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Prepare for NTSE - National Talent Search Examination : Read,Practice,Mock Tests Online with immediate performance report for the preparation NTSE – National Talent Search Examination Preparation Online ,Eligibility,NTSE Registration and Benefit of NTSE. NTSE (National Talent Search Examination) is a National Level Examination conducted by NCERT (National Council of Education Research and Training) to provide the scholarship to the eligible and deserving candidates. NTSE is a competitive exam conducted for secondary school level to identify and recognize students with high intellect and skills. The examination is conducted every year at 2 levels: Stage 1(State Level) and 2 (National level).

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About NTSE

National Talent Search Examination known as NTSE conducted by National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) for identifying talented students who want to pursue higher education in Science and Social Studies streams.

The examination is conducted at two levels i.e. first, state-level talent search examination and then, National Level Talent Search Examination. The State Level Talent Search Exam is conducted by 29 States/07 UTs for all students studying in Class 10th. The students qualifying in State Level Talent Search Examination are eligible to appear in NTSE stage II examination to be conducted by NCERT. The aim of NTSE scheme is to award talented students pursuing education in Science and Social Studies stream with scholarships to help continue their education.

National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is a national-level scholarship program in India to identify and recognize students with high intellect and academic talent.

  • 5,00,000 students appear for this scholarship exam every year.
  • 1000 scholarships are awarded, out of which 775 are unreserved.
  • The scholarships are awarded to candidates for pursuing courses in sciences and social  sciences up to doctoral level and professional courses up to second-degree level
  • Scholarship of Rs. 1250 per month is awarded for class XI to XII.
  • Scholarship of Rs. 2000 per month is awarded for Undergraduates and Post graduates,fixed as per the UGC norms for Ph.D.

Highlights of National Talent Search Examination

Exam Name

National Talent Search Examination

Commonly known as NTSE, STSE

Conducted by

State level examination/NTSE Stage 1 is conducted by respective states/UTs

National level or NTSE stage II is conducted by NCERT

Exam Level

National Level

Class level

Class 10th only

Total Scholarships

1000

Scholarship amount

Rs. 1250 per month for Class 11-12

Rs. 2000 per month for UG and PG level

As per UGC norms for research level

Scholarship level

Up to Ph. D. level

Exam Mode

Offline examination

Exam Papers

Mental Aptitude Test (MAT)
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

Test Duration

120 minutes for each paper at each level i.e. Total 240 minutes each for STSE and NTSE

Total Exam Centers

For NTSE Stage I exam - In all 29 states and 7 UTs

For NTSE Stage II - 35 exam cities

Registration dates

Registration began in August 2018 and the last date of application is to be notified by respective state/UT separately

Exam dates for NTSE Stage I exam 2018-2019

November 03, 2018 for Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

November 04, 2018 for All other states and UTs except West Bengal, Kerala and Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

November 18, 2018, for West Bengal and Kerala (as per revised date of Kerala state level exam)

Exam date for NTSE Stage 2 exam 2019

May 12, 2019, for all states and UTs

Exam Helpline for NTSE Stage ii examination only

Phone number - 011-26560464

e-mail - ntsexam.ncert@gov.in

Official Website

http://www.ncert.nic.in

NTSE 2019 Exam dates and other events:

NTSE registration dates

September or October 2018

No registration

NTSE Admit card dates

By last week of October 2018

Third week of April 2019

NTSE Exam dates

November 03, 04, and 18, 2019

May 12, 2019

NTSE Result dates

January – February 2019

July 2019

National Talent Search Examination by NCERT over the past years:

The programme was started in 1963 as National Science Talent Search Scheme (NSTSS) as an initiative to help talented students with scholarships. The students who applied for NTSE scholarships were selected on basis qualification in written test, project report and interview. The written test included Science Aptitude Test (SAT) and an essay based on a scientific theme only. The project report was also needed to be submitted at the time of written test. The scholarships were awarded to only those students who wanted to pursue higher education in Basic Sciences from Class 11th to Doctoral level.

