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NTSE 2022 Exam - Dates, Syllabus, Admit Card, Question Papers, Result

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 2022 exam will consist 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 2022 Highlights



Exam Level

Stage-I: State level

Stage-II: National level


Once in a year

Mode of Application

Both Online & Offline


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


Stage-I: English or any regional language as opted by the candidate.

Stage-II: English or Hindi

Official Website


NTSE Important Dates 2022 TO BE CONFIRMED

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


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 2022 Result Dates 

The NTSE Stage 2 Final Result 2022 has been published on the official website that is ncert.nic.in on 18th February 2022. The Stage 2 National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) has been conducted on 24 October 2021 and the result is displayed now on 18 February 2022. 

NTSE Eligibility Criteria 2022

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

NTSE Eligibility Criteria For Regular Students

The candidate must be below 18 years as of July 1, 2022.

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, 2022.
  • 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 clas 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 2022 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 2022 Exam Pattern:

Test Name


No. of Questions

Maximum Marks

Allocated Time


Aptitude Test



2 hours


Science, Social Science, Maths



2 hours

 NTSE Syllabus For MAT 2022

Verbal Reasoning


Puzzle Test

Alphabet Test


Logical Venn diagrams

Blood Relations


Logical sequence of words

Verification of truth of the statement


Problems on clocks

Analytical reasoning

Direction Sense Test

Series completion test

Arithmetical reasoning test

Mathematical operations

Inserting a missing character


Non-Verbal Reasoning




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)

Acids Bases and Salts

Carbon and its Compound


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




Metals & Non-Metals

Motion and Force

Periodic Classification of Elements

Our Environment


Some Common Diseases



Structure of Atom

Sound of Energy

The Universe

Work and Energy


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




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


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


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

Algebraic Expressions


Arithmetic Progressions

Basic Geometry

Direct & Inverse Variations

Coordinate Geometry

Percentage & Its Application




Number System

Square & Cube Roots

Playing with Number

Surface Areas and Volume

Quadratic Equations

Rational Numbers


Circles & Triangles

Linear Equation


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 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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