Established by National Counselling of Educational, Research and Training (NCERT) in the year 1963 National Science Talent Search Scheme (NSTSS) now known as National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) was a scheme for the identification of talented students and awarding them with scholarships. Earlier the scholarships were awarded for pursuing education only in basic science up to doctoral level. However, with the passage of time and several modifications in schemes, it is now awarded to candidates of even Arts, Humanities and commerce.

1000 Scholarships are provided every year out of which 25% remains reserved for SC, ST, and PWD candidates. From 2019 there will be 27% reservation for OBC candidates. It is conducted as a two-phase examination for class 10th Students.

Advantages of NTSE

  • Candidates aspiring to opt for advanced studies out of the country have an edge over others as an NTSE scholar because the universities abroad are familiar with NTSE and give preference to candidates who have qualified the exam.
  • Some colleges in India have seats reserved exclusively for NTSE scholars.
  • Some institutes guiding and helping in Medical and IIT Preparation provide 50% off on study materials to NTSE scholars.
  • For IIIT-Delhi aspirant, a bonus of 6 marks is added to their JEE Main score while considering admission into the institute.
  • NTSE Scholars do have an upper hand in NDA selection.
  • A monthly scholarship of INR 1250 is given to NTSE Scholars in class 11th and 12th which is then increased to INR 2000 from graduation to Doctoral Level.

NTSE Stages

NTSE is divided into two stages: NTSE Stage 1 and NTSE Stage 2

NTSE Stage 1:

  • NTSE stage 1 consists of 3 parts. The total marking scheme is of 150 Marks.
    • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT): It contains 40 questions on SST, 20 on Mathematics and 40 on Science. The time given for this section is 90 mins. Total marks for this section is 40.
    • Mental Ability Test (MAT): It contains 50 questions on Mental Ability. The time given for this section is 45 minutes. Total Marks for this section is 50.
    • Language Test (LT) -Qualifying: It contains 50 questions on the English Language. Time given for this section is 45 minutes. Total marks for this section is 50.

    NOTE: Candidates are awarded +1 for every correct answer. From 2018 negative marking criteria has been removed. Minimum 40% in each section is required to qualify this test. For SC, ST and physically handicapped 32% in each paper. The candidates are further short listed depending on their merit.

NTSE Stage 2:

  • Candidates qualifying NTSE Stage 1 are eligible for NTSE Stage 2. This stage consists of 2 parts with a total of 200 Marks.
    • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT): It contains 40 questions on SST, 20 on Mathematics and 40 on Science. Total time given for this section is 120 mins and the total marks are 100.
    • Mental Ability Test (MAT): It contains 100 questions on Mental Ability. Total time given for this section is 120 minutes and the total marks are 100.

    NOTE: Candidates are awarded +1 for every correct answer. From 2018 negative marking criteria has been removed. Minimum 40% in each section is required to qualify this test. For SC, ST and physically handicapped 32% in each paper. The candidates are further short listed depending on their merit.

Eligibility Criteria

For a candidate to be eligible to take NTSE 2018, he must fulfil the following eligibility criteria.

  • Candidates must pass a citizen of India.
  • Candidate must be below 18 years (as of 1st July 2019).
  • Candidates must secure more than 60 per cent in their class 9th.
  • Candidate studying in class 10 in a recognized school of India.
  • Students registered under Open Distance Learning (ODL) will also be eligible for the scholarship, provided the student is below the age of 18 years (as of 1st July 2019). He/She must not be employed and must be appearing for class 10th examination for the 1st time.

Exam Pattern

BITSAT has a fixed mode of examination i.e. the pattern of question paper does not change every year.

  • The examination is pen and paper-based i.e. offline format.
  • NTSE is flexible with language i.e. candidates have the option to take the paper in Assamese, Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu or Urdu.
  • The questions are of MCQ type having 4 alternative choices.
  • The Examination of Paper 1 and Paper 2 is of 3 hours each.
  • The negative marking system has been removed since 2018.
  • Candidates are awarded +1 for every correct choice.

Application Procedure

  • There is no direct registration by NCERT for NTSE. For applying for NTSE candidates must do the following:
    • Look for a circular in the school in the month of August 2018.
    • Once the application is filled get it signed by your principle and submit it to the school administration before the due date.
    • There is no registration process for NTSE stage 2. NCERT will reach out to Stage-1 qualifiers and convey their roll number, time and venue for Stage-2 directly through speed post.

NOTE: Each State or Union Territory decides its own fee structure for NTSE Stage 1.

Exam Fee

Fee for NTSE form is decided by each state and Union Territory on its own.

Syllabus

The syllabus for Neet primary constitutes the topics covered in class 11 and 12 of the central boards such as CBSE, ISC and state boards. Approximately, 45% of the paper is prepared from class 11th syllabus and 55% from class 12th syllabus.

The subject-wise detailed syllabus is mentioned below.

Subjects Topics
Math
  • Geometry
  • Algebra
  • Mensuration
  • Number Systems
  • Profit and Loss
  • Introduction to Trigonometry
  • Statistics and Probability
Science
  • Gravity
  • Energy
  • Solids, Liquids and Gases
  • Conservation of Energy
  • Nutrition
  • Natural Gases
  • Solutions
  • Common Diseases
  • Properties of Chemical Elements
Social
  • Mughal Dynasty
  • Ancient Civilisations
  • Legislative Assembly
  • Government Structure
  • Hydrosphere
  • Types of Banks
  • General Happenings
  • Political Events
  • Awards
  • Fundamental Rights
  • Type of Economics
English
  • Adjective
  • Adverb
  • Articles
  • Conjunction
  • Noun
  • Prepositions
  • Pronoun
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Sentences
  • Tenses
  • Transformation of Sentences
  • Verb
  • Vocabulary
  • Adjective

Selection and Counselling

Minimum 40% in each section is required to qualify this test. For SC, ST and physically handicapped 32% in each paper.

The candidates are further short listed depending on their merit. The state and the union territory quota are computed proportionately on the basis of the student enrolment at secondary level with a minimum of 10 for a union territory and 25 for a state and a maximum of 500 for either of the two. This quota was to be reviewed every three years.

NTSE Preparation Resources

Important Books

Subjects Books
SST NCERT Class 9 and class10
MAT RD Sharma MAT book
Science NCERT, MTG Foundation Series books of class 9–10 of PCB.
Math RS Agarwal and RD Sharma

Online Resources

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