NTSE Exam: Tap your talents early!

National Talent Search Exam (NTSE) is conducted by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) to identify and nurture talented students in various subjects at an early stage. 

Students who crack NTSE exam successfully are awarded a scholarship of Rs 500 per month from Class XI onwards to help them pursue courses in sciences or social sciences up to doctoral level. At PhD level, students are granted scholarship as per UGC norms.

Students are also granted scholarship to pursue professional courses like medicine, engineering, management and law up to second-degree level or Masters-degree level.

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Eligibility for NTSE Exam 2013 

Earlier, students could appear for NTSE exam for Class 8, NTSE exam for Class 9 as well as NTSE exam for Class 10. However, from 2012-2013, it has been decided that NTSE exam will only be conducted for students of Class X from recognised schools, without domicile restriction.

Exam Pattern

Both MAT and SAT have multiple-choice questions (MCQs) with four alternatives. Each correct answer is awarded one mark. Here is a break-up of number of questions in each section and time allotted for the section:


No. of questions

Maximum marks

Time allotted for the section

Mental Ability Test (MAT)



45 minutes

Scholastic Ability Test (SAT)

Language Test



45 minutes

Sciences, Mathematics and Social Sciences



90 minutes

Thus, overall, students have to solve 200 questions in three hours.

On the basis of NTSE results 2013, one can say that question paper has an average difficulty level i.e. it is neither too difficult nor too easy.

NTSE Exam Date

For 2013-2014, here are the important dates for NTSE Exam:  

  • Last date to submit application form for Stage I of NTSE 2014: August 31, 2013
  • NTSE Exam 2014 (Stage I) in Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Andaman & Nicobar Islands: November 16, 2013
  • NTSE Exam 2014 (Stage I) in all other states and Union Territories: November 17, 2013
  • NTSE Exam 2014 (Stage II): May 11, 2014Indian students studying abroad can submit the application form latest by March 31, 2014.

NTSE Syllabus

There is no prescribed NTSE exam syllabus. However, students are recommended to follow NCERT syllabus of Class IX and Class X closely to score well in NTSE exam.

NTSE Books:


Complete Guide for NTSE-X
for SAT and MAT


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