Feature

Years

Changes made in NTSE

Number of Scholarships
(In 1963, only 10 scholarships were awarded)

1964

350 from 10

1976

From 350 to 500

1981

From 500 to 550

(out of which 50 scholarships were reserved for SC and ST categories)

1983

From 550 to 750 inclusive of 70 scholarships reserved for SC and ST students only

2000

From 750 to 1000 with reservation as under –

15% for Scheduled Caste students

7.5% for Scheduled Tribes students

Scholarship amount

2006-2007

The scholarship amount was raised up to Rs. 500.

However, the students pursuing Ph.D. courses were given scholarship amount as per the UGC norms only.

2014-2015

The scholarship amount of Rs. 500 was increased for students at different levels as under –

Class 11th and Class 12th: Rs. 1250 per month

At Bachelor degree and Post-Graduate degree levels: Rs. 2000 per month

Students pursuing Ph.D. degree – As per UGC norms

Subjects Specialization/Stream of higher education

1976 (after the introduction of 10+2+3 education pattern)

From Basic Sciences to Engineering, Social Sciences and Medicine streams

2019

  • The scholarship will be awarded to students pursuing higher education in Social Science and Science streams up to doctoral level.
  • The scholarship for professional courses in Medicine and Engineering will be awarded up to Post-Graduation level only.

Change in Name

1976

From National Science Talent Search Scheme (NSTSS) to National Talent Search Scheme (NTSS)

Class level (initially only Class 10th students could apply and appear for the NTSE Scholarship examination)

1976

The exam was extended up to Class 10th, Class 11th and Class 12th Students and separate examinations were conducted for each level.

1985

The class level was returned back to Class 10th only.

However, the centralized examination process of national level for students from all over India was decentralized i.e. Tiers were introduced and now, students were required to appear for Tier I at their own state level and then for Tier II for the national level.

2006-2007

NTSE was now conducted for Class 8th students from Class 10th earlier

However, NCERT conducted 2 more exams for Class 10thstudents in 2007-2008 for providing an opportunity to students studying in Class 9th and Class 10th at that time.

2013

The Class level was again set only for Class 10th.

Selection Procedure

1976

  • Two objective type written tests introduced i.e. Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) in place of descriptive written test and Essay based on Science theme only
  • Project Report submission was discontinued
  • Only qualified students need to appear for face to face Interview.
  • Selection based on composite scores in MAT, SAT and Interview only.

2013

  • Language Ability Test (LAT) introduced as part of the selection criteria.
  • LAT was either English or Hindi as per the choice of students.
  • It is of only qualifying nature as the scores of LAT was not included in deciding the merit of students for NTSE scholarships.

2018

LAT paper removed from the selection procedure

Exam Pattern

1985

A uniform exam pattern was designed for MAT and SAT for all states and UTs conducted Tier 1 exam of NTSE.

The exam pattern of NTSE Stage 1 exam now included –

For MAT: 100 MCQs

For SAT: 200 MCQs divided into 25 for each subject as under -

  1. Mathematics,
  2. Physics,
  3. Chemistry,
  4. Biology,
  5. History,
  6. Geography,
  7. Civics,
  8. Economics.

However, candidates were provided with a choice of selecting any four of the eight sections and therefore, only need to answer 100 questions.

1995

The choice to select sections in SAT paper was terminated.

The SAT paper was now based on Science, Social Science and Mathematics.

Science and Social Sciences section 40 MCQs each and remaining 20 were for Mathematics.

2006-2007

The Class VIII NTSE exam pattern was based on 90 questions for each paper i.e. MAT and SAT.

SAT included 35 questions each for Science and Social Science and, 20 MCQs for Mathematics.

2014

  • Negative marking scheme introduced for the Stage II examination of NTSE
  • For each wrong attempt, 1/3rd of the total marks allotted for a question was deducted.
  • Also, no marks were deducted for questions that were not attempted by students.

