National Talent Search Examination or NTSE is one of the most sought-after national level examinations conducted by National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) for the purpose of identifying and recognizing students with high intellect and academic talent, and facilitating their education by means of scholarship.

Eligible Candidates

Standard 10th Candidates (CBSE, ICSE or State Board)


Science, Mathematics, Social Science, Mental Ability

Question Type

Objective (Multiple Choice) types

Paper Pattern

Pen and paper (Offline Mode)


4 hours


English, Hindi and 11 other languages

Marking Scheme

+1 for correct response and no negative marking for incorrect response.

Exam Dates

Stage I: December 12 and 13, 2020 and Stage II: Postponed

About NTSE

National Talent Search Examination or NTSE is one of the most sought-after national level examinations conducted by National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) for the purpose of  identifying and recognizing students with high intellect and academic talent, and facilitating their education by means of scholarship.

As on date 2000 scholarships are awarded in the country with reservation of 15 % for SC, 7.5 % for ST and 27 % for other backward classes and 4 % for group of students with benchmark disabilities. 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.

The amount of scholarship is fixed to Rs. 1250 per month for 11th and 12th grade students; Rs. 2000 per month for UG and PG students. Apart from monetary benefit the NTSE SCHOLARS tag acts as an differentiator when mentioned in CV.

NTSE exam is held in 2 stages namely Stage 1, managed by The State Council Educational Research and Training (SCERT) and Stage 2, managed by NCERT.

The stage 1 or the state level screening examination is conducted in all State/UT’s on first Sunday of November except in Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Island, Meghalaya and Mizoram where it is conducted on first Saturday of November every year until and unless some special circumstances occur.

While the stage 2 is conducted on 2nd Sunday of may every year, unless some special circumstances occur.

Exam Pattern and Syllabus

NTSE exam is held in 2 stages namely Stage1, managed by state education board and Stage2, managed by NCERT. Each stage comprises of two tests, namely the MAT (Mental Ability Test) and the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test).

For both the stages the exam pattern remains same. The test is completely offline (pen paper based) and the candidate needs to answer a total of 200 questions in a 4 hours in two papers, all of which is multiple choice.

Paper 1 is the mental ability test, or MAT, wherein the candidate needs to answer 100 question in 2hours (2hr 30mins for visually challenged). There is no negative marking and each question carries one marks. The timing of the papers are also fixed from 9:30AM to 11:30AM.

After 1st paper there is a 2 hour break after which the second test or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) commences. SAT also comprises of 100 questions and needs to be answered in 2hours from 1:30PM to 3:30PM. The marking scheme for SAT is also +1 For each correct answer and there is no negative marking. The 100 questions of SAT can be further grouped in 40 questions of science, 40 of social science and 20 of maths.


There is no prescribed syllabus for NTSE. However, the standard of items shall be conforming to the level of Classes IX and X.

From the past year trends the topics from which questions are asked are-


Verbal and Non Verbal Analogy

Verbal and Non Verbal Series



Distance and Direction

Blood Relations

Alphabet and Number Test

Ranking and Arrangements

Venn Diagrams

Mathematical Operations

Calendar, Time and Clock

Missing Characters

Embedded Figures

Paper Cutting and Folding

Cube and Dice

Word Problems

Water and Mirror Images

NTSE Syllabus For SAT: Science


Magnetism and Electricity


Motion and Force

Work and Energy

Light and Sound

The Universe

Source of Energy


Acid, Bases, Salt

Periodic Classification of Elements

Metals and Non Metals

Structure of Atom

Physical and Chemical Changes

Carbon and its Compounds

Fibres and Plastics







Life Processes

Heredity and Evolution

Food Production and Management

Diversity in Living Organisms

Plant and Animal Nutrition

Human Body

Cellular Level of Organisation

Some Common Diseases

Our Environment

NTSE Syllabus For SAT: Social Science



French Revolution


Industrial Revolution


British Raj


Mughal Empire


Maurya Empire


Early Medieval Period


Medieval Architecture and Culture


Indian Freedom Struggle


Early States


Indus Valley Civilization


Jainism and Buddhism


Conquerors from Distant Lands


Popular Movements and Social Reforms


Nationalism in Various Countries


Introduction and Sources of Ancient Indian History


Vedic Period


World War I and II


New Empires and Kingdoms


World History


UN and International Agencies



Water Resources








Resources and Development


Diversity and Livelihood


Internal Structure of the Earth and Rocks


Maps and Globe


Natural Vegetation


Our Country – India


India and its Neighbors


Motion of the Earth


Climate – India and World


Indian Physiographic Division


Drainage in India


Solar System


Major Domains and landforms





Indian Constitution


Local and State Government




Indian Government


NTSE Syllabus For SAT: Mathematics

Arithmetic Progressions

Number Systems


Real Numbers

Quadratic Equations

Rational Numbers

Square Roots and Cube Roots

Direct and Inverse Variation



Surface Areas and Volumes



Simple and Compound Interest



Coordinate Geometry

Linear Equations in Two Variables

Introduction to Euclid’s Geometry

Statistics and Probability



Fees and Eligibility

All students studying in Class X in any type of recognized school including Kendriya Vidyalaya, Navodaya Vidyalaya, and Sainik School etc. will be eligible to appear at the State Level Examination from the State in which the school is located. However, no domicile restriction shall be imposed.

The state may impose any other eligibility condition for appearing in the screening examination like any qualifying %age of marks in the previous annual examination etc. Students registered under Open and Distance Learning (ODL) are also eligible for scholarship provided the students are below the age of 18 years (as on 1st July of that particular year) the students is not employed and they are appearing in class X for the first time. State may impose any fee for examination and/or for application form, hence the fees varies state to state.

Application Procedure

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.

List of LO for different states can be obtained from the

link- http://www.ntsescholars.com/ntse_official_link.php

NTSE Exam Details

Exam Name

  • National Talent Search Examination
  • Commonly known as NTSE

Conducted by

  • NTSE Stage 1 is conducted by respective states/UTs
  • National level or NTSE stage II is conducted by NCERT

Exam Level

National Level

Class Level

Class 10th

Total Scholarships


Scholarship Amount

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

Scholarship level

Up to Ph. D. level

Exam Mode

Offline Examination

Exam Papers

Mental Aptitude Test (MAT)
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

Test Duration

120 minutes for each paper (MAT & SAT) at each level i.e. a total of 240 minutes. (same for both the stages)

Total Exam Centers

For NTSE Stage I exam - In all 29 states and 7 UTs

For NTSE Stage II - 35 exam cities

Registration dates

Registration began in August 2018 and the last date of application is notified by respective State/UT separately

Exam dates for NTSE Stage I exam 2020-21

December 12, 2020 for Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

December 13, 2020 for All other states and UTs

Exam date for NTSE Stage 2 exam 2021

Postponed, for all states and UTs

Exam Helpline for NTSE Stage II examination only

Phone number - 011-26560464

e-mail - [email protected]

Official Website


NTSE 2020 Exam dates


Stage I dates

Stage II dates

NTSE application dates

October 2020

No registration

NTSE Admit card dates

November 2020

Third week of May 2021

NTSE Exam dates

December 12 and 13, 2020


NTSE Result dates

January – March 2021

October 2021

NTSE Stage II Result

The National Talent Search Examination Stage II result which was conducted on 16th June 2019 (Sunday) announced. Click below category wise final result links.

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