What is NTSE ?
The National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a national-level scholarship program in India that started in the year 1963. The purpose of the scheme is to identify talented students and encourage their talent. It is organized by NCERT and honors talented students by providing financial assistance in the form of a monthly scholarship up to Ph.D. level whereas for professional courses like Engineering, Medicine, Management and Law this assistance is given only up to Post Graduation.
NTSE Eligibility Criteria
Only Indian Students studying in class 10th from recognized schools are eligible to appear in NTSE stage 1 exam. Students Who undergoing the distance learning are also eligible provided the student is below the age of 18 years and are not employed and appearing the class 10th examination for the first time.
Note: Candidates have to take the examination in the following Parts:
The questions in MAT and SAT are multiple choice-based questions.
Candidates are required to answer all the questions in separate Answer sheet.
Each question has four alternatives, and the candidate has to select one correct answer from the given alternatives and mark in the answer-sheet as per the instructions Each question in both papers shall carry one mark each.
A student shall get one mark for correct response.
There is no negative marking in either of the test papers.
NTSE Exam Pattern
NTSE exam consists of two Stage-I & Stage-II.
Stage - I examination will be at the States/UTs level
Stage - II examination at the National level.
|Paper||Test||Timings||No.of Questions||No. of Marks||Time Duration|
|Paper-I||Mental Ability Test (MAT)||2 Hours||100||100||120 minutes|
|Paper-II||Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)||2 Hours, 2 and Half Hours for visually challenged candidates||100(Science-40, Mathematics-20, Social Science-40)||100||120 minutes|
NTSE Mental Ability Test (MAT):
This test is given to the candidates to judge their power of reasoning, ability to think, ability to judge, evaluate or discriminate, ability to visualize in the space, spatial orientation, etc. A variety of questions, for example.
|Verbal Reasoning||Non-verbal Reasoning|
|Puzzle Test||Transparent paper folding|
|Logical Venn diagrams||Series|
|Blood relations||Embedded figure|
|Logical sequence of words||Folding, Paper cutting|
|Verification of truth of the statement||Problems on cubes and dice|
|Coding-Decoding||Dot fixing situation|
|Problems on clocks|
|Series completion test|
|Inserting a missing character|
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
The Scholastic Aptitude Test will consist of 100 multiple-choice questions of one mark each. Each question shall have four alternatives, out of which only one will be the correct answer. There shall be 40 questions from science, 40 from Social Science, and 20 from Mathematics. Candidates are required to answer the questions on a separate OMR sheet.
||Chemistry Syllabus||Biology Syllabus|
|Magnetism and Electricity||Acid, Bases, Salt||Air, Water, Soil|
|Measurements||Periodic Classification of Elements||Micro-organisms|
|Motion and Force||Metals and Non-Metals||Reproduction|
|Work and Energy||Structure of Atom||Life Processes|
|Light and Sound||Physical and Chemical Changes||Heredity and Evolution|
|The Universe||Carbon and its Compounds||Food Production and Management|
|Source of Energy||Fibers and Plastics||Diversity in Living Organisms|
|Plant and Animal Nutrition & Human Body|
|Cellular Level of Organisation|
|Some Common Diseases & Our Environment|
|History Syllabus||Geography Syllabus||Civics Syllabus|
|French Revolution||Water Resources||Indian Constitution|
|Industrial Revolution||Biosphere||Local and State Government|
|Mughal Empire||Agriculture||Indian Government|
|Maurya Empire||Resources and Development||-|
|Early Medieval Period||Diversity and Livelihood||-|
|Medieval Architecture and Culture||Internal Structure of the Earth and Rocks||-|
|Indian Freedom Struggle||Maps and Globe||-|
|Early States||Natural Vegetation||-|
|Indus Valley Civilization||Our Country – India||-|
|Jainism and Buddhism||India and its Neighbors||-|
|Conquerors from Distant Lands||The motion of the Earth||-|
|Popular Movements and Social Reforms||Climate – India and World||-|
|Nationalism in Various Countries||Indian Physiographic Division||-|
|Introduction and Sources of Ancient Indian History||Drainage in India||-|
|Vedic Period||Solar System||-|
|World War I and II||Major Domains and landforms||-|
|New Empires and Kingdoms||Population||-|
|UN and International Agencies||-||-|
|Arithmetic Progressions||Number Systems|
|Quadratic Equations||Rational Numbers|
|Square Roots and Cube Roots||Direct and Inverse Variation|
|Surface Areas and Volumes||Trigonometry|
|Circles||Simple and Compound Interest|
|Coordinate Geometry||Linear Equations in Two Variables|
|Introduction to Euclid’s Geometry||Statistics and Probability|
Below are the weightage of the MAT and SAT Papers by comparing previous year papers. However, the weightage will differ based on the Examiner.
MAT topic-wise weightage
|Subject-Verbal Reasoning||No of Marks||Subject-Non-Verbal Reasoning||No of Marks|
|Puzzle Test||2||Transparent paper folding||-|
|Logical Venn diagrams||4||Series||4|
|Blood relations||4||Embedded figure||1|
|Logical sequence of words||5||Folding, Paper cutting||2|
|Verification of truth of the statement||4||Problems on cubes and dice||4|
|Coding-Decoding||2||Dot fixing situation||-|
|Problems on clocks||4||Matrix Test||2|
|Inserting a missing character||6||-||-|
SAT Topic-wise Weightage
|Subject||No of Marks||Total|