NTSE Online Test Series


1. NTSE - An Introduction

2. Dates & Scholarships

3. Eligibility Criteria

4. Application Process

5. Exam Pattern & Marking Scheme

6. Syllabus

7. Results

8. Articles

NTSE - An Introdcution

NTSE or National Talent Search Examination is a national level exam conducted by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) for granting scholarships to the meritorious students studying in class 10th. NTSE is only held for 10th standard students and the exam is conducted in two different stages – Stage I and II.

The first stage exam is a state-level exam and is conducted by all the Indian states and UTs. On the other hand, NTSE stage II is conducted for those students who clear the first stage. As mentioned earlier, only those who qualify in NTSE stage 1 will be eligible to write the Stage II exam. This is the main criteria. Meanwhile, the objective of organizing NTSE is to award scholarships to potential candidates who are aspiring to pursue higher education in the field of Science or Social Studies.

With these scholarships, students will be able to continue their education in their desired stream. NTSE scholarship will be awarded on the basis of the overall performance of students in both the stages of the examination.

Exam Name National Talent Search Examination (NTSE)
Conducting Body National Council Of Educational Research and Training (NCERT)
Frequency of Exam Once a year
Application Online
Mode of Exam Offline
Exam Duration 4 Hrs (2 Hrs MAT and 2 Hrs SAT)

Dates & Scholarships

NTSE 2020 – 2021 Important Dates

Stage Area Tentative Dates
Stage – I (State) Last Date to Submit Application Form To be notified by the State
Examination in Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Andaman & Nicobar Islands 12th December 2020, (Saturday)
Examination in all other States and Union Territories 13th December 2020, (Sunday)
Stage – II (National) Examination in all States and Union Territories 13th June 2021, (Sunday)

NTSE Scholarships

Around 2000 scholarships are awarded for each stage of education. These stages are:

  1. For Class XI to Class XII, a scholarship of Rs.1250/- per month is provided.
  2. For Undergraduates and Postgraduates, a scholarship of Rs.2000/- per month is provided.
  3. For Ph.D., the scholarship amount is fixed in accordance with the UGC norms.


NTSE Stage 1 Eligibility Criteria

  • Students currently enrolled in class 10 from any recognized school/board including Sainik Schools, Kendriya Vidyalaya and Navodaya Vidyalaya were eligible to apply for stage 1 of NTSE exam 2021.
  • States cannot impose domicile restrictions for stage 1, however, they may add additional eligibility conditions such as qualifying score of the previous class.
  • Students studying from the open board, below 18 years of age, unemployed and appearing in class 10 for the first time are also eligible to appear for NTSE 2021 Stage 1.
  • Only Indian students are allowed to appear for NTSE Stage 1 exam.
  • Students studying outside India can directly appear in Stage 2 Exam.

NTSE Stage 2 Eligibility Criteria

  • Students who qualify NTSE stage 1 state wise exam are eligible to sit for NTSE stage 2 exam.
  • Every state releases a merit list of students qualified for national level stage 2 exam.
  • Foreign nationals can directly apply for stage 2 exam. They are exempted from stage 1 exam.

NTSE West Bengal Eligibility Criteria

  • A student must have cleared class 9 with 50% for general candidates (with a relaxation of 40% for reserved categories) and currently enrolled in class 10.
  • A student from the open board is also eligible to apply provided they must have scored 50% for general category (with the relaxation of 40% for reserved category) in their previous exams. They also must be below the age of 18 years.
  • Candidates belonging to OBC (non-creamy) as listed in the central list will be treated as OBC here.
  • Candidate must choose the district in accordance to the place of their residence.

Application Process

NTSE 2021 Application Process

Mode of Application : Offline

Mode of Payment : Other

State-level authorities are releasing NTSE application form 2021 for stage 1 exam. Some states are accepting application form through respective schools, while some are releasing NTSE registration 2021 form in online. Students can download NTSE application form 2021 from the official website of states and UTs or they can collect it from school authorities.

How to Apply for NTSE 2021 in offline mode?

  • Contact respective school authority and collect NTSE 2021 form. Fill it will correct details.
  • Get the filled application forms signed and attested by the school principal.
  • Now, attach the required documents with the application form and submit the same to the school authority.
  • The head of schools further submits the completely filled applications to State Liaison Officer before the last date as stated in their application form.

Exam Pattern & Marking Scheme

NTSE 2021 Exam Pattern

According to the NTSE 2021 exam pattern, the exam for stage 1 and 2 is a multiple choice test consisting of two parts of 2 hours each-

Part 1: MAT (Mental Ability Test) - It comprises 100 questions of 1 mark each aim at testing the logical and analytical ability of the child.

