NTSE or National Talent Search Examination conducted by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). It is a national level exam, conducted only for 10th standard students .The objective of the exam is to provide scholarships to the exemplary students studying in class 10th. It is a matter of great honor and esteem for students to be known as the nation’s talent. The exam is conducted in two stages – Stage I and II.

The Stage 1 exam is a state-level exam and is conducted by all the Indian states and UTs. NCERT conducts Stage 2 exam which is a National level examination. Only those students who qualify in NTSE stage 1 will be eligible to appear for the Stage II exam.



Total number of questions

Total marks



Paper 1-MAT (Mental Ability Tests)

100 Questions


Aptitude Test

120 Minutes

Paper 2-SAT (Scholastic Ability Tests)

100 Questions(Science – 40, Social Science – 40, Mathematics – 20)


Science, Social Science, Mathematics

120 Minutes

The students must have clarity regarding the exam pattern for better preparation.The NTSE is conducted in two stages i.e. Stage I and Stage II. The NTSE paper is available in both Hindi and English medium. The students get a choice to select any one language. The paper is divided into two sections i.e. Mental Ability Test (MAT), and Scholastic Ability Test (SAT).

The paper is comprised of Objective type multiple choice questions.

The examination is conducted through the offline mode only.

For every correct answer, 1 mark will be given and there is no negative marking at stage 1 and stage 2.

Reserved category candidates have to secure 32% marks to qualify the test, whereas general category candidates have to secure 40% marks to qualify the exam.


The primary objective of conducting NTSE is to award scholarships to potential candidates who are aspiring to pursue higher education in Science or Social Studies stream. These scholarships takes away some of your financial concerns and provide you more time to study, gain knowledge and secure better marks. NTSE scholarship will be awarded on the basis of the aggregate performance of students in both the stages of the examination.

NTSE scholars are granted a scholarship of Rs. 1250 per month for Class XI and XII and Rs. 2000 per month for graduation and higher studies by Indian government.

Rs. 1250 per month

For Class XI and XII

Rs. 2000 per month

For graduation and higher studies by Indian government