NTSE (National Talent Search Examination)

NTSE (National Talent Search Examination)

NTSE (National Talent Search Examination)

NTSE – What Is NTSE Exam 

National Talent Search Examination or NTSE is a national level exam conducted by NCERT ( National Council of Educational Research and Training ) for students studying in 10th standard. It provides scholarships for studying higher education in Science or Social Science to outstanding, potential students based on their merit in the exam. The exam is conducted in Stage 1 and Stage 2. Only candidates qualifying Stage 1 will be able to sit for Stage 2.  To be qualified for this exam is a matter of great esteem and pride. In this article, we will be discussing everything students need to know about NTSE.

About NTSE

Name of the Examination- NTSE ( National Talent Search Examination)

Conducting Body- NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training )

Stages of Examination- 2 (Stage 1- State Level, Stage 2- National Level)

Frequency- Once a year

Time- 240 minutes/4 hours (120 minutes for MAT, 120 minutes for SAT)

Filling of Application- Online

Mode of Examination- Offline

NTSE Eligibility Criteria

Age Limit- 

All the candidates appearing for the NTSE examination should meet the basic age requirement which is below 18 years of age.

 Stage 1

Educational Qualification-

1) Must be studying in class 10th from any recognized private/public school in India.

2) Must have secured a minimum of 60% marks in 9th grade.

3) Students registered under Open Distance Learning(ODL)and studying in class 10th can also appear for the exam.


Indian, with no domicile restrictions. Can be of any State/Union Territory under the Indian geographical space.

 Stage 2

Candidates must qualify for Stage 1 of the examination to be eligible for appearing in Stage 2.

NTSE Exam Structure

a) The NTSE exam pattern for both the stages is divided into two papers:

MAT(Mental Ability Test)

SAT(Scholastic Aptitude Test)

b) Total no. of questions in each paper is 100. 

c) The time limit is 120 minutes for each paper.

d) 1 mark will be awarded for each correct answer and no marks will be deducted for wrong answers in Stage 1. 

1 mark will be awarded for each correct answer and 1/3rd of the marks will be deducted for every wrong answer in Stage 2.

e) The passing marks in each paper for General Category students is 40%.

The passing marks in each paper for SC, ST, and Physically Handicapped Students is 32%.

NTSE 2022 Exam Pattern

The NTSE Exam Pattern has been clearly explained in the table below:

Paper 1 (MAT)Exam Pattern

No. of questionsTotal MarksTime Duration
100100120 minutes/2 hours

Paper 2 (SAT)Exam Pattern

SubjectsNo. of questionsTotal MarksTime duration
Science4040120 minutes/2 hours
Social Science4040

NTSE Syllabus


MAT, as the name suggests, tests the mental analytical, and logical reasoning skills of the students. Students need to practice Mathematics rigorously and prepare the given syllabus well to clear this exam.

The syllabus for MAT is divided into two parts: Verbal and Non-Verbal Analogy and Verbal and Non-Verbal Series.

The detailed syllabus for MAT has been explained in the table below:

MAT Verbal Reasoning

ClassificationVenn DiagramsEmbedded Figures
Distance and DirectionCalendarCube and Dice
Alphabet and Number TestTime and ClockWater and Mirror Images

MAT Non-Verbal Reasoning

Coding-DecodingBlood RelationsAnalogiesRanking and Arrangements
Mathematical OperationsMissing CharactersWord ProblemsPaper Cutting and Folding


SAT is conducted in two parts. The first part is Language Test and the second part includes subjects like Science, Social Science, and Math. SAT tests the academic knowledge as well as the application and reading skills of the students.

NTSE SAT Language Syllabus

Antonyms and Synonyms  Basic Grammar Rules
Filling the gapsComprehension
One Word SubstitutionRearranging Jumbled Words

NTSE SAT Social Science Syllabus (History, Geography, Civics)

British RajCulture, Science and LiteratureDemocracy and Elections
Diversity and LivelihoodEarly Medieval PeriodEarly States
18th C Political FormationAncient Indian HistoryIndia and its neighbors
Local and state governmentIndian EconomicsIndian Freedom Struggle
Indus Valley CivilisationIndustrial RevolutionIndustries
The Delhi SultanateThe Mughal EmpireMotion of the Earth
Internal structure of earth and rocksResources and DevelopmentJainism and Buddhism
New Empire and KingdomsPopulationNatural Vegetation
Nationalism in various countriesWater ResourcesUnion Government
UN and International AgenciesSolar SystemThe Mauryas
French RevolutionMedieval ArchitectureWorld History

NTSE SAT Science Syllabus (Physics, Chemistry, Biology)

Acids, Bases and SaltsCarbon and its CompoundsAir
Life processesMagnetic and ElectricityDiversity in Living Organisms
MeasurementClassification of ElementsHeredity and Evolution
Motion and ForceMicro-OrganismsLight
ReproductionHuman BodyMetals and Non-Metals
SoundFibres and PlasticsOur Environment
Food, Production and ManagementHuman BodySoil
The UniverseStructure of AtomSound
Cellular Level of OrganisationWork and EnergyWater

