National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a national level scholarship program in India started in the year 1963. The purpose of the scheme was to identify talented students and nurture their talents. Talent refers to the potentiality that manifests itself in a high level of performance in one or more specialised areas. Therefore, it covers areas like Science, Social Science, Engineering, Medicine, Management and Law. It is organized by an NCERT and it honors and helps talented students by providing financial assistance in the form of a monthly scholarship. For the courses in Basic Sciences, Social Sciences and Commerce, this assistance is provided up to Ph.D. level whereas for professional courses like Engineering, Medicine, Management and Law this assistance is given only up to Post Graduation. The scheme is open to students of Indian nationality. It helps students to proliferate their mental level and also helps them to sharpen their minds.
Present Scheme of NTSE
- NCERT will conduct the NTS Examination for students studying in Class X.
- The examination will consist of Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Ability Test (SAT).
- Quota for State/UT will be computed proportionally on the basis of student’s enrolment in Class IX and X. The present quota for Punjab is 92 seats.
- The amount of scholarship will be Rs. 1250/- per month for all the students studying in Class XI onwards(irrespective of class/course) except for Ph.D., wherein it is paid as per UGC norms.
- The scholarships under the present scheme are awarded to the candidates for pursuing courses in sciences and social sciences up to doctoral level and in professional courses like medicine and engineering up to second-degree level subject to the fulfillment of the conditions.
Students of Class X studying in recognized schools including Kendriya Vidyalaya, Navodaya Vidyalaya, Sainik School etc. of Indian nationality whether they study in India or abroad are eligible to appear NTSE examination. There will be no domicile restriction. However students need to have scored minimum of 55 % (for SC/ST/physically challenged students) and 70% marks (for other categories) in 9th class annual examination.
On the basis of the NTSE, 1000 scholarships are awarded all over India to each student appearing for Class X examinations. Awardees of National Talent Search Examination will receive a sum of Rs. 1250/- per month as per rules.
- 15% scholarships are reserved for students belonging to the SC category.
- 7.5% scholarships for students belonging to the ST category.
- 3% scholarships for Physically Challenged Group of Students.
The selection process of NTSE is comprises of two-stages. The first stage selection conducts individual State/UT through a written exam while, the second stage selection at the national level is carried out by the NCERT for those who qualified in Stage-I.
The pattern of written examination for Class X is as given below:
Stage-I or State level examination:
The state/UT level examination has two parts for nominating the required number of candidates for the second level test to be conducted by the NCERT.
- Part-I: Mental Ability Test (MAT) – In MAT, questions on analogies, classification, series, pattern perception, hidden figures, coding-encoding, block assembly, problem solving etc.are asked.
- Part-II: Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) – In SAT, questions are asked on Mathematics, Sciences and Social Sciences.
Scheme of Exam for Stage-I:
Each test (MAT & SAT) will be of 120 minutes duration and will comprise of 100 objective questions with 100 marks. All questions in the booklets are objective type. For each question FOUR possible answers are given, but only one is correct. Your task is to find out the correct answer and mark your choice in the Answer Sheet.
Stage-II or National level examination:
Candidates acquiring more than the required percentage in the state level examination and standing within a specified number of top ranks (state quota) are eligible to appear for the national level examination (about top 4000 students from the entire country). NCERT conducts the National Level NTS examination.
- Part-I: Mental Ability Test (MAT) – Questions are asked on analogies, classification, series, pattern perception, hidden figures, coding-encoding, block assembly, problem solving etc.
- Part-II: Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) – In this test, questions are asked on Mathematics, Sciences and Social Sciences.
Scheme of Exam for Stage-II:
Each test (MAT & SAT) will be of 120 minutes duration and will comprise of total 100 questions each out of which 40 will be of Sciences, 40 – Social Sciences & 20-Maths). For each objective question FOUR possible answers are given, but only one is correct. You have to mark that correct one.
There is no prescribed syllabus for the NTSE. However, the standard of questions shall be conforming to the level of Classes IX and X.
There is no negative marking in both the stages.
How to Apply
How to Obtain Application Form
- The application for Stage I is to be made through the school. The forms will be available in the school.
- Those students who clear Stage I will be automatically issued admit cards for Stage II. These admit cards can be downloaded from the NCERT website.
Where to Submit Application Form
The completed application forms duly signed by the Principal of the school should be submitted to the State Liaison Officers before the last date. The candidate as well as the Principal of the school must adhere to the last date for submission of the Application Form. Different states may have different last dates for submission. Please confirm from the liaison officer of your state, the address at which the completed forms are to be submitted. The State wise contact of the liaison officers are available in the NCERT website. All queries related to application form should be directed to the State Liaison Officers (LOs). No application should be sent to NCERT.
States and Union Territories may notify the fee required to be paid for the Stage-I examination. However, NCERT does not charge any fee for the Stage-II examination.