Part 2: SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) - It also comprises of 100 questions divided into Social Science (40), Science (40) and Mathematics (20). It aims at testing the subject knowledge of the child.

NTSE Exam Marking Scheme

NTSE Exam (Paper 1 & Paper 2)
Stage – 1 1 Mark will be awarded for every correct answer.
No negative marking for the wrong answer.
Stage - 2 1 Mark will be awarded for every correct answer.
For every wrong answer, one-third of the marks will be deducted.
No negative marking for questions left unattempted.

NTSE Exam Qualifying Marks

  1. 40% Marks in each paper for General category students.
  1. 32% Marks in each paper for SC, ST & PH category students.

NTSE Reservation

Category Reservation
Schedule Cast 15%
Scheduled Tribe 7.5%
Person with Disability 3%

Part 1 – Mental Ability Test (MAT)

  • This section will have questions on analytical and logical reasoning.
  • This section tests the students on their ability to solve reasoning questions, ability to think, evaluate and visualise.
  • The section consists of a total of 100 questions.
  • The main topics from this section consist of series, pattern perception, analogies, coding-decoding, classifications, hidden figures and problem-solving etc.

Part 2 – Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

  • This section will have a total of 100 questions which is further divided into Science (40), Social Science (40) and Mathematics (20).
  • The student has to be well versed in the syllabus taught in class 9 and 10th.
  • The time allotted for the SAT section is 120 minutes.
  • The level of questions will be equivalent to class 10th or equivalent exam.

The Exam pattern is the same for both Stage 1 and Stage 2 and there will be only the objective type of questions in both the stages of examination.

Papers Maximum Marks Number of Ques. Time Allotted
MAT 100 100 120 minutes
SAT Mathematics Science Social Sciences) 100 100 120 Minutes

NTSE Exam Syllabus

The NTSE exam syllabus is one of the most important components to prepare for the exam. The NTSE Syllabus (NTSE stage 1 syllabus and stage 2 syllabus) is provided here so that students can prepare for the exam in a better way. The NTSE Exam is conducted for students studying in Class 10. Only 10th standard students (below 18 years of age) are eligible to appear for the examination.

Science Syllabus

Air Acid Bases and Salt
Cellular Level of Organisation Carbon and its Compounds
Fibres and Plastics Diversity in Living Organisms
Measurement Life Processes
Metals & Non Metals Human Body
Heredity and Evolution Food Production & Management
Heredity and Evolution Light and Sound
Magnetism & Electricity at Work Micro-organisms
Periodic Classification of Elements Our Environment
Motion and Force Periodic Classification of Elements
Plant and Animal Nutrition Physical and Chemical Changes
Work and energy The Universe
Water Structure of Atom
Soil Source of Energy
Reproduction Some Common Diseases

Mathematics Syllabus

Algebraic Expressions Basic Geometry
Arithmetic Progressions Coordinate Geometry
Arithmetic Circles
Direct & inverse variation Linear Equation
Mensuration Exponent
Percentage & its Application Number System
Quadratic Equations Probability
Simple interest & Compound interest Playing with Numbers
Statistics Rational Numbers
Square Root & Cube Root Triangles
Surface Areas and Volumes Trigonometry

Social Science Syllabus

Agriculture Biosphere
Culture, Science and Literature Diversity and Livelihood
Early States French Revolution
Indian Constitution Indian Freedom Struggle
Industrial Revolution Internal Structure of the Earth and Rocks
Jainism, Buddhism and Conquerors from Distant Lands Major Domains and Landforms
Medieval Architecture and Culture Nationalism in Various Countries
New Empires and Kingdoms Popular Movements and Social Reforms
Resources and Development The Delhi Sultanate
The Mauryas UN and International Agencies
Vedic Period World History
Atmosphere British Raj
Democracy and Elections Early Medieval Period
Eighteenth Century Political Formation India and its Neighbors
Indian Economics Indus Valley Civilization
Introduction and Sources of Ancient Indian History Local and State Government
Maps and Globe Motion of the Earth
Natural Vegetation Our Country – India
Population Solar System
The Judiciary The Mughal Empire
Union Government Water Resources

MAT (Mental Ability) Syllabus

Alphabet and Number Test Analogy (Verbal)
Calendar, Time and Clock Analogy (Non Verbal)
Embedded Figure Mathematical Operations
Ranking and Arrangements Series (Verbal)
Water and Mirror Images Series (Non – Verbal)
Coding-Decoding Blood Relations
Classification Direction Sense
Figure Partition and Dot Situation Missing Character
Venn Diagrams Word Problems

General Knowledge Syllabus

Abbreviations Books and Authors
Sports Awards and Recognitions
India World

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