SAT Maths Syllabus

Algebraic ExpressionsArithmeticArithmetic Expressions
GeometryDirect and Inverse VariationsCoordinate Geometry
MensurationNumber SystemsSquare and Cube Roots
Playing with NumbersVolume, Surface, AreaQuadratic Expressions
Rational NumbersTrigonometryCircles and Triangles
Linear EquationsProbabilitySimple and Compound Interest

Application Form

NTSE 2022 Stage 1 application form is released by most of the states through the official website. Students meeting the eligibility criteria can fill out the NTSE stage 1 application form online mode. They will need to upload the necessary documents attested by their Principal for online registration. The steps to fill out the NTSE form are as follows-

Step-1– Students should visit the NCERT website of their respective states.

Step-2–  Then, they have to click on the NTSE section available on the home page and then click on the NTSE 2022-23 application form.

Step-3–  Thereafter, they have to enter the required details in the application form such as student name, date of birth, gender, caste, mobile number, academic details, family income, etc.

Step-4–  Next,  the scanned photograph of the candidate, signature file, and other documents have to be uploaded.

Step-5– After uploading,  the application fee has to be paid through online mode.

Step-6–  The NTSE application form 2022-23 has to be then downloaded and submitted at the school. After reviewing the applications, the Principal of the School will send the forms to the State Liaison Officer.

National Talent Search Examination Exam Centers

For the Stage 1 NTSE examination, students usually get to take exams in their schools themselves.

For Stage 2, NCERT allocates different centers to students in each state.

In the table below, detailed venues/centers of the exam have been listed for each state.

Arunachal PradeshKV No 2, Itanagar, Chimpu Post, APMizoramKV, Project Pushpak Zemabawk, AizawlAndaman and Nicobar IslandsKV No 2, Raksha Vihar, Minnie Bay
AssamKV CRPF 9 Mile Amerigog, Kamrup, GuwahatiNagaland KV, CRPF Camp, Lerie Hill, Kohima, NagalandBiharKV No 1, Lohiya Nagar, Near Heart Hospital, Kankarbagh, Patna
ManipurKV No 1, Lamphelpat, ImphalSikkimKV, Post Tadong, Middil, Siyari, GangtokJharkhandKV CCL, Rajendra Nagar, Ranchi
MeghalayaKV, Happy Valley, ShillongTripuraKV (GC) CRPF, Adarani, Salbagan, AgartalaOdishaKV No 1, Unit 9, Near Ram Mandir, Bhubaneswar
West BengalKV, Ballygunge, Circular Road, KolkataDelhiKV No 3, Ringroad, Near Seema Sadak BhawanHaryanaKV No 1, AFS, Sector 14, Old Delhi Road, Gurugram
ChandigarhKV, ASF High Grounds, ChandigarhJammuKV No 1, Gandhinagar, JammuHimachal PradeshKV, Dharamshala Cantt, Kangra
KeralaKV No 3, Port Trust, Willingdon Island, Kochi, ErnakulamAndhra PradeshKV, Gandhi Gram Post, Malkapuram, VisakhapatnamGujaratKV No 1, Near Police Commissioner’s Office, Shahi Baug, Ahmedabad
KarnatakaKV, ASC Center, Victoria Road, Bangalore, KarnatakaMaharashtraKV, BEG, Near Deccan College, PuneDadra and Nagar HaveliKV, Government High School Campus, Silvassa
LakshwadeepKV, KavarattiMaharashtraKV, Bhandup, LBS Marg, Kanjurmarg WestChhattisgarhKV No 2, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Nagar, Sector 4, Raipur
Tamil NaduKV, IIT Campus, ChennaiMadhya PradeshKV No 1, Opp Central India Flour Mill, Hoshangabad Road, BhopalUttarakhandKV ONGC, Kaulagarh Road, Dehradun
TelanganaKV No 1, Langer House, Golconda, HyderabadGoaKV, INS Mandovi, PanjimUttar PradeshKV, Lucknow Cantt
Uttar PradeshKV, New Cantt, VD Road, AllahabadRajasthanKV No 1, Bajaj Nagar, Opp Tonk Phatak, Jaipur______________________

National Talent Search Examination Reservation

Scheduled Castes (SC)15%
Scheduled Tribes (ST)7.5%
Person with Disability3%

Frequently Asked Questions on NTSE Exam

  1. What is the main objective of this scheme?

      Ans- To provide scholarships to meritorious students for higher studies.

  1. How many scholarships are given to students every year?

      Ans- Around 1000.

  1. When does NTSE conduct the Stage 1 examination?

      Ans- In January.

  1. DO we have to pay any fees for the Stage 2 examination?

      Ans- No.

  1. In how many languages is the language test conducted?

       Ans- Two. English and Hindi. Candidates can opt to write exams in any of these languages.

  1. Where to find the results of the NTSE exam?

      Ans- On the official website of NCERT.

  1. Whom to contact for any queries regarding the exam?

Ans- Contact form On the official website of NCERT.

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