSE ) is a national-level scholarship program in India started in '1963' to identify and recognize students with high intellect and academic talent. The purpose of the examination is to identify talented students and nurture them. It is one of the most prestigious exams in India. Close to 300,000 students (a largely self selective group of students) appear in this scholarship exam every year, and 1,000 scholarships are awarded. The NTSE Scholarship is open to students of Indian nationality. Only students studying in Class X are eligible to appear for the selection process. As it is organized by NCERT, an official body, it is widely regarded by the Government of India as the most prestigious and the most difficult examination at high school level in the country.

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NTSE Scholarship 2015

For the year 2015, NCERT will conduct the National Talent Search Examination for students studying in Class X. On the basis of the National Talent Search Examination, 1000 scholarships will be awarded. The amount of scholarship will be as under:

  • Scholarship of Rs. 1250/- per month for Class-XI to XII. 
  • Scholarship of Rs. 2000/- per month for Undergraduates and Post-graduates.
  • Amount of Scholarship for Ph. D be fixed in accordance with the UGC norms.

Reservation in NTSE: 15% scholarships will be reserved for students belonging to the SC category, 7.5% scholarships for students belonging to the ST category and 3% for Physically Challenged Group of Students.

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Pattern of NTSE 2015

The states got complete autonomy to design and conduct their written examinations. However, they were advised to follow the national pattern which comprised MAT and SAT. The MAT, which consisted of 100 multiple choice type questions, was to be attempted by all the candidates. The SAT consisted of 25 multiple choice type questions each on eight subject areas namely Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Geography, Civics and Economics. The candidates could choose any four out of these eight subjects and had to answer a total of 100 questions in the SAT.

Students who qualifies first stage 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. Students studying overseas but are Indian citizens can participate in NTSE second stage directly.

  • Part-I: Mental Ability Test (MAT) + Language (English / Local Language)
  • Part-II: Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)(as given above)

There will be two-stage selection process for award of scholarship. For Stage-I, selection will be done by States/Union Territory’s through a written examination. Students, who qualify Stage-I, will be eligible to appear for Stage-II examination, conducted by NCERT.

Examination: The pattern of written examination will be as follows:

  • Stage I examination at the State/Union Territory level will comprise of two parts, namely (a) Mental Ability Test (MAT) and (b) Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), which also includes Language comprehensive Test.
  • The pattern of stage II examination will be intimated in due course.

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Important Dates for NTSE 2015

Dates for submission of application form and conduct of examination, are given below:



Tentative Dates

State-I (State)

Last Date for Submission of Application Form

31st August, 2014*

Examination in Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Andaman and Nicobar Islands

1st November, 2014

Examination in All other States and Union Territories

2nd November, 2014

State-II (National)

Examination in All States and Union Territories

10th May, 2015 (Sunday)

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NTSE Syllabus 2015

First level exam for class X

SAT: The syllabus for Mathematics, Science and Social Science will be broadly based on the prescribed respective State Board Syllabus from Std 9th - 10th class. Few states like Kerala refer both state board and NCERT books while few states like Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh ask questions primarily from their state board books. MAT: General questions Language: state board books covers a lot. More focus is on vocabulary, grammar and basic understanding. In 2013 - 14 Language in first stage is of qualifying nature only. From 2013-14 there would be negative marking (-1/3) in NTSE second stage.

Second level exam for class X

NCERT has announced new pattern for stage 2 exam, where each correctly answered question awards the student +1, while an incorrect answer deducts 1/3 marks.

Mental Ability Test: 50 questions 50 marks, Language test : 50 questions 50 marks, Scholastic Aptitude test: 100 questions 100 marks (40 questions from Science, 20 questions from maths, 40 questions from SST), SAT: The mathematics and science questions will be asked from the chapters in the syllabus of class 10th. The social science questions will be asked from class 10th.

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Eligibility for NTSE 2016

Eligibility for NTSE 2015: All students of Class X studying in recognized school are eligible to appear for the Stage - I examination, conducted by the States /Union Territory’s, in which the schools are located. There will be no domicile restriction.

Indian Students Studying abroad in Class X can appear directly for Stage II NTSE under conditions prescribed in the NTS brochure which is available on the NCERT website. Candidates may fill up the Application Form. Available on the NCERT Website and send to the undersigned along with a photocopy of the mark sheet of Previous examination, latest by February 28,2015.

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