2018

  • Negative Marking Scheme discontinued
  • Exam time duration increased from 90 minutes to 120 minutes for each paper i.e. MAT and SAT. Also, 30 minutes extra for Visually Challenged candidates)
  • Reporting time for examination hall was changed to 09:00 am to 8:00 am.
  • The exam timings are as under –

For MAT paper: 9:30 am to 11:30 am (12:30 am for VC candidates)

For SAT paper: 1:30 pm to 03:30 pm (4:00 pm for VC candidates)

  • The total number of questions for MAT paper was increased as the LAT paper is removed.

Earlier, MAT and LAT paper carried 50 marks each.

The MAT paper now carries a total of 100 questions.

Other relevant features

2006-2007

  • The parental/family income criteria to award NTSE scholarship discontinued.
  • Books grants also discontinued.

2008

A reservation of 3% scholarships from total scholarships was decided for Physically Challenged students.

2015

The minimum qualifying marks for qualifying NTSE were increased from 32% to 35% for SC/ST/PH candidates.

2017

4% reservation in scholarships made for Physical Challenged Category

2018

The minimum qualifying marks for NTSE qualification have been revised as under –

40% for General Category Candidates

32% for SC/ST/PH candidates in both tests separately.

2019

Reservation of 27% is introduced for OBC category candidates

 

Exam Pattern for NTSE

The exam is conducted in two stages and each stage consists of two tests namely the Mental Ability Test (MAT) and the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

Section

Question Type

Area of Assessment

Mental Ability Test (MAT)

Analogies

  • Classification
  • Series
  • Pattern perception
  • Hidden figures
  • Coding-decoding
  • Block assembly
  • Problem solving etc.
  • Power of reasoning
  • Ability to think
  • Evaluate or discriminate

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

  • Matching type
  • Arrange the sequence
  • True and False statements
  • Questions based on passages
  • Science (Physics, Chemistry and Biology)
  • Mathematics
  • History
  • Geography
  • Political Science
  • Economics

Language Test (LT)

Another component of the test is the language test.

This test contains 50 questions in English and 50 questions in Hindi.

The candidate has to attempt this test in only one language i.e. either in English or in Hindi.

Stage I

Test

No. of Questions

Max. Marks

MAT (45 mins)

50

50

LT (45 mins)

50

50

SAT (90 mins)

100

100

Total

200

200

 

Stage II

Test

No. of Questions

Max. Marks

MAT (45 mins)

50

50

LT (45 mins)

50

50

SAT (90 mins)

100

100

Total

200

200

Note: No negative marking in NTSE Stage – 1 and in Stage 2 (National Level), there will be negative marking in each paper. For each wrong answer, 1/3 mark will be deducted. No marks will be deducted for unattempted questions.

NTSE Eligibility

Candidates who want to obtain NTSE scholarship must fulfill the eligibility criteria for NTSE exam as required by National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT).

NTSE Eligibility Criteria are the requirements such as academic qualification, age limit and minimum qualifying marks in previous class. NCERT prescribed NTSE Eligibility is followed by all States/UTs conducting Stage I exam for NTSE. Only candidates who will qualify NTSE Stage 1 competitive exam,eligible for NTSE stage II exams.

Find below the eligibility criteria for NTSE Examination -

NTSE 2019 Eligibility Criteria for NTSE Stage I exam (state level) –

Students appearing for NTSE-Stage I need to fulfill the below-mentioned eligibility criteria -

  • Candidates currently studying in Class 10th from any recognized Private/Government schools including Kendriya Vidyalaya, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, and Sainik Schools.
  • The candidates can appear in their respective state/UT’s NTSE tier I exam, although there is no limit on domicile.
  • The SCERT(State level NTSE for Level 1) of respective state/UTs may mention any additional criteria for Tier I exam such as minimum qualifying marks in the previous class.
  • Candidates who are completing their education from Open and Distance Learning (ODL) such as National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) or state Open boards are also eligible to apply and appear for NTSE.
  • The candidates studying from Open and Distance Learning must not be 18 years old or less at the time of appearing in the scholarship exam. Moreover, they should not be employed (not even part-time jobs) and they should be appearing in Class 10th qualifying examination for the first time.  

