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NTSE Exam: 2014-15

General Information for NTSE

Existence: 1961

Exam Type:  Scholarship test from Class10 to Ph.D level

Conducted by: All states and Union Territory

Benefits of NTSE Exam

  • 1000 scholarships per class for each state test

  • Scholarship worth Rs 500 is provided to the candidate who qualifies the examination

  • Scholarship amount for Ph.D., is paid as per UGC norms

  • The scholarship is expected to increase up to 4k-5k in next few years

NTSE Eligibility Criteria 2015

The minimum eligibility for the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) examination is Class 10. However, from 2012-2013, it has been decided that NTSE exam will only be conducted for students of Class X from recognized schools, without domicile restriction.

NTSE Exam Pattern 2015


Questions, maximum marks and time allowed Table Sheet



No. of Questions

Maximum Marks



Mental Ability Test (MAT)



45 Minutes


Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
a) Language Test
b) Sciences, Mathematics & Social Sciences



45 Minutes



90 Minutes

Note: From 2014-15 there would be negative marking in NTSE second stage.

NTSE Syllabus 2015

I level exam for Std X


  • The syllabus for Mathematics, Science and Social Science will be broadly based on the prescribed respective State Board Syllabus from Std 9th - 10th class

  • Few states like Kerala refer both state board and NCERT books while few states like Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh ask questions primarily from their state board books

II level exam for Std X

At level II examination, there will be:

  • Mental Ability test: 50 questions 50 marks

  • Language test: 40 questions 40 marks

  • Scholastic Aptitude test: 100 questions 100 marks (40 q from Science, 20 q from maths, 40 q from SST)


  • The mathematics and science questions will be asked from the chapters in the syllabus of class 10th

  • The social science questions will be asked from class 10th


Candidate need to focus more on vocabulary, grammar, general awareness and basic understanding

NTSE Reservation

  • 15%scholarship is reserved for students belonging to SC category

  • 7.5% scholarship for student belonging to ST category

  • 3% for physically handicapped group

NTSE Quotas

Each state/Union Territory has been allotted a quota. The details of state/Territory quotas are made available on NCERT website.

NTSE Application Form 2015

  • The application form is made available at the NCERT official website

  • All correspondence relating to application form need to be addressed to the State Liaison Officers

NTSE Important Dates 2014-15

Know the important dates of NTSE examination 2014-15 and prepare accordingly.

  Selection Test


Stage-I (State)

Examination in Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Andaman and Nicobar Islands

01 November 2014

Examination in All other States and Union Territories

02 November 2014

Stage-II (National)

Examination in All States and Union Territories

10 May 2015

NTSE Results 2015

The result of NTSE first stage comes in Feb - April, varies from state to state. The finals result of the second stage gets displayed on the official website of the NTSE.