National Talent Search Exam (NTSE), initially known as NSTSS (National Science Talent Search Scheme), is a scholarship examination that takes place on a national level to identify and enhance the skills, logical reasoning, and mental-ability of students.
The all-India competitive examination is conducted annually for class 10 students in two stages - Stage 1 (State-Level) & Stage 2 (National Level). If a candidate wants to be eligible to receive the scholarship, he/she will have to clear both exams.
Students have the leverage to apply both online and offline for the NTSE 2022 exam. Students residing in India as well as those who are pursuing their education from other countries are also eligible for NTSE. The main objective of the NTSE exam is to evaluate a particular set of abilities in students, which
SCERT or same state authorities conduct the Stage 1 examination, whereas Stage 2 is conducted at a national level by NCERT. Students who qualify for Stage 1 can appear for the Stage 2 exam.
The NTSE exam comprises of two papers - Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) & Mental Ability Test (MAT). They both have 100 questions of 1 mark each and students get 2 hours for each paper. Out of all, 2000 candidates are shortlisted and awarded monthly scholarships.
|Exam Level||Stage-I: State level
Stage-II: National level
|Frequency||Once in a year|
|Mode of Application||Both Online & Offline|
|Eligibility||The student should be pursuing Class X and be below 18 years of age.|
|Exam Mode||Offline-Pen and paper-based|
|Exam Duration||MAT: 2 hours
SAT: 2 hours
|Language||Stage-I: English or any regional language as opted by the candidate.
Stage-II: English or Hindi
The official examination dates for NTSE 2022 have not been released by the NCERT. But they will soon be released on the official website of NCERT along with the application process.
However, the tentative dates for the NTSE Stage 1 examinations are:
|State / Union Territory||Dates|
|NTSE exam date for all states & Union territories||January 16, 2022 (postponed)|
|NTSE exam date for Mizoram, Nagaland, Meghalaya, and Andaman, and Nicobar Islands (Stage 1)||January 15, 2022 (postponed)|
|NTSE Stage 1 Results||To be announced|
|NTSE Stage 2 Results||To be announced|
The eligibility criteria for each stage are different, the details have been mentioned below.
Students pursuing their 10th from open or distance learning can also attempt NTSE under these conditions:
Indian residents who are studying abroad can also attempt the NTSE exam under these conditions:
|Test Name||Subjects||No. of Questions||Maximum Marks||Allocated Time|
|MAT||Aptitude Test||100||100||2 hours|
|SAT||Science, Social Science, Maths||100||100||2 hours|
|Analogy||Puzzle Test||Alphabet Test|
|Classification||Logical Venn diagrams||Blood Relations|
|Series||Logical sequence of words||Verification of truth of the statement|
|Coding-Decoding||Problems on clocks||Analytical reasoning|
|Direction Sense Test||Series completion test||Arithmetical reasoning test|
|Mathematical operations||Inserting a missing character||Tests|
|Transparent paper folding||Embedded figure||Dot fixing situation|
|Analytical Reasoning||Water images||Problems on cubes and dice|
|Incomplete Figures||Folding Papercutting|
|Acids Bases and Salts||Carbon and its Compound||Air|
|Cellular Level of Organization||Fibers and Plastics||Diversity in Living Organisms|
|Food Production & Management||Human Body||Heredity and Evolution|
|Life Processes||Magnetic & Electricity at Work||Light|
|Measurement||Micro-Organisms||Metals & Non-Metals|
|Motion and Force||Periodic Classification of Elements||Our Environment|
|Reproduction||Some Common Diseases||Soil|
|Sound||Structure of Atom||Sound of Energy|
|The Universe||Work and Energy||Water|
|British Raj||Culture, Science and Literature||Democracy and Elections|
|Diversity and Livelihood||Early Medieval Period||Early States|
|Eighteen Century Political Formation||Introduction and Sources of Ancient Indian History||India and its Neighbours|
|Local and State Government||Indian Economics||Indian Freedom Struggle|
|Indus Valley Civilization||Industrial Revolution||Industries|
|Internal Structure of the Earth and Rocks||Resources and Development||Jainism, Buddhism and Conquerors from Distant Lands|
|The Delhi Sultanate||The Mughal Empire||Motion of the Earth|
|Nationalism in Various Countries||Vedic Period||New Empires and Kingdoms|
|The Judiciary||Popular Movements and Social Reforms||Population|
|UN and International Agencies||Medieval Architecture and Culture||Natural Vegetation|
|French Revolution||Our Country- India||Union Government|
|Indian Constitution||Solar System||The Mauryas|
|Water Resources||World History||-|
|Algebraic Expressions||Arithmetic||Arithmetic Progressions|
|Basic Geometry||Direct & Inverse Variations||Coordinate Geometry|
|Percentage & Its Application||Exponent||Statistics|
|Mensuration||Number System||Square & Cube Roots|
|Playing with Number||Surface Areas and Volume||Quadratic Equations|
|Rational Numbers||Trigonometry||Circles & Triangles|
|Linear Equation||Probability||Simple & Compound Interest|
Ques.- Is there any dress code for NTSE that students need to follow?
Ans.- No, there is no dress code for the National Talent Search Examination. Wearing school uniform is not compulsory.
Ques.- Can I appear for NTSE Twice?
Ans.- Students studying in Class 10 for the first time are eligible to appear for the exam. Thus, once can appear for NTSE just one time.
Ques.- How many exams are there in NTSE?
Ans.- This exam has two stages. Stage 1 that is STSE - State Talent Search Examination is a state level exam. After clearing Stage 1, the selected students are eligible to sit for Stage 2.
Ques.- Is there any reservation quota for NTSE Scholarship?
Ans.- Yes, there is a reservation available for SC, ST and Physically handicapped students.
Ques.- Is there any negative marking in NTSE?
Ans.- From the year 2018, NTSE has discontinued the negative marking scheme.
Ques.- Is studying from NCERT enough for cracking NTSE?
Ans.- Yes, NCERT books are sufficient for NTSE Exam. However, students should also follow the state board books for Class 9th or 10th as this can give them an added advantage.
Ques.- Is there an interview round as well in NTSE?
Ans.- Students do not have to crack any interview in the NTSE Selection. Both Stage I and Stage II Exams have the MAT and SAT section.
Ques.- How can I score good marks in NTSE?
Ans.- Inorder to score good marks, students need to follow what was taught at school and at coaching. Practice MAT section on a regular basis to improve speed and accuracy. Revise each topic from NCERT thoroughly. For PCMB refer to school notes, Aakash module as well as NCERT solutions.
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