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NTSE 2023 Exam - Dates, Syllabus, Admit Card, Question Papers, Result



NTSE 2023: 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 the 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 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. The 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.

NTSE 2023 Highlights

Particulars Details
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
Official Website https://ncert.nic.in/national-talent-examination.php

NTSE Important Dates 2023

The official examination dates for NTSE 2023 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 provided below:

State / Union Territory Dates
NTSE exam date for all states & Union territories November 2023
NTSE exam date for Mizoram, Nagaland, Meghalaya, and Andaman, and Nicobar Islands (Stage 1) November 2023

NTSE 2023 Result Dates Tentative

Stages Result Date
NTSE Stage 1 Results  To be announced
NTSE Stage 2 Results To be announced

NTSE Eligibility Criteria 2023

The eligibility criteria for each stage are different and the details have been mentioned below.

NTSE Eligibility Criteria For Regular Students

  • The candidate must be below 18 years as of July 1, 2023.
  • The candidate should be pursuing class 10 from any government/private school located in India.

NTSE Eligibility Criteria For Open and Distance Learning (ODL) Students

Students pursuing their 10th from open or distance learning can also attempt NTSE under these conditions:

  • The candidate must be under 18 as of July 1, 2023.
  • The candidate should be a full-time student without any kind of employment.
  • The candidate should be appearing for the class 10th examination for the first time.

NTSE Eligibility Criteria For Students Studying Abroad

Indian residents who are studying abroad can also attempt the NTSE exam under these conditions:

  • The student must be an Indian National.
  • If the candidate is pursuing class 10th or equivalent, then he/she is directly eligible for Stage 2.
  • The candidate should have scored a minimum of 60% in class IX final exams.
  • The candidate must opt for an examination center located in India.
  • Must make a request with the institution he/she is studying at along with the attested class IX mark sheet at the Department of Educational Survey Division, NCERT.
  • The candidate is eligible for the scholarship only if he/she continues his/her further studies from India.

NTSE Exam Structure

  • The paper is divided into two parts - SAT & MAT. There are 100 questions in both SAT & MAT (Maths - 20, Science - 40, Social Science - 40).
  • The duration of both MAT & SAT is 120 minutes or 2 hours.
  • There is no negative marking. Candidates who qualify in both exams will be considered separately for merit.
  • The selection of the candidate who is eligible for the scholarship will be on the basis of his/her total score in MAT & SAT.

NTSE 2023 Exam Pattern:

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

NTSE Syllabus For MAT 2023

Verbal Reasoning
The syllabus provided below is based on past years and when the authority releases the NTSE 2023 syllabus, it will be updated here on the page:

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

Non-Verbal Reasoning
The syllabus provided below is based on past years and when the authority releases the NTSE 2023 syllabus, it will be updated here on the page:

Classification Series Analogy
Transparent paper folding Embedded figure Dot fixing situation
Analytical Reasoning Water images Problems on cubes and dice
Incomplete Figures Folding Papercutting  

NTSE SAT Science Syllabus (Physics, Chemistry, Biology)
The syllabus provided below is based on past years and when the authority releases the NTSE 2023 syllabus, it will be updated here on the page:

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

NTSE SAT Social Science Syllabus (History, Geography, Civics)
The syllabus provided below is based on past years and when the authority releases the NTSE 2023 syllabus, it will be updated here on the page:

Agriculture Atmosphere Biosphere
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 -

NTSE SAT Maths Syllabus
The syllabus provided below is based on past years and when the authority releases the NTSE 2023 syllabus, it will be updated here on the page:

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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 sections.

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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