NTSE - National Talent Search Examination

About NTSE

NTSE is by far the most prestigious of all the National level talent search examinations conducted in India for school students. The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) conduct this exam to identify and nurture the talented students. It honors 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. 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. Around 1000 NTSE Scholars are finally awarded scholarships based on Stage – II. Quota for State/UT will be computed proportionally on the basis of students enrolment in Class IX and X in that state.

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


Students of Class-X in recognized schools can appear in the exam.

Medium of Examination:

English and Hindi


  • Since it is conducted by a government body, it is widely accepted and respected in all class of society.
  • It honors 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.

Syllabus and Subjects :

Stage – I (Examination at the State level) : The examination consists of tests, namely Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). The items in the MAT and SAT are multiple choice questions. Each question has four alternatives. The candidate has to select one correct answer from the given alternatives and mark its number in the answer-sheet as per instructions given on the answer sheet. Each correct answer carries one mark. Thus, the total score of a candidate in a test is equal to the number of questions answered correctly by him/her.

Test No. of Questions Maximum Marks Time
(i) Mental Ability Test 50 50 45 minutes
ii) Scholastic Aptitude Test
a) Language Test 50 50 45 minutes
b) Sciences, Mathematics & Social Sciences 100 100 90 minutes

Stage - II (Examination at the National Level) : Written examination in this stage will follow same pattern as in stage I. But in addition there will be an interview in which general awareness play an important role.

How to apply:

Forms are available in schools or can be downloaded from the NCERT websites.

Important Dates :

Stage Area Dates
Stage I (State) Last Date for Submission of Application Form 31st August, 2013
Examination in Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Andaman and Nicobar Islands 16th November, 2013
Examination in All other States and Union Territories 17th November, 2013
Stage II (National) Examination in All States and Union Territories 11th May, 2014 (Sunday)