NCERT has announced the exam schedule for the National Talent Search Exam, NTSE 2020 Session. It is one of the most competitive and prestigious scholarship exams in India and is conducted every year to identify and nurture the talent of Class X Students. The examination is conducted at two levels: Stage- I (at State Level) and Stage-II (at the national level).
All the candidates who are selected based on the results of the exam are provided with monetary benefits throughout their academic life. Each stage of the exam will include two papers i.e. Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). According to research, almost 10 lakh students appear for the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) and out of which only 2000 scholarships are awarded every year. The central government offers this scholarship to the NTSE Scholars and encourages them to pursue studies in the field of science and social science up to the doctorate level.
In short, being an NTSE Scholar is leveraged with a large number of benefits. It not only boosts your confidence level but also allows you to measure your strengths and weaknesses based on the concepts taught.
NTSE 2020 Exam Dates
The important dates for NTSE 2019-20 are given below:
(Examination in Mirzapur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Andaman & Nicobar Islands)
|2 November 2019|
|NTSE Stage I
(Examination in all other states and Union Territories except West Bengal)
|3 November 2019|
|NTSE Stage I
(Examination in West Bengal)
|17 November 2019|
|10 May 2020|
NTSE Exam 2020 Eligibility Criteria
Candidates need to ensure that they go through the eligibility criteria properly before filling the complete application form. A candidate who does not qualify the eligibility criteria will not be considered for the admission process. Given below is the eligibility criteria for NTSE 2020 Exam:
Stage II (National Level) Eligibility Criteria
- The students who secured at least 80% marks in the state level NTSE can appear for the stage 2 national level exam.
- All those students who achieve the necessary scores at this level automatically qualify for the scholarships that are handed over by NCERT.
NTSE 2020 Syllabus
There is no specific syllabus for NTSE exam. However, the questions of NTSE Stage I and II exams both are based on Class 9 and Class 10 level. Mathematics, Science and Social Science form the core of the NTSE Syllabus. Following is the complete syllabus that applicants are required to study to prepare for the school level scholarship exam:
|Mathematics||Science||Social Science||English||General Knowledge||Mental Ability|
|Algebraic Expressions||Acids, Bases & Salts||Agriculture||Antonyms||Abbreviations||Alphabets and Number Tests|
|Arithmetic||Air||Atmosphere||English Grammar||Awards and Recognitions||Analogy (Non-verbal)|
|Arithmetic Progressions||Carbon and its Compounds||Biosphere||One Word Substitution||Books and Authors||Analogy (Verbal)|
|Basic Geometry||Diversity in Living Organisms||British Raj||Paragraph Completion||India||Blood Relations|
|Circles||Fibers and Plastics||Culture, Science and Literature||Reading Comprehension||Sports||Calendar|
|Coordinate Geometry||Food Production & Management||Democracy and Elections||Rearrangement of Jumbled words||World||Time and Clock|
|Direct & Inverse Variations||Heredity & Evolution||Diversity and Livelihood||Sentence Completion||Classification|
|Exponents||Human Body||Early Medieval Period||Synonyms||Coding-Decoding|
|Linear Equations||Life Processes||Early States||Cube and Dice|
|Mensuration||Measurement||Eighteen Century Political Formation||Direction Sense|
|Number Systems||Metals & Non-Metals||French Revolution||Embedded Figure|
|Percentage & its Applications||Motion & Force||India and its Neighbours||Figure Partition and Dot Situation|
|Playing with Numbers||Our Environment||Indian Constitution||Mathematical Operations|
|Probability||Periodic Classification of Elements||Indian Economics||Ranking and Arrangements|
|Quadratic Equations||Reproduction||Indian Freedom Struggle||Venn Diagrams|
|Rational Numbers||Soil||Indus Valley Civilization||Water and Mirror Images|
|Square & Cube Roots||Sound||Industrial Revolution||Word Problems|
|Statistics||Sound of Energy||Industries||Paper Folding and Cutting|
|Surface Area & Volume||Structure of Atom||The Maurya’s||Series (Verbal)|
|Triangles||Work and Energy||The Mughal Empire||Series (Non-Verbal)|
NTSE 2020 Examination Pattern
This year for both the levels, the exam will be divided into two parts i.e. Mental Ability Test and Scholastic Aptitude Test. Each will include 100 questions of 100 marks. The duration will be 120 minutes for each paper which will be conducted through the offline mode (pen and paper test) only and there will be no negative marking in the examination. The pattern of NTSE 2020 Exam pattern is:
|Paper||Test||No. of Questions||Total Marks||Duration (in minutes)|
|Paper I||Mental Ability Test (MAT)||100||100||120|
|Paper II||Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)||100||100||120|
NTSE 2020 Admit Card
NTSE 2020 admit card has been released by various states and UTs in online mode. Stage 1 of the NTSE exam is organized by different examination authorities or agencies in different states and union territories. All the candidates who have applied for the exam are advised to check and download their admit card from the website.
NTSE Admit Card 2020 Stage II
The NTSE 2020 Stage II Admit Card will be issued only to all those candidates who clear the NTSE Stage I exam. The Stage 1 Admit Card will be issued by NCERT. Candidates will have to download the NTSE Admit Card for Stage 2 from the NCERT official website.
NTSE 2020 Preparation Guide
With hardly a few days left for the Stage II exam, you shouldn’t waste your time at all. Since the scholarship exam is conducted by NCERT, your first step should be to be thoroughly prepared with your NCERT Books. Make sure to follow the NCERT textbooks for Class 9th, 10th during your preparation for the same. Solve the complete NCERT textbook and the Exemplar questions for a better preparation.
Additionally, the MAT Section of this exam requires special skills to crack the exam. It is very challenging and demands a lot more practice. It is a must to give ample time to prepare for this section. It contains complete comprehensive and fundamental theory of each & every topic with shortcut tricks to find the answer quickly and easily. Also, it includes 2500+ questions of verbal and non-verbal reasoning which gives you a better learning experience. MAT is a scoring section and one must conquer it with confidence.
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