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What is 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. For more details of NTSE, students can visit www.ncert.nic.in

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 (www.ncert.nic.in). Students who qualify Stage – I will be eligible to appear for Stage – II examination conducted by NCERT.

Why should I appear in NTSE ?

NTSE is one of the oldest and most prestigious scholarship exams in India. An NTSE scholar commands tremendous respect in the society. Around 1000 NTSE Scholars are finally awarded scholarships based on Stage – II.

It honours and helps talented students by providing financial assistance in the form of a monthly scholarship. The scholarships under the present scheme are awarded to the candidates for pursuing courses in sciences and social sciences up to doctoral level and in professional courses like medicine and engineering up to second-degree level subject to the fulfillment of the conditions.

Importance of NTSE in Class X ?

The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a National Level scholarship program in India to identify and nurture talented students.

Till year 2007, it was conducted for students of class X only and in the Stage-I and Stage-II, objective questions based on applications of fundamentals of subjects of Class IX and X are asked. Some questions are based on advance application of the subjects.

When a student prepares for NTSE, the preparation methodology is oriented to train the brain of student for understanding in-depth applications of all concepts of Science and Mathematics. This preparation helps students in grooming their brain for fundamental and advance applications which are asked in engineering and medical entrance examinations when student is in class XII.

NTSE preparation forms a strong foundation of students for higher level competitive and other scholarship examinations.

During Class XI, all bright students aspire for KVPY Fellowship (visit www.kvpy.org.in for details). Till year 2008 it was observed that almost all KVPY fellows were NTSE Scholars. This is because NTSE preparation starts building the application based foundation in students.

Till year 2009, it is proven history that students who were NTSE Scholars, have performed extraordinary in all engineering and medical entrance examinations.

Shifting NTSE back in Class X is boon for all students who are aspiring for higher level competitive examinations during their Class XI and XII.

How to Prepare for NTSE ?

Fundamental way to prepare for the National Talent Search Exam and become NTSE Scholar is by enhancing your knowledge and applications of the conceptual knowledge of the syllabus up to class X.

The most important skill for NTSE preparation is developing analytical thinking. This is a process in which the knowledge acquired, concepts learnt, misconceptions understood and fundamentals absorbed are woven together by the thinking skill to arrive at a logical and strategic solution to a given problem.

For some topics of Science and Mathematics advance in-depth applications are also required as about 15% questions in SAT paper asked are based on these applications. To cover these applications, knowledge of class XI or higher is not required. This can be done by exhaustive practice of advance problems on the syllabus of CBSE IX and X. Managing topics of Social Studies is a very important and strategic task, as in Stage – I knowledge of History, Geography and Civics up to zonal level is required, but in Stage – II students must have good knowledge of our country as a whole. Only CBSE text book will not be sufficient for preparation of stage – I, students need to refer State Board books also for regional knowledge.

 NTSE Exam Pattern

X Class

NTSE First Stage Examination consists of 2 parts (can vary in some states):

  1. Mental Ability test (MAT): 90 Questions, 90 minutes
  2. Scholastic Aptitude test (SAT): 90 Questions (35 questions from Science, 35 questions from Social Studies and 20 questions from Mathematics) 90 minutes.
  3. Social Science inlcudes His, Geo, civ and economics
  4. All questions MCQ (single correct answer)

NTSE Second Stage Examination consists of 2 parts:

  1. Mental Ability test (MAT): 50 Questions, 90 minutes
  2. Language Test – 50 questions
  3. Scholastic Aptitude test (SAT): 100 Questions , 90 minutes

Discontinuance of interview in National Talent Search Scheme The interview process for selection of awardees under National Talent Search Scheme is being discontinued from the selection year 2011. The candidates will be selected on the basis of merit in the second level written examination of Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and Mental Ability Test (MAT).

 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.)
Students of any Board studying at any recognized school can participate. Those who get qualified an enter the Second Level National Exam. The results of the same will be out on March of the next year.

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)

Declaration of Results

The results of the the National Level Examination shall be out by July–August the same year. Students are divided into 4 quotas: General, SC, ST, Disabled. Around 750 students will be selected from General quota, 150 from SC, 80 from ST and around 20 from Disabled quota. The results will be displayed on the website www.ncert.nic.in mid-July or early-August.


I Level Exam


The syllabi will comprise all fundamental lessons of verbal and non-verbal reasoning.


The syllabus for Mathematics, Science and Social Science will be broadly based on the prescribed respective State Board Syllabus from Std 10 (or in exceptions, Std 9) textbooks only.

II Level Exam


The syllabi will comprise all fundamental lessons of verbal and non-verbal reasoning.


The Mathematics and Science questions will be asked from the chapters in the syllabus of class 9th and 10th (advanced level). Social Studies is completely based on the NCERT book for CBSE students for Class 9th and 10th.


The students who qualify all the stages of NTSE successfully are eligible for scholarship. The amount of scholarship is Rs. 500/- per month for all the students studying in Class XI onwards(irrespective of class/course) except for Ph.D., wherein it is paid as per UGC norms . The older system of book grant has been removed. The criterion of parental income for deciding payment of scholarship has also been discontinued. Initially, there used to be a third level in the examination in which interview was supposed to be held. But in 2010 certain changes were made in the exam structure and from 2011 no interviews would be held in NTSE.

SCIENTIA’s training for NTSE not only makes a student capable to crack NTSE but develops a strong foundation for future higher level exams like IIT-JEE, AIEEE etc.

The recent announcement by NCERT to change the eligibility to appear in National Talent Search Exam (NTSE) now allows students who are currently in class X to compete in this exam. This late announcement throws a challenge for the students to outperform in this exam with limited time available for its preparation. SCIENTIA program will equip students completely to face this challenge with confidence.

SCIENTIA’s Crash Course for NTSE Selection

Program Focus & Objectives:

An ideal program developed keeping into the constraint of time available for preparation for NTSE stage – I for the students who wish to climb the ladder of success from class X itself. National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is the most prestigious Scholarship Exam for school studying students. Students of class X can appear in this exam and win scholarships for their entire Academic Career.

This program helps the student in understanding the basics of Science & Mathematics. Absolute clarity of concepts helps in increasing the IQ & reasoning ability and developing a strong foundation that is so essential for success in the career.

To help students excel in National Talent Search Examination (NTSE), SCIENTIA has various programs available depending on which class the student is studying in.


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