National Talent Search Examination (NTSE)

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National Talent Search Examination or NTSE is conducted by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) for students of class 10th. Its objective is to encourage the students having a greater potential to learn and understand by providing them with scholarship every month. Scholarships given by NCERT are of Rs.1250 per month till class 12th and of Rs.2000 per month till post-graduation and then scholarship amount for Ph.D. is fixed in accordance to the UGC norms to the selected students.


The program was started in 1963 by NCERT in the name of National Science Talent Search Scheme (NSTSS). In the first year, the scheme was confined to students of Union Territory of Delhi and only 10 scholarships were awarded to students of Class 11th. In 1964, the scheme was offered a total of 350 scholarships to students of all States and Union territories studying in class 11th. The scheme was later named National Talent Search Examination and was opened for students of class 8th only. From 2012-13, the examination is conducted for Class 10th students only and the scholarship amount was also raised from 500 to 1000+. The no. of scholarships provided is revised after every few years.

Pattern and Procedure

NTSE is a two tier examination. The students qualifying Stage 1 examination give Stage 2 examination which when they clear, are awarded scholarships. The Stage 1 examination is conducted on MCQ pattern where students are given 4 options for every question. The students are awarded 1 mark for every correct answer and 1/3 is deducted for every wrong answer. The paper consists of three sections which are SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test), MAT (Mental Ability Test) and English. 45 minutes are given for MAT and English section each. SAT consists of 100 questions, for which time allotted is 90 minutes. SAT section consists of 30 questions of Mathematics, 35 questions of Social Science (History, Political Science, Geography, Economics) and 35 questions of Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology). (Syllabus of Mathematics, Social Science and Science is topics covered in NCERT books till class 10th level only.)

NCERT invites applications for Stage 1 in June/July and the process begins. The admit cards are issued in October and the Examination for Stage 1 is held in November for which result is announced in December or January. 2nd Stage is conducted in the month of March/April and the final list of students qualified to get Scholarships is announced in May.


The students studying in class 10th in any registered school are eligible to give the NTSE ( National Talent Search Examination ), further state and Union Territories can impose any eligibility criteria for stage 1. Students qualifying stage 1 are eligible for stage 2. The no. of students who can qualify Stage 1 from each State or UT is decided by proportion of registrations from each state in class 9th and 10th however there is no limit on no. of students qualifying Stage 2 from each State or UT.

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