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NTSE:National Talent Search Exam

NTSE, a reputed national talent search exam, is conducted by SCERT & NCERT in two phases respectively.

Why NTSE ?

When a student prepares for NTSE, the preparation methodology is oriented to train  student for understanding in-depth applications of all concepts of Science and Mathematics. This preparation helps students in grooming their brain for fundamental and advance applications which are asked in engineering and medical entrance examinations.

NTSE preparation forms a strong foundation of students for higher level competitive and other scholarship examinations.

NTSE is an added advantage for all students who are aspiring for higher level competitive examinations during their Class XI and XII.

How to Prepare for NTSE ?

Fundamental way to prepare for the National Talent Search Exam is by enhancing your knowledge and applications of the conceptual knowledge of the syllabus up to class X.

The most important skill for NTSE preparation is developing analytical thinking. This is a process in which the knowledge acquired, concepts learnt, misconceptions understood and fundamentals absorbed are applied together  to arrive at a logical and strategic solution to a given problem.

Selection procedure

Identification of talent comprises a two-stage selection process.

  • NTSE Stage- I conducted by the State / UT (usually in November) - FOR CLASS X STUDENTS

  • NTSE Stage-II conducted at the National Level (usually in May) - FOR Stage-I Qualified Students only.

Stage-I : State level examination

The first level exam  has two parts for nominating the required number of candidates for the second level test to be conducted.

  • Part-I: Mental Ability Test (MAT), and

  • Part-II: Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)(with questions on History, Civics, Geography, Economics, Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.)

Stage – II : 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. It is conducted in 2 parts:

  • Part-I: Ability Test (MAT)

  • Part-II: Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)(as given above)


I Level Exam

MAT :The syllabi will comprise all fundamental lessons of verbal and non-verbal reasoning.

SAT  :The syllabus for Mathematics, Science and Social Science will be broadly based on the prescribed respective State Board Syllabus from Std 10 (or in exceptions, Std 9) textbooks only.

II Level Exam

MAT :The syllabi will comprise all fundamental lessons of verbal and non-verbal reasoning.

SAT :The Mathematics and Science questions will be asked from the chapters in the syllabus of class 9th and 10th (advanced level). Social Studies is completely based on the NCERT book for CBSE students for Class 9th and 10th.

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