NTSE 2019 Eligibility Criteria for NTSE Stage II Exam

NTSE Eligibility for candidates studying in India:

Students appearing for NTSE-Stage II need to fulfill the below-mentioned eligibility criteria -

  • They must be an Indian National irrespective of where they are pursuing their Class 10th qualifying examination i.e. in India or Abroad
  • They must have qualified Tier I exam at the state level.

NTSE Eligibility for candidates studying outside India:

  • The Indian national candidates studying abroad can directly appear for Tier II exam of NTSE scholarship award.
  • They should, although have scored at least 60% marks in their previous class qualifying examination i.e. in Class 9th.
  • Such candidates should be planning to pursue their higher education in India only after obtaining the NTSE Scholarship.

NTSE Eligibiility : General Requirements for awarding NTSE Scholarships –

  • The candidate should pursue only the approved courses in Science, Social Sciences, Engineering and Medical streams only. The candidate should be willing to pursue higher education in India only
  • The candidates should be certified as maintaining good conduct at their school and should continue their higher education
  • They should not be absent from school without proper leave or informing the school authorities
  • The candidates should be a full-time student and should be working anywhere getting salary/stipend.
  • If the candidate is getting scholarship under any other scheme as well then, he/she should decide which scholarship scheme he/she wants to continue with.
  • If any candidate is getting any other scholarship then, his/her NTS Scholarship will be stopped for that year and can be continued only after he/she requests NCERT for resuming the scholarship; they have to discontinue benefits from other scholarship schemes
  • Although, the candidates getting fee waivers/ one-time grant/fee subsidy and accommodation are eligible for NTSE Scholarship and they won’t be refused NTS scholarship
  • If any candidate drops studies or discontinues his/her education within one of admission, then no scholarship will be awarded to him/her
  • The candidates should pass in all subjects of their course in first attempt only and if they fail in any of the core subject his/her scholarship will be cancelled

NTSE Registration and Application at State level (NTSE Tier 1 exam)

The students wishing to appear for National Talent Search Examination  could apply for their respective state/UTs exam conducting body in offline mode /online mode or as specified by the exam authorities.

The notification for application form availability of NTSE state level examination was available in the local/national newspapers or circulars circulated in the schools by the respective state/UT.  

The NTSE Application Form could be obtained from the listed Liaison Officers for the states/UTs only.

Moreover, the candidates before submitting the application form of NTSE to the Liaison Officers needed to get it duly signed by the Principal of their School after filling it up. Moreover, the admit card for NTSE Stage 1 exam was also attached along with the offline application form of NTSE Tier I exam only. The candidates needed to fill the admit card details except for the fields/blanks for the official purpose (should be left blank to be filled by the Liaison Officer only).

The NTSE application form needed to be submitted on or before the last date of application as mentioned by the concerned state/UT. The states/UTs may have levied some charges for application form of NTSE.

NTSE e-Admit Cards - The admit card of NTSE stage 1 exam was available by exam conducting authorities at least 15 days before the exam date. The candidates who applied for NTSE were issued admit card by their respective state/UT for state level examination. The candidates who will qualify state level examination and qualify to appear in NTSE stage 2 examination will be issued admit card by NCERT in online mode only.

NTSE Tier 1 at State/UT level- The states/UTs conducted the examination for NTSE Tier 1 exam in offline mode at appointed exam centres only. There were two papers for NTSE Stage 1 exam conducted in different shifts.

NTSE Result announcement for Tier 1 exam- The NTSE Tier I exam results will mention the qualifying status of candidates for both papers i.e. MAT and SAT. The candidates can check the result of NTSE stage 1 exam in online mode only as it will be available on official website of the exam conducting authority of respective state/UT.

The NTSE stage I exam result  will be available in form of merit list, which will mentions names, marks, ranks of all qualified candidates for the respective state/UT.

