GETTING STARTED WITH NTSE

Brief

National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is an exam under NTS scheme to award scholarship to students studying at the Class X level. Scholarships are awarded up to Ph.D. in Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, Languages, Commerce, Vocational Studies and Fine arts. And up to second degree level for professional courses in medicines, engineering, technology, management and law. NTSE is a two-tier examination conducted in two stages. NTS stage-I is conducted by States and Union Territories whereas NCERT conducts stage-II examination. NTSE consists of Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) having multiple choice questions. Every year about 1000 scholarships are awarded.


Eligibility Criteria

All students studying in Class X in any recognized school is eligible to appear in Stage-I NTS exam. Additionally, State/UT can impose any eligibility criteria to appear in Stage-I. For stage-II, there is a quota for each State and Union Territory computed based on Student enrollment at secondary level. Students with Indian Nationality studying abroad need to secure 60% marks in previous examination to apply for NTS exam. Such students, if selected, need to appear for Stage-II NTSE directly.

Exam Pattern
There are 3 papers in both stages -
1. Mental Ability Test (MAT)
2. Language Test
3. Scholastic Ability Test (SAT)
Questions are in the form of multiple choices with negative marking deducting 1/3 marks. The tests are available in Asamiya, Bangla, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Malyalam, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. However, language test is available in two languages - English & Hindi.

Test No. of Questions Maximum Marks Time
Mental Ability Test (MAT) 50 50 45 minutes
Language Test 50 50 45 minutes
Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) 100 100 90 minutes


Application Procedure
  1. Candidates need to apply for NTSE Stage-I as per the advertisement or circular issued by the respective State/UT Government.
  2. Applications and form fees need to be submitted to Liaison officer of State/UT as and when mentioned in the advertisement.
  3. NCERT will send the examination details and roll numbers directly to the selected candidates through speed post. No separate application or fee is required NTSE Stage-II.
  4. Students with Indian Nationality studying abroad need to apply through the Head of the Institution where they are presently studying. These applications need to be sent to Head Educational Survey Division, NCERT, Delhi - 16 with the attested copy of Class IX.

Important Dates

Events Estimate Dates
Last submission date of NTSE 2017 Application Form To be notified by the respective State/UT. It may vary from state to state
Stage 1 Exam in Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Andaman & Nicobar Islands November 5, 2016
Stage 1 Exam in all other States/UTs November 6, 2016
Stage 1 Exam in Bihar & West Bengal states November 13, 2016
Stage 2 Exam in all the States/UTs May 14, 2017


Syllabus
Algebraic Expressions Arithmetic
Arithmetic Progressions Basic Geometry
Circles Coordinate Geometry
Direct & inverse variation Exponent
Linear Equation Mensuration
Number System Percentage & its Application
Playing with Numbers Probability
Quadratic Equations Rational Numbers
Simple interest & Compound interest Square Root & Cube Root
Statistics Surface Areas and Volumes
Triangles Trigonometry
Antonyms English Grammar
One word substitution Paragraph Completion
Reading Comprehension Rearrangement of Jumbled Words
Sentence Completion Synonyms
Abbreviations Awards and Recognitions
Books and Authors India
Sports World
Alphabet and Number Test Analogy (Non Verbal)
Analogy (Non Verbal)Analogy (Verbal) Blood Relations
Calendar, Time and Clock Classification
Coding-Decoding Direction Sense
Embedded Figure Figure Partition and Dot Situation
Mathematical Operations Missing Character
Ranking and Arrangements Series(Non - Verbal)
Series (Verbal) Venn Diagrams
Water and Mirror Images Word Problems
Acid Bases and Salt Air
Carbon and its Compounds Cellular Level of Organisation
Diversity in Living Organisms Fibres and Plastics
Food Production & Management Heredity and Evolution
Human Body Life Processes
Light Magnetism & Electricity at Work
Measurement Metals & Non Metals
Micro-organisms Motion and Force
Our Environment Periodic Classification of Elements
Physical and Chemical Changes Plant and Animal Nutrition
Reproduction Soil
Some Common Diseases Sound
Source of Energy Structure of Atom
The Universe Water
Work and energy  
Agriculture Atmosphere
Biosphere British Raj
Culture, Science and Literature Democracy and Elections
Diversity and Livelihood Early Medieval Period
Early States Eighteenth Century Political Formation
French Revolution India and its Neighbors
Indian Constitution Indian Economics
Indian Freedom Struggle Indus Valley Civilization
Industrial Revolution Industries
Internal Structure of the Earth and Rocks Introduction and Sources of Ancient Indian History
Jainism, Budhism and Conquerors from Distant Lands Local and State Government
Major Domains and Landforms Maps and Globe
Medieval Architecture and Culture Motion of the Earth
Nationalism in Various Countries Natural Vegetation
New Empires and Kingdoms Our Country - India
Popular Movements and Social Reforms Population
Resources and Development Solar System
The Delhi Sultanate The Judiciary
The Mauryas The Mughal Empire
UN and International Agencies Union Government
Vedic Period Water Resources
World History