Complete details about National Talent Search Scholarship Exam

NTSE or National Talent Search examination is one of the most renowned competitive National level scholarship examination that is been conducted in India since 1963 to grant scholarship aid to the students of Class 10 or equivalent.  Every year lakhs of students from India and abroad take this exam.

National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) which was established by the Government of India in the year 1961 is the official conducting body of NTSE. The scholarship program was introduced with the aim to recognize the talented students in science and award them with Scholarships. If on one hand it is considered the most prestigious Scholarship exam then on the other hand it is most difficult examination at high level in India.

Under this Scholarship program 1000 scholarships are awarded out of which 15% scholarships are reserved for Scheduled Castes, 7.5% for Scheduled Tribes and 3% for Physically Challenged candidates.

The scholarship program was also launched keeping in mind to recognize brilliant students at the end of Class 10 and to provide them with financial assistance in pursuing higher education. The selection of the candidate is a two tier process. The States and the union territories conducts their own Screening Test known as State level Talent Search Examination usually in the month of November every year and second process is National Level Talent Search Examination which is conducted in the month of May for all the shortlisted candidates from the First Process

Eligibility: Candidates of class 10 are eligible to take part in the Stage. But for the second stage, one has to clear Stage 1.

The candidates have to take objective type written tests- SAT Scholastic Aptitude Test and MAT Mental Ability Test and Language Test. The merit lists is prepared on the basis of the scores of MAT and SAT. Language Test is just a qualifying Test. In the second stage also candidates have to undergo a similar test pattern. Final Selection is done on the basis of marks secured in stage 2.



No. of Questions


Mental Ability Test- MAT



45 minutes

Scholastic Ability Test-SAT
Language Comprehensive Test



45 minutes

Scholastic Ability Test-SAT

Aptitude Test



90 minutes

  • Aptitude Test- In the Aptitude Test the questions are asked from  Social Science, Political Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Economics and Mathematics.
  • Negative marking:   1/3 for every wrong answer will be deducted. For unanswered questions there is no negative marking.
  • Language: Assamese, Bangla, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.

Students who qualify the Exam are paid the scholarship on per month basis and is paid from Class 11 on wards:

  • Students of Class 11 and 12 are paid Rs. 1250 per month
  • Students of Undergraduate & Post Graduate programs are paid Rs. 2000 per month
  • Students of Ph.D students are paid as per norms laid down by UGC

That’s all for a quick look of National Talent Search Examination, for details of the examination and other scholarships go to


Views: 141


You need to be a member of The Future of Education to add comments!

Join The Future of Education

A Learning Revolution Project

Education Quotes & Commentary

Twitter Feed

© 2020   Created by Steve Hargadon.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service