NTSE Tier 2 exam at National Level: All those candidates who will qualify the Tier 1 exam of NTSE at the state level will be eligible to appear for national level NTSE which is conducted by NCERT. The exam pattern, exam details and subjects are the same as the state level NTSE.

NTSE Stage 2 Results: The result of NTSE Tier II examination will be announced by July-August  for all qualified candidates only. The candidates will be able to check their NTSE stage 2 result through the link provided by NCERT and they need to enter their roll numbers and date of birth to login. The result will mention separate scores as well as the combined score for MAT and SAT paper. The disbursement of NTSE scholarship will be based on Merit list after the announcement of NTSE Tier 2 results only. 

NTSE Registration and Application Process

NTSE Registration and Application at State level (NTSE Tier 1 exam)

The students appearing for NTSE could apply for their respective state/UTs exam conducting body in offline mode /online mode or as specified by the exam authorities.

The notification for application form availability of NTSE state level examination was available in the local/national newspapers or circulars circulated in the schools by the respective state/UT.  

The NTSE Application Form could be obtained from the listed Liaison Officers for the states/UTs only.

Moreover, the candidates before submitting the application form of NTSE to the Liaison Officers needed to get it duly signed by the Principal of their School after filling it up. Moreover, the admit card for NTSE Stage 1 exam was also attached along with the offline application form of NTSE Tier I exam only. The candidates needed to fill the admit card details except for the fields/blanks for the official purpose (should be left blank to be filled by the Liaison Officer only).

The NTSE application form needed to be submitted on or before the last date of application as mentioned by the concerned state/UT. The states/UTs may have levied some charges for application form of NTSE.

NTSE e-Admit Cards - The admit card of NTSE stage 1 exam was available by exam conducting authorities at least 15 days before the exam date. The candidates who applied for NTSE were issued admit card by their respective state/UT for state level examination. The candidates who will qualify state level examination and qualify to appear in NTSE stage 2 examination will be issued admit card by NCERT in online mode only.

NTSE Tier 1 at State/UT level- The states/UTs conducted the examination for NTSE Tier 1 exam in offline mode at appointed exam centres only. There were two papers for NTSE Stage 1 exam conducted in different shifts.

NTSE Result announcement for Tier 1 exam- The NTSE Tier I exam results will mention the qualifying status of candidates for both papers i.e. MAT and SAT. The candidates can check the result of NTSE stage 1 exam in online mode only as it will be available on official website of the exam conducting authority of respective state/UT. The NTSE stage I exam result will be available in form of merit list, which will mentions names, marks, ranks of all qualified candidates for the respective state/UT.

NTSE Tier 2 exam at National Level: All those candidates who will qualify the Tier 1 exam of NTSE at the state level will be eligible to appear for national level NTSE which is conducted by NCERT. The exam pattern, exam details and subjects are the same as the state level NTSE.

NTSE Stage 2 Results: The result of NTSE Tier II examination will be announced by July-August for all qualified candidates only. The candidates will be able to check their NTSE stage 2 results through the link provided by NCERT and they need to enter their roll numbers and date of birth to login. The result will mention separate scores as well as the combined score for MAT and SAT paper. The disbursement of NTSE scholarship will be based on Merit list after the announcement of NTSE Tier 2 results only. 

How to prepare for NTSE Examination

Preparation Tips for NTSE

  • Solve previous year Papers with your preparation: Important to know the pattern of questions,and understand the type of questions asked with respect to level of your current level of preparation. This will help you gain knowledge of NTSE and also give you a fair idea of your knowledge and understating.
  • Assess and Analyse your performance: Identify strong points and weakness. And brainstorm to plug your weakness and enhance your solving skill.
  • Systematic plan to achieve goal NTSE: Go through the subjects,chapter and topic thoroughly. Then allocate time to each and work to make yourself strong in a particular aspect.
  • Practice as much as possible: Solve as many questions as possible,mental ability requires practice more to become well verse with questions of any type to more questions of mental ability. Practice and get confident of your speed,accuracy,subject knowledge and effective time management.

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