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Syllabus For NTSE | Exam Pattern Of NTSE

Facts, Syllabus and Pattern

What is NTSE?

NTSE or National Talent search Examination is a national level exam conducted by National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) for granting scholarships to the meritorious students studying in 10th Class.The examination is conducted at two levels: Stage-I (State Level) and Stage-II (National Level).

Syllabus for NTSE

Stage 1 –

a. Mental Ability Test(MAT)(100 Questions and 120 minutes) :

    Pattern, Deduction Based Questions to test mental ability/speed

b. Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)(100 Questions and 120 Minutes) :

    Questions from Mathematics, Science and Social Science broadly based on the prescribed respective State Board Syllabus from Std 9th to 10th class.

Stage 2 –

a. Mental Ability Test (MAT)(100 Questions and 120 minutes) :

   Questions to test mental ability/speed.

b. Scholastic Aptitude Test(SAT)(100 Questions and 120 minutes)  :

    Questions from Science, Mathematics and Social Science.

Exam Pattern for NTSE




Mathematics, Science, Social Science and Respective Board Subjects

Types of Questions

MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions)

Mode of examination

Pen Paper Mode

Exam Duration

08 hours (Stage 1 + stage 2) (240 minutes Each)

Number of Questions

400 (Stage 1 + stage 2)(200 Questions each)

Marking Scheme For Stage 1 and Stage 2                                    

For each correct answer candidate will get 01 marks.

Negative Marking for Stage 1 and Stage 2

For each incorrect answer, no mark will be deducted from the total score


English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Odia, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Urdu         


Subject wise break down of questions For Stage 2 (SAT Test) -


Type of Questions             

Number of





(Multiple Choice







Social Science          






How to apply

Eligibility Criteria for NTSE

1. Any student studying in class X can appear

2. Other Criteria vary from each state/UT for stage 1.

Registration for NTSE

For Stage 1-

1. Candidate need to contact Liaison Officer of your State/UT For Application.

2. Candidate are required to submit their application after getting it duly signed by the Principal of the school before the due date as advertised/circulated by your state /UT.

3. Candidate need to submit their application to their Liaison Officer of State/UT.

For Stage 2 –

1. No separate form has to be submitted for Stage-II examination.

2. The NCERT conveys the Roll Number, the venue and the time for the national level examination to all Stage-I qualified candidates directly through speed post.



Application Fees

For Stage 1                        

Vary for each State/UT               

For Stage 2

No fees Charged

Important dates

Exam Dates for NTSE

                                                                                     Registration Dates

Release of notification & enrolment for stage 1                       

Vary in each state and UT mostly in July-August

Release of notification & enrolment for stage 2

Stage I qualified candidates are directly notified by the NCERT    


                                                                                        Exam Dates

Date of Examination for Stage 1                                            

Conducted by states/UT in the month of November

Date of Examination for Stage 1

Stage-I qualifying candidates will be allowed to appear for stage-2

conducted by NCERT in May(second Sunday)

                                                                                      Result Dates

Declaration of Result for stage 1                                          

January- March(by respective States/UTs)                                         

Declaration of Result for stage 2

August(